Some call it being “in the zone,” others say they were just “feeling it.” Both are used to describe something best described as a state of grace. Whatever it was, on Tuesday Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez were textbook examples of it. We forget that the game we love is really, really hard, even at… Continue reading States of grace
Nope, I haven’t forgotten about this. (Can I get a drumroll, please?) The winner of the first BFB World Cup Predictions Game is…
The World Cup is over and now the debates begin about Messi, roiling tempests that reduce the actual winner of the tournament to a seeming afterthought. And they are so predictable that it’s almost lazy, as if by rote the same lines are drawn by the same groups of people: — Look at the stats.… Continue reading GOATS, success, failure and Lionel Messi, aka “Be here now.”
…but I’m still into you.
Prepare for 2014/15 with the Best Barca Apps The World Cup was a tumultuous time for Barcelona fans. Spain exited the tournament after losing two games with only a nonsensical 3-0 win over Australia being the only high point. We didn’t get to see the brilliance of Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets and Alba in the light… Continue reading Forget Last Season and the World Cup, 2014/15 will be Barca’s Season
I knowthis is a bit late given that most of the games are over, but what the hey, here’s a nice little space for you to discuss the international break. Asian WCQs, friendlies, and even U23 matches. Have at it, folks. More soon from your favoritest writing crew, perhaps even within this particular post given… Continue reading International Break Thread
I was all ready to go. I had a decent little theory about the shirt sponsorship written down and I had some ginned up outrage planned, it was all set. Then I wake up this morning to find that everyone’s favorite benevolent football dictator (no, not Laporta, though that title might have applied last year)… Continue reading Sepp Blatter’s Slippery Slope
Iniestazo… azo… AZO! Or, as Jose Antonio Camacho, former Madridista and Spain left back exclaimed: “Iniesta de my vida”. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I won’t say the World Cup final degenerated into an awful spectacle of fouling and anti-football, because in order to have degenerated into that, it would have had to… Continue reading World Cup Review: Final
Felicidades, Furia Roja, you have won the World Cup for the first time and done it after an excellent tournament.
The scoreboard read Barça Spain 1 – 0 Germany and I yelled, clapped, high-fived my friends, and hugged them. We cheered, paid our bill, and spilled out into the street. Or, well, walked out into the heat wave we’re experiencing and couldn’t muster the energy to cheer anymore. It’s an oven here. Regardless, I went home… Continue reading Spain in the World Cup Final
It is hard for me to continually write intros for these things. But this round of games, wow. It is rare that games incorporate excitement; open discussions of the ethics of punishment, utilitarianism, and the greater good; and brutal emotions usually not laid bare by such matters. So here we are, 4 teams left, every… Continue reading World Cup Review: Quarterfinals
32 teams in, 24 teams down. Whereas the First Round proved a fitting, if up-and-down beginning, the Round of 16 have basically held the course with interesting and intense games, but with the favorites winning in nearly every situation. However, this would not be a World Cup without controversy, and we have it in spades.… Continue reading World Cup Review: Round of 16