Gracies, Capita, aka “There will never be another”

15 May 2014

There was a farewell ceremony for our irreplacable Capita, Carles Puyol. Words fail me, but the video above is the full ceremony. There are many culers who only know a Barça for which Captain Caveman was the Capita. But even for those of us who know other Barças, it will still be unfathomably weird to […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts99 Comments

One match, for everything, aka “Deserves got nothin’ to do with it”

13 May 2014

Saturday. It’s difficult to adequately explain to someone without a sense of humor and embrace of the absurd about this La Liga season. On Saturday, at the end of a logic-defying series of twists and turns, first and second place will battle. At the end of 90 minutes, a Liga champion will be crowned. And […]

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Posted in La Liga, Transfers114 Comments

Right in the Nostalgia: Barça v Real Sociedad 12-10-2010

07 May 2014

Well, this may seem like a blatant excuse to curb the 300+ comment monster that is the Getafe comment post but what you don’t know is Hey look, a full match video from 2010 in English. Let’s watch. Iniesta’s goal celebration gets me every time. I think this – posting classic matches from the ‘vault’ […]

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Posted in Videos302 Comments

Barcelona 2 – Getafe 2: Game, set and ma…

04 May 2014

Tito Before kick-off the Camp Nou paid a final homage to a man who, in all honesty, has simply been more culer than thou during his forty-five years on earth, Tito Vilanova. First we were shown a remembrance video in which several players bade him farewell, which was in my very personal opinion both moving […]

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Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Review370 Comments

I want one of those, and two of those, and a chicken, aka “Transfer talk rocks”

02 May 2014

What if dating was like silly season? Newly single Biff Majestic is in the market. Rumor is that he has a pre-contract with the barista at the town coffee shop but when pressed for details, Mr. Majestic said no comment. The barista has been scouted by Majestic’s mother, who has glowing reports of her calmness […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts, Transfers, Transfers/Transfer Rumors123 Comments

Buses and institutional arrogance, aka “Barça take planes, not buses”

01 May 2014

This has been the Champions League and week in which football has taken it on the chin. – Chelsea beat Liverpool. – RM stomped Bayern It has also been a week in which the phrase “parking the bus” has acquired a heretofore unseen malleability as counterattacking football has become “parking the bus,” for reasons that […]

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Posted in Champions League, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts41 Comments

Dani Alves and the perfect gesture, aka “Your stupidity is soooo tasty!”

28 April 2014

How often do we get to say the exact right thing, make the exact right gesture? Many years ago, when my wife and I were urban pioneers, we lived in a neighborhood festooned with um … indigenous businessladies. One night while she was out walking the dog, a car rolled up alongside the curb and […]

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Posted in La Liga, Neymar, Soap Box, Thoughts165 Comments

Farewell, Tito Vilanova, aka “The ‘boat’ loses an important plank”

25 April 2014

What makes you weep for a complete and total stranger? Some people wonder that as we reel from the punch in the gut that was the news that our Mister, Tito Vilanova, succumbed to cancer at the age of 45. It’s one cell. One cell that you can’t see with the sharpest eyes decided his […]

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Posted in Team News, Thoughts64 Comments

Goodbye Tito

25 April 2014

Today the devastating news has been reported that former FCB coach Tito Vilanova has died at age 45 after a 3-year battle with cancer. Like all culers, we here at BFB are deeply saddened by his passing. He represented all the best characteristics that the club strives for: decency, humanity, humility, strength under pressure, and […]

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Posted in Barcelona29 Comments

The malleability of absolution, aka “If one is responsible, then everyone is”

21 April 2014

So. Barça ended a 3-match losing skid with something that wasn’t as much a comeback as a bit of common sense rearing its head. “Hey, what say we stop hitting the ball directly AT the keeper.” Messi scored a goal so all is right in the culer world again, but for me something more interesting […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts223 Comments

Barça Be Like

19 April 2014

Poor Tata. Called upon to replace an ailing Tito, he arrived in Barcelona with nothing but a crumpled suit and a backpack filled with pistachio polo shirts. Given a poorly balanced squad to which he could add no players he was told to smile, take a picture, and off to Bangkok for a summer tour […]

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Posted in Barcelona90 Comments

Goldilocks and the Camp Nou, aka “The case for Neymar”

18 April 2014

Neymar has a problem. Neymar IS a problem. Whichever (or both) of those sentences you think true, there is one thing we can agree on: Neymar is a galvanizing figure on the world football stage. When he came to Barça at the beginning of this season for a pile of cash, nobody knew what to […]

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Posted in Analysis, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts49 Comments

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