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Everything posted by ironmonkey

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. No doubt this is a way to get around people posting duck pictures. I don't buy this suspension narrative at all.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Rutgers was doing really well in attendance before Suriano arrived
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Maybe. I suppose there are people in other places who have never heard of Rutgers. Would a name change convince this type of recruit to consider this school? I don't see it but there is a vocal group of local fans who swear it would help with recruiting.
  18. I definitely agree a name change would do next to nothing for enrollment and recruiting, this has been an ongoing topic. It isn't new. I have heard it for a few years from Rutgers football fans.
  19. While it sounds almost ridiculous, it is a significant improvement. Rutgers teams during the start of Goodale's tenure were notoriously soft. I'm not sure you need to shoot guns at opposing benches but the guys are fighting at least and have a chip on their shoulders. As for inclusion in the big ten, Rutgers showed fairly recently they can be a top 10-20ish team in football. All it took was a coaching change to unfortunately dismantle what was built but it can be done again.
  20. I get the frustration but wasn't Lizak-Suriano a skin issue? is that really a duck? I skipped out on a gathering for the playoff game to tune in to specifically watch that match so I was let down too. Curse of the wresting fan sitting home alone to watch a matchup that doesn't even happen while friends and/or family get together to watch a different sport. Nevertheless I assumed the skin problem was legit. It hadn't occurred to me it was a duck especially considering Lizak has a history of wrestling tough no matter his seed at the end of the year. I'm not entirely sure sitting wrestlers who need time off physically, mentally or emotionally is something new, but the total disregard for the value of winning as a team might be. Maybe backups used to be more capable or we saw coaches juggle lineups more to at least attempt to win? Nobody is even pretending anything but the end of the season matters now. I don't think Stoll wrestles. The mission to beat everyone on or off planet has been suspended.
  21. I think I agree with this sentiment. I root for the local teams but outside of that I just have wrestlers I enjoy watching and/or rooting against.
  22. Didn't he toss his headgear after the finals last year? I may be mistaken. Regardless, he seems like a decent guy. I don't buy into what people say or don't say during interviews much though. People have learned to say what they think certain fans want to hear. I was only pinned once in college but I did get teched a few times. I wouldn't have wanted help getting up. I remember extending a hand to hopelessly outmatched opponents at the high school level because it was awkward. Being on the receiving end of that in college was a humbling experience. I wouldn't refuse it but I get why some would in the heat of the moment. I think a good sign of sportsmanship is the handshake following the match. How many barely shake, slap the hand, refuse to face their opponent or look at them following a loss for instance? They are already running off the mat while the ref holds them there in an awkward tug of war. There are exceptions where bad calls are involved and wrestlers just need to get away and make sense of it but most of the time it is just an athlete upset about losing. Composing yourself for the handshake while your opponent's hand is raised shows more to me than winning and running all over the mat thanking opposing coaches and refs with handshakes which I never really understood.
  23. I hope Gravina can get back to form by the end of the season.
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