A Strange and Twisted Tale

We often remember things and people as a series of emotional moments. We don’t really control them, but we have vivid recall when it matters most. I remember the moment I met my wife more than 14 years ago, although she was just a friend-of-a-friend and at the time it was no more momentous a… Continue reading A Strange and Twisted Tale

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Distant Stadiums and Broken Clubs

Today is really about one thing: crumbling infrastructure. It may seem like it’s about other things because I’m going to mention food, the Lord of the Rings, and even Power Rangers, but it’s actually all about infrastructure. As an American, I am no strange to oddly placed stadiums. In fact, it’s weirder to me to… Continue reading Distant Stadiums and Broken Clubs

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FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale – Chapter 5: November 2020

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 5. For previous chapters, see Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4. -Isaiah November begins with interesting news out of America, as Al Gore wins his sixth term in office, celebrating… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale – Chapter 5: November 2020

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 4: October 2020

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 3. For previous chapters, see Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. -Isaiah At the beginning of a tough looking month it’s nice to get some recognition. My players may be hacking each… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 4: October 2020

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 3: September 2020

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 3. For previous chapters, see Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. -Isaiah Paulo Gazzaniga comes in on an emergency loan basically because he (a) speaks Spanish and (b) is willing to come. With… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 3: September 2020

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 2: Transfers and Pre-Season

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. This is Chapter 2. The first chapter can be found here. -Isaiah There are two types of manager in professional football: the kind that adapts to their players, letting them guide his style. Think of… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 2: Transfers and Pre-Season

FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 1: Introduction

This guest series is written by my good friend Harry, who has chosen to make himself miserable for your enjoyment. Let’s go along for the ride on what is sure to be a roller-coaster ride to the, well, either the top or bottom of the European football mountain. -Isaiah Chapter One – Introduction Throughout my… Continue reading FM21 – A Blaugrana Tale, Chapter 1: Introduction

The Greatest Barça Forward of the Modern Era: A Debate in Numbers and Style

I ran across a tweet a few weeks ago that questioned who was better in blaugrana, Samuel Eto’o or Luis Suarez. My immediate reaction was that Eto’o was better, but that was, upon even a brief further reflection, based entirely on how much I love Eto’o, not on what he actually accomplished compared to Luis Suarez.… Continue reading The Greatest Barça Forward of the Modern Era: A Debate in Numbers and Style

After All This, Football

Kevin has already written about what La Liga re-starting means and how sport itself is (and should be) taking a backseat to both world and local events, so as usual go read him instead of me. A few words: It has been strange sitting here in my house while tens of thousands of my neighbors… Continue reading After All This, Football

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Of Hatchet Men and Bad Matches: Atleti-Barça

It strikes me as perfect–absolutely perfect–that Barça will play Atleti on Sunday night. Yes, it’s a top-of-the-table match, with 2 top-4 teams facing off, but it’s something else too: Barça are coming off their most exciting match in a while, having actually found themselves entertaining fans against Dortmund, while Atleti…okay, I haven’t watched Atleti in… Continue reading Of Hatchet Men and Bad Matches: Atleti-Barça

Too Much and Never Enough: the 2018-19 Season in Review

Not all fan bases are created equal. Let’s start there, before we mention anything else. Some fans are downtrodden, some like to get drunk and rowdy, some are rabidly devoted to smoke bombs. Success ebbs and flows, but fan bases tend to coalesce around a single idea, whether it is merely a stereotype or misunderstood… Continue reading Too Much and Never Enough: the 2018-19 Season in Review

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