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Everything posted by Tofurky

  1. Grand View is the nine-time defending team champions, but a son of the program may be the reason they don't make it to 10 straight this year. A set of twin brothers from Indiana are on a collision course to make the finals at 133 pounds. Man-child and Kentucky native Brandon Reed of Lindsey Wilson is on track for his third title at heavyweight. Arizona Christian's Jack Latimer (unseeded) is in the semis, after knocking off the numbers one and nine seeds in his bracket. Elias Vaoifi (American Samoa) and Baterden Boldmaa (Mongolia) are both semi-finalists. Many of the best NJCAA student-wrestlers have found a home in the NAIA. The NAIA semi-finals feature 20 different schools, which is equal to the D1 semis in 2019. Georgia has more qualifiers to this year's tournament than any other state in this year's tournament. You have a few good second chance stories you rarely find in the NCAA. @JasonBryant, care to weigh in on this topic? Didn't you recently cover a lot of this on one of your recent "Short Time" podcasts? ;) These young men and their skills are worthy of discussion and attention.
  2. While certainly a fantastic wrestler, Khabib's best takedowns are when he utilizes the cage for leverage.
  3. Does he make extra dough if he finds TJ Hill's non-golds in there, too?
  4. One thing that might bring more attention to this is Kurt Angle. Wasn't he planning a comeback for the '16 Olympics before an injury derailed those plans? Why not see if he wants a match and have him help promote it to his fanbase? How about (almost) any of the WWE guys who are still capable? I came across it on tv not long ago and there was a tag team guy who used to wrestle for Ivan at the Northern Michigan OTS. It could help get eyes on that thing and increase the pay numbers.
  5. Is this an arm of Chael's submission promotion?
  6. I was thinking Geduev in 2016. He looked ALL natural.
  7. Who is "he" in that sentence? I saw the movie, but I don't remember all of it. Also, how do you switch paperwork when the positive test is right there with officials watching? Did they hire David Copperfield or David Blaine to handle that?
  8. I do not know the answer to that question, Mr. Chapman, but I am happy you brought it up.
  9. Hmmm... short of his injuries, I figured Evan Wick would have been part of that list, too.
  10. I've always had the feeling that Ben is not a team player, but a guy who believes the hype he creates for himself; more of a consultant UW reluctantly hired because of his name and the fact that Barry Davis didn't pay him much mind coming out of high school.
  11. Went to Swananoa/Asheville three years ago this weekend for a pal's wedding, and that area changed my life for the better. I visited Chimney Rock and Lake Lure while in town, and immediately knew that was the spot for me. (I understand the waterfall scene in "Last of The Mohicans" was filmed at Chimney Rock, and I understand why) As others have said, it's a great place, and sitting at the feet of those mountains... maaaaaannnnnnn... absolutely stunning. For me, I've lived almost my entire life in and within an hour of Chicago. We have nothing like that around here. If it weren't 10-plus hours from me one way, I'd be back there more often.
  12. Mike Benefiel - overestimated Alex Tsirtsis - overestimated Kenny Jordan - overestimated Quentin Wright - I got him right on after his redshirt year and the change in coaching staff. Darian Cruz - underestimated, but not by a ton. Darrion Caldwell - underestimated
  13. Is he doing this because he feels wrestling has turned against him?
  14. Step away for a few days and sparks fly. Do tell!
  15. Maybe, but that world still has room for second rate versions of that shtick. People love watching cocky people lose. Look at how Pat, and his dad are treated here. MMA is no different.
  16. Good for Pat and good luck to him. He's a less intelligent Chael Sonnen, in that he is his own hype machine, just not as savvy. If he starts off with a pretty good record, on top of having been an NJCAA Champ, a D1 All-American, and a World Team Member, he could make a name for himself somewhat quickly. While I was never a fan of his mouth, he was a much better wrestler than most people here give him credit for being.
  17. Fingers crossed... errrrr...
  18. Exponentially? Havibg played 7s for the the majority of the time I played, I am going to suggest that the size was so small to begin with that the growth seems huge. Youth rugby still focuses on 15s. Collegiate rugby still focuses on 15s. National team rugby is focused on 15s. Rugby weekend here in Chicago? 15s. Sevens remains a summer sport that the most dedicated backs and eight men play between fall and spring seasons. Hong Kong 7s and Vegas 7s are nice, but you couldn't fill any major stadium in the U.S. with that. 15s is still king and will be for quite a while. Speaking of 7s, you want to talk about "pace of game and short game time", did you see Ben Ryan's (Fiji 7s, England 7s) attempt at launching RugbyX this past fall? If not, look it up on YouTube. If he can somehow get that together without changing rules AFTER the tournament had already begun, that could be even more impactful. Isles and Baker are track stars with a rugby ball. There's very good reason neither one of them is on the U.S.A. 15s team, because they are one way players who thrive in open pitch play. That said, I do not discourage anyone from checking out any rugby. FloSports even has FloRugby. It's okay.
  19. I'd argue that rugby is already bigger globally. I'm 45 now, I played rugby competitively for more than a decade, and I even play the two hand touch variety at least once a week, as well as help my oldest's team when times are "normal". That said, I don't see the U.S. embracing rugby the way it has football in my lifetime. U.S. fans love and promote the violence the game promotes. The NFL, college football, and youth football are institutionalized parts of American culture that will last for another generation beyond me, I suspect, though I wish otherwise.
  20. Awe, man! Carlton, Al Fried, and Kurt Angle were my favorite guys to follow when I was a teenager. Way too young to go. R.I.P., Carlton Haselrig.
  21. For rugby, Union is 15-a-side, while League (nowhere near as popular or common as Union) is 13-a-side. You'll also have folks playing 10s, when they can't scratch up 15 per team, but have more than 7-a-side.
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