May-Treanor, Walsh Win Oly Gold, Promptly Lose

Sad news out of Ohio this morning (well, sadder than the usual Ohio-related fare, anyway): Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh lost yesterday in the AVP Crocs Cup Shootout, the U.S. Open of the volleyball circuit*. Which means the gold-medal-winning duo dropped their first match in more than a year.

Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh

The span stretches 112 victories and 19 titles. And in a coincidence that will certainly make for a wonderful twist when their story is inevitably sold to LIFETIME television, May-Treanor and Walsh fell to Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh, the same team who last beat them on Aug. 19, 2007. Mind-boggling, I know.

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.

In less boring news, Walsh defended bikinis as part of the required uniform on a recent LATE SHOW appearance with David Letterman. Probably something worth keeping in mind, LPGA Tour. I’m not suggesting female golfers should wear bathing suits to tournaments, but making everybody speak English might be the worst marketing strategy ever devised.

Maybe something a little less extreme than bikinis and a lot less insane than a language requirement would improve ratings. Just a thought.

* For all I know, it’s the John Deere Classic, but it makes for a more riveting story.