Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso's 34 years playing at the senior level speaks a fundamental truth about the game: as much as it's defined by the physicality of power and pace, it is positioning and technique are the last characteristics to age.
In characterizing Watford as a family, there was an idea that a club can either win trophies by becoming a billion dollar world brand or stay local with mid-table results. The meaning is in surviving the Premier League for one more season.
The winter window is surely no time to shape a club. But the added depth can power or save the final four months of a season whether the end goal be to avoid relegation or get into the Champions League.
Sergio Busquets was never Barcelona or Spain's best player, but he was always the most important. The success of the tiki taka era was defined by his play as much as anyone else.
If you spend enough time studying any group of people, you will find things to like about them. It is a moving experience and it reaffirms what most of us already know: people are infinite. And if we know this, we know to reject misanthropes and bigots.