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Posted on 30 June 2014 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: WNBA-Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Golf: PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from White Sulphur Springs, WV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Ohio Machine (Friday 4pm from Columbus live on CBS Sports Network)
10. Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Friday 7pm Inner Harbor); 4th of July Parades (Friday various times Arbutus, Kingsville, Towson, Bel Air, Dundalk, Catonsville, Glyndon, etc.) Joan Rivers (Wednesday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); “Tammy” out in theaters (Wednesday)
When you watch “The Sandlot” Friday, please tag me in your photos. You WILL watch “The Sandlot” Friday.
9. Beyonce & Jay-Z (Monday 8pm M&T Bank Stadium); Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry (Saturday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live); Crosby, Stills & Nash (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Counting Crows/Toad The Wet Sprocket (Saturday 7pm Wolf Trap); Neko Case (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ed Sheeran (Tuesday 5pm Power Plant Live); Juicy J (Thursday 10pm Echostage); A Capitol Fourth feat. Frankie Valli, Phillip Phillips, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks (Friday 8pm from US Capitol live on PBS); Old Crow Medicine Show “Remedy” available (Tuesday)
I mean, Beyonce could perform…OR…they could just show the “Partition” video on the screens at the stadium…
Speaking of Mrs. Carter, Ed Sheeran does a pretty solid Mrs. Carter.
Remember how good the Goo Goo Dolls used to be?
Almost as good as the Counting Crows.
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Posted on 24 June 2014 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Legends Football League-Atlanta Steam @ Baltimore Charm (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); WNBA: Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm Verizon Center), San Antonio Silver Stars @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm Verizon Center); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Florida Launch (Saturday 7pm from Boca Raton, FL live on YouTube); Boxing: Tori Nelson vs. Nicole Williams (Saturday 6pm Du Burns Arena); Auto Racing: NASCAR Quaker State 400 (Saturday 7:30pm from Sparta, KY live on TNT); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna (Saturday 5am from Auckland, New Zealand live on UFC Fight Pass), UFC Fight Night Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on Fox Sports 1)
10. Great American Backyard Campout (Saturday 6pm Oregon Ridge); “Transformers: Age of Extinction“, “Snowpiercer” and “They Came Together” out in theaters (Friday); “300: Rise of an Empire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)
None of this means much of anything for me-so instead I’ll post this new photo of Sofia Vergara that came out Monday. You can thank me later.
9. Thank You Festival feat. Tiesto (Thursday 4pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Katy Perry (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); OneRepublic/The Script (Friday 7pm Jiffy Luve Live), Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Avicii (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ben Folds (Wednesday 8:15pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo! (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Say Anything (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Drive-By Truckers (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Diana Ross (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Dr. John (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Air Supply (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Primus (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Lake Street Dive (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jamestown Revival (Sunday 8:30pm Gypsy Sally’s); Rebirth Brass Band (Sunday 2pm DC Jazz Festival); Ed Sheeran “X”, Phish “Fuego” and Clutch “Earth Rocker Deluxe” available (Tuesday)
I’m including Katy Perry this week. Let’s just go ahead and move on so we don’t have to talk about it any further.
Say hello to Kevin Van Valkenburg at the Truckers’ show.
Lake Street Dive is rather enjoyable.
Someday I’ll be coming home…to see Jamestown Revival.
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Posted on 17 June 2014 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Wednesday 12pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Seattle Storm (Sunday 9pm from Seattle live on NBA TV); Boxing: Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime)
10. Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival (Saturday Inner Harbor); Mike Epps (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Bob Saget (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Hal Sparks (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Mick Foley (Tuesday & Thursday DC Improv), Steve Rannazzisi (Friday & Saturday DC Improv); “Jersey Boys” and “Think Like A Man Too” out in theaters (Friday); “The Lego Movie” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)
Yes. You DO know Steve Rannazzisi.
Think Like A Man Too does not look like a film I’d enjoy viewing. This picture however does. Isn’t that odd?
9. Foreigner/Styx (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Zac Brown Band (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); John Butler Trio (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap), Daryl Hall & John Oates (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Matisyahu (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Devo (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Hank 3 (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Saturday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cara Kelly and the Tall Tale/The Herd of Main Street (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Johnnyswim (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marc Broussard (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Scott Stapp (Tuesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Kaiser Chiefs (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bacon Brothers (Saturday-Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Playing For Change (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Saturday 5:45pm National Capital BBQ Battle); Steve Aoki (Saturday 9pm Echostage); Willie Nelson “Band of Brothers”, Linkin Park “The Hunting Party”, Sam Smith “In The Lonely Hour” and David Gray “Mutineers” available (Tuesday)
I enjoy the work of the Zac Brown Band.
The Herd of Main Street is a talented band from this area that you should REALLY BE LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW.
Hey look! It’s both Johnnyswim AND Daryl Hall!
Marc Broussard is deliciously Broussardian.
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Posted on 01 July 2013 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Sulphur Springs, WV); WNBA: Seattle Storm @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Allan Green vs. Eleider Alvarez (Friday 9pm from Hartford live on ESPN2)
10. Daughtry/3 Doors Down/Halestorm (Saturday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Doobie Brothers (Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap); Gregg Allman (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Maine (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Wild Feathers (Thursday 7:30pm West Mount Vernon Park); The Verve Pipe (Thursday 3:30pm Long Bridge Park); The Polyphonic Spree (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); African American Festival feat. Patti LaBelle (Saturday & Sunday M&T Bank Stadium); Jay-Z “Magna Carta Holy Grail” available in stores/on iTunes (Sunday)
I’m more than a bit embarrassed by how much I enjoy Chris Daughtry…
The Doobie Brothers made the most important music video of all time that wasn’t “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai…
Go see Wild Feathers. Now.
I dare you to watch this whole Verve Pipe video and not cry.
9. Michael Winslow (Wednesday 7:30pm & 9:45pm Baltimore Comedy Factory); Tom Papa (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); “Despicable Me 2“, “The Lone Ranger“ (Wednesday) and “The Way, Way Back“ (Friday) out in theaters; Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Thursday 9:30pm Inner Harbor), Annapolis 4th of July Parade (Thursday 6:30pm Downtown Annapolis), Kingsville Independence Day Parade (Thursday 10am “Downtown” Kingsville)
There is no more American way to celebrate the 4th of July than to watch “The Sandlot”…
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Posted on 25 June 2013 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: MLL-Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Hamilton Nationals (Saturday 7pm from Hamilton, ON live on YouTube); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Tulsa Shock @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network/NBA TV); Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin (Saturday 9:45pm from Mashantucket, CT live on HBO)
10. Heart/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (Tuesday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Kid Rock (Friday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live), Brad Paisley (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Counting Crows/The Wallflowers (Tuesday 7pm Wolf Trap), The Temptations/The Four Tops (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo!/Authority Zero (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Jason Isbell (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Taproot (Saturday 7pm House of Rock); Lunar Bay Music & Arts Festival feat. moe., Keller Williams (Saturday & Sunday Susquehanna State Park); Dundalk Heritage Fair feat. Three Dog Night/Jefferson Starship (Friday-Sunday Dundalk Heritage Park); Mavis Staples “One True Vine” and Wale “Gifted” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)
I’m going on vacation next week, but apparently the music world picked this week? I mean, the Counting Crows used to be really good but their show might as well be in Eastern Europe…
I love the idea that Ballyhoo! might be Charm City’s next significant band…
Jason Isbell is a rock star, but again…how far can I go to see him?
Mavis Staples…Mavis Staples…I could sing of my love for Mavis Staples…
9. Tracy Morgan (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre), Guy Torry (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv), Paul Mooney (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “White House Down” and “The Heat” out in theaters (Friday); “The Gathering” (Friday 5pm McHenry Row/Penn Station Plaza)
I’m just going to suggest you watch this Tracy Morgan/David Letterman interview on repeat…
I think I might start my own food truck for “The Gathering.” I’ll probably call it “Historic Pigtown”…
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Posted on 31 December 2012 by Nestor Aparicio
Perhaps you already know parts of the story of local swimming sensation Jessica Long. Maybe you’ve seen her on the evening news or you’ve seen her honored locally or even nationally on the ESPY’s or as the 2006 James Sullivan Award winner.
As a journalist here for 29 years, I’ve had the privilege of knowing some special athletes and people around sports. The Baltimore connections and heroes are among some of the greatest names in the sports universe from Johnny Unitas and Brooks Robinson to Ray Lewis and Cal Ripken not mention from Michael Phelps back to Babe Ruth. But the story of Jessica Long is better than any of them because of what she doesn’t have.
Jessica Long doesn’t have legs.
While all eyes and focus were on Baltimore’s worldwide star Michael Phelps this summer during the Olympic Games from London, another local swimmer & world-class competitor was waiting in the wings to make her third splash in the Paralympic Games, which followed the Closing Ceremonies in England.
Jessica Long first gained local and national attention as a 12-year old at the 2004 Athens games and now has been through the Beijing and London games and is emerging as a model, spokesperson and inspiration to people all over the world. Oh, and she’s turns 21 in February but her eyes have seen the world in a big way and this past year and this unfolding story I’m about to tell is incredible, heart-warming and still doesn’t have an ending – happy or otherwise.
Then again, almost everything surrounding Jessica Long always seems to turn out with an immense level of happiness and smiles all around. This blog will end with a video of her surrounded by Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, John Harbaugh draped with her Paralympic gold medals and you’ll see her mantra for the coach in regard to the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff run:
“Pressure is a privilege,” she says.
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The Paralympics Games attract an all-too-small fraction of the attention of the sports and media spotlight so it’s up to people like me in places like Baltimore to tell you about my favorite sports story of 2012 and hope to inspire you as we enter 2013.
My favorite Baltimore sports story of 2012 is about Jessica Long and you’ll soon find out why.
This story is lengthy because it needs to be and contains various links and pictures that I personally hope you check out and read as you begin another year. Your 2013 will probably begin with two legs so think about the courage of Jessica Long and her amazing narrative
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Posted on 16 August 2012 by Tom Federline
Brooks “The Tuna” Velour….. it did not matter how many times I saw that Maryland Lottery Medal Mania commercial – I laughed. The dolphin kick as he entered the water – priceless. On a serious note, I was engaged with the Olympics from start to finish. I believe what set this Olympics apart from previous viewings was: a) channel options b) the DVR and c) choice of knowing outcome or waiting until event coverage. NBCSN is even capitalizing on post airings, with “Return to London…” all this week, featuring the highlights of the more coveted sports. The replays are buffeting any immediate Olympic withdrawal symptoms.
Yes, the primetime commercials were to many and to long. Yes, some of the background stories were to drawn out and dramatic. Yes, some of the interviews immediately following the event were to mundane and elementary. And yes, I threw my sofa cushions at the tube, after the 50th time I saw Matthew Perrys’ face and whatever new show of his they were jamming down our throats. They did such a good job, I don’t even know the name of the supposed upcoming sitcom. We had options………….. click.
What I dug the most was, Neil Peart drum roll please………….the camera angles/video coverage. I know it’s not new and I am getting old but, for some reason being with the athlete as they competed in their event blew me away. I was all about – the under water 50m pool shots, following the diver into the pool, running with the gymnast down the runway, surging across the mat, running with the track stars, the super slow motion replay, etc. etc. The under water on the floor of the pool looking up shots – extremely cool. Were we ever able to follow them during the race before from below? Maybe it’s the new HD flat screens? I don’t know, I’m old, I appreciate the little things alot more now. I will say, I am not a fan of the “in-your-face” camera shots immediately following their performance or while they wait for their scores. No reason to be a foot from their face when I believe there is a lens option called “zoom”. The video coverage enhanced my viewing time.
Number 2 on the “what I really dug” meter………….. Boxing analyst – Teddy Atlas. His commentary pre, during and post fight was unprecedented. He had the knowledge, he had the flare, he had the honesty and freedom to call it like he saw it. Analogies I had never heard before or would have ever dreamed of interjecting into a boxing match. FAN-tastic. Even though the boxing was for the most part – “fixed” – at least Ole Teddy Atlas was on board with it. “Some of these decisions, are making Olympic boxing a joke/no credibility.” “If they give it to the blue corner – I’m on a plane out of here.” Blue corner received the win……”Where do I go get our tickets.” (They didn’t leave). His play-by-play man, Bobby Papa, was right there with him. “Where are they getting these judges? The judging at these games is why this sport is considered a farce.” FAN-tastic coverage, with so many more examples. If they ever come out with a DVD of the boxing coverage for the London 2012 Olympics ………….buy it………it’s a classic.
Number 3 – minimal bad press. Besides the inevitable “Fixes” – (badminton you kiddin’ me)? There were only a couple positive drug tests (so far). Really only one, that being the “she-man” shot putter from Belarus. Let me tell you, you saw it………there were plenty more of the “she-men” running around. The other positive drug test didn’t really count. That was the American judo guy – he inadvertently ate some marijuana brownies back in the states prior to going over. Uhhhhhhh yeah right. I wonder if the IOC uses the same testing labs as MLB and the NFL? There were minimal reports of misdemeanors. There were no terrorists attacks, no Munich of 1972 from 40 years earlier. Nice job – British and friends security teams – give them a gold medal.
Number 4 – the USA women in anything. I heard the USA women alone, would have come in fifth for total medals vs. the rest of the world. The gals swimming was the surprise. In the last race of the meet, the 4 X 100 medley relay, the USA had 4 gold medal winners at their particular specialty, won at various distances. Soccer, water polo, basketball, beach volleyball (final match -both teams- USA), tennis, rowing, track, etc. You go girls.
For most of these athletes it’s a “Once in a Lifetime” – (Talking Heads), type deal. Although, for those at the top of their game, it seems as if there are more and more repeaters. When the Olympics changedthe participation status requirements from amateur to include professional – a new era was born. Now the athletes can recognize the potential income and sponsorship they can receive for their efforts. Stay off the drugs and go for it.
I encourage you to offer your top moments. Looking forward to 2014 Winter games in Sochi, Russia and 2016 Summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.
Posted on 11 August 2012 by WNST Staff
HADLEIGH, England (AP) — Julie Bresset crested the final climb of Hadleigh Farm and glanced over her shoulder, and the only thing she saw was thousands of fans cheering her on.
The rest of the field was that far behind.
The 23-year-old mountain biker from France, competing at her first Olympics, smiled and soaked in the applause. She grabbed a French flag as she coasted toward the gold medal, crossing the finish line and then raising her bike triumphantly over her head.
Her entire season boiled down to one moment of unbridled joy.
“This season I decided to focus only on the Olympics, and it paid off,” Bresset said. “The World Cup was not important this season. The only race that mattered was today’s race, and I won it.”
In the most dominating way.
Bresset took advantage of a mistake by defending gold medalist Sabine Spitz of Germany on a rough section of the picturesque course in the English countryside, then gradually pulled away from the rest of the field, rolling through the last of six laps all alone.
Her time was 1 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Spitz, who took the silver medal.
“I took the front of the race and I managed it well,” said Bresset, who crashed during a practice ride Thursday and needed seven stitches to close the cuts.
“When I had a gap, I told myself, ‘Now I should go,'” she said. “I led until the finish.”
Spitz rounded out her collection of medals — along with gold in Beijing, she won bronze at the 2004 Athens Games. Georgia Gould of the United States earned bronze Saturday, the first medal for an American mountain biker since Susan DeMattai’s bronze in 1996.
“I knew that a medal was possible. I knew that on my best day I was capable of winning the race,” Gould said. “Julie rode a great race today. She was at the front at the start, which was smart.”
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa of Norway, who won gold in Athens, was never in contention after puncturing a tire on a remote section of the course and hiking back to her support team.
Maja Wlosczowska of Poland, the silver medalist from Beijing, didn’t start the race. She broke a bone in her foot during a training ride in Italy and was unable to compete.
Bresset’s victory could be just the start for France. Julien Absalon will go for an unprecedented third straight gold medal in the men’s race Sunday.
“I hope he will do the same. He’s capable of it,” Bresset said. “Sharing this result with him would be amazing. I hope my achievement can bring good luck to the French team.”
The women’s race went off under blue skies at Hadleigh Farm, where a 2.9-mile course was carved out of rolling hills and woodlands overlooking an estuary of the River Thames.
Britain’s Annie Last took the initiative on the opening loop, generating a massive cheer from thousands of fans who packed into the natural amphitheater near the start-finish line.
Last remained in the lead when the riders headed onto the main course, which was changed from the Olympic test event to make it more demanding. Bresset eventually attacked on a flat section, and the under-23 world champion opened a small gap on the field as it finished Lap 1.
Last started to struggle with the pace, falling away by the second lap, and Canada’s Catharine Pendrel — one of the favorites — soon joined her in trailing the leaders. Spitz and Gould began giving chase, and the three of them worked together to put nearly 30 seconds on the rest of the field.
Bresset’s big break came when Spitz crashed in a technical section of the course called “the rock garden” that also slowed Gould and left Bresset alone at the front.
“When I went over my handlebar, I hurt my knee a bit,” Spitz said. “That broke my rhythm for a short time. Thank God nothing was wrong with the bike so I could keep going.”
Bresset took advantage of the delay behind her to build on the lead, blazing over the downhill sections of the course. Even though Spitz and Gould appeared stronger on the short, punchy climbs, the two of them struggled to reel in the strongest rider in the field.
Bresset’s lead was so large on the final lap that she had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, starting her celebration with the finishing banner — and none of her competitors — within sight.
“It was crucial to take a strong start and then to race cleverly, and not to dig deep in my limits,” Bresset said. “I hoped to win a medal, and a gold medal is unbelievable.”
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Posted on 11 August 2012 by Nestor Aparicio
Every four years the Summer Olympic Games seem to capture the imagination of the American public and it’s the strangest thing – folks who normally wouldn’t be engaged by a 100 meter sprint on a track or a 4X100 swimming medley in a pool are suddenly glued to their TV sets awaiting the next semifinal heat and getting to know these athletes we call “world class.”
And for a few weeks, we all seemingly stand at attention of the balance beam or the high dive podium. But then, almost like clockwork and presidential elections, most of these sports go back into a four-year hibernation in the minds and hearts of the American public.
Some of these major international sports – like soccer or basketball – are well engrained in every facet of American life and already have a huge clamoring for the athletes who makes tens of millions of dollars “playing” their game as a vocation and not a hobby. And then there are the weightlifters and badminton players who wallow in relative obscurity, even during the Olympic Games themselves as an agate type or a footnote on the TV broadcast.
But after watching parts of beach volleyball games over the first week of the Olympic Games and seeing the social media stream talking about the once-again dominant performance of Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings I’m starting to think twice about whether this is the one “niche” sport that could become far more mainstream in America in the coming decade.
At WNST, we took phone calls on it. Folks were tweeting us about it. And it almost made you want to buy a ticket and watch these girls – and yes, even the fellows – play sometime soon.
Back in May when the Preakness was in Baltimore, the tour stopped at the Inner Harbor. I even met Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers during the Alibi Breakfast at Old Hilltop. I felt some of the presence of players and fans as I walked through the downtown area. It was a buzz, albeit a relatively small one. There are beach volleyball courts literally three blocks from where I live and I see folks playing socially most weeknights. And let’s be honest, everyone has played some volleyball at a picnic once or twice or in Ocean City.
You don’t have to know much about the sport to realize there’s certainly something incredibly compelling about these two female phenoms, who have written the Babe Ruth-like first chapter in the history of the sport.
May-Treanor & Walsh Jennings have now struck gold over the past three Olympics but can the sport catch on beyond their Olympic appearances, which act as a P.R. machine for whatever it will grow into and become in America? And not just on the far sexier women’s side of the net.
And, yes, I did mention the sex. Beach volleyball has certainly got sex appeal – again on both sides of the nets — with tall, bronze, sculpted athletes and the not-easily won over crowds in London via Brasil were large and enthusiastic.
Really, it was amazing to see what a tough ticket the beach volleyball games were and how the sport has evolved into a theatrical production – borrowing elements of NBA dancers, loud popular music and riveting athletes who pump the crowd up