Barça 1, RM 3, aka “Inches make all the difference”

26 February 2013

The Chicago area, and the county in which I live, is having a winter storm. And I’m pretty sure that it’s Jordi Roura’s fault. Almost positive. I ordered some cycling shorts, and the order is delayed. I can guaranTEE that is Roura’s fault. Curse him. And now that the humor is out of the way, […]

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Posted in Copa del Rey, Thoughts232 Comments

Copa Clasico 2nd Leg Match Comments Thread

26 February 2013

  It’s that time again: another clasico. Will any of us survive? Let’s find out… Lineups: US: Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Cesc, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi THEM: Diego López, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Di María, Özil, Cristiano, Higuaín. Please keep it civil in the comments, folks. Also this:

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Posted in Copa del Rey, El Clasico, Match comments post208 Comments

Barça 2, Sevilla 1, aka “I wanna be on Tellovision!”

23 February 2013

There is something funny in the reality that the two Liga giants both went into Saturday’s match day as a favorite, only to go down a goal, then rally for a narrow, one-goal victory. Could both colossi have had the same thing on the brain? Maybe, just maybe. And it must have been contagious, because […]

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Posted in La Liga, Review, Thoughts147 Comments

Barcelona vs Sevilla Liveblog

23 February 2013

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Posted in Barcelona50 Comments

Preview: Ave Sevi-i-lla

23 February 2013

The AVE (Alta Velocidad Española) high-speed trains are a great way in which to travel.  Ave is also a Spanish word for “bird” so the name has a double entendre.  The Sevilla team flew low to Barcelona on Friday night. Six hours instead of 90 minutes in a plane. 

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview23 Comments

King Eric is back, aka “No, you can’t have this one!”

21 February 2013

The club couldn’t have planned it this way, but on a day after Barça lost a Champions League match and the planet stopped spinning, came news sufficient to warm any cule’s heart: Eric Abidal has received medical clearance Let that sink in for a moment. His last match for the side was in February 2012, […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts36 Comments

Milan 2 – Barça 0, as we neither barked nor growled

21 February 2013

Some fifteen minutes before the match I wrote that I would be disappointed with anything less than a win. High expectations are a mo-fo. And so is our sense of entitlement. We’re like the guy who goes to the prom, confident that his date will go all the way. And then gets upset when she […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Champions League, Review110 Comments

Off To That One City Again: Milan – Barcelona

19 February 2013

I’ve previously written about The Moral City of Italy (is that really what it’s called?) as a stand-in for rampaging Visigoths. I’ve also previously written about the city while attempting to avoid discussions of medieval warfare. Blitzen has gotten in on that act as well. I feel like I can’t possibly write more about Milan. And yet, […]

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Posted in Champions League, Preview240 Comments

Of Messi and Distance: Limited Statistical Analysis of How Far Players Run and What It Means

18 February 2013

Virtually every comment on this blog over the last couple of days has been dedicated to an ongoing discussion/argument/flamewar/typofest on whether or not particular players are net positives or negatives for the club. Everyone has been involved, but it’s mostly centered around Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez. One comment went as such (typos and orthography […]

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Posted in Statistics, Tactics, Thoughts112 Comments

Granada 1, Barça 2, aka “The confidence game”

16 February 2013

This picture of the coaching staff cracks me up because like many New Cules, they already have an expectation of what is supposed to happen, even as their reasons are different for having the same anticipation: – We roll into town, kick the crap out of whatever poor side has the great misfortune to play […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts149 Comments

Granada vs. Barça: That Which Defines Them

16 February 2013

A challenging fortnight begins for Barça with an away game to Granada. With no mid-week game last week, the team even had 2 days off and 6 days in total to recover and prepare for what will be a decisive and intense 15 days. Prepare yourselves, culés!

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Posted in Barcelona111 Comments

blitzen awards, the Mad Dogs and Englishmen edition

12 February 2013

Well, that was a heck of a game, wasn’t it? Worth getting up at 6 am for? (Yeah, yeah, I know Asian & Australian cules regularly get up at 3 am to squint at fuzzy streams while standing on one leg and balancing a bookcase on their heads, I don’t want to hear your sob […]

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Posted in Barcelona118 Comments

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