Archive for October, 2015

World Championships live Podium Training.

October 20, 2015

Don’t forget to vote for who you think will win the AA and individual events. Voting will remain open until at least prelims.

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I have to work late tomorrow and won’t be able to watch videos til Wednesday so anyone that watches the live Podium training please let me know what went on while I spent my day as a slave. I should be around a little during the afternoon and will check in then.

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Gymnastike talks about the line ups. Dowell according to the way the line ups were presented will not be doing UB in prelims. Someone please explain to me why she is here? She is essentially an exhibition. Key would have made more sense. If you are using her for team finals she deserves the right to try and make an event final. This entire line up makes no sense. Winning by 7 points will happen regardless but I just don’t know what Marta is trying to do?

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World Championship Updates ( Monday 10-19-2015)

October 19, 2015

Don’t forget to vote for who you think will win the AA and individual events. Voting will remain open until at least prelims.

I’ll be updating this blog with anything we get at least for a few days.

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Monday 1-19-2015

Sorry this is late. I won’t be around tomorrow so let me go how podium training goes. I’ll have the boys phone but it’s a busy day at work so I don’t know when I’ll have time to check it. I won’t be home til late.

Videos by Gymnastike

Komova on bars. Now she looks great here lets see if she can keep it up.

Bulimar on floor/ Sae on Floor too and I am so mad I forgot to add her to the floor poll. SHAME ON ME. Brenna on bars. She has no Amanar and only practiced a DTY so why is she even on this team again? I like her bars but with a DTY I don’t know why she is here. Aly on beam She looks pretty good. The 2 turn connection was questionable and one other connection but much better than Nationals.

Italian Videos

Chuso’s prod. Better form wise but just as short as whats her name. I call her future death vault girl.

The All Around had the best tweets this morning so you might have want follow them.

Gymnastike is also there.

Thanks to Tim Daggett and Inside Gymnastics some videos are up from this mornings practice.

Gabby fell on her Amanar and we get two videos of it. In one it looks like a huge mess. She gets great height then all of a sudden is out of control and on her ass. That can be seen here In the video below of all the Amanar’ s they edited out the fall but it looks like it could be a different video altogether so maybe she fell twice. If she keeps falling Marta will have her do the DTY but I think she will be fine. She looks like she lost her concentration.

Aly’s is still a mess but mostly towards the end and Skinner’s looked a little short.
This is all the Amanar’s in a row thanks to inside gymnastics via Simone’s Instagram.

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10-18-2015: Oksana Chusovitna will attempt the Produnova vault. I can’t see her doing this if she isn’t prepared but I hope she realizes one injury and no Olympics for her in 9 months.

These practice leotards are just gross. Will we ever be over the pink??????

Judges are being moved off the arena floor and I don’t quite know what to think. Are they being watched and judged live or maybe on video?

Aly did train bars in this practice.

Timmy had some great tweets this morning. Make sure to follow his twitter. Here is team USA walking in to training. Smiles and waves from some. Bitch face from others and some in their own world because they are all that matters.lol

Flavia dance walk through below. Sorry Falvia I forgot about you in the polls.

The best youtuber of all you tube times has more videos

Nastia is not in Glasgow because she’s smelling up Massachusetts. GO AWAY NASTIA

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I am just adding this to make myself feel better ūüôā Sorry Case. DON’T watch this

2015 World Championships Polls

October 18, 2015

World Championships Polls
Please only vote 3 times.
(I went through results this year and came up with who I could so if I left someone out I apologize. It was really hard considering the Chinese gymnasts are foreign to me so like I said I did the best I could.) I also realize there is a 3 per Country rule but at this point we don’t know who could make it and in the case of the US I could name 3 so I did)

Thanks for voting:)





The Skating Lesson interview with Ashley Wagnera

October 17, 2015

I love how honest Ashley is but there is fine line between standing up for yourself as a strong woman and being a bitch and Ashley toes that line oh so closely that sometimes I think she steps over it ever so slightly.

That being said how boring would skating be with a gaggle of fake Gracie Gold’s leading the way unless they skated like Michelle Kwan I know I wouldn’t want to see it.

Worlds are in Boston this year and I ill be attending the woman’s event so I can see Mao Asada skate in person. I might go to the men’s but I doubt it.

Someone needs to start one of these Skating lessons for gymnastics. Dave Lease does a very good job most of the time calling out the skaters and imagine the fun we could have if he did the same with the gymnasts?

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A gymnasts version of what it’s like to retire. Ha like retiring is a problem. Wnna trade places lady?????????????????:) I have no clue who this is (It says Amanda) Anyone know?

Say it ain’t so Bondareva

October 16, 2015

According to re-writing Russian gymnastics Maria Bondareva is retiring due to injury. I’m heart broken. Just when gymnastics gets someone with the potential to bring pretty back to the sport the Gym Gods kill them and make them go away. YOU’RE WORSE THAN THE BASEBALL GODS, GYM GODS.

This was the video RRG put up on their facebook page so I included it to the blog. It’s a little melodramatic but……….

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Also according to IG2 and RRG Aliya will have knee surgery after worlds and Afanseyeva might miss worlds with a kidney problem. Anyone want to start a go fund me for merry maids to clean that place because something is going on with that place.

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Anyone want to tell Brandy Johnson she is putting unrealistic goals in her childs head of do we blame the writer of this article for being in denial?

Worlds Schedule

I will be live blogging the women’s AA and team finals.Maybe US prelims if I can get out of bed during my vacation:)

GREAT Silivas interview. Someone needs to ask her about her age I would love to hear her opinion on the fact Romania cheated

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In the next few days I will create a blog of polls so stay tuned for that. You know if I actually get around to it

Ponor out of worlds

October 14, 2015

Link to article Andreea Iridon falling on beam at that try meet did not help you.

I have never uttered these words but there is always a first time for everything, I’m with Dwight. YES to real beam mounts and yes to 3 passes on floor and triple yes to these stupid damn vaults that will kill you getting credit.

So I went to find a positive video of Kyla Ross to talk about how weird it is not to see her during this time of year and what do I run across instead Nastia commentating where she won’t shut the **** up babbling about stupid shit and she does it in the most phony voice anyone could possibly have. Plus if you listen you can notice Tim and dumbass won’t stop asking her what she thinks. It’s clear they have been told to engage her in conversation other wise why would anyone want to listen to her say the same shit over and over again?

Hey all you married people out there do you have engagement parties where you hire professional photographers to take pictures of said party? As someone who refuses to ever get married (it would be a long discussion don’t ask:) do people really so this? Seems pretty attention grabbing if you ask me but apparently it’s all the rage.

Here we go. Nice Amanda Borden not sounding like a phony idiot and finding a way to point out the nice without sounding like a complete idiot. h wait this was supposed to be about Kyla:) I miss you Kyla. Come back strong.

I wish the internet was in full force 20 years ago so we could get video like this from the world championships. From start to end it’s all there and no commentating is to die for

Alicia Sacramone interview (Thanks to Ilana in the comment section) Pretty stock answers. She’s still trying to play up the leader angle which I find hilariously endearing in a whatever type of way.

2015 Novara Cup Results

October 11, 2015

Not sure why Romania is chancing Larisa competing this much right before Worlds but they are.

RESULTS

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All Around

Thanks to the anon that sent me these links. I had no clue this meet existed.

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I have been thinking about worlds and realized this will be one of the weakest Worlds before an Olympics in a very long time. No upstart Juniors. 2 of the AA medalists from the 2014 worlds not in the competition. Russia’s best gymnast at home. China’s best gymnast at home. It’s just a mess.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the rule that juniors can’t go to worlds the year before the Olympics even if they are eligible for the Olympics.

World team scenario’s with alternates

October 9, 2015

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A new picture will be added tomorrow and sorry for any mistakes it’s late and this took awhile.

Simone, Aly, Maggie, Gabby, Mykayla, Dowell/Kocian

At least for the purpose of this particular blog. The above gymnasts are your 2015 World team but one of these gymnasts is the alternate and we won’t find out until the actual prelims starts which one will be sitting on the sidelines so I have speculated for the time being that Kocian/Dowell are one person. One will be the UB/BB specialist and the other will sit in the training room practicing bar routines over and over and over again for no reason at all. Unless you count Marta enjoyment.

So here is some speculation for possible prelim line ups.

Team 1 and 2

Switch out Kocian/Dowell depending on who wins the death match through podium training

VT:  Aly, Gabby, Maggie, Mykayla, Simone (Kocian/Dowell)
UB:  Aly, Maggie, Gabby Simone Kocian/Dowell ( Mykayla)
BB:  Kocian/Dowell, Maggie, Aly, Gabby,, Simone (Mykayla)
FL:  Gabby, Maggie, Mykayla, Aly, Simone (Kocian/Dowell)

Vault is fine. 4 Amanar’s and a Cheng. Even the alternate has an Amanar or a DTY depending on who gets picked

UB’s is okay. Maggie has a decent 6.0 set. Simone 6.3. Aly is a low 5.7, Gabby 6.4 and¬†Kocian/Dowell 6.6 or 6.5

Now my big issue here is beam. Doesn’t matter what team we pick from these 7 girls the beam line up is the weakest of all four apparatuses. Maggie is consistent but has issues. Aly has missed connections.¬†Kocian/Dowell are inconsistent and messy. Gabby is overscored and Simone well she isn’t scary at all.

Floor has the most potential and team finals should have 3 of the highest totals of the night in Mykayla, Simone and Aly.

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Team 3

Simone, Aly, Gabby, Kocian, Dowell and Mykayla ALT Maggie

VT: Aly, Gabby, Dowell, Skinner, Simone (Kocian)

UB:  Aly, Gabby,Brenna, Simone, Kocian (Mykayla)

BB: Kocian, Brenna, Aly, Gabby, Simone (Mykayla)

FL: Brenna, Gabby, Mykayla, Aly, Simone ( Kocian)

This team is kind of scary. VT remains the same but can we trust Brenna on vault”

UB is more improved without Maggie but can we trust Brenna on bars?

BB remains iffy because Brenna is inconsistent, Kocian sucks on beam and what I said above

Floor remains the same for team finals but Brenna is still Brenna. The more I think about this Brenna is our scariest hit or miss asset. Though it won’t matter in team finals because the only event she has a chance of competing on is bars.

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TEAM 4

Simone, Aly, Gabby, Brenna, Kocian, Maggie ALT Mykayla

VT:  Aly, Gabby, Brenna, Maggie,  Simone (Kocian)

UB: Brenna, Maggie, Gabby,  Simone, Kocian (Aly)

BB: Brenna, Aly, Gabby, Maggie, Simone ( Kocian)

FL: Brenna, Gabby, Maggie, Aly, Simone, (Kocian)

VT remains the same adding an Amanar for a Chang

UB takes out the weakest link

BB remains the same wishy washy and

Floor is where this team takes a hit having to depend on Brenna to stand up. Maggie is somewhat consistent but has in the past had some mis-steps that might be trouble in a team finals and Gabby’s worst event is floor.

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Honestly there is no way in hell that Simone is ever an alternate. Aly and Gabby a step behind so we have all the opportunities for alternate covered (Maggie, Kocian/Dowell and Mykayla) but just for fun (for me anyway)

Aly, Simone, Mykayla, Brenna, Madison, Maggie ALT Gabby:)

VT: Aly, Maggie, Brenna, Mykayla, Simone (Kocian)
UB: Aly, Maggie, Brenna, Simone, Madison (Mykayla)
BB: Maggie, Brenna, Aly, Madison, Simone (Mykayla)
FL: Maggie, Brenna, Mykayla, Aly, Simone (Kocian)

This team is weaker on beam because Gabby is so overscored but heck I had to try:)

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Jas made a great point about Marta adding Bailie at the last minute 9which I believe she can do until the competition starts but am not sure on that) so whose place she would take makes this very interesting. Hearing Bailie is a great All Arounder with no great event is very much bull shit.

She’s better than Maggie on bars, beam and Floor. She is better than Kocian on vault, beam and floor and her bars are only a few tenths off. She’s better than Mykayla on bars, beam and floor. She’s better than Aly on bars and beam (and vault if were talking form vs start value) She is better than Gabby on beam and floor which on this team with any given gymnast being named alternate not named Simone on any event not named vault puts her top 3 on every event ahead of the so called stand out event gymnasts. She actually makes more sense than Maggie does. I still don’t understand how being top 3 in the best team on the planet isn’t enough to get you on the world team but Marta being Marta is so Manny.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This very long blog doesn’t need a math problem does it?:) Which team do you like or do you have an opinion I didn’t think of.

Team finals are usually decided by how the gymnast performs during prelims so I didn’t do that tho I kind of did in the order I put the gymnasts.

If I had to decide right now I would say Brenna is the alternate.

World team named

October 7, 2015

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Biles, Douglas, Dowell, Kocian, Nichols, Raisman, + Skinner!

My Thoughts

Bailie Key. I am at a loss for words on how she isn’t on this team but per usual I have my thoughts on why she isn’t. Marta knows the international judges like her a lot better then the Marta judges do and she clearly has her own idea who should be getting the second AA spot. She can’t chance Key going to worlds and beating her money gymnasts now can she. She did this to Anna Li in 2011 after subjecting her to a routine minutes before the team was about to march out and compete hoping she would tank but she didn’t and knowing full well Nastia had decided to “train” again down went Anna. I wonder if Aly will sit out bars in prelims if she does this conspiracy will make a lot of sense.Sadly it might mean Maggie is the alternate

Should be interesting to see the alternates. 7 people named, 6 spots. Is there a non traveling alternate?

Bailie and Baumann are staying at camp to train with team which is interesting

Bailie Key finished top 3 on 2 events at Nationals and was a fall from finishing top 3 on beam. I find it hard to believe she tanked camp so badly she didn’t deserve to be on this team.

Kim Zmeskal has been very quiet on social media.

What do you think?

Biles, Douglas, Dowell, Kocian, Nichols, Raisman, + Skinner!

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Camp Martamonga- Updated (9 pm Wed)

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Nope it’s not time for a bad TV movie about camp starring a young Jennifer Aniston pre nose job it’s Camp Marta and it starts tomorrow.We should get an announcement of the team sometime Thursday night.

NIGHT 1 is over

MLT’s pictures below.

Who wants to read between the smiles?

Brenna looks exhausted and thrilled it’s over
Bailie looks happier than I have seen her in awhile.
Maggie is holding up 3 fingers. My guess is third AA at this camp. SPECULATION NOT FACT

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Gabby has already placed herself on the World team before the competition has taken place. Thanks for this LOL (screen cap of a screen cap) Original is from this tumblr

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To start you off we have some videos of a bandaged Amelia Hundley’s work out on floor before leaving for camp and Nia Dennis and her new Maloney 1/2

This interview with Shannon is a little better than the other one because Laura the diver actually calls out that Miller was robbed in 92 when no one else will do it. Skating and Gym fans suck. Let the diver do the interviews

Why aren’t you naming these judges FIG?

Yankee elimination party is now in full blown happy mode.:)

RIP 2015 Red Sox (Tigers too for you Case)

October 6, 2015

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The baseball season officially ended for me yesterday afternoon. As I long for the days in April where I knew our pitching was suspect but hoped our hitting would help us muddle through I can find solace in the fact that unlike 2011 and 2012 (and 2014) at least these kids fought til the bitter end and we have potential to win in the future.

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So here’s to you Brock Holt for your first appearance in an All Star game and for hitting for the cycle and for almost always coming through when we needed you and here’s to you Mookie Betts for totally being our superstar of the future. Thanks for that amazing catch to rob that obnoxious Chris Davis of homerun in that meaningless game in September.

Here’s to you Jackie Bradley JR sure your hitting ability sucks but there isn’t a player in the game I would rather have in our outfield to throw out some dumbass Yankee who thinks he can score from 1st with your amazing arm and here’s to you Xander Bogaerts for letting us know way early in your career that you’re the next Jacoby Ellsbury who will run out on us to become a Yankee at the first sign of free agency so I was smart enough to not get attached to you at any point in the last few years and here’s to you David Ortiz for homerun 500 and actually running out your hits cuz the fans finally booed your ass when they should have done it 7 years ago and here’s to you Eduardo Rodriguez for one hell of rookie debut 2 years before you probably should have been here and here’s to you Pablo Panda Sandavol because in spite of the bitter media waiting to pounce on your ass for stupid reason’s you stayed quiet and classy and didn’t let the idiot reporters like that douche bag from the Herald get to you when if it was me I would have dope slapped him yesterday and here’s to you Handley Rameriz for taking the same route as Panda and I hope you come back next year and make them all pay.

Here’s to you Henry Owens for showing part of your potential after being thrust into the spotlight way too early and here’s to you Alexi Ogando, for not being twins and screwing up every game you played twice as badly as you did on your own and here’s to you Wade Miley for well being better than the rest of your so called “ace” pitching staff and here’s to you Clay Buccholz because in spite of the fact you pretty much sucked with the exception of a few games I can’t help but still like you because well no reason I just do and here’s to you run on sentences because damn it I don’t remember where every damn period or , is supposed to go. It’s been ***** damn years since I sat in an English class and here’s to you Blake Swihart for filling in for a late injury by Christian Vazquez to compete admirably like other players on this list years before you should have.

Here’s to you Travis Shaw for batting 375 for a good part of the year and backing up Ortiz when he got walked and here’s to you Koji and Taz just because like Okajima I will always remember what you did for us when we won the world series (2007 and 2013 respectively) and

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Thanks for the memories. Some of my favorite Red Sox moments were called by you and I will forever be grateful that I got to be part of your last game at Fenway Park. Good luck to you in San Diego

and last but certainly not least thanks to you Larry Lucchino,

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for 3 world series we wouldn’t have with out you. I am sorry the fans at Fenway we’re too stupid to give you the farewell cheer you deserved the same day Don got his standing Ovation but sadly sometimes the idiot fans believe the BS the newspapers shovel out but I am not one of them. I will always remember you talking to fans during the worst Red Sox season in my history of being a Sox fan and not hiding like the other managers and for that I will defend you to my death.

Other RedSox players if you weren’t mentioned it was because you didn’t deserve it:)

See you next year….

Case sorry about your tigers year but they will be back in no time. Here’s to a healthy MVP

So baseball isn’t really over and as always I have to pick a team I want to win so if I had to pick someone it would be the Pirates. They are the only team left I don’t hate for one reason or another. I also wouldn’t mind the Cardinals.

So die Yankees die is my first thought:) Same with Mets ( I don’t root for NY) No thanks Dodgers unless Carl Crawford is dead. Same to you Blue Jays. Only player on your team that doesn’t act like a fool when they win is Dickey. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate David Price? I hope the Blue Jays are one and done. I hate KC and their new found bandwagon fans that weren’t around before last year. Who’s left? Houston, yep their bandwagon fans are just as bad as the Blue Jays who had no fans a month ago. I also hate the Texas Rangers so pretty much it’s Go Pirates and Cardinals, woo