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  1. 2 points
    Including jokes about us.
  2. 2 points
    drag it

    How does Flo not hire ...

    I have been traveling all week so didn't hear the podcasts. I saw this interesting and active thread on the way to the airport, and downloaded 403 so I could listen to it on the plane. I have criticized Flo multiple times on other issues (for sometimes frequent IT glitches, poor live match announcing, cream puff interviews, etc.) but thought this podcast was just fine. I heard no bias. The 2-and-2 proponents had their rationale and explained it well (agree with it or not). Nothing they said or how they said it indicated anti-PSU or pro-Yianni shading. In fact Pyles did a very good job late in the broadcast of saying, of course they show a lot of Yianni content since he's extremely accessible to Flo and due to his personality that's a great fit. Pyles even volunteered that he didn't think PSU should give more access since their style is obviously working. I also thought that the arguing on this episode was a lot more palatable to listen to than the crap on a lot of ESPN and other yellfests. Each person obviously felt strongly about their position. I thought that the 2-and-2 guys were willing to listen to the other side and were open to dialog and possible convincing. There were some raised voices, but not out of control anger. And Pyles did a good job of guiding it along as moderator. Having a former high level wrestler could add to Flo's commentary and analysis, but only if they are knowledgeable, articulate, and committed to the job, and utilized in a productive way by the website. Most (not all) of the former athletes I seen on TV, however, detract more than add to the broadcasts they are on. I listen every day to a favorite baseball team's broadcast and simply shake my head at how little the former player they have in the booth contributes and how much he detracts from the broadcast; his knowledge occasionally produces a nugget, but his communication skills are so bad that the vast majority of his comments are worthless -- he just isn't any good at his job. I think when the Flo guys are utilized correctly (match announcing vs interviews vs podcasts vs documentaries vs analysis, there is a big spectrum in terms of who is good at what) they are generally pretty good at their jobs. Flo has added and adds greatly to the wrestling community, I feel lucky to be able to enjoy the site. Because it's contributed so much, though, it's taken on a very big role in the sport, which means that it's important that it should be criticized and held accountable where appropriate. I just wouldn't put FRL 403 in that column.
  3. 1 point
    spladle08

    World Championships Entrants List.

    Was just skimming, got down to the tough tough tough 65kg bracket and couldnt help but marvel at how weak 79kg is (comparatively). Im a huge Ringer fan and really wish he couldve snagged this gold. But yeah 65 is what I hoped it would be, a gauntlet, 86 is rough, 92 is no cakewalk, 70kg looks about like 79kg but without a stand alone huge favorite. Anyway, should be fun. Enjoy: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12eyNKtgClX-dbMk14X6XFRogJpV--rnpMPdwXYHr0pY/htmlview#
  4. 1 point
    Bucky Maughan - 47 years at NDSU.
  5. 1 point
    gallison

    Missouri Questions??

    So far though, no one has been able to confirm whether Connor is eligible to wrestle this season. The predominant opinion is that he's required to sit out this season since this is his second transfer.
  6. 1 point
    gallison

    Missouri Questions??

    That'd be a shame. He was expected to have a starting role this year (subject to Connor Brown's availability). Don't know who would have won a wrestle off. Either way, excited to see this new Mizzou team compete. Coach Smith continues to build champions and recruit well.
  7. 1 point
    TBar1977

    How does Flo not hire ...

    I did not view Willie's comments as "ranting' at all, just stating a simple fact. The three others disagreed with him but I felt their disagreement was wrong on the facts. I guess we come at this from a point of disagreement with what actually happened in the sequence and that colors our views. My main point though is making a big deal about it at that moment in time. After all Zain had to go thru this summer I think their emphasis would have been better placed on how competitive the match was, or how great the defense was, or how much action their was for such a low scoring match. It seemed to me that it was placed on the idea that Yianni go 2 points there which would obviously change the score. Logan Stieber's comments on Rudis were much better, and the Track wrestling article (hard to compare a written article to a podcast, I get that) was much better. Both placed the emphasis on the good, not on some made up scoring controversy where it seems to me they are wrong on the facts anyway.
  8. 1 point
    With how hard of a spot it is to fill with a solid wrestler a lots of schools go out of there way to try to find and keep ahold of a multi-season 125. So for him to not stay attached to at least one of those school definitely sends up a flag. But alternatively I’m sure another school would still try to take a chance on a solid 125, even after this leap frogging, as long as the reason for leaving doesn’t prevent the school from admitting him. Plus maybe he’s made a change in life plans and wants to peruse a different avenue that may work out better for him which may put him in a low division. Or possibly without the athletic component all together. Heck maybe his neighboring Californian Alex Cisneros got him on that financial empire track.
  9. 1 point
    I agree. I guessed that we'll get 4, but not because I don't think each of those weights has a good to great shot. I'd give us a 95% chance or better for 74 and 97, but the other 3 weights are somewhere in the 50% (65kg), 65% (57kg), 80% (125kg) range to get Top 5--meaning it's highly unlikely we'll qualify all 3 at the 2019 worlds. I agree of course that 86 has a very low chance.
  10. 1 point
    maligned

    World Championships Entrants List.

    The contrast in difficulty between Olympic and non-Olympic weights is always stark the year before the Games when everyone in the world is taking their best shot at getting top 5 and qualifying weights for the big show.
  11. 1 point
    GoNotQuietly

    How does Flo not hire ...

    Off the top of my head, a lot of the tone of the “bad losses” discussions can be pretty distasteful to my ears. As in, “he lost to freaking so and so!” Comes off the cuff, but there are some really unnecessary barbs there. The way Pyles speaks to and about athletes, especially foreign ones or US guys who compete for other teams, has been out of pocket many a time, and the xenophobia has really turned me off to the podcast. I agree that the wrestling media has been too deferential in the past, but that has more to do with coaches and elite guys who, as we agree, are more fair game. It’s not all direct criticism either, though . I think the pedestaling of middle school and high school kids while barely covering some national team members and the entire Greco and WomenFS teams is pretty flagrantly disrespectful to the adults, and not very healthy for the kids either. Again, I think Flo is a massive boon to the sport, and it’s the best value I get of anything I buy all year. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 1 point
    BobDole

    Ranking Series on this side of the pond

    See Fishbane's post, those are the likely candidates unless someone starts a new event. However with the USA's increased foreign policy issues with Iran it could be likely the event would not be US based. A year or two ago some Iranians had some visa issues for a BTS event and I don't think the issues have been smoothed over quite yet.
  13. 1 point
    scribe

    If/when Yianni wins 4 NCAA titles...

    Yianni's mom gives Yianni the edge quite frankly.
  14. 1 point
    Everything at Lehigh is old.
  15. 1 point
    nhs67

    Missouri Questions??

    Tigers just picked up the #1 Recruit in Michigan in Josh Edmond. The guy has had a lot of flashy success in freestyle, so I am thinking his style will translate well in the room, with the right coaching. https://www.michigangrappler.com/news_article/show/1046638 Solid pickup and another reason for me to follow the Tigers.
  16. 1 point
    Husker_Du

    How does Flo not hire ...

    All joking aside, we are aware that we have areas of improvement. Of course we can improve in some areas. not everything is always as buttoned up as we would like. sometimes it's frustrating for us, too. (i wasn't thrilled with the production for Yianni-Zain, for instance). As far as critiquing 'non-elites' - i'm not sure i follow. can you provide examples? Generally speaking, i think there's a fine line between being respectful and giving our genuine opinions, which the sport deserves. If we don't call it as we see it and assessing things as they are to protect feelings (which has been a problem in wrestling media (and wrestling gov't) for a long time, than what's the point. that being said, i don't recall an instance where we've been over-the-top critical of athletes.
  17. 1 point
    MadMardigain

    If/when Yianni wins 4 NCAA titles...

    Fantasy comparison/match. So Dake will always lose.
  18. 1 point
    Mphillips

    How does Flo not hire ...

    You all keep it up and Chertow will be in the 'chair.'
  19. 1 point
    TBar1977

    Question for Iowa fans.

    Iowa has a real shot at it this year. Looks like Lee will not take an Oly RS, so Brands is all in. I don't fault him for that either. He has to go all in when he has the chance to get one.
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