Saturday, July 26, 2008

Gibb & Rosenthal beat world's best team

by Unknown at 2:45 PM

Jake GibbFour Beijing '08 Olympians met on the sands of Long Beach today, and it was the underdogs who walked away with the victory.

Sean Rosenthal nabbed his first California victory today with partner Jake Gibb, beating the world's top-ranked team of Phil Dalhausser & Todd Rogers in just two games, 21-14, 21-14.

Dalhausser & Rogers had an uncharacteristic match full of unforced errors and Gibb-Rosy were quick to capitalize, at one point scoring a run of 14 points to 1.

The big question now will be how this loss affects Rogers-Dalhausser's confidence going into the Beijing Olympics. They had been riding high on a win streak of 37 games and 8 AVP season wins, so being able to shrug off this loss will be important.

On a technical note, the broadcast on NBC today was totally FUBAR, complete with total blackouts, freezes at critical moments, and lots of switching back and forth from HD to Craptastic quality. And now that I think about it, it was totally jacked up last week, too. Only on NBC, and only during the AVP broadcast.

WTF is up with that? I might actually have to start going to tournaments again.