Myths, legends and difficult times for a football club, aka “The myth of Pep”

28 October 2013

So, there was this lumberjack named Paul Bunyan, and what a lumberjack he was. When he came into the world, it took not one, but five storks to bring him home. His hand claps and laughter broke windows and he was sawing legs off beds even though he could barely walk. He made a mountain, […]

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Posted in History/Culture, Soap Box, Thoughts129 Comments

Barça 2, RM 1, aka “The boy has put away childish things, and become a man”

26 October 2013

Narratives. Quite a lot happened in the match today, an event that pundits and ancillary critters have weighed in on and found wanting. Not surprisingly, I think they are dead wrong, and not just because I am a culer. Today’s match for me, the first time the teams have met in 8 months (as opposed […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts140 Comments

El Clasico Liveblog!

26 October 2013

It’s the game we have all been waiting for, El Clasico! Join us in the liveblog with your host Vj! Barça starting XI: VV, Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Neymar and Messi Barça bench: Pinto, Puyol, Montoya, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Alexis. Bartra and Tello don’t make the squad.

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Posted in Barcelona, El Clasico, La Liga, Liveblog66 Comments

It’s time … Classic time, aka “Be happy I’m not Barça coach”

25 October 2013

Yikes. Portents, anguish, violence, history, independence chants, the Best Player in the World vs the Best Player in the Galaxy … it’s the end of the world as we know it. The Liga is in the balance, don’t ya know, as our beloved sprites stagger into this match off the heels of two … count […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts27 Comments

As a matter of Clasico, pt II

25 October 2013

So about a year ago, I interviewed this guy about a certain football match that was about to take place. Now you will never guess who I ran into this morning. Or, actually, and uhhh, truth be told, quite unfortunately, he ran into me…   Hey you! Yeah, you, come here! (eyes widen) …Uhhh, dude, […]

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Posted in Barcelona15 Comments

Get Your Ta Tas Out, Vol. I: The Man in the Pistachio Polo

24 October 2013

While BFB readers are the most informed, insightful, and (surely) attractive in the whole World Wide Web, Gerardo Martino’s appointment as FCB’s new coach this August took many of us by surprise. However, your humble SoMa, who successfully led the Cheeseburg Lil’ Kickers to a 1-5 season this Fall (ba-bam!), is uniquely qualified to appraise […]

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Posted in Barcelona18 Comments

Evolution and our beloved football club, aka “Martino is going to need a hug … soon!”

22 October 2013

Yikes. It isn’t often that an opinion piece sparks a post outta me, but this one has done it. But it hasn’t done it out of sheer boneheadedness, which I think the post has in spades. It’s also a question of right questions, wrong conclusions that have their roots in devotion to a player, rather […]

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Posted in Analysis, Champions League, La Liga, Thoughts65 Comments

AC Milan vs FC Barcelona Liveblog

22 October 2013

Today’s loveblob will once again be hosted by our friend Vj. Enjoy! Starting XI: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi & Neymar. Bench: Pinto, Montoya, Bartra, Song, Cesc, Pedro, Tello. Puyol, Oier, JDS, & Sergi Roberto do not make the squad.

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Liveblog20 Comments

Osasuna 0 – Barça 0: Spots of Sunshine vs Rumors of Rain

20 October 2013

1. This match really doesn’t deserve a full-fledged review, but I will offer up my thoughts anyway. Numbered for easy consumption, you should beware that some might be of the knee-jerk variety. 2. A draw at Osasuna is not the end of the world. It is not even the end of the season. Winning streaks […]

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Review55 Comments

Everybody cheer up!

14 October 2013

[ NOTE:  This post was drafted prior to Barça’s October 5th victory over Real Valladolid, when the boards were rather grumpy ’cause we were all … well, winning, and stuff. So if you’re bucked up rather than (what rhymes with “bucked up”?) lately, bookmark this and come back when we lose, or tie, or win again […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Nonsense177 Comments

Diving, embellishing, tactics and cheating, aka “This is a man’s world, until it isn’t”

08 October 2013

Neymar is a diver. Come on, right? We all know it, and we knew it when we bought him. Diver. Shameful. Right? Wrong. Further, the campaign to label him one is disgusting. It’s an effort to cover a player with crap before he even has a chance to develop ANY sort of image or reputation […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts145 Comments

Barça 4 – Real Valladolid 1: Music Minus Messi

06 October 2013

The cover All right. Let’s not waste any time today. Record breaker Tata shuffled through his vinyl collection and selected the following tunes: Valdes, Dani Alves, Bartra, Piqué, Adriano, Song, Fàbregas, Xavi, Alexis, Neymar and Tello. Yes, his favorite hit single no.10 was scratched, which, if it doesn’t get fixed any time soon, might not […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Review78 Comments

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