In my attempt at being super-duper, I thought I would go over my top two favourite men’s volleyball teams at this years Olympics in London, United Kingdom. I have followed team Brazil for years, and only recently been intrigued by team Italy. I’ve not missed a single match, thanks to World Feed 12 and online streaming because Canadian broadcasters really don’t like to show volleyball for some reason. It’s tragic I know, but here we go with my odes:

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I don’t fall suseptible very often to Latino, Medeterranian, or “touchy” type cultured people, but for some reason I’m drawn to these two teams. I hope you like my commentary!

Olympic Team 2012 Brazil

1.Rezende, Bruno
1 REZENDE Bruno (S)
26, 190cm, 76kg
4.de Souza, Wallace
4 DE SOUZA Wallace (OS)
25, 198cm, 103kg
5.dos Santos Jr, Sidnei (Sidão)
5 DOS SANTONS JR
Sidnei  “Sidão”(M.B.)
30, 203cm, 98kg
6.Vissotto Neves, Leandro (Vissotto)
6 VISSOTTO NEVES
Leandro “Vissotto” (OS)
29, 212cm, 97kg

7.Godoy Filho, Gilberto (Giba)
7 GODOY FILHO
Gilberto “Giba” (WS)
35, 192cm, 85kg
8.Endres, Murilo
8 ENDRES Murilo (WS)
31, 190cm, 76kg
10.Santos, Sérgio Dutra (Sérgio)
10 SANTOS
Sérgio Dutra “Sérgio” (L)
36, 184cm, 78kg
11.Alves, Thiago Soares (Thiago)
11 ALVES
Thiago Soares “Thiago” (WS)
26, 194cm, 88kg
12.Santana, Ridrigo (Rodrigão)
14 SANTANA
Rodrigo “Rodrigão” (M.B.)
33, 205cm, 85kg
16.Saatkamp, Lucas
16 SAATKAMP Lucas (M.B.)
26, 209cm, 101kg
17.Garcia, Ricardo
17 GARCIA Ricardo (S)
36, 191cm, 89kg
18.Amaral, Dante
18 AMARAL Dante (OS)
31, 201cm, 86kg

Other Commentary:
(1) My future husband, who just doesn’t know it yet; I watch him play and I’m put into a trance; seriously, queue up bitches!
(6) A huge blocker, and huge attacker winning tons of points this tournament
(7) The Godfather, legend Giba coming off a leg injury and got to play against USA!
(8) The sexy Argentinian looking Murilo has some attitude, but I don’t care at all!  
(16) A huge “teddy bear” as I like to call him, tallest and heaviest on the team but I think he’s much softer than he appears
(18) Sex on legs, is Dante; I don’t know why but watching him play, just makes me swoon!

Olympic Team 2012 Italy

1.Mastrangelo, Luigi
1 MASTRANGELO Luigi (M.B.)
36, 202cm, 90kg

3.Parodi, Simone
3 PARODI, Simone (WS)
26, 196cm, 82kg
6.Papi, Samuele
6 PAPI Samuele (WS)
39, 190cm, 84kg
7.Lasko, Michal
7 LASKO, Michel (OS)
31, 202cm, 100kg

9.Zaytsev, Ivan
9 ZAYTSEV Ivan (WS)
23, 202cm,92kg
10.Boninfante, Dante
10 BONINFANTE Dante (S)
35, 188cm, 85kg
11.Savani, Christian
11 SAVANI Christian (WS)
30, 194cm, 83kg

13.Travica, Dragan
13 TRAVICA Dragan (S)
25, 200cm, 94kg
14.Fei, Alessandro
14 FEI Alessandro (M.B.)
33, 204cm, 90kg
15.Birarelli, Emanuele
15 BIRARELLI Emanuele (M.B.)
31, 200cm, 95kg

16.Bari, Andrea
16 BARI Andrea (L)
32, 185cm, 74kg
17.Giovi, Andrea
17 GIOVI Andrea (L)
28, 183cm, 80kg

 

This team is my second favourite team of all time. Generally speaking I’m not a fan of supporting Italian teams, but this one is just so impressive. I think what impresses me most about the team is that they are generally a little older, and more experienced. Their facial expressions, and they way that they play just impresses me and is typically flamboyant in the Italian style.

Other commentary:
(1) The name Luigi makes me laugh, but most importantly the swagger around the court of this player is beyond sexy
(6) The name “Papi” is very fitting to the way he looks, if you’re familiar with Spanish language.. haha
(7) Polish born Lasko likes to wear necklaces and bracelets which typically on Italians looks uber-hot
(9) Italian born Russian Zaytsev likes to spike his hair and plays with it throughout matches
(11) Much better looking whilst playing than in ID photo! 
(13) Croat born, charming player with awesome hair!
(16 & 17) The two ugliest Libero positions I’ve ever encountered….

Needless to say I think it’s obvious that I prefer Brazil to win Gold this year, but they are going to be in tough against the Americans who are sadly whoopin’ some ass.

So when one thinks of teamwork, they think of team, and even though my English is only half decent, I’m pretty sure that there is no ‘I’ in team, or even a ‘U’. So then what’s people’s problems when it comes to play games that are for teams, and actually require teamwork?

So we play intramural volleyball that’s co-ed for our house activity, and we are all various levels from advanced the entry level, and then we have a few varsity basketball players (simply becasue of their height and we needed people). So then what’s deal with the people that play on other team sports like basketball, can’t transfer that sort of self control onto other sports too? Jumping infront of girls to take the ball, or never passing it to them isn’t nice, and nor is it even polite.

So serve coming in, and I ask Matt if he is going to cover short serves, and he says ‘Yes’ and I say ‘Okej I will take the back ones’ and he nods. So all signs point to teamwork O.K., until the serve comes in and goes right in the area where I asked him if he would cover it. He lets it fall onto the ground, and then looks at me and says ‘What the fuck Osky, why didn’t you go for it,’ and so I give him a dirty look and move away from where I was standing and say ‘Okej then I will cover back and far left’ and he nods. Serve comes in again, into my exact spot I was standing and he runs over to jump infront of me and takes the ball.

Now, I’ve played varisty volleyball since I was in year 6, and he’s more or less new so I figured maybe it was in-experience. So Mallory in the front row (who is like his best friend) says ‘Matt, that’s unfair, let other people play the ball’ and he grunts, no doubt. Anyways, so the serve comes in again and I step farther off the court, and it goes right into the same spot as the original serve. I don’t see him move at all for it as he looks upset that he was told off; so I dive for it and save it and he just gives me the dirtiest look. By this point I’m loosing my patience, and I’m very patient person. So serve comes in again, and low and behold it goes to the same spot and it lands on the same spot without him doing anything, as I told him again that I would ‘Only cover back left.’ He stares me down and puts his hands into a ‘What the Hell’ way, and I look right back at him and say ‘If you’re not going to play for a team, then just take a break for min’ and then he doesn’t speak to me again for the next 48h.

So I really don’t give a care about how he thinks of me, but frankly he and his roomate André have been very rude to me since months ago and for no reason since I never am rude them, I’m always friendly and saying ‘Hi’ and such like that. So I’m about 5mins away from going up to his room and telling him to either: 1) If you have a problem with me, take it up with me, or 2) Deal with it yourself.

Since Matt is being a baby (which he always asks like anyways) I don’t really exepct him to say anything more then ‘What’ and go all red and then try to guilt trip me. Well you’re out of luck Matt, since everyone notices how rude your are to Andrea and I, for no reason at all! Get over yourself Matt, and grow up and act your age.

Now, that doesn’t sound so friendly at all, consider he is part of the house executive next year! Thank gosh I will be in France away from all the stupid drama that goes on here, and never have to hear of them again! How’s that for a guilt trip?:>>