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Video: Despite Women’s Soccer Loss, New York Bar Has Plenty to Cheer About

By Kenneth Garger 07/18/11

Witnessing major sporting events in bars is a great, if sometimes problematic, American tradition.

The USA women’s soccer team was defeated in the FIFA World Cup Final by Japan’s squad in penalty kicks yesterday. Despite the heartbreaking loss, fans in Rochester still had plenty to cheer about. USA’s heroic forward, Abby Wambach, who scored goals in all three games preceding the final, added a goal in the 104th minute yesterday to give USA what looked the game-winner.  Although her spectacular header in the first OT frame did not seal the deal, fans at her brother’s bar—the Back Nine Grill in Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, New York— crowded the public house to celebrate Wambach’s success. Bars across the country joined in with the Back Nine Grill, holding booze-flowing viewing parties as fans loyally expressed their support. With opening time set for high noon yesterday, GM Eric Jones, general manager of the Back Nine, told WHAM that he expected the bar to be at full capacity by 1 p.m. Camera crews from ESPN were camped out front to capture the mayhem. Alcohol consumption and sporting events, two of America’s closely correlated pastimes, have come together once again.

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Ken Garger is a reporter for the New York Post. You can follow him on Twitter.

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