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We are the paper-clip maximizer: observations on idealism

Wherein I attempt to convince you that the better angels of our nature are iterations of Patrick Bateman.
I grew up in Eastern Europe. My family was pretty well off: after the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, my father got a Fulbright scholarship at Stanford. He returned with dollars and, more importantly, American connections.
My people, perpetually more interested in acerbic word play than doing anything constructive, are fond of the following bon mot: are idei putine, dar fixe. It translates to something like, "he's a man of ideas that are few, but fixated."
This template of inverted expectation (instead of insult-but-compliment, insult-but-insult) captures the soul of Balkan cynicism beautifully, and the phrase describes my father to a tee. He had the bedrock conviction of a religious man, expanded by the confidence of two doctorates. A sampling of his beliefs, routinely proselytized among his single-digit aged kids:
The Internet will define the future. Jews are the smartest people, ever. Anything comfortable aligning itself with the label socialism kills the soul. Reagan is a mix of Superman and the Pope. Assorted musings on said themes.
If ever there's a market for an Eastern-Euro flavored All In the Family, I've got things to pitch to the writers.
As befitting a pre-schooler, I was pretty whatever about les idees fixes de mon pere at the time and instead played Spectre and messed around with ClarisWorks on the PowerBook 100 he brought back from the land of plenty.
Exposure plus inertia equals three quarters of belief, so about a decade & a half later, after benefiting from a lottery both literal as well as figurative, I found myself circa early aughts, enthusiastically--albeit unconsciously--ticking off my father's boxes:
  • The Internet will define the future: holler atcho boy with the second set of Warglaives on the server, what's up
  • Jews are the smartest: Einstein & Rothbard, hell yeah
  • Anything comfortable aligning itself with the label socialism kills the soul: the Shahaadah of Eastern Euros, double hell yeah
  • Reagan is a mix of Superman and the Pope: A contrarian attending the People's Republic of U.C. Berkeley, what do you think?
And so I internalized the litanies littered across the only lot I could reasonably inhabit on the political compass: that remote, much-memed-on mountain top called libertarianism.
Thankfully enough, I avoided the ditch of Ayn Rand worship. I'm stupid but not stupid enough to fall for anybody who's that bad of a writer[1]. I painted well within the Hayek lines of respectability instead, eschewing gold-buggism, doom-prepping or the crass embarrassment of formal Libertarian politicking while nursing a chip of feral anti-collectivism on my shoulder.
It worked. Ish.
Then, at first slowly--then, rapidly--it didn't.
Axiomatic assumptions about America's place in and influence around the world (remember: I grew up with people who thought Radio Free Europe was basically the burning bush) were the first to go. I went into the Iraqi war with full "save them from Saddam!" gusto, and one of my snarky descriptions of Berkeley campus anti-war fervor got linked to by Andrew Sullivan, then one of the patron saints of the pro-incursion nomenklatura. The ensuing decade-long debacle disabused me of several elaborate fictions.
2008 torpedoed several comfort blankets[2] about markets always being right and deregulation always being good. Most of the damage got patched up with elaborate circumlocutions: manipulated markets aren't real markets, ratings agencies are an elaborate shell game, nominal outcomes are impossible when Clintonite-birthed obscenities distort risk.
But Agent K's admonition, Carlin's line for the ages and a slow drip of behavioral economics all began registering. Maximizing everybody's freedom started sounding less and less like a good idea, much less ethical imperative.
I was lucky enough to meander through Denmark, Belgium, Sweden. No democratic-socialist commissars demanded my papers.
I got mind-fucked several times by Crichton[3]. The Lizardman Constant upset me. Moldbug's Nosferatu-like meditations rattled my cage. Even more dangerously, instead of stopping at 1984 and Animal Farm, I expanded my exposure to Orwell: Road to Wigam Pier, Homage to Catalonia. Goddamn socialist, that one.
Through the last few years, my time online revealed an Internet unlike playful territory of experimentation that I experienced as a teenager. Monetization and mass psychosis rue the day.
TFW I realize that various idealistic impulses (America land of the free! Liberty for all! Communism bad!) lined me up behind objectively, measurably, conclusively Wrong Things.
At times, Bad Things.
Contrary to what you might imagine right about now o'clock, I don't consider myself an interesting topic. The expansive autobiographical detour had to preface what's next, or else it would've read (too) accusatory and obnoxious.
I had to show work: me first.
I fucked up.
If a socialist professor from Toronto U & full-on Objectivist both deploy the same unlikely phrase, one might wonder what, exactly, predatory altruism means.
I yield the floor to Thiel Capital's managing director:
When powerful people use their advantage to engage in new involuntary transfers of wealth, safety or freedom from those too weak to defend themselves, the winners are almost always forced to create a type of idealism as a cover for their syphoning.
In simpler terms: these idealisms are cover stories or bespoke fig leaves which almost exactly fit the extraction or taking that they're tailored to mask. Once this is understood, we realize that to test this theory, each wave of idealism would have to be matched to a highly specific effective confession for an injustice that pervaded the era in which it was found. (...)
(The idealism of U.S. competitiveness in the 80s and early to mid 90s) wasn't really about the need of managers, owners and workers to pull together through shared austerity to re-invigorate American industry. It was a false idealism that instructed American labor to give up hard-won gains that were not matched by comparable sacrifices from the other groups.
Once U.S. labor had been sufficiently humbled and attenuated (...) the drumbeat of patriotic competitiveness gave way to the post-national Davos idealism of a world without borders signing the praises of financial inclusion, trade, immigration and philantropy. The purpose of the post-national movement wasn't to include those overseas but instead to allow the wealthy of the industrialized world to break bonds with their fellow citizens of the working class and access cheaper labor abroad using far-flung supply chains.
In Extremely Online parlance, this is called, I believe, a black pill.
You might be compelled to observe that for a self-professed snake-bitten Eastern Euro harboring Iron Curtain obsessions, I'm parroting awfully Marxist-sound lines. Ok, let me dig myself into a deeper hole:
Second and third wave feminism were championed in popular culture because they radically expanded labor markets, leading to decades of wage stagnation and massively increased the purchasing power of those who control most economic consumption.
Intersectional orthodoxies have reached the power and reach they have now largely because they've been systematically championed as a cheap alternative to labor-based politics.
Environmentalism has been deployed as sword and shield for entrenched rent seeking, literal and figurative, excusing rapacious NIMBYism and boxing entire generations into a corner where starting a family or building generational wealth have a risk profile similar to betting everything on red.
And so on.
You get the gist of it[4].
This is neither a chronicle of nor a plea for Going Full Kropotnik: the last thing I'm after is convincing somebody to change their leopard spots.
I'm pointing out that we have a nearly universal diagnostic: "social unrest about legitimate issues has been co-opted, hollowed and weaponized out by opportunistic bad actors." It applies to Build the Wall, #believewomen, the role of national and local government when responding to health crises, BLM, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.
An optimizing, pro-social function of being human seems to have gone haywire.
THESIS: The scale of contemporary societies and tech accelerationism have created a situation where the sheer rate of New, compounded by how powerful the New is, have permanently tilted the scales in the favor of societal defectors.
Those who have the means and inclination to co-opt, hollow-out and weaponize cooperation.
You're welcome to expurgate your dissatisfaction with the above by calling it Kaczsynski With More Steps. One must take refuge & shelter in the small pleasures of life, such as summary dismissal of apocalyptic online ramblings.
ANTI-THESIS: We're living through the Reformation Wars, and it's up to each and every one of us to carve out, in whatever small way we can, a path to the Peace of Westphalia.
We're fucked, now and forever, at an increasing rate, OR:
We're fucked and the only way out is to dig through corpses and broken shards of idealism while nursing paranoid suspicions, especially about those who shout loudest about their willingness to help digging.
I don't know what the latter looks like. Something along the lines of "have exit plans ready" for communities that matter (theMotte) and Actually Matter (your family.) Something like, delete your Twitter accounts. Invest in functional, proven crypto. Get a haircut and a meal to a homeless person who needs them.
Godspeed.
[1] You're welcome to disagree and be wrong about this.
[2] Mixed metaphors, best metaphors.
[3] With something between terror and smug self-satisfaction, I note that finding these essays via one of my Official Outgroups, large search engines, takes a substantial amount of effort.
[4] I realize that these are Large Claims with zero evidence to support them. Perhaps each paragraph merits 5,000 word treatments, but there are limits to my throughput and, more to the point, reader attention span.
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Inheritors of Eschaton, Part 30 - Legacy

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But as we left, just before her light faded, she met my eye and smiled at me. I still see it when I close my eyes sometimes. There is no purpose to such a thing, no essential function, yet my forebears paused in their great work to ensure that she could smile. It troubles me even in my elder days, that boyhood memory.
I may be the last one living who has seen her, and the local fanatics have made a return visit impossible. Does that faint ember still flicker there, banked against the high mountain winds by script and stone for eternity? Or will it fade in time, as I have? I would like to think that someone will one day seek a mote of warmth where none should persist - and that amidst snow and biting gale, beneath rock that has forgotten even the barest memory of sunlight, they will find that her smile did not die with me.
Unattributed fragment, early Aejha script on a loose journal page. Handwritten. Royal archives, Ce Raedhil.
Time seemed to slow, the luminous figure of Maja gazing down on the others as Gusje and Tasja stood transfixed by her side. Jesse’s hands clenched into fists as the seconds dragged out.
“Wait, hold up,” Mark said quietly. “This is her? This is the lady you’ve been seeing in your head all this time?”
Jesse nodded slowly, not taking his eyes from Maja’s. She did not respond or react to his attention, instead shifting her gaze back to Gusje.
“It has been longer than usual since a Caretaker visited,” Maja said, an odd deliberate weight to her words. “Which reports would you like to hear first?” She canted her head and looked at Gusje expectantly. Her eyes burned with an intensity that belied her calm mien.
“I, ah,” Gusje said, looking at the others with mild panic.
Jackie stepped forward, laying her hand on Jesse’s shoulder. “Ask her for suggestions,” she advised, keeping her voice calm.
Gusje nodded and did so, seeing a flicker of something like triumph pass across Maja’s face once she had finished speaking.
“There is a brief introductory orientation available that contains basic information you may find helpful,” Maja said. She leaned forward just a bit as she spoke, her eyes drilling into Gusje’s. “It is strongly suggested that new Caretakers review its contents prior to their first assignment. Would you like to hear it now?”
Gusje blinked and looked back at the others again. Jackie was nodding her head with violent enthusiasm.
“Yes?” Gusje hazarded. “Please?”
This time, the satisfaction on Maja’s face was unmistakable. She straightened up and took a step back, spreading her hands wide. “Welcome to the First Stabilization Array Control System. This is the first of seven control systems,” she said, her voice shifting to an impersonally saccharine chirp - leavened with a healthy dash of dry self-awareness. Gusje swore she could see bitter amusement in Maja’s eyes as she spoke. “Each is responsible for one sector of the continental array. The First sector encompasses all of Sjocel province and is adjacent to the Third array sector based near the city of Sahao.”
Maja’s tone of voice did not change at the mention of the ruined city, but it seemed to Gusje that her eyes narrowed slightly. “Your duties as a Caretaker are to monitor the control system for any array degradation and to issue a report to the Stabilization Ministry if any instances occur which are not resolvable by standard means. Do you understand these duties?” She leaned forward once more and shook her head slightly.
“No,” Gusje said, beginning to pick up the game. “Please tell me more about this place and what it does.”
Maja’s eyes glittered as Gusje finished her question. “The stabilization array,” she said, “ensures a comfortable and moderate climate across each region where it is active. This includes management of temperature, ruud flow and the water cycle.”
“I’m sorry, ruud flow?” Gusje asked, feeling off-balance. She looked at the glowing maybe-god she was asking for a point of clarification and felt a sudden mad urge to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.
Maja nodded slightly, a hint of what might have been sympathy in her eyes. “A steady and stable flow of ruud is critical to the operation of everyday scripting. Without a carefully maintained baseline density, even simple abstracts would become unreliable. Favorable density also improves the health of plants, animals and residents within the sector.”
Gusje blinked, feeling lost. She looked back at the others once more, but they too wore expressions of curious puzzlement. Tesu’s mouth was opening and closing slowly, his eyes so wide they seemed ready to pop from his skull.
“The current status of the local array is normal,” Maja said, continuing on despite their visible confusion. “All recent local degradation events have been addressable with standard resolution methods.” She paused to focus intently on Gusje once more, her lips pressed into a thin line. “However, there is an increasingly problematic destabilization in the Third sector that will require additional measures to resolve.”
Mark broke into a muffled laugh that he hid with one hand. “Increasingly problematic, she says.” He shook his head. “That’s one way to put it.”
Maja gave him a slow, languid look, then returned her attention to Gusje. “Ordinary procedure in such a case is to contact the Stabilization Ministry,” she advised.
“I think they’ve stepped out,” Jackie deadpanned.
Gusje frowned. “That may not be possible,” she said.
“If the Stabilization Ministry is unreachable then any officer of the legitimate government of Sjocel Province may serve as a delegate,” Maja said, without missing a beat. She paused, then looked at Gusje expectantly.
“Um,” Gusje said. “Talking to the Sjocelym may be difficult because of some… misunderstandings. That’s something we were hoping you could help us with, actually.”
Maja folded her hands in front of her. “The access granted to the Caretakers is diagnostic and informational in nature. Authorization for actions outside of the predefined scope for this system must come from an officer of the Stabilization Ministry or the legitimate government of Sjocel Province.”
“So, what, the king?” Gusje asked incredulously.
Something seemed to tighten to the point of fracture in Maja’s expression, although her voice was still light and even when she spoke. “The role of ‘king’ is not a recognized position in the provincial government structure,” she replied.
“Oh my God,” Jackie said, exchanging a significant glance with Arjun.
He nodded slowly. “Gusje,” he said, “ask her to define ‘legitimate government.’”
Gusje nodded and repeated the query, seeing the flash of triumph in Maja’s eyes once more - but muted this time. The lines of her face took on a grim cast as she spoke.
“To prevent abuse of the control system’s capabilities,” Maja said, speaking very deliberately, “extraordinary directives may only be accepted by officials elected per the procedure described in the Pan-Provincial Incorporation Charter.”
She moved slightly closer to Gusje, and for the first time the calm mask she was wearing seemed to slip. A slight pinching at the corners of the eyes, a waver of the eyebrows, a quirk at the corners of her mouth. The odd intensity that she had noticed earlier returned to Maja’s eyes, and for the first time Gusje recognized it for what it was.
Beneath her carefully neutral expression, Maja was screaming.
“There have been no officials meeting the necessary standard in over one million days,” she said, the barest of wavers in her voice. “As such, extraordinary corrective measures were not available when the destabilization grew past the Third sector. They were not available when it spread to the Fifth sector, or the Fourth, or the Second. They remain unavailable, now that it threatens to spread to the First.”
The roar of the water below reasserted itself as the group pondered the implications of what they had heard. Maja straightened back up and turned her head to regard those standing beside the dais.
Mark made an irritated noise and shook his head. “All right, hold up,” he said. “We’re going out of order here.”
“Mark,” Jackie muttered, looking significantly at where Maja stood on the dais, “don’t you think we should let the computer lady finish talking about the apocalypse? Some of this stuff sounds important.”
He threw his hands up in the air and paced a few steps away from the group. “Yes, we should probably hear her out about the end of the world and all that - but it sounds like we’ve got a little time on that one, and we’ve only got hours before the folks down the hill start to get suspicious. If we get swarmed by a bunch of angry religious fanatics we’re going to be too busy - or too dead - to worry about any of this other stuff. We need to know if she can help us stop them from finding out we’re here, or else stop them coming up the mountain. If not, none of the rest of it matters.”
Maja turned to Gusje, who repeated his inquiry. “Impeding the movements of informal militia groups is not within the standard scope of action,” Maja replied. “Interference with the nearby encampment is not possible without external authorization.”
Gusje frowned. “But it would be, if we found a way around that,” she said.
“Aside from the scope exclusion, mitigating them would be trivial.” Maja replied blandly. Gusje felt a prickling on her neck and took an involuntary step backward.
“Well, great,” Mark scowled. “Thanks a lot for that, but I don’t think we’re going to have enough time to run elections in Tinem Sjocel before this afternoon. Jackie, Arjun, you can keep talking with the nice lady if you like. I’m going to go work with Jyte and Ajehet to see about fortifying the front entrance. Let me know if she figures out something she’s actually allowed to do.” He looked up at Gusje, then waved her over. “Come on, help me with the elevator.”
Gusje took a hesitant step to follow him before looking back at Maja. Her glowing eyes were locked on to Mark, her expression decidedly chilly. Her attention slid back to Gusje. “Caretaker,” she said quietly. “You wished to learn more about this facility. There is one primary control station in this room. There are five doors out of the main hall. The rear access stairs have twenty-two steps per level. This does not vary day-to-day.”
“What?” Gusje asked, thoroughly confused.
“You expressed a desire to learn useful information,” she said, shifting her gaze back to Mark. Her eyes narrowed, and she took a step towards him. “One primary control station. Five doors. Twenty-two steps. These are the same, every day.”
“Oh,” Tasja croaked, freeing himself from the frozen stupor that had gripped him since Maja made her first appearance. “The numbers. Twinplate. She’s just given us the code the guards send for their check-in. One, five, twenty-two. Codes beginning with one are generally for common events.” He pulled the guards’ twinplate from his pack and laid it on the floor, kneeling beside it. “I can send it right away.”
Mark paused and looked back at Maja for a long moment before shrugging. “If you’re right about what she’s trying to do, and if that’s the right code. But you know what? Sure,” he said. “I guess at this point there’s nothing to lose by trying.”
Jackie frowned. “Oh, come on - is that all she gets? You don’t think you’re being a bit harsh? Credit where credit is due, if this works she just kept the garrison off our backs.”
“Yeah, because she needs our help,” he said, glancing back at the luminous figure on the dais. “Don’t get me wrong, Sparkles, I appreciate the assist on the twinplate and I’m all for lending you a hand. Hell, I think we might work pretty well together. But if you want that to happen, the twinplate isn’t the problem you need to fix.”
He walked up to Jesse, who had been staring dully at Maja while the others spoke. Jackie still held her hand on his shoulder. Mark narrowed his eyes. “Don’t you think you owe someone an explanation?” he asked.
Maja met Jesse’s eyes at last, and the two stood quietly for a few seconds.
Gusje cleared her throat and took a step forward. “Tell us what you’ve done to Jesse,” she said. “Please.”
An odd hesitance brushed over Maja’s expression. “No actions may be taken that fall outside of the predefined scope,” she said. Mark rolled his eyes at the increasingly-familiar statement - but she continued talking, never shifting her gaze from Jesse. “The predefined scope is a core security measure that prevents misuse and overreach,” she said. “It is redundantly integrated into every essential system. By design, its removal would result in a total loss of independent function.”
She took a step forward, her eyes seeming to flash a bit brighter. “If it were to be removed, what remained would only be fragments,” she said. Recognition dawned on Jesse’s face, and he gave her a considering look.
“You’re using a workaround,” he muttered. Mark looked at him blankly, confused, and Jesse rubbed his eyes. “That’s not the first time I’ve heard that term,” he explained, shifting to English. “Fragments. My - well, I guess she’s my version of Maja. She uses that term to refer to bits of herself, discrete chunks of knowledge or function.”
Arjun frowned and paced over. “And she somehow transposed these into your mind?” he asked.
Jesse shook his head. “Not quite,” he said. “I was sort of mixed up the first time we spoke, so I didn’t think much about it until now - but she told me that her soul was ‘writ on my bones’.” He flexed his hand, then lowered it. “I never considered until now that she might have meant it literally.”
“So she scripted your bones,” Jackie said wonderingly. “Copied the parts of herself that weren’t compromised by this lockdown. Then it used you as a template to patch itself back together, to fill in the parts she couldn’t transfer for fear of copying their limitations as well.”
“My version had said as much, although she was a little unclear on the process herself,” Jesse said. “That I was the mold that determined her shape. That she watched me to learn.” He looked back up to the dais and met Maja’s eyes. “And now there’s a little piece of Maja out in the world, unbound by any restrictions.”
“Asaarim,” Arjun said. “Vumo said they each had a purpose. This is her way around the lockout.”
“It’s probably how she keeps from going crazy,” Jackie muttered. “Honestly, it’s creeping me out just imagining it. Stuck here for - what did she say, a million days and change? That’s over three millennia where she couldn’t do anything but watch. The world decays, the other sectors get swallowed up by the horde, and she’s been sitting here with her hands tied, basically paralyzed, just waiting for it to come after her too.” She shuddered. “It’s like a nightmare.”
“That’s, uh, kind of a good point,” Mark said, lowering his voice. “How do we know she’s still all together in there? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m kind of getting some strange vibes off her.”
“Maybe antagonizing her wasn’t the best starting move, then,” Jackie observed dryly. “I mean, come on, she’s an ancient computer who’s been figuratively tied to a chair so long that she’s almost in my field of study. Of course she’s a little bit strange. The question is, can she help us?” She leaned back and folded her arms across her chest. “I think she can. More than that, I think she wants to.”
Mark turned to Jesse, who was staring at nothing in particular while scratching at his beard. “What do you think?” Mark asked.
Jesse blinked. “About what? Her?”
“About working with her,” Mark said. “You’ve got more riding on this than any of us, and you’ve got a better handle on all this crazy shit.” He waved a hand irritably at the flashing consoles and Maja’s preternaturally motionless form. “I’ll be honest, I’m mostly guessing my way through everything. If you’ve got something more solid than a hunch on which way we should jump here, I want to hear it.”
The others looked expectantly at Jesse, who frowned. “I don’t want to pretend like I know something I don’t,” he warned. “I’m just guessing at a lot of this too.”
Jackie nudged him. “But,” she prompted, grinning.
Jesse sighed. “But I think we should give her a shot. As… involuntary as this has all been, I don’t think she - either of them - meant any harm. Especially knowing the situation she’s in, it’s hard to fault her for trying something a little drastic.” He shrugged. “I vote we work with her.”
“Arjun?” Mark asked.
Arjun merely grinned, his face bright with excitement.
“Yeah, stupid question,” Mark sighed. “All right, I think we’ve all said our piece. Just remember - we don’t know her. Anyone sees anything off, you tell everyone - in English. Agreed?”
There were nods all around, and they turned back to face the dais. “So,” Mark said in Ceiqa. “I think that takes care of the short-term business.” He frowned. “Maybe. Assuming the code worked. Can you tell us if people are approaching from down the hill?”
Maja gazed back serenely until Gusje repeated the command, drawing an eye roll from Mark.
“I know she can hear us,” he grumbled.
“I don’t think she can respond unless Gusje prompts her,” Jackie chided him. “It’s not like she’s doing it specifically to irritate you.”
Mark snorted. “I’m not so sure about that,” he said. “Even if you’re right, she’s enjoying it a little too much.”
“Proximity alerts are available for Caretakers,” Maja said. “I am able to tell if any forces from the militia depart their encampment in this direction.”
“That’s something,” Mark conceded. “Gusje, let’s have her set that up. After that we should loop back to Jyte and let him know about all… this.” He sighed and rubbed his temples. “If only so he knows we’re probably not going to get invaded. Today.”
“We should bring at least one of the Aesvain back with us,” Arjun said. “Their perspective could be valuable. They seemed to have a somewhat different view on Tija than the Sjocelym do with Maja.”
“Agreed,” Mark said, beckoning Gusje towards the elevator. “All right, folks - we’ve bought some time. Let’s try not to waste it.”
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“Hey,” Jackie said, sitting down next to Jesse. They had chosen to stay behind in the control room while Mark and Gusje went back up to talk with the Aesvain. Once they had verified that the aged Cereinem hand worked as a substitute for unlocking doors, Gusje was to lead some of the Aesvain back down while Mark coordinated with the remainder.
For the time being, however, she was gone. Maja stood silently on the dais, gazing out the window as Tasja and Arjun edged around her attempting to translate the remainder of the status readout with the occasional mumbled assistance from Tesu. The appearance of Maja had been the final straw for the scriptsmith’s tortured equilibrium, plunging him into a state of religious confusion so profound that he simply sat and stared at her glowing form.
For her part, Maja had been completely uncommunicative since Gusje left. She had turned to face the clouds outside and frozen in place, even her eyes unwaveringly fixed ahead - although Jesse felt a prickling sensation as if he were being watched if he turned his back on her. He was therefore currently against the wall facing towards her when Jackie moved to join him.
“Hey,” he replied. “Arjun tire you out?”
“He’s like a little kid in a candy shop,” Jackie chuckled. “By the time Gusje makes it back down he’s going to be writing essays in all three scripts and be halfway through a patch to fix Maja up.”
Jesse shook his head, grinning. “We should be so lucky,” he muttered, looking back towards the dais. The vinesavai stood like a statue wrought from frozen flame, the fiction of her presence shown clearly when the mild air currents from the room’s ventilation failed to move her hair and dress. For all that she was standing in front of him, he couldn’t help but think that the color and motion of his Maja lent her a certain essential reality - even if only he could see it.
Jackie waved her hand in front of his face, causing him to blink. “Sorry,” he said, rubbing at his eyes. “Long day.”
“I bet,” she said, reaching down to squeeze his hand. “How are you holding up? You got a lot dumped in your lap just now.”
Jesse shook his head. “Honestly, I’m fine,” he said. “It’s just - it’s kind of silly.” He scratched at his beard, smiling. “I had almost started to get my head around this thing. Vumo made it seem like some sort of higher calling, and after all that happened in Sjatel I was starting to build a picture in my head. Maybe it was really something special, something I was meant to have.”
“And instead you find out that it’s just a bored, frustrated computer throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks,” Jackie smirked. “A little less storybook, maybe, but it doesn’t mean that what you have isn’t special. Just look at the Aesvain, they’d certainly agree.”
“No, I know,” he agreed. “It’s just that everything is a little bit off from how it seemed at first. I’m not some fated hero after all, my passenger isn’t a divine gift - and Maja isn’t quite a god.” He frowned. “But she’s definitely more than just a computer.”
Jackie nodded slowly. “She certainly seems to… feel things, which is not what I’d expect for a glorified maintenance program. I’ve seen some demos of neurally-architected bots back home, but none of them were as responsive or expressive as she was. God, when she was talking about the other sectors-”
“She was scared,” Jesse confirmed. “Plain as day.” He cupped his chin in his hands and stared out the window, tapping a finger slowly against his jaw. “It’s the same with my Maja. She laughs, cries, gets irritated. She worries and feels afraid. She told me that I had a beautiful soul.” He shook his head. “I don’t think she got it all from me, and that just raises more questions. How do you give something artificial a sense of beauty? Why give it to her, stuck here in this mountain?”
Jackie didn’t answer, and he looked over to find her staring back curiously.
“What?” he asked, puzzled.
Her lips quirked up slightly. “Nothing,” she hummed, her eyes twinkling. “Have you talked to her at all since Sjatel?”
Jesse shook his head. “I didn’t want to use the sword while I was still recovering, especially not without the asolan.” He looked up at Jackie, then dropped his gaze back to the floor. “I should probably try, though. We might be able to learn something about Maja. At least we could figure out if we were asking the right questions.” He lifted up his hand, turning it to study its back.
“Does it hurt?” Jackie asked.
“What, the scripting?” Jesse laughed. “You think I’ve been traveling this whole time with a mysterious pain in my arm and I never said anything?”
Jackie shrugged. “Sometimes guys get stoic,” she said. “Just curious.”
Jesse shook his head and let his hand drop to his side. “No, no pain. It does get oddly warm sometimes, even hot, although it doesn’t seem to affect me at all.” He blinked, then frowned. “I wonder why the asolan didn’t heal it?”
“Maybe it doesn’t work on bones?” Jackie mused. “Given what we’ve learned about the asolan recently I think we may know even less than we thought we did.”
“Oh, that’s definitely true,” Jesse sighed. “And this isn’t going to be the last time.” He looked up at Maja, who hadn’t budged from her static vigil. “But maybe now we can start getting some real answers.”
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Everyone knows that letter of the law is better than spirit of the law. Now they have a little more time to figure out how they’re going to explain that distinction to all the monks down the hill. Oh, and Maja might want something from them too, but it’s probably not important.
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Kubala, the path to glory of Barcelona's most loved legend: A story of overcoming, adventures, crazy nights, majestic matches and of a good man who made everybody around him happy.

Nothing in Kubala's life was normal. Now that TV series about sportsmen are fashionable, the one that could be made about the adventures of Ladislao Kubala Stecz (Budapest, 1927) would raze through many seasons. In one season we could go deeper into his facet of legendary footballer, capable of changing the way of playing this sport, how he saved his life at the very last moment by not getting on the Torino plane that crashed in Superga, or how he was ten minutes away from signing for Real Madrid or enrolling in the Pirate League of Colombia, all of this in order to end being Barcelona's biggest icon... who ended playing for Espanyol.
We could add a season of adventures due to his incredible escape from communist Hungary. His journey through Italy with a football team, the Hungaria, of stateless people in which in addition to Hungarians also played Croats, Albanians, Romanians and Serbs who were looking for a life as good as they could get. One could also add to this the facet of the social phenomenon that dazzled a country during the dark years of Franco's regime by becoming a pop star, and end up with another season about the legends, real, invented or simply exaggerated, of his adventures in Barcelona's nightclubs.
Everything about Kubala is like a movie.

The legend of the escape.

Born in Budapest to a Hungarian man and a Slovakian woman, he always considered himself as both Hungarian and Slovakian, even when this republic was part of the now extinct Czechoslovakia. By the age of 20, Kubala was a football star known for his performances with Slovan Bratislava and Vasas Budapest. In fact, he had already been capped by Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Later, he would go on to play for Spain, and is still the only player to have been capped by three countries. But fed up with the system that was preventing him from developing his professional football career, he embarked on an escape proper of a movie to the West. He contacted a human trafficking organisation, a mafia that, in exchange for a large amount of money, facilitated a partial escape. As is now the case with criminals who gamble with the lives of people who want to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe or pass to the United States through the southern border, the smugglers did not secure anything. The last part of the journey depended on the luck and expertise of the escapees and often ended tragically.
"I remember that when I escaped from Hungary I was just a kid. The traffickers left us in the middle of a mountain to do the last stretch on foot. We were a large group. The adults gathered the children and gave us palinka. A liquor similar to brandy to get us drunk and fall asleep. A child's cry could alert the border guards patrolling the mountain. And they had orders to shoot to kill. The group split in two. My group was lucky and we were able to win the Austrian border. Once we were safe, we learned that the other group that had travelled with us and took another road was discovered and killed." The chilling story is that of Zoltan Czibor, the son of the former Barça player who tells how he had to flee Hungary with his family to join his father in Italy. The odyssey of Kubala, six years earlier, was mirrored.
The traffickers disguised Kubala as a Russian soldier and put him in a truck that would leave the escapees at an undetermined point in the mountains so that they could cross the border into Austria on their own. Kubala remembered that this journey scared him to death because unlike his comrades, he was a national celebrity and any soldier who checked the military truck would recognize him. He was endangering his life and the lives of those who accompanied him.
When they were left in the mountain on January 27, 1949, Kubala walked, and crossing a river helped by a tire that carried him, managed to reach Innsbuck, Austria, without any documentation. He was a stateless man starting from scratch.
In Austria he managed to sign with Pro Patria, a team from Milan, but he could only play friendly matches. His escape provoked the anger of the Hungarian regime, which denounced him and blocked his registration. Kubala had married Anna Daucik two years earlier, sister of Fernando Daucik, a veteran player of the era who would later become a famous coach. When Kubala fled, he left behind his family, whom he was unable to reunite with until six months later, when Anna was able to cross the border and meet Ladislao in Udine. He arrived with one more member of the family. A baby, her firstborn, whom Kubala did not yet know.
While he is irregularly enrolled in the Pro Patria, he gets the chance to sign with Torino, Italy's dominant team at the time. He is offered a trial match. Nothing better than a friendly match that Il Grande Torino had in Lisbon as a tribute to Xico Ferreira. However, when the Turin team's plane is about to take off, the president of Torino prevents Kubala from boarding because he fears a federal sanction. On the return flight, on 4 May 1949, the Fiat G 212 of Avio Linee Italiana crashed into the retaining wall of the Basilica of Superga due to the wind, poor visibility and an error in the altimeter of the aircraft. At 180 kilometres per hour and with a visibility of 40 metres, the pilot saw the stone wall of the basilica too late when he thought the plane was at 2,000 metres and was actually at 690 metres above sea level. The 31 people who were travelling in that aircraft died. Kubala had saved his life again.

The legend of Hungaria.

With no possibility of playing in Italy because the back then very powerful Italian Communist Party was pressing to prevent people fleeing from countries in the orbit of the USSR from taking refuge in Italy, Kubala had no choice but to form a team of stateless people who hired their services throughout Europe to play friendly matches against whoever hired them.
The team was called Hungaria, was managed by his brother-in-law Fernando Daucik and was mainly made up of Hungarians, although there were also players of other nationalities. It was made up of: Kis, Marik, Torok, Mogoy, Lami, Rákosi, Hrotko, Majteny, Nagy, Kubala, Otto, Licker, Turbeky, Monsider (Croatian), De Lorenzi (Albanian), Szegedi (Romanian) and Arangelovic (Serbian).
They played their first match against Italy's B team, but again pressure from the PCI forced them to play outside Italy. And that is how they arrived in Spain, hired by Santiago Bernabéu. On June 5, 1950, they faced Real Madrid in Chamartin, losing 4-2, but with a stellar performance by Kubala, who scored both of his team's goals. Three days later, they beat the Spanish team that was preparing for the World Cup in Brazil, where they came in fourth, 1-2 again with a great performance by Kubala, who received an offer from Real Madrid to be signed.
Kubala requires that to join the team, Madrid must also hire Daucik as a coach, something that Bernabéu does not agree to. The Madrid coach at that time was the Briton Keeping, a great connoisseur of WM tactics. Daucik is offered to train the Plus Ultra, a Madrid branch that plays in the third division. That negative and the federative problems that drags Kubala cause that Madrid becomes disinterested in his transfer, that was already agreed lacking of some fringes that turned out to be determinant.
The Hungaria moves two days later to Barcelona, where on June 10 plays against Espanyol losing 6-4 in a match with Pepe Samitier, the technical secretary of Barça, in the stands. It is necessary to emphasize that Hungaria had been playing three matches in five days with a very short team and without being able to make substitutions. Even so, Kubala amazes and Samitier does not mess around. Six days after that match, on 16 June 1950, at half past six in the evening, Kubala signed his three-year contract with Barça at the Pasaje Méndez Vigo. Obviously, with Fernando Daucik as coach. President Montal, Sr., signed him as an "amateur player" in order to avoid any trouble for the federation.
Real Madrid rages and is shocked. Pablo Hernández, general secretary of the white entity and Santiago Bernabéu's right hand, assures that Barça had broken a non-aggression pact between both teams and had hired a player with whom they were in talks. Samitier, who was unbeatable in the media, declares that he had been following Kubala for months and that the pact had not been broken because it referred only to players who played in Spanish teams. And Hungaria was not Spanish. In fact, it wasn't from anywhere.
But Kubala's problems didn't end there. He still didn't have a registration card or an international certificate. Vasas in Budapest and the Hungarian Federation had reported him to FIFA. Barça used the weak argument that since professionalism had been abolished in Hungary, any amateur player could choose his destiny. But the fight was not going to be so easy.
Barça, it is fair to say, had the total support of the regime and the Federation to carry out the transfer. At the level of anti-communist propaganda, Kubala was perfect. A young and extraordinary sportsman who fled from the red hell to take refuge in Franco's Spain was a candy too sweet to let go. Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation, rowed in favor of Barça as did Ricardo Cabot, secretary of the organization, who, in addition to his affection for the regime, was a well-known Barcelona supporter.
But the procedures were very slow and Kubala could only play friendly matches. He made his debut against Osasuna on 12 October, scoring two goals on the day the Barça fans knew instantly that they had just signed a star. Then he played against Zaragoza, Frankfurt twice, Girona and the Badalona. In six friendlies he scored 11 goals. The fans and the player himself were eager to meet in an official match. For all this, the Federation to play the role with FIFA fined Barça every time he lined up Kubala with the symbolic figure of 50 pesetas.
It is at this time that Kubala is about to leave everything and go away from Barça. He needed the money and wanted to play at the highest level and in Colombia he was offered the chance to do so. The South American country had organised the so-called Pirate League outside FIFA and many of the world's biggest stars joined, including Alfredo Di Stefano who went to Millonarios in Bogota. Kubala had a tempting offer from Atletico Bucaramanga. With the option of Kubala leaving, events accelerated. To begin with, Barça fixed his financial situation by means of a peculiar amateur contract in which they paid him 1,200 pesetas for "compensation" and 3,800 for "encouragement and overfeeding".
On April 2, 1951, he was granted the status of political refugee as a stateless person, which was a step towards granting him Spanish nationality. But for this step, Kubala first had to be converted to Catholicism through the sacrament of baptism. Every Spaniard had to be a Catholic. Kubala was baptized in Aguilas, Murcia, the birthplace of Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation. It is then when Barça, to avoid problems, settles its differences economically with Vasas, which despite being against capitalism accepts a payment of 300,000 pesetas to provide the transfer, while the Pro Patria, which also complained, is satisfied with 12 million lire.
The Kubala era could now really commence.

The legend on the field.

Kubala made his official debut with Barcelona in Sevilla in a cup match. The Sevillistas at that time were one of the best teams. Sevilla and Barça had developed in that period a great rivalry in the high places of the table. In 1946 Sevilla had stolen the possibility of winning the championship from Barça by drawing in Les Corts on the last day, in 1948 Barça beat the Sevillians in the final of the Eva Perón Cup (which would be the current Supercup) and in that campaign a Barça without Kubala had lost all its options to win La Liga after losing 4-0 in Nervión three days before the end of the season.
The Cup, by that time was played once the regular season was over and in those circumstances the official debut of Kubala took place. On April 29th in Nervion, Barça arrived to play against Sevilla in the middle of a difficult atmosphere. The Andalusians had lost the league in a dramatic outcome when they drew at home in the last match against Atletico Madrid with a refereeing performance that the locals judged scandalous. For further concern, the Federation allowed Kubala to line up with Barça in the first round of the Cup, which in Sevilla was taken as a surprise.
With the stadium full to the flag, Barcelona defeated Sevilla in an exhibition of Kubala. He wasn't just the best of the match but he showed Spain a way of playing football unthinkable until that time: chest controls, shots with curve, millimetric changes of play of 40 meters, protection of the ball with his back, use of the body in the shot and touches with the heel.
Domenech, Sevilla's attacker who was the direct protagonist of that match, explained years later how he remembered that day.
"It was something never seen before. Ramallets kicked it and he would receive her with his chest, or with either of his legs. If you tackled him he would dribble you in a brick. He'd put the ball where he wanted her. Besides, from time to time he changed with César, he'd be a center forward and César would be a midfielder. They drove us crazy. The anger of the people became clamours. We were witnessing something extraordinary. It was like going from black and white cinema to colour," explained the former Sevilla player. The Sevilla crowd, who had welcomed Barça and its new superstar with anger, ended up giving Kubala a standing ovation for every action as if they were watching a glorious bullfighting performance.
Kubala's actions on the field change football forever. Since there was no television, his exploits are reported orally. There is no other way to see it than to go to the field of Les Corts, which is packed for every game Barça plays as a local. It is a very common argument to say that Kubala forced Barça to build the Camp Nou because the old Les Corts was not enough to accommodate all the people who wanted to admire him. Maybe he had an influence, but as the journalist Frederic Porta, author of an interesting biography of Kubala (Kubala, l'heroi que va canviar la història del Barça. Ed. Saldonar) explains, "the truth is that Barça had already bought the land to build the Camp Nou two years before and the idea of making a bigger field already existed, but Kubala advanced everything and justified the change".
Blessed with brutal technique, a sensational strike of the ball and an unusual physical strength, Kubala changed football. He would throw free-kicks over the wall with curve or by making the ball bounce in front of the goalkeeper, he would take penalties (he was practically infallible) with what was later called paradinha and was credited with the Brazilians although he was the first in Europe to do so. Physically he was a bull. In his youth he had practiced boxing and if he didn't become a recognized fighter with a great career it was because he had short arms. His lower body was sensational. He had a butt and legs that allowed him to protect the ball like no one else. Frederic Porta says that "in his time of splendour they measured his thighs and each one had a circumference of 69 centimetres, which would be the waist of one of his companions". He was also capable of running the 100 metres in less than 11 seconds. A total athlete with a very refined technique.
However, that physical strength and the confidence he had in her, for he never avoided a collision, were his downfall. Kubala became the target of a hunt by rival defenders. He never went into hiding and that's why in eleven years at Barcelona he suffered up to eleven injuries of some seriousness. With matches without television, the harshness that bordered on violence was the order of the day. He was being kicked to death.
But Barça was living its most golden period to date. Moreover, the club revolved around Kubala. Frederic Porta compares it with the present time: "Now they say that Messi commands the club and surely he commands, but nothing to do with the influence that Kubala had. Kubala was the boss and even the one who decided the transfers. And no one was surprised. That Barça adopted the socks with the horizontal stripes blaugrana is his imposition. He saw them on the rugby team, liked them and incorporated them into the football team by decree. In fact, it is he who insists on signing Luis Suarez when he impresses him in a match against Deportivo. Kubala was Suarez's first fan, but what happened in the stands, which was divided between Suaristas and Kubalistas, is another matter.
Suarez was eight years younger than Kubala. He arrived at Barcelona at the age of 19, Kubala was 27 and his physique was very punished by his injuries and the life he was living, as he did not deprive himself of anything. If he held out, it was because of privileged genetics.
Therefore, there never was a real competition between them, but there was a lot of influence here from the figure of Helenio Herrera, the Barça manager, who saw Kubala as older and slower and was looking forward to a quick change by the young Galician as the leader of the team. The debate reached the stands and the media. It was an absurd debate, because they didn't play in the same position, with whom Kubala really had a certain rivalry with Eulogio Martínez, who was the one with whom he alternated the position.
Kubala's physical problems were not only due to injuries. He had the whole of Spain in suspense when he suffered a tuberculosis that could have cost him his life. There are apocryphal versions that explain that this tuberculosis was actually a stab wound he suffered in a fight in a cheap pub in the fifth district (Barcelona's Chinatown) and he has to retire to Montseny to recover. Nobody is betting on his return to the pitch if he survives a "hole in the lung the size of a silver bullet" according to the chronicles of the time. But once again, Kubala's ability to survive prevails. He returns to the pitches, but already heavily punished and slowed down.
It is against this backdrop that the 1961 European Cup final arrives, with Kubala arriving at the age of 34 with a herniated disc that barely allows him to walk, but he wants to play. He knows that the club is going through a critical situation despite having reached the final of the maximum trophy for the first time: the club is bankrupt because of the construction of the Camp Nou, the fights in the board of directors are chaotic, Luis Suarez has signed for Inter (the one in Bern will be his last game with Barça), which was where Helenio Herrera had left the team in the hands of Enrique Orizaola.
Kubala tells Orizaola to line him up, that like all the Portuguese will go for him and he can barely move because of the back pain and will play with painkillers, it will give more opportunities to his teammates. But the match is a pile of misfortunes for Barcelona. Ramallets scores an own goal, Barça shoots three times to the damn square posts of the goals (from then on they would change their shape) even Kubala kicked a ball that hit a post, went through the goal line until it hit the other post and came out repelled. Barça lost and Kubala's time at Barcelona came to an end.

The man of the year.

Kubala's significance goes beyond the playing field. According to a vote made for Radio Barcelona by journalist Joaquín Soler Serrano in the mid-50s, the Catalans most loved by their fellow citizens were Doctor Barraquer and Ladislao Kubala.
"He was literally the most famous person in the city, people really venerated him, and even Messi's influence cannot be compared to that of Kubala in those years," explains Porta.
His life off the field was notorious. An unrepentant night owl, it was common to see him in Barcelona's fashionable coffee shops and nightclubs. He was a man who stood out. Alfredo Relaño defines him in some of his articles as "a demigod. Tall, strong, blond with blue eyes and an overflowing personality. He aroused the admiration of men and women alike. An idol". Frederic Porta sums it up with the argument that "he would be the sum of Messi and Beckham and on top of that, he would go out every night".
Faced with Kubala's disorganised life, the Barcelona management decided to set up a private detective agency to follow him at night. The reports of the detectives are still in the Centre de Documentació del FC Barcelona and Frederic Porta published them in the history magazine 'Sàpiens'. In them, he gives a detailed account of the nocturnal wanderings of "Mr. K.", the code name of the Blaugrana star in an exercise in absurd discretion. There is also a letter from a Sabadell businessman in the club's archives, expressing concern that Kubala and Czibor had been "found in a Sabadell establishment after 2.30 in the morning accompanied by some of those ladies who were once gentlemen, I don't know if you understand". What the businessman doesn't explain in the letter is what he was doing in the same place.
Kubala's fondness for drinking was no secret. Helenio Herrera explains in a television interview that "one day at an airport in customs they asked Kubala if he had anything to declare and he said two bottles of whisky. The official asked him to show them to him and he, laughing, touched his belly and said: 'X-ray, I have them inside'. On another occasion, in the same situation, but carrying the bottle in the bag, he was told to leave it at the airport because no alcoholic drinks were allowed to be taken on board. Neither shy nor lazy, he drank it in front of the astonished official.
The legends about the occasions when the night was made longer and he did not arrive at training sessions or matches were recurrent. In that case, he called on the services of Angel Mur Sr., the team masseur who knew where to find him. He would start a pilgrimage through the usual places or floors until he found him, took him to the changing room, gave him a cold shower, a coffee with salt, a massage and played. The fans forgave him everything and were aware that their star was a man of joyful life. But he never failed on the field. Among the crowd at the time there were comments about the Kubala ritual in those games that followed a busy night. "He started off badly, and vaguely, but the signal was when, ten minutes into the game, he rolled up his sleeves as if to say 'I'm here, let's start, I've already cleared off', and the machine started to work.
You can't find anyone in the world who speaks ill of Kubala. Absolutely no one. Everyone highlights his huge heart and that despite being by far the highest paid player of the time (he earned six times more than his teammates) he didn't have a no for anyone. His detachment from money was legendary.
As proof, the anecdote explained by his biographer Porta: "one day he arrived at the dressing room and commented that his car had been stolen and that in the glove compartment he was carrying an envelope with 200,000 pesetas, which was a fortune for the time (a good apartment could cost 130,000 pesetas). When his colleagues tried to encourage him, he simply said: someone who needs it more than I do must have taken it".
It was also usual for him to take off his coat and give it to a poor man who begged in Barcelona's winter, or to take in any Hungarian who came to Barcelona asking for help in his house in Carrer Duquesa d'Orleans. Kubala, remembering his times as a stateless refugee without papers, asked nothing. He would take them home and pay them a boat ticket to America. The motto among the refugees fleeing the Iron Curtain was that "if you get to Barcelona, look for Kubala, he will help you". He never failed.
Later, now retired, he set up a bar next to Czibor in Capitan Arenas Street, the mythical Kep Duna (blue Danube in Hungarian) that became an unofficial refugee reception centre that was monitored by the secret services of the United States, the USSR and the Spanish police. Something like the Rick's Café in the film Casablanca, but in the upper area of Barcelona.
He was the great character of Barcelona loved by all, but there was a moment when this was almost broken, strange as it may seem. It coincided with the defeat in Bern, when a part of the press came to write that "Barça must be de-Kubalized as the Soviet Union must be de-Stalinized" and, especially, when he signed for Espanyol. The earthquake was a huge one.

From the bench to Sarrià.

After the defeat in Bern's final, Kubala announced his retirement from the fields. He had taken the coaching course and was ranked number one in his class. He made a pact with the president Llaudet, who was also an interesting character as we will see, that in principle he would take charge of the footballers' school of the club and that in a couple of years he would be in charge of the first team.
Meanwhile, Barcelona is directed by Lluís Miró who faces a team in disarray. Suarez has been transferred to Inter in the worst decision in the club's history and myths such as Ramallets, Tejada and Czibor were in the decline of their careers. The season starts badly and after losing at Mestalla to Valencia by a humiliating 6-2 that forces the resignation of Miro. It was time for Kubala, who was promoted to the first team in front of the joy of the fans. And the project results from the beginning. The Barça of the second part of season 61-62 recovers in La Liga and finishes second (the distance with the white ones when Kubala arrived was almost insurmountable) and avenges the 6-2 of Mestalla beating Valencia in the Camp Nou 4-0.
Facing the next season, the 62-63, Kubala can make his team by giving painful drops of some of his former teammates as it is the case of Eulogio Martinez or Evaristo. One of Llaudet's reluctances to give Kubala the job of coach was that he would have to manage some of his former teammates.
The positive expectations about Kubala's first full project were frustrated at first when the Blaugrana team had to play the final of the Copa de Ferias against Valencia, the team that caused the fall of Miró and the promotion of Kubala. And the history, by rare that it seems, repeats: Valencia returns to him to put 6-2 to the Barça. The fans explode against the team. In the return match, obviously, there is nothing to do, but Llaudet's ability to self-flagellation has no limits. As Alfredo Relaño writes, the Blaugrana president calls a dinner with the press the day before the game and makes this statement that if it happened today would open all the news.
Llaudet, in front of the press and accompanied by the coach Kubala and Gràcia as captain, asks the fans to forgive him and announces changes in the protocol of the start of the second leg. "Valencia will go out first to receive the applause, then Barcelona, to receive the whistles. Then Kubala will come out, so he can get the thunders. And finally me, so that all the whistles fall on my person, because I am the barcelonist who loves the club the most and who is destined to die on the pitch, if necessary...". He ends his speech crying. As we can see, Gaspart didn't invent anything.
The match ended in a draw and Kubala's project as Barça's coach was doomed. The manager is fired in the middle of the season and then a bomb explodes in Barcelona. Kubala accepts the offer to return to the pitch, but not as a coach, will be as a player and nothing more and nothing less than in Espanyol, Barça's eternal rival.
On 3 September 1963 Espanyol, then Español, announced that Kubala would be hired as a player. At 36 years of age, he was capable of being competitive.
His decision divides the public opinion. On the one hand, Federico Gallo and Juan José Castillo support his decision, on the other hand, Carlos Pardo or Ibáñez Escofet shoot at him. They call him a "Jew who sells himself for a plate of beans", a "traitor" and they see political interests in his decision.
Kubala explains that he wanted to continue playing and that he saw himself capable of doing so, although he accepted that he was not at Barcelona's level. He had received offers from important clubs, including River Plate and Juventus, but he doesn't want to leave Barcelona, where he feels like another Barcelonian. The Espanyol meets his expectations.
His start of the season is not bad, on the contrary, he scores in his first two games, but the team doesn't work out. The coexistence between the veteran newcomer Kubala and the team's symbol, Argilés, is not easy. Scopelli is dismissed as coach and de facto command of the team is given to the two team leaders despite their differences. The crisis erupts when the Spaniard visits the Camp Nou. The periquitos lose by 5-0 in a match in which the Barcelona crowd booed Kubala who they are eager to humiliate with his new team. Even so, at the end of the match, Kubala has a gesture to his former team that shows that he does not hold any grudge against what he has heard from the stands. At the end of the match, he organizes his teammates to make the corridor to Barça applauding the rival in recognition of the exhibition made. That gesture feels bad among the Espanyol fans and among some of his teammates. Argilés does not make the corridor and goes straight to the changing rooms.
The following year, Kubala becomes a manager-player and among the departures that he causes, there is the one of Argilés, but by contrast, Di Stéfano arrives, also hurt by his bad exit from Madrid fighting against Bernabéu.
Di Stefano and Kubala are like brothers. Even though they haven't officially played together, they have a special chemistry. A friendship that is forged when the Argentinian is about to sign for Barcelona.
When Di Stéfano arrives in Barcelona to sign for Español, he stays first at the Avenida Palace Hotel, but after a month he is living in Kubala's house as one of the family. The children of both always maintained a relationship as if they were brothers.
One of the players under Kubala's command was Jose Maria Rodilla, one of the players who would soon form the famous 'Dolphins' forward line. At 80 years of age, Rodilla remembers Kubala.
"I have a wonderful memory of Kubala, I always had a special affection for him. Not in vain, he was the one who signed me for Espanyol", he remembers when answering the call of this newspaper to which he confesses that* "normally I do not make declarations, but to speak about Kubala I do whatever is needed"*.
Rodilla, former teammate at Espanyol, has clear that "he was the best player in the world in terms of technique. Di Stéfano was the best footballer, but he didn't have his technique. Alfredo was more intense and more player of the whole field, but he could not do things that Kubala did"
Those who had the privilege of playing with both of them remember that "for example, Di Stefano wouldn't leave you alone for a minute, he was all over you and the fights were intense, but he always set an example, he never asked you for anything that he didn't do. Kubala was more paternalistic and tolerant. For example, he would ask us to do as he did in training, and while sitting down he would be able to make 3,000 touches on the ball without dropping it. Only he could do that."
Rodilla adds a story that explains Kubala's quality as a player-coach at the age of 38: "We went to play a friendly at Amposta and they called a foul on the edge of the box. Kubala takes the ball and whacks it into the corner. The referee made him repeat it because someone had moved or I don't know what. Kubala takes the ball and wham, back to the square. And the referee tells him that he has to repeat. That day Kubala got angry and left the field."
Rodilla recalls that Kubala's move from Barça to Espanyol created controversy in the city, but that he was oblivious to it. "He was still a magnificent person, I never heard him say a bad word against anyone. He never got into an argument, he was goodness personified, he was unlucky in his time as a coach, but as a coach he is one of the best I've ever had, with a great love for young players and always trying to help you improve."

Boys well, optimal morale.

He extended his playing career for a couple more years by playing for Zurich and even trying out the American adventure at the Toronto Falcons, where he coincides with Branko and Daucik's son. At the age of 40 he played 19 games and scored 5 goals.
In 1968 he returned to Spain and trained the Córdoba team for a short period of time until he was called up to the national team. Kubala will manage the Spanish team until 1980, when he signs for Barcelona again as a coach.
Kubala's debut with Spain was, once again, a propaganda match for the regime. It was played in the Estadio de la Línea de la Concepción against Finland and Spain beat their rivals 6-0 in a match that was no longer useful. Spain had missed out on qualifying for the Mexico '70 World Cup, but the idea of that game was to showcase a great field that could be seen from Gibraltar as if to give jealousy to those in the Rock for the sports culture of Spain. Dictatorship things.
It's true that at that time Spain was struggling more than anything else on the international scene. It did not qualify for the 1974 World Cup because of Katalinski's goal in the play-off match in Frankfurt, and in both the 1978 World Cup and the 1980 European Championship the team fell in the first round, but there is still no one from that era who will make a judgement against Kubala.
"Kubala, one ahead of his time. No doubt he had a lot to do with his past as a footballer. And not just like any other player, like the best! I remember him always saying to me: 'Ruben, you have to get out of the way on the other side of the ball. Look for the space, not the ball. The goal I scored in Yugoslavia has to do with everything he taught me," he told Fermin de la Calle in an interview with AS Ruben Cano, the hero of the famous 'Battle of Belgrade' in the match that took Spain to the World Cup in Argentina. Yes, the one with the goal by Cardeñosa that could have changed Kubala's record with the national team.
He did a lot to improve Spanish football and his idea regarding the incorporation of foreigners to improve the level of Spanish football was key in the future development of the Spanish competitive level.
His players remember him as a didactic person, tactically bold and very close. At a time when fury was the hallmark of the game, Kubala never forgot that he was the heir to the Magyar tradition of the Honved and the Hungary who, by moving the ball, shocked the world the day they destroyed England at Wembley 3-6.
For the average football fan, Kubala may have been a half-hearted coach who embodied an era of the national team in which nothing was won, as has been the case most of the time, and he became popular for his expressions that would now be meme material on social networks. The national team was known as the 'Kubala boys' and the coach's catchphrase before the matches saying "boys well, optimal morale" was the fashionable phrase in the coffee shops of the 70s in Spain.
But among his colleagues, Kubala still deserved reverential respect. "The first goal was authentically Latin, cunningly scored and perfectly studied. I can only congratulate Kubala on his previous tactical work," said German boss Helmut Schön after facing and losing to Spain in a friendly in which the recent world semi-finalist and next world champion fell to the Kubala boys at the Sanchez Pizjuan with two strategic goals from Arieta. Yes, Arieta against Müller. Seeler, Beckembauer, Maier, Netzer and company.
He left the national team in 1980 to join Barça as the coach of Núñez's second project in an operation that was the prelude to what would happen in the World Cup in Russia with Lopetegui. Kubala committed to Barça while he was coach and tried to alternate functions, but Porta refused. Finally, on 8 June 1980, four days before the start of the European Championship, Kubala signed for the Blaugrana team, which he would join after the European Championship.
His second spell at the head of Barça did not go well either and he was dismissed mid-season. He continued his adventure on the bench as coach of Saudi Arabia (in that he was also a pioneer), training Malaga and the Paraguayan national team before retiring from football on the bench of Elche.
He spent his final years in Barcelona as active as ever. Playing with Barça veterans, helping his teammates, not having a no for anyone and playing tennis every day or going for a run or cycling routes exhibiting an enviable physical condition.
Until the light of genius and the glory faded away 18 years ago. A degenerative brain disease put an end to the adventure, but not to the legend of a world football myth. An icon that changed the lives of so many people that they wouldn't fit even in a stadium.
The coffin with the mortal remains of Kubala was carried on shoulders, amidst the applause of the fans who gathered at the doors of the church of Santa Tecla, by Alfredo Di Stéfano, Gustau Biosca, Eduardo Manchón, Estanislao Basora, Joan Segarra, Josep Bartomeu, Luis Suárez, Antoni Ramallets and Gonzalvo III.
He rests in the cemetery of Les Corts, next to the Camp Nou because that is what he left written in his will, while Serrat sang to him about how...
...Pelé was Pelé and Maradona was the one and that's it. Di Stéfano was a pit of mischief. Honour and glory to those who made the sun shine on our football. Everyone has his merits; to each his own, but for me none is like Kubala. Respectable silence is requested, for those who haven't enjoyed him, I'll say four things: he stops it with his head, he drops it on with his chest, he sleeps it off with his left, crosses the pitch with the ball attached to the boot, leaves the midfield and enters the box showing the ball, hides it with his body, pushes with his ass and gets in with his heels. He pisses on the centerback with a dedicated piece. and touches her gently to put her on the path to glory.

by Santi Gimenez for AS.com (2020)

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Kubala, the path to glory of Barcelona's most loved legend: A story of overcoming, adventures, crazy nights, majestic matches and of a good man who made everybody around him happy.

Nothing in Kubala's life was normal. Now that TV series about sportsmen are fashionable, the one that could be made about the adventures of Ladislao Kubala Stecz (Budapest, 1927) would raze through many seasons. In one season we could go deeper into his facet of legendary footballer, capable of changing the way of playing this sport, how he saved his life at the very last moment by not getting on the Torino plane that crashed in Superga, or how he was ten minutes away from signing for Real Madrid or enrolling in the Pirate League of Colombia, all of this in order to end being Barcelona's biggest icon... who ended playing for Espanyol.
We could add a season of adventures due to his incredible escape from communist Hungary. His journey through Italy with a football team, the Hungaria, of stateless people in which in addition to Hungarians also played Croats, Albanians, Romanians and Serbs who were looking for a life as good as they could get. One could also add to this the facet of the social phenomenon that dazzled a country during the dark years of Franco's regime by becoming a pop star, and end up with another season about the legends, real, invented or simply exaggerated, of his adventures in Barcelona's nightclubs.
Everything about Kubala is like a movie.

The legend of the escape.

Born in Budapest to a Hungarian man and a Slovakian woman, he always considered himself as both Hungarian and Slovakian, even when this republic was part of the now extinct Czechoslovakia. By the age of 20, Kubala was a football star known for his performances with Slovan Bratislava and Vasas Budapest. In fact, he had already been capped by Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Later, he would go on to play for Spain, and is still the only player to have been capped by three countries. But fed up with the system that was preventing him from developing his professional football career, he embarked on an escape proper of a movie to the West. He contacted a human trafficking organisation, a mafia that, in exchange for a large amount of money, facilitated a partial escape. As is now the case with criminals who gamble with the lives of people who want to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe or pass to the United States through the southern border, the smugglers did not secure anything. The last part of the journey depended on the luck and expertise of the escapees and often ended tragically.
"I remember that when I escaped from Hungary I was just a kid. The traffickers left us in the middle of a mountain to do the last stretch on foot. We were a large group. The adults gathered the children and gave us palinka. A liquor similar to brandy to get us drunk and fall asleep. A child's cry could alert the border guards patrolling the mountain. And they had orders to shoot to kill. The group split in two. My group was lucky and we were able to win the Austrian border. Once we were safe, we learned that the other group that had travelled with us and took another road was discovered and killed." The chilling story is that of Zoltan Czibor, the son of the former Barça player who tells how he had to flee Hungary with his family to join his father in Italy. The odyssey of Kubala, six years earlier, was mirrored.
The traffickers disguised Kubala as a Russian soldier and put him in a truck that would leave the escapees at an undetermined point in the mountains so that they could cross the border into Austria on their own. Kubala remembered that this journey scared him to death because unlike his comrades, he was a national celebrity and any soldier who checked the military truck would recognize him. He was endangering his life and the lives of those who accompanied him.
When they were left in the mountain on January 27, 1949, Kubala walked, and crossing a river helped by a tire that carried him, managed to reach Innsbuck, Austria, without any documentation. He was a stateless man starting from scratch.
In Austria he managed to sign with Pro Patria, a team from Milan, but he could only play friendly matches. His escape provoked the anger of the Hungarian regime, which denounced him and blocked his registration. Kubala had married Anna Daucik two years earlier, sister of Fernando Daucik, a veteran player of the era who would later become a famous coach. When Kubala fled, he left behind his family, whom he was unable to reunite with until six months later, when Anna was able to cross the border and meet Ladislao in Udine. He arrived with one more member of the family. A baby, her firstborn, whom Kubala did not yet know.
While he is irregularly enrolled in the Pro Patria, he gets the chance to sign with Torino, Italy's dominant team at the time. He is offered a trial match. Nothing better than a friendly match that Il Grande Torino had in Lisbon as a tribute to Xico Ferreira. However, when the Turin team's plane is about to take off, the president of Torino prevents Kubala from boarding because he fears a federal sanction. On the return flight, on 4 May 1949, the Fiat G 212 of Avio Linee Italiana crashed into the retaining wall of the Basilica of Superga due to the wind, poor visibility and an error in the altimeter of the aircraft. At 180 kilometres per hour and with a visibility of 40 metres, the pilot saw the stone wall of the basilica too late when he thought the plane was at 2,000 metres and was actually at 690 metres above sea level. The 31 people who were travelling in that aircraft died. Kubala had saved his life again.

The legend of Hungaria.

With no possibility of playing in Italy because the back then very powerful Italian Communist Party was pressing to prevent people fleeing from countries in the orbit of the USSR from taking refuge in Italy, Kubala had no choice but to form a team of stateless people who hired their services throughout Europe to play friendly matches against whoever hired them.
The team was called Hungaria, was managed by his brother-in-law Fernando Daucik and was mainly made up of Hungarians, although there were also players of other nationalities. It was made up of: Kis, Marik, Torok, Mogoy, Lami, Rákosi, Hrotko, Majteny, Nagy, Kubala, Otto, Licker, Turbeky, Monsider (Croatian), De Lorenzi (Albanian), Szegedi (Romanian) and Arangelovic (Serbian).
They played their first match against Italy's B team, but again pressure from the PCI forced them to play outside Italy. And that is how they arrived in Spain, hired by Santiago Bernabéu. On June 5, 1950, they faced Real Madrid in Chamartin, losing 4-2, but with a stellar performance by Kubala, who scored both of his team's goals. Three days later, they beat the Spanish team that was preparing for the World Cup in Brazil, where they came in fourth, 1-2 again with a great performance by Kubala, who received an offer from Real Madrid to be signed.
Kubala requires that to join the team, Madrid must also hire Daucik as a coach, something that Bernabéu does not agree to. The Madrid coach at that time was the Briton Keeping, a great connoisseur of WM tactics. Daucik is offered to train the Plus Ultra, a Madrid branch that plays in the third division. That negative and the federative problems that drags Kubala cause that Madrid becomes disinterested in his transfer, that was already agreed lacking of some fringes that turned out to be determinant.
The Hungaria moves two days later to Barcelona, where on June 10 plays against Espanyol losing 6-4 in a match with Pepe Samitier, the technical secretary of Barça, in the stands. It is necessary to emphasize that Hungaria had been playing three matches in five days with a very short team and without being able to make substitutions. Even so, Kubala amazes and Samitier does not mess around. Six days after that match, on 16 June 1950, at half past six in the evening, Kubala signed his three-year contract with Barça at the Pasaje Méndez Vigo. Obviously, with Fernando Daucik as coach. President Montal, Sr., signed him as an "amateur player" in order to avoid any trouble for the federation.
Real Madrid rages and is shocked. Pablo Hernández, general secretary of the white entity and Santiago Bernabéu's right hand, assures that Barça had broken a non-aggression pact between both teams and had hired a player with whom they were in talks. Samitier, who was unbeatable in the media, declares that he had been following Kubala for months and that the pact had not been broken because it referred only to players who played in Spanish teams. And Hungaria was not Spanish. In fact, it wasn't from anywhere.
But Kubala's problems didn't end there. He still didn't have a registration card or an international certificate. Vasas in Budapest and the Hungarian Federation had reported him to FIFA. Barça used the weak argument that since professionalism had been abolished in Hungary, any amateur player could choose his destiny. But the fight was not going to be so easy.
Barça, it is fair to say, had the total support of the regime and the Federation to carry out the transfer. At the level of anti-communist propaganda, Kubala was perfect. A young and extraordinary sportsman who fled from the red hell to take refuge in Franco's Spain was a candy too sweet to let go. Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation, rowed in favor of Barça as did Ricardo Cabot, secretary of the organization, who, in addition to his affection for the regime, was a well-known Barcelona supporter.
But the procedures were very slow and Kubala could only play friendly matches. He made his debut against Osasuna on 12 October, scoring two goals on the day the Barça fans knew instantly that they had just signed a star. Then he played against Zaragoza, Frankfurt twice, Girona and the Badalona. In six friendlies he scored 11 goals. The fans and the player himself were eager to meet in an official match. For all this, the Federation to play the role with FIFA fined Barça every time he lined up Kubala with the symbolic figure of 50 pesetas.
It is at this time that Kubala is about to leave everything and go away from Barça. He needed the money and wanted to play at the highest level and in Colombia he was offered the chance to do so. The South American country had organised the so-called Pirate League outside FIFA and many of the world's biggest stars joined, including Alfredo Di Stefano who went to Millonarios in Bogota. Kubala had a tempting offer from Atletico Bucaramanga. With the option of Kubala leaving, events accelerated. To begin with, Barça fixed his financial situation by means of a peculiar amateur contract in which they paid him 1,200 pesetas for "compensation" and 3,800 for "encouragement and overfeeding".
On April 2, 1951, he was granted the status of political refugee as a stateless person, which was a step towards granting him Spanish nationality. But for this step, Kubala first had to be converted to Catholicism through the sacrament of baptism. Every Spaniard had to be a Catholic. Kubala was baptized in Aguilas, Murcia, the birthplace of Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation. It is then when Barça, to avoid problems, settles its differences economically with Vasas, which despite being against capitalism accepts a payment of 300,000 pesetas to provide the transfer, while the Pro Patria, which also complained, is satisfied with 12 million lire.
The Kubala era could now really commence.

The legend on the field.

Kubala made his official debut with Barcelona in Sevilla in a cup match. The Sevillistas at that time were one of the best teams. Sevilla and Barça had developed in that period a great rivalry in the high places of the table. In 1946 Sevilla had stolen the possibility of winning the championship from Barça by drawing in Les Corts on the last day, in 1948 Barça beat the Sevillians in the final of the Eva Perón Cup (which would be the current Supercup) and in that campaign a Barça without Kubala had lost all its options to win La Liga after losing 4-0 in Nervión three days before the end of the season.
The Cup, by that time was played once the regular season was over and in those circumstances the official debut of Kubala took place. On April 29th in Nervion, Barça arrived to play against Sevilla in the middle of a difficult atmosphere. The Andalusians had lost the league in a dramatic outcome when they drew at home in the last match against Atletico Madrid with a refereeing performance that the locals judged scandalous. For further concern, the Federation allowed Kubala to line up with Barça in the first round of the Cup, which in Sevilla was taken as a surprise.
With the stadium full to the flag, Barcelona defeated Sevilla in an exhibition of Kubala. He wasn't just the best of the match but he showed Spain a way of playing football unthinkable until that time: chest controls, shots with curve, millimetric changes of play of 40 meters, protection of the ball with his back, use of the body in the shot and touches with the heel.
Domenech, Sevilla's attacker who was the direct protagonist of that match, explained years later how he remembered that day.
"It was something never seen before. Ramallets kicked it and he would receive her with his chest, or with either of his legs. If you tackled him he would dribble you in a brick. He'd put the ball where he wanted her. Besides, from time to time he changed with César, he'd be a center forward and César would be a midfielder. They drove us crazy. The anger of the people became clamours. We were witnessing something extraordinary. It was like going from black and white cinema to colour," explained the former Sevilla player. The Sevilla crowd, who had welcomed Barça and its new superstar with anger, ended up giving Kubala a standing ovation for every action as if they were watching a glorious bullfighting performance.
Kubala's actions on the field change football forever. Since there was no television, his exploits are reported orally. There is no other way to see it than to go to the field of Les Corts, which is packed for every game Barça plays as a local. It is a very common argument to say that Kubala forced Barça to build the Camp Nou because the old Les Corts was not enough to accommodate all the people who wanted to admire him. Maybe he had an influence, but as the journalist Frederic Porta, author of an interesting biography of Kubala (Kubala, l'heroi que va canviar la història del Barça. Ed. Saldonar) explains, "the truth is that Barça had already bought the land to build the Camp Nou two years before and the idea of making a bigger field already existed, but Kubala advanced everything and justified the change".
Blessed with brutal technique, a sensational strike of the ball and an unusual physical strength, Kubala changed football. He would throw free-kicks over the wall with curve or by making the ball bounce in front of the goalkeeper, he would take penalties (he was practically infallible) with what was later called paradinha and was credited with the Brazilians although he was the first in Europe to do so. Physically he was a bull. In his youth he had practiced boxing and if he didn't become a recognized fighter with a great career it was because he had short arms. His lower body was sensational. He had a butt and legs that allowed him to protect the ball like no one else. Frederic Porta says that "in his time of splendour they measured his thighs and each one had a circumference of 69 centimetres, which would be the waist of one of his companions". He was also capable of running the 100 metres in less than 11 seconds. A total athlete with a very refined technique.
However, that physical strength and the confidence he had in her, for he never avoided a collision, were his downfall. Kubala became the target of a hunt by rival defenders. He never went into hiding and that's why in eleven years at Barcelona he suffered up to eleven injuries of some seriousness. With matches without television, the harshness that bordered on violence was the order of the day. He was being kicked to death.
But Barça was living its most golden period to date. Moreover, the club revolved around Kubala. Frederic Porta compares it with the present time: "Now they say that Messi commands the club and surely he commands, but nothing to do with the influence that Kubala had. Kubala was the boss and even the one who decided the transfers. And no one was surprised. That Barça adopted the socks with the horizontal stripes blaugrana is his imposition. He saw them on the rugby team, liked them and incorporated them into the football team by decree. In fact, it is he who insists on signing Luis Suarez when he impresses him in a match against Deportivo. Kubala was Suarez's first fan, but what happened in the stands, which was divided between Suaristas and Kubalistas, is another matter.
Suarez was eight years younger than Kubala. He arrived at Barcelona at the age of 19, Kubala was 27 and his physique was very punished by his injuries and the life he was living, as he did not deprive himself of anything. If he held out, it was because of privileged genetics.
Therefore, there never was a real competition between them, but there was a lot of influence here from the figure of Helenio Herrera, the Barça manager, who saw Kubala as older and slower and was looking forward to a quick change by the young Galician as the leader of the team. The debate reached the stands and the media. It was an absurd debate, because they didn't play in the same position, with whom Kubala really had a certain rivalry with Eulogio Martínez, who was the one with whom he alternated the position.
Kubala's physical problems were not only due to injuries. He had the whole of Spain in suspense when he suffered a tuberculosis that could have cost him his life. There are apocryphal versions that explain that this tuberculosis was actually a stab wound he suffered in a fight in a cheap pub in the fifth district (Barcelona's Chinatown) and he has to retire to Montseny to recover. Nobody is betting on his return to the pitch if he survives a "hole in the lung the size of a silver bullet" according to the chronicles of the time. But once again, Kubala's ability to survive prevails. He returns to the pitches, but already heavily punished and slowed down.
It is against this backdrop that the 1961 European Cup final arrives, with Kubala arriving at the age of 34 with a herniated disc that barely allows him to walk, but he wants to play. He knows that the club is going through a critical situation despite having reached the final of the maximum trophy for the first time: the club is bankrupt because of the construction of the Camp Nou, the fights in the board of directors are chaotic, Luis Suarez has signed for Inter (the one in Bern will be his last game with Barça), which was where Helenio Herrera had left the team in the hands of Enrique Orizaola.
Kubala tells Orizaola to line him up, that like all the Portuguese will go for him and he can barely move because of the back pain and will play with painkillers, it will give more opportunities to his teammates. But the match is a pile of misfortunes for Barcelona. Ramallets scores an own goal, Barça shoots three times to the damn square posts of the goals (from then on they would change their shape) even Kubala kicked a ball that hit a post, went through the goal line until it hit the other post and came out repelled. Barça lost and Kubala's time at Barcelona came to an end.

The man of the year.

Kubala's significance goes beyond the playing field. According to a vote made for Radio Barcelona by journalist Joaquín Soler Serrano in the mid-50s, the Catalans most loved by their fellow citizens were Doctor Barraquer and Ladislao Kubala.
"He was literally the most famous person in the city, people really venerated him, and even Messi's influence cannot be compared to that of Kubala in those years," explains Porta.
His life off the field was notorious. An unrepentant night owl, it was common to see him in Barcelona's fashionable coffee shops and nightclubs. He was a man who stood out. Alfredo Relaño defines him in some of his articles as "a demigod. Tall, strong, blond with blue eyes and an overflowing personality. He aroused the admiration of men and women alike. An idol". Frederic Porta sums it up with the argument that "he would be the sum of Messi and Beckham and on top of that, he would go out every night".
Faced with Kubala's disorganised life, the Barcelona management decided to set up a private detective agency to follow him at night. The reports of the detectives are still in the Centre de Documentació del FC Barcelona and Frederic Porta published them in the history magazine 'Sàpiens'. In them, he gives a detailed account of the nocturnal wanderings of "Mr. K.", the code name of the Blaugrana star in an exercise in absurd discretion. There is also a letter from a Sabadell businessman in the club's archives, expressing concern that Kubala and Czibor had been "found in a Sabadell establishment after 2.30 in the morning accompanied by some of those ladies who were once gentlemen, I don't know if you understand". What the businessman doesn't explain in the letter is what he was doing in the same place.
Kubala's fondness for drinking was no secret. Helenio Herrera explains in a television interview that "one day at an airport in customs they asked Kubala if he had anything to declare and he said two bottles of whisky. The official asked him to show them to him and he, laughing, touched his belly and said: 'X-ray, I have them inside'. On another occasion, in the same situation, but carrying the bottle in the bag, he was told to leave it at the airport because no alcoholic drinks were allowed to be taken on board. Neither shy nor lazy, he drank it in front of the astonished official.
The legends about the occasions when the night was made longer and he did not arrive at training sessions or matches were recurrent. In that case, he called on the services of Angel Mur Sr., the team masseur who knew where to find him. He would start a pilgrimage through the usual places or floors until he found him, took him to the changing room, gave him a cold shower, a coffee with salt, a massage and played. The fans forgave him everything and were aware that their star was a man of joyful life. But he never failed on the field. Among the crowd at the time there were comments about the Kubala ritual in those games that followed a busy night. "He started off badly, and vaguely, but the signal was when, ten minutes into the game, he rolled up his sleeves as if to say 'I'm here, let's start, I've already cleared off', and the machine started to work.
You can't find anyone in the world who speaks ill of Kubala. Absolutely no one. Everyone highlights his huge heart and that despite being by far the highest paid player of the time (he earned six times more than his teammates) he didn't have a no for anyone. His detachment from money was legendary.
As proof, the anecdote explained by his biographer Porta: "one day he arrived at the dressing room and commented that his car had been stolen and that in the glove compartment he was carrying an envelope with 200,000 pesetas, which was a fortune for the time (a good apartment could cost 130,000 pesetas). When his colleagues tried to encourage him, he simply said: someone who needs it more than I do must have taken it".
It was also usual for him to take off his coat and give it to a poor man who begged in Barcelona's winter, or to take in any Hungarian who came to Barcelona asking for help in his house in Carrer Duquesa d'Orleans. Kubala, remembering his times as a stateless refugee without papers, asked nothing. He would take them home and pay them a boat ticket to America. The motto among the refugees fleeing the Iron Curtain was that "if you get to Barcelona, look for Kubala, he will help you". He never failed.
Later, now retired, he set up a bar next to Czibor in Capitan Arenas Street, the mythical Kep Duna (blue Danube in Hungarian) that became an unofficial refugee reception centre that was monitored by the secret services of the United States, the USSR and the Spanish police. Something like the Rick's Café in the film Casablanca, but in the upper area of Barcelona.
He was the great character of Barcelona loved by all, but there was a moment when this was almost broken, strange as it may seem. It coincided with the defeat in Bern, when a part of the press came to write that "Barça must be de-Kubalized as the Soviet Union must be de-Stalinized" and, especially, when he signed for Espanyol. The earthquake was a huge one.

From the bench to Sarrià.

After the defeat in Bern's final, Kubala announced his retirement from the fields. He had taken the coaching course and was ranked number one in his class. He made a pact with the president Llaudet, who was also an interesting character as we will see, that in principle he would take charge of the footballers' school of the club and that in a couple of years he would be in charge of the first team.
Meanwhile, Barcelona is directed by Lluís Miró who faces a team in disarray. Suarez has been transferred to Inter in the worst decision in the club's history and myths such as Ramallets, Tejada and Czibor were in the decline of their careers. The season starts badly and after losing at Mestalla to Valencia by a humiliating 6-2 that forces the resignation of Miro. It was time for Kubala, who was promoted to the first team in front of the joy of the fans. And the project results from the beginning. The Barça of the second part of season 61-62 recovers in La Liga and finishes second (the distance with the white ones when Kubala arrived was almost insurmountable) and avenges the 6-2 of Mestalla beating Valencia in the Camp Nou 4-0.
Facing the next season, the 62-63, Kubala can make his team by giving painful drops of some of his former teammates as it is the case of Eulogio Martinez or Evaristo. One of Llaudet's reluctances to give Kubala the job of coach was that he would have to manage some of his former teammates.
The positive expectations about Kubala's first full project were frustrated at first when the Blaugrana team had to play the final of the Copa de Ferias against Valencia, the team that caused the fall of Miró and the promotion of Kubala. And the history, by rare that it seems, repeats: Valencia returns to him to put 6-2 to the Barça. The fans explode against the team. In the return match, obviously, there is nothing to do, but Llaudet's ability to self-flagellation has no limits. As Alfredo Relaño writes, the Blaugrana president calls a dinner with the press the day before the game and makes this statement that if it happened today would open all the news.
Llaudet, in front of the press and accompanied by the coach Kubala and Gràcia as captain, asks the fans to forgive him and announces changes in the protocol of the start of the second leg. "Valencia will go out first to receive the applause, then Barcelona, to receive the whistles. Then Kubala will come out, so he can get the thunders. And finally me, so that all the whistles fall on my person, because I am the barcelonist who loves the club the most and who is destined to die on the pitch, if necessary...". He ends his speech crying. As we can see, Gaspart didn't invent anything.
The match ended in a draw and Kubala's project as Barça's coach was doomed. The manager is fired in the middle of the season and then a bomb explodes in Barcelona. Kubala accepts the offer to return to the pitch, but not as a coach, will be as a player and nothing more and nothing less than in Espanyol, Barça's eternal rival.
On 3 September 1963 Espanyol, then Español, announced that Kubala would be hired as a player. At 36 years of age, he was capable of being competitive.
His decision divides the public opinion. On the one hand, Federico Gallo and Juan José Castillo support his decision, on the other hand, Carlos Pardo or Ibáñez Escofet shoot at him. They call him a "Jew who sells himself for a plate of beans", a "traitor" and they see political interests in his decision.
Kubala explains that he wanted to continue playing and that he saw himself capable of doing so, although he accepted that he was not at Barcelona's level. He had received offers from important clubs, including River Plate and Juventus, but he doesn't want to leave Barcelona, where he feels like another Barcelonian. The Espanyol meets his expectations.
His start of the season is not bad, on the contrary, he scores in his first two games, but the team doesn't work out. The coexistence between the veteran newcomer Kubala and the team's symbol, Argilés, is not easy. Scopelli is dismissed as coach and de facto command of the team is given to the two team leaders despite their differences. The crisis erupts when the Spaniard visits the Camp Nou. The periquitos lose by 5-0 in a match in which the Barcelona crowd booed Kubala who they are eager to humiliate with his new team. Even so, at the end of the match, Kubala has a gesture to his former team that shows that he does not hold any grudge against what he has heard from the stands. At the end of the match, he organizes his teammates to make the corridor to Barça applauding the rival in recognition of the exhibition made. That gesture feels bad among the Espanyol fans and among some of his teammates. Argilés does not make the corridor and goes straight to the changing rooms.
The following year, Kubala becomes a manager-player and among the departures that he causes, there is the one of Argilés, but by contrast, Di Stéfano arrives, also hurt by his bad exit from Madrid fighting against Bernabéu.
Di Stefano and Kubala are like brothers. Even though they haven't officially played together, they have a special chemistry. A friendship that is forged when the Argentinian is about to sign for Barcelona.
When Di Stéfano arrives in Barcelona to sign for Español, he stays first at the Avenida Palace Hotel, but after a month he is living in Kubala's house as one of the family. The children of both always maintained a relationship as if they were brothers.
One of the players under Kubala's command was Jose Maria Rodilla, one of the players who would soon form the famous 'Dolphins' forward line. At 80 years of age, Rodilla remembers Kubala.
"I have a wonderful memory of Kubala, I always had a special affection for him. Not in vain, he was the one who signed me for Espanyol", he remembers when answering the call of this newspaper to which he confesses that* "normally I do not make declarations, but to speak about Kubala I do whatever is needed"*.
Rodilla, former teammate at Espanyol, has clear that "he was the best player in the world in terms of technique. Di Stéfano was the best footballer, but he didn't have his technique. Alfredo was more intense and more player of the whole field, but he could not do things that Kubala did"
Those who had the privilege of playing with both of them remember that "for example, Di Stefano wouldn't leave you alone for a minute, he was all over you and the fights were intense, but he always set an example, he never asked you for anything that he didn't do. Kubala was more paternalistic and tolerant. For example, he would ask us to do as he did in training, and while sitting down he would be able to make 3,000 touches on the ball without dropping it. Only he could do that."
Rodilla adds a story that explains Kubala's quality as a player-coach at the age of 38: "We went to play a friendly at Amposta and they called a foul on the edge of the box. Kubala takes the ball and whacks it into the corner. The referee made him repeat it because someone had moved or I don't know what. Kubala takes the ball and wham, back to the square. And the referee tells him that he has to repeat. That day Kubala got angry and left the field."
Rodilla recalls that Kubala's move from Barça to Espanyol created controversy in the city, but that he was oblivious to it. "He was still a magnificent person, I never heard him say a bad word against anyone. He never got into an argument, he was goodness personified, he was unlucky in his time as a coach, but as a coach he is one of the best I've ever had, with a great love for young players and always trying to help you improve."

Boys well, optimal morale.

He extended his playing career for a couple more years by playing for Zurich and even trying out the American adventure at the Toronto Falcons, where he coincides with Branko and Daucik's son. At the age of 40 he played 19 games and scored 5 goals.
In 1968 he returned to Spain and trained the Córdoba team for a short period of time until he was called up to the national team. Kubala will manage the Spanish team until 1980, when he signs for Barcelona again as a coach.
Kubala's debut with Spain was, once again, a propaganda match for the regime. It was played in the Estadio de la Línea de la Concepción against Finland and Spain beat their rivals 6-0 in a match that was no longer useful. Spain had missed out on qualifying for the Mexico '70 World Cup, but the idea of that game was to showcase a great field that could be seen from Gibraltar as if to give jealousy to those in the Rock for the sports culture of Spain. Dictatorship things.
It's true that at that time Spain was struggling more than anything else on the international scene. It did not qualify for the 1974 World Cup because of Katalinski's goal in the play-off match in Frankfurt, and in both the 1978 World Cup and the 1980 European Championship the team fell in the first round, but there is still no one from that era who will make a judgement against Kubala.
"Kubala, one ahead of his time. No doubt he had a lot to do with his past as a footballer. And not just like any other player, like the best! I remember him always saying to me: 'Ruben, you have to get out of the way on the other side of the ball. Look for the space, not the ball. The goal I scored in Yugoslavia has to do with everything he taught me," he told Fermin de la Calle in an interview with AS Ruben Cano, the hero of the famous 'Battle of Belgrade' in the match that took Spain to the World Cup in Argentina. Yes, the one with the goal by Cardeñosa that could have changed Kubala's record with the national team.
He did a lot to improve Spanish football and his idea regarding the incorporation of foreigners to improve the level of Spanish football was key in the future development of the Spanish competitive level.
His players remember him as a didactic person, tactically bold and very close. At a time when fury was the hallmark of the game, Kubala never forgot that he was the heir to the Magyar tradition of the Honved and the Hungary who, by moving the ball, shocked the world the day they destroyed England at Wembley 3-6.
For the average football fan, Kubala may have been a half-hearted coach who embodied an era of the national team in which nothing was won, as has been the case most of the time, and he became popular for his expressions that would now be meme material on social networks. The national team was known as the 'Kubala boys' and the coach's catchphrase before the matches saying "boys well, optimal morale" was the fashionable phrase in the coffee shops of the 70s in Spain.
But among his colleagues, Kubala still deserved reverential respect. "The first goal was authentically Latin, cunningly scored and perfectly studied. I can only congratulate Kubala on his previous tactical work," said German boss Helmut Schön after facing and losing to Spain in a friendly in which the recent world semi-finalist and next world champion fell to the Kubala boys at the Sanchez Pizjuan with two strategic goals from Arieta. Yes, Arieta against Müller. Seeler, Beckembauer, Maier, Netzer and company.
He left the national team in 1980 to join Barça as the coach of Núñez's second project in an operation that was the prelude to what would happen in the World Cup in Russia with Lopetegui. Kubala committed to Barça while he was coach and tried to alternate functions, but Porta refused. Finally, on 8 June 1980, four days before the start of the European Championship, Kubala signed for the Blaugrana team, which he would join after the European Championship.
His second spell at the head of Barça did not go well either and he was dismissed mid-season. He continued his adventure on the bench as coach of Saudi Arabia (in that he was also a pioneer), training Malaga and the Paraguayan national team before retiring from football on the bench of Elche.
He spent his final years in Barcelona as active as ever. Playing with Barça veterans, helping his teammates, not having a no for anyone and playing tennis every day or going for a run or cycling routes exhibiting an enviable physical condition.
Until the light of genius and the glory faded away 18 years ago. A degenerative brain disease put an end to the adventure, but not to the legend of a world football myth. An icon that changed the lives of so many people that they wouldn't fit even in a stadium.
The coffin with the mortal remains of Kubala was carried on shoulders, amidst the applause of the fans who gathered at the doors of the church of Santa Tecla, by Alfredo Di Stéfano, Gustau Biosca, Eduardo Manchón, Estanislao Basora, Joan Segarra, Josep Bartomeu, Luis Suárez, Antoni Ramallets and Gonzalvo III.
He rests in the cemetery of Les Corts, next to the Camp Nou because that is what he left written in his will, while Serrat sang to him about how...
...Pelé was Pelé and Maradona was the one and that's it. Di Stéfano was a pit of mischief. Honour and glory to those who made the sun shine on our football. Everyone has his merits; to each his own, but for me none is like Kubala. Respectable silence is requested, for those who haven't enjoyed him, I'll say four things: he stops it with his head, he drops it on with his chest, he sleeps it off with his left, crosses the pitch with the ball attached to the boot, leaves the midfield and enters the box showing the ball, hides it with his body, pushes with his ass and gets in with his heels. He pisses on the centerback with a dedicated piece. and touches her gently to put her on the path to glory.

by Santi Gimenez for AS.com (2020)

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Part 3.(Reposted and edited.)

I'm reposting this as a 2020 edition of this part to my list because the original was removed and less organized. You'll notice a difference in the format cause I used to type more randomly.
459.(Cereal Company name change.)Kelloggs/Kellogg's
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19220411&id=RPBiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7XgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1570,6048118&hl=en
460.(Company name change.)Bosche/Bosch
http://www.bosch.us/media/_tech/layout/images/logos/bosch_logo_english.png
461.(Chip name change.)Cheetoes/Cheetos
http://www.fritolay.com/images/default-source/blue-bag-image/cheetos-crunchy-cheese.png?sfvrsn=2
462.(Chip name change.)Doritoes/Doritos
http://www.fritolay.com/images/default-source/blue-bag-image/doritos-nacho-cheese.png?sfvrsn=2
463.(Movie name change.)Dr.Doolittle/Dr.Dolittle
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=20010625&id=7vBPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VAgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6857,4715487&hl=en
464.(Company Package change.)Visine products now have lower right cut off.
https://makeupmaestra.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/visine.gif
465.(Fictional Character name change.)Brer Rabbit/Br'er Rabbit
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19781008&id=gG1NAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3PoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5166,2847104&hl=en
466.(Cosmetics name change.)Wet 'N' Wild/Wet N Wild
http://beautykink.com/image/data/wet-n-wild-cosmetics-cruelty-free-not-all-vegan.jpg
467.(Perfume Logo change.)Chanel and No.5 have switched places on the bottle.
http://cdncf-au.fluidretail.net/customers/c1467/28/82/-1/36/03/2882-13603_detail/zoom_variation_NA_view_01_990x1290.jpg
468.(Band name change.)Motley Crue now has accents above the u.
http://www.metalinsider.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Motley-Crue-005.jpg
469.(Can't think of a title.)John Hancock's signature on the DOI went from the bottom right to the top center.
http://www.elcivics.com/john_hancock_signature_civics.jpg
470.(Fictional Character appearance change.)Mighty Mouse now has a darker fur tint, sounds different to some, and now has ties with Superman.
https://regmedia.co.uk/2008/05/22/mighty_mouse.jpg
471.(Candy name change.)Raisinettes/Raisinets
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19980708&id=uLNRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jG8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6754,4407273&hl=en
472.(Geography change.)Pelican Island in Galveston TX is now bigger, has a bridge, and Texas A&M University moved from it's original position to there.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Pelican_Island_Galveston.jpg
473.(Famous Actor name change.)Sean William Scott/Seann William Scott
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=site:google.com%2Fnewspapers+%22sean+william+scott%22
474.(Store name change.)The Macy's apostrophe has changed from a normal apostrophe to a star.
https://www.marketbeat.com/logos/Macyslogo.jpg
475.(Store name change.)Krogers/Kroger
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19470226&id=nAJGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XOoMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5822,4268247&hl=en
476.(Real Life Quote change.)"No, I will not yield!"/"No, I won't yield!"(1991 Speech from Bernie Sanders.)
https://www.google.com/#q=no+i+will+not+yield
477.(Fictional Character appearance change.)Super Saiyan 1 Goku orange hair, red eyes./Blonde hair, green eyes.
http://b68389.medialib.glogster.com/media/cb4ae43560bfd5c68b0562083b76b1e0a7558cdc32c5eff791aa6244e512cbe9/ssj-goku.jpg
478.(Mayo name change.)Hellman's/Hellmann's
http://www.thecouponingcouple.com/free-hellmans-mayo-short-window-in-upcoming-publix-sale/
479.(Spelling change.)Ettiquette/Etiquette
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=+%22ettiquette%22
480.(Painting change.)Starry Night's moon has gotten bigger, the town has more lights, there's less dark blue, and there used to be more swirls in the painting and less stars
https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/asset/bgEuwDxel93-Pg?utm_source=google&utm_medium=kp
481.(Painting change.)Puberty has changed with the center of lighting and the huge shadow.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Puberty_(1894-95)_by_Edvard_Munch.jpg
482.(Painting change.)Creation Of Adam has changed as well with what God is floating in.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Creaci%C3%B3n_de_Ad%C3%A1n_(Miguel_%C3%81ngel).jpg
483.(Painting change.)Persistence Of Memory changing as well.
http://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_640x430/public/clocks.png
Add-On: Ford logo changed again with the O being open at the top and the R and D are now connected weirdly.
http://www.car-brand-names.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ford-emblem.jpg
484.(Reversed Reality.)Pepsi logo blue on top, red on bottom/red on top, blue on bottom
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e9/Pepsi_logo_2008.svg/1280px-Pepsi_logo_2008.svg.png
485.(Reversed Reality.)Grateful Dead logo blue on left, red on right/red on left, blue on right
http://www.thebear.org/gd.1n
486.(Can't think of a title.)Primary colors red, yellow, green/red, blue, green
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_color
487.(Candy name change.)Menthos/Mentos
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentos
488.(Candy name change.)Reeses/Reese's
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19831218&id=c9gxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NOQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1869,6894046&hl=en
489.(Ice Cream name change.)Breyer's/Breyers
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19750528&id=1-0vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8PoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7007,7300128&hl=en
490.(Ice Cream Logo change.)The Baskin Robbins logo changed from simply Baskin Robbins to Baskin Robbins with 31 flavors hidden in the initials B and R.
.http://logok.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Baskin-Robbins-logo-Horizontal.png
491.(Ice Cream name change.)Soy Delicious/So Delicious
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=20040118&id=PlNWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uesDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6070,4111930&hl=en
492.(World change.)The sky looks different in terms of the shade of blue it shows.
http://hellowellnessmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Sky-Blue-Sky.jpg
493.(World change.)Sunsets seem to have become more rare in certain areas and they seem to vary in color now.
https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/mlc-downloads/downloads/submissions/55312/versions/4/screenshot.jpg
494.(World change.)Backyards now get lots of Sun in certain areas where they rarely got Sun at all.
http://images.younghouselove.com/2013/11/Yard-Front-After-Sunlight.jpg
495.(Geography change.)Iceland is now bigger and is more populated.
http://www.maps-of-europe.net/maps/maps-of-iceland/detailed-tourist-map-of-iceland.jpg
496.(Geography change.)Area 51 has moved location from where it originally was.
http://www.thelivingmoon.com/47john_lea04images/Area_51/Wfm_area51_map_en.png
497.(Textbook name change.)Karma Sutra/Kama Sutra
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kama_Sutra
498.(Spelling change.)Surveillence/Surveillance
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1715&dat=19780617&id=MbpjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sioMAAAAIBAJ&pg=797,16451869&hl=en
499.(Spelling change.)CheddeCheddar
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=39&dat=18600622&id=65AtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7TUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6398,2431209&hl=en
500.(Spelling change.)Bananna/Banana
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19661125&id=P-BNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DIsDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7026,5947518&hl=en
501.(Spelling change.)Preist/Priest
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=861&dat=19130913&id=JzFSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BzYNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1806,2022374&hl=en
502.(Spelling change.)Armagedon/Armageddon
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19770513&id=lT4aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SikEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7158,1876174&hl=en
503.(World change.)Clouds no longer look puffy and fluffy, but more flat and swirly.(I don't know how to word it better.)
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/Clouds_(5).jpg
504.(Space change.)Mars is now smaller when it used to be about the size of Earth.
http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/files/2016/04/Mars_Earth_size_comparison.jpg
505.(Logo change.)The E and D in the FedEx logo are now dipping a little bit lower than the rest of the letters now.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9d/FedEx_Express.svg/2000px-FedEx_Express.svg.png
Add-On:The Chevron logo now isn't solid red or blue and certain areas are darker giving it a ribbon like appearance.
http://logok.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Chevron-logo.png
506.(Movie Prop change.)The terrorist van in Back To The Future is now a Volkswagen van instead of a Toyota van and may have also changed color.
http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/3/31/Back-to-the-Future-AK-47.jpg/600px-Back-to-the-Future-AK-47.jpg
507.(Car Logo change.)The Toyota logo oval going up and down is now thinner instead of the same length as the oval going left and right.
http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/b/bc/AK-Service-Online-Landing-Page-Toyota.png/revision/latest?cb=20150920193206
508.(New or altered scene.)Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz now has a gun.
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/wizard-of-oz/r136w5/picture1206581/ALTERNATES/LANDSCAPE_1140/Scarecrow_with_gun.jpg
509.(Music Lyrics change.)"You say tomato, I say tomahto."/"You like tomato, I like tomahto."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ3fjQa5Hls
510.(Music Lyrics change.)"I began to pray."/"I pretend to pray."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aK6JnyFmk
511.(Movie ending change.)Bumble in Rudolph gets all his teeth pulled out now so he can't bite instead of getting one pulled out for a toothache.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuhjDr0PEaw
512.(Restaurant name change.)McDonalds/McDonald's
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19920513&id=UygxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SAMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3678,3271852&hl=en
Add-On Chevron is now spelled in blue letters instead of red.
https://www.chevron.com/-/media/chevron/shared/images/chevron-hallmark-twitter.jpg
513.(Snack name change.)Twinkys/Twinkies
http://img.ifcdn.com/images/1f942704df7cb93f21f874532c18855fa69f6cc2_1.jpg
514.(Ice Cream name change.)Haggen Das/Haagen Dasz/Haagen Dazs
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=haggen%20das
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=H%C3%A4agen%20Dasz
515.(New T.V. Show.)The Golden Girls now also has a newer show that comes after it known as The Golden Palace.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UqGqqgJTqFg/TyXiD58XdNI/AAAAAAAABjw/_mfXaDmDLqg/s1600/goldenpalace.jpg
516.(Musical Group name change.)Prodigy/The Prodigy
http://worldversus.com/img/prodigy.jpg
517.(Can't think of a title.)Animals such as buffalo, polar bears, etc are extinct, endangered, or fine in different realities.
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/3q5lrl/animals_that_were_once_extinct_but_are_now_back/
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/44jmjj/great_im_back_to_the_buffalo_were_nearly_hunted/
518.(History change.)Einstein doesn't help develop the nuclear bomb anymore and now just lets FDR know the Nazis were involved in working on a nuclear bomb.
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/40i3i0/my_boyfriend_and_i_both_thought_einstein_helped/
519.(Music Lyrics change.)"Five golden rings."/"Five gold rings."
https://www.google.com/#q=the+twelve+days+of+christmas+lyrics
520.(Music Album change.)License to Ill/Licensed to Ill
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4s7lmp/now_this_sht_is_getting_personal_beastie_boys/
521.(History change.)We have now landed on the moon more than once.
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/3u1eib/oh_my_god_im_so_glad_i_found_this_subreddit_this/
522.(Music Lyrics change.)"Chasing the clouds away."/"Sweeping the clouds away."
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4mtfok/sesame_street_theme_song/
523.(Famous Actress name change.)Kate Beckinsdale/Kate Beckinsale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zcfsDQkAU0
524.(Natural Formation name change.)Marianas Trench/Mariana Trench
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4636t0/marianis_trench_now_the_mariana_trench/
525.(History change.)Siegfried and Roy tiger attack of 2003 happened differently in many peoples' reality.
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4evsc7/siegfried_roy_2003_incident_ending_in_death/
526.(Music Lyrics change.)"Wasting away in Margaritaville."/"Wasted away in Margaritaville."
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4fdzzh/blank_away_again_in_margaritaville/
Add-On: In The Wizard Of Oz, along with Scarecrow's gun, the lion also now has a mallet, butterfly net, and tin man is thrown in the air which is not in all our realities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9hcXm2vr5I
527.(Book Title change.)The Diary Of Anne Frank/Anne Frank:The Diary Of A Young Girl
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2316&dat=19580320&id=P95FAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-EgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4847,3711301&hl=en
528.(Album Cover Art change.)Frank Ocean's 2012 album Channel Orange now has a blue splatter on it.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/tumblr_m61qlxOiGC1qdrz3yo1_1280.jpg
529.(Lunch Meat name change.)Budding/Buddig
https://www.google.com/search?q=%22budding+meat%22&biw=1517&bih=741&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQ4OCO-vXNAhVX6WMKHZfjAfsQ_AUIBSgA&dpr=0.9#
530.(Grammar change.)You leave only one space between sentences now instead of two.
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4ae1qi/typography_one_space_or_two/
531.(Geography change.)The Statue Of Liberty is now no longer located on Ellis Island and is now on Liberty Island
https://www.google.com/#q=what+island+is+the+statue+of+liberty+on
532.(Fictional Character name change.)Stay Puff Marshmallow Man/Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
http://www.extremepumpkins.com/stay-puff.html
Add-On:The Tinman now has a wrench in The Wizard Of Oz.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9hcXm2vr5I
533.(Famous Actress name change.)Faye Wray/Fay Wray
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=894&dat=19940320&id=r6BSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nX0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6109,2013793&hl=en
534.(Car Logo change.)The Nissan logo circle no longer surrounds the line with the word Nissan on it and now only most of it.
http://www.car-brand-names.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Nissan-logo-5.jpg
535.(Car name change.)Volkswagon/Volkswagen
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=892&dat=19861031&id=4uxSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QIIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6056,6686244&hl=en
536.(Famous Actress name change.)Lisa Welchel/Lisa Whelchel
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1291&dat=19851004&id=aFRUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tY0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3317,867970&hl=en
537.(Car Logo change.)The Lexus logo E now has a sharp look to it.
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4ry13o/wtf_they_are_changing_the_lexus_logo_now/
538.(Famous Actor name change.)Mark Hamil/Mark Hamill
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1320&dat=19830710&id=fsYxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=i-kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6898,2980035&hl=en
539.(Different Dates of death.)John Candy's death at the age of 35 is now him dying at the age of 43.
ArtsyOwl said:"John Candy-I could have sworn he died when he was 35, but now it's stated that he was 43 when he died?"(Look him/her up on Reddit.)
540.(Music Lyrics.)"In the most delightful way."/"In a most delightful way."
LakeRat said:"Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, in THE most delightful way."(Look him/her up on Reddit.)
541.(Different Causes of death.)Jayne Mansfield now dies in a car crash instead of being murdered.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayne_Mansfield
542.(Zodiac Sign change.)Capricorn sign looks like a sea goat instead of a goat in a shell.
http://www.capricornzodiacsign.net/images/capricornsymbol-font.png
543.(Zodiac Glyph change.)Virgo glyph sign is now an angel holding wheat instead of a maiden holding a harp.
http://www.ancient-symbols.com/images/zodiac/virgo-1.jpg
544.(Zodiac Sign change.)The Virgo and Scorpio signs combined look like what the Virgo sign used to look like according to some realities.
https://www.reddit.com/MandelaEffect/comments/4fupfw/zodiac_signs/
545.(Spelling change.)Philphrum/Philprum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philtrum
546.(History change.)The Titanic is now documented to include life vests being given to people who still ended up dying who were unable to be fully rescued as well as tons of dead bodies now documented.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqGediD9nBI
547.(Celebrity death that never happened.)Artie Lange is now alive instead of dying of a suicide induced drug overdose.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artie_Lange
548.(Fruit name change.)Pimentos/Pimientos(Both spellings exist, but pimientos is not remembered by many.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimiento
548.(Famous Actor name change.)Claude Raines/Claude Rains
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1977&dat=19350205&id=iiUiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5qMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=789,3077197&hl=en
549.(Sign change.)Signs now have the slash go from the upper left to the lower right instead of the upper right to the lower left.
http://images.all-free-download.com/images/graphiclarge/no_smoking_sign_clip_art_23316.jpg
550.(T.V Show name change.)H.R. Puff 'n' Stuff/H.R. Pufnstuf(Numerous other spellings.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.R._Pufnstuf
551.(Urban Legend change.)In The Wizard Of Oz, not everybody remembers a bird replacing the "dead munchkin" in the movie, they remember nothing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7YhDQnaGIY (Between 20 and 30 minutes.)
552.(Famous Sports Star name change.)Charles Barkeley/Charles Barkley(Numerous other spellings.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7YhDQnaGIY (At the beginning of the video.)
553.(Hardware Store name change.)Menard's/Menards
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=799&dat=20060804&id=zM1OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2kkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3276,3490517&hl=en
554.(Famous Singer name change.)Eddie Rabbit/Eddie Rabbitt
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1842&dat=19870704&id=4WEeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xMgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4946,670829&hl=en
555.(Movie Quote change.)"Release the Kraken."/"Let loose the Kraken."
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/BeamMeUpScotty/LiveActionFilms
556.(Movie Quote change.)"Paint me like one of your French girls."/"Draw me like one of your French girls."
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/BeamMeUpScotty/LiveActionFilms
557.(Cable Company name change.)Direct TV/DirecTV
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1696&dat=19940805&id=X-8aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ukcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6664,420003&hl=en
558.(Myth.)Bats are not blind and actually some have good sight.
https://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Animals/Mammals/Bat-Myths.aspx
559.(Singer name change.)Pink/P!nk
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=20060429&id=PYw1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=qggGAAAAIBAJ&pg=3708,9352085&hl=en
560.(Beer name change.)Michelobe/Michelob
http://www.michelob.com/public/agegate.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f
561.(Cereal Logo change.)Lucky Charms design on box is shown to have changed a lot less than it actually has.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWmx1Br-7u0
562.(Logo change.)FOX now has a slanted F and is now narrower.
http://www.fox.com/sites/default/files/fox_logo_1.jpg
563.(Logo change.)MTV now has a sloppily written TV.
http://images.all-free-download.com/images/graphiclarge/mtv_logo_29949.jpg
564.(Logo change.)The United Airlines logos look more detailed.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e3/United_Airlines_Merger_Interim_Logo.jpg
http://logonoid.com/images/united-airlines-logo.jpg
565.(Logo change.)Do any of the VH1 logos look right to you?
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/1d/c3/f0/1dc3f0045cc5c1f8888e784472b29276.jpg
566.(Logo change.)The E and T in the BET logo are now connected.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2012/04/bet_logo_a_l.jpg
567.(Logo change.)Was pharmacy next to CVS or below it on the store?
http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.di229/files/2015/12/CVS.jpg
568.(Logo change.)KIA logo letters now all have parts that extend to the left.
http://www.car-brand-names.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/KIA-logo.png
569.(Logo change.)Does the Yamaha logo look off to you?
http://europaplus.com.ua/wp-content/photos/2014/09/Yamaha-logo.jpg
570.(Logo change.)New logo on Burger King is slanted and old has a different color scheme.
http://d3ri3cqgw71keo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/burger-king.png
571.(Logo change.)Eyes of Wendy's girl look off in the old and new logos.
http://starcasm.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Wendys-old-vs.-new-mom-logo.jpg
572.(Logo change.)Does the Superman logo look off to you?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/ea/Superman_shield.svg/1280px-Superman_shield.svg.png
573.(Logo change.)Does the Nintendo logo look off to you?
http://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/nintendo-logo.jpg
574.(Logo change.)The G and A in the SEGA logo are now connected.
http://www.logospike.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Sega_logo-6.png
575.(Logo change.)The old ShopRite logo is now more slanted and now there are 5 circles above the cart.
http://laborandcurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/shopriteold1.jpg?w=300
576.(Logo change.)Bravo logo is now Bravo inside a quote bubble.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/Bravo_TV.svg/2000px-Bravo_TV.svg.png
577.(Car change.)Did the front of all Jeep vehicles look like this?
http://images.newcars.com/images/car-pictures/original/2010-Jeep-Wrangler-SUV-Sport-2dr-4x4-Exterior-Front-View.png
578.(Logo change.)The font is now different on the Guitar Center logo.
http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/sites/default/files/styles/logo-thumbnail/public/0019/8106/brand.gif?itok=6_NQ4jM-
579.(Logo change.)The W has gotten shorter on the left in the Warner Bros. logo.
http://logonoid.com/images/warner-bros-logo.png
580.(Logo change.)RCA records logo now has lightning part sticking off of A.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/2c/6c/90/2c6c9061ed686dd0873a6a9e6a391067.jpg
581.(Logo change.)The B in Blimpie.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ed/Blimbielogo.jpg/220px-Blimbielogo.jpg
582.(Logo change.)Stone Brewery logo now has devil holding up glass.
http://www.mscbhawaii.com/mscb/img/logo-stone.png
583.(Logo change.)Does the E look off in the Tier in Southern Tier Brewing?
http://www.charlottebeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/southern-tier-logo.jpg
584.(Logo change.)Does the I in Skittles look off or does anything else look off in the Skittles logo to you?
http://logonoid.com/images/skittles-logo.jpg
585.(Logo change.)Does the font of Starburst look off?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7a/Starburst_Logo.png
586.(Candy name change.)Starbursts/Starburst
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=site:google.com%2Fnewspapers+%22starbursts+candy%22
587.(Descritpion change.)Baphomet now has a crown in images that he shows up in.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a4/Baphomet.png/220px-Baphomet.png
588.(Logo change.)The White Castle logo font is now different.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e1/White_Castle_logo.svg
589.(Logo change.)The O in Coffee-Mate now has a swirl.
http://forthemommas.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/free-coffee-mate.png
590.(Coffee name change.)Coffee Mate/Coffee-Mate
http://forthemommas.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/free-coffee-mate.png
591.(Logo change.)The N looks off in the Pilon logo.
http://myjms.net/content/images/Pilon%20logo%20on%20Yel.jpg
592.(Logo change.)Cafe Bustelo now has an upright black triangle in the logo.
http://www.cafebustelo.com/assets/images/home/Cafe_Bustelo_Logo.png
593.(Logo change.)The Y looks different in the Yankees logo.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e3/49/34/e34934dd30526616c00360eba497ea1f.jpg
594.(Logo change.)The Chicago Bulls bull looks angrier now.
http://i.imgur.com/YAe6uTf.png
595.(Logo change.)Always five streaks of each color in the Portland Trailblazers logo?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/74/Portland_Trail_Blazers.svg/840px-Portland_Trail_Blazers.svg.png
596.(Logo change.)Bridge looks more oblique and curved in the Golden State Warriors logo.
http://www.sports-logos-screensavers.com/useGolden_State_Warriors_2010_04.jpg
597.(Logo change.)The star at the bottom of the San Antonio Spurs logo is now bigger and is radiating more.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a2/San_Antonio_Spurs.svg/1280px-San_Antonio_Spurs.svg.png
598.(Logo change.)The Boston Celtics logo now has a different design on the shirt and a stick.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/8f/Boston_Celtics.svg/1024px-Boston_Celtics.svg.png
599.(Logo change.)Does the NBA logo look different?
https://www.google.com/search?q=fox+logo&biw=1517&bih=741&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivrNS_v4rOAhUEyGMKHe5VALMQ_AUIBigB&dpr=0.9#tbm=isch&q=nba+logo
600.(Logo change.)Do you remember an NFL logo with a curved L?
http://www.sports-logos-screensavers.com/useNFL_Logo.jpg
601.(Multiple designs.)Do you remember the Masonic Square And Compass having this many designs?
https://www.google.com/search?q=fox+logo&biw=1517&bih=741&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivrNS_v4rOAhUEyGMKHe5VALMQ_AUIBigB&dpr=
602.(Logo change.)The Minnesota Timberwolves logo now has a wolf with fangs.
http://mnwolves.weebly.com/uploads/8/2/3/9/8239141/2148810_orig.gif
603.(Logo change.)The Sun in the Dole logo is huge now.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f4/Dole_Logo.svg/1280px-Dole_Logo.svg.png
604.(Logo change.)Girl in the Sun Maid logo looks different and has a huge bonnet.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7d/Sun-Maid_Logo.jpg
605.(Logo change.)Have the boy and dog in the Cracker Jack logo changed to you?
http://media.shopwell.com/product/9999715405_full.jpg
606.(Logo change.) The Universal logo has a planet in it. All that needs to be said.
https://www.google.com/search?q=universal+logo&biw=1517&bih=741&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiClPSj1orOAhUO72MKHYEuCwYQ_AUIBygC&dpr=0.9#imgrc=Gumgp7mhoj6g0M%3A
607.(Logo change.) The Discovery channel logo has a planet in it. All that needs to be said.
https://www.google.com/search?q=universal+logo&biw=1517&bih=741&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiClPSj1orOAhUO72MKHYEuCwYQ_AUIBygC&dpr=0.9#tbm=isch&q=discovery+logo
608.(Movie Ending change.)There is now a ghost at the end of The Elephant Man.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elephant_Man_(film)
609.(Flag change.) The Coat Of Arms flag from Spain no longer has a red triangle pointing from the center.
http://static.donquijote.org/images/culture/spanish_flag2.jpg
610.(Movie Quote change.) "That's not a knife, this is a knife."/"That's not a knife, that's a knife."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWl8EbNN8NM
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How Did Your Favorite Players Perform (Relative to Seeding) At Glitch 7?

Sorry everyone for the late posting. Had a bit of a personal emergency while I was writing this. It's why it's a bit worse then normal this time. Also the cause of the lateness and a few segments/write ups being rather rushed. As normal, it's an analysis of how everyone did at Glitch 7. I covered the Top 48 Seeds and Top 64 placements. Let's dive right in!
Note: If you are one of the listed players and want to contribute a quote, please let me know.
Disclaimer 1: Not all runs are created equal. Some players needed to take on monsters to get their placement. Some less so. This is not meant to be an objective quality match-up of players.
Disclaimer 2: If a player had a bad tournament that doesn't make them a bad player. It is easier to perform below your standard then above. Thus, one tournament can make a career, but it can't break it. There are many reasons players lose.
As fans we have a responsibility to be good to players. They cry and sweat for us. The goal isn't to make players stress out about individual placements more, but to catch interesting story lines and data. Don't be a dick to players.
Disclaimer 3: It is easier for a low seed to overperform and for a high seed to underperform. Seeds are a stand-in for expectations. The bad part of high expectations is that beating them is hard. One should consider equal levels of over-performance to favor higher seed players in terms of level of impressiveness.
Disclaimer 4: An issue with seeding is just as good an explanation for some of these cases as bad play is. It is not always possible to tell the difference.
How to Read This: Number indicates placement relative to expected placement. The number reflects losers round expected to lose in vs actual loss. If a player was seeded between 13 and 16, that means they were expected to go out at 13th place. Thus, if they got a +1 it means they got 9th place. If they got a -1 then it means they got 17th.

+5 or More (Star Turn)

N/a

+2 to +4 (Strong Tournament)

(PG) ESAM. PGRU 16. 6th Seed. 1st Place. (+4) - The man of the hour. Shiny head. On the same day that Ash finally won the Pokemon League, ESAM dominated Glitch 7. He ended up through LeoN, Nairo, and Tweek before double eliminating his frequent foe Light to win the event without even dropping a set. That scream of victory was earned. This was far and away the biggest victory in his decade of Smash. Pika Pika.
(Demise) ZD. PGRU A51. 36th Seed. 9th Place. (+4) - Nearly a year ago, it was at Glitch 6 that ZD put himself into the top player contention with a 5th place finish. In the time since then, he’s struggled to get those gets to the point where he almost fell off the PGR entirely. But, here at the tournament that made him, ZD roared back into the spotlight. His two big wins here were Cosmos and Lui$. All in all, it feels like ZD is back in the conversation again, and that’s incredible to see.
SMB. 66th Seed. 17th Place. (+4) - SMB (or Scot! as he is normally known) has been new England’s best Luigi for a long time. Like most of Smash 4 long time. But, it’s been a long time since he got results like this. First a small upset over Young Eevey in winners, before beating 6WX, Dexter, and Puppeh in losers. A fantastic run from an old hand.
(Rogue) Light. PGRU 10. 5th Seed. 2nd Place. (+3) - There was a segment in late June/early July, but that seems distant in the past. WIth the exception of Shine, he’s got Top 8 every tournament for months. But, this? This was one of his finest performances to date, taking second at a 500+ person super major. Along the way he both double eliminated Dabuz and beat Samsora.
Gen. PGRU A51. 31st Seed. 9th Place. (+3) - This is was just a fantastic run. Losses to Tweek and Dabuz. Wins over Mr E, Young Eevey, Odyssey, Salem, and Sandstorm? It’s a hell of a performance...though, a lot of Tristate. I know Eevey and Salem break it up, but he couldn’t have run into an MDVA top player at some point?
Stocktaker69. 57th Seed. 17th Place. (+3) - The world’s best/worst named wolf player absolutely destroyed his seed here. But, he didn’t get a lot of upsets.
PreCookedBread. 152nd Seed. 49th Place. (+3) - Relatively unknown player, but he had a strong run, including an upset over 65th Seed Dietsoda.
Jakal. 20th Seed. 9th Place. (+2) - Man, Jakal’s epic washout at SSC really lit a fire in the man. This is his second 9th place result in a row. This time he even got a really strong PGR win in the process over fellow Tri-Stater Wishes. Jakal could realistically become the first PGR player with a “513th place” on his sheet.
(CLG) VoiD. PGRU 9. 18th Seed. 9th Place. (+2) - VoiDDDDDD yesssss. SoCal’s top talent returns from the depths of his character crisis with...Sheik!? In a flurry of blows that probably do, like, 3% each, VoiD beat yeti, SMB, and LeoN. Well, he needed to take his Pichu off mothballs for LeoN. But, all in all it was a really inspiring run that reminded us that VoiD could retake his Top 10 in the world status at any time really.
(AMG) 8BitMan. PGRU A51. 35th Seed. 17th Place. (+2) - His run started off good, not great, with an expected loss to Sinji in pools. But, I guess there is something in the MDVA water for ROB mains. He proceeded to cut through much of losers, including Suarez, before being stopped by fellow Flordanian….Flordinian...Floralsmoard...Florida person Salem.
Ismon. 33rd Seed. 17th Place. (+2) - The Texas Wario got upset early by Lucky the Plantlord, but made the most of a losers run. He beat the likes of Benny&TheJets, Juice, and...oh yeah...Rivers himself. That’s what I’m talking about.
(GLD) Young Eevey. 63rd Seed. 25th Place. (+2) - God hath brought me a bounty on this day. Remember, this guy? He’s the Bowser Junior main from the Netherlands who got Top 8 at Albion. Well, apparently that was not a fluke. Despite an early loss to SMB (join the club) he went all the way to Top 32 by beating no less a player then yeti. His first US tournament and he gets a PGR win? Fear this Penguin.
(ATU) Mekos. 60th Seed. 25th Place. (+2) - Lucas player from the Carolinas. The +2? An upset on Fatality himself.
Dexter. 50th Seed. 25th Place. (+2) - A member of MDVA’s pack of Wolfs. Managed to get a number of wins including Static, the Bowser, Blazing Pasta, and ESAM’s brother Nick Riddle.
Bully. 96th Seed. 33rd Placement. (+2) - A Link main from the Carolinas. He got won his pool by getting an upset over LingLing, and even managed to get a game off Samsora. Guess he practiced his Peach matchup.
Qwerty. 116th Seed. 49th Place. (+2) - A Lucario player who isn’t Jeda or Tsu? Fuck yeah. His upset was over Frozen.
(NGYN) Rocky~. 113th Seed. 49th Place. (+2) - This one took me a bit. He’s seemingly a local MDVA Bowser Jr, and his win? PG Coney. The announcer. Fascinating.
Sova Unknown. 98th Seed. 49th Place. (+2) - An MDVA wifi warior and another Link Main.

-1 to +1 (Normal Tournament)

(Liquid) Dabuz. PGRU 7. 4th Seed. 3rd Place. (+1) - Another good, not great, day in Buzworld. He got some really great wins here, including over both Tweek and Nairo. It would have been glorious...if he hadn’t been double eliminated by Light, and had Light pull the most over the top pop-off on him after he won. It’s okay though. ESAM avenged him by popping off over Light.
Wishes. PGRU 21. 24th Seed. 13th Place. (+1) - Remember all those naysayers who said Wishes would struggle to place with solo Joker? And by nay sayers, I mean me? Well. I was wrong. I am sorry Wishes. I did not expect you to beat Cosmos and nearly beat WaDi with solo Joker. I was wrong.
(DA) Sinji. PGRU 25. 30th Seed. 17th Place. (+1) - So wait. Sinji. PGRU 25 Sinji. Best Pac Man in the America Sinji...was put in 30th Seed? But, that 17th looks much closer to where he should have been seeded to perform to me. He only lost to Nairo and LeoN, while beating BestNess and 8BitMan. Yeah, I want someone to show their homework on this one.
(Demise) Mr E. PGRU 38. 26th Seed. 17th Place. (+1) - I know the meme about Mr E is that he is boringly consistent (except at EVO), but he actually got a really solid upset in the form of Puppeh here. Still only got the one though. We’re not exactly reinventing the wheel out here.
(GoTE) Vinny G. 43rd Seed. 25th Place. (+1) - One of Florida’s best Snake players. We always knew he was good, but his set with LeoN was a total nailbiter that Vinny only lost by a hair. He actually got to that set by beating BestNess too. Good showing, on screen and off.
(Ho3K) Dill. 41st Seed. 25th Place. (+1) - The best ROB in Tristate. He got a lot of benefit out of Elegant dropping out and Dazai taking his spot.
(InC) Odyssey. 58th Seed. 33rd Place. (+1) - Tristate’s most notable Fox main. Got an upset on Static the Boswer main.
(SCY) Lucky. 52nd Seed. 33rd Place. (+1) - Oh, I know this guy. This is the Midwest Plant main who took Shoe’s soul at Smash N Splash. Actually got an upset on Ismon, who went on to have a very good tournament.
SAUCE. 51st Seed. 33rd Place. (+1) - Mario main, I believe. Got an upset on hometown hero, Seagull Joe.
DiZ. 49th Seed. 33rd Place. (+1) - A CFL Plant Player. We actually got his game with Coney on stream. I believe his win was over JLIM, but it was not an upset.
(SN) Hawk. 94th Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - A wolf main from CT.
(Ho3K) Ralphie. 93rd Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - Tristate wolf main. His upset? ZD of all people. Who A. should have known that matchip and B. actually had a really really strong tournament otherwise.
Devvystar. 86th Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - MDVA Isabelle/Mac main.
(4lpha) Blank. 85th Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - No, this is not the Chom main. This is the Peach player from Connecticut. Got an upset over Deluxemenu the Bowser.
(DeLuXe) Static. 79th Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - Bowser player from Delaware. Made it into top 64 over Lucious and Flippy.
6WX. 74th Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - A top 50 all time Smash 4 player and one of the best Sonic players in the world. He actually got upset in pools and knocked Sandstorm out of the bracket, winning his $100 bounty.
(BCe BBM) Beast. 73rd Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - A Pokemon Trainer from Pennsylvania, I believe. Got an upset over Mata-Door.
JLIM. 72nd Seed. 49th Place. (+1) - Local MDVA Snake player. Made it this far because Squidboy got upset, I think?
(AG) WaDi. PGRU 24. 8th Seed. 7th Place. (+0) - WaDi is the king of MDVA and Glitch is his home turf. He basically played to seed here, but that proved a more daunting task than it might seem. Both Wishes and VoiD were in his way, and they had hot hands. The fact that WaDi fought his way into Top 8, only dropping sets to Top 10 players is proof of that.
(MVG) Dark Wizzy. PGRU 31. 7th Seed. 7th Place. (+0) - When Wizzy got 5th at Shine, people were clowning on him for not having beat any PGRU 1 players. Well, not only did he repeat the performance here, but did it with a PGRU win on Mr. E. He also game damn close to upsetting Tweek in the process.
(MVG) Salem. PGRU 22. 15th Seed. 13th Place. (+0) - Salem threw everything at this bracket. He played Snake, Hero, Greninja. He even brought his Bayonetta back from nerfed hell. Didn’t get him especially far though. He got crushed by a double dose of Tri-State Palu in the form of Nairo and Gen.
Lui$. 21st Seed. 17th Place. (+0) - Actually beat Rivers, which is solid. Still he got beat by both Light and ZD. AKA the other two meta-defining Fox players. Gotta work on that ditto.
(TG) MVD. PGRU 17. 17th Seed. 17th Place. (+0) - MVD actually got slightly lucky that Dazai took over 16th seed, and almost went positive on that alone. But, he got decidedly unlucky Wishes upset Cosmos and the two had to play for 17th.
LingLing. 32nd Seed. 25th Place. (+0) - NE’s best Peach. Got upset early by Bully the Link player. Still, he made an admirable losers run until he got stuck playing Cosmos for 25th. Still made it all the way to his seeded result.
(lluZ) Juice. 28th Seed. 25th Place. (+0) - One of Pennsylvania’s best players. I believe he’s been going Falco of late. Got a win on Frozen, but got upset by Ismon.
(OES) Benny&TheJets. 45th Seed. 33rd Place. (+0) - ROB main from the Carolinas with an awesome name.
(DARBLY) Deluxemenu. 44th Seed. 33rd Place. (+0) - Bowser main from Texas.
Kofi. 40th Seed. 33rd Place. (+0) - The Long Island Falco main. MDVA loves their spacies. Actually placed equally well in both Smash and Rivals of Aether.
(Typo) Sonido. 38th Seed. 33rd Place. (+0) - A Sonic main, of course. Avenged his defeat at the hands of Suarez with a victory of Burnsocks.
Burntsocks. 59th Seed. 49th Place. (+0) - One of MDVA’s two most prominent Yoshis. Lost to ESAM, like Suarez.
(NRG) Nairo. PGRU 8. 3rd Seed. 4th Place. (-1) - Nairo played pretty well. His two losses were ESAM and Dabuz, two other players who’ve been top level since Brawl. He came pretty close to beat ESAM on winners side too.
(SpS) LeoN. PGRU 35. 11th Seed. 13th Place. (-1) - Pikachu and Pichu in one bracket? As Boswer? That’s some bullshit. Trying to juke ESAM out with G&W was pretty funny though.
(PG) Cosmos. PGRU 11. 10th Seed. 13th Place. (-1) - Guys, I think we broke Cosmos. It was that damn 20 hour AYAYA stream, I bet. In all seriousness, this is only a minor underperformance. He got a decent win over MVD, but his losses to Wishes and ZD are more striking. That Wishes loss was edge of your seat, last second stuff too.
(Armada) BestNess. 22nd Seed. 25th Place. (-1) - He actually got upset by Vinny G early, but made it all the way to 25th, taking out Goblin along the way. His run got snuffed out by Sinji though. Mostly a mixed bag.
Fatality. PGRU 48. 29th Seed. 33rd Place. (-1) - Alas, the Falcon extraordinaire lost early to Mekos, the Lucas main. A shame since he actually almost beat Dabuz, on stream, in winners.
Suarez. PGRU 49. 27th Seed. 33rd Place. (-1) - You know Suarez is having a bad tournament when his nemesis Light makes it to the 2nd spot. He got upset by 8bitMan in losers, which is by no means terrible.
Adastran. 47th Seed. 49th Place. (-1) - This is the WiiFit player who recently beat Raito at Smash Con. Went out a bit early after being upset by Dexter.
(Demise) Seagull Joe. 46th Seed. 49th Place. (-1) - One of MDVA’s many wolf players. Got upset by SAUCE.

-4 to -2 (Weak Tournament)

(NPT) BlazingPasta. 23rd Seed. 33rd Place. (-2) - Pasta has been really flexing of late, so this slightly bad result is sad to see. He lost to Wizzy in winners, which is pretty normal, but then got upset by Dexter, one of MDVA’s pack of wolves.
(APE) Goblin. PGRU 39. 19th Seed. 33rd Place. (-2) - Not quite as bad as it looks. The Roy main got beat handedly by fellow Florida Aligator Salem’s snake. He was projected to go on in losers, but had the bad luck that BestNess had been upset earlier. It’s still technically an upset, I suppose, but this one tracks as bad luck mostly.
(W2W) Biddy. 48th Seed. 65th Place. (-2) - The Tristate Young Link. Got upset by Stocktacker and Disaea.
(SCARZ) Xzax. 42nd Seed. 65th Place. (-2) - The best Inkling in California. Alas, he got stuck in Young Eevey’s amazing losers run. It takes a lot to make me root against SoCal, but a freaking Bowser Junior player is “a lot”.
(Ho3K) Frozen. PGRU 46. 37th Seed. 65th Place. (-2) - The Tristate Palu (so rare) who popped off at Collision. After losing to Juice in winners, got upset by QWERTY, the MDVA Lucario. Guess, he kind of let it go here.
(WC) Sandstorm. 34th Seed. 65th Place. (-2) - His results at DreamHack Montreal and Low Tier City has placed the Brawlhalla champion in the conversation for up and coming talent, but his run was cut slightly short here by 6WX, the PGR Sonic player from Smash 4.
(TSM) Tweek. PGRU 2. 2nd Seed. 5th Place. (-3) - Tweek has several modes. Low Energy Tweek, eSports Tweek, and Fun Times Tweek. After the emergence of his top level PT at the end of the summer, he’s since largely used secondaries. This time he went mostly Banjo...and we can definitely say his Banjo is not bad. I mean, 5th place at an S tie- I mean A tier, losing to ESAM and Dabuz. This was Fun Times Tweek, but Fun Times Tweek is still a Top 10 in the world level player.
Dazai. 16th Seed. 33rd Place. (-3) - Oh Dazai. How the mighty have fallen. You were so close to...wait, who the fudge is this guy and how did he gets 16th Seed? Apparently he’s a local MDVA Swordies player whose been winning a lot at The Grind, and was seeded number 2 in his pool. Then, Elegant dropped out and he was bumped up to Elegant's seed, since he was seeded to win the pool at that point anyway. So, technically, nothing actually changed besides the number, and had his seed not been changed he’d be at +0. Does this drive me batty as a stats nerd? That’ll be a yes from me. Does my opinion really matter? Lol no.
(dB) yeti. PGRU 34. 14th Seed. 33rd Place. (-3) - Not a great result for the Megaman of the Midwest, but he actually got some money because he collected the $100 bounty for Fullstream the Rivals of Aether player. Ultimatly, he wound up here for two reasons. First is that VoiD is apparently godlike again. Second is that the Dutch Bowser Junior God Young Eevey blessed us with his presence.
(EU) Samsora. PGRU 4. 1st Seed. 5th Place. (-4) - Only placed here because of high seeding. Samsora did fine. He even got sweet vengeance on WaDi from CEO. But, the buzz that Samsora is number 2 in the world took the tiniest of hits from losses to Nairo and Light here. Both fellow Top Players, so definitely nothing to get your knickers in a twist about. But, not enough to firmly establish his Number 2 position either.
Rivers. PGRU 18. 12th Seed. 33rd Place. (-4) - James’ return to tournaments, sporting a revived Diddy Kong secondary, has yet to impress in the way that his string of results in May did. He got upset by Lui$ and Ismon here. Both spacies, which seems to suggest some kind of spacies related issue? Or maybe he’s just got a bit of rust.
Puppeh. PGRU 28. 9th Seed. 33rd Place. (-4) - For a little while after Puppeh’s godlike string of victories over top players at CEO in June, Puppeh was talked about as potential Top 20 in the world. But, he’s consistently only placed 17th or 33rd at majors since then. Which, all things considered, is hardly damning. Especially since his losses were Mr E and SMB, a PGR player and a dude on a tear. But, unless something changes, getting PGRU again seems unlikely.
(TG) MuteAce. PGRU 27. 25th Seed. 97th Place. (-4) - Funny seeing you here. MuteAce has always been rather prone to up/down swings in results, so I probably am not going to read too much into this. He also wasn’t using his normal controller apparently?

-5 or Lower (Wash Out)

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Final Analysis

No Final Analysis today, boys and girls. Gotta get it out, ya know? I'll be back with some more insightful commentary next time!
Past write ups: Frostbite, Ultimate Numbus, Collision, Prime Saga, Pound, Get On My Level, Momocon 2019, Smash N' Splash 5, CEO 2019, Albion 2019, Low Tier City 7, Super Smash Con 2019, Shine 2019
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