Real Madrid 2, Barca 1 (4-4 agg.), aka “Moral victories are for losers”

30 August 2012

We lost. Let’s be absolutely clear about this. For about 35 minutes, we went into their house and got our asses handed to us. And those 35 minutes were enough. That they scored two goals from errors of the sort that humans make should in no way ameliorate the fact that mistakes were made. And […]

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Spanish Super Cup Second Leg Match Comments

29 August 2012

We start this one with the narrowest of leads, taking home a 3-2 win at… well home. Yours truly is busy with life this afternoon, so you’ll all have to laugh, cry, complain, and sell Vj right here in the comments. Here’s to a match with no injuries. Starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, […]

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Banquillo 8: Intro Music

28 August 2012

Episode 8: In which the season begins under Tito, theme music is discussed, and a “surprise” visitor flees in terror. AlexandreTheGreat: Welcome to a new year, everyone! FreshPrinceofBellcaire: Hey, boss. I’m excited to get this project underway. AlexandreTheGreat: And with that in mind, I’d like to introduce the new members of our squad. AlbaAndTheChipmunks: Moc […]

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Osasuna 1, Barca 2, aka “Felix didn’t have a bigger bag of tricks!”

26 August 2012

Okay. My heart is now back to a normal rhythm, so let’s look at some general impressions of this match. This won’t be a review proper, because I’m streaming, rather than DVRing, but I do know this: Great galloping Wilfred, how did we pull that one out? Like everyone else in the known Culeverse except […]

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Posted in La Liga, Thoughts139 Comments

Jornada 2: Osasuna – Barcelona Liveblog

26 August 2012

It’s a return to Liga action and Barcelona faces Osasuna. Fontas, Dos Santos, and Afellay didn’t travel today – make of that what you will. Montoya and Bartra were left out of the match squad. Starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Busquets, Fabregas, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi, Tello Bench: Pinto, Mascherano, Adriano, Song, Xavi, Pedro, […]

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Posted in La Liga, Liveblog94 Comments

Son Of Blitzen Awards Returns!

25 August 2012

Yes, I’m back! Well, I never really left, but you know what I mean. Here are some lovely blitzen awards to ease the sting of losing the Mini Clasico today: MOTM Award: If Iniesta had played the entire game the way he did in the 2nd half, the award would have gone to him, no […]

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Mini-Clasico Preview

24 August 2012

Today is an historic event. You may think the next Clasico is this Wednesday, but you are wrong. The next meeting between the two titans of Spanish Football is on Saturday at 21:00 Barcelona time (3pm EDT). That is when Barcelona B and Real Madrid Castilla meet for the first time in 14 years. Barça […]

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Spanish SuperCopa Leg 1: Barca 3, Them 2, aka “Dung occurreth.”

23 August 2012

Leg 1, of what is a trophy that wouldn’t make anyone that giddy were it not for the opponent — handy when you’re ginning up phrases such as “Year of the Six Cups,” but in reality it’s a matchup that always, always comes too soon to see anyone playing anything approximating their best football. And […]

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Spanish Super Cup Leg I Liveblog

23 August 2012

Let’s just get down to business shall we? Starting XI:  Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Alexis, Messi Bench: Pinto, Puyol, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Cesc, Tello, Villa EE XI: Casillas Arbeloa Albiol Ramos Coentrao Alonso Khedira Callejon Ozil Ronaldo Benzema   The match starts at 22:30 Barcelona time / 4:30 EST. Tune in 7 minutes […]

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A Boy Can Dream: Barça-Real Madrid (SuperCopa Leg 1)

23 August 2012

As you’ll note shortly, perhaps even by the end of the paragraph, I am not very good at science or things related to science. I do, however, have a theory that there’s a part of my brain that controls emotions. I don’t know that that is a particularly revolutionary theory, but I think that this […]

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Vilanova’s New Song

22 August 2012

Two days ago I sat down to write a scathing comment about the purchase of Song from Arsenal. The general premise was that a summer ago we bought Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal’s best midfielder. This was a player who was going to fit perfectly in our midfield right off the bat, a player who was grown […]

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Benvingut, Alex Song, aka “The best name on the squad”

21 August 2012

Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong. If you’re looking for a comprehensively badass moniker, look no further than our latest acquisition from Arsenal. He came over for EUR 19M straight up, which is unusual for us. Often, we see contracts such as 15+4M if the player isn’t kidnapped by aliens in the first month he is with […]

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Posted in Team News, Transfers60 Comments

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