Twisting in the wind, aka “Love, respect and legends”

12 March 2015

When a player outlives his usefulness, it’s brutal. And nasty. An exceptionally useful part of a championship team is not any longer and a club has to manage what to do. And that’s just the club. Supporters also come in to add many additional layers of nasty to the aging process. There are three kinds […]

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The value of history

09 March 2015

Spend too much time looking back, and you stumble over the present. But sometimes, history can be useful as a reminder. This season has seemed like one endless squabble. Enrique out. Give him time. The team has lost its way. What is that way. Pedro, Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Mascherano, this and that as a group […]

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Posted in Messi, Thoughts89 Comments

Barça 6, Rayo 1, aka “Top of table on a perfect day”

08 March 2015

When RM lost yesterday, gifting Barça with a glorious opportunity to go top of table, it was almost charming the way many culers were still worried. Pessimism is indeed part of the culer mindset. Barça can be 10 points ahead with two matches left, and culers would say, “Well, the Liga is considering that win […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Thoughts35 Comments

Messi by the numbers, aka “Is there a way to evaluate sunshine?”

06 March 2015

Y’all cray. As a trained journalist who has been working with words for the better part of three decades, sometimes eloquence fails and you just have to fall back on what even the least-trained wordsmith can relate to. Y’all cray. Someone ran the numbers on Messi, his goals and assists, and determined that the net […]

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Posted in Messi, Thoughts56 Comments

Villarreal 1, Barça 3, aka “Whaddaya know … a final!”

05 March 2015

Well, ain’t that just a kick in the teeth? There are so many eminently logical reasons for the predictions that this season’s Barça team wouldn’t do well. But just as with upsets in sport, the theory all falls by the wayside when the kicking begins. And this match is interesting for the simple fact that […]

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Posted in Analysis, Copa del Rey, Injuries, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts15 Comments

Barcelona’s Midfield: Is it black and blue or is it gold and white?

02 March 2015

Throughout a major part of this season I kept reading the phrase “no midfield”. In football, this phrase is a huge assumption that usually leads to your team’s destruction against any opponent capable of controlling midfield.  More importantly, if a team didn’t have midfield it would definitely suffer terrible defeats. After all, a team can […]

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Posted in Thoughts53 Comments

What’s our hurry, aka “What does a “Barça midfielder” look like?”

01 March 2015

Harold Miner. Now only the most die-hard fan of American basketball will remember that name. He blasted into the National Basketball Association carrying the nickname “Baby Jordan,” after the already-iconic Michael Jordan. His NBA career lasted 4 years. A comment in the last thread noted that Ivan Rakitic, for the commenter, has for the past […]

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Posted in Messi, Neymar, Supposition, Thoughts10 Comments

Granada 1, Barça 3, aka “Change is good”

28 February 2015

“Why aren’t people happy with your team?” It’s an interesting query that I had to deal with the other day on Champions League day, which is pretty the only time that a Prem-centric universe pays attention to those little guys from Spain. It was a struggle to come to grips with the answer, but finally […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Thoughts26 Comments

The best league ever, and the failings of a GOAT

27 February 2015

None of it matters. Messi was absent from the UEFA Team of the Week, but Ronaldo was in there. So what. Some don’t think that Messi is better than Ronaldo. So what. The Premiership is called by many “best league in the world.” So what. At the end of a remarkable week of football, in […]

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Posted in Analysis, Champions League, La Liga, Messi, Thoughts29 Comments

Manchester City 1, Barça 2, aka “Finding the divine in the everyday”

24 February 2015

The ending was perfect. In many ways seeing Messi laying there on the Etihad pitch raging at his penalty miss, prone in the aftermath of a putback attempt, was a perfect ending to this wonderful match. Because art shouldn’t be perfect. Art, like life, should contain flaws, and Barça is life. Messy, violent, sublime life […]

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Posted in Analysis, Champions League, Messi, Thoughts59 Comments

Can there be a wrong opinion, aka “To your battle stations!”

24 February 2015

This post began life as a City Champions League preview, but got derailed by something fascinating that was overheard during an early-morning workout. So to start, here’s something to work out, kinda like a math equation: RM beat Barça Atleti beat RM Barça beat Atleti Levante beat Malaga Barça beat Levante Malaga beat Barça In […]

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Posted in Analysis, Champions League, Thoughts68 Comments

Barça 0, Malaga 1, aka “Pin the tail on the donkey”

21 February 2015

There is a children’s game that is loads of fun, if you haven’t played it. You get a donkey poster or stuffed figurine. Then you blindfold a kid, give him the donkey’s tail, which is usually a piece of cloth or something, with a pin through it. Then you spin the kid around a few […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Review70 Comments

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