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  1. Individual results can be easily obtained through other sources. But the rankings, recruiting, and articles are all unique. I like the change. Let Earl spend less time on data entry and more time creating content!
  2. On the restart rule... I don't know how much I like that. If you get a takedown you can essentially gain a point by running them out of bounds if they get to their feet. That could have big implications on a tie match with short time left.
  3. My understanding is that a lot of smaller liberal arts schools have trouble attracting enough male students to keep a decent gender ratio on campus (more females than males are going to college nowadays and that is more pronounced at those types of schools, and if the balance tilts too far then they have trouble attracting females who don't want to go to what is almost a girls only school). Sports teams are a way to attract males to school. It's like reverse title IX.
  4. I agree and that's been my point all along. The average Big 10 wrestler is basically the same level as the average Big Twelve wrestler. And the average wrestler of those two conferences is miles above the average wrestler of any other conference.
  5. Of course taking the top Big Twelve school out has a greater impact than taking the top Big 10 school out. There are three times as many Big 10 schools! If you want to do that comparison you have to take out the top three Big 10 schools. Take out Iowa, Minnesota, and Penn State and you end up with fourteen AAs for the Big 10 to six for the Big Twelve. Which indicates that the Big Ten is more top heavy than the Big Twelve is. Here's another example to illustrate why you can't just drop the top team... take it the other way and drop the bottom team from each conference. Average 2014 Big 10 team score: 48.8 Average 2014 Big Twelve team score: 46.25 Average 2014 Big 10 team score(minus Purdue) : 52.6 Average 2014 Big Twelve team score minus West Virginia: 61.2 Since it has fewer teams, the outlier is much more pronounced in the Big Twelve. However, if you instead drop the bottom three teams out of the Big 10... Average 2014 Big 10 team score(minus Purdue, Michigan State, and Indiana) : 61.2 You find out that the top 3/4 of the Big 10 and top 3/4 of the Big Twelve had an identical average team score.
  6. I'd guess that Arizona State would draw mostly from California, so that would come at the expense of the Pac-12. I'd guess that West Virginia would draw from the Mid-Atlantic states, so that would come at teh expense of ACC schools.
  7. Take a random Big Twelve wrestler and a random Big 10 wrestler. They are each about equally likely to be a national champion. They are each about equally likely to be a finalist. They are each about equally likely to be an All American. They are each about equally as likely to have reached the R12. They are each about equally as likely to be an NCAA qualifier. No other conference comes anywhere near those two in any of those accomplishments. The only difference between the Big 10 and Big Twelve is that the Big 10 has more schools. The conferences very easily sort into tiers Tier 1: Big 10, Big Twelve Tier 2: MAC, ACC Tier 3: Everybody else
  8. And 2 Big Twelve champs won it. Which, given that the Big 10 has three times the number of teams... means they performed about the same. They also had about the same percentage of All Americans (Big Twelve had slightly more per capita last year, Big 10 had slightly more per capita this year). The Big 10 has more teams than the Big Twelve. But year over year they perform at about the same level.
  9. I think they tread water and stay in the top five. They had a few guys fade away this year that'll be back and should score them points, and the only big point winner from this year that they lose is Ramos. Iowa next year should be about the same as Iowa this year.
  10. What is the business that Flo is in? Sports coverage What is the business that ESPN is in? Sports coverage If ESPN chose to focus more on wrestling beyond the NCAA championships they could easily drive Flo out of business. That means they are competitors. I don't get what is hard to grasp here. They are both media companies who's business is sports coverage. Maybe the brewery idea wasn't getting the point across. Then consider FloWrestling the local mom and pop shop and ESPN to be WalMart.
  11. I think ESPN did an excellent job. Much better than Flo would have done. But the topic wasn't to compare the merits of ESPN vs. Flo. It was whether Flo was "biting the hand that feeds it". They weren't. Because they're a competing media company to ESPN for this event.
  12. The problem is this is said about at least 20 programs... they can't all be top ten even with great coaching and recruiting. There's only 10 spots available in the top 10.
  13. The same channel they broadcast dozens of tournaments every season. A subscription based Internet stream. Except your example isn't at all comparable. Flo regularly streams wrestling tournaments and if they could afford the rights there's about a 100% chance that they'd cover NCAAs just like they covered several conference tournaments. They have the equipment, expertise, and personnel to offer live coverage of wrestling tournaments. ESPN, the Big Ten Network, The Pac-12 Network, individual colleges that offer streams of their events... these are all competitors to FloWrestling. Just because Flo is smaller than them doesn't mean they don't compete against them. Just like my example from earlier, your local small microbrew isn't a major player in the world market for beer. But they do compete against every other brewer out there.
  14. That is like saying my home brewing operation is a competitor to Budweiser. More comparable to say that your local craft brewery is a competitor to Budweiser. They're on completely different levels of scale, but they're still selling the same thing.
  15. Not only is ESPN not the hand that feeds Flo, it is a competitor. If ESPN didn't own the broadcasting rights to the NCAA Championships Flo would be able to make a killing broadcasting it.
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