Sunday, August 2, 2009
Roloff family at the World Dwarf Games Belfast 2009 - Sweet Victory and Agonizing Defeat
It was a wide range of emotions for the Roloffs at the World Dwarf Games this weekend as the finals in Basketball and Soccer (football) were held.
As you can see by the picture....congratulations to The Statesmen for winning Gold in Basketball! They defeated the Australian team in the Gold Medal game.
Viewers of Little People, Big World might recognize most of the participants on The Statesmen - which I must say are sporting sharp looking uniforms. Of course you'll recognize Zach and Amy Roloff, Marty Klebba, Jeff and Eric Manuel, Bill and Adam from Zach's Grasshog team seen on past DAAA episodes of Little People, Big World.
That brings us to the much anticipated soccer results. As everyone knows, the Roloffs are soccer obsessed so that is all the matters and there was quite a bit of fan inquiries building up to The World Dwarf games, which I think is pretty impressive.
The Gold medal match came down to The Statesmen VS a team from the UK. The epic match is being called by some associated with the World Dwarf Games as perhaps the greatest dwarf football/soccer ever played. It went to penalty kicks....and the Statesmen suffered a heart-breaking defeat. Unfortunately Zach was unsuccessful in his attempt during the penalty kicks. Although from all reports the match was stellar, it was not without controversy as apparently Amy lived up to her 'angry soccer mom' reputation that was featured in an episode of Little People, Big World. According to reports we're hearing, Amy was angry with the officiating and let the refereee have it and everyone knew she was upset.
The basketball final was actually after the soccer final, so the Statesmen did end on a winning note.
I hope you enjoyed knowing the results because this is information that apparently TLC and the Roloffs do not want you to know. And I must talk about this because we've received emails about this subject and I'm in complete agreement.
Much has been said in the past about how the Roloffs appear to have an anti-Fan attitude. Unlike other celebrities, the Roloffs give their fans nothing extra (at least that is free of charge). Most of these discussions center around the lack of fan interaction the Roloffs have with their fans around the world online (which is essentially none). However it goes beyond that. Readers of our blog have noticed that videos and pictures of the Roloffs that have been hosted on public sites have a tendency to vanish as soon as they're posted on this blog.
As Matt's assistant Becky (best known as being in charge of pumpkin season and treating Matt's mother, Peggy Roloff poorly) said recently, exciting things are happening in the lives of the Roloffs but she likes being employed and if she told you she might find herself unemployed. I believe that actually has a lot of truth to it and it's one of the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. That is precisely why in my opinion, any official site associated with the Roloffs or the show, is, to be blunt - useless for fans. This is the information age - people want to know things know - yet if they had their way the fans wouldn't know anything about even public events until 6 to 12 months later when they finally choose to televise it.
You see, you're not even supposed to know the Roloffs were in Europe for the better part of July. If they had it their way, fans wouldn't even know that the Roloff twins graduated. Perhaps that clears up why pictures of the graduation party held at Roloff Farms with the crew filming were quickly removed.
I think it is completely ludicrous. Presumably the thinking is if fans know that Jeremy and Zach graduated - they won't watch the graduation episode when it airs 7 months later. If people know the Roloffs are in Europe, they won't watch vacation episodes when it finally airs. Does it make any sense? Nope. I think it reeks of control issues.
It is absolutely ridiculous honestly. Any person that cares enough about the Roloffs to come to sites like this one or to surf the web to find out what is happening with the Roloffs are the loyal fans who never miss an episode. To use a comparison, do the people who buy magazines like "Soap Opera Digest" to find out the upcoming story lines of their favorite soap operas, not watch the episodes? They're the ones who set the DVR or VCR's twice just so they're sure they don't miss it!
Ask yourself, are you going to skip the graduation episode because you know they graduated? Of course not. If, completely hypothetical, the Roloffs were to use sites like twitter as most celebrities, and were to mention that Jake jumped off a roof and broke his ankle last weekend (just an example; he's fine!), nine months from now when you see the preview for the episode about Jake breaking his ankle, are you going have the attitude 'Oh, I knew about that so I'm going to skip watching a detailed episode about it.' Of course you're going to watch. If anything it will just make you more anxious to see more about it. The whole thing is just a ridiculous notion.
The brings me to The World Dwarf games which is the worst example of it. Generally, it's a positive thing for people to care about events like a chance for dwarf athletes to compete athletically. An event like this helps bring awareness and attention to people with dwarfism. Yet in this case, the TLC/Roloff camp appear to be fighting against that. Seriously, they want to put a clamp on the information and results. Athletes and those connected with the show and bystanders are under instructions not to tell the results. It's a Nazi-like attitude. We don't want anyone to know anything about this public event until 6 - 10 months later when we present it the way we want. It's absurd. In this case, it's counter-productive to the whole dwarfism cause of raising social awareness. You have other competing countries like Australia, trying to do a noble job of getting attention for The Games and for their athletes and genuinely appreciate any interest shown by the public. It's always demoralizing when any athlete puts time, effort and their heart into something and no one cares because it's not the big professional league. In this case, there are people who care, and it appears that the LPBW/Roloff camp would rather that nobody knows about it (if you're a dreaded fan).
The LPBW/Roloff camp who attempt to squash all information from being reported until they choose to televise it perhaps as far away as a 10 months later. Will people even care 10 months later? I'm sure that some of the competitors who are not famous would appreciate any interest and support from people who took an interest in their competition. Yet here we have the famous television family and the network who are working against the cause of awareness for The World Dwarf Games and against giving the competitors their moment in the sun until they eventually televise it many months later. I think they should be using their fame right now (and for the past week) to bring the games to the attention of anyone and everyone who cares about the competition - not trying to hide it.
But hey, we aim to be the people's site for those interested in the Roloffs and fortunately with something as public as The World Dwarf games they are fighting an uphill battle to keep all information hidden because there are a lot of people who like sharing information and hey, we don't mind being the rebels :-) If it wasn't for the fans caring about the Roloffs, they wouldn't even be in Europe, so our loyalty is to the fans. Who ever thought that posting the results of a dwarf athletic competition would be seen as bad?
On that note, this blog would like to throw this out there - there are hundreds of people connected to the Roloffs and the show. Some people are individual thinkers. We sometimes hear from some of them on their own time when it suits them. If you think this attitude against loyal fans knowing what is going on, even public functions, is ridiculous and you have your own opinion that it's actually good for the show for fans to remain interested and have things to look forward to or you just have a rebellious spirit, feel free to contact the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org . Everything will remain completely confidential and anonymous. No one will ever know. You have my guarantee it will remain private. So if you want to share any information about the Roloffs and the show for the sole purpose of rewarding the loyal fans who support the show who don't want to wait 9 months to be hand-fed the information, feel free to use our blog to do it by simply emailing us. Good, bad, big news, small news, anything you want us to know to pass onto fans that you aren't at liberty to say yourself; you can use us to get your message or news out.
Even if you think we already have the information through our other contacts - it never hurts to get different accounts of the same facts. So if you have any news at all that you would share with fans of the show, you can contact us at the email email@example.com and be secure in the knowledge that it will be 100% confidential.
And speaking of sharing things that fans like, here are a few more Roloff sightings during their vacation through Europe. The Roloffs went their separate ways through some of their trip. Amy, Molly and Jake went on their own.
Then a separate one of Jeremy and Zach, who appear to be really soaking in the culture by wearing kilts.
Posted by Spiritswander at 1:43 PM