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2008: Caylee Anthony, Barack Obama and More…

January 2, 2009

First before I go any further in recapping 2008, I want to say thank you to the more than 275,000 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.

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!

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

John Kreuzer

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Kerri Walsh Announces She is Pregnant With First Child

December 4, 2008

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh is pregnant with her first child. The beach volleyball superstar, and San Jose native, confirmed this in an exclusive interview with Billy Bush for Access Hollywood. Congratulations to the happy couple!!!

From NBC:

“I’m chubby and I’m pregnant and it’s awesome!” Kerri told Billy on Wednesday morning.

And as it turns out, a gold medal wasn’t the only thing Kerri and husband Casey Jennings brought home from the games in Beijing.

“How pregnant are you?” Billy asked.

“About 16-and-a-half weeks,” she revealed.

“Let’s do the math… that goes back to about the beginning of August,” Billy noted.

“Well, they way they date pregnancies is a little bit confusion. We believe we conceived during our last days in Beijing, or about a couple of days after we won the gold medal.”

But Billy challenged her on the math.

“I don’t think so!” he said jokingly with her. “If it’s sixteen-and-a-half weeks, that’s one week into August! Kerri, have you considered honestly that you were pregnant at the time when you won the gold medal?”

Click here to listen to the audio of Kerri discussing her pregnancy with Billy!

“I think it’s impossible, but you never know!” she admitted. “I don’t want to get into all of the details, but I’m pretty sure it was a couple of days after.”

Fresh off her gold medal victory, Kerri and Casey spoke with Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on the scene in Beijing about the win and their possible plans for a family.

“So is this now the time?” Shaun asked the couple, hinting at expanding their family.

“I’m in!” Kerri beamed.

“Yea, that would be a third gold medal, wouldn’t it?” Casey smiled.

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.

US Men’s Volleyball Takes Home the Gold

August 24, 2008

In what could possibly be the greatest story coming out of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (sorry Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt), the US Men’s Volleyball team defeated defending champion Brazil today to take home the gold medal.

Associated Press/Andy Wong

Credit: Associated Press/Andy Wong

From the Associated Press:

As the crowd roared and his team exulted in its gold medals, the coach of the U.S. men’s volleyball team buried his head in his hands and walked off the court. He had gone from the lowest low to the highest high, and it was all too much.

Hugh McCutcheon needed to be alone.

Just two weeks ago, at the start of the Olympics, his father-in-law had been stabbed to death in Beijing. He stepped away from his job to take care of his family. But his team, stirred by the tragedy, began an incredible run, ending Sunday with a 3-1 victory over defending champion Brazil — a team that they were never expected to beat.

In two weeks of competition, the Americans were undefeated. The 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 final gave the U.S. men their third Olympic gold medal in the sport, matching the record set by the Russians. Top-ranked Brazil, a two-time gold medalist, was left with the silver medal. Russia won the bronze earlier in the day with a three-set victory over Italy.

Usually, the Olympic focus is on the athletes. But the tragedy endured by this coach was an integral part of his team’s story.

This run by Team USA was a;mazing to watch and is just an amazing achievement for a team who was not expected to win gold. Thoughts?

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’s Lost Wedding Ring

August 12, 2008

This must be every beach volleyball players worst nightmare (except for that bathing suit falling off on national television).

During her first round US Olympic volleyball match, Kerri Walsh lost her wedding ring somewhere in the sand.

From the Associated Press:

When American beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh’s wedding ring flew off during her opening match of the Olympics, venue workers combed the sand with metal detectors to find it. Volunteer Song Zhendong dug it up after about 20 minutes.

The ring came off when Walsh went up for a block in Sunday morning’s match against Japan’s Mika Saiki and Chiaki Kusuhara. American broadcasters could see what happened, and they called officials from the international volleyball federation to see if the ring could be recovered.

It might not be the last golden bauble for Walsh, who is married to fellow beach volleyball pro and former NCAA champion Casey Jennings. She and partner Misty May-Treanor won the gold medal at the Athens Games in 2004 and are the favorites to repeat in Beijing.

With 17,000 tons of sand brought into Chaoyang Park to create the beach volleyball venue, Walsh certainly is lucky to have had her ring recovered and returned to her. My question is this: Why would you wear the ring during a match in the first place? Thoughts?

US Olympic Volleyball Coach’s Father In Law Killed in Beijing

August 9, 2008

A Chinese man stabbed the in-laws of the U.S. Olympic men’s volleyball coach, killing his father in law and injuring the other while they visited a Beijing tourist attraction on Saturday.

From the Associated Press:

The victims were Todd and Barbara Bachman, parents of former Olympian Elisabeth Bachman who is married to men’s volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon. Bachman’s father was killed.

The assailant also stabbed and injured a Chinese tour guide with the Americans. He then committed suicide by throwing himself off a 130-foot-high balcony of the ancient landmark the Americans were visiting, the 13th century Drum Tower, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Neither of the Bachman’s were wearing US Olympic gear so it is believed that this was a random act of violence. This is definitely a very difficult and sad start to the Olympics for the Americans and my heart goes out to the entire Bachman family.