Thursday, September 18, 2008

Baby time for Wacholder and Scott

by Jason Schock at 2:56 PM

Rachel Wacholder is pregnantAnd so the babies begin ...

Rumor has it that Rachel Wacholder - possibly one of the most attractive women on the AVP Tour, if not the world - is preggers with her first child.

Wacholder, 33, is married to Sean Scott, also a Tour player. Their child will be an incredibly good-looking creature that plays insane volleyball with its superhuman abdominals alone.

No word on the Misty-Kerri baby status yet, but we know it's probably soon ...

 

Monday, September 8, 2008

AVP Santa Barbara women's photo gallery online

by Jason Schock at 7:09 PM

I've edited through hundreds of shots to give you only the very best photos from the 2008 AVP Santa Barbara Crocs Slam. The women's gallery is now online, so go get your beach volleyball photo fix.

The men's photos should be up tonight or tomorrow.

Enjoy.

Angie Akers
Katie Lindquist
Holly McPeak
Nancy Mason

Misty May-Treanor

Jenny Johnson Jordan

Nicole Branagh

Misty May-Treanor

Kerri Walsh

April Ross
Annett Davis & Jenny Johnson Jordan

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Are there any editors left at AVP.com?

by Jason Schock at 3:36 AM

I remember when the AVP used to produce respectable "news" stories on their site. They were timely, a decent read, edited.

This year? Not so much. This article marks a new low: Branagh/Youngs pull off miracle. I don't claim to be a great news writer or anything, but damn, if this isn't some crap writing.

Typos, misspellings, terrible punctuation, 12 — count them, 12 — applications of the em dash, sentence fragments galore, and other insults to grammar that would make a 5th grader blush.

Fun with quotes:

"I," Youngs said, "told Nicole at 13-9, 'OK, let's make a miracle happen.'"

Really. That was the best way to write that quote? I comma Youngs said. Seriously? Seriously?

I don't even think this is a complete sentence:
Thing is, after May-Treanor's touch -- it actually deflected the ball backward where Walsh had no chance to reach it -- the ball hit a TV camera, leading the officials to call for a replay of the point.
Holy sh*t! Did you seriously just start a sentence with "Thing is ..."? That's a hard move, son.

Nevermind that the story is like a chronological nightmare. There's no continuity: you have to piece together what happened deductively. It's like someone puked on a page and you're tying to figure out what they had for dinner. (Yes, I'm proud of that metaphor.)

I don't blame the writer. Everyone has to start somewhere. In fact, the best writer I know personally keeps the red ink pen companies in business.

But is this an indicator of the AVP's further decline, in that they can't even afford an editor? Not even freelance?

Get Hans to do it. Seriously.

 

Monday, September 1, 2008

Todd Rogers photo gallery

by Jason Schock at 2:21 AM

RedBull has a photo gallery of Todd Rogers. Looks like someone kinda knew what they were doing on this shoot. At least it doesn't look like this.


Todd Rogers at RedBullUSA.com