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The Daily Bee (March 8th, 2021): Post-Der Klassiker General Awfulness

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The article equivalent of doom scrolling.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Good morning, Fear the Wall. I hope your weekends all got much better after Saturday.

So the Royal Family has been destroyed by Oprah, or something? All I know is that I’m trying to search for news stories to cover right now, and this interview she did is everywhere. From the random tweets and reddit posts I’ve read, it sounds like the Royal Family came out looking pretty bad. If this is true, it means we finally got revenge on them for burning the White House. Good job America, it only took 207 years.

That’s my pathetic attempt at humor for the day. That Bayern Munich defeat was pretty brutal, man. Combined with the injuries, and the stories I’m about to cover, things are looking pretty bleak for BVB. I really hope we beat Sevilla tomorrow.

Marco Reus Complains About the Referee in Der Klassiker

One thing that annoys me is when fans complain about refereeing decisions. It annoys me when fans of other teams do it, and it annoys me when Borussia Dortmund fans do it. Reffing a professional sporting event is insanely hard, and refs often have to make snap decisions. There were two instances on Saturday when BVB were pretty clearly fouled, and the ref should have blown the whistle. But these instances didn’t affect the overall narrative of the match, that Bayern Munich were much better and deserved to win.

I didn’t want to say anything at the time, but I was pretty frustrated on Saturday after the game when everybody in the post-game comments was complaining about the referee’s decision making during the game. At the end of the day, regardless of the referee’s actions, Bayern were the better side and deserved to win. Did the referee make BVB fail to register a shot on target after the 10th minute? Did the referee break Schulz’s ankles before assisting a goal to Lewandowski? Did the referee make Thomas Meunier clear a cross right into the swinging boot of Leon Goretzka?

In his post match interview, instead of trying to determine why BVB couldn’t apply an ounce of offensive pressure after the 10th minute, Marco Reus chose to complain about the referee, arguing that the third goal shouldn’t have been given.

As the captain, maybe Reus could have acknowledged how BVB immediately let a 2-0 lead slip away in the first half. Instead, he chose to deflect blame onto the referee. To me it feels more like an attempt to make excuses rather than accept responsibility. While I do agree that it should have been called a foul, Dortmund had plenty of opportunities to break up the play and stop the goal.

Hansi Flick is... just the worst

Hansi Flick has said he cannot rule out the eventual possibility of potentially choosing to maybe conceivably decide to not reject the contingency of categorically denying the feasibility of the prospect of one day pursuing action towards coming to a decision regarding the theoretical purchase of Erling Haaland.

Couldn’t this have waited a week? It’s not enough that they beat us, right? They then have to start popping up in the news about how they want to pry away our best player. Even if there’s a scant possibility of them actually signing Haaland, Flick still felt the need to sneak it in, even if just to troll. How easy would it have been for Flick to say “We’re not interested in transfers at the moment, we’re focused on winning the Champions League and Bundesliga with the players we currently have?”

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I don’t know, what’s your favorite species of tree? Mine is the Engelmann Spruce.