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Everything posted by ironmonkey

  1. I'm disappointed. I hope he charges back for third!
  2. I bartended for several years in Monmouth county (near that Long Branch area) following college. The specific upscale neighborhood bar I worked at had over 40 seats and plenty of tabkles away from the bar, a projector screen and 10 TVs with satellite. I always tried to push wrestling when it was on but the amount of near instant requests to change it made me apathetic. Changing channels is time lost and time is truly money when working behind a bar. I am glad you had better success but my experience is that the public mostly hated it. We even had more success with obscure Olympic sports like curling than wrestling matches.
  3. In the future you can do monthly for the season and/or tournament through Big Ten Plus. You might find that option useful.
  4. Video feed was pretty clean on my end, though mat two had some minimal lag. I can't complain at all about the feed. However, the screaming while announcing is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
  5. No issues for me with the picture through Big Ten Plus. I had to mute it though after the Suriano Desanto ending with the guys screaming.
  6. Good call. Had to go back and watch again. I had the 4 mats up and was watching my 5 young nephews at the time. I saw him start down and assumed it was his choice. Glad to be rid of kids for the semis! Thanks
  7. Yeah, I kinda said "huh" when he chose down with that lead against Lizak. Not that it mattered much after dominating. 133 is nuts. I wonder how the wrestlebacks will shake out. I am not a Desanto or an Iowa hater but I am not sure he places top 4.
  8. The institutions awarding them PHDs. Wladimir is an adjunct professor who speaks 4 languages while Vitali is involved in politics and was the leader of the political party he belonged to(open to debate if political activity shows intelligence). They clearly aren't dumb men and made a living getting punched in the face in addition to their other less profitable but perhaps more notable pursuits.
  9. I have no issues with Jaroslav but I would agree with the rest of it. I found the personalities on Flo annoying. Maybe I'm just old. Obviously a lot of people love it and can get their wrestling fix through it. To each their own.
  10. You can still watch Big Ten wrestling through the Big Ten site with a small monthly subscription which can be easily terminated at the end of the season.
  11. Thanks! Good to know. For what it is worth, I think Suriano will step up in March when it counts. I think he is likely to finish second or third. All of this talk is premature. I don't see the regression as much as a tough schedule and a tough weight class.
  12. Do people really think religious missions offer a competitive advantage because a select few excelled despite the disadvantages of lost mat time and dedicated sport specific training? I cant tell if this is all sarcasm or if some really think there is an advantage to be had here. Seems kinda crazy to me.
  13. No doubt this is a way to get around people posting duck pictures. I don't buy this suspension narrative at all.
  14. This is kind of an ink blot test. What people see tells us about them rather than the back and forth. - Iowa creates horrible people and brings out the worst in the opposition too - these antics are just more signs of the impending fall of society and I miss the good old days. - this stuff is hysterical. I love it and it is entertaining. - wrestling is a sport where athletes are supposed to behave like diplomats and exemplify the best in humans so Vulcans can bring us the warp drive - wrestling needs more of this/this will destroy wrestling. Maybe I am crazy but some back and forth banter doesn't seem new or even out of character with the sport though spitting on the mat and manic throat slashing seem to be taking it to a different place. I guess if the coaches dont mind how it reflects on the team and don't care about lost points, why should we?
  15. Plus, as mentioned above, Ashnault gave up those takedowns you mention late when tired. I doubt he gets tired next time they meet having had a bunch of matches and continued time to get back to speed since.
  16. Micah is likeable and certainly talented, but the "if he can stay out from under wrestler X" hypothetical has never played out the way his fans hope in multiple seasons. Ashnault is on a mission and is competitive to dominant in all 3 positions.
  17. They aren't that far off really. They have had multiple AAs the last few seasons and their dual meet attendance and atmosphere are great. New Brunswick as a destination for out of state recruits who don't value the access to NYC probably works against them a bit but not much the coaches can do about that.
  18. I was thinking about football. When a football team no longer plays meaningful games after locking up the playoff spot, they rest their starters. Do fans care less about those games because the games don't matter or because the stars aren't playing? I suppose preseason exemplifies the same thing, whichever it is. Though to be fair, that is an example of a professional sport. Random thoughts. I totally get wrestlers missing matches. Especially following the holidays. It stinks but I get it. Peak performance at the right time is the name of the game for better or worse. I do think if duals had some bigger meaning for the teams we would likely see less wrestlers taking matches off **when the outcome isn't certain** but I doubt the problem would go away entirely. In the case of Iowa vs Northwestern, it wouldn't have made any difference at all for the teams as an example. Changing seeding criteria might help but all the ways I envision seem to have their own problems.
  19. That seems reasonable to assume and you are likely right. I'm not sure viewership from home is a shot in the arm though. I agree with your point about stars attracting attention but I'm just not sure the example illustrated it well. One of the things Rutgers has done really well is attract a local fan base enthusiastic about the sport with few if any stars outside of Ashnault.
  20. Rutgers was doing really well in attendance before Suriano arrived
  21. I don't have Flo (I did years ago and all the yelling by the announcers made me crazy so I cancelled). So to me, this seems a bit off to blame Flo for hyping matches wrestling fans know are coming and are excited about regardless of Flo. Wrestling fans can and do follow college wrestling without Flo (like the Big Ten network and their plus offering for instance). Flo isn't responsible for dual meets not mattering or coaches sitting guys. Someone above suggested hyping the dual rather than the individual matchups but the duals iare the individual matchups when team wins and losses don't really matter.
  22. Breaking attendance records is great but is it evidence that the duals matter as much as they are promoted and made to be more entertaining? I guess we would have to clarify what we mean by matter. I suppose you are absolutely right but that doesn't mean I am wrong. I'm not trying to be clever with semantics either. I agree with you based on what you posted above. I think this is more or less true too. I didn't imply teams don't care. Nevertheless, there is a lot of evidence that teams care less than they do in other sports about the regular season and that they possibly/arguably care less than they did in the past within this sport about it. I wasn't looking for a national duals debate. You are right, saying that they don't matter is an overgeneralization and an exaggeration. I guess it would be more accurate to say they matter less than they could. If coaches are prioritizing individuals preparation for the end of the season over winning dual meets (which makes perfect sense), I am not sure flip flopping weights which may or may not have starters on the mat makes duals any more interesting and might even make it confusing to fans. When I said matter, I meant it in the context of winning and losing as a team. Nevertheless, that is not an all inclusive perspective and I stand corrected.
  23. interesting. I don't know what this would do though considering teams don't really seem to prioritize winning duals. It seems like change for the sake of change that might even make things more confusing for all but the most attentive fans.
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