Pique is hilarious, and is either very witty or has a really good ghost writer. His pieces in the Player's Tribune have been pretty cool as well.
The Pasillo has been interesting to watch unfold. Maybe it's because I'm not fully steeped in hating Madrid (and therefore biased), but I actually think they have a point. I realize that technically the tradition may not apply to competitions the other team didn't participate in, but I know Barca got a Pasillo a few years ago after winning the Club World Cup, so it has been done.
I also think the whole thing has morphed from a gesture of respect to a humiliation. Most of the Barca fans I read are up in arms about it, but it's because they wanted to meme the whole thing, and now they get another chance to take a shot at "classless" Madrid, so maybe it's for the best for everyone.
So really, I don't think it'd be the end of the world if that died, though I don't really have much invested in it.
That being noted, Villareal is going to give Barca a Pasillo on Wednesday, anyway. http://www.marca.com/en/football/barcelona/2018/05/07/5af05a00e2704efb048b45e4.html
In terms of the match, that was quite intense for something where there was technically nothing on the line. I can see why many call it the biggest club rivalry in sports, and of course there's more to it than just sport. I was also suprisingly invested, and a bit hoarse afterwards.
The refereeing was terrible, and I think both sides could legitimately claim to have been done wrong, so maybe it evened out?
I mean, there was this from Bale in the first half: https://streamable.com/baho5, where he could have gotten a straight red, or at least a yellow (and he probably should have gotten a yellow a few other times).
And then Roberto DID get a straight red for this: https://streamja.com/A0Vd where he did hit Marcelo, but in the shoulder, with a kind of slap, at which point Marcelo fell like he had been shot and writhed on the ground holding his face, until the red card came out when he magically recovered.
And so Barca had to play a man down for a half, which was probably bad. They also had a goal waved off for a non-existent offside, and it could be argued that Bale shouldn't have been on to score in the first place. On the other hand, Marcelo was pulled down in the box with no penalty, and Messi's goal, which was a beauty, came after Suarez committed a foul to get the ball.
Draw was probably a good result for Barca, as it keeps the historic undefeated run alive.
Speaking of Navas, though, he was amazing and probably saved the game for Madrid, because even down a man, Messi was Messi'ing, and Navas stopped him cold including on a breakaway. My favorite bit was near the end (like at about 80 minutes), though, where game recognizes game. Messi had just embarrassed the Madrid defender, and got off an insane shot at a near impossible angle. It was going in, but Navas managed to get to it, and earned this: