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  1. I'm not arguing the speech was good, it wasn't, I am pointing out that very successful coaches believe there is value in them contrary to you saying that those around winning traditions don't do them. To say that some of the greatest coaches in the world in various sports only do them because they think they must is comical, Nick Saban isn't doing anything he doesn't think has value because frankly he doesn't "Have to" do anything.
  2. Nick Saban gives a speech before literally every game. I am sure he knows a thing or two about being around and motivating world class athletes and championship teams. Maybe you are saying wrestlers don't need it, however Gable in his book "Coaching Wrestling Successfully" seems to think they can be a valuable tool.
  3. Another one on the chopping block.... http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/03/cleveland_state_university_will_no_longer_fund_wrestling_but_will_add_lacrosse.html
  4. He was a few years older than me, but wrestled in the same conference as my high school he was just a freak athlete. He wrestled at state his junior year on a broken ankle and took 3rd. Senior year he was kicked out of school during the post season for some behavioral stuff, but he would have been in the hunt to win it that year. I believe he beat eventual champion Flake in a tight one at the conference meet a few weeks previous to the state tournament. He was actually the first person I had seen to that point do a back flip out of a high single, but what made it even crazier is it was during that match with the eventual state champion. I think if I remember right Bobby Douglas was trying to get him to Iowa state but he couldn't get in, so he was supposed to go JUCO for two years somewhere in Iowa I think but never made it there. He was a nice guy who was willing to talk and work with a middle school kid like me at open mats. I think in the end he just had a rough upbringing that put him in some bad situations.
  5. Here is what many people forget. A college football team has 85 scholarships and 125 "Division 1" teams that is 10,625 division 1 scholarship athletes. A Division 1 college wrestling team gets 9.9 scholarships (If fully funded which all aren't) and there are only around 77 left which works out to about 762 Division1 scholarship athletes. There just aren't nearly as many D1 opportunities for wrestling as there are for football. Guys go D2, but if the same amount of opportunities were there as football most of those guys would be at middle level or lower end D1 schools. It is funny though if two guys are talking and they say they played D1 football it is instant respect no matter how bad the team was or if they started or not. In wrestling if two guys are talking and one said he was D1 and the other said he was D2 the D2 guys gets a side ways look like he is not a real athlete.
  6. The weight difference is not the same between the two. If I am working out of my guard it doesn't matter how big you are I can knee bar/heel hook you if you stuff me because your big a triangle or a sweep are just as easy. If I am on bottom and your 285 pounds there is a good chance I am not getting up. As I said especially with a gi the weight difference is much less of an issue. I probably agree a bit more about weight being a factor in no-gi though. As for the matside weigh ins my understanding when people say matside they mean before every match not just the first one. If you only do it before the first one you really haven't accomplished anything. If I am a high seed and I know my first match will be easy I don't really care if I have to suffer one match as long as I can rehydrate after. I stand by what I said if they try doing matside weigh ins before every round it makes the weighing in more of a focus than it needs to be.
  7. Not to get off topic here, but I have done BJJ for a few years now and have competed many times. I have never seen matside weigh ins at any tournaments I have been to. Maybe some of the bigger ones? Also in BJJ weight cutting isn't as extreme because honestly the weight difference doesn't make a big deal. It really is about leverage and technique strength doesn't do much for you at all. Back on topic. My issue with matside weigh ins is you make weight the focal point of the event. Do you really want to see an NCAA finals won because right before the finals a guy accidentally drank too much before getting on the scale? Do you want to ask kids warming up getting focused to stop and strip down to get on a scale? If you say make them weigh in dressed do you want to get into the argument of who's shoes and singlet are lighter? Do kids have to wear socks? That could be a tenth you know. I think by trying to eliminate weight cutting with matside weigh ins you push it to the for front and make it an even bigger issue than it is.
  8. It still goes on but requires much more planning. I am three years removed from college wrestling but know back then cheating the hydration side of it went on all over the country in all divisions. If you couldn't cheat the hydration test then you had to cut under the weight you needed to hit and drink back up. It may not be as bad as it used to be, but extreme weight cutting (by society standards) is still alive.
  9. Machida should know he isn't going to win close fights. The problem is his counter striking style always looks like he is running away. I understand the theory behind it, but to fans(and apparently judges) it looks like he is backing up the whole time.
  10. In high school I ended up placing third. I had never placed going into my senior year mainly just chocking at state the previous two years. My senior year though I was wrestling well losing to the returning champ and an eventual three timer in sudden death overtime. I beat the returning runner up at a holiday tournament and solidified myself as a contender. I win my first round match without even really breaking a sweat, but due to the eventual champion and the runner-up I beat earlier that year coming from the same district they were cross bracketed at state so I had the guy I had beaten earlier in the year in the quarters. We were tied with about 30 seconds left and we were on our feet. He shot in and as I sprawled my left middle finger dislocated on his arm and was making a 90 degree angle. I fought the take down off going towards the edge, but as we went out the ref saw the finger and instead of stopping it for injury time awarded him the take down then called it out. My coach questioned it while I popped my finger back in and the ref said he would have scored anyways so why penalize the other kid. We restarted with about 10 seconds left i got out got on a leg but had no grip in my hand to pull it in. I was done for the night, but remember sitting in the back not having any desire to wrestle the rest of the tournament. My coach came over and said " Adversity is the true test of a man. Your left hand is probably useless for the rest of the tournament and you lost. It's time to show you can take third with one arm tied behind your back". I came back the next day and that is essentially what I did. I wrestled with one hand and won four matches (all by one point or overtime) to come back and eventually beat a pretty good St. Ed's kid for third. I am still glad I was able to come back as I think it taught me a lot about dealing with adversity. In college I was a four year starter at a D2 school making it to nationals as a junior. My senior year I tore my peck and labrum in my shoulder during a practice the first week of the season. Rather than redshirting (senior year and was ready to move on to real life) I decided to finish the year. I didn't go with the surgery because it would have essentially ended my year so I rehabbed like crazy and made it back with a few weeks left in the season. I was never right, I had a few good wins (eventual D3 runner-up) but some bad loses too. At regional I ended up losing my go to match to a kid I had beat earlier in the same tournament. I remember looking back just thinking how different it could have been if i had just redshirted. In the end though it worked out. I came home got a job got to coach my little brother his senior year and now I am a head coach. Looking at this post I have completely rambled on, but I think this may be the first time I have ever looked back at my career as a whole and written it down to actually see. It really makes you think.
  11. This is Notre Dame College not the University of Notre Dame.
  12. Elvis' style of music wasn't associated with people gunning one another down or glamorizing violent crime either. How do you feel about Johnny Cash?
  13. If I invite a bunch of buddies over for a pick up football game and call it the Super Bowl does that make it the Super Bowl because I say so? The problem is you can't just hold a tournament and call it the Olympics because its just not the same thing. I understand that the modern Olympics is unrecognizable to what it used to be, but that doesn't change the facts that it is still the Olympics.
  14. Wonder how the transfer works with Rutgers joining the Big Ten. If they were in the Big Ten he couldn't be on scholarship correct? With them pending is it the same?
  15. I was tested during my freshman season by the NCAA, but never at a competition (D2). I believe Football is required to be tested every so often and when they do football they also pull four guys from two other teams on campus. I remember one football player could not pee with the guy watching. It probably didn't help you had to have pants all the way down shirt up to arm pits and the tester right in your business, but it is what it is. He ended up spending about 6 hours there before finally they made him stand in the shower with it running until he had to pee then they shut it off so he could pee in the cup. I do know a guy who failed a drug test his junior year at NCAAs after placing in D3. He had taken a diet supplement and it triggered a positive for something. He was stripped and banned his senior year.
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