US Olympics Basketball Team Embarrasses Spain In Quest for Redeem Team Gold

Spain was supposed to be the strongest competition the US would face in these Olympics. Sometimes, though, things just aren’t as they appear.

In 2006, the Spanish team were world champions. They didn’t look like world champions in this game.

The game was riddled with turnovers by Spain, giving the US team way too many opportunities to score. And the US team also did something they had not been able to do in previous games in these Olympics. They hit 3s. They were 12 for 25 from downtown.

The final score was an embarrassment for Spain, losing to the Americans 119-82, a 37 point spread. LeBron James scored 18 points, Dwyane Wade had 16 and Carmelo Anthony sunk 16 points as well.

The only remaining undefeated team is Lithuania, but the US will not have to face them until the final game for the Gold.

The US team did indeed look like the Redeem Team in this game. Certainly, if they continue to play like this, a Gold medal is in their future.



American Heart Shows in US Beach Volleyball Pursuit of Gold, Gibb/Rosenthal

The Americans once again show heart in the Olympics when it comes down to a hard fought battle.

Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal fought a brutal battle with Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa, marginally winning the first set at 26-24. Herrera and Mesa were merciless in their fast play and did not give in to the Americans easily.

And so it was in the second set. Herrera and Mesa continued to taunt Gibb and Rosenthal in the second set, matching them point for point and eventually taking the lead 11-10. The Spaniards were honorable and strong opponents.

After an incidental contact between Rogers and Herrera, Rogers was quick to help Herrera up, Herrera reached and took Rogers hand, showing the sportsmanship between the two teams.

Gibb-Rosenthal ate the Spanish alive on the next three points leading to a time out. The Spanish had gotten sloppy and needed to regroup.

On the first point after the point, the Spanish had an easy spike and Rosenthal dug it out of the sand on a miraculous play, but the Spaniard’s Mesa ate the Americans alive with his next spike. It was still 16-14 US, but the Spaniards demonstrated they are great players and should not be taken for granted.

So, the Spaniards on the next point spike again. Mesa spiked to Rosenthal who made a miraculous save and got it in the air to Gibb who scurried to keep the ball alive and Rosenthal returned it over the net.

Sean Rosenthal
The next play has to be seen. The USA team showed heart and excellence as they scored the next point. A spike by the Spaniards was weak and Rosenthal was able to get it in the air. But Gibb had everything he could do to chase it down out of bounds to get in the air for Rosenthal. Gibb was masterful, placing just in front of the net for a graceful touch by Rosenthal. All the Spaniards could do was touch it and pass it under the net as the USA team danced in glory.

The US team appeared to get complacent and allowed the Spaniards to come back to 17-16. But Gibb ate up Mesa on a spike taking it to 18-16. The next play was complacent again on the American’s as they blew a point hitting an easy spike out of bounds.

Then came the play of the game. The Spaniards served. Gibb popped it in the air and Rosenthal set it up for a Gibb spike. Gibb went up but the Spaniards were ready and blocked his return. In a miraculous play, Rosenthal scooped the block from the sand by inches stretching beyond everything that seems human. Gibb popped it up trusting his teammate even as he lay in the sand from the last play. Rosenthal rose to the occasion. He stood up and spiked it past the Spaniards leaving them to wonder how they lost the point.

This broke the Spaniards back. They realized nothing they could do would win. Gibb-Rosenthal were suddenly a wall. The Spanish hit it out of bounds at match point and Gibb Rosenthal too the set 21-17 and the match.

Spain had to endure two painful defeats today at the hands of the US, in basketball and in volleyball. But they have a ton of company as the US leads in medals in the Olympics.

Dara Torres, at 41yo, Takes Silver in Olympics Women’s 50M Free; Ian Thorpe Stunned by Phelps Olympic Gold #8

Dara Torres, at 41 Years Old, Takes Silver Medal in Olympics Women’s 50M Freestyle

There was little doubt, Dara Torres was the fastest woman in the pool, but in the 50 Meter, one slip or one slight difference can give the winner the edge.

Britta Steffen of Germany launched off the platform a hair better than Dara and that was enough to get her the victory with an Olympic Record of 24.06.

It looked at the end of the race like Dara touched first, and we were thinking Gold, but it was not to be.  Britta gets Gold 1/100 of a second faster than Dara.  Will Dara be back again in four years?  She looks faster and stronger than many women half her age!

Ian Thorpe Saddened and Stunned By Michael Phelps Olympic Gold #8

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As the camera panned to Ian Thorpe, 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist from Australia, you could see the disappointment in his eyes.  After a miraculous victory for the US and while others around him cheered and smiled, he seemed to stare at the results in total disbelief.

Thorpe was quoted in an interview prior to the Olympics, “I don’t think Michael Phelps is going to be able to win 7 Golds, much less 8.”  Michael Phelps placed that quote in the back of his locker.  Ian’s words provided incentive every day as Michael and the rest of the US team focused on Ian’s words as they made Olympic history!!

Thanks Ian.  You helped bring Michael to this historic, possibly once in history, performance.

We suggest Ian be grateful for what he has accomplished, not dejected for being outdone by a vastly superior swimmer.

Michael Phelps, Eighth Wonder of the Olympics! Team Wins 4x100m Medley Relay Final

There was little doubt as the swimmers entered the pool area that this race was to be US all the way. This relay team was just too strong to miss Gold, but Australia and Japan may have a bit to say about that. Aaron Peirsol was to start, and the weak link was Brendan Hansen, who failed to medal in his heat. How would it play out?

If the team won this race, then Phelps would get Gold #8 and pass Mark Spitz. The key word there is “team”. For any man to break the record Spitz had set 36 years ago, he would have to depend on the rest of his team. The relay is a team effort. If Jason Lezak had not chased down braggart Frenchman Bernard in the 4×100 Meter Freestyle Relay, Phelps chance at history could not have been possible.

Once again, Phelps could contribute on his leg and without him the US could not win, but it required that the entire team perform for Olympic Gold!!

Peirsol started off the race in the backstroke. Peirsol was ahead at the turn, but not by much. Peirsol had been out-touched in the 200, and his injured elbow was a concern even though the coaches said it should not impact his performance. He was on World Record Pace, and in the lead, so it looked good so far.

Hansen leaped into the pool for the breaststroke ahead of world record pace. He maintained the lead at the turn, but Kosuke Kitojima of Japan was on the hunt. Now as they neared the next leg, Australia and Japan had pulled ahead of the World Record and Kitojima once again asserted his dominance over Hansen taking the lead. Brendan Hansen was behind at the touch, and Phelps was slow to leap into the pool not wanting to take the chance of any disqualification ruining the team’s chance at Gold.

Phelps entered the pool behind, but by only a hair. Australia, the US and Japan were all kissing the world record line, and it was way way too close to call. Michael’s pursuit of #8 could all go down the drain right here.

Phelps once again demonstrated that he is the strongest swimmer in the world. On the turn, he established his lead. Michael was ahead of world record pace and the other swimmers were starting to fall behind. But it all came down to our hero of these Olympics and the swimmer that made the win in the 4×100 Meter Freestyle Relay possible, Jason Lezak.

Jason made the surface of the water a hair in the lead, but he had the lead, and it was up to him to lose it. This is where Lezak does not lose. When it is just Jason on the line, he does not seem to have the strength to take Gold, but when it is the team on the line and history on the line, this man excels. “Team” is what Jason is all about and he once again rose to the occasion expanding the lead at the turn.

Australia and the US were both ahead of the world record, and Australia was coming on fast. But Lezak was an incredible body length ahead of the World Record and just as in his prior anchor leg, he was not about to lose. He touched first and made history for America. Phelps would now have GOLD #8. And he has his team to thank!!

16 medals, 14 GOLD!! 8 in this Olympics alone, taking the historic record away from Mark Spitz.

The team embraced and they knew they were all part of history, the Olympic tattoo on Hansen’s shoulder accentuating all that Olympic competition is all about.

Michael said after the race, “It’s the help from these guys that made it all possible, you know? It’s the relays and putting four guys together that really made it possible. This shows how much teamwork and how much togetherness we have. It is amazing to be a part of, and I am..honored.”

Michael, you are a champion, because you recognize that so many factors go into your achievement and we love you for proving once again that greatness is the sum of its parts.




Communism Does Not Upset Us, Chinese Cheats do! How NASDAQ Assists China As They Cheat the US in Olympics and In Business.

China not only cheated when they sent under-aged contestants into the 2008 Olympic Women’s Gymnastics competition, they repeatedly cheat against the US in many other ways.   Our politicians are afraid to turn away cheap Chinese imports, so they continually look the other way.  Some call it free trade. Certainly it is “FREE” for China, but it is very expensive for the US.

They destroy US companies and are solely responsible for their criminal activity. Other Asian countries may have somewhat similar problems, but it is primarily the Chinese that continue to tap our economy for their criminal gains.

China repeatedly allows the resale of bootlegged US Software, brand name purses and other products throughout the world. This practice devastates many US and International companies. Recently, in a trip to our local mall, a vendor was selling $10 knock-offs of sunglasses, Revo, Oakley and Ray-Ban, claiming them all to be genuine.  All made in, you guessed it, China.

Fake crocs or frocs 1Also recently, the companies CROCS and HLYS were devastated by Chinese knock-offs and the International Trade Commission did nothing as knock-offs of patented shoes were exported from China throughout the world.

When CROCS was sued because soft shoes were found to be dangerous on escalators, the Chinese companies that had robbed them of hundreds of millions in sales were nowhere to be found. They take the profits of their criminal activity, but they disappear when it comes to financial and social responsibility.

China Energy Savings Technology, Inc.

(CESV when they were traded on the NASDAQ) is another example of a Chinese disgrace. The company was marketed on the US Stock exchange. The company claimed that it had over $3.00 in cash on hand. The NASDAQ and Yahoo trusted them and published these statistics as fact showing their strong cash position and cash flow.

It was all a lie, and the NASDAQ was complicit. CESV dissolved in days as the CEO disappeared and all that cash was nowhere to be found.  The rest of the board then walked away, leaving American investors to lose hundreds of millions. What was China’s action on the matter? To market more fraudulent companies on the NASDAQ and continue to apparently endorse the fraud.  They took no specific action against the criminals that committed the fraud, nor did they make any effort to make foreign investors whole.  Lawsuits were filed, but suing a company within Communist boarders is like trying to teach a pig to talk, you waste your time and you annoy the pig.

The Chinese gymnastics team is only one small example of where China defrauds the US and the World, in some cases stealing retirement savings from legitimate investors. They have no remorse and take no remedial action to prevent the fraud as they consume our resources.

And so we trust them with the Olympics as they abuse children too.

Chinese Government Cheats At Olympics, Chinese Women’s Gymnasts Deserve Our Respect

In our Polls we have seen most people believe that China not only cheated, but that the Chinese team should be stripped of their Olympics medal. This is by a huge 5-1 margin so we have to respect our readers’ opinion.

We would like to add, however, that we humbly disagree with the people in our polls. We feel that the team members of the Chinese Women’s Gymnastics team are victims of a totalitarian government that has placed pressure on them to lie and win at all costs.

We feel that the media and the world will know the truth within months and China will be disgraced. But these girls deserve our respect for surviving in an environment in which a government rules by intimidation and lies.

Our hearts go out to them, and we wish them our best and hope they are back again to show us their best in the next Olympics. We hope China does not get excluded from the next Olympics for their illegal acts, because these girls deserved better.

Pathetic Coverage of US Dalhausser/Rogers over Swiss Laciga/Schnider in Beach Volleyball by NBC in Olympics

In an incredible match between Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, and Switzerland’s Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider, the Americans had, after splitting the first two sets, come back from a 6 love deficit.  The battle was incredible, with each team exchanging leads.  This was one of the most exciting matches of the Olympics!!! Suddenly, in the middle of a tied match, NBC cut to the pool.

Michael Phelps was to make his swim for history and his 7th Gold Medal.  And we do not question the fact that Michael was more important at this juncture, so going to that live was a no-brainer.

But after Michael won, NBC showed that they are a no-brainer.  They turned to meaningless track qualifications that could have been shown anytime, and left the fans of one of the best US Beach Volleyball Teams in history dangling.

As it turns out, Dalhausser and Rogers overcame a 6-0 deficit in the final set to beat Switzerland 21-16, 21-23, 15-13 advancing to the quarterfinals.

But the coverage had to come from elsewhere, as NBC demonstrated their inability to understand the importance of one of the closest matches in this tournament.

Michael Phelps Wins 7th Gold In Closest Olympic Swim In History!! Wins Men’s 100M Butterfly, Ties Spitz Record!

P helps was about to go to seven straight Golds in these Olympics.  He was trying to shake off the nerves.  He was about to swim for Mark Spitz’s record, but Spitz did not have to face Milorad Cavic of Serbia.  In the preliminaries, he passed Michael for the second fastest time in history. Michael and Milorad would race side by side in lanes 4 and 5.  Ian Crocker of the US gets a chance to medal along with Phelps.

Michael looked nervous.  The camera flashed to Phelps mother in the stands and she was trembling and shaking in her seat.  His sisters looked scared, one pursing her lips and the other staring into space.  None were smiling; all were fidgeting.  They knew, this was no cake-walk, and they all knew what was at stake.

Phelps leaped off the stand and into the pool taking the early lead.  The question was, when history was on the line, as so often happens, could Michael choke or have any number of possible slips that lead to a single loss that denies them history?  Or could another swimmer like Cavic rise to the challenge to show Michael was not perfect and take the Gold away?

At the first turn, Cavic had the lead.  Cavic is fast, and he had beaten Phelps in the preliminaries, was Phelps to be denied?  Phelps was behind; Cavic in the lead going to the finish.  No question Cavic had this race, but Michael demonstrated why he is so very superior to the rest of the world.  Not only does he have the natural ability and physical talent, he has a heart that will not let him lose.

Phelps surged in the final 20 meters and gradually gained on Cavic.  But even near the end, it looked like Cavic would win.  On the final stroke, the very final stroke, the absolute last split second, Phelps touched first for the Gold.  Cavic took Silver.

#7 for Phelps.  Cavic was shocked.  Phelps won by 1/100 of a second!!  Michael didn’t look agitated this time around; he looked relieved.  Cavic had come 1/100 of a second from halting Michael’s run, demonstrating that even the best have their nemesis.

It was a final stroke, which you have to see to believe; we will provide that video if you missed it.  Cavic is reaching for the Gold and Michael is still in a final stroke.  Phelps knew it was close and thrust forward in that final stroke to miraculously touch simultaneously with Cavic.  For all intents and purposes, this was a tie.  But 1/100 of a second can make the difference in the Olympics, and that slightest of differences, the closest race in Olympics history took Gold #7 for Phelps!!

Phelps mother collapsed to the floor in disbelief.  God had blessed them.  Phelps looked humbled for the first time in these Olympics, having won with a time of 50.58 to Cavic’s 50.59!!  Oh my.  Mother of God!  Phelps took #7 and we were in tears.

US Nastia Liukin Wins Gymnastic Gold While Her Mother Goes Sight Seeing

Nastia Liukin won Gold Thursday night in the Women’s Gymnastics all-around Final.  She was spectacular and clearly the undisputed Gold medalist of the entire world.

But as she performed, her mother, Anna Liukin, went sight seeing.

“Actually, I wasn’t in the building at the time”, said Anna, “I decided to go and do sightseeing around the Beijing Area”.  Nastia had to text her mother saying, “I won, love you Mom”.

As Nastia hugged her father and teammates, Nastia’s mother was touring Beijing.

Her mother said she was too nervous to attend, “It would be too many butterflies in my stomach”.

At 8 AM, she texted her daughter to say “Stay focused and have fun!! Text me when you done.  Love you”.

Nastia later said, “I saw her a few hours after I won and it was the first time I had seen her since I left for the Olympics.”

Nastia’s Father, Valeri Liukin, was by her side every step of the way.

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