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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?
  16. Why does the billing system say you signed up in January of this year? Did you take advantage of some free trial offer? Did someone else in your household do this? Or is that statement entirely a falsehood? If they can look at your logins and see that you have never used the service during this billing period, I think the right thing to do is to refund your money (although it would be done as a courtesy, not out of legal obligation). As for claims that you got your money back last year, I'm sure the credit company assisted you with the chargeback. That doesn't guarantee that your credit card company reached out to Flo directly about the situation. If nobody told Flo at the time, they weren't told they had to take some action. As for January 2014's billing, it's now October. You would've had better luck if you looked at your billing statement for inconsistencies and taken care of them at the time of the billing, as is probably required by your credit card company agreement. FInally, Discover is an awful card which I got rid of several years ago. They were useless in helping me with the most basic of issues. Thanks for sharing your story which completely validates what I think about them.
  17. Sweet! Hope they keep the same intense focus on wrestling even as they expand. Awesome strategy to help underserved sports with a passionate fan base.
  18. I have definitely changed my opinion on this topic over time. If you've already grown up in the sport -- at least in my lifetime -- I once thought that the singlet was tradition and a true wrestler should embrace it. Wrestling builds the kind of confidence that lets you be a B.A. who rocks that uniform. In my elitist view, if you couldn't handle the singlet you didn't belong in the brotherhood. But that's clearly out of touch with the average kid who would be well served by wrestling. So it seems like most people in this thread agree that there needs to be a change. How does it happen? I don't think you can just start making board shorts and compression shirts optional. Nobody wants to be the only kid in the pool wearing a t-shirt and floaties. If change is to happen, it has to be mandatory.
  19. That sounds quite frustrating. I would suggest that you email martin@flocasts.org. He runs the company and has been known to step in. There have certainly been much talk about Flowrestling's billing system woes, so I'm not surprised that something went wrong. But based on your post here (and in the high school thread): 1. Credit card companies do allow recurring charges to go through even after a credit card number has been changed. Apparently Amex allows it for 1-2 billing cycles, to help consumers have enough time to contact their billers. But tell Discover they're doing it wrong if they're still accepting the old number for years. 2. If the charge happened in January, why did you wait until August to try to resolve it with Flo? There is actually a legal process, in which you have to inform your credit card company about erroneous charges within a timely manner. I'm not letting Flo off the hook here... just saying that bill payers have certain obligations to review their statements and report problems. 3. Whenever I actually cancel a service, I would always keep a copy of that cancellation email. Otherwise, anyone can tell the credit card company years later that they cancelled -- even if it's not true. 4. Sad that you have to do this, but with Flo or any other online subscription, I would use a disposable credit card number. Gift cards are fine. Better yet, your bank may have a system for generating one-time use numbers for online shopping. Obviously, the ideal solution is for Flo to resolve it. 5. Can Flo look up how many times you've used the subscription since you allegedly signed up for it? If they notice that you have never actually logged into the website since January, I think it helps your case. Good luck to you in resolving this!
  20. Here's an article interviewing director Bennett Miller. We should absolutely not expect this to be a "wrestling movie." I did find it interesting that the actors spent seven months learning how to wrestle, and how the director used wrestling to illustrate the characters of the story. http://deadline.com/2014/09/toronto-foxcatcher-bennett-miller-streve-carell-channing-tatum-832223/ To quote one part of the interview: DEADLINE: There is this fascinating physical bond between Channing and Mark Ruffalo as the Schultz brothers that came out the first time you see them together, warming up on the mat. There’s this physical expression, a language of brotherly love and intimacy that plays out subtly and tells you everything about these brothers, what they meant to each other, and their uneasy relationship. How did you find that? MILLER: They spent seven months working out, learning how to wrestle, changing their bodies. When it came time to shoot that scene, it felt more like shooting a documentary. It really did. They’d rehearsed what would happen, the broken nose. I said, let’s just shoot the whole thing. How would it go? It’s just the two of you on the mat, how would it go? I told the choreographer, just let them go. They warmed each other up and I let it run. When it got to the edit, I realized I had 25 minutes of scripted scenes designed to communicate who these guys were to each other. But when I watched that footage and put a version of this scene together, I realized; I can cut those 25 minutes out. Because you see it all, how they deal with each other, right there in that small scene.
  21. Having to wear a tie was among the reasons why I chose not to pursue a career in consulting. So I guess some people do choose their jobs (or their sports) based on the uniform.
  22. One can get a superior education at any number of top-ranked liberal arts colleges. The issue is that the rankings aren't meant to be compared to each other -- and when they're combined it implies that the lists can be directly compared ranking-to-ranking. The #15 school on one list isn't being graded better or worse than the #16 school on the other list. That said, if your intention is to highlight the fact that these schools offer strong wrestling opportunities, the point is well taken.
  23. knox

    Ivy Rankings

    Varsity teams lead to alumni donations and merchandise sales. Athletic revenues lead to more funding for academic programs. More funding for academic programs theoretically helps the school's reputation. If you got rid of varsity sports, it might not immediately reduce the quality of the education but it would have long term effects. Varsity sports are the major glue that keeps alumni engaged in their school. Granted, the effect is greater for sports like football and basketball than wrestling or crew. But without athletics, most alumni would have a diminished relationship with their alma mater. A strong athletics program is also a selling point for students. Many prospective students (not just student-athletes) perceive sports as integral to a well-rounded college experience. A college without a strong athletics program is at a competitive disadvantage to its peers.
  24. So Rugby won with 40% of the vote, while wrestling came in at 32%. Does that mean that a third of the issue will be devoted 32% to wrestling coverage? Or is this a winner take all situation where we'll have to read about rugby before going back to ESPN's typical coverage of poker, spelling bees, golf, and baseball?
  25. Tragic. Condolences to his family and friends, including his teammates. And also peace to those who tried to help him. This almost happened to a buddy of mine while we were on a lake trip after college, I can't imagine what I'd be going through if we couldn't get to him. Don't take anything for granted, even if you know how to swim and are in great shape. I'm at a loss for anything more to say.
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