Gomar Nhi Hao! or as we say Whats up bud! hanging in Beijing going on day…i have no idea what day who are we kidding. I went to the airport straight from the AVP Crocs San Diego tourney, kissed the wife and baby, and now I am all dialed in Beijing style.
Here’s the deal-so far its been a lot of work…and not much play.
The first 5 days were boring and repetitive as we sat in meetings, tried to understand each other, sat in meetings, announced fake matches, and prepared 96 player bios with the Austrian announcer Tom for the Chinese announcers so we would all be on the same page.
Then something happened…the Olympics, and i remembered why i was here and how awesome this job can be. Finally, a dream of mine fulfilled…I thought i would win a gold medal one day as an athlete…but who are we kidding, at least I’m here now in some capacity. My job here is the English speaking MC for beach volleyball. I don’t get to do any NBC interviews but i do get to hang in the NBC tents on my breaks…and if you saw the box lunch provided for me you would see that the NBC tent is like the Four Seasons Maui.
I’ve also been able to spend time with the AVP peops and players at the Hilton. The Hilton is unreal in Beijing…world-class food and VIP lounge is chill. I usually go there or the Oakley safehouse whenever i get a free moment, but those moments are rare.
The matches have been awesome! It is an absolute blast doing matches with so many people really invested in the game and showing pride for their colors. NBC requested I do all the USA matches, and i can tell you there is nothing in my professional field like announcing for our AVP players at the Olympics. The energy is phenomenal, the pressure is thick, and our athletes are loved over here. I’m surprised how many people know us from avp.com, Crocs Lounge, and the DiG Show. I have had to do the worm and many other of my favorite 80’s breakdance moves more times in 5 days of competition then in the last 5 years because people from other countries are requesting them. It’s pretty cool to know they follow and love the AVP and even more cool that I get to the stuff that you and i…and my loved ones are sick of seeing…
It has dumped rain on us a few times and it makes Dallas ’08 look like a SoCal drizzle. I miss the sun by the way (it looks like a raisin that rears its head on occasion). The crowds have been really strong and there are a few matches that stick out.
1) Latvia upsetting Phil and Todd. I was shocked, sad, and amazed all in one. As friends, I was pulling for them, as an announcer it was crazy to see it happen…i knew they would be fine..and now they are looking great. The “Beijing Beast” is catching fire…people love him! The Professor has been flawless the last 2 matches.
2) EY and Nicole look strong and physical and had a battle with Cuba that had the place going crazy. They were so pumped after! It was cool to be a part of it.
3) Jake and Rosie giving Germany #1 a complete Beijing hazy meeching was the best. Those guys are playing awesome and are living in the moment and really enjoying themselves. The Raiders have landed and the Chinese are learning why we call Rosie “Superman”.
4) As for Kerri and Misty…well they are so huge and so well known, it still amazes me. They look like the rest of our USA squad…on a mission to make America proud and bring home the gold!
Any match china plays, rain or shine, there are 12, 000 people here going crazy. I can scream anything and they yell back at me “JI-YO”, which means “lets goooooo”. It’s really something else. i have learned a few key phrases and they seem to appreciate my effort at learning their language. I see it like this- I am like their Long Duck Dong in Sixteen Candles or Sim Young in Girls Next Door to them…kind of like their mascot and someone they can laugh at…I mean with…
Anyway, hopefully I can bring you something more exciting next time.
I hope you are all well and hope that beach volleyball continues to get the national love I hear it’s getting back on the home-front. Feel free to write your comments and questions! I would love to hear your thoughts and keep you updated best I can from my perspective.
Bye Bye…that’s goodbye in chinese homies