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Name: Steve Bacharach
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Member since: January 28, 2006
Last visit: October 27, 2013

sbacharach has posted 2 links and 114 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

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

Lance Armstrong Admits Using PEDs, Destroying People

I second MrB's comments about lack of remorse. Lance felt like he'd almost gotten away with it but was just dragged back in at the last moment. Poor guy.

posted by sbacharach at 02:49 PM on January 18

Lance Armstrong Admits Using PEDs, Destroying People

Not defending Armstrong at all, but I think the laughter was a mask for awkwardness; the truth (or some of it) is brand new territory for him.

The destruction of others' characters and careers is the most the damning thing for me. I can't excuse, but I think I have a better understanding of, the mentality behind all the doping, but the outright bullying is unforgivable - a fact he actually recognized in the interview.

If it were just the doping and I saw him on the street, I would walk up and say hello, but the borderline sociopathic way he attacked anyone who got in his way makes me want to keep my kids away from him, not that I would fear for their safety, but because I associate him with vindictiveness, not exactly a family value. That being said, I have a friend who trained on the Xterra Tri course in Maui with him a couple years ago - just the two of them for over an hour - and reported that Lance was a mellow, down-to-earth guy (now it appears with a pretty strong dark side).

posted by sbacharach at 02:47 PM on January 18

Tony Hawk Ruffles Feathers with Family Photo

I'm with Hawk on this one. Though I'm glad that safety has increased in general over the years - seatbelts, airbags, helmets, etc., people who decry the photo/incident have gone a bit too far. Is anyone really going to go out and try this themselves just because Tony Hawk did it? There is an extremely long list of things he can do that I cannot, and I am smart enough to know that.

posted by sbacharach at 02:24 PM on December 20

Russian Team's Fans Demand All-White, All-Straight Team

Shameful. I don't know how closely associated the fan club is with the team, but this might be a case for UEFA to mete out some punishment? Russia hosts the World Cup in 2018 - will FIFA have something to say? With the Winter Olympics coming up in Sochi in 2014, maybe the IOC will have a statement? Or is that all a bit too optimistic on my part?

posted by sbacharach at 01:17 PM on December 18

Bradford City stuns Arsenal

@etagloh: I thought Wenger put out a surprisingly strong squad for this game, at least compared to what he's normally done for the League Cup in the past. That's why I personally find this loss to be pretty distressing. Normally, I'd just shrug it off as a minor, relatively meaningless competition, but not this time.

posted by sbacharach at 11:08 PM on December 11

NFL Might Eliminate Kickoffs

Debo270: I'm not really into the NFL, so I'll stay out of the main conversation, but I love me some Southpark, so I'm definitely with you there

posted by sbacharach at 05:14 PM on December 07

UCI claims 'moral authority' to lead cycling

I would hope that it's only certain people running UCI and not the whole organization itself that has been part of the problem. At the very least they need to clean house at the top and somehow introduce more transparency.

posted by sbacharach at 01:07 PM on October 23

Boxer Orlando Cruz: I'm a 'Proud Gay Man'

Just reading the headline, I'd have to say this guy is an absolute hero.

posted by sbacharach at 12:00 PM on October 05

Ryder Cup 2012: Medinah miracle comes to pass for Europe

I agree with the frustration of watching the implosion on holes 17 and 18. On a related note, I think it's great that Phil can be such a gentleman to his opponent, but at the same time, it didn't look like he was very bothered by seeing it all slip away. You don't have to root against your opponents, but it almost looked like he was rooting for his.

posted by sbacharach at 05:34 PM on October 01