GOATS, success, failure and Lionel Messi, aka “Be here now.”

14 July 2014

The World Cup is over and now the debates begin about Messi, roiling tempests that reduce the actual winner of the tournament to a seeming afterthought. And they are so predictable that it’s almost lazy, as if by rote the same lines are drawn by the same groups of people: – Look at the stats. […]

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Posted in Messi, Thoughts, World Cup280 Comments

Immortality

12 July 2014

  6 Ligas 2 Copas del Rey 6 Supercopas de España 3 Champions Leagues 2 UEFA Super Cups 2 FIFA World Cups 1 Olympic Gold Medal

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Posted in Barcelona, Player Profiles, Preview80 Comments

Anything to win, aka “Benvingut, Luis Suarez!”

11 July 2014

Let’s be clear about this: The Luis Suarez transfer is a vile, disgusting act by desperate men, a board trying to save its power-hungry asses and a new coach who doesn’t want to be like his predecessor. It’s at the terminus of an arc of lies and neglect of a sporting project. At the end […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts, Transfers149 Comments

Misunderstanding Messi, aka “You don’t get it, but that’s okay. Hardly anyone does.”

06 July 2014

Messi doesn’t care. If you want to understand Messi, understand that. It took a while for me to figure that out, but this most recent World Cup brought a lot into perspective for me regarding Lionel Messi. There have been some excellent articles on him: a piece that goes back to Rosario, a statistical breakdown […]

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Posted in Messi, Supposition, Thoughts208 Comments

Ugliness in the beautiful game, aka “This is a man’s world”

04 July 2014

“I never meant to hurt anyone. I was defending my shirt.” The beautiful game wasn’t at all today as Brazil faced off against Colombia in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. The sad part is that you could see it coming even before the match started as the coach of Brazil, “Big Phil” Scolari, […]

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Posted in Neymar, Thoughts89 Comments

The Argentina Primer: You’re a Hot Mess…

03 July 2014

…but I’m still into you.  

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Posted in Analysis, World Cup288 Comments

The World Cup Predictions Pool Game Thing

02 July 2014

So, I was thinking of what to do during the World Cup and settled on a kind of predictions game. It’ll be too complicated if it was done game by game so my twitter followers kindly narrowed it down to a couple of simple questions, or for those who find it easier and/or more familiar […]

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Posted in Analysis, Contests55 Comments

The Brazil Primer: When All You Have is a Neymar…

02 July 2014

…everything looks like magic.

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Posted in Analysis, Neymar163 Comments

Gracies, Equip, aka “Thank you so much for being superhuman”

02 July 2014

These are tough times. Poor babies that we are, we have to suffer through a team that finished second in the Liga, in it until the final match, made the Copa final and Champions League quarterfinals. In a sport in which a two-year cycle is extraordinary, our team has been at or near the top […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Thoughts345 Comments

The value of something worthless, aka “The Cesc Fabregas saga continues”

02 July 2014

Value: noun 1. the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. verb 1. estimate the monetary worth of (something). Value is a fun notion to contemplate. I like to think of it as two cars that passed through my possession. One was a big ol’ red sedan that […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts, Transfers, Transfers/Transfer Rumors179 Comments

Myth vs Reality

02 July 2014

Disappointed by the season? Ready to kick some internet ass and spray your opinions throughout the four corners of the cyberworld? You gotta do what you gotta do. But first, let’s separate the bull from the crap, the pimp from his hoes and hit the judge with its own hammer. Ladies and gentlemen, I present […]

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Posted in Barcelona236 Comments

The “best available athlete” dilemma, aka “Hammering nails with a banana”

02 July 2014

Immense thanks to Allas for the Sanchez video. Alexis Sanchez is ready. Alexis Sanchez is a problem. Neymar will be something if he ever learns how to play the Barça way. Alex Song was a waste of money, and isn’t anything approximating Barça quality. A quartet of interesting statements that raises a complex matter with […]

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Posted in International Friendlies, Neymar, Thoughts193 Comments

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