A personal standard, aka “Messi is better than Ronaldo is better than Messi”

The Shrug. The last time that I saw a truly transcendent performance by an athlete was by Michael Jordan, in Game One of the 1992 NBA Finals. One of the benefits of being an old man is that you had the opportunity to see stuff like that, an athlete beyond compare, on the biggest stage… Continue reading A personal standard, aka “Messi is better than Ronaldo is better than Messi”

An example is made, aka “Baby can’t go shopping? Now what!”

The expected happened today as FIFA, the organizing body that handed down the two-window transfer ban to FC Barcelona for violating youth player strictures, denied the club’s appeal. So the transfer ban remains intact, affecting player movement in the winter and summer 2015 transfer windows. The club’s next step will be to (again) head for… Continue reading An example is made, aka “Baby can’t go shopping? Now what!”

Misunderstanding Messi, aka “You don’t get it, but that’s okay. Hardly anyone does.”

Messi doesn’t care. If you want to understand Messi, understand that. It took a while for me to figure that out, but this most recent World Cup brought a lot into perspective for me regarding Lionel Messi. There have been some excellent articles on him: a piece that goes back to Rosario, a statistical breakdown… Continue reading Misunderstanding Messi, aka “You don’t get it, but that’s okay. Hardly anyone does.”

A sorta Nou Nou, aka “Charging forward into an uncertain future”

So here we go, people. The fun begins. At a press conference today, one that for me was akin to a medicine show from days of yore, we were being sold some tonic by a quartet of salesmen. For anyone interested in a blow-by-blow, I liveTweeted the press conference, via @kevvwill on Twitter. This piece… Continue reading A sorta Nou Nou, aka “Charging forward into an uncertain future”

Welcome Back Tito: Dreams or Tickets Out

A short little video recorded Tito Vilanova’s return to Barcelona early yesterday morning, accompanied by Jordi Roura, Aureli Altimira and their wives who had flown to NYC as a thank-you for all their efforts and to escort El Mister back home.