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Name: Steve Bacharach
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Member since: January 28, 2006
Last visit: May 27, 2015

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Sports Bio

Cal Bears Football, Cal Men's Basketball
Arsenal FC
LA Galaxy
LA Lakers

Greatest sports moment attended perhaps was World Cup QF in Frankfurt 2006 between France and Brasil. Zidane put on a virtuoso display and completely dominated the game.

Recent Links

Chris Horner, age 41, becomes the oldest winner of a Grand Tour: I really want to believe he isn't doping. What Horner did in the Vuelta was nothing short of incredible - so I guess by definition it hardly seems credible.

posted by sbacharach to other at 03:43 PM on September 15 - 1 comment

Contador should have hired Armstrong's lawyers: Contador gets a two-year ban and forfeits a Tour de France win (among other victories). Andy Schleck is now elevated to the yellow jersey for that year.

posted by sbacharach to other at 11:25 AM on February 06 - 8 comments

Recent Comments

Arsene Wenger, The Martyr

I remember just after the recent, very drab 1-0 win over Burnley how I just felt a little empty. I had thought that victory, and a further consolidation of 2nd place, would feel better. It didn't. The game was boring. I keep hoping, as all supporters do I'm sure, that winning and beauty can coincide at some point, and I assumed that if forced to choose, I'd take winning over beauty, but that Burnley game makes me question myself. That being said, it felt great to beat Man City 2-0 in a very pragmatic fashion!

posted by sbacharach at 12:57 PM on April 22

U.S. Men Win 2-0 Over Mexico in San Antonio

You may be right, Bismarck - I thought I heard one of the commentators say it was a debut, but I (or them) could be wrong.

posted by sbacharach at 05:15 PM on April 16

U.S. Men Win 2-0 Over Mexico in San Antonio

Happy with the win, but it looked like Mexico fielded a team with significantly less experience than ours - despite the fact the winning US goal came from a debutante.

posted by sbacharach at 12:41 PM on April 16

The Miracle of Sociedad Deportiva Eibar

Loved that book. I think I heard of it from Tim Vickery.

posted by sbacharach at 02:50 PM on December 24

Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot

I'm a pretty big USMNT fan, but if that shot goes in, the result is completely counter to the rest of the game. The Belgians should have beaten the US by five goals at least. I don't mind too much that the better team advanced.

posted by sbacharach at 02:25 PM on December 19

Even if you don't follow La Liga, it's worth reading The Sids

My favorite is Best Pundit.

posted by sbacharach at 05:28 PM on May 29

Landon Donovan Left Off World Cup Roster

With Landon or without him, I think getting out of the group is a pretty huge ask, but I'm disappointed. I also think it's more about off-field than on-field, and I'm more inclined to think that Klinsmann is putting his personality ahead of the team than that Donovan would have done that. Will removing him from the squad heal any sort factional issue in the dressing room or will it create one (or neither, I guess)?

posted by sbacharach at 01:23 PM on May 23

Arsenal Comes Back to Win FA Cup Over Hull City

Even after just Cazorla's goal, I think there was already "the feeling it was only matter of time", though of course you never know.

The Sanogo to Giroud to Ramsey goal was definitely worthy of an FA Cup winner - the "beautiful" in "The Beautiful Game".

posted by sbacharach at 01:02 PM on May 19

Crossing Over:

A couple months ago I went to the 1st leg CONCACAF Champions League game between the Xolos and the Galaxy in Carson, CA. The Tijuana fans brought an outstanding atmosphere to the Stub Hub Center. I'd like to get down to a game sometime in Tijuana to see them on their own turf. I admit I was a little intimidated by the idea (I haven't been to TJ in 25 years), but reading this article has made it seem a whole lot easier.

posted by sbacharach at 12:22 PM on May 12

Ronaldo Speaks Up for Field-Crashing Fan Who Hugged Him

Great story rcade. I never heard about this incident, and I'm happy to see Ronaldo take a moment out to send some support this guy's way.

posted by sbacharach at 03:22 PM on October 15

Is Roger Federer Done?

If he's like most of the greats, it's hardly ever been about money, lifestyle, or rankings. It's about Grand Slam championships, and that's all it's about.

posted by sbacharach at 11:19 PM on August 20

Robbie Rogers Unretires, Signs with L.A. Galaxy

I think Rogers participation in MLS is fantastic, but I'm disappointed that the Galaxy have lost Mike Magee to the Chicago Fire in the process. Magee was an absolutely vital player in the Galaxy's playoff success of the past two years, and I'm concerned that the league - which has a vast amount of control over transfers - has sacrificed Magee's spot on the squad to make sure Rogers can play in a high-profile (by MLS standards) club in a diverse, liberal city.

That being said, the Galaxy just routed the Sounders 4-0, and perhaps I'm just being a bit of a conspiracy theorist. But, Magee scored some huge goals when it counted the last couple campaigns.

posted by sbacharach at 10:12 PM on May 27

ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons from Twitter for Criticizing 'First Take'

In the past couple weeks I just started to listening to Simmons' podcast, the B.S. Report. Even when he discusses stuff I don't care much about (i.e. MLB, Boston sports), he's still pretty thoughtful and entertaining - at least I think so. Interestingly, in just the last few days, he was mentioning how he was proud of ESPN in the way they've never told him not to do a story of some type. The guy he was interviewing - sorry I forgot who it was - was an investigative reporter and he echoed those sentiments. I think the context had to do with reporting on head injuries in the NFL and criticizing the league response. Anyway, funny now that ESPN puts the hammer down a bit. I expect this will come up in his next podcast.

posted by sbacharach at 02:51 PM on March 15

Olympics drop wrestling for 2020

I think any sport where an Olympic gold is considered the pinnacle achievement in that sport should stay right where it is. There are sports where the Olympics are practically an afterthought compared to other events, e.g. soccer (World Cup), which are better candidates for elimination, IMO.

Agreed. Get rid of tennis. And isn't golf going to be added? I'm against that as well for the same reason.

posted by sbacharach at 06:07 PM on February 12

Lower-level clubs oust 5 EPL sides in FA Cup

With the fight that Brighton put up against Arsenal (and the sorry excuse for a defender that is Andre Santos), there could have been an additional casualty from the EPL.

posted by sbacharach at 08:21 PM on January 27