Barca, Barca, Barca!

I couldn’t zoom, couldn’t take a clear picture and part of the lens actually fell off, but before disintegrating completely, my trusty point-and-shoot did manage to take some video in Nou Camp before Barcelona played Athletic Bilbao last week. And it was glorious…

Just six rows off the field, we were mere feet away when Messi scored the fourth goal. Nearly 80,000 fans (it wasn’t a full house) screamed, cheered, waved flags and blew plastic horns (that were made by the devil). The elation of the Barca fans was infectious, and aside from not seeing the Swede Ibrahimovic play, it was a perfect night.

And I learned a valuable lesson about the importance of football to a man. Seeing the world’s best team in their home arena produced the biggest and most sustained smile I’ve ever seen. I think he pulled a muscle.