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Caylee Anthony and More…A Look Back at 2008

January 1, 2009

First before I go any further in recapping 2008, I want to say thank you to the more than 270,000 people who have taken the time to stop by, read and leave a comment on my site. When I started this blog back in August, I never thought that I would reach 1,000 readers, much less nearly 300,000! It absolutely blows my mind!!!

As most of you already know, I only blog for fun during the spare time I have before work, after work and after the kids have gone to bed at night. I’m not a professional. I don’t break the news, I just pass along stories that I find of interest and hope to spark discussion amongst those who stop by the site. I did get interviewed by MSNBC for an article that came out this week. That was pretty cool, possibly the highlight of my year!

Judging by the number of people who have visited the site, it seems that a lot of you have many of the same interests that I have, and I appreciate you taking the time to read! 🙂 I have enjoyed reading each and every comment that has been left and every email that has been sent to me @ roaddawg33@aol.com. (I read them all and try to respond to all as well) Feel free to drop a line anytime via email or visit me on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace.

I would  have to say that the  most read stories I have posted this year have been about Casey and Caylee Anthony. This has been a truly sad story from the beginning. The loss of a little girl who none of us knew until July who it seems was taken by her own mother. (Yes, I believe that she did it and more than likely her family knew about it at some point in time).

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: I wish that I never had to cover this story. I wish that Caylee Anthony was still alive, with a loving family, celebrating the holidays. I wish that she had the opportunity to grow up, go to school, get married and start a family of her own. Having a 3 and 1 year old is the greatest experience I’ve had in my life. I can’t understand how anyone would ever harm their own child. It makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE TO ME!

Unfortunately, not all people live with the same morals and values in this life. This has been a tragedy and I hope that closure will come with the trial in 2009 and those who were a part of the death of a sweet, innocent young child, will face the consequences that they deserve.

When I started the blog in August, I thought that I would only be covering politics, music and sports. I went to my fair share of concerts including: Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, LeeAnn Rhimes, Phil Vassar, Lonestar and Luke Bryan. All were great shows and I can’t wait for another lineup of great acts to come through the Bay Area in 2009. Thanks to KRTY for all the great shows at the Rodeo Club! Bring back Phil Vassar!!!! Best show of ’08.

The Olympics took up quite a bit of my time this summer, watching Michael Phelps run for 8 gold medals in Beijing. Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh also dominated Women’s Volleyball again this year (and Misty got her butt slapped by the President) and who can forget the US Dream Team taking home the gold!

The 2008 Presidential race was one for the ages! In the end, Barack Obama defeated his Republican counterpart John McCain in what could be considered a convincing fashion. Saturday Night Live made Tina Fey famous once again for her impressions of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (who’s daughter gave birth to a baby boy this week).

There’s been a lot more this year that I just don’t have time to mention: TechCrunch Vs. PR, The Economy and much, much more. You can take a look back through the archives and see what has been discussed. I know there has been a lot! Thanks again to everyone who has taken time out of their day to stop by Kreuzer’s Korner. I’ll try to keep you updated, as always, with the news that I find interesting next year!

I’ll be heading off to the Seattle/Tacoma Airport tomorrow afternoon (if you can find me, stop by and say hi…Southwest Airlines) to fly back to San Jose after a week in the snowy Pacific Northwest, but not before making a quick trip South to visit client Burgerville for a Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger, French Fries and my favorite: a Vanilla Shake! Centralia…here I come!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s to a GREAT 2009!

John Kreuzer

Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor’s Win Streak Ends

September 1, 2008

It’s true! Coming off their gold medal victory in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor lost for the first time in more than a year today, dropping a 21-19, 10-21, 25-23 decision to Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh at the AVP Crocs Cup Shootout.

Clive Rose / Getty Images

Credit: Clive Rose / Getty Images

From the Associated Press:

With the loss, the two-time Olympic champions’ winning streak ended at 112 matches and 19 titles. They last lost on Aug. 19, 2007, also to Branagh and Youngs.

The final took 1 hours, 45 minutes, making it the second longest women’s match in AVP history, missing the record by just a minute. May-Treanor and Walsh dropped to 10-2 in finals matches against Branagh and Youngs.

In the semifinals, May-Treanor and Walsh beat April Ross and Jen Boss 21-14, 23-21, and Youngs and Branagh edged Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis 20-22, 21-19, 15-11.

Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor Win Beach Volleyball Gold

August 21, 2008
Nir Elias / Reuters

Credit: Nir Elias / Reuters

The beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor has won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Walsh and May defeated the team of Jie Wang and Jia Tian in two sets, 21-18, 21-18.

From the Associated Press:

Walsh and May-Treanor, who did not lose a single set in Beijing, extended their winning streak to 108 matches in a row.

Walsh put an early end to China’s chances to add a gold when she quick-hit May-Treanor’s pass between Wang and Tian. The Americans dropped to their knees on the wet sand, hugging each other before shaking hands with the officials and running to the stands to embrace their friends and families.

They were still celebrating, wrapping themselves in U.S. flags, as organizers worked through the rain to set up the podium for the medal ceremony.

Earlier Thursday, Xue Chen and Zhang Xi won China’s first beach volleyball medal, beating Brazilians Talita and Renata 21-19, 21-17 for the bronze.

Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor Advance to Finals

August 19, 2008

As expected, the team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are on their way to the Women’s Beach Volleyball finals in Beijing.

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Credit: Carlos Barria / Reuters

From the Associated Press:

Walsh had no reason to worry on Tuesday, when the defending gold medalists easily defeated Renata Ribeiro and Talita Antunes 21-12, 21-14 for their 107th consecutive victory and the guarantee of at least a silver. The United States has now reached the podium in all four Olympics since beach volleyball was added to the games in 1996.

Walsh and May-Treanor will play top-seeded Tian Jia and Wang Jie, who beat the other Chinese team of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi 22-24, 29-27, 15-8 in a grueling, 1 hour and 14 minutes. Xue collapsed on the sand for several minutes afterward; the medical staff surrounded her, but she waved off a stretcher and instead just took an ice pack to help cool her off.

Xue and Zhang will play Talita and Renata for third place.

Walsh and May-Treanor will be the favorites in the final, even though they are the second-seeded team in the tournament. The team has won 107 straight matches, and I anticipate a 108th straight victory over the Chinese team. Thoughts?

Kerri Walsh, Misty May-Treanor Advance to Semifinals

August 17, 2008

The team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor have defeated Ana Paula and Larissa Franca of Brazil 21-18, 21-15 to advance to the semifinals of the 2008 Summer Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From ESPN:

Larissa and Ana Paula were forced together when Larrisa’s regular teammate, Julianna, injured her anterior cruciate ligament and pulled out on the eve of the Olympics. The two had never even practiced together until the morning of their first match.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The pink, blue, yellow and green ponchos that appeared early Sunday morning at a rainy Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground gave Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh’s quarterfinal match a rainbow backdrop.

The match — the American duo’s 67th straight international victory — served to underscore May-Treanor and Walsh’s rare longevity as this sport’s most successful partnership.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Natacha Pisarenko

Credit: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Natacha Pisarenko

The dynamic duo are now just two victories away from another gold medal.

The Mystery of Kerry Walsh’s Shoulder “Tattoo”

August 16, 2008

That has been a question of great debate during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Is is a tattoo? What is it? It appears that the mystery has finally been solved!

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From Forbes:

On an average day Albuquerque, N.M.-based Kinesio USA, a seller of elastic therapeutic tape, gets 700 to 800 hits on its Web site.

Thanks to an Olympics beach volleyball player and her eye-catching, mysterious black “tattoo,” that number spiked to 54,000 and made “kinesio tape” the second-most Googled term last Saturday.

The surge in interest followed viewers’ first glimpse of American Kerri Walsh, who’s been sporting a web of tape on her right shoulder during matches. Walsh, who had shoulder surgery last fall to repair a torn rotator cuff, probably wears the thin strips primarily to relieve pain. They also correct muscle and joint function and improve circulation by applying compression to the skin. The tape itself, which goes for $15 a roll, contains no medicinal properties.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

Walsh’s use of the product will most certainly give the company a huge sales boost. Some figures show that the company had 1,600 online orders waiting for it, up from the usual monthly total of 250.

Obviously the product is working as Walsh and her partner Misty May-Treanor are currently cruising through the Olympics on their way to a gold medal once again in 2008.