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Everything posted by grapplefan

  1. Lots of assumptions going on with this flowchart.
  2. I have nothing at all against young Mr. Dean, but with the stakes this high, I'm rooting for Ruth also!
  3. You make good points, doc. He doesn't have to give up anything. I understand that. I bet that he will though. We all give up something.
  4. He sure could, but I bet he doesn't. He also won't be 19 again. I'm also not saying that he won't be wealthy or successful. I just think it's sad, and that doesn't make me an idiot. But as Xander says, college isn't for everyone. I wish Mr. Pico great success in his pursuits.
  5. I was on a jaguar hunt in Iowa once. On second thought, it was snipe hunt, and the snipes are even rarer than jaguars in Iowa.
  6. Everyone loses. It's part of life. As they say, it's not that you get knocked down, but how you get back up that matters.
  7. That assumes that pursuing world greatness = pursuit of MMA championship. And you think we're idiots? No, it doesn't. Pico is pursuing an Olympic gold medal by age 19. Or an Olympic championship. More to life than sports.
  8. That assumes that pursuing world greatness = pursuit of MMA championship. And you think we're idiots?
  9. Me too. I like to think of college wrestlers as STUDENT-athletes, and that success in the classroom has as much or more value than success on the mat. This only college classroom this kid will ever see in on TV.
  10. This is wrestling, it's not cricket. Ramos likes to pump up the crowd, but that humiliation part is mostly in your head. Getting pinned by anyone is humiliating, speaking as a guy who's been pinned a few times. Ramos doesn't need more humility. He needs better offense. Colon is great wrestler, and every bit as intense as anyone wrestling right now. Ramos wants to be intense. Colon IS intense. I'd like to see much-improved Colon vs. Retherford or Stieber at the end of this season.
  11. No one is a "lock." This is college wrestling. You may want to crown Ruth champion right now, and I'm not saying he won't be in March, but no one is a lock. He was also a "lock" to win the Southern Scuffle, wasn't he?
  12. I see Taylor, and after that it drops off: Ruth has to get through Dean. Stieber has to get through Retherford. St. John has to get through Deringer. Delgado has to get through an improved Garrett, or maybe Gillman. Were some upsets just one-time accidents? Hard to say.
  13. Usually the metaphor is "hangs on him like a cheap suit." When you start mixing these words, funny things happen.
  14. Cam Simaz has his fingerprints all over dean Ruth had his fingerprints all over Simaz when they wrestled. This is a head scratching crazy loss to me. Dean was very impressive this weekend but Ruth has been untouchable. Interesting to see how this loss affects him. Definitely hurts his spot on the all time ladder. And cost him any chance for the Hodge, I would guess.
  15. I do love a ridiculous mixed metaphor! Nice work!
  16. Thanks, Martin. It means a lot to have you post this. I gotta say though that Flo seems to have no problems producing a video of two loonies ranting over a white board, but when the chips are down, your coverage often fails. Also, people have lost trust in your billing practices. THAT will take a long time to rebuild, but you could start by reexamining your website interface to make subscribe/unsubscribe procedures absolutely crystal clear and instantaneous, with an email confirmation. If in doubt, err slightly on the side of generosity. It's good for business. Also, all the guys you hire don't do the "I'm excited about college wrestling" thing quite as well as you used to. You might consider "getting your hands dirty" and do more on-air stuff yourself (minus any rants of course.) If Steve Jobs and Donald Trump could get up and present, then you can too. The good news for you is that the market is still wide open. The BTN only tends their little patch of wrestling turf (albeit with most of the top schools), and would be as likely to preempt wrestling for women's basketball as not. Individual colleges may stream at $10/pop or so, but it's spotty, you have to hunt down the websites, and the announcing can be horrendous. Maybe you should consider paying some colleges to simulcast some of these streams through Flo. I don't have stake in most meets with Cal Poly, Arizona State, or Edinboro, but I'd watch them if it was convenient and cheap, because I like to watch college wrestling.
  17. So this is war? Or a disaster? WWI was a war, and Hurricane Katrina was a disaster. Talk about your common clichés. Here's another one: Minnesota stunk it up at the scuffle. How's that?
  18. Taunting the Gophers is bad ju-ju. This team may have a way of coming back at season's end. Just say'in.
  19. Yes, Schwab is doing a great job at UNI. he's starting to recruit some studs now too. If the Hawkeyes are/were the Yankees of college wrestling, then UNI is becoming the Red Sox of wrestling. Also, Kish is becoming a very good coach as well. I think we'll see more of his guys place at these tournaments.
  20. Xander, that's priceless. You should have caught them and slapped the little troublemakers upside the head. Now, you'd never have to pay for a beer in Pennsylvania again. ;) In the late 60s, I used to work for Dan Gable's aunt at a department store in Cedar Rapids. Once she found out I wrestled, I got all the time off work for wrestling that I ever wanted. Unfortunately, I was no Dan Gable, even with all the practice time in the world. BTW, bet you wish you had the '66 Mustang again.
  21. You miss the point. We face reality just fine. (Well, most of us...) Comparing the Midlands to the NIT doesn't bother me a bit. So what if Midlands is weaker this year? It was still lots of fun, and we could watch it on TV. That has nothing to do with reality, but everything to do with enjoying college wrestling. Also has nothing to do with Iowa or their schedule. The Midlands is more than about Iowa. If Iowa had a tougher early-season schedule this year, Midlands would have been the same: entertaining.
  22. Okay, here is how I'd call it right now: 1. Delgado (defending champ) 2. Megaludis (defending runner-up) 3. Garret (defending third place) 4. Gillman (new kid on the block) Scuffle may change things. Other losses may change things, too.
  23. Did you know the Brands brothers back in Sheldon?
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