“Full of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing…”

17 Aug

Shakespeare knew what he was talking about. That game was just…ARGH.  I just can’t, absolutely CANNOT, talk about the game right now. There are so many emotions warring in me – anger and embarrassment, primarily – going in so many directions that I can’t focus.

I will say one thing:  This is my team – my fucking team – and I’m with them – win or lose.  Doesn’t mean they don’t disappoint me at times or that I won’t criticize them (oh will I ever – just wait), but I’ll still cheer them on and support them till the bitter end. If you can’t do the same, then walk your fair weather ass away. Being a true fan isn’t about how many autographs you can collect, your alleged connections or the flights of fancy you try to pass off as truth. It’s about watching your team, passionately supporting your team – loving them, loving the game. Losing by one point is not a humiliation – shit happens, that’s football – losing 5-0 was a different story. That was muthafucking painful. I bawled my eyes out but I never stopped believing in Los Blancos. Not for one fucking minute. If you want something to be “hurt”  about, that fight or the racial slurs might be a better place to start and the fact that once again, grown ass men behaved like morons and shamed the beautiful game.

They play their hearts out for us, for the escudo. The least we can do for them is to believe and send them all the positive energy we have within ourselves. Just as one person doesn’t make a team, a team doesn’t succeed and prosper without the support of their fans. Belief is a powerful thing. I want to – no, I choose to – believe and I just can’t tolerate the overly dramatic obnoxious prophets of doom and gloom. So, if that’s where you’re coming from, feel free to unfollow me, not read our blog, etc. I’m sure we’ll both be happier that way.

So, once I feel ready to not punch a wall, I’ll actually talk about the game proper, but for now, I’m going to willingly write a paper on research methodology. That’s how bad my mood is.


37 Responses to ““Full of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing…””

  1. Kristine August 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Madrid for life Sistah!

  2. mygypsyspirit August 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    ¡Hala Madrid!

    BTW… That is my absolute favorite Shakespeare quote! Well, it’s part of my favorite Shakespeare quote.

    I’m with you on this. SO with you on this.
    Hasta la muerta

  3. maddy August 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    cant agree more. after the game my fb status was a quote too ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness’.

    all my friends are overwhelmingly barcacentric, but in reality the majority of them only want to support the winning team. madrid till i die. 5-0, 2-2, 2-1 i wont waver. and thats the beauty of madridistas. we stand with our team through triumph and despair.

    • AnnaBuena August 18, 2011 at 1:59 am #


  4. mari August 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Didn’t like what happened in the end. So disappointing. Such a disgrace for both the clubs.

    But Real Madrid is my club, my passion. I will bleed white, no matter what!
    ¡¡¡Hala Madrid!!!


    • Elizabeth August 18, 2011 at 12:00 am #

      At least Pipa was there to defend him. I’ve never seen either one that angry. As for the rest Barca can win it all for all i care, and while it might be frustrating I’ll still love my boys in white.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      I was stunned that someone took a swing at Mesut – MESUT! Of all people, he would have been way down my list of RM players that someone would want to smack. He and Pipita went ballistic. I’m really glad that Pipa stood up for him.

    • Anonymous August 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

      Thank you! What audacity he had! Mesut, that adorable thing, was so pussed!

  5. RealSleiebtra7 August 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    A-fucking-MEN Lozil!!!

    (now I’ve got proud tears along with my migraine 🙂 )

    xoxoxox to all true madridistas and HALA MADRID FOREVER!!

  6. lym August 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Completely agree!! Madrid hasta la muerte!! I have faith in my team!!

  7. Mais August 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    I had a LOT to say about the match but after reading this, all I can and need to say is: Amen girl, perfect words. 10000000% agreed.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 17, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

      I still have a lot to say about this game and not all of it complimentary to Madrid, trust me. But as they say “Dissent IS Patriotic” I’m not blind to their faults but I still love ’em. But whether you support Madrid, Barca, Atleti, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Juve, Santos, etc. etc. give your side love and respect.

      • Mais August 18, 2011 at 12:46 am #

        Yup I’m sure we all have loads to say, but for now I felt that that was enough. And again, I completely agree with what you said 🙂

      • panama August 18, 2011 at 2:53 am #

        Dissent is patriotic is practically my motto for every circumstance (even though I’m neither American nor a patriot) and it’s very fitting here imho…
        You’re just SO right with all you said: you can criticize yur team, but you gotta love them first! Still, I’m curious as to what you have to say about the second half since I missed nearly all of it.

  8. yvette August 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    I’m a ManU girl first… but I also love RM.. this game hurt and disappointed… but I don’t love RM any less…. ¡Hala Madrid!

  9. Blessing August 18, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    This couldn’t have been said any better. I love this team and will support them till death, even though what i saw today pissed me off beyond belief and even brought a few tears of embarrassment and anger to my eyes, I will always support my team.
    HALA MADRID!!! 🙂

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Oh Blessing, I’m with you – I was furious and weepy. I just couldn’t believe the bullshit that was coming from every angle. 😦

      I think everyone should support their team with passion, but not be blind to their faults and be willing to admit when something goes very very wrong – like yesterday.

  10. AnnaBuena August 18, 2011 at 2:08 am #

    I will never leave my team. Win or lose. Whether they’ve been good or bad. I will forever be chanting “Vaaaaaamooooos Los Blancos!!!!! Hala Madrid!!!!” : )

  11. dc August 18, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    well said. hala madrid, always.

  12. Dreamlover225 August 18, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    Madrid para siempre!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will always stand with them!!!

  13. Jenny August 18, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    The pain is slowly starting to wear off. It always does. I still feel sick (physically), but Cesc’s statement that “fouls happen in big games, big deal” (I’m paraphrasing) made me feel calmer. If it takes the footballer who was brought down and then had a riot explode over his prone body to calm me down then I am willing to give in – even if he was in the EPL and has no idea what a foul should look like.

    I was raging at Marcelo, but we’d have got over it much quicker if there hadn’t been a riot – and there was only a riot because it happened on the touch-line next to the bench. It felt like a classic case of mass hysteria – mass hysteria at the end of an emotional game at nearly 1 am – which I’m sure didn’t help, by the way (and whose idea was it to start the game that late? Stupid, stupid).

    There was a red card at the end of the Copa del Rey (di Maria – straight red) but it happened at the other end of the pitch away from the bench. These little details matter. It may not be comforting to reflect on an unfortunate confluence of events – as they say – but that’s what it was. If the mini-riot hadn’t happened, we’d have been mildly appalled at Marcelo’s challenge, but we’d have reflected on a mainly positive game. As I said elsewhere, there’s a reason defenders are hard to love. They make desperate, last-split-second decisions and when they screw it up, it is always awful. Forwards, when they screw up, simply don’t manage to get us the goal we think they should have.

    Like I said, I still feel sick. But I know I’ll get over it, so I’m trying to get into that emotional place I know I’ll be in a couple of weeks.

    I thought I’d never get over Ramos slapping Puyol, but I did (Puyol helped: “It’s already forgotten…I love Ramos like a brother.”) or the 5-0 – I had a terrible influenza and sat dazed and shivering on the sofa for hours bawling my eyes out. Looking back, it was character building for a talented but younger and less organized side – and Ramos has been so much calmer and even-tempered since. That he apologized in a ‘specially called press conference made me feel better too.

  14. emily August 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    I didn’t see the game – I was at work.
    All I know is what I have seen on the follow up reports. should I watch it? yeah – probably. I want to. I like all of those guys… well… some not so much anymore, but still… I have a lot of yard work to do. It’s really hot out…
    I guess I will just have to watch… Replay starts in half an hour…
    Can’t wait to read your follow up post, Loz! Will your research report have anything to do with analyzing Spanish football? I don’t know that I would be able to detach myself from the one topic to write about something completely different! Good luck!

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      Thankfully, it has nothing to do with Spanish football but it would be a hell of alot easier to write 10 pages on than my current topic. 😉 However, 5-6 of those pages would consist of only swear words right about now!

  15. manie August 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Hala Madrid!!

    On another note, it really pains me (like, I actually feel physical pain in my not-so-literal heart) when there are “journalists” and, to a significantly lesser extent, bloggers who start slamming Real Madrid, Mourinho, players, etc, based on faulty or not completely accurate information. Like the article that Sid Lowe linked to on the guardian or the NYT blog – what is up with that?? I understand you have your opinions, journos, but my goodness, would fact-checking be part of the publishing process?

    Just had to get that out…somewhere. Anyways, I agree, neither team was completely blameless, but the amount of press Barcelona is getting for being completely innocent is ridiculous.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

      I was deeply shocked by the NYT blog article. It didn’t even attempt to address the problem with both teams. I’m not in any way excusing the actions of Marcelo and Mou, but to say that Barca is blameless? WTF? Ozil didn’t punch himself, you know. I mean, c’mon – be fair – both teams had members that behaved abysmally. If people don’t believe me, check out that picture of Alexis Sanchez laughing when Villa slaps Mesut. Nothing classy about dirty tackles, eye gouging, slapping innocent people who were just standing around, etc. Both teams had their douchebags.

  16. Gillian August 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    I love this blog. I love this post. And I still love MY team. Yes, they are still MY team, even when I want to slap them upside the head!

    I missed this game because of work, and I’m really disappointed that what was apparently a great game was marred by the immature antics of individuals from both teams. UGH! This is why these clasicos drive me to distraction.

    • manie August 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      The match is still worth a download or espn re-watch cause we were goood. Except for the last like 2 minutes that overshadowed how good we were.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

      This blog loves you right back. 🙂 And I agree, I totally want to slap them upside ahead, but they’re still my team.

  17. jellyace August 19, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    To lose with honor is to be a winner always.

    I was quite proud of how our team performed right up until after Messi scored the winning goal. The match was so close and so exciting. I would have been proud of a 5-4 loss, because it was earned the right way. It went downhill after that and left me stunned.

    Mou’s antics entertained me in the past but this ear-flicking/eye-gouging of Vilanova was just so wrong! The brawl at the end of the match was just shameful all around — for both teams.

    I still love our boys, but I feel like a parent whose child has done a bad thing.

  18. maddy August 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    And here’s una to save the day with her wonderful wisdom. How DOES she know everything? I wish i could hang with her for one day. And how’s that for a disclaimer at the end? style.

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