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Coach_J last won the day on December 29 2019

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  1. When women were brought into the Olympics, wrestling was not going to be given any additional medals; as I recall, we were forced to scale back from 20 weights between FS and GR to 18, then to 18 total for MFS, GR, and WFS combined. But feel relieved, we saved the 200 swimming events and are adding pole dancing!
  2. One of the issues was reducing not only numbers but medals awarded. With the reduction in weights, we were, though, allowed the double bronze, which a number of combat sports do. Politics, politics, politics...
  3. No for so many reasons. Timing/scheduling--won't work within the rules. Reality--Cox is not even a big 97 and Snyder is no longer dominating 97 guys, so 125 would not work for either this cycle or perhaps ever. Hoping the better man wins at 97 and that's all.
  4. Since Christians see Jesus as the Son of God/God made flesh (and thus a part of him) and Muslims do not, these religions and their gods, while sharing many similarities, are not the same. And yes, my many Muslim friends revere Jesus but as prophets go he does not share equal status with Mohammed in their eyes.
  5. Wrestled the last year of 9 minute bouts, no tech fall. Three 3-minute periods is more than enough to determine who the better man is.
  6. I love beer and I can prove it.
  7. International wrestlers generally peak ages 24-32, with some prodigies (Sads, for example) arriving earlier and some grizzled vets later (Campbell). And to think most of our best folkstylers are done by age 22.
  8. Somewhere along the line it just won't be worth it to cheat. We're not there yet, but I'm hopeful we will arrive there soon. https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2020/February/19/Trio-of-Olympic-Licenses-Reassigned-After-Anti-Doping-Rules-Violations
  9. So many athletes profess a belief in a higher power, from Snyder's Christian God to Sadulaev's Allah and everything in between. And many are atheist or agnostic. I have no problem with thanking a God or seeing a predicament as a challenge from God or a hint to move in a different direction in life. It is no doubt crushing to have a dream taken or deferred; to see that as part of a God's plan is a means of coping with the disappointment and adjusting for the future and is understandable. The world is wide. Room enough for everyone who isn't spouting religious superiority or bigotry but just trying to navigate the struggles in life. Hopes for a speedy recovery and productive path for the future.
  10. What you see happening to Sadulaev is what happened to Snyder: people are game-planning him. Sads is so good he is still able to come out on top, even though the margins of victory are getting smaller. I am sure the Russian staff is picking apart all his Euro bouts (the reason he went to a meet like this) and will make appropriate adjustments. This is something we have lagged in.
  11. Strikes me as someone you could beat 10 times in a row and he fully believes he will beat you next time every single time.
  12. A few impressions of my travels in Russia. In Moscow, one of our group members, who is of Lebanese descent, was detained by police for looking "Caucasian" (from the Caucasus mountains). Our guide had to intervene so our guy wasn't taken into the police station. Yes, being dark-skinned is enough for the police to detain anybody they damn well please over there. In Belarus, we were invited to the "house" of the local wrestling federation. After our bus wound in and out of a neighborhood most comparable to Borat's village (corrugated tin roofs, no glass in the windows, chickens all over, etc.) we came to a clearing where there stood the "house," complete with security wall all around and a guy with a machine gun standing guard. The place was opulent, a complete contrast to the neighborhood we passed through. We asked how the federation could build such a house and were told "we make business." We asked what kind of business and were told, "Yes, make business." One of our group members asked, "Like a computer business," and the answer was, "Yes, we make computer business." My take: best to stop asking questions and break out the vodka. When we were on our way out, I had purchased a Russian army dagger with scabbard for my son in the Moscow flea market (that is a whole story in itself). At the airport, the instructions on the wall said that all items, such as knives, should be packed securely in check-through luggage, which mine was. When my bag went through the x-ray it was pulled from the conveyor and within minutes I was called over, at which point an older female security person holding my son's prize dagger began shouting at me and shaking the dagger at me. I didn't know what she was saying, and a guard with a machine gun came over and starting babbling and pointing at me as well. Our guide was busy at the ticket counter and didn't notice what was going on until things got heated. The guy with the machine kept pointing for me to go someplace off in the distance and I kept telling him I wasn't going anywhere. Things got bad when the guard tried to grab my arm to make me go with him and I smacked his hand away and told him to get his f.cking hands off me, at which point he pointed the machine gun at me. Needless to say, that got my attention. Our guide came over and, to make a long story short, the dagger was considered property of the Russian government and is not legally allowed to leave the country, which I had no clue about. The guard was trying to arrest me for smuggling. Much more to the story but suffice it to say I'm safely still alive in the good old US of A. And as the pics below attest, always be on the look out for Lenin and Chuck Norris hanging out.
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