Lionel Messi saves the game and goes on a tirade against Valencia fans.
Barcelona defeated the home team with a last-minute goal by Messi on Saturday at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia. The penalty shot broke the 2-2 tie to give Barcelona the final lead and Messi his second goal of the match.
No doubt it relieved immense pressure for No. 10, too, as he's had real PK trouble lately. His missed penalty kick in the Copa America Centenario final (the first penalty shootout miss of his career) lost the tournament for Argentina and caused Messi to retire very briefly from international competition. Argentina had lost in the World Cup final against Germany only two summers before. Messi, arguably the best soccer player in the world, still doesn't have a major trophy with his international team.
But in the early minutes of play on Saturday, team medical staff carried Andres Iniesta off the field after he injured his knee on an aggressive tackle by Enzo Perez of Valencia. Now it looks like the Barca captain tore ligaments in his knee and could miss 6-8 weeks, presenting his club with a vacancy problem in the center of the field.
After their last-minute win, the Barca players celebrated in front of the home fans. As the players huddled together, Neymar and Suarez fell to the grass when a bottle thrown by a Valencia fan sailed into their heads. Messi also claimed to have been hit. The camera caught him shouting from the field at the home fans, "La concha de sus madres, hijos de puta!" an insult that apparently translates roughly as "sons of b*tches!" (or something worse).
Messi shouts at the Valencia fans. Photo: YouTube
Now, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has acted on a report by the referee of the game, Undiano Mallenco, who recorded the bottle-throwing incident. The RFEF fined Valencia €1,500 for the behavior and warned them that further incidents could result in "closure of facilities."
The RFEF also chastised Barcelona for inciting the outburst, which Barcelona has responded to with a lengthy complaint on its website. The team claims to be looking for fairness and sportsmanship in general, but it seems particularly to want a heavier penalty against Valencia.
Yesterday, Barcelona lost 1-0 to local rivals Espanyol in a club friendly. Barca's next La Liga game comes against Granada on October 29, when they'll need a replacement for Iniesta at midfield. One possibility for the role is Messi, who could pretty easily drop back to midfield. Last season, he broke the all-time Spanish record for assists in a season, so it's not a huge stretch to imagine him filling in for Iniesta in the coming months.
We'll see in only a couple of days how the expert goal scorer adapts to the playmaker role.
Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.