Monday, January 24, 2011

55 of 60 and Counting...

On Saturday FC Barcelona recovered from the upset loss to Real Betis last week, with a scintillating 3 - 0 victory over Racing Santander.  From the start, it was clear who was going to dominate-- Pedro scored for Barca in only the 2d minute of play, and that totally set the tone for the evening.  Although Santander gamely tried to come back, in the 33d minute the hole got deeper when Messi Wan Kenobi scored a penalty kick, followed by the final goal in the second half by World Cup hero and Ballon D'Or finalist Andres Iniesta.  And that was the match, 3 - Nil and Barca again pulls 4 points ahead of Premier Division rival Real Madrid.  As of the date of this post, Barca has scored a total of 55 of a possible sixty points in league play, an unprecedented pace in the Spanish league standings.

Which brings me to quote the New York Times: 'Is Barcelona Soccer's Greatest Team Ever?'  Sports writer Gabrielle Marcotti poses the question and has some fascinating statistics to back up the question:

If the New York Times is asking the question, then perhaps there is something to it?  After all, as the saying goes, 'Where there is smoke, there is fire.'

And as anyone can see, right now Barca is absolutely on fire.