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  1. ES Soccer Thread

    Here's the subbing off, with the pan to Xavi in the stands:
  2. ES Soccer Thread

    Yeah, I read that last night, after all the celebrations and the presentation of the La Liga trophy (which might have been the reason for the Guard of Honor, not Iniesta per se, again Spanish), and the tributes to Iniesta, they cleared out the whole stadium and he stayed behind and just walked around barefoot and sat in the grass. Such a bittersweet moment, but I think he's making the right call. It's always so hard to see the greats diminished, and although he is still fantastic, you could start to see time was catching up with him this year. Better to go out on top. And of course, I'm sure 35 million Euros a year from a team in China doesn't hurt either. But wow... the feels were strong in this one, seeing him crying on the bench as fans sang to him, all the players hugging him as he was subbing off for the last time (Messi especially clinging like he didn't want to let go), Xavi in the stands looking so solemn...
  3. ES Soccer Thread

    I posted this earlier but I guess it got lost n the ether... Today is Iniesta's last game in a Barca shirt. End of an era. Real Sociedad gave a guard of honor which I THINK was for him, though I'm not 100% sure because the game is only on in Spanish. Nice gesture.
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  5. ES Soccer Thread

    Okay, but can he do it on a balmy Saturday afternoon in Sevilla? Limitations of statistics aside, it's pretty crazy to me that the top 5 are all from Argentina, and yet their national team is considered to not have much of a chance in the World Cup.
  6. ES Soccer Thread

    On the flip side, I recently heard a story that someone was talking about workrate with Cruyff, and he responded (paraphrased) "You have to run that much? You must be very bad."
  7. ES Soccer Thread

    I find the concept of a heat map interesting. I guess Messi is now a lock for the European golden boot, too. Watching "angry Messi", for example in El Clasico, gives hints of what he must have been like when he was 22, before he started dropping deeper. I've seen the youtube videos, but it makes me a little sad to have missed that.
  8. 2017 - 18 Washington Capitals Thread

    I see a lot of people in this thread getting excited about the prospect of a 3-1 series lead, and I'd just offer two thoughts: 1. Clearly, the Capitals are different this year. They're winning in the ways that they usually get eliminated. 2. Anyone who has been a Caps fan for more than five minutes should not be overly excited about a 3-1 series lead.
  9. 2017 - 18 Washington Capitals Thread

    We've slipped into an alternate universe.
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  12. ES Soccer Thread

    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. 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:, 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: 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. Eh. 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:
  13. ES Soccer Thread

    For El Clasico, Barca's team bus was refused entry and they had to back out and try again. This led to Phil Schoen (I think?) remarking that Barca just doesn't know how to park the bus.
  14. 2018 Washington Nationals - High Cheese

    The second question was best dc athlete ever, not best free agent signing. That was the first question.
  15. 2018 Washington Nationals - High Cheese

    No, it's not crazy. And no again, because Sammy Baugh played in DC, and is arguably the greatest player ever in his sport. Sherzer hasn't hit that level.