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  1. Not at all. Look at soccer. The US put a ton of money into the men's program when we hosted the World Cup back in the day and tried to manufacture role models out of a team that, in essence, was entirely mediocre (anyone remember Alexi Lalas?). Who did people actually want to watch? The women (who, by the way, are actually excellent and, unlike the men, have actually earned international results). Who still gets more money and promotional support even though they essentially suck? The example of the WNBA proves that you can't force something down people's throats; they skipped the steps of building a grassroots foundation and tried to skip "go" and failed. Little girls are playing soccer like none other and it is in part to the patient approach of the the soccer community. Put it this way: would you rather watch women's beach volleyball or men's? Wouldn't take a marketing genius to answer that one. And their international federation gives men and women equal prize money (the women are basically subsidizing the men at this point). The idea that the "market" always determines what is best is a fantasy. Back in the day, you could buy records by Pat Boone and not find a single one by Little Richard--you really want to argue that the "market" allowed an talent-deprived copycat like Pat Boone to dwarf the sales of a genius like Little Richard, whose music Boone ripped off with impunity? So many more elements come into play than just the self-fulfilling prophecy of the "market."
  2. The "market" argument is specious. If you only market men's events, guess what, that's all people will view. If you only offer crappy rewards/prizes to men, that's who will pursue the prizes in the greatest numbers. When I coached in college, I was constantly told by the AD (also the head basketball coach) that he needed the gym for home games on specific dates at specific times because he was a "revenue" sport; all I ever got were crappy times/dates to host home events. Funny, but the "market" was self-fulfilling--what was offered on the best dates with the best promotion and support mysteriously made the most money. And we actually did pretty well bringing in money with no promotion (beyond what my staff and I did--nothing from the Sports Information Department), no support (the local newspaper did half page pre-game write-ups for basketball and glorious post game write-ups but I was told we'd be lucky to get any post-match coverage, even a dual box score), and no financing (we found outside sponsors to fund our tournament). I only wonder what we could have done with a little cooperation from the powers that be.
  3. Must say, the banter between Iranian wrestling fans is priceless. You guys know the sport, do your homework, and pull no punches, most especially on Iranian wrestlers. Love the contributions you make to the forum and appreciate the brutally honest takes. May you enjoy a blessed new year and may we all hope 2021 treats the world better.
  4. As any coach in the world will tell you, this is a good problem to have.
  5. He outscored his five opponents 43-3. Granted, not the tough side of the bracket, but Aliev beat Rashidov (was winning when Rashidov blew his knee) and then Musukaev beat Aliev. I understand, common opponents ain't the whole picture, but to roll Musukaev in the finals 9-1 is impressive because the Musik-Man gives everybody fits (until he goes into nicotene withdrawal). I also wonder how Rashidov will recover from his injury; Aliev torqued his knee pretty bad--looked like a serious knee blow out to me. Hoping all competitors are healthy and ready to show their best in '21.
  6. The Musik-Man needs to lay off the Camel filterless for a bit. Explosive, technical, but that gas tank hits zero pretty quick. One to watch is Tevanyan from Armenia--just won the World Cup (beat Musik-Man in the final with a late barrage of scoring, 9-1). He's only 21 and training in Armenia has been sporadic because of the war in Artsakh. Not saying he is a contender for gold, but is a definite top-5 level guy and can make problems for any top dog not bringing his A-game into the circle.
  7. Barjang, best short offense in the business. Great to see him in this event but would have also been nice to see a clone in the Individual World Cup as well.
  8. Thank you. You get it. And allow me to clarify--"potential" super-spreader. Look in my above post; I asked if there had been some outbreak of cases to justify the sudden announcement to abandon worlds. They knew they weren't going to send a team but held nationals (and other events) anyways.
  9. A blessed 26th birthday wish to our favorite comrade, Radik Khuzin! Enjoy a great day, moi droog!
  10. Let me spell out my point. If the health of athletes was of paramount importance they would not have held a super-spreader event like nationals. To host nationals and then come back and say Worlds is too big a risk is specious reasoning.
  11. Of course I see the difference, which makes the decision to host nationals in a country where cases are surging even more nonsensical. Completely inconsistent. If prudence, safety driven caution, and the health of athletes were of paramount importance nationals would not have been held. And I still believe this decision was made long before it was announced and our best wrestlers were privy to that decision.
  12. Lackluster nationals with Snyder the only real big name present--JMHO, but this decision was made a while ago and we the public are just now getting wind of it. “The health and safety of U.S. athletes, coaches and staff is always the No. 1 concern for USA Wrestling." Okay, fair enough, but was there there an outbreak of positive tests of athletes who took part in nationals that would explain hosting that potential super-spreader event but now deciding to not send a contingent to Worlds?
  13. Inside sources saying several fingers mashed in a horrific flute accident playing "Hot Crossed Buns." Waiting to see if it's a career-ender...keep this young man in your thoughts and prayers.
  14. Not questioning Snyder's phenomenal early results. But definite signs of regression, being decked by Sadulaev in 2018 and then totally shut down by Sharifov in 2019. The international guys are figuring him out; superior cardio and weight training power can only take a single leg so far. Now being outwrestled by Gadson before the injury and then Gadson being handled by Moore does not bode well. Can he turn it around? Of course. Unless he grows as a technician, though, not gonna happen. He's always taken some losses at small meets (being beaten by juice freak Boltukaev, etc.) but I think this recent spell is very different. You age quickly at this level. The 24 year old cannot and should not train the same as the 18 year old.
  15. I've worked and trained with Iranian wrestlers over the years since 1978, when I met Abas Arabi Asli, who fled Iran and went first to Czechoslovakia and then to Sweden; he was actually national freestyle champion at 57 kilos in both Czechoslovakia and Sweden. He was a great guy, warm-hearted and generous, having me stay at his home in Stockholm for the weekend before I went home to the US after training in Sweden a year. The team doctor I had in Vasteras, Sweden, was Iranian and treated me very well. I got to know the Iranian staff and fans at the 1995 Worlds in Atlanta and 1996 Olympics--knowledgeable, fair-minded, crazy for wrestling and supportive of great wrestlers from all nations. In none of my dealings with wrestlers or everyday citizens from Iran have I gleaned the idea that Iranians as whole hate the US. My personal anecdotal experience says quite the contrary.
  16. Iranian posters, thank you for your bravery and helping us understand an often mysterious part of the world to us.
  17. Can you give us some insight into this situation? https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/irans-regime-to-execute-wrestling-champion-for-his-peaceful-protest-640389?fbclid=IwAR3hySBtzW0oOGfFK_k-ROGCl4AmigOQDVcrF3oM7BHW2eyLOjSWsXK5YYE
  18. Fantastic and very appreciated--what a time commitment to do so thorough a job. I like how you begin from distance with jab step/level change; too many young kids feel they have to be in ear-to-ear tie up and actually take away their own attack space and opportunities. Keep these vids coming!
  19. At least reveal the type of cheap hooch...so we can avoid it...or perhaps pick up a couple extra bottles at the package store.
  20. Awesome how you have the individual bout results for each tournament the ranked individuals competed in. A wrestling junkie's nirvana! Great stuff.
  21. I've seen many examples, some of the most vivid in track and field. In this one, you can call Anaya a fool or the ultimate example of class and sportsmanship for his actions: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ivan-fernandez-anaya-hone_n_2505360 In this one, the runner also shows great humanity and sportsmanship: https://www.inspiremore.com/ivan-fernandez-anaya-abel-mutai/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/09/29/runner-world-championships-helps-exhausted-rival-finish-race/
  22. Before social media, we only had for the most part anecdotal stories of what guys were like outside the circle, what they would say about opponents, their antics and off-hand comments about anything. Today every utterance is documented or can be, and they can be shared, tweeted, and promoted. The recent slew of loud guys are just now discovering what Muhammad Ali perfected decades ago--controversy sells. Playing the heel (as Ali learned from Gorgeous George the pro wrestler) garners attention, if only in the hopes of seeing the heel get smashed. Might not even be who these guys really are, but if it puts a few more dollars in their pocket, why not sound off. Not saying I'm a fan of it--would rather see results than hear proclamations and attention-grabbing predictions.
  23. Not in my life has a 1-time NCAA 5th placer and a 1-time world 9th placer ever been able to draw as much attention to himself as all the guys who actually won those tournaments combined. Happy trails...
  24. Going by what the original article said, which is that he is 30. Either way, 30 or 32, getting out of sanction purgatory makes him 34 or 36. Time for Dombo to find a new hobby.
  25. Clear explanation of how the qualifiers have been adjusted. Dude really screwed the Army team, as well: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2020/July/30/Armed-Forces-Championship-results-changed
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