Sunday, May 3, 2015

Napoli 3, Milan 0: Like Lambs to the Slaughter

With the form we’ve had in the past three matches, or the complete lack thereof, this match seemed doomed from the start. But just to ensure our failure, De Sciglio got himself sent off for a tackle on Hamsik in the first minute. So Milan had to play on 10 men from about 45 seconds in. But just like losing to Genoa last week, Milan are making history: De Sciglio’s red was the fastest red in Serie A this season. And so it was, playing the entire match on 10 men, Milan were like lambs to the slaughter.

"No habla gol" as Lopez denies Higuain's penalty in the opening minutes

Napoli vs. Milan: Snack Time

 Higuain will seek revenge for their December loss to Milan at the San Siro

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Napoli-Milan Preview: The Fight of the Century

Somewhere in the manmade oasis called Las Vegas, there is a boxing match being held tonight that is being called the fight of the century. But in Napoli on Sunday, there is a very different match taking place. It is a battle of two teams who are struggling not just for honor, but their very dignity. And then there are their two respective coaches, both of whom are being held accountable for the sheer lack of dignity in their teams’ performances. It’s not just Napoli vs. Milan, it’s Benitez vs. Inzaghi: The Fight of the Century.

"Who wants a piece of me?"

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Milan 1, Genoa 3: Never Enough

The Curva Sud set the tone for this game by spelling out “Basta,” which means “enough!” in Italian. As in they have had enough. And they put the exclamation mark on it by walking out midgame, too. But I’ve had enough of their spoiled entitled antics. When they walk away from the game, they lose my respect, too. We get it. We’re all angry, frustrated, heartbroken, disgusted, and at least 20 other adjectives you could use to describe this club right now. But if we are truly fans of Milan, we will still watch, no matter how painful or what lengths we have to go to. Some of us know that we have been spoiled, and now we are going to hurt. For some of us, it is enough to know that changes are on the horizon, but for others, it is never enough.

They're brave enough to wear the Milan crest in dark times, yet even their most ardent supporters abuse them

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Podcast: The Future of Milan

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse at Milan, we lost to Udinese with a performance that would make Mary Poppins depressed. With rumors of a full-blown meltdown and Inzaghi ordering the team into ritiro until our Genoa match, there hasn’t been much to smile about this week. But maybe that is something we need to start to wrap our heads around. Even if the rumors of Berlusconi selling a majority share of the club come true, it will take more than money to rebuild this Milan. We need to start being realistic about the future of Milan.

Even Matri fears for the future of Milan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Udinese 2, Milan 1: Not For the Faint of Heart

This was realistically our best chance at winning a match for the rest of this season. Even if statistically based on Udinese’s recent form, it was most likely going to be a draw. But Di Natale made his intentions clear in the first minute that they were after all three points, and he set the tone for the entire match. Milan seemed like they believed they were outmatched. And I know that playing away can do that to a team, especially with such passionate fans as there were in Udine, but this one wasn’t pretty.

Too little too late

Friday, April 24, 2015

Udinese-Milan Preview: Bottom Table Bullies?

Milan have defeated the three teams in the relegation zone this calendar year. Oh, and don’t forget the 11th place team, either, that was amazing. But now we face the 15th place team in their house. Can we pull off another bottom table win? And if so, will we become the bottom table bullies?

Udinese may be having 2-0 flashbacks of these bullies from November

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Waiting For a Miracle

This season has been so painful for Milan fans that many fans have skipped games or just stopped watching altogether. Some have chosen to follow other clubs, but most are still holding out for a miracle. Many think that the sale of a majority of the club or even the investment of a minority shareholder will somehow be that miracle. But as we discussed on the last podcast, changing ownership may not change Milan’s fortunes at all. In fact, things could easily get worse. Unless we keep our feet on the ground and our hearts and minds based in reality, we could be fooled into waiting for a miracle that never comes.

The champagne football has gone, will Berlusconi be gone, too?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Podcast: Derby Disappointment

A Derby win, or even a great performance, would have been such a gift to the fans who have suffered so much this season. But it was not to be. Instead, we got more of the same timid and inconsistent play we’ve seen all season. So disappointing. But if I’ve learned one thing this season, it’s to grasp onto any tiny amount of good, because there’s not going to be a lot more of it any time soon. With back to back wins, and a decent draw going into the derby, it was a letdown on so many levels.

Thanks for nothing

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Inter 0, Milan 0: Still Sucks to Be Blue

I wanted this Derby like I’ve never wanted a win before. But it wasn’t a huge surprise that it was a massive disappointment. Despite the fact that Inzaghi gave almost a perfect Football Manager lineup, Milan climbed back into their shells and played scared again. Who’s afraid of a few biscione? Grass snakes have no venom. But luckily, their Calciopoli Karma is starting to turn on them, and Luca Banti made the calls for the right team instead of the right calls, which turned the game from an Inter win to a painful scoreless draw. So yeah, it still sucks to be blue.

Diego Lopez was MOTM, right behind Luca Banti