10 post-Classic points, aka “It ain’t over, but many things should be over”

26 October 2014

So. Barça got its collective tails handed to it yesterday. What does it mean, and what are the implications, moving forward? Here are 10 thoughts about just that. 1. Exorcismus Guardiolus: Time to eradicate all things Guardiola. Cries for “What Guardiola brought us, blablabla,” are pointless. That team, that system existed in a moment in […]

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Posted in Analysis, El Clasico, La Liga, Thoughts182 Comments

Real Madrid 3, Barça 1, aka “Ownership”

25 October 2014

A big part of being a grownup is ownership, taking control of the moments in life when you so desperately wish you had done better, raising your hand and saying, “That’s on me.” Players raise their hand to acknowledge a loose pass, or a shot that shouldn’t have been taken, but who will raise their […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts49 Comments

A chat with the other side, aka “Bassam talks Classic”

24 October 2014

In advance of the Classic, we talked to Bassam Dgheim of Real Madrid Football Blog, about 10 things. Bassam, who many of you have interacted with in the comments space here, is good people, and a reminder that we fans are all human critters. It’s the teams and clubs we dislike. I have done my […]

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Posted in Analysis, El Clasico, La Liga, Thoughts103 Comments

A Classic preview, aka “Great men don’t always make history”

23 October 2014

If great men decide history, the effect of lesser men in steering history is often overlooked. Saturday’s Classic boasts two of the greatest footballers in history, facing off on opposite sides. As the notion of great men and their writing a script for an extraordinary event goes, you couldn’t ask for a better moment in […]

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Posted in El Clasico, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Supposition, Thoughts17 Comments

Barça 3, Eibar 0, aka “Football’s constant lessons continue”

18 October 2014

Football is fun, mostly because it can teach us so much about things, like a crafty old veteran who hunkers down to explain everything that we missed about what we thought we had just watched. One of the things that football teaches us is that expectations are illogical. As people crowed about Messi popping off […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts104 Comments

The Good, the Bad and the Suarez

13 October 2014

This is the post I promised Valdemar II, the winner of the World Cup predictions thing who asked for: “A post about the possible starting elevens and alternate formations for [this] season” Well, the transfer window wasn’t closed at the time nor was the squad finalized so I thought it would be better to hold […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts112 Comments

A personal standard, aka “Messi is better than Ronaldo is better than Messi”

11 October 2014

The Shrug. The last time that I saw a truly transcendent performance by an athlete was by Michael Jordan, in Game One of the 1992 NBA Finals. One of the benefits of being an old man is that you had the opportunity to see stuff like that, an athlete beyond compare, on the biggest stage […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Supposition, Thoughts27 Comments

Rayo Vallecano 0, Barça 2, aka “Achieving a state of grace”

04 October 2014

Winning is kinda weird when you think about it, because it isn’t supposed to happen. Even if you consider what has to happen for a goal to be scored, never mind enough goals to win a match, the mind boggles at the amazing complexity of it all, the chain reaction of attackers doing the exact […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts110 Comments

PSG 3, Barça 2, aka “Okay. So what happened?

01 October 2014

The away Champions League leg to Paris St-Germain was like the baseball pitcher who has a perfect game going. Then he walks a guy. Next guy gets a hit. Next guy hits a home run and suddenly, it’s all gone. Barça rolled into Paris on the heels of a single draw as the “negative” result, […]

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Posted in Champions League, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts102 Comments

Talkin’ bout differences…

29 September 2014

I still remember the first time I went to the Camp Nou. It was in the fall of 2004 against Deportivo de la Coruña. Ronaldinho did stuff I couldn’t quite understand from my seat in the third ring on the southern side of the stadium. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst goofed up and gifted the lead to […]

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Barça 6, Granada 0, aka “What a difference two days make”

27 September 2014

Two tales from life, both having bearing on this post. 1. One of my bikes was making an odd, cricket-like noise. This brilliant mechanic checked everything, even pulling the bottom bracket. We scratched our heads as a much less talented mechanic said, “Hey, a chainring bolt is loose.” Voila. 2. My training week is Su: […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts21 Comments

Malaga 0, Barça 0, aka “Enrique era over before it started?”

25 September 2014

A football game is in every way, shape and form, about time. It starts with the first kick of the ball. Great players seem to compress and expand it — depending on whether you are the tormented or tormentor — it as their skills play with chronology. It slows when your team is hanging on, […]

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Posted in La Liga, Transfers49 Comments

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