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

Illusion 09

History Lesson In the year 2009, Pep’s Barcelona won six trophies in one year. In 2010, Barcelona ended the season with only one league defeat and almost reached the Champions League final. In 2011, Barcelona had a very dominant team that won both the league and the Champions League. On the other side of the… Continue reading Illusion 09

Too much or too little, aka “Is rotation what makes the world go round?”

Each matchday, Luis Enrique’s lineup rolls out and the anguished yowls begin. I wish he would decide on an XI! How are we supposed to know what he’s doing if he won’t play the same people! How can the players gel if he keeps changing everything?? Sigh … the 47th lineup in 16 matches. He… Continue reading Too much or too little, aka “Is rotation what makes the world go round?”

Of Messi and Distance: Limited Statistical Analysis of How Far Players Run and What It Means

Virtually every comment on this blog over the last couple of days has been dedicated to an ongoing discussion/argument/flamewar/typofest on whether or not particular players are net positives or negatives for the club. Everyone has been involved, but it’s mostly centered around Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez. One comment went as such (typos and orthography… Continue reading Of Messi and Distance: Limited Statistical Analysis of How Far Players Run and What It Means

Messi’s Magical Season for 2011/2012

La Pulga ~ The Messi-ah ~ D10S ~ Magisterial ~ Sempre Messi. Last season, he was “PlayStation Messi”.  This past season, the media ran out of earth-bound superlatives for Barça’s #10, so then came descriptive phrases such as “from another planet” and “out of this world”, for there is nowhere else to go except to… Continue reading Messi’s Magical Season for 2011/2012