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    John79 got a reaction from OfficialObserver in General Crowd Observations   
    The crowd was lacking the midwestern team flair.  Seemed to miss the large Minny, Wisky, Iowa contingents.  There was a bunch of Iowa supporters but seemed not to be as large as in years past.  The Okie State crowd was next to me and was loud and having a great time.  19k plus fans.  i cannot comment on the 200 level.  Were there more team sections up there?  What a great nigh!!
     
    Why hasn't Pittsburgh hosted the finals yet?  Great city, great fan base, close to Cleveland and all of western PA is wrestling crazy and arguably the best wrestling in the country.
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    John79 got a reaction from NJDan in So what does Iowa do now?   
    Who would've thought back when Tom and the Metcalf gang left VA tech that they would wind up losing to Vtech in the NCAAs?  Va Tech went all in when they hired Brand only to be scorned by their departure.  I recall some people thought that would be the death of  the program.   VT hired a HS coach in Dresser, albeit a national champion,  and we have watched him slowly build a national power.  Dresser's is building a program equal to Iowa.  Over the next decade, who do you see as having the upper hand?  
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    John79 got a reaction from denger in NCAA spoilers with low seeds   
    125 - Conor Schram - 4x PA finalist and 2x champ, will make some noise from the #10
    133 - A Giraldo - beat earl hall, bruno  and gave brewer fits (one pd though ;) , making weight over 2 days make hurt him though
    141 - Randy Cruz - r12 last year -- the wrestlbacks could present some interesting PA matchups, looks like Cruz , Chisko and Zach Horan will battle
    149 - BJ Clagon - could make a run , gave rutherford one of his closest matches this year. when he wants to go , he s tough to handle
    174 -i cant wait for a myles v realubuto semi
    184 - gravina will grind and will give brooks fits
    hwy - dhesi - he made billy smith legitimately quit
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    John79 reacted to leshismore in NYC Restaurant and Pub List Thread   
    Thanks.  I sent out the same messages to all of my friends and my buddy just sent me Bogam's.  Great minds think alike.  Thanks again.
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    John79 got a reaction from leshismore in NYC Restaurant and Pub List Thread   
    Also little italy is like going to disney.  ts not what it used to be. i wouldnt waste my time there and the food is ok at best
    Head to chinatown for great food too , peking duck house is great
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    John79 got a reaction from leshismore in NYC Restaurant and Pub List Thread   
    From a NY-er
     
    1) Korean BBQ is great , dont be afraid
    2) Burgers - Bare Burger (46th Street/ 8th ) 5 Napkin Burger (44th / 9th ) & Shake Shack (44/8)
    3) Avoid all Famous Rays, Original Rays , the Dollar Pizza places are ok - you pay for what you get .  pizza is ok in my opinion in nyc , just think how many 3 dollar pizza's you need to sell to pay for rent so ....
    4) Steaks - Quality Meats (58/6) , DelFrisco s ( 55/6) , Smith Wolesnkys - all high end but very good
    5) Italian - Malaparte (Hudson & Bethune - great prices and amazing food - down in West Vill , prb my fav restaurant in all of nyc - $18 -$22 entrees) , Da Andrea ( Union Sq ) - in my opinion they are are the best value in all of nyc , great italian 
    6) Bagels - Murrays Bagels & Ess-a Bagels - are the best in NYC , Pick a bagel is very good too and close to msg
    7) Ramen - Totto Ramen - very cool but long line.  there is a lenny's on teh same block as msg but its a chain bagel jt
    8) Mexican - Anejo (hells kitchen ), Burrito Box (Columbus Circle) Taqueria (one of the best , sorta a "speak easy" in the back of a bodega but awesome
    9) Hells Kitchen - Taboon, medi wine bar , sports bar - brickyard , beer bar - valhalla
    10 ) Surrounding MSG - best bar in my opinion is American Whiskey
     
     
    If you gave time get out of Midtown! take a subway and head to west vill, union sq, tribecca.  they are all easy subways ride aways.  dont be afraid of the subways, very simple to navigate and not dangerous at all.  just keep your head on a swivel.  If you dont want to head downtown , go to Hells Kitchen.  It is completely gentrified and tons of diff bars and restaurants.  the other close option is Midtown (50's between 5 & 7th ) .  all  the restaurants in this area are all very god but cater to the corporate card and tourists so be prepared to pay up. 
     
    Hit me up if you have q's.  I ve been living in nyc for over a decade now
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    John79 got a reaction from redblades in NCAA Tournament Day 1 (St. Patty's Day) - 2:30-4:30 (btwn sessions)   
    While the Ainsworth is a great sports bar and it seems like a good deal just be prepared to be packed in like sardines.  It will be overwhelmingly packed. nuts to buts packed.... WIth the first round of the hoops tourney and st pats day, you will be hard pressed to get a beer.  head over to hells kitchen or 9th ave for better value and more room.  all in all, midtown will be bananas, as it always is during st pats and when you throw hoops on top of that, look out...
     
    for out of towners , i implore you to get out of midtown for dinner.  please do yourself a favor get on any subway and head south of 14th street for dinner (if there's time). there is no need to be intimidated by the subways, primarily they go north and south.  cabs are too darn expensive and too time consuming due to traffic.  if you miss you stop just get out and walk the 5 blocks....if you are going to stay in midtown head to hells kitchen.  midtown is truly not indicative of nyc.  its one huge overpriced tourist trap.  i ve lived in nyc for over a decade now and its the best city for dining and excitement. 
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    John79 got a reaction from Jaroslav Hasek in NCAA Tournament Day 1 (St. Patty's Day) - 2:30-4:30 (btwn sessions)   
    While the Ainsworth is a great sports bar and it seems like a good deal just be prepared to be packed in like sardines.  It will be overwhelmingly packed. nuts to buts packed.... WIth the first round of the hoops tourney and st pats day, you will be hard pressed to get a beer.  head over to hells kitchen or 9th ave for better value and more room.  all in all, midtown will be bananas, as it always is during st pats and when you throw hoops on top of that, look out...
     
    for out of towners , i implore you to get out of midtown for dinner.  please do yourself a favor get on any subway and head south of 14th street for dinner (if there's time). there is no need to be intimidated by the subways, primarily they go north and south.  cabs are too darn expensive and too time consuming due to traffic.  if you miss you stop just get out and walk the 5 blocks....if you are going to stay in midtown head to hells kitchen.  midtown is truly not indicative of nyc.  its one huge overpriced tourist trap.  i ve lived in nyc for over a decade now and its the best city for dining and excitement. 
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    John79 got a reaction from silver-medal in Rutgers Wrestling advertisement   
    While driving along arguably the most heavily trafficked stretch of highway in the US, I saw a billboard that absolutely shocked me.  Rutgers has purchased electronic billboard space along the Lincoln Tunnel spur of 95 that features the wrestling team and Anthony Ashnault.  I thought the purchase was very revealing, i guess it says the men's hoops team stinks and that the Athletic department sees Rutger's wrestling as a potential money maker.  I just hope this optimism stirs the new AD to enact more fund raising for a new wrestling room ! Who would ve thought that a wrestling team get this kind of pub.  Regardless, of your view of RU, you have to agree this a great step for wrestling in general.
     
     
     
     
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    John79 got a reaction from silver-medal in Marstellar   
    Chance reminds me of cp schlatter and scott winston.  similar build, dominat hs careers and trouble on the next level.  i m pulling for him as i did the others.  they are shorter guys, matured early that struggle with the height and leverage advantage of d1 wresters.
     
    57 is prb the most fitting weight class for his height but the cut is too much.  i hope he gets his nutrition right and competes to the level he is capable of.  not eating is miserable
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    John79 got a reaction from GoNotQuietly in Marstellar   
    Chance reminds me of cp schlatter and scott winston.  similar build, dominat hs careers and trouble on the next level.  i m pulling for him as i did the others.  they are shorter guys, matured early that struggle with the height and leverage advantage of d1 wresters.
     
    57 is prb the most fitting weight class for his height but the cut is too much.  i hope he gets his nutrition right and competes to the level he is capable of.  not eating is miserable
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    John79 got a reaction from cjc007 in Cael and Jason Peters meet Sammy Henson....   
    Wow, Cael and crew are def going to be crossing paths with Sammy Henson at every top lightweight recruits house in Western and S East PA.  Sammy Henson does amazing work with lightweights.  Mosley, WOW!!!  
     
    Does Spencer Lee take a peak at WVU?  Pitt has built a formidable program by grabbing a lot of WPIAL kids.  The proximity of WVU and Sammy Henson just threw a monkey wrench into the base of their team.  There's plenty to go around but with Edinborough, PSU, WVU and Pitt, the competition for top recruits just got tougher.  Thank god there s plenty of talent to go around out in Pitt.  
     
     
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    John79 got a reaction from silver-medal in Ben Askren Rant   
    I m glad Asken posted his "rant".  Pushing is not an offensive move, hand fighting and collar tie's are not offensive moves.  I ll never understand how a stall can be called because a man is just moving forward (but not attempting an offensive move) As a former wrestler, i was completely ok with a man moving forward and me backward since his legs were moving to me and his weight was leaning forward.  
     
    Ive been out of college wrestling for some time but the "sumo" style of wrestling and the new style of takedown defense are killing the sport from a spectators point of view.  I dont want to see stalements, i want to see wrestlers looking for points.  whatever happened to spralls and crossfaces and combo's off them? Doesn't mean i m any less interested though!  i guess i m dating myself.  
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