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BatiGol Weekly 81: We didn’t start the fire

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In which we discuss some history, apropos of absolutely nothing.

ACF Fiorentina v Udinese Calcio - Serie A
Not old enough to remember the Cola Wars.
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Here is some cool stuff that happened on this day through history.

  • 1462: Edward IV of England signs the Treaty of Westminster with the Lord of the Isles.
  • 1503: Ettore Fieramosca leads 12 other Italian knights to a victory over 13 French knights in the Challenge of Barletta.
  • 1633: Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial for heresy.
  • 1682: Painter Giovanni Battista Piazzetta was born.
  • 1766: Economist Robert Malthus is born.
  • 1861: The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies capitulated to the armies of Unified Italy.
  • 1945: The RAF and USAF began bombing Dresden.
  • 1950: Peter Gabriel (yes, that one) was born.
  • 1956: Utterly terrifying referee Pierluigi Collina was born.
  • 1961: Singer Henry Rollins was born. Also, the Coso Artifact—a sparplug embedded in a 500-year-old rock—was discovered.
  • 1979: Rafa Marquez was, if not born, then at least hewn from granite.

And no, we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day. We’ll throw you this gif, but that’s the only acknowledgement we’ll make.

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Nope, Fiorentina did not play AS Roma this week. No memory of that. It certainly didn’t happen.

They definitely stomped Udinese, though. That happened. Definitely happened. Most definitely.

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Comment of the week

Because this happened, nobody wins and you’re all terrible and everything also is terrible and I hope you’re all happy with what you did now and Valentine’s Day is ruined forever.

That’s it for this week, folks. Reflect on your sins.