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18 January 2014

Old dogs, who ya trickin’? You heard it here first for the umpteenth time: Puyol is retiring and Xavi is moving to Red Bull. I am not a religious man, but God do I hope I won’t have to listen to these rumors for the next six months. Puyol might or might not retire. Or he […]

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Posted in Barcelona46 Comments

Lost Ballons and departures, aka “Ain’t the vicarious life grand?”

13 January 2014

Football is us. It explains so much, really … the passion, the way we defend our teams and players, our views of those teams and players. It’s a game that we carry in our hearts and minds. It’s pure. And because it is us, it makes us feel things that are in many ways, irrational. […]

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Posted in Messi, Thoughts, Transfers/Transfer Rumors115 Comments

“Welcome back,” aka “Been longer than we know since we have seen That Messi”

09 January 2014

So. Lionel Messi has returned, after 59 days away from the lineup of FC Barcelona. He scored two goals, capered about like a colt unbound, and many people had similar reactions to the spectacle, to the tune of: “I had forgotten how good he was in the time he was gone.” For me, however, it […]

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Posted in Analysis, Injuries, Thoughts218 Comments

Renewals, aka “Renewing vows and taking stock of a longtime love”

07 January 2014

Every year when my new soci card arrives in the mail, it always feel like hitting the reset button for my love of this club. This year there is a particularly strong resonance, as a lot has happened recently to underscore notions of renewals and fresh starts. As I’m not all that fond of lengthy […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Team News, Thoughts81 Comments

FC Barcelona vs Elche Game Comments Post

05 January 2014

You can all feel free to continue the discussion in the last post, but for those of us who are just done with that, please post your match comments here.

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Posted in Barcelona59 Comments

Classic Doublespeak: Sexism in Football

02 January 2014

This post was written by Isaiah. The world loves to hear people prattle on about themselves. If you don’t believe me, just listen to any of Kanye’s albums. Sometimes interviews are immensely revealing of their subjects, such as Inside the Actor’s Studio‘s trip through comedy with Dave Chappelle (YouTube has some of it here), but […]

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Posted in Thoughts90 Comments

blitzen awards, the Midseason Wrap-Up edition!

31 December 2013

Hello and Happy New Year, everybody! I know it’s been a long time, so here is a bumper edition of blitzen awards to start 2014 off on the right foot! Enjoy! Busquets d’Or: A new award, for the most perennially underrated player of the year/game/moment. And the inaugural winner is: SERGIO BUSQUETS! Although most of […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Nonsense, Thoughts19 Comments

Tika taka, golden days and the fallibility of memory

28 December 2013

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it doesn’t exist.” The dude who said this probably wasn’t talking about the nuances of football systems of the 20th and 21st century (or maybe he was, and we just didn’t know he was prescient […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts42 Comments

Match control, Barça and you

27 December 2013

[Heya, BFB! This, unfortunately, isn’t the fun times post you’ve been waiting for. Hopefully, it will entertain you in some other way, though!] Match control is what pretty much every team in football strives for. As the saying goes, control the match, control the game. Control the game and you win. Unless you fail to […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts40 Comments

Barça at halfway, aka “Making sense of seeming craziness”

25 December 2013

It isn’t the exact midway point of the season, but it’s close enough where we can start to examine some things, look forward and look back with anger, sadness, happiness and any other emotion you can think of. Healing Messi Obviously, the most dominant thing this season has been Broken Messi. He first picked up […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts25 Comments

Live MBM: Getafe – Barça

22 December 2013

Goood morafterevenight my dear global followers, and welcome to our live minute by minute report today’s matchup. Since the last MBM covered a game I wouldn’t have cared about had I watched it from the stadium with Shakira on my lap, I am certainly hoping for a bit more participation than the previous MBMs. This […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Liveblog90 Comments

Live MBM report Barça – Cartagena

17 December 2013

Right ladies and gents, when the missus turns on Grey’s Anatomy you know it’s time to sneak off and prepare a minute-by-minute report for both dear and loyal readers. But before I get started I should lay down a couple of ground rules. Here we go. DO refresh your page regularly, as I will update […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Liveblog91 Comments

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