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

The Boogie-Woogie Barça Boys of Company B

02 July 2014

FC Barcelona announced on Thursday that Eusebio Sacristan has accepted a one-year renewal of his contract that will keep him at the club as coach of Barça B until the end of the 2014-15 season. This seems like a good time to take a look at how the youngsters have done this year. Barça B […]

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World Cup Match Comments Post

02 July 2014

We’ll talk about the Cesc transfer a little later; for now, here’s a place to let your thoughts loose re Brazil – Croatia.

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Posted in Match comments post183 Comments

Spain vs Holland: 1 + 5 conclusions

02 July 2014

Holland’s victory over Spain was described in both countries as a historical result, and not without reason. Never before had a defending World Champion gotten their butts handed to them in such an all-encompassing manner. Sure, France didn’t manage a single goal in the group stage of 2002, and the memory of Cameroon’s upset over […]

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