Saturday, May 23, 2009

Baby time! Walsh gives birth

by Jason Schock at 10:22 PM

Kerri Walsh is a baby's mommaAs of last night, Kerri Walsh and Casey Jennings are the parents of Joseph Michael Jennings. Congrats!

From the LA Times:

Joseph Michael Jennings, the couple's first child, was born at 7:15 Friday night. He weighs 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and sports a soft shock of blond hair, the same color as Dad's.

Walsh's water broke at 6 p.m. Friday, five minutes after Jennings returned to their Hermosa Beach home. Jennings drove her to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, in traffic.

Read the story at latimes.com.

 

Friday, May 15, 2009

Video: Kinda Making Picks for 2009

by Jason Schock at 5:33 PM

You can only shoot so many beach volleyball photos before it starts feeling kinda static, so I decided to try out my Flip Mino HD at the AVP San Diego event. Presenting my first video, starring Dan Madden of KindaGood.com fame (watch in medium def or full quality HD!):

 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

That chick is hot. Oh, and she plays beach volleyball.

by Jason Schock at 5:18 PM

Beach volleyball player Nora Tobin is the latest hawtness on the innernets (article 1, article 2) for little reason other than a highly-coiffed reporter who looks like Sean Hannity likes hot girls in bikinis.

Says Darren Rovell:

I'm obviously visiting my own blog here plenty of times each day just to make sure everything looks good. So I was caught off-guard when I saw an ad for FRS energy drink that didn't feature the usual endorser, Lance Armstrong.

Instead, the ad featured a gorgeous, ripped woman named Nora Tobin. As you can see here, it says that Nora is a "pro beach volleyball player."


I guess when you're a sports reporter at CNBC, getting a stiffy over a hottie in an online ad qualifies for a stalkerish blog campaign. Man, if I could earn my paycheck that way, I'm pretty sure I'd be rich by now. Come on, Internets, you know what I'm talking about.

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Not the best day for beach volleyball in SB (Jesusita Fire)

by Jason Schock at 6:54 PM

Say hello to the Santa Barbara Jesusita Fire (map). Air quality ain't going to be so hot out at East Beach. :-/

 

Monday, May 4, 2009

2009 AVP TV Schedule

by Jason Schock at 2:17 PM

The AVP has a new deal with the VERSUS network - you know, it's the channel with all the hockey.

Here's the schedule:

Event                                 Date        Time (all times Eastern)
AVP San Diego (Calif.) 5/11 5-7 p.m.
5/12 4-6 p.m.

AVP Houston (Tex.) 5/24 5-7 p.m.
5/26 5-7 p.m.

AVP Huntington Beach Open (Calif.) 5/31 5-7 p.m.
6/2 5-7 p.m.

AVP Atlanta (Georgia) 6/6 3-5 p.m.
6/12 5-7 p.m.

AVP Ocean City (Maryland) 6/27 4-6 p.m.
7/3 4-6 p.m.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open (Calif.) 7/27 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
7/28 5-7 p.m.

AVP San Francisco (Calif.) 8/22 3-5 p.m.
8/26 5-7 p.m.

AVP Muskegon Open (Mich.) 8/30 3-5 p.m.
9/1 5-7 p.m.

AVP Mason (Ohio) 9/13 2-4 p.m.
9/15 5-7 p.m.

AVP Las Vegas (Nev.) 9/27 4-6 p.m.
9/29 5-7 p.m.

AVP Glendale (Ariz.) 10/4 3-5 p.m.
10/6 5-7 p.m.

 

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Photos from 2009 San Diego Open

by Jason Schock at 12:17 AM

To call it the "San Diego" Open gets a big fat fart noise from me for being so misleading. This year's event in Valley Center is 65 miles from last year's, and over 30 miles from the nearest beach. I grew up in North County San Diego, and I didn't even know where this place was. (Even Ken Delgado skipped this one, which is really saying something.)

Turns out there's a Harrah's Casino in Valley Center. And some farms. And some hills. And that's about it. It's kinda pretty, at least, in a pastoral, middle-of-nowhere kind of way.

I guess the money Harrah's shelled out to bring the tour there was far greater than the value of ticket sales + advertiser exposure + tour exposure down by a popular beach town. But hey, what do I know? I can barely squeeze out a blog post these days via any bodily function of your choosing, and make enough money on this site each month to buy some new bedding for my pet hamster named Tito May-Treanor (no relation to Misty).

Can't complain too much, though. It was still fun. Now see pictures: http://www.fatspike.com/2009%20Events/776107

 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Olympic Gold Medal Rematch

by Jason Schock at 3:10 PM

Brazil will have a chance to air an Olympic-sized grudge against the Americans, and on Brazilian home turf, no less. Silver medalists Marcio & Fabio will play gold medalists Todd Rogers & Phil Dalhausser on Friday in pool play at the FIVB KIA Open in Brasilia, Brazil.

Read: http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/viewPressDB.asp?No=19379

My prediction:
Insanely huge stuff block by Phil Dalhausser

 

Friday, April 10, 2009

AVP's chief kicked to the curb

by Jason Schock at 1:54 AM

Long-time head cheese of the AVP, Leonard Armato, has been reportedly fired from his post as CEO of the pro beach volleyball tour. COO Jason Hodell is replacing him.

Hans Stolfus:

Bottom line - They’re playing it as if Leonard wanted out on his own, and not the other way around. Which is bullshit. I know from an incredibly accurate source that Leonard spent all day trying to rally what’s left of his troops in an effort to petition for his position back.
Ouch-y-mama.

Read Hans' take on the matter, because I've had my head in the sand while working like a galley slave these past few weeks.

 

Thursday, April 2, 2009

People get excited about beach volleyball

by Jason Schock at 11:49 AM

So excited, in fact, they pass out. D'oh!



I've been around the Internets long enough to see a few videos like this. Is it just me, or when people faint on camera, there's always at least one guy with the goofiest grin on his face not doing a damn thing? I guess maybe he was trying to preserve the integrity of the live broadcast.

If that were me, though, I'd be making damn sure my Interweb legacy was secured by doing some heroic sh*t. Pretty sure I'd at least tear off my shirt to expose my rippling chest and start some CPR or something. (No, I'm not just saying this because the victim in question is a tall blond vball chick.)

Edit: Nikki Allen is the Director of Operations for USC women's volleyball. FYI.

 

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Beach volleyball great, Mike Whitmarsh, dead at 46

by Jason Schock at 12:03 AM

Mike WhitmarshLittle slow on the beach volleyball news uptake at the moment, but I just ran across the news that Mike Whitmarsh took his own life this week. God, what a damn shame. Whitmarsh was an Olympic silver medalist, crazy talented, a San Diego classic. Probably many other things to many other people.

On another tip, suicide always blows my mind. Any sentient human understands the destructive nature of willingly ripping oneself from existence, the impact on your friends and family. Yet, people still do it. I'm a strong believer in having the right to leave this world on your own terms, but wow, I can only begin to imagine what kind of terrible place Whitmarsh's mind must have been to make that choice. I can only throw up my hands and shake my head.

My condolences to the Whitmarsh family.


Read the story at LA Times.