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Name: Steve Bacharach
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Member since: January 28, 2006
Last visit: May 31, 2016

sbacharach has posted 2 links and 135 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

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

Kobe Bryant Scores 60 in Final NBA Game

A lot of haters out there re: Flea's National Anthem, but I loved it. If you're gonna make everyone listen to that song before every American sporting event, at least make it interesting.

posted by sbacharach at 02:18 PM on April 14

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

I just want to thank all of you for a set of well-reasoned, non-hysterical arguments. I have thoughts about this issue as well (as everyone likely does) but I was honestly a bit afraid to weigh in given the potential toxicity of the topic. After reading through the above, though, I don't think I have more to add to the discussion.

So kudos to all. There are many forums, I'm sure, where things would have spun out of control long ago. [loud clapping and patting oneself on the back to follow]

posted by sbacharach at 12:53 PM on March 23

Wenger's Arsenal

I hadn't heard that - thanks.

posted by sbacharach at 12:53 PM on February 18

Wenger's Arsenal

I live an hour from Carson and five hours from San Jose, so the All-Star game is not my first choice of the two, but if I go up for that game, well then, yes, definitely.

posted by sbacharach at 04:43 PM on February 17

Wenger's Arsenal

I'm seeing this summer.

posted by sbacharach at 05:36 PM on February 16

Wenger's Arsenal

I loved the 2-0 win over Man City last year, but there were some dire games immediately following that. I admit the main reason I like the team is because of the style.

I'm just excited that the Gunners are coming to the US this summer. I figured with Kroenke moving the Rams to LA it would happen at some point - I just didn't expect it to be so soon.

posted by sbacharach at 12:44 PM on February 12

Rafael Benítez sacked by Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane taking over

They never should have sacked Carlo Ancelotti last Spring. I thought that players and fans all liked the job he was doing, but Perez was trigger-happy. If by some miracle, Zizou keeps the job for several years, maybe someday we'll get an Arsenal/Real Madrid Champions League tie reuniting French superstars: Henry as Arsenal manager and Zidane with Real. Though that could happen a lot sooner if Real plays PSG with Larry White at the helm.

posted by sbacharach at 05:20 PM on January 05

The Rugby World Cup Final is on Saturday

I leave in Ventura County near Los Angeles and I think I'm able to watch it on Time Warner Cable (Channel 1203), so you may want to check your listings again. If the final is anywhere close to the semis in drama, it should be great.

posted by sbacharach at 12:21 PM on October 30

Huge 20-Cyclist Crash Takes Out Leader at Tour de France

One of the more cringe-worthy crashes I've seen in the last several years. There are no stretches of road where you can zone out for even a moment over the entire 3 week race. Still surprised by the race neutralization though.

posted by sbacharach at 09:36 AM on July 07

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

I agree with the comments about a better flow when the players aren't rolling around theatrically after minor collisions - real or imagined. However, I find I've been a bit frustrated by the lack of fine ball control skills by many players in the competition: inaccurate passes leading to avoidable loss of possession and balls going out of play or lazy trapping of received passes. I find that interrupts the flow a lot at times. Maybe the turf has something to do with it.

posted by sbacharach at 01:00 PM on July 01

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

To grum's point: I also have a problem with the idea (only in American sports?) that the MVP has to go to a player on the winning team. International counterexample: Diego Forlan winning the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup. Uruguay came in third in that tournament.

posted by sbacharach at 12:37 PM on June 17

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces His Resignation

This reminds of how OJ Simpson was going to spend his life looking for Nicole's killers.

posted by sbacharach at 06:55 PM on June 04

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