Is there any improvement on an historic Clasico World Series? After three epic weeks (in terms of drama, not sporting highlights of any kind) the much hyped, and ultimately unsatisfying, encounters against eternal rivals, Real Madrid, were followed by a rather uneventful week of regular La Liga action. However, this week saw FC Barcelona crowned as the champions of Spain for a third consecutive time, being the first Spanish (ehm, Catalan) club to repeat this feat since Johan Cruyff’s original Dream Team of the 90’s. Although tonight’s boring goalless draw against Deportive La Coruna is forgettable.
It doesn’t seem to be that long but…believe me when I say "that’s really long time". Fans who have been born in the 90’s may not realize how much time has passed since then but then again, I’m an 80’s baby. Yeah, I know the 80’s, everything was horrible, the clothes, the hairstyles except the music but even that is debatable (Bon Jovi were bad then and are bad now). Heck, even football was bad then (from a Culé perspective). Maradona just spent two seasons with the Blaugrana and flourished with Napoli, foreigners weren’t even in consideration for the Ballon d’Or and Bernd Schuster betrayed the FC Barcelona faithful.
Everything seemed to improve in the 90’s; I mean everything….umm almost. Some of the most beautiful women were born in the 80’s, and the majority of them has dated Derek Jeter at one point or another.
But back to the matter at hand, the 90’s were a massive improvement on the 80’s, not so much on the music front though. In fact, the 90’s were guilty of violating ears all over the world, boybands a la Take That or Backstreet Boys. My generation grew up in an era where Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna etc. produced some their finest music ever. Okay, Lionel Richie was cheesy back then and is irrelevant right now. But perhaps I'm too harsh on the 90's, the last decade of the last millenium produced some timeless music indeed.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Official Trailer 
What did the 90’s bring? Terminator 2 – definitely better than the 80’s Terminator and still one of the most action-packed movies you’ll ever watch in your life and groundbreaking rap and neo-soul music. Some 90’s albums have yet to leave my stereo system, Notorious BIG’s "Ready to Die", Tupac’s "All Eyez on Me" or D’Angelo’s "Brown Sugar" amongst them. Let’s not compare the music from back then with the stuff on the radio right now. On the sporting side of things, in 1992 FC Barcelona won their first UEFA Champions League trophy, in Wembley. Talk about full circle!
Umm…it appears as if my weekly column has taken a little detour here. Well, there’s in an exception to everything. Every now and then I can afford to stray off topic.
Anyways, FC Barcelona clinched their 21st and third successive title in very unspectacular, almost boring fashion, in Valencia against Levante UD. A 1-1 draw was enough to secure the title. Even goal-scorer Seydou Keita looked somewhat disinterested, a sentiment he shared with Blaugranes writers Gabriel Roberts, Lorenzo Franceschi Biccierai, Jose A. and moi. Anyways, Lorenzo managed to overcome the disease-like indifference and covered FC Barcelona’s La Liga celebrations for Barca Blaugranes. You should…let me rephrase that, you must check out the pictures he took from the event.
Football- and Entertainment-wise, this week has been a huge letdown. CBS’s sitcoms were anything but funny; "How I Met Your Mother" disappointed, "The Big Bang Theory" has become dull. Seriously, how can you ruin shows that feature the characters of Barney Stinson and Sheldon Cooper respectively??? Not to mention, Ashton Kutcher – out of all actors – has been confirmed as the replacement for Charlie "Tiger Blood" Sheen on "Two and a Half Men".
TIGER BLOOD: THE CHARLIE SHEEN TAPES
I guess I have no use for my TV anymore, these three shows were the only reason I still have one, almost. Now it’s just Entourage with Jeremy Piven. Until then, I recommend you either read whatever the Barca Blaugranes staff writes or pick up a decent book or two.
Ari Gold - Strictly Business
I’m not Oprah but I suggest you do yourself a favor and read Steven Levitt’s Freakonomics (not Super Freakonomics though, that book is kind of flat) and/or Sudir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a day or Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker. If you’re not into Economics or social sciences, pick up Michael Lewis’s The Blind Side (the book is indefinitely better than the movie).
That’s it for me. I did the impossible *grin* I have put Prince, Micheal Jackson, D’Angelo, Tupac, Madonna, Terminator 1 & 2, Lionel Richie, Maradona, Seydou Keita, Charlie Sheen, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Michael Lewis, Sudir Venkatesh, Steven Levitt, Ashton Kutcher, CBS, Backstreet Boys, Take That, Bernd Schuster, Real Madrid, Johan Cruyff and Derek Jeter in one editorial about FC Barcelona. Someone should give me the Pulitzer Prize for that!
I’m just kidding, now am I? Even my penchant for self-adulation has its limits.