- a slice of warm pie with vanilla ice cream
- re-runs of Designing Women
- watching someone fall down
- that first sip of ice-cold beer on a hot day
- the way wheat fields looks in May... all green and velvet-y
These are not acquired tastes. You just love them... you savor them without even having to remind yourself to do so.
Well, that's how I feel about soccer. That's how I feel about FC Barcelona soccer.
|Someday, you guys. I will be right smack dab in this middle|
of these shenanigans.
But I am. I may be writing this right smack dab in the middle of Kansas, but I am no less a culé than if I were sitting right smack dab in the middle of that stadium in Barcelona.
Instead of trying to write a 20 page essay about Barca that no one in their right mind would ever try to read I will simply highlight my two favorite people on the team.
First up is Xavi.
|I'm convinced that if I ever made direct eye contact|
with Xavi, I would instantly melt into a puddle of
strawberry jam and rainbows.
It's really better to see him in action.
Also, one of his hobbies is mushroom-hunting. So he is also a giant nerd, and you know how I feel about those in general.
My second favorite person at Barca is Pep Guardiola, the manager (coach).
|Sometimes I think he looks like a more handsome, Spanish Karl Pilkington.|
Pep is not only probably the greatest manager in Barcelona history, he is dapper as fuck. We're talking Don Draper levels of dapperdom. Epic. And he's a Barcelona boy to the core. Played there as a youth, played there as an adult, managed the B team, and then finally managed the main team. And he's only 41 years old.
So this past Saturday was Pep's last game in Camp Nou (the Barcelona stadium) because he has decided to leave after the season ends in May. You guys, it is for realsies breaking my heart to see him go.
So they won the game 4-0 which was awesome.
And then this happened:
|It says "We love you, Pep!"|
|Por Los Aires|
|The entire team and staff dancing mid-pitch to Viva La Vida by Coldplay.|
And I'm not kidding you, TEARS streaming down my face like a real asshole, you guys.
So now you know... although I'm 100% positive you were already pretty aware... I am a gigantic nerd/crazy person.