Barça 5, Espanyol 1, aka “The aesthetics of results”

When people snark and caterwaul about the Liga talent gap, today’s Catalan derby serves as an excellent illustration. More than a tale of two halves, it was as stark a depiction of haves vs have nots as you will ever see. It’s a fairly easy thing to summarize this match, and the truth lies in… Continue reading Barça 5, Espanyol 1, aka “The aesthetics of results”

Atletico 1, Barça 0 (2-1 agg.), aka “That fist to the face … who put that there?”

Well doesn’t THIS feel weird, this feeling of coming home on a big match day from wherever you watched, with that empty feeling, that difficult-to-describe sensation of having watched your team lose. Seems like just yesterday that we were capering about in glee through throats made hoarse from screaming as we swept the Classics, beating… Continue reading Atletico 1, Barça 0 (2-1 agg.), aka “That fist to the face … who put that there?”

Barça 2, Manchester City 1 (4-1 agg.), aka “Taking care of business”

So much doubt, so much worry, so much anguish all at the roots of a moment of collective human frailty. When Barça lost to Valladolid this weekend past, it was more than a loss. It was like the starting pistol in a race to establish culpability. Something is wrong, whose fault is it. And we… Continue reading Barça 2, Manchester City 1 (4-1 agg.), aka “Taking care of business”

Fear and Loathing in La Liga, a review, aka “It has been forever thus.”

Joan Gaspart: “Barcelona is the defense of a country, a language, a culture.” Okay, I’ll buy that. But you know what? I’m not Catalan, and I HATE Real Madrid. At my first Camp Nou Classic, I almost fell over the rail in a froth-mouthed rage. A complete stranger supported me at the waistband as I… Continue reading Fear and Loathing in La Liga, a review, aka “It has been forever thus.”

Betis 1, Barça 4, aka “Plan A, B and C … What sort of madness is this?”

“This was an intelligent win,” said the team’s coach, Gerardo Martino. While it’s always tempting to analyze statements, like when someone says “You look nice today,” and your thought is “What, do I look like crap all the other days,” that analysis is often dangerous. But let’s have a little look at it, just for… Continue reading Betis 1, Barça 4, aka “Plan A, B and C … What sort of madness is this?”

Osasuna 0 – Barça 0: Spots of Sunshine vs Rumors of Rain

1. This match really doesn’t deserve a full-fledged review, but I will offer up my thoughts anyway. Numbered for easy consumption, you should beware that some might be of the knee-jerk variety. 2. A draw at Osasuna is not the end of the world. It is not even the end of the season. Winning streaks… Continue reading Osasuna 0 – Barça 0: Spots of Sunshine vs Rumors of Rain

Barça 4 – Real Valladolid 1: Music Minus Messi

The cover All right. Let’s not waste any time today. Record breaker Tata shuffled through his vinyl collection and selected the following tunes: Valdes, Dani Alves, Bartra, Piqué, Adriano, Song, Fàbregas, Xavi, Alexis, Neymar and Tello. Yes, his favorite hit single no.10 was scratched, which, if it doesn’t get fixed any time soon, might not… Continue reading Barça 4 – Real Valladolid 1: Music Minus Messi