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  1. First, thank you for your service. We all appreciate the sacrifice that our men and women in uniform have made for this country. I sincerely hope that you can fully recover from your injuries, both physical and mental. Second, there are many ways to serve your country, your state, your town,and your faith. Military service is certainly one of those ways, but many other people serve our country, and humanity, in many other ways that are equally valuable. These people have not failed. Faulting others for not making the same choices that you have is your rationalization to cope with the trauma you've endured.
  2. I'd say that Penn State has as good a chance as any other team, given the experience that most of starters have had, and given the improvements we've seen from some of their better guys. Of course the other usual suspects (Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, etc.) will be in the mix, as well as some improved teams (Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern). Should be a very fun year to be a fan.
  3. This is news? Other breaking news: Sun comes up tomorrow. Look for increased chance of darkness at sunset.
  4. There is nothing for Penn State to gain by giving peer status to the Edinboro and Cornell wrestling programs. Losing to Minnesota, Oklahoma State, or Iowa is a disappointment. Losing to regional rivals Edinboro or Cornell would be a recruiting catastrophe.
  5. Never happen. This would be a step down IMHO, Big 12 or no. How about one of those Pennsy guys?
  6. Right but not super right? Why hedge? Run one of those right-wing whack jobs (Cruz) and see where it gets you. Man up.
  7. You'll still stink, but details to be figured out later.
  8. Sure, but a "year off" and a year at community college seem different to me. It's one thing to take a year off to travel, work for a nonprofit, or just work to save money for college. It's another to spend a year getting academic credit at a local community college. I wonder how many Harvard or Penn wrestlers have spent their freshman year at a JUCO. My guess is zero.
  9. My favorite announcers are Ironside and Grace, of course. ;)
  10. You know the sound a steam engine makes? Choke choke choke choke choke ;)
  11. Yeah, they use "need-based" aid and the promise of Wall Street internships.
  12. I'll second Ban's nomination. BTW, if UNI tanks next year, I won't root for them any more, and I'll blame Schwabby for singlehandedly sinking his team. ;) Actually, I would like to nominate DF for a lifetime of feigned disgruntlement.
  13. Are you a UNI fan? I see you comment about them a lot this year. Ban, I support ALL teams from Iowa, perhaps some a bit more than others. UNI is a close second for me. Oddly, it's the only one of the big universities in Iowa where I didn't take a class.
  14. http://wcfcourier.com/sports/college/uni/wrestling/uni-wrestlers-pull-off-undefeated-dual-season/article_705de127-b6ef-54d2-8599-d0a4acfced6c.html Congratulations to the UNI Panthers for being the ONLY Division I team with an undefeated dual season this year.
  15. I agree. Great fans at Lehigh. Fair and knowledgeable, too. I always root for them. No, Penn State fans do not have an inferiority complex. They have arrogance, and that comes from winning. Iowa had it, and now Penn State has it. What Penn State also has that Iowa never had is some sort of feeling of self-righteousness from the fans on the message boards, like they are Harvard, Michigan, and Notre Dame all rolled into one. As SHP says, the fans at the meets are great, but the forum folks act like they've descended from heaven.
  16. I'm not sure about every year, but certainly this year would be one heck of a dual - maybe next year, too? Yeah, EVERY year. Coach Koll may not be pleased that Iowa and Penn State won't put Cornell on their dual schedule, but let's see if he can fit UNI to the Cornell dual season: Bill Koll's Alma mater vs. his son's Ivy team. Sounds like a barn-burner.
  17. Now only UNI is undefeated in duals. Way to go, Panthers! I'd like to see a UNI vs. Cornell dual every year.
  18. Gotta love these Gophers. I guess that Ness shows us how good Realbuto really is. And the Dardanes Bros show me why I like them so much.
  19. You can get drunk and enjoy the sunshine during a soccer or baseball game. Good thing no one ever drinks between rounds at Nationals... :o
  20. Problem is that the Big Ten wants to connect with history, and the Big 12 has ambitions to be Big again. Gee, how about the Rust Belt and Dust Bowl conferences? Like those names any better? I don't.
  21. I do too. And tennis, baseball, and golf. Let's face it: these are "acquired" spectator tastes, and I haven't acquired them. The idea of one sport being inherently boring is mistaken. All sports can be boring if they are performed poorly, or for spectators who do not understand the rules. I grew up with wrestling, so I naturally find it exciting when it's done right. Wrestling "works" when you understand the rules, and you identify in some way with one of the "combatants."
  22. There ARE dumber trends than tucking in your sweatpants.
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