(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Every team loses, but no team loses quite like Barcelona.
They get ''hammered,'' ''knocked out,'' or rendered ''unrecognizable.''
And that's just the good news.
This is what happens when a team sets the bar as high as Barcelona has: Every loss in a big game is immediately pronounced the end of an era. Every moment not spent hoisting another trophy must mean the sky is crashing down.
The story of their demise has been written so often of late that headline writers keep one ready for either occasion. Guess which ones they trotted out after the 4-0 beating Bayern Munich laid on the Spanish side in Champions League semifinal play earlier this week.
''Changing of the guard'' was the most popular, and there may yet be plenty of truth in that. Bayern Munich has played steely soccer for the better part of three seasons now, and they're more skillful and imagin...