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  1. I'm not a religious guy, but when I read what Gina is writing, I cannot help but be moved and even say a prayer. I hope that her enormous faith and her family's faith be answered, and I wish Rich a speedy road to recovery. Without having been there, it's really hard to judge. I know some people said earlier they wouldn't assign blame though it's hard not to speculate. I don't know except to say with the benefit of hindsight, I'm sure there are at least a few people who are feeling incredible guilt right now. Even if they should've known, they are fallible humans and could use our good thoughts as well.
  2. Looks like it's available now on iTunes. Did anyone end up seeing it? Never caught it in the theater but I'd like to throw my support behind movies about wrestling.
  3. Does anyone know how long ESPN will keep the individual mat coverage up on WatchESPN (website and/or app)? I'm hoping to go back and look at some of he individual matches but theres a huge amount of content there... and I fear I won't get to it all before they take it off the service. Based on the way the site is designed, I'm guessing goes away after 30 days. Does it live anywhere else online after that?
  4. Speaking of the Super Bowl, anyone catch that Ford commercial about how much everyone hates to be "stuck"? Nice to see wrestling get some love there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhtHflDrnAU
  5. I don't have inside knowledge on Flo-specific contracts, but it would be an industry standard to buy an exclusive license so that nobody else can commercially exploit it. Otherwise that would leave a loophole letting competitors in too, and damaging an investment. Also in Flo's case they are probably buying rights to events that are not covered by the existing NCAA or conference agreements, such as privately run tournaments.
  6. In college, the broadcast rights are licensed through either the NCAA (such as in championships) or individual conferences, or potentially your academic institution, depending on the event. When you play sports for a college, you agree that the rights to the footage are covered as a condition of your participation. I'm not a lawyer, but I believe the O'Bannon vs. EA lawsuit argued that incorporating someone's likeness into a videogame goes far beyond just capturing footage of a game. It was going too far in exploiting someone's likeness. But obviously, the question of payments to student athletes is far from settled law, so it is still an open/ongoing question. I'm not sure how it works in high school. Whole other can of worms?
  7. When Trump says that he was a terrible wrestler, is he just confusing the WWE or did he actually wrestle (such as in high school)?
  8. USAW insurance does not replace your primary medical insurance, and if I recall correctly, it's specifically called out as "secondary insurance." As you might know, the minimum government mandated insurance plans don't cover 100% of expenses and may even have high deductibles. Many don't cover dental. But more importantly, this insurance shields everyone from liability during practices, events, etc. What if a member accidentally injures a third party? General liability is a huge issue for anyone running an event or even volunteering at one. I'm not a lawyer, so you'll want to consult with the actual policies, but my point is that the insurance is broader than mandated health coverage.
  9. Having had the best defense possible -- and despite that, still being declared guilty -- is the ideal way that our justice system works in convicting criminals. You don't want a shoddy defense even for the worst scum-of-the-earth. The prosecution's case must stand up to scrutiny, so that you can confidently declare that justice was done. I used to vilify defense attorneys, especially those who work for people who seem obviously guilty. But now I see them as equally as important as the prosecution in the role they play. I don't like it still. I wouldn't want to be a criminal defense attorney, yet they are important.
  10. This is a fantastic stat... thanks for sharing! Based on this chart, there's no question that more opportunities need to be made available for wrestling. Outside of wrestling, the chart also suggests that the ratios are roughly equivalent for men (15:1) and women (16:1). That seems to undercut the argument that Title IX unfairly discriminates against men. Without taking individual sports into consideration, it seems that male high school athletes (overall) have as many opportunities to compete in college as female high school athletes. Is that interpretation correct?
  11. There's also a service that's launching this month called Sling. It's for people who don't have cable/satellite but want to subscribe to a small package of networks like ESPN. According to several press stories, the subscription will also include access to the WatchESPN service, which is how I watched ESPN3 last year. The service is supposed to roll out this month, and the first invitations will go to people who register at sling.com. It's $20 a month with no contract committment. I'm not endorsing the service as I haven't used it, but it might be a good alternative for some people who don't have cable or even a TV.
  12. It's working pretty well for me. This is a huge improvement over last year and makes it easier to find out which match numbers are on which mats. It's even easier than being in Vegas.
  13. Hey Engine, I completely understand how you feel. You should insist that your doctor help you find the right combination of meds to prevent asthma, because there are quite a few options that you can try. For me Advair was a game changer. I still had to take albuterol before exercising and matches but even there I eventually got used to the jittery side effects. (Didn't help make me calmer overall though.) I'm not going to lie to you and say it was easy for me -- just as wrestling isn't easy but worth doing. I got frustrated all the time but it is possible to make asthma a lot less of a factor than I ever though. Keep working with your doctor and don't give up!
  14. I am releived that I am not alone. I have several recurring dreams: I am on company business in Vegas, and completely forgot that I was supposed to wrestle while I was there (something like Cliff Keen Invitational). My coworkers are at the blackjack tables and I'm walking through in a singlet asking if they want to watch. Then I realize that the brackets are filled with my bosses and employees, which is really awkward. My boss has never had to cut weight before and asks me if I can help him. I"m about to talk to the coach before weigh-ins but I forgot to make weight. I wake up in a complete sweat. And for just a brief moment, before I realize it's all a dream, I'm so relieved that I'm sweating and can't wait to get up and step on a scale. I forgot to wear a singlet onto the mat, so I just have shoes and boxers for some reason. My coach is yelling at me and my opponent is now pointing out that I'm also barefoot. He's right. My shoes are gone. I hear the TV commentators are commenting but I can't remember what they say. For some reason, the spectators are indifferent that I'm dressed inappropriately. Then I am told to put on the mascot's uniform. In another version, I go to the student store to get some clothes and end up folding t-shirts at Abercrombie & Fitch with no shirt on. In yet another version, I tell the ref I have to use the restroom, and I wake up -- apparently wearing exactly what I was wearing on the mat.
  15. "Punishment alone" is subjective in this case. Strictly speaking, the ref would have to assess that not only was Fleming trying to cause intense discomfort or pain -- but that he was also not trying to score, pin, or otherwise improve his position. These videos don't pass the "alone" part of the rule. If you're a wrestler, part of what wrestlers do is create pain and receive pain in the process of beating their opponent. A coach isn't doing his job by not teaching moves and holds where discomfort/pain is a major factor in their effectiveness. What a couch should NOT be teaching are moves where high probablility of injury are the defining factor in their effectiveness. My issue is not that this move causes punishment, but because it is directly targeting the jaw and neck, where the consequences of injury can be catastrophic. How many hundreds of times can this move be done before injury will happen -- if not by Fleming then by some less experienced kid with even worse execution? In the meantime, Snapper has developed some notoriety as this jaw crusher which gets him talked about by fans, the media, and into the head of his wrestling opponents. It makes for some fun talk, a little shock value, and riles up the masses in debate.. because Fleming is exploiting the edge of the rules to get his notoriety... and causing college wrestlers to tap, when they just don't do that. Does Fleming display good sportsmanship and uphold the ideals of wrestling?
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