What up? A lot has happened here in Beijing since the last time we got down to blogging. Phil/Todd and Misty/Kerri are playing for gold!
EY, Nicole, Jake, and Sean lost but represented us well. It was hard to see those teams lose, they had tough draws and the games were closer than it looked …nice job guys and thanks for all you did for team USA!
Well not to name drop but I did get to hang after Kerri and Misty gave the Brazis a beat down in the semis with…are you ready? Kobe, LeBron, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, and Tayshaun while we watched China play each other. It was surreal, and very cool. They were awesome and into it, and loved the kerri and misty. When the girls came into meet them after and thank them for coming, the NBA stars were the ones loving it. The only question i had, was how in the world did I get in here and who do I think i am…god it was beauty. Had to send out a couple of texts to my homies just to let them know how i was rollin!
I went with Julian Prosser who is a 3x Aussie Olympian and god, Greg Noyes, Casey Jennings, and a few friends to Hou Hai district which is a bar district yesterday after the girls won the semi to hang out and caught magic in a bottle. This place is unreal…it has bars all around this lake, or glorified pond. We rented a little boat, loaded up beers, and took this young chinese dude with a guitar after we paid him a little cash and cruised around all day as we sang Hotel California and some other made up songs for hours on end. We called the kid “Beijing Lambo” because of the guitar, but he sang actually like William Hung. Anyway, beijing Lambo was awesome, and we had one of the most classic days ever.
Today, Phil and Todd dominated the Brazillians….i mean georgians and they will be playing for gold…
I saw Tianeman Square,the Forbidden city, and the Summer palace all today …that ruled, so much history and really glad we did it. i actually feel like i’ve learned something and saw some things…still have to the Great Wall.
Bottom line, the trip is almost over, soon i’ll be hugging the wife and baby and chilling in the south bay, but first…we gotta win gold.
Kerri and Misty, then Phil and Todd. I can’t wait to be announcing and witnessing history. I don’t want to jinx anything so i’ll hit you up after we crush it.
By the way, I ate a scorpian today…glorified dorito really. Cool to say I did it, but they didn’t need to bring 10 to the table, we all only needed one.
USA JI YO
lets do this
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser clinched a medal today as they crushed Georgia 21-11, 21-13 in one of the quickest match in the Olympics. The victims of the Dalhausser/Rogers beatdown were Renato Gomes and Jorge Terceiro…those names may ring a bell as they are native Brazilians that became Georgia citizens to compete in the Olympics. Because of the country quota system on the FIVB, only two teams from each country are given Olympic berths. With Emanuel/Ricardo and Marcio/Fabio receiving the berths, Gomes/Terceiro found other means to the Olympics through Georgia.
On Friday (Thursday evening in the US), Todd and Phil will play against Brazil’s Marcio and Fabio, who upset reigning gold medalists and Brazil’s number 1 team of Emanuel and Ricardo 22-20, 21-18. Kerri
Walsh and Misty May-Treanor will compete for the gold medal in the women’s final Thursday (Wednesday evening in the US) against China. If they succeed, they will make history as the first team ever to win consecutive gold medals in beach volleyball. The win will also mark
Kerri Walsh’s 100th victory.
On Tuesday morning (with Kobe Bryant and Lebron James cheering in the stands), Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro fell to May/Walsh Misty 21-12, 21-14. They will defend their Olympic Gold on a few days as they face No. 1 seeded Chinese team Joan Tian/Jie Wang.
With 107 straight match wins and three consecutive world championships in their back pocket, they are not stressing out about the hometown advantage China will have at Chaoyang Park.
Yesterday, the sun set on Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal’s shot at an Olympic medal. They battled against Brazil’s reigning gold medalists Ricardo/Emanuel point for point but at 12-12, Emanuel/Ricardo took the lead and would not relinquish it resulting in a 21-18, 21-16 defeat over Gibb/Rosenthal.
Brazil continues to be a powerhouse in beach volleyball. They are ahead in the beach volleyball medal count and will be able to add more to their resume following these games. Not only are the two aforementioned Brazilian teams in the semis, the No. 15 Georgian team that surprised everyone by making it to the final four is made up of Brazilians-turned-Georgian citizens, Renato Gomes and Jorge Terceiro.
They became Georgian citizens to avoid the rule that limits each country to having only two teams representing it in the Olympics.
Congratulations to the “Redeem Team” for crushing Germany last night 106-57! Many of our AVP athletes have had the opportunity to attend and support the basketball team the past couple weeks just as they have been doing for us!
Stay tuned for more from the Men’s Semifinal where Rogers/Dalhausser with face Georgia’s Georg/Gia!
Some good news … some bad news.
Unfortunately, USA Women’s team Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs were eliminated from Olympics competition as the Chinese defeated them in two games. With the hometown China crowd drowning any USA cheering at Chaoyang Park and a few service errors Nicole and EY will now be on the sidelines cheering on the rest of Team USA!
And some good news! In two games, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers advance to the semi-finals. In a close game 2, Phil and Todd put it away 24-22 making an all-Americal final that much more a reality. Stay tuned for updates from Gibb/Rosenthal later tonight!
Down 6-love in the 3rd to the Swiss!!!! That was riiiidiculous, I never ever would have thought that could ever happen to Phil and Todd….It did, and I didn’t think anyone could ever come back from
that….and they did. What a match for the ages, and who knows, maybe a defining moment in their careers…it all depend on where it goes from here.
Jake and Rosie were unreal last night, Beijing loves these guys…and why not, they are fun to watch, they play hard and have great chemisty…
Emanuel and Ricardo showed last night why they are champions. I’m telling you, the Russians had 4 match points against them and 2 swings for match and Ricardo stuffed them all. The amazing thing was Emanuel’s poise throught the whole thing. The guy looked unfazed and confident even when faced with elimination. The mens quarters with rosie/gibb vs emanuel/ricardo is going to be one for the ages. I’m picking the “Son of Jo-rel” and “The Big Nasty” 15-12 in the 3rd.
Tonight is gonna be nuts here in Beijing. Nicole and EY play China 2 and this place will be going nuts. There will 11,000 chineese and probably the rest will be red, white, and blue…I’m gonna do my part and take down the Chinese announcer and I feel the girls are ready.
I’mm having a great time here. There is so much pressure to these matches and if you are a volly fanatic, or just love sports in general, then the olympics is good times. I love calling these matches and being a part of it. I have had some people back home ask if I’m subdued here or held back a little. The answer is no, not subdued…I think. I’ve been out on the court and dancing and all that stuff, but it definitely is different. The protocal and rules make it a challenge for me. I have between 7 minutes and 3 minutes on the clock to get things going, then its ref announcements and player intros. During the match, the sound system is not to great, but the place definitely rocks. There are so many people raging that it really doesnt matter how you announce…The people are fired up. one thing ive learned is that olympics are all about the athletes and the matches. the beach volleyball venue is the place to be and it seems like everyone leaves loving it…the only bummer is having to explain everything each day because it’s mostly all new people. The best part is announcing to our players and fans and dropping in “AVP” dialogue…nobody in China gets it…or cares cause they are just yelling “ji yo” but our players love it so i will keep doing it.
On a little tast of beijing, its pretty amazing driving in a bus or taxi here. People on bikes and pedestrians walking are like 3rd class citizens at best. Cars ignore them and i’ve seen almost 500 people hit daily, but somehow they dont get hit. They are like those little birds in the road that nobody really cares about (sorry PITA)…you know the ones…they are tiny and in the street and you just drive. If you hit em, who cares, but somehow you always look back and they escaped…people on bikes and pedestrians walking are like that…amazing
Saw the Birds Nest and the Cube and some temples yesterday. Those were the local sites i saw with NBC cameraman Greg and husband of avp player Sarah Straton. It was unreal seeing some of these temples and having a coldie while chilling at the birds nest…all worth it.
Riding the train/subway is an experience (see youtube of guy shoving people into train by hitting with stick) and you will know what i mean. You really have to act like a fullback and lower your shoulder just to gain a few yards and get that first down. Getting off the train was a workout. I was crushing people with my huge AVP Crocs backpack…it just has to be done or you miss your stop.
Miss you kids, see you later, I’m off to announce Nic/EY vs china USA JI YO!
Well, the first round of single elimination is over and all four American teams advance to the quarterfinals.
Yesterday, the world got to watch Kerri Walsh celebrate her 30th birthday in typical May/Walsh style as they defeated Belgium in their first round of single elimination play. It was a rocky beginning but Misty and Kerry found their groove and won in two straight. They will face Brazil’s Ana Paula and Larissa in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs saw similar success as they cruised past Cuba’s Fernandez/Larrea 21-15, 21-13. They move on to the quarterfinals to face China’s Xue Chen and Zhang Xi. If they win
tomorrow, they will have to face a hometown again in the semi’s, this time Tian Jia/Wang.
On the men’s side, things were a little tougher. In a match too closer for comfort, the Swiss duo of Laciga/Schnider gave reigning world champions Dalhausser/Rogers a good fight after losing game 2, 21-16. After the game 2 loss, the Swiss found themselves with a 6-0 lead in Game 3. Just as quick as the Swiss gained their 6 point advantage, Phil and Todd rallied to take the lead and never gave it back. They won 15-13 and advance to the quarterfinals on Monday.
In similar fashion, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal went point for point against Spain’s Herrera/Mesa in game 1 but finally pulled the win 26-24. With Rosie’s Raiders, the Gibb clan, and fans chanting “Superman” and “Big Nasty”, Gibb/Rosenthal went on to finish the match in two games, knocking Spain out of play. Rosenthal lived up to his nickname as he recorded 10 digs against Spain. Gibb/Rosie advance to the semi-finals where they will face Brazil’s reigning gold medalists Ricardo/Emanuel. Neither team has to worry about a hometown advantage as China was eliminated by Germany this morning in two straight games.
Also this evening was Kerri Walsh’s 30th birthday party. Hosted by Lenovo, the party was a great chance for some of the Olympians take a break from volleyball and enjoy Beijing! Attendees included May-Treanor and Casey Jennings.
What up?? great day today, women won first round and the men get ready for their round of 16 matches tomorrow morning…Im freaking nervous out here in Beijing. I mean Belgium up 20-17 in game 1, I almost dropped the mic and had a heart attack. However, as usual, the ladies found a way to climb back and crush them. You have to give belgium some credit…I know that isn’t easy but they played great in game 1 and didnt make any mistakes…until 20-17, but it’s the olympics and im finding out that anything can happen. EY and nicole gave cuba a complete meeching and that was good to see. They played their game and were just flat out better than cuba. Both China teams won and so did Brazil so it’s on in 2 days for the women. We got ey/nicole taken on China’s number 2 team and kerri/misty taking on larissa ana-paula from brazil…if they win those, it’s medal time for both US teams.
The rest of the day ruled too. I went with mike dodd, rosie, gibb, casey and his cousin, avp’s jackie, 8th street meet, raider ethan, chris schneider from hermosa and his gal jamie carrol, and PT kelly to “silk town” to buy suits. What a site this was, all of us hacks bartering and dialoging with the chinese….absolutely classic. It was a war, and in the end, they made some money, we think we got a great deal, and Meat got his first suit of his life at 28 years old…it was a banner day!
One of the coolest things to happen for me at the Games was hanging with Kobe the other day at the venue. He was in a room watching a match after watching EY and Nicole play and I was in there with Kobe and his Nike buddy. It was awesome, he was engaging and cool and into the volleyball. We chatted lake show, the six man, and I name dropped Luke Walton and a couple of other guys to help my street cred. I told him I always covered the visitors sideline during the laker games and that one day I was going to move up to the big time and get the lakers locker room…he said let him know what he can do to help…I don’t think he meant it but it would be funny to ask him for his help next season. I was kind of glad he didn’t realize that I was the weirdo in the laker locker room before and after games that always listens to his press conference but never asks a question…kind of like a stalker. I do the same thing with Phil, I just watch…kind of creepy, but you never know when im gonna get called from the visitor side to the home team.
Anyway, it’s 1 am, just skyped the wife and baby and now its off to bed and get ready for USA Men to meech some foools down.
First off, I want to take a moment to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KERRI WALSH!!!!!!
Pool Play wrapped up yesterday with 3 out of 4 of Team USA going undefeated. All of our teams advance to the single elimination round with May-Treanor/Walsh and EY/Nicole playing today. Tomorrow, Phil/Todd will play Switzerland’s Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider (9am Beijing)…if and when they win, they will face the hometown duo of Wu Penggen and Xu Linyin in the quarterfinals.
Unlucky for Brazil, both of their women’s teams are on Misty/Kerri’s side of the bracket. Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Ana Paula Connelly will face May-Treanor/Walsh in the quarterfinals. The No.2 seed will be the toughest team Misty/Kerri will face in the Beijing Olympics.
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal earned the No. 6 seed after coming out of pool play undefeated. It was a close one last night as they went to their first Game 3 to come out on top 18-16. Tomorrow, they will face Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Emanuel Rego of Brazil (8pm Beijing). If and when Jake and Rosie win, they will face reigning Olympic gold medalists Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego of Brazil.
All of the American teams (women and men) will not face each other until the gold medal match on August 22….Hopefully we see a repeat of the Atlanta Olympic Games!