Copa del Rey final, an unlikely event for an unlikely team

Take a moment to appreciate what your team has done. Take a moment to appreciate how far it has come. Today, Barça faces off against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final for what is in all probability the only shot at silver it will have this season, and it’s worth reflecting on how… Continue reading Copa del Rey final, an unlikely event for an unlikely team

Barça 3, Sevilla 0, aka “We’re watching a team.”

“I’m very proud of my team. I can’t ask for anything more. We have changed our mentality.” Ronald Koeman making that statement after his team managed yet another late comeback to turn defeat into victory, points to the best thing about today. We could go on and on, dissecting the match, breaking down key moments… Continue reading Barça 3, Sevilla 0, aka “We’re watching a team.”

Sevilla 2, Barça 0, aka “Outeverythinged but hey, statistics”

Gazing over the smoldering wreckage of Copa hopes and dreams in the wake of a 2-0 loss to Sevilla, there is something positive to take away: coulda been worse. This was a match to look forward to for what it represented for a Barça team that had been finding its groove, albeit against lesser opposition.… Continue reading Sevilla 2, Barça 0, aka “Outeverythinged but hey, statistics”

Granada 3, Barça 5, aka “What the hell just happened?”

Quit is one of those weird words that is so often bandied about in sport, a quality almost as nebulous as want. We read and hear that x or y team wanted it more, which is always odd because when a match starts, want is a quality present in both teams, along with determination and… Continue reading Granada 3, Barça 5, aka “What the hell just happened?”

Real Madrid 0, Barça 3, aka “One hand behind their back”

The victory that sent FC Barcelona to the Copa del Rey final against an opponent to be determined, was a weird one on the surface. Real Madrid, mostly in the person of Vinicius Jr., ran rings around the Barcelona defense, peppered it with fantastic chances and it was only by the grace of all available… Continue reading Real Madrid 0, Barça 3, aka “One hand behind their back”

Barça 6, Sevilla 1, aka “Nothing personal”

A favorite movie genre of many is the western/revenge porn, vintage or contemporary, where the steely-eyed hero picks up his gun and ventures forth to right a wrong. The best ones are direct, violent and spend as little time as possible setting up why everyone is about to die. “Taken,” “John Wick” are two of… Continue reading Barça 6, Sevilla 1, aka “Nothing personal”

Barça 4, Cultural Leonesa 1, aka “Youth will be served”

It’s a safe bet that when Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said of pornography in assessing a case, “I know it when I see it,” he probably didn’t think his words would come to describe what some on Twitter labeled culer porn, the midfield of Sergi Busquets, Carles Aleña and Riqui Puig. Smart men can… Continue reading Barça 4, Cultural Leonesa 1, aka “Youth will be served”

Turbulence: The 2017-18 Season in Review

When the curtain was raised on this past season in August 2017, it looked like someone had forgotten to include the props with the theatrical sets. There were a few actors milling about, but no one had learned any lines. The Supercopa was a nightmare for Barcelona fans, starting with a loss at the Camp Nou… Continue reading Turbulence: The 2017-18 Season in Review

Protest and Finality: Barcelona – Sevilla (CDR Final)

Javier Tebas, the head of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has said that the Copa del Rey final should be suspended immediately if the crowd whistles the national anthem and the king. Let’s be clear: there will be whistling. There is always whistling. This is a cup competition named after a symbol of the oppression–real… Continue reading Protest and Finality: Barcelona – Sevilla (CDR Final)

Espanyol 1, Barça 0, aka “Perfect losses”

Streaks become a burden, like it or not. In the same period that Manchester City’s record-breaking win streak ended, Barça’s unbeaten run ended at 29 matches. Both coaches can heave a sigh of relief. City lost, which still leaves them with a massive lead over the second-place team, and the pressure is gone. Yes, players… Continue reading Espanyol 1, Barça 0, aka “Perfect losses”