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Not only are the trolls spewing their garbage, but others also hurt this environment with arrogant posts. It is unfortunate that an atmosphere of intimidation exists wherein someone will be jumped on for their possibly naive comments by those self-proclaimed experts and long-time genuine Barca fans. The negativity toward new Barca fans really bothers me. Just what exactly is wrong with someone being attracted to FCB by its recent 4 seasons of magic? Just because some individuals were not fans back in the lean years doesn't mean they should now face challenged (rudely) for the authenticity of their support and interest for the team. There's just too many people around here who come off with a superiority attitude and the vibe from it is unpleasant, indeed.
How about some friendliness, and welcoming, and mentoring? There's no need for elitism and cliquishness. I'm sorry that TotalBarca has felt the need to switch over to a FB login for commenting here. That bothers me - firstly, because some of you have made some sort of control actions necessary, and secondly, because our freedom to have a TotalBarca identity is being squashed. I really don't want to bring my FB identity here. As a matter of fact, I don't like the increasing domination of the web by FB. I want diversity, not FB homogenity.
I certainly would have preferred some sort of debate and poll about how TotalBarca might deal with negative comments. In that way, the community might have self-corrected. I don't like this imposed correction; and especially don't like the FB aspect of it. I deliberately haven't brought football and Barca into my FB, and now being forced to simply because of people who comment like jerks here and TB is a real drag. I don't know if my ability to comment here is worth changing the dynamic of my FB reality.
So... to summarize... I agree that commenting here has become problematic because of the negativity of too many. But I wish that a community dialogue regarding this problem had been launched by TB, instead of imposing upon us this FB solution.
Indeed it is too bad he didn't have the opportunity to be developed in more of a supportive, family-like environment. Nevertheless, I think he's doing just fine, in spite of the crap he faces. I regard his uniqueness as his own style of dignity.
It really bothered me that some of the crowd started booing when Spain had possession against Portugal. I wish instead that they would watch Spain from within its logic, and see how effectively (or not) they execute their style of play.
Spain plays like a bullfight - wearing down the animal (opposition) until they finally feel it is ready for a decisive execution. If we look at it in that way, then it is exciting to watch it unfold, the tension rising, until the masterstroke is unleashed. Surely, the artistic nature of such an undertaking is worthy of 90 minutes of patience?
As well, I believe it the positive possibilities of a little chaos. The sort of chaos that comes from a lob into the box, and either a header or gain control of the ball on the bounce. Trust the skill of our players to make something happen out of such chaos. But we don't try for those opportunities because be expect we'll be beaten to the ball by taller, physical teams.
Yes, a striker of some stature. Not to completely change our approach, but just to create a further option. Someone like Torres?
All the aside, but significant nonetheless, I have no doubt it will be an incredible documentary. A must see. I'm sure it will be a definitive recapitalization of the Pep era.
I look forward to the future. I trust in Tito. I believe the magic has been passed on, it is not gone.
I wish I could have seen the Pep Team with only air between my eyes and their wonderment, but alas I could only watch on tv, and I watched on every possible occassion. Gracies Pep. Visca Barca.
And gracies Rasmi.
Let's focus on preventing those key goals, and let our current offense do the rest. No way a Drogba-like player is going to prevent those key goals that beat us. Only a stronger/quicker/smarter back line will do the trick. That's where our focus should be.