Friday, August 31, 2007

Gold medalist Fonoi bows out

by FatSpike at 1:30 PM

Update: Fonoi is planning to play in one 2008 tournament in order to hit $1 million in winnings. He's currently at $999,997.

Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana has played his last professional match with Kevin Wong today, losing 26-24, 21-14 to Ty Loomis and Hans Stolfus.

He'll no doubt still be a familiar face in beach volleyball with his Dig for Kids endeavor, though.

See you around, Fonoi!

 

Boss-Ross in finals at St. Petersburg

by FatSpike at 12:19 PM

With May-Walsh in Cincinnati this weekend, Boss-Ross have worked their way to a final against Brazil's Larissa-Juliana.

By Olympic points:

  • Larissa-Juliana officially ranked #2
  • Boss-Ross unofficially ranked #25

Looking at average points, though:

  • Larissa-Juliana #2 (463.6)
  • Boss-Ross #5 (410.0)
The Boss-Ross score is skewed by their big upset earlier in the season, but we know they're capable of digging deep.

Predictions:

Brazil takes it in three games.

The Americans can hammer the ball, but they're bigger and slower than the Brazilians. If Boss-Ross are on their serving game, the matches will be close. But Larissa-Juliana are second only to May-Walsh in athleticism. They can scoop and shoot with the best of them.

 

Monday, August 20, 2007

Beach volleyball for Indian women

by FatSpike at 11:00 PM

Indian girls are going to start playing beach vollebyall, some dude in New Delhi hopes.

In general, Indian girls don't really do it for me, but if they can get any players nearly as hot as Aishwarya Rai, you can count me IN as a regular follower.

The most interesting thing is that this story is on a site called "Indian Muslims", which you'd probably expect to be a setup for a riot, but no signs as of yet.

Are Indian Muslims more chill with girls in skimpy clothes doing athletic stuff?

Link: Women's beach volleyball comes to India

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

No Karch at Manhattan Beach

by FatSpike at 10:00 PM

AVP.com quietly reported that Karch Kiraly has withdrawn from the Manhattan Beach Open this upcoming weekend.

Which kinda sucks for fans, as well as AVP ticket sales (if word gets out). Sure, Manhattan Beach is the premiere event, but will it be a nihilistic, elbow-throwing frenzy without Karch there for his grand finale?

Doubtful.

And I was really looking forward to whacking dudes over the head with my giant camera in a fat media scrum.

Update: LA Times reports it's due to a "pulled muscle in his left calf."

 

Sunday, August 5, 2007

ThAnKs 4 dA ADD!! LOLOLOL!!1111oneone

by FatSpike at 11:14 AM

I kinda gave up MySpace a while ago for reasons that I won't detail here, and no, it wasn't because I was addicted (there's better things to be addicted to.)

But it's hard to deny the marketing power of Rupert Murdoch's evil little piece of the Intarwebs, and I'm a total whore for driving traffic to my site -- short of spamming, anyway.

So without further ado ...

FatSpike's MySpace profile: http://www.myspace.com/fatspike_volleyball

 

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Where in the hell is ... Klagenfurt?

by FatSpike at 2:53 PM

To heathen anglophones like us, Klagenfurt might sound like just another embarrassing bodily function that we've been made aware of in an episode of Jackass.

In fact, it's a real place, and a real live city, no less! And it's here where they hold a FIVB Grand Slam beach volleyball event every year, on the edge of the picturesque W├Ârthersee.

A couple years ago, I was on a train through the Alps from Vienna to Ljubljana, Slovenia and I passed along the W├Ârthersee. This pretty much means nothing to anyone, but I thought I'd mention I'd been there. It's really a fantastic place.

Check it out:
Google Maps: Klagenfurt, AUS
Google Earth: KML file


 

Video clips from Gstaad

by FatSpike at 2:19 PM

Rogers-Dalhausser defeat Russia in finals:


Rogers-Dalhausser defeat China in semis:


May-Walsh defeat China in finals:


May-Walsh defeat China in semis:

 

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Added new Olympics section

by FatSpike at 1:20 AM

I've got a beta version of my Olympics section up and running.

If you're interested in tracking international beach volleyball competition and the road to Beijing 2008, this is the section to check out!

Link: fatty.fatspike.com/olympics

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

America, f**k yeah!

by FatSpike at 3:02 PM

Both the American men's and women's teams took gold at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Gstaad, Switzerland this past weekend.

Like a Rocky 4 redux, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalahusser defeated the Russkies 21-16, 21-14 in the final match. And this was after dropping the top-ranked Brazilian one-name-wonder team of Emanuel-Ricardo earlier in the semis.

Todd Rogers photo Phil Dalhausser photo

Misty May and Kerri Walsh, clearly angry over the widening trade deficit, spanked the Chinese team of Tian-Wang 21-16, 21-10.

Kerri Walsh photo Misty, Kerri, American flag photo

Hopefully it's a preview of the 2008 Olympics.

Link: AMERICANS SWEEP SWATCH-FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD MEDALS