Billy Allen couldn’t enjoy it. Not a year ago. Not really. A year ago, Allen hardly even got to warm up for the AVP Seattle final. He and Theo Brunner, with an FIVB qualifier in Hamburg just a few days away, were booking it to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, checking their bags between the semifinal …
When the freeze rule initially came out, I hated it, both as a player and a fan. But after watching Ed Ratledge and Reid Priddy storm back to win a three-setter in AVP Seattle, I might be coming around.
The AVP is making its fourth stop of the year, in Seattle, and it is rife with excellent storylines. Former partners playing in first-round matchups? Finally a good break for Rafu Rodriguez-Bertran? Olympians in the qualifier...again? Another loaded women's field?
He is The Thin Beast, a gold medalist, perhaps the greatest American blocker of all time, if not in the whole world. Listen to Phil Dalhausser's path to becoming one of the GOATs.
Put the dynamite away. Stow the C4. Let the fuse remain unlit. Let’s not blow up Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner just yet. Yes, they’ve had two bad tournaments, in New York and The Hague, Netherlands. Even then, I’m not even sure bad fits the bill. So let’s hold on just a second before we …
First-time winners? International powers? American veterans? AVP NYC had everything the beach volleyball populace could have asked for and then some.
I made a bet with Ben Vaught, my de facto West Coast little brother, prior to the season. After every podcast I put up, he asked when he could be on it. So I told him, not thinking he would actually accomplish this until perhaps Manhattan, that he could be on the podcast when he qualified.