blitzen awards, the El Morbico edition

01 February 2013

They’re back! You didn’t think I could let a Clasico Morbico go by without a nice fresh round of blitzen awards, did you? Oh, you know you missed, them, really. Golden Kneecap Award: Xabi Alonso, who successfully used his Cloak of Classiness to conceal several quite nasty kicks, or rather knees, to the nether regions […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Copa del Rey, Nonsense148 Comments

M*drid 1 – Barça 1, as we could have lost what we should have won

31 January 2013

NOTE: If you just logged on, Kxevin also put up his thoughts about the match in the post before this one. It’s a MUST-read, as always.   I woke up this morning and opened my eyes (although not necessarily in that order). I looked to the left to see the woman of my dreams sleeping […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Copa del Rey, Review54 Comments

Raphael Varane 1, Barça 1, aka “Let’s take a moment for a bit of perspective here, folks.”

31 January 2013

Short and sweet: The mood after what was a good result in the first leg of the NIT Copa del Reig strikes me as rather odd, and a bit difficult to comprehend for many reasons, but let’s start with why it was a GOOD result: –In their house, we came away from a two-legged tie […]

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Posted in Copa del Rey, Thoughts19 Comments

M*drid – Barça Preview, as a matter of clásico

29 January 2013

In the tradition of great Dutch masters before him, this not-so-great Dutch not-even-a-master will attempt to draw a journalistic self-portrait, or uhhmmm… an emotional sketch of a culé the day before, if you will, a Q & A between him and himself. Hi, nice to meet you. You look great today, as always! Yeah, yeah, […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Copa del Rey, Interviews, Preview194 Comments

Barcelona 5 – 1 Osasuna: Winning Made Simple

28 January 2013

It was a game that had a fair amount of buildup going in. There was a defensive lapse that led to an opposition goal, but the whole thing was over but for the bloviating the moment a red card was handed out. The winner, like the home team’s opener, came from the boot of an […]

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Posted in La Liga, Review15 Comments

Fear the Complacency: Barcelona – Osasuna

26 January 2013

It was mid-afternoon on Friday when I received word that Lionel Messi had been injured enough to keep him out of Sunday’s game against Osasuna. I immediately panicked, as any good cule would. I lit my computer on fire, threw my phone out the nearest window, and wailed loudly for hours. My boss was very upset by the […]

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Posted in La Liga, Preview112 Comments

Malaga 2, Barça 4, aka “Them little blokes don’t like it innem, eh?” “No. And …?”

25 January 2013

Ah, notions. Is the Doom Watch over? Because I’m running out of canned food and bottled water, so I sure hope that it is. Many people were nervous yesterday, some even picked Malaga to advance. “Two away goals! We’re all gon’ die!” As I tracked the match yesterday, I noted something akin to “If the […]

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Posted in Copa del Rey, Review, Thoughts44 Comments

Malaga v Barça, aka “The preview that really isn’t”

24 January 2013

Ha! You all are probably wondering why I don’t write more previews. It’s simple. I’m not very good at them. And yet, this match is worth saying something about, for a great many reasons. So rather than getting all prose-y and whatnot, in bullet points, here’s my half-assed preview. Adversity?: To think that this is […]

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Posted in Copa del Rey, Preview, Thoughts95 Comments

Real Sociedad 3 – Barça 2, as we are undefeated no more

20 January 2013

  A wise man once said that every disadvantage gives you an advantage. Your laptop stopped working? Go get that Macbook you always wanted! Got a head-crunching hangover after spending the whole night drinking? The perfect excuse to miss Sunday mass! Your wife is filing for divorce? Now you can finally hook up with that hot […]

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Review108 Comments

Real Sociedad vs. Barça: Can you hear the drums? They beat for thee

19 January 2013

On January 20th each year, the beautiful city of San Sebastián (think of a small Paris by the sea) in the Basque Country celebrates the festival known as La Tamborrada.  It begins in the evening of January 19th and continues for 24 hours.  It’s loud, because the main instrument is the drum.

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Preview211 Comments

Gracies Victor!

18 January 2013

So it’s true. Yesterday the agents of Victor Valdes announced, and this morning the club confirmed, that Barcelona’s number one goalkeeper has made the “irrevocable” decision not to renew his contract, which expires in June 2014. Victor joined the club originally in 1992, at 10 years old. He left for 3 years when his family […]

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Posted in Barcelona, Goodbyes, Player Profiles, Transfers/Transfer Rumors44 Comments

Málaga 1 – Barça 3, as we increased our odds

14 January 2013

Last week I saw a movie called 50/50. One of the few things that have remained affordable in a country with a ballooning inflation rate of 35% per year are pirated DVD’s. They can be found anywhere, from street corners to bus terminals to shopping malls. Hell, there’s a downtown market with at least a […]

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Review395 Comments

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