The Silver Bullet

An opinion in popular sports

Olympic Roundup & Standings: Friday 08.15

UPDATES from BEIJING

BASEBALL: A marathon game between Cuba and the United States hands the Red, White and Blue their second loss. The defending Gold Medal winner Cubans scored two runs in the top of the 11th to win it. I still have not seen a baseball game on TV, It’s starting to piss me off. If NBC can’t stick to it’s schedule how does it expect us all to stick around for it’s coverage.

LATEST STANDINGS:

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
Flag of Cuba Cuba 3 0 16 12 1.000
Flag of South Korea South Korea 2 0 9 7 1.000 ½
Flag of Japan Japan 2 1 14 5 .667 1
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 1 1 8 17 .500
Flag of the United States United States 1 2 18 13 .333 2
Flag of Canada Canada 1 2 16 8 .333 2
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 2 13 14 .333 2
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 3 0 18 .000 3

Top Four Advance to knockout round.

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BASKETBALL: Only the women have played Spain so far and this wasn’t much of a contest. USA’s Lisa Leslie with a double-double and the USA Women are on autopilot as they head into the Quarterfinals. Up next: New Zealand Sunday morning.

Team Played Won Lost PF PA Avg Points
Flag of the United States USA 4 4 0 395 216 1.876 8
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 4 3 1 279 303 0.894 7
Flag of Spain Spain 4 2 2 271 307 1.009 6
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 4 2 2 290 247 1.174 6
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 4 1 3 260 327 0.795 5
Flag of Mali Mali 4 0 4 228 334 0.630 4

Nothing more can happen in this group, so the New Zealand game is pretty minor.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The women’s beach volleyball Round of 16 is underway, and the USA didn’t disappoint. Both teams demolished the opposition and it’s startiong to look really good for the American teams. The draw for the knockout tournament is in. May-Traenor and Kerri Walsh should have smooth sailing and could face Branagh and Youngs for the Gold.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold Medal Game
2 China Tian JiaWang (CHN)
14 Austria SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT)
5 United States BranaghYoungs (USA)
4 China XueZhang Xi (CHN)
10 Australia BarnettCook (AUS)
6 Brazil TalitaRenata (BRA)
Bronze Medal Game
3 Brazil LarissaAna Paula (BRA)
1 United States WalshMay-Treanor (USA)

The Men’s side of the coin has set them up for Round of 16 play before we get to the eight-team bracket. One pair gets Switzerland and the Other, Spain. shouldn’t be a problem for the USA who should advance into the bracket easily.

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FOOTBALL: or Soccer. The US Women scored in Extra Time to catapult them into a semifinal matchup with Japan. The US Women have already defeated Japan 1-0, That was back on August 9th. Either way, the game should be a nice test before the US women go for the GOLD.

The Bracket:

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
F1 Flag of Brazil Brazil 2
G2 Flag of Norway Norway 1
F1 Flag of Brazil Brazil
F2 Flag of Germany Germany
E2 Flag of Sweden Sweden 0
F2 Flag of Germany Germany 2
G1 Flag of the United States USA 2
E3 Flag of Canada Canada 1
G1 Flag of the United States USA Bronze medal match
G3 Flag of Japan Japan
E1 Flag of the People's Republic of China China PR 0
G3 Flag of Japan Japan 2

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FIELD HOCKEY: The US women have the weak New Zealand sqaud next. They will need a victory here and over Great Britain to have hopes of advancing to the Medal Round.

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SOFTBALL: Two big wins, first over Japan and then over the rain-shortened game against Canada. UP next Chinese Taipei.

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB
Flag of the United States United States 4 0 29 1 1.000
Flag of Canada Canada 3 1 17 11 .750 1
Flag of Japan Japan 3 1 9 11 .750 1
Flag of Australia Australia 2 2 9 9 .500 2
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 2 2 18 7 .500 2
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 3 6 11 .250 3
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 1 3 9 21 .250 3
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 4 4 30 .000 4

It’s almost disgusting how good TEAM USA is….

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GYM VOLLEYBALL: The Men’s win over Bulgaria clinches their spot in the Quarterfinals. They have two more matches against China and Japan.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL:

Rk Team Played Won Lost Points
1 Flag of the United States United States 3 3 0 6
2 Flag of Italy Italy 3 2 1 5
3 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 3 2 1 5
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 3 2 1 5
5 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 3 0 3 3
6 Flag of Japan Japan 3 0 3 3

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL:The women’s only loss to Cuba will be okay as the girls clinch semifinals as well. They escaped a brutle slug-fest against China, a 5 set nail biter goes to the Americans.

Rk Team Played Won Lost Points
1 Flag of Cuba Cuba 4 4 0 8
2 Flag of the United States United States 4 3 1 7
3 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 4 2 2 6
4 Flag of Japan Japan 4 2 2 6
5 Flag of Poland Poland 4 1 3 5
6 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 4 0 4 4

Enough!

-Dan.

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August 15, 2008 - Posted by | Baseball, Basketball, danharris, Olympic Games, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet

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