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  1. He beat John W. Smith? Well, Coach Smith is in his late-50s and considerablysmaller than ZS, so I'm not surprised.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Is he doing this because he feels wrestling has turned against him?
  5. Step away for a few days and sparks fly. Do tell!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Fingers crossed... errrrr...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. I've known more than a few of these guys in my time as a coach. It's sad to watch.
  14. Diatta is a pretty common last name in Senegal, so it most likely would have been another Diatta.
  15. Maybe I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that JW is intimately involved with Blue Chip Wrestling's operations, which is located roughly where JW grew up.
  16. Absolutely! And with the All Blacks being one of the greatest sports dynasties of all-time, in any sport, wrestling doesn't get much traction.
  17. For last year's Oceanic Championships, New Zealand had three entries, all having competed for NZ during their entire (though two only have two tournaments under their proverbial belts) careers. That said, I just watched some YouTube videos from "Wrestling NZ Championships 2019" and it left a lot to be desired. It is what it is in a nation that doesn't embrace the sport.
  18. I'm aware of this, which makes it even more odd that he would start a film that way... I don't know. It's called "Clear History".
  19. I'll admit it, I was never a big fan of Seinfeld. I know, I know; go on, boo birds. That said, it sounds as though Larry took that same concept and opened a recent movie with that scenario. I know I didn't watch the whole thing, but I'll find it and post the name. The concept is hilarious.
  20. Haha! Wasn't that the premise of a Larry David movie?
  21. I'll say this about Flo: since Martin started the site as a really odd fanboy however long ago, their staff focus has been on only what they consider to be "elite" wrestling content. They provide excellent material, without question, but it's based on the fanboy arrogance of the staff (and there is enough fanboy arrogance within that staff to fill the University of Michigan football stadium). That said, I have experienced first hand that if you publicly call out specific staff members on forums or social media, but back it up with reasonable arguments, they do respond. I did this with Willie and NJCAA wrestling here a few years back. I will not claim that I was the only person proverbially beating that drum, but I know it didn't hurt. At that time, they were prioritizing pre-high school youth wrestling more than any level of college wrestling that wasn't Division I. Whether the people at Flo saw it as opportunity for more subscribers or just that it was the right thing to do, I don't know. What I do know os that they listened and adjusted. That said, I go to Flo's site once every few months anymore, as most of the personalities are self-absorbed (there and here), and the content is lacking, especially when they don't cover things that they don't come up with. As if wrestling isn't far enough on the fringe to start, we need the infighting, too? Rudis does a great job of making women a priority through their social media marketing, to include technique videos I faithfully watch when they post them. As a father of two girls, I don't know if I can ever back this enough.
  22. Is that the sound of the sport feeding into stereotypes and eating itself alive? Ugh...
  23. Tofurky


    Joe Williams' wing span is/was insane.
  24. Beneath all that, PD3 did apologize to Rau for coming off as disrespectful. Pat took responsibility for not knowing the rules, then bitching about them.
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