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Name: Steve Bacharach
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Member since: January 28, 2006
Last visit: February 11, 2016

sbacharach has posted 2 links and 129 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

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

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