Olympic Daily Glance, Day 5 — Leyva, you’ve got me on my knees

Wednesday at the Olympic Games: Danell Leyva and John Orozco try to shake off the team meltdown and win the all-around, and … it’s a really busy day. Especially around 10 a.m. until noon. WHAT HAPPENED TUESDAY Funny how a mood can change quickly. Everything seemed so glum for the U.S. swimmers when Michael Phelps botched the finish in the 200-meter butterfly. But then Allison Schmitt came out smiled for her gold medal presentation, Ryan Lochte opened the 4×200 relay with a redeeming dart through the pool, and Phelps celebrated his record 19th Olympic medal. Caitlin Leverenz also got bronze in the … Continue reading Olympic Daily Glance, Day 5 — Leyva, you’ve got me on my knees

Top 5 Overlooked Moments of the Olympics

I don’t know that they’re really overlooked, but working for Bleacher Report has taught me a bit about SEO. Archery: U.S. men were the comeback kids in the quarterfinals and semis. Couldn’t quite do it in the final. Highlights would be nice, but instead, NBC has the guys chatting with Ryan Seacrest. You can also watch the whole team event from the quarterfinals onward if you have a few hours. Boxing: Terrell Gausha. Didn’t leave it in the hands of the judges. Highlights! Diving: Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston winning silver in synchro springboard. They break it down. Judo: Marti Malloy had two really … Continue reading Top 5 Overlooked Moments of the Olympics

Olympic Daily Glance, Day 4 — Good morning, Iceland!

Tuesday at the Olympics Games: U.S. women’s gymnasts unite, Phelps and Lochte try to find another gear, the U.S. women’s soccer team puts down the smartphones for a couple of hours to play soccer, and Iceland wakes us up. Yes, I said Iceland. WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY Yes, we know, Ryan Lochte didn’t medal. And the U.S. men’s gymnasts went splat in the team final. That’s all anyone’s going to talk about. And that’s too bad, because Team USA had a lot of great performances. Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers took gold in the pool, with Nick Thoman and Rebecca Soni taking silver, the latter behind a teary-eyed … Continue reading Olympic Daily Glance, Day 4 — Good morning, Iceland!

AmWoSo (W-League, WPSL) final power rankings

The age-old quandary: Playoffs or regular season? My gut tells me Pali Blues (technically unbeaten but lost league title on PKs) and the Boston Breakers (lost in playoffs while defensive anchor couldn’t get there) are the best teams in the country. But we reward playoff winners in this country, and the teams that beat them aren’t bad, either. But then we had another trophy-winning team that lost the WPSL Elite title on PKs. And so let the controversy begin, because that’s the team I’m picking. (Note that the records here reflect draws in both the WPSL Elite and W-League finals. And the … Continue reading AmWoSo (W-League, WPSL) final power rankings

Olympic Daily Glance, Day 3 — Flipping out

Monday at the Olympic Games: The U.S. men’s gymnasts take their momentum into the men’s final, and we’re back in the pool. Reminder of the 2012 medal projections, and off we go … WHAT HAPPENED SUNDAY Shooter Kim Rhode won her fifth medal in as many Olympics, Britain’s medal drought ended in the women’s cycling road race, the neo-Dream Team demolished France, the USA’s Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston took silver in synchronized springboard, U.S. boxers, volleyballers and beach volleyballers rolled, the U.S. men’s water polo team held on against Montenegro, tennis was a washout,  and the U.S. women’s field hockey suffered a setback. … Continue reading Olympic Daily Glance, Day 3 — Flipping out

Olympic Daily Glance, Day 2 — Back to the pool

Sunday at the Olympic Games: Reminder of the 2012 medal projections, and off we go … WHAT HAPPENED SATURDAY We won’t lead with the negative, so let’s mention Ryan Lochte’s big win and Dana Vollmer’s qualifying records before we scratch our head about Michael Phelps finishing fourth. The U.S. men’s gymnasts were rock-solid in qualifying, and the U.S. men’s archers took silver after a series of thrillers. The USA finished the day with five medals: Lochte, the archers, Elizabeth Beisel (silver, 400 IM), Peter Vanderkaay (bronze, 400 free) and the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay. In cycling, Great Britain’s team was stranded … Continue reading Olympic Daily Glance, Day 2 — Back to the pool

Hope Solo back on the Twitter rampage

So the U.S. women’s soccer team cruised through its game against Colombia today, apart from that nasty punch to Abby Wambach’s face. Three goals, solid win. No problem, right? Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago. #fb — Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 28, 2012 Or maybe not. That was her second Tweet after the game. The first was dated 2:44 p.m. ET. The game ended around 1:50 p.m. That’s quick. I didn’t hear all of the commentary, given my other two jobs. So what was said? … Continue reading Hope Solo back on the Twitter rampage