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”

Barça, great cinema, history and millstones

There is a movie out and about, “Take the Ball, Pass the Ball,” that a few of you have probably heard of. Based on the exceptional Graham Hunter book titled “Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World,” this movie documents the Pep Guardiola era via video snippets but mostly interviews with players,… Continue reading Barça, great cinema, history and millstones

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

Barça 0, Malaga 1, aka “Pin the tail on the donkey”

There is a children’s game that is loads of fun, if you haven’t played it. You get a donkey poster or stuffed figurine. Then you blindfold a kid, give him the donkey’s tail, which is usually a piece of cloth or something, with a pin through it. Then you spin the kid around a few… Continue reading Barça 0, Malaga 1, aka “Pin the tail on the donkey”

Barça 5, Cordoba 0, aka “Does it matter how the chef stirs the pot?”

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha (pant, pant!) bwahahahahahahahaha! Whew! Now that I am composed, Barça put the hammer down on Cordoba 5-0, to roll into the holiday break with a bang. This was a match was either wasn’t very interesting or fascinating as can be, depending on what you were looking for. Prima facie Barça did what it was… Continue reading Barça 5, Cordoba 0, aka “Does it matter how the chef stirs the pot?”

Getafe 0, Barça 0, aka “The correct answer to the blame question is ‘all of the above'”

The rain, the pitch, no penalty, Enrique sucks, Alves … The quest for blame in the wake of a negative result scatters thoughts like dandelion spores in a hurricane, a fascinating search that often finds them landing in odd places and pollinating certain ideas. But today’s draw vs Getafe was a great many things all… Continue reading Getafe 0, Barça 0, aka “The correct answer to the blame question is ‘all of the above’”

Barça 3, PSG 1, aka “Excellence is usually about belief”

The bracing, all-encompassing majesty of sport is that the best team doesn’t always win. What sells out stadiums as newly promoted teams face championship sides is precisely that, the belief that on any given day, anything can happen. From back when Goliath didn’t see it coming, looking down to wonder what that little dude was… Continue reading Barça 3, PSG 1, aka “Excellence is usually about belief”