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2010 Winter Olympic TV Schedule UPDATE

FINALLY!

NBC has decided to right their wrongs (though a little bit late), by airing the USA vs. Finland Semifinal on Friday LIVE on all coasts. I do feel bad for already taped TV Hosts, Bonnie Hunt and Ellen, who will be pushed back to their normal time slots for the day here in the Bay Area.

Even though we will now see it live, the tables have suddenly turned on the USA. When it looked at one time the US had the easier road to the Gold Medal Game, now it looks the uprising Canadians will coast into the Final.

Slovakia upset Sweden late last night… and that means Canada will face a 7-seed Slovak team, and the US will face the 4-seed Finland squad.

Either way, The USA will have a tough time winning gold in these Olympics. The Canadian team is too strong right now, and it will take a work of art to knock these guys off their game now.

Ultimately, though, this country should be proud of a Silver effort, when no one thought they make the medal round anyway.

-dan.

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February 25, 2010 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, Olympic Games, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | 1 Comment

2010 Winter Olympic TV Schedule (Bay Area by sport)

With the excitement of the Olympics, comes the confusion of how we are to watch them here on the west coast. The Olympic planners have once again catered to the needs of the East Coast, even though the games are being played on the West. Live events that are played a 5 PM local time, will be played in tape delay at 8PM. The east coast gets it LIVE.

Either way, I always have trouble trying to decipher the TV schedule, so I spend some time sifting through it, to find when the really important stuff is on. As with the 2008 Summer Olympics, things will change as we go along, so I will try to keep it updated.

Mostly, I will focus on USA team sports (with Canada included for Hockey) with some highlighted individual events. Some networks will actually air items live and I will try to designate those here as well. Hopefully, this helps your Olympic games watching experience.

So this is for all of us on the Left Coast! To get this schedule by Day… CLICK HERE

Networks: NBC11, USA, CNBC, MSNBC  (All Times Pacific; TD = Tape Delay)

ICE HOCKEY

USA Men

Tues 2/16         vs. Switzerland 12:00pm   TV: USA (LIVE)

Thurs 2/18        vs. Norway 12:00pm   TV: USA (LIVE)

Sun 2/21          vs. Canada   4:45pm     TV:  MSNBC (LIVE)

Canada Men

Tues 2/16         vs. Norway 4:30pm TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Thurs 2/18       vs. Switzerland 4:30pm   TV:  CNBC (LIVE)

Sun 2/21          vs. USA  4:45   TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Elimination Round

Tues 2/23         USA vs.  TBA, if needed   12:00pm   TV: USA (LIVE)

Canada vs. TBA, if needed   4:30pm    TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Quarterfinals (if teams qualify)

Wed 2/24         USA vs. TBA 12:00pm   TV: NBC (TD, will air at 3:00pm)

Canada vs. TBA  4:30pm    TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Semifinals

Fri 2/26            USA vs. TBA 12:00pm   TV: NBC (TD, will air at 3:00pm)

Canada vs. TBA  6:30    TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Medal Round

Sat 2/27           Bronze Medal   Game 7:00pm   TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Sun 2/28          Gold Medal Game 12:15pm       TV: NBC (TD, airs at 3:15; there is no reason to believe they will change this to LIVE)

USA Women

Sun 2/14          vs. China  12:00pm       TV: USA (LIVE) (replay at midnight MSNBC)

Tues 2/16         vs Russia  2:30pm    TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Thurs 2/18       vs. Finland 2:30pm   TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Medal Round

Mon 2/22         Women’s Semifinal 12:00pm    TV: USA(LIVE)

Women’s Semifinal  5:00pm   TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Thurs 2/25        Women’s Bronze 11am    TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Women’s Gold  3:30pm   TV:  MSNBC (LIVE)

Team USA Curling:

Tues. 2/16:      Men vs Germany  9:00am    TV: USA (LIVE)

Women vs. Japan 2:00pm     TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Men vs Norway 7:00 pm    TV: CNBC; 7:00pm-2:00pm (TD)

Wed. 2/17:       Women vs. Germany 9:00am  TV: USA (LIVE)

Men vs. Switzerland  2:00pm  TV CNBC (LIVE)

Thurs. 2/18:     Men vs. Denmark    9:00am    TV: USA (LIVE)

Women vs. Denmark   2:00pm   TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Fri. 2/19           Women vs. Russia  9:00am   TV: USA (LIVE)

Men vs. France 2:00pm    TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Sat 2/20           Men vs. Sweden  9:00am    TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Women vs Great Britain 2:00pm    TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Sun 2/21          Women vs. Canada 9:00am    TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Men vs. Great Britain 2:00pm   TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Women vs. Sweden 7:00pm    TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Mon. 2/22        Men vs Canada 9:00am  TV: USA (LIVE)

Men vs. China   7:00pm   TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Tue 2/23          Women vs. China   9:00am   TV: USA (LIVE)

Women vs. Switzerland 7:00 pm   TV: MSNBC (LIVE)

Playoffs:

Thurs 2/25        Women’s Semifinals 9:00am TV: USA (LIVE)

Men’s Semifinals 2:00pm   TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Fri 2/26            Women’s Bronze  9:00am   TV: USA (LIVE)

Women’s Gold   3:00pm TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Sat 2/27           Men’s Bronze  9:00 am   TV: USA (LIVE)

Men’s Gold    3:00pm     TV: CNBC (LIVE)

Figure Skating: (not one live event for the west coast here.)

Sun 2/14          Pairs—Short Program 4:30pm  TV: NBC (TD, actual air 7:30pm)

Mon 2/15         Pairs—Free Skate and Medals 5:00pm     TV: NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Tues 2/16         Men—Short Program 4:15pm    TV: NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Thurs 2/18       Men—Free Skate and Medals 5:00pm   TV NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Friday 2/19      Ice Dance Session 1 4:45pm   TV: NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Sunday 2/21     Ice Dance Session 2  4:15pm   TV: NBC (TD, airs 7:15 pm)

Monday 2/22   Ice Dance Ses 3 and Medals 4:45pm   TV: NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Tues 2/23        Women—Short Program  4:30   TV: NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Thurs 2/25        Women—Free Skate and Medals 5:00pm  TV: NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Sat 2/27           Exhibition Gala    4:30pm   TV: NBC (TD, airs 8:00pm)

Most of the other events you can find on NBC throughout the day, but remember anything on NBC is likely three hours after the event occurred.

GO TEAM USA!

-dan.



February 2, 2010 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, Olympic Games, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

2010 Winter Olympic TV Schedule (Bay Area by Day)

2010 Olympic TV Schedule by day
(Tape delayed events for West Coast listed at delayed airtime)

TIME – NETWORK -EVENT

note: these are for TEAM USA only (except for Men’s Ice Hockey, where I have included Canada)

Friday February 12
7:30pm – NBC – Opening Ceremony

Sunday February 14
12:00pm – USA – Women’s Hockey vs. China
7:30pm – NBC – Figure Skate: Pairs Short Program

Monday February 15
8:00pm –  NBC – Figure Skating: Pairs Free Skate and Medals

Tuesday February 16
9:00am – USA – Men’s Curling vs. Germany
12:00pm – USA – Men’s Hockey vs. Switzerland
2:00pm – CNBC – Women’s Curling vs. Japan
2:30pm – MSNBC – Women’s Hockey vs. Russia
4:30pm – CNBC – CAN Men’s Hockey vs. Norway
8:00pm – NBC – Figure Skating: Men’s Short Program
9:30pm-2am – CNBC-  Men’s Curling vs Norway (TD)

Wednesday February 17
9:00am – USA – Women’s Curling vs. Germany
2:00pm – CNBC – Men’s Curling vs. Switzerland

Thursday February 18
9:00am – USA – Men’s Curling vs. Denmark
12:00pm – USA-  Men’s Hockey vs. Norway
2:00pm – CNBC-  Women’s Curling vs. Denmark
2:30pm – MSNBC – Women’s Hockey vs. Finland
4:30pm – CNBC – CAN Men’s Hockey vs. Switzerland
8:00pm – NBC – Figure Skating: Men’s Free Skate and Medals

Friday February 19
9:00am – USA – Women’s Curling vs. Russia
2:00pm – CNBC – Men’s Curling vs. France
8:00pm – NBC – Figure Skate: Ice Dance Session 1

Saturday February 20
9:00am – MSNBC – Men’s Curling vs. Sweden
2:00pm – CNBC – Women’s Curling vs. Great Britain

Sunday February 21
9:00am – MSNBC – Women’s Curling vs. Canada
2:00pm  – CNBC – Men’s Curling vs. Great Britain
4:45pm – MSNBC – Men’s Hockey vs. CAN Men’s Hockey
7:00pm – CNBC –  Women’s Curling vs. Sweden
7:15pm – NBC – Figure Skate: Ice Dance Session 2

Monday February 22
9:00am – USA – Men’s Curling vs. Canada
12:00pm – USA –  Women’s Hockey vs. TBA (Semifinal)
7:00pm – CNBC – Men’s Curling vs. China
8:00pm – NBC –  Figure Skate: Ice Dance Session 3 and Medals

Tuesday February 23
9:00am  – USA – Women’s Curling vs. China
12:00pm – USA –  USA Men’s Elimination Round Game (if needed)
4:30pm  – CNBC –  CAN Men’s Elimination Round Game(if needed)
7:00pm – MSNBC – Women’s Curling vs. Switzerland
8:00pm – NBC – Figure Skate: Women’s Short Program

Wednesday February 24
3:00pm – NBC – USA Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal
4:30pm  – CNBC – CAN Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal

Thursday Februry 25
9:00am – USA – Women’s Curling Quarterfinals
11:00am  – MSNBC – Women’s Hockey Bronze
2:00pm – CNBC – Men’s Curling Quarterfinals
3:30pm – MSNBC – Women’s Hockey Gold
8:00pm – NBC – Figure Skate: Women’s Free Skate and Medals

Friday February 26
9:00am – USA – Women’s Curling Bronze
3:00pm – NBC – USA Men’s Hockey Semifinal (if still alive)
3:00pm – CNBC – Women’s Curling Gold
6:30pm – CNBC – CAN Men’s Hockey Semifinal (if still alive)

Saturday February 27
9:00am – USA – Men’s Curling Bronze
3:00pm – CNBC – Men’s Curling Gold
7:00pm – MSNBC – Men’s Hockey Bronze
8:00pm – NBC – Figure Skate: Champions Gala

Sunday February 28
3:15pm – NBC – Men’s Hockey Gold
(could be LIVE at 12:15, but no sign of that yet)
7:00pm – NBC – Closing Ceremony

Hope this is Helpful for some of the sports.  TD = Tape Delay

TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS SCHEDULE… CLICK HERE

For a listing of this schedule by sport, CLICK HERE

-dan.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, Olympic Games, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

USA Softball ’08: Wins Silver or Loses Gold?

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, the US softball team lost the gold medal this morning in Beijing to Japan.

After being tested by Japan yesterday and just squeaking out a 4 to 1 extra-inning win, the American girls lost the gold medal game to the same Japanese team 3 to 1.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking anything away from team Japan and what they and their star pitcher Yukiko Ueno have accomplished. After losing in 9 innings(international softball games go 7 innings) yesterday to USA, they beat Australia in another marathon match 4 to 3 in twelve innings to earn their spot in the gold medal game. Ueno not only pitched in each of the three games, but pitched every inning in Japan’s three game gold medal run.

But if you watched the championship game you know that the US women had every opportunity to win this game and squandered each one. In the first inning the ladies from the United States had the bases loaded and failed to score a single run. After that first inning, the United States offense looked flat and completely confident at the plate.

Japan was able to score two runs in the forth inning but Crytal Bustos did what she does and hit a opposite field home run to narrow the Japanese to one run in the button of the inning. After Bustos’ solo shot (Bustos has been dubbed the “Babe Ruth of Softball”) the US seemed to regain their confidence and in the sixth inning had the bases loaded again with only one out. But the US ladies again let a “golden” opportunity slip away with two infield pop-ups to end the sixth inning still trailing by one.

In the top of the seventh the Americans committed two errors and Japan was able to push their lead to 3 to 1. After that the US women had lost all momentum and eventually the game. The US women’s softball team had won 22 straight games before losing what might be the very last softball game played in Olympic competition.

Softball was voted out of the 2012 games by the International Olympic Committee stating that the world was not competitive enough in the sport with a select few countries, namely Australia and the United States who have won medals every year the soprt has been held in the Olympics. Australia won the bronze in Beijing and this is the first time the United States has not won the gold.

-Shawn.

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Olympic Games, shawncamilleri, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USA Softball ’08: Wins Silver or Loses Gold?

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, the US softball team lost the gold medal this morning in Beijing to Japan.

After being tested by Japan yesterday and just squeaking out a 4 to 1 extra-inning win, the American girls lost the gold medal game to the same Japanese team 3 to 1.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking anything away from team Japan and what they and their star pitcher Yukiko Ueno have accomplished. After losing in 9 innings(international softball games go 7 innings) yesterday to USA, they beat Australia in another marathon match 4 to 3 in twelve innings to earn their spot in the gold medal game. Ueno not only pitched in each of the three games, but pitched every inning in Japan’s three game gold medal run.

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yahoo images

But if you watched the championship game you know that the US women had every opportunity to win this game and squandered each one. In the first inning the ladies from the United States had the bases loaded and failed to score a single run. After that first inning the United States offense looked flat and completely unconfident at the plate.

Japan was able to score two runs in the forth inning but Crytal Bustos did what she does and hit a opposite field home run to narrow the Japanese to one run in the button of the inning. After Bustos’ solo shot (Bustos has been dubbed the “Babe Ruth of Softball”) the US seemed to regain their confidence and in the sixth inning had the bases loaded again with only one out. But the US ladies again let a “golden” opportunity slip away with two infield pop-ups to end the sixth inning still trailing by one.

In the top of the seventh the Americans committed two errors and Japan was able to push their lead to 3 to 1. After that the US women had lost all momentum and eventually the game. The US women’s softball team had won 22 straight games before losing what might be the very last softball game played in Olympic competition.

Softball was voted out of the 2012 games by the International Olympic Committee stating that the world was not competitive enough in the sport with a select few countries, namely Australia and the United States who have won medals every year the soprt has been held in the Olympics. Australia won the bronze in Beijing and this is the first time the United States has not won the gold.

-Shawn.

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Olympic Games, shawncamilleri, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

YOU’RE OUT!!!

Were you crushed by the poor overall performance of the USA baseball team in the Olympics this year? Well don’t worry, because I garuntee there will not be a repeat performance by the team in the 2012 London Olympics, I’m 100% sure of it!!!

In 2005 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted on weather baseball should be admitted in the 2012 Games. The news has only become highly publicized because of the Beiging Games, but by a vote of 46 to 42 the IOC decided to exclude baseball from the London Games. Also excluded from the London Games, by a vote of 47 to 43, was softball. Despite the similarity of the two sports, and the fact they are both out in 2012, the reasons for the two sports dismissal are quite different.

The main reason for baseball’s ousted,the IOC says, there is not proper representation of the worlds finest athletes in the Olympics. The main culprit for this…drum-roll…Major League Baseball (MLB)! The IOC claims that because the MLB has such a diverse group of of the sports talent, that the league should suspend play so the world can be better represented during the Olympics. The Japanese baseball league, also known as Nippon Professional Baseball, is already suspending its play for the Olympics so why not MLB??? I will tell you why…$$$, and who can blame them.

Remember the 2006 World Baseball Classic? Major League Baseball finally let its players participate in a international baseball tournament because the tourney took place just prior to its pre-season (the Baseball World Cup has been going on since 1938 and MLB players have never been permitted to play) . Do you remember what happen afterthat tourney? Major league players started the season on the disabled list. Pitchers came into camp with thrown-out arms and bum-shoulders, and some field players were already complaining of bumps and bruises. If I am a baseball owner and am spending $20 million dollars for a player like Alex Rodriguez, I want him playing FOR ME! And if he does get hurt it better be while busting his hide in winning my team win a championship!

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for representing your country and all, but if I have that much money invested in anything, I am going to protect my investment. You might be saying; “Well what about the NBA, they let their players play in the Olympics?” Well, their season is just concluding, the players bodies are already battle ready and if injured they have a lot of time to heal before the start of next season. An injured baseball player would have to go back to potential playoff race!!!

Softball was dismissed for a totally different reason then baseball. The IOC deemed that the rest of the world was not competitive enough with a select few countries, the USA being one of them. Softball has been a sport in the Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games and the United States and Australia have won a medal in every game since (USA has always won gold).

Even though the reasons for the veto of these sports seem legitimate, many reports suggest a European influence within the IOC might also be to blame. The two sport are primarilyplayed in the Americas and Asia and the two sports were invented in the USA.

Baseball was introduced in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and became a medaling event in 1992. The Beijing Games hosted 28 events and the London Games intended to do the same. Some of the events listed to fill-in are golf, karate, rugby, squash and roller sports (whatever those are).

Baseball and softball can be reinstated into the 2016 games and will be voted on by the IOC in 2009.

-Shawn.

Dan’s take:

The NHL always allows for an Olympic Break and I think it’s a nice change of pace every four years. I will say that Hockey has a different talent pool than Baseball or Softball, but the players genuinely WANT to play for their countries.  I like the idea of the league itself giving the players the time to take part in some national pride.

While there’s no doubt the big business of baseball in the States controls this decision, I don’t think it’s that big a risk. The players could just as easily injure themselves in the ten games they’re playing on their respective MLB club.

Equally as frustrating is the lack of exposure baseball is getting at the games. I find it very hard to find a game to watch, and many times not at the time or place that NBC lists them. Softball is getting better props and getting live coverage everyday. San Francisco Giant Nate Schierholtz deserves more.

-Dan.

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Baseball, Blogroll, College Baseball, MLB, Olympic Games, shawncamilleri, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment

Olympic Roundup & Standings: Sunday 08.17

Time for the daily roundup. Don’t forget to read a great post by Shawn, “Spiking the Competition” posted yesterday.

BASEBALL: The US Team is off today and is preparing for a match up with China early tomorrow morning. Standings remain the Same. See below.

BASKETBALL: The US WOMEN took it to New Zealand this morning 96-60. The win keeps TEAM USA undefeated heading into the knockout rounds.

FINAL STANDINGS

Team Pld W L PF PA Avg Pts
Flag of the United States USA 5 5 0 491 276 2 10
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 5 4 1 358 346 0.986 9
Flag of Spain Spain 5 3 2 350 354 1.009 8
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 5 2 3 353 326 1.174 7
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 5 1 4 320 423 0.795 6
Flag of Mali Mali 5 0 5 255 402 0.644 5

Beating out the Chinese Team sets up a date with Korea on Tuesday.

KNOCKOUT BRACKET

Quarterfinals
(200808-19)
Semifinals
(200808-21)
Gold medal game
(200808-23)
A2 Flag of Russia Russia
B3 Flag of Spain Spain
B1 Flag of the United States USA
A4 Flag of South Korea Korea
B2 Flag of the People's Republic of China China
A3 Flag of Belarus Belarus
Bronze medal game
A1 Flag of Australia Australia
B4 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic

The Men will conclude their round robin play with Germany tomorrow at 5:00am.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: One women’s team is eliminated in the Quest for Sandy Gold in Beijing. The duo of Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs fell in straight sets to the Chinese in their quarterfinal matchup. Misty May and Kerri Walsh had no problems with one Brazilian team and now will face the other team in the Semi-Finals.

UPDATED BRACKET:

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold Medal Game
1 China Tian JiaWang (CHN) 21 21
14 Austria SchwaigerSchwaiger (AUT) 12 12
1 China Tian JiaWang (CHN)
4 China XueZhang Xi (CHN)
5 United States BranaghYoungs (USA) 17 13
4 China XueZhang Xi (CHN) 21 21
10 Australia BarnettCook (AUS) 22 14
6 Brazil TalitaRenata (BRA) 24 21
6 Brazil TalitaRenata (BRA)
2 United States WalshMay-Treanor (USA) Bronze Medal Game
3 Brazil LarissaAna Paula (BRA) 18 15
2 United States WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 21 21

The Men’s Quarterfinal matches are set for Tonight and Tomorrow Morning.

FOOTBALL: The Women’s Semifinal Matchup with Japan is on deck tomorrow at 5:00am.

FIELD HOCKEY: We’re still waiting to see what happens against Great Britain tomorrow as the US Women fight to keep their medal round hopes alive. That game coming up tomorrow at 3:00am.

SOFTBALL: TEAM USA in yet Another Mercy Rule win. They beat up on the Netherlands 8-0 (5 inn.) They will wrap up their Round Robin play against China tonight at 9:00pm. PST. TEAM USA has already clinched their spot in the Elimination Round . The USA has wOn the Gold Medal every year since Softball has been played at the Olympics.

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
Flag of the United States United States 6 0 44 1 1.000
Flag of Japan Japan 5 1 17 13 .833 1
Flag of Australia Australia 4 2 21 9 .667 2
Flag of Canada Canada 3 3 17 17 .500 3
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 2 4 19 12 .333 4
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2 4 8 19 .333 4
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 2 4 13 26 .333 4
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 6 4 46 .000 6

GYM VOLLEYBALL: TEAM USA has already played Poland in Women’s Volleyball but I won’t spoil it, since it hasn’t aired on NBC yet. The Men’s team will take on Japan tomorrow morning.

-Dan.

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Baseball, Basketball, danharris, Olympic Games, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet, volleyball | 1 Comment

Olympic Roundup & Standings: Saturday 08.16

Another Round of updates from Beijing.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT A GREAT ARTICLE HERE ON THE BULLET: SPIKING THE COMPETITION by SHAWN CAMILLERI

(Also available below this post)

Let’s do the roundup:

BASEBALL: It’s a victory for TEAM USA! The R,W, and B beat our neighbors to the North 5-4 last night. Brian Barden went 2-for-5 with a double and a homerun. The win brings the USA into the mix in the standings again.

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
Flag of Cuba Cuba 4 0 17 12 1.000
Flag of South Korea South Korea 3 0 14 10 1.000 ½
Flag of the United States United States 2 2 23 17 .500 2
Flag of Japan Japan 2 2 17 10 .500 2
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 1 2 12 23 .333
Flag of Canada Canada 1 3 20 13 .250 3
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 3 13 15 .250 3
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 1 3 6 22 .250 3

Up Next for TEAM USA is China very early Monday Morning.

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BASKETBALL: Team USA cannot be beat in these Olympics it seems. Both the Women and Men’s teams destroying Spain. The Boys beat the current world champions, 119-82. They will take the #1 seed into the knockout round no matter how they far against Germany on Monday

Team Pld W L PCT PF PA Avg PD Pts
Flag of the United States USA 4 4 0 1.000 409 297 1.377 +112 8
Flag of Spain Spain 4 3 1 .750 320 319 1.003 +1 7
Flag of Greece Greece 4 2 2 .500 324 298 1.087 +26 6
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 4 2 2 .500 289 309 0.935 -20 6
Flag of Germany Germany 4 1 3 .250 273 284 0.961 -11 5
Flag of Angola Angola 4 0 4 .000 271 379 0.715 -108 4

Tournament knockout bracket to be completed by Monday. The U.S. Women to take on New Zealand early tomorrow. .

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL:

The Men’s Round of 16 match results are in. Rogers/Delhausser(#1 seed) began the tourney against Switzerland. They won in three sets. The Gibbs/Rosenthal duo easily dispatched Spain in 2 Sets. So NOW the tournament bracket.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold Medal Game
Germany KlempererKoreng (GER)
United States RogersDalhausser (USA)
Netherlands NummerdorSchuil (NED)
Georgia GeorGia (GEO)
Brazil RicardoEmanuel (BRA)
United States GibbRosenthal (USA)
Bronze Medal Game
Brazil M. AraujoFabio Luiz (BRA)
Austria GoschHorst (AUT)

TEAM 1 is scheduled at 7 PM tomorrow night.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL – WOMEN: The Two team’s Quarterfinal matches are set for later tonight and early tomorrow morning. Both teams will look to advance to the Semifinals. See the Bracket below.

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FOOTBALL: The big game between USA and JAPAN in the Women’s Semifinal will go off tomorrow at 5:00am PST. As mentioned TEAM USA already beat Japan in the tournament. The win could set up a gold medal match with Brazil or Germany.

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FIELD HOCKEY: The U.S and New Zealand was a crucial match for Team USA as they need a full six points to even have potential into the Medal round. They got the effort they needed. USA destroys New Zealand 4-1. USA’s Keli Smith scores two goals in the win: 1 Field Goal and one off a Penalty Corner.

Updated Standings

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Flag of Germany Germany 9 4 3 0 1 11 8 +3
Flag of Argentina Argentina 8 4 2 2 0 10 5 +5
Flag of the United Kingdom Great Britain 7 4 2 1 1 7 9 −2
Flag of the United States USA 5 4 1 2 1 9 8 +1
Flag of Japan Japan 4 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 0 4 0 0 4 4 10 −6

Now, the United States plays England, so if they win outright they would leapfrog the Brits. They would need a big victory over GB and a loss by Argentina who wraps up their play against Argentina. It doesn’t look good, but if New Zealand can beat Argentina 1-0. The US would only need to beat England by 5. HA!

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SOFTBALL: The US team gets another Mercy Rule win. They beat up on Chinese Taipai 7-0 in 5 innings late last night. Jennie Finch on the Bump for TEAM USA, Jessica Mendoza hits a homerun in the 3rd inning, part of a 5-run 3rd for USA.

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB
Flag of the United States United States 5 0 36 1 1.000
Flag of Japan Japan 4 1 12 11 .800 1
Flag of Australia Australia 3 2 17 9 .600 2
Flag of Canada Canada 3 2 17 13 .600 2
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 2 3 18 10 .400 3
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 2 3 11 21 .400 3
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 4 6 18 .200 4
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 5 4 38 .000 5

USA has clinched a spot in the Semi-finals. The Softball page playoff system is different but an interesting twist in this tournament. (though, it really won’t affect the USA too much if they win out.)

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GYM VOLLEYBALL:

MEN: Check out Shawn’s Article Below as he discusses the great journey of the US Men’s Volleyball team. The Men swept China in dominating fashion and now have a match with japan to wrap up round robin play. The US Men are already into the knockout round by way of their 4-0 record.

Rk Team Points Played Won Lost PW PL Ratio SW SL Ratio
1 Flag of the United States United States 8 4 4 0 385 320 1.203 12 4 3.000
2 Flag of Italy Italy 7 4 3 1 332 297 1.117 10 4 2.500
3 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 4 2 2 348 358 0.972 7 8 0.875
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 6 4 2 2 341 385 0.886 7 10 0.700
5 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 5 4 1 3 339 353 0.960 7 9 0.778
6 Flag of Japan Japan 4 4 0 4 341 373 0.914 4 12 0.333

Shouldn’t be a problem for the men who have secured a top seed in the tournament.

WOMEN: The women are 3-1 in their respective pool and will qualify for the knockout round, just maybe not as dominating as the men. They wrap up their round-robin with Poland.

Rk Team Points Played Won Lost PW PL Ratio SW SL Ratio
1 Flag of Cuba Cuba 8 4 4 0 351 312 1.125 12 3 4.000
2 Flag of the United States United States 7 4 3 1 357 338 1.056 9 7 1.286
3 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 6 4 2 2 391 341 1.147 10 7 1.43
4 Flag of Japan Japan 6 4 2 2 337 313 1.077 7 8 .875
5 Flag of Poland Poland 5 4 1 3 338 343 0.985 7 9 0.778
6 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 4 4 0 4 203 320 0.649 1 12 0.008

-Dan.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Baseball, Basketball, danharris, Olympic Games, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet, volleyball | Leave a comment

Spiking the Competition!!!

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With Micheal Phelps dominating the Olympics and headlines since the start of the Beijing games, many other great story lines are being lost in his wash.

Take the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team. Undoubtedly the saddest story to come out of this years games was the attack on the in-laws of Men’s Volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon, Todd and Barbara Bachman. Todd Bachman was killed during the attack and Barbara was stabbed but is now in a Minnesota hospital in fair condition after undergoing eight hours of surgery in Beijing.

Coach McCutcheon missed the first three games of these Olympics to be by his family’s side during this time, something even the biggest sport fan can appreciate. During the three-game span his team had gone undefeated winning each match in dominating fashion. McCutcheon was back on the sideline Saturday morning to see his boys take on host team China in a sold out Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium.

When introduced, the pockets of American fans spread out throughout the crowd gave McCutcheon a standing ovation. Despite the sentimental reunion, many volleyball experts wondered if the reunification of coach and team would hurt the play of the U.S. team. Not even picked to be a serious medal contender, many believed the spectacular play of the American team to be rooted from a “win one for the gipper” mentality the team had picked up since the tragedy of their coach (the incident happened the first day of the games).

The Americans showed no signs of a reunion hangover as they easily dispatched their opponents in a convincing sweep 25-22, 25-12, 25-18. During the match the U.S. team wrote “TB” and “BB” on their sneakers in honor of there coach’s family.

After the match, and many hugs and high-fives, Coach Mccutcheon said it was his mother-in-law who was the biggest proponent that he stay in Beijing saying “She was extremely encouraging. She was adamant that I stay. She assured me she’s going to be good.”

The U.S. team has clinched their way into the Quarterfinals of the Olympic games but still have one more preliminary game against Japan on Monday, August 18th.

-Shawn.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, danharris, Olympic Games, shawncamilleri, Sports, thesilverbullet, Uncategorized, volleyball | 2 Comments

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.

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Baseball, Basketball, danharris, Olympic Games, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment