Sunday, May 20, 2007
(OMDQ likes women's volleyball and isn't afraid to admit it)
I have no idea exactly what AVP in AVP Tour stands for (the "V" has to be volleyball) and I don't care enough to look it up. The only reason it's even worth mentioning right now is because earlier today, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won the Tour's Hermosa Beach Open. The victory was number 73 for May-Treanor, breaking Holly McPeak's women's record for career wins. Walsh isn't far behind, with 70 titles to her credit. (They've both got a way to go for Karch Kiraly's overall record of 148)
McPeak and May-Treanor were partners at one time, finishing fifth in the 2000 Olympics, but Holly either doesn't realize that Misty got married or just likes calling her "Misty May":
"I'm proud of Misty May. I knew she was going to be great when she first started playing, and I knew she was going to break my record. I was just hoping that I would have an opportunity to be on the court to defend it against her. She is a great volleyball player. She is an inspiration to everyone."
May-Treanor is married to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor, a backup catcher with a .216 career batting average whose claim to fame is being married to Misty May-Treanor. Given the varying degrees of success in their chosen careers, it seems kind of unfair that she had to take his last name instead of vice versa. (I kid, Matt, I kid - I'm in the same boat. If this were the case, my last name would be Hathaway right now.)
(Note: Alright, I caved and looked it up - AVP stands for "Association of Volleyball Professionals". The official song, according to Wikipedia, is "We Are The AVP". Here are the lyrics:
We are the AVP.
It's a sexy sport,
On a little little court,
We've got Chicago
Comin' live and direct
It's an Olympic Sport,
We've got the matching shorts,
We are the AVP.
Click on that link above for a brief video. I smell a Grammy.)
Photos: SI.com and Tilo Schuster