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BatiGol Weekly 118: Air

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In which your humble correspondent turns out to be too lazy to write very much.

ACF Fiorentina v AS Roma - Serie A
Apathy falls in the ocean. At least we went down fighting.
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Hey, everyone. I am way too drained today to come up with something clever or interesting or longer than, like, a couple of sentences. So instead of me bloviating on about something none of yall care about, how about some terribly-soundtracked video of Adrian Mutu in his glory days? Because if you can’t go for that, I just can’t help you.

Latest news

Marco Benassi will not be suspended for blasphemy. Lest you think this is a joke, the league already handed Rolando Mandragora a 1-match ban for a similar offense this year, so it’s very serious.

We’ve gotten a look at how much each player on the Fiorentina roster makes in salary. For the most part, it makes sense. But there a few guys, who, uh, yikes.

To put that in context, here is what every team in Serie A is spending on wages this year.

Giovanni Simeone got his first Argentina cap and his first international goal, and it was the exact type of Cholito goal you’d expect.

Serie A faffed about on the topic for a bit, but Germán Pezzella (or whoever else is captain this year) will be allowed to wear the already-iconic DA13 armband in spite of the league’s new rules.

Must read

Of all the summer signings, Kevin Mirallas remains the biggest mystery, and we’d like to know when we’re going to see the Belgian winger.

Poll

What’s the best way to relax during the international break?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Mow the lawn, do some laundry, catch up on my reading, talk to my family and friends, and just generally act like a regular human until Fiorentina starts up again and I’m reduced to a state of quivering purple emotions.
    (13 votes)
  • 6%
    I pretty much just enter a coma and have someone revive me when Serie A recommences.
    (3 votes)
  • 9%
    Using various clues left throughout the website, I try to figure out where exactly Ted’s JoJo shrine is concealed. It’s kind of like National Treasure, but a little more believable.
    (4 votes)
  • 18%
    Grappa.
    (8 votes)
  • 36%
    /breathes furiously into paper bag while thinking that Chiesa or Cholito or Benassi or Biraghi or Milenkovic or Dragowski or Pezzella or Fernandes or Pjaca could get hurt on international duty
    (16 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now

Comment of the week

I love this for four reasons. First, it’s a reminder that the commenters here are more educated and more knowledgeable about more stuff than pretty much anyone on the internet. Second, it’s a genuinely fascinating bit of background to the Benassi-blasphemy thing that helps anyone who isn’t super familiar with Italian culture understand why it was such a big deal. Third, it shows how football and culture and history are inextricably linked throughout the boot, and especially in Tuscany. Fourth, LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE PEOPLE UNITE. Thanks for making my day, wolfpackallday.

That’s it for this week, folks. Calcio returns this weekend, so prepare your fancy suspenders.