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G: That's at the heart of the Barcelona model and runs all the way through the club, doesn't it? When you beat Madrid, eight of the starting XI were youth-team products and all three finalists in this year's Ballon d'Or were too – Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and you.

X: Some youth academies worry about winning, we worry about education. You see a kid who lifts his head up, who plays the pass first time, pum, and you think, 'Yep, he'll do.' Bring him in, coach him. Our model was imposed by [Johan] Cruyff; it's an Ajax model. It's all about rondos [piggy in the middle]. Rondo, rondo, rondo. Every. Single. Day. It's the best exercise there is. You learn responsibility and not to lose the ball. If you lose the ball, you go in the middle. Pum-pum-pum-pum, always one touch. If you go in the middle, it's humiliating, the rest applaud and laugh at you.

- dave 3-13-2011 9:58 pm [link] [add a comment]

its a kick

lovely gamewinning bicycle kick by wayne rooney to keep manchester united on top of the premier league.

- dave 2-12-2011 4:32 pm [link] [add a comment]

infinite guest

When the future novelist David Foster Wallace was about 14 years old, he asked his father, the University of Illinois philosophy professor James D. Wallace, to explain to him what philosophy is, so that when people would ask him exactly what it was that his father did, he could give them an answer. James had the two of them read Plato's Phaedo dialogue together, an experience that turned out to be pivotal in his understanding of his son. "I had never had an undergraduate student who caught on so quickly or who responded with such maturity and sophistication," James recalls. "This was this first time I realized what a phenomenal mind David had."

- dave 12-22-2010 5:37 pm [link] [add a comment]

definition of a grudge match

- dave 12-15-2010 12:46 am [link] [add a comment]

bow to your partner


my old building got landmark status screwing over the investors who is currently asking $6.5 million to take it off his hands. apparently it has a checkered past.

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- dave 12-14-2010 2:41 pm [link] [1 comment]

scissor me

- dave 12-08-2010 4:17 am [link] [3 comments]

a wrench in the works

"You’re Steve Martin, dude! We saw Shopgirl. We’ve indulged your love of the banjo and bluegrass for years now. You don't have to go back to making balloon animals or anything, but would it kill you to just be funny every now and then?"

- dave 12-02-2010 6:23 pm [link] [1 comment]

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