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Barra Brava Obama

Barry is a soccer supporter.

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2008; 7:30 PM ET
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He's also a West Ham supporter. I'll still vote for him though.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/2290252/Up-the-Irons---Barack-Obama-is-West-Ham-fan.html

Posted by: Red Devil | October 19, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Hooligan!

Posted by: JkR | October 19, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Will he get a stadium built at Poplar Point?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 19, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's revelation could stir up tensions with Democrat rival Hillary Clinton further as the 60-year-old and her husband Bill are keen Manchester United followers."

I would have pegged them for Chelsea fans :-).

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 19, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

am i missing something?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 19, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

why are you poisoning this blog with Obama? Who care what his daughter does??

Posted by: bobf | October 19, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

bobf,

It has a soccer connection. If McCain was seen at a soccer game, I'm sure Goff would make a post about it as well.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 19, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

why call him "barry"?

Posted by: hogmesh | October 19, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of whether Obama is elected -- but especially if he is elected -- DCU ought to issue a standing invitation to the owner's box. How about a ceremonial first kick on opening day?

There are members of Congress of both parties who have soccer backgrounds of one kind or another. DCU should get them to games, which would get mention in the press, which would add to the cachet of the team etc etc.

I'll send Kevin Payne a bill for this advice first thing in the morning.

Posted by: Dave | October 19, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

this crowd is proving thicker than even I thought.... Sheesh.

Posted by: dadryan | October 19, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

RFK has an owners box? What's that, 10 seats in the mezzanine?

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 19, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

seahawkdad: Probably, but their chicken nuggets and popcorn are served hot. Rank has its privilege, you know.

Posted by: LD | October 19, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

More proof he's a European elitist....

(That was a sarcastic joke BTW)

Posted by: Caps Nut | October 19, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

When did this blog become The Fix?

Posted by: Chris Cillizza | October 19, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Barry (that was what his friends called him growing up) would have the carne asada...He has a little taste.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 19, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Barry (that was what his friends called him growing up) would have the carne asada...He has a little taste.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 19, 2008 11:12 PM
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And really equisite beers.

Posted by: The Jim | October 19, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Barry (that was what his friends called him growing up) would have the carne asada...He has a little taste.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 19, 2008 11:12 PM
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And really equisite beers.

Posted by: The Jim | October 19, 2008 11:35 PM

Nicely packed, fragrant bowls of... Dippin Dots...;-)

Posted by: dadryan | October 19, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"Barry is a soccer supporter."

Yep. This has been known for some time. I've been rocking one of those Obama Soccer Supporter T-Shirts for about 2 months now.

Posted by: Ok Terrific | October 19, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

"Regardless of whether Obama is elected -- but especially if he is elected -- DCU ought to issue a standing invitation to the owner's box. How about a ceremonial first kick on opening day?"

That is an EXCELLENT idea. Someone with pull with the DCU Front Office should suggest this as it would get national attention. It's been a long time since an ardent soccer supporter was in the White House. DC United is the local team of Obama (or McCain) for the next 4 years. Why not have him kick off Opening Day at RFK. Maybe it will help us get a stadium in the city finally?

Posted by: Ok Terrific | October 19, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Remember: Vote early and vote often.

Posted by: ACORN | October 20, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: truth | October 20, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Politicians = SCUM

Barry O'bama FTL
John McBush FTL

USA FTL =(

Posted by: Yeaayyyy | October 20, 2008 3:15 AM | Report abuse

Gee, a gratuitous Obama reference by a Washington Post reporter - what are the odds? Aren't there enough cheerleaders over there? Can we please post the standings of the 3rd grade suburban Illinois girls rec league for all those interested in the soccer angle to this story. Was hoping this was the sole Post outlet not to go out of its way to mention Obama - oh well, looks like Goff won't get fined after all.

Posted by: Hmmm | October 20, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

There is a picture of matt reis campaigning for john mccain in today's edition of "roll call". Mccain also comes out against the poplar point stadium plan and calls jamie moreno "vastly over-rated".

Also, I didn't know until I read that teleprahg article that marco etchevery and barak obama are cousins

Posted by: pigman sweet | October 20, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

So there is a soccer related article and a reporter who writes a SOCCER blog posts it. Imagine that.

If goff does not post enough pro-obama propaganda al-qaeda will cutt off his subsidy checks. Give him a break-he has a family to support. Kim Jung Il owns both a home and away Juan Pablo Angel jersey. All you right wing comspiracy nuts-double up your meds today. Say it with me now- "president-elect obama" hahahahahaha

Posted by: pigman sweet | October 20, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

he'll have a lot more time to see his kids games when he loses in November :)

Posted by: frankie boy | October 20, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Hmm it would be pretty cool seeing the president and his family at a Freedom game and I wonder how good his daughter actually is and what clubs she will be looking at in the DC area.

Thank you Goff for the link.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 20, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

It's bad enough that I have to stomach Che Guevara T-shirts in Section 135. Let's please leave politics and irrelevant articles about politicians out of the Soccer Insider, Mr. Goff. Not all DC United fans are card carrying liberals.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Pigman = Excellent post

Those whining about Goff linking to the post are cracked. Soccer's intrusion into any part of society is fair fodder for the Goffer.

Posted by: CardCarryingLiberalDCFan | October 20, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

My bad better get off the E.J. Dionne blog.
I'll go find Goff somewhere else.
Mr. Goff you have let me down, letting political garbage invade this blog.
Very disappointing.

Posted by: Joe | October 20, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

1) there's a presidential election happening, one that has gathered more attention than most in our lifetimes - it's a daily topic of discussion

2) a major (but not THE major) paper in a major city reports a cheeky blog post about having to follow Obama to his kid's soccer game

3) Goff sees it, finds it funny, puts that in HIS soccer blog

Look, I've been pissed in years past when a candidate that I supported has lagged in the polls, but for real? Really? You're going to count a link to a blog about Obama at a soccer game as pushing liberal rhetoric in this blog? Take a deep breath. Even if for some reason Goff was here to endorse Obama, it's a blog, which is NOT a news article, and can have opinion if he chooses. Or any content he chooses. Switch to decaf, ok?

Posted by: e | October 20, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow, all Goff did was point to the fact that Obama was at a soccer game and some of you flip your lids. Get over it, if McCain knew what soccer was and chose to attend a game them it would be mentioned as well. However I doubt he has ever been to a game.

Posted by: GLD124 | October 20, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm upset Goff (or the pool reporter, or anyone) couldn't get more details about how that game-winning goal was scored.

Posted by: Scouting the Future | October 20, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff you have let me down, letting political garbage invade this blog.
Very disappointing.
Posted by: Joe | October 20, 2008 8:39 AM
I think you missed the point.

Obviously Mr. Goff is a McCain backer, why else would he remind us all that Obama is supporting youth soccer in Chicago! Not to mention his daughter plays on a Red team, the same color as the Chicago Fire and communism!

Didn’t you read in the article that Ayers lives within blocks of the field? Coincidence? Not likely!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

How come his daughter is not playing for a DC Stoddert team? He has been in the Senate (by name only) for nearly four years. Surprising that the family did not move into Washington upon taking office. Is DC not good enough for Michelle?

Posted by: DCSoccer | October 20, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Some of you really need to lighten up. I even got an obnoxious email from a "media" member on a similiar subject. (sigh)

If McCain, Palin or Biden shows up at a soccer game, I will link to that story as well. The common denominator here is soccer.

Imagine all the hockey blogs linking to Palin stories the past two months.

Again, lighten up.

Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Five words "Barry is a soccer supporter" and a link to a whimsical article from the press pool. That's enough for people to cry partisanship? Wow! I'm just amazed by the responses. Maybe I shouldn't be. The vitriolic partisanship in the last 14 years, exacerbated by the one-sided, superficial blowhards on radio and TV have caused people to abandon their common sense and simply parrot their favorite demagogue.

Steve, don't link to anything involving premier league teams. They either wear Republican red or Democrat blue. Either is bound to inflame the idiots.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 20, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm upset Goff (or the pool reporter, or anyone) couldn't get more details about how that game-winning goal was scored.

Posted by: Scouting the Future | October 20, 2008 9:00 AM

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I would have saved that shot.

Posted by: Hope Solo | October 20, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Lighten up? What will I do with this feigned outrage??

Off to "The Trail" blog!

Posted by: JkR | October 20, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Why is this a political post? Goff is simply linking a story about him attending his daughter's SOCCER game. Goff didn't say this proves he's a better candidate. Man, some of people are a little over-the-top.

Posted by: Hoost | October 20, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

as always, blame Goff, blame Obama, blame democrats. You got a flu, blame democrats, you got a parking ticket, blame democrats, dc united lost, blame goff. That's the world of ...you know who

Posted by: get a clue | October 20, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Talk about a Pavlovian effect. Holy Cow!!

People are so freakin' angry and suspicious of everything these days. Goff posts a soccer related story in HIS soccer BLOG and all hell breaks lose. Literally!!

Frankly this is starting to get a wee bit embarrassing. People need to calm the hell down a bit. Chill. Good graces man!

Posted by: Kosh | October 20, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, folks. Not all of us McCain supporters are nuts. This post is in line with Goff's other posts (if it has to do with soccer, and there is a source, it gets posted).

Of course, as soon as I saw the post I knew there would be fireworks in the comments section. Good times.

Oh, and I think it would be a great idea to have an open invitation for SENATOR Obama to all DC United games after the election. ;)

Posted by: McCain For Pres | October 20, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

as always, blame Goff, blame Obama, blame democrats. You got a flu, blame democrats, you got a parking ticket, blame democrats, dc united lost, blame goff. That's the world of ...you know who

Posted by: get a clue | October 20, 2008 10:21 AM

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Dude, it's Rod's fault, get a clue!

Posted by: Sarah | October 20, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, folks. Not all of us McCain supporters are nuts. This post is in line with Goff's other posts (if it has to do with soccer, and there is a source, it gets posted).

Of course, as soon as I saw the post I knew there would be fireworks in the comments section. Good times.

Oh, and I think it would be a great idea to have an open invitation for SENATOR Obama to all DC United games after the election. ;)

Posted by: McCain For Pres | October 20, 2008 10:37 AM

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Maybe you're not ALL nuts, but apparently many of you are walking the edge. Goff posted something he thought would be interesting on a soccer blog. When I read it, it never occurred to me there would be fireworks.

Then again, I can't put me myself in the mindset of someone who tunes into Limbaugh or FOX without irony, or who could seriously consider still supporting the a party that continues to back the campaign of a Congressional incumbent who seriously suggested that the media should examine Democratic congresspersons for anti-American attitudes.

For the record, Goff didn't politicize this blog -- ya'll did, and I'm responding in kind.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 20, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Please, FF -- who can forget that post you made about Palin, which was prompted by absolutely nothing?

Posted by: RK | October 20, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

At least it was his daughter's match. If he showed up in support of the Fire, I'd seriously have to reconsider my vote on Nov.4.

Posted by: Jim D. | October 20, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Goffer & Politics = FAIL

Posted by: Fail is Fail | October 20, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Yo, Mr. High and Mighty anonymous, I've been in the Barra since day 1 and specifically in 135 and I'm also Bolivian. I've never seen ONE Che Guevarra tshirt in the Barra. If you're going to bash our section have the guts to sign your name.

Posted by: Chico | October 20, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Yo, Mr. High and Mighty anonymous, I've been in the Barra since day 1 and specifically in 135 and I'm also Bolivian. I've never seen ONE Che Guevarra tshirt in the Barra. If you're going to bash our section have the guts to sign your name.

Posted by: Chico | October 20, 2008 12:35 PM

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To be fair, I've seen it too. But it has been very rare and I definitely do not think one person's views have anything to do with the Barra as a whole.

Posted by: BK | October 20, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Goffer & Politics = FAIL

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Once again, this is not about politics. It's about the intersection of a public figure and soccer.

Grow up. Please.

Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

RK - I was referring to this thread only. Goff's post was a soccer interest story - period. As for me -- I've forgotten whatever post you mean, but I'm sure I was reaching for some humor -- which in the case of the Alaskan Gov. VP candidate is an absolute must...

Posted by: FF | October 20, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Look, I've been pissed in years past when a candidate that I supported has lagged in the polls, but for real? Really? ......
Posted by: e | October 20, 2008 8:49 AM

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We're not worried about the polls. Polls are just a fancy way of systematically predicting what's gonna happen. The only pole I care about is the North Pole

Posted by: Watches too much tv | October 20, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Glad Goff came in and dropped the STFU Bomb.
Quit whining nerds and take your opinion to the voters booth and do your thing.
Steve you know it was a relevant link, so do I, and thanks for sharing.

Posted by: dadryan | October 20, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"Once again, this is not about politics. It's about the intersection of a public figure and soccer."

The "public figure" is a major candidate in an election scheduled for two weeks from tomorrow. The timing is suspect, regardless of the candidate.

Additionally, the "soccer value" of the article is exceptionally low. That's not to say that it isn't zero.

Thirdly, it's your blog so you can write whatever you want. Anything remotely related to politics, regardless of author, at this time will ALWAYS be interpreted along those lines.

Subject matter, timing, and insistence non-partisanship. You can only have 2 of the three.

Posted by: blog reader from the beginning-- Pseudonym | October 20, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sure Barry (that was what his friends called him growing up) would have the carne asada...He has a little taste."

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 19, 2008 11:12 PM
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And really equisite beers.

Posted by: The Jim | October 19, 2008 11:35 PM

Nicely packed, fragrant bowls of... Dippin Dots...;-)

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Why has nobody dealt with the real divisive issue here? Including Dippin Dots in the same league as the RFK Carne Asada stand and their neighboring beer man? (I'm talkin bout the beer guy across from the team store--Stella & Bass man) That's not change, that's more of the same (Dippin Dots).

Posted by: D C B 2 3 | October 20, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Nicely packed, fragrant bowls of... Dippin Dots...;-)

Posted by: dadryan | October 19, 2008 11:43 PM

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*great one DR

*speaking of the young ones, I wish VW would do away with the logo and halftime and let the kids play as they used to. That has been good fun for several years. Much better than racing Presidents or other such nonsense. The way they've set it up now, the fields are 60 yards long and 15 yards wide. Bogus.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 20, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@DCB23: What part of Nicely Packed, fragrant bowls made you think I was actually talking about ice cream? The dippin' dots was my *smoke screen*:-)
For the record there is more than one Carne Asada stand @ RFK.

Posted by: dadryan | October 20, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The timing is suspect, regardless of the candidate.

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The timing??? Do you actually believe I posted this item to influence the election? You think folks who read this blog are going to be influenced by a link to a fun little item about a candidate's daughter playing youth soccer?

Pathetic.

Many items have been posted on this blog the past 2 years that are barely related to soccer (rock n roll, jazz, movies, books, etc). Most people enjoy the references, whether they are fans of them or not. We try to expand horizons on this blog and avoid becoming a narrow-minded soccer site like most blogs.

As I said earlier, if there is a soccer link to McCain, Palin, Biden or any other politician (Rep or Dem), I will gladly post it. Find it for me and I will post it.


Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The ironic thing is that IMO those who take offense or attack the other candidate only serve to hurt his or her candidate. One example being here, which makes McCain supporters look whiny and paranoid.

Posted by: RK | October 20, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Right wingers whiny and paranoid??? Say it ain't so! Who's the Minn. congresszealot who wants McCarthy investigations of anti-American behavior?


Posted by: DCU UCD | October 20, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, looks like Obama was there to cheer for the 'red team'. Maybe as part of his change from capitalism to socialism he will offer to the superleft, supermajority congress (last seen in the New Deal and Great Society) a program to soak the rich so more layabouts can take the day off from doing nothing to cheer for the reds.

Posted by: Wiggan | October 20, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing about the timing of Goff posting this: the article just came out. Was Goff supposed to wait until after the election to post this? It's a blog and things that seem interesting and are directly or tangentially related to soccer get posted here as he comes across them.

And I think that as a DC United fanbase we are incredibly lucky to have Goff and the Soccer Insider. Steven is widely acknowledged to be one of the best soccer reporters in the country, and in addition to writing stories in the print edition that make DC among the best covered teams in MLS, he also puts a lot of time and work into the blog. I know I check it daily and IIRC he's broken stories here. We're lucky to have him (You'd prefer Trecker?) and I don't really want him to be censoring what he posts, because then he'll probably post less.

As for the partisanship issue, if this story convinces anyone to change their vote, they're a moron and their goldfish-like minds will probably flip-flop between candidates twenty times by election day.

As a DC fanbase can we agree to forgive each other for our a)slimy socialism or b) wingnut whining? Thanks.

Posted by: Donn | October 20, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

From my experience the Barra Brava welcomes lunatics from all fringes of the political spectrum.

Don't blame me, I voted for Ralph Nader!

Posted by: garbaggio | October 20, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Your blog - do what you want. Wouldn't want you shunned at the Post holiday party for not having the requisite number of Obama puff pieces ;)

Posted by: Hmmm | October 20, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Your blog - do what you want. Wouldn't want you shunned at the Post holiday party for not having the requisite number of Obama puff pieces ;)

Posted by: Hmmm | October 20, 2008 6:54 PM

Yet another example of the paranoia of the lunatic fringe on the right. It's fun to watch them succumb to utter lunacy.

Posted by: fig | October 20, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

let's not forget that mccain/palin rallies have attracted some of the most vile, ignorant, disgustingly anti-american pieces of filth that live in this country.
Truly shameful.

Posted by: fig | October 20, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Your blog - do what you want. Wouldn't want you shunned at the Post holiday party for not having the requisite number of Obama puff pieces ;)

Posted by: Hmmm | October 20, 2008 6:54 PM

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Nice try, Sparky.

Please move on.


Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I am thoroughly convinced that someone like Goff or Weingarten could have a one-word post -- "Politics" -- and this one word would generate at least 75 responses. (I'm still waiting for Weingarten to take me up on it.)

Extremism in defense of the Insider is no vice! :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | October 20, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Steve- this blog is a nice safe politics free zone in which something positive (soccer) is discussed. Some of us get tired of politics and want a little break. There are strong feelings on both sides of the political spectrum in this election, and a piece like this after Nov 2 would not really fan much of a flame.

Obama going to a kids soccer game is very much like any other dad who has kids in soccer. Some feel though that Obama has been treated with kid gloves by the press and has received nothing but positive coverage, and even an innocent appearance at at soccer game may appear to be more positive reputation spinning by the press.

How about we just agree to table political discussion in this blog?

Posted by: Tired of Politics | October 21, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

For the hundredth time, this was not a political item. It was about a non-soccer public figure with a tenuous tie to soccer. Any item involving a politician, celebrity or public figure who has a connection to soccer will appear here. Whether it's Obama at a youth game, Nelly Furtado and Barry Bonds wearing a DCU jersey or The Simpsons movie making a soccer reference, I will include it.

If you choose to read into the item as being anything other than the innocent item that it is, I can't help you. Sorry.

Posted by: Goff | October 21, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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