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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Barça 2, Getafe 1, “aka We’re all in the mud pit. Welcome.”

So much, too much of everything involved with FC Barcelona is full of shit. High-minded, justified shit, but shit nonetheless, entitled blathering in the service of something that should be entertainment but has become the Football Crusades. We’re mad at a kid who’s getting bad advice. So to hell with him. We’re mad at a… Continue reading Barça 2, Getafe 1, “aka We’re all in the mud pit. Welcome.”

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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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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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Barça vs Liverpool… Messi, dark magic, worship and belief.

It’s the day after the night before and I have a headache. Not because of wild celebrations but because what happened at Camp Nou last night still doesn’t make sense. The score doesn’t quite match what I saw. I think dark magic was in play, I’m still not sure. Liverpool, the team that lost 3-0… Continue reading Barça vs Liverpool… Messi, dark magic, worship and belief.

Champions League Semifinal Preview: Barça – Liverpool

Tomorrow night in Barcelona, the Champions League semifinal first leg kicks off against Liverpool. It is arguably Barça’s most important match of the season, perhaps even since that beautiful night in Berlin in 2015. It can be argued either way that the league or European crowns are better to win, but it is undeniable that… Continue reading Champions League Semifinal Preview: Barça – Liverpool

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The Conundrum of Coutinho

What to make of Philippe Coutinho? He arrived in January 2018 for a gigantic fee — somewhere between 120 and 160 million euros — and he has, in his one full season, made 62 appearances and scored 19 goals in call competitions. He was cup tied last season in the Champions League and made 0… Continue reading The Conundrum of Coutinho

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Remembering Woodwork

On February 4, 2010, I wrote of a new bar opening up in Brooklyn and of Albert Dalmau’s potential inclusion in the first team squad for a match against Getafe. Dalmau never got his chance, becoming a journeyman currently plying his trade with Lleida Esportiu in Segunda B, but the bar became my local hangout. In fact,… Continue reading Remembering Woodwork

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History and the problem with Nelson Semedo

In the wake of the stellar Sergi Roberto performance against Real Madrid, one helped immesurably by team setup and an astonishing helper performance from Ivan Rakitic, the expected reaction happened. Sergi Roberto is a better defender than Semedo, the eleven should always feature Sergi Roberto over Semedo in matches that matter, Semedo is talented but… Continue reading History and the problem with Nelson Semedo

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