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Monthly Archives: August 2008

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One of the biggest stories of the Olympic games for the United States was a tragic one. The death of Todd Bachman, father of former Olympic volleyballer Elizabeth Bachman, and father-in-law of U.S. Men’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon was very emotional for the team and the entire country.

Well despite the setbacks, the Men’s Volleyball team played for gold last night at midnight Eastern time. They won the gold medal in 4 sets 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23. Now normally I’d prevent spoilers but this is a sporting event and already happened. Of course it was viewed by a television audience of precisely zero.

The match is scheduled to be aired just prior to the closing ceremony (also recorded), in prime time Sunday night.

So let me get this straight…One of the major sports at the Olympics, which has one of the most emotional stories of the Olympics, which hasn’t had a medal in 2 decades, who are undefeated in the Olympics and are playing for the gold medal, get bumped to an 18 hour tape delay?

Not only that, but at the same time on CNBC, Universal HD, AND the official Olympic Basketball channel, they are showing a bronze medal basketball game between two teams which are NOT the U.S. Three channels for the same game, but none for the Men’s Volleyball gold medal match live? So I turned to regular NBC and maybe they’ll come to their senses and show it. Nope, I get tape delayed Mountain Biking.

To throw salt in the wound, they made a big deal about showing the Men’s Volleyball semi-finals LIVE. Why could they not show a more important match live?

It would have been a perfect lead-in to the Men’s Basketball gold medal match at 2:30pm Eastern which was LIVE on NBC.

You cannot possibly tell me that more people who were up at that hour were more interested in rhythmic gymnastics, mountain biking and the bronze medal basketball game.

Nice job NBC, way to take away one of the greatest moments of these Olympics and put it on tape delay when you could have easily shown it to an audience live. Hopefully you lose a ton of ratings points from the intelligent people out there who can decipher the difference between recorded sports, and live ones.

To say that Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh were the favorites to win gold in beach volleyball would be an understatement for the ages.

Not only did they look better than ever (in more ways than one), but they never even dropped a set in the entire tournament.

Although the gold medal match against the Chinese looked like a close match the entire time, the duo prevailed in straight sets to win their second straight gold at the games.

I thought NBC did a great job of getting the Olympic committee to get their matches live in prime time in the U.S.

What else is there to say about their dominance? Will they return? It’s only speculation at this point but the question is can two players in their mid-30’s really compete in London in 2012?

It was a rough team event on the opening night of gymnastics. Especially for the top competitors for the U.S. team, namely Nastia Luikin and Shawn Johnson.

After the near choke job by the team, Luikin won gold in the individual competition thanks to a magnificent score on the uneven bars. She edged out Johnson to win by half a point.

However after that, the controversy began as Luikin had the gold stolen from her by Kexin He of China. Luikin appeared to have a better performance on the individual uneven bars, but He was awarded the gold after a tie breaker rule gave it to her. This would not have happened under the old system.

Johnson finally got gold in the last event of the competition when she edged Luikin in the individual beam finals.

Overall it was a very enjoyable gymnastics but it doesn’t feel the same with the ridiculous new scoring system. It seems like even perfection is not rewarded as much as before.

Silver medals are nothing to shake a stick at, but unfortunately for the United States’ Softball team, the silver medal is considered a failure.

Japan defeated the US 3-1 yesterday in the gold medal match in a game that was dominated by pitcher Yukiko Ueno. This was a rematch of the round robin game which was won by the U.S. 1-0 in a 9 inning spectacle of a game.

The even worse news is that this is essentially the last you’ll ever hear from the US Softball team because softball (along with baseball) are now OUT of the Olympics in the future.

It’s funny because essentially the reason the sport was taken away was the dominance of the Unites States. So much for that. Either way, it’s a rough loss for the team.

Well no matter what you think, these Beijing games will be remembered mostly for one thing, Michael Phelps’ amazing run at 8 gold medals. A flawless victory for Phelps who won easily in some races while winning by the slimmest of margins in others.

I don’t want to break down every single race because it’s swimming. Seriously who all knows every little nuance of swimming? If you say you do you are probably lying. It’s very simple, swimming is relevant for about 9 days every 4 years so I don’t feel I can accurately break down the amazing 4 leg of the relay where Jason Lezak turned into a submarine to overcome a full body length deficit with 25 meters to go. I can’t tell you how Phelps managed to use his huge reach to win his 2nd to last race by .01 seconds.

What I DO know, is that this is easily the greatest accomplishment in the history of the Olympics. I also know that it could be one of the greatest achievements in sports history. The problem is, 2 months from now, no one will care. That is essentially what these games are all about too. We see things we don’t normally see, we watch intently, and then we move on.

Phelps is a great guy and a greater role model to what all young people should look to achieve.

There is one thing about Phelps that bothers me however. Recently he has been linked to Lindsay Lohan. Michael, don’t do it. The cost of being in the news after the olympics is not worth the hit to your image. Why would you want to be involved with that train wreck? Lohan is everything that is wrong with our morally bankrupt society and this can not possibly help Phelps out.

A few days ago IGN.com posted a small article about a video made by bungie which is a video acceptance speech, to say the least, for winning an Edge Award for “Interactive Innovation”. The video was done in Machinima style and teased at several different things while not confirming any of it.

Take a look!

If you snoop around the Internet long enough you will get pretty much the same answer from everyone, bungie is making a full map editor and is adding bots to the multilayer. Which are pretty reasonable and somewhat obvious inquiries, BUT….. that’s not enough for me. Let me clarify, being a fan of the halo series and of bungie studios sense Halo 1 came out I’ve learned that bungie ALWAYS has something up their sleeve. While all that people are saying about the video, the map editor, the bots, there maybe much much more to this that we don’t even realize yet.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine about it last night. He says “who knows it could end up being an entirely new game for all we know”. Hows that for more to the video than we think? Though i may not agree with him totally there i have no dought in my mind bungie wont disappoint us with what ever it might be that they release.

This brings me to my next point, if say this is a map editor. This will pump up the user created or community created content in other words by, well alot. More user content means more halo experience, more halo experience means no need for halo 4 yet. And yes I’m sure there will be a halo 4 its only a matter of when. So my thought is we are not going to see halo 4 until the new xbox.

I am quite excited to see what all this turns out be. One of the things I love and I believe should be in every video game is the chance to make something your self, user created content. I live for stuff like that. I’ve spent hours upon hours in forge poring my creativity into maps and other things and still am not bored of it. I can’t imagine what a complete map editor would do to me. Also being a machinima writer this would open up so many possibilities for new machinima.

Bungie loves the community more than anything and that’s what makes them so successful, among other things. They know what we like so its safe to say what ever they have planned is not going to disappoint.

JL

After years of touchdown passes, winning seasons, and even a Super Bowl Championship, the Green Bay Packers and Brett Farve have parted ways.

Of course the only thing that prevented Farve from playing with the Packers, is Brett Farve himself. Remember just a couple days ago that everything was set with him ready to “earn his spot” on the team? Well it’s Farve’s decision that negated that. Simply another slap in the face to the organization and to the loyal fans of Green Bay.

Look, everyone knows if there had been a competition for the starting QB spot, Farve would have won easily. The fact is that Farve is acting like a baby for not getting his way. Apparently he’s above having a competition. Of course it’s pretty obvious that fans are not going to be happy and the blinded Packer fans will simply turn the other cheek and forgive Farve for figuratively spitting on them.

Farve seems legitimately confused as to why the Packers don’t want him. I can think of a few reasons…

– Remember 2 years ago when he held out THROUGH the NFL draft about his future? Yeah, how are the Packers supposed to draft when they have no clue about the future of their most important position?

– His retirement announcement was pretty sincere and it SHOULD be safe to say he’s done. So now the team is trying to groom Rodgers into the starting spot and what happens…Farve wants to keep playing.

– $20 million to go away. If this didn’t click for Farve, it’s obvious nothing else will. 20 mil to NOT play? Yeah that’s the ultimate stay the hell out of Lambeau field gesture.

I know people like “farvefan” would probably still back Farve if he became a serial killer as they would somehow justify it. Let’s be realistic here. Farve is a legendary quarterback, and a good guy, but he’s absolutely going about this the wrong way and no matter what anyone says or thinks, this will go over about as well as Joe Montana playing for the Kansas City Chiefs did.

Of course speaking of other teams, the Tampa Bucs and the New York Jets seem likely to be the new home of Brett Farve.

Now hopefully we can get to more important things in sports like the olympics, the start of the NFL for 31 other teams, the MLB pennant chase, and every other great story that is going by the wayside.