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Everything posted by ironmonkey

  1. So he can lose. It isn't the end of the world.
  2. I had a few teammates with ongoing concussion problems in both high school and college. Some had special headgear that never seemed to help. I recall them coming to after being out cold and it was scary to watch. One wrestled an entire match in the finals of a tournament and after being concussed early in the first period. He finished the match and won the tournament. He had to be walked off the mat after the match and shortly after to the stand to get his medal. He recalls none of it and was encouraged not to go to sleep that night after being commended for gutting it out. At the time we thought this was admirable and now I look back and think how silly it was. A teammate in college had a handful of matches cut short because he would get knocked out by seemingly minor incidents like elbows or knees to the head. He never missed practice the next day though. I recall knocking two wrestlers out myself; one on a mat return in a match accidently (completely legal though) and the other on a standup where our heads collided (this was in practice). The first finished the match. The second continued to practice once he came to. There were many, many, many other incidents involving team mates and concussions that didn't involve me directly. What does any of this mean? Nothing at all since it is a really small sample. I do think many wrestling purists often ignore the topic though. Considering the nature of the sport, I am actually surprised there aren't more concussions and I wonder about the validity of the statistics kept.
  3. Hope so. I enjoyed watching him.
  4. what-happened-to-Giraldo?-----Space-bar-not-working.----sorry!
  5. Thanks! Yeap, I have Big10plus. good deal.
  6. why is this on Flo? is the Big10 network not showing it? I don't have Flo anymore. Not going back either. Definitely want to see this match though.
  7. Does Rutgers have a chance? If Dippery was still with Rutgers (or even better, Ashnault wasn't injured), I think Rutgers would have a really good chance. As is, who knows? Looks like a good matchup on paper.
  8. It is control, but it is worth too much. Maybe increase the value of takedowns and reversals if the pushout is to be implemented. I can't ever get behind a hypothetical pushout worth half a takedown though. I don't even really like it in freestyle.
  9. I still couldn't care less about the waters slam. I have always been a fan of Gilman. I never saw him intentionally try to hurt anyone, including the Waters slam. I am not sure he is polished enough to coach though in this day and age, but I bet he would be a heck of a motivator.
  10. You mean the Joisey docs who work on all the local **professional** teams?
  11. Which is why it is nicer! It is a zoo during the summer. Take a stroll along the bayside of Sandy Hook in the fall or spring and appreciate nature. Return in the summer and see it trashed... Anyway, I am very excited to follow Rutgers next season. Should be lots of fun.
  12. As a person who lives on the Jersey shore, it is most beautiful in the 3 seasons besides the summer.
  13. It isn't really Suriano's job to look out for Cael's interests. He is an athlete, not a coach. As far as I know, he lived up to and exceeded expectations as an athlete which certainly helped further Cael's interests during the season. Of course he received top notch coaching in return. You seem to feel coaches have no obligations to athletes beyond the sport itself. I disagree. So does Cael from everything he says during interviews. As far as transfer rules go, you are correct; I am not in favor of restrictions on athletes who are successful athletically and academically. I am not suggesting unlimited transfers. One transfer per athlete will do for those who are deserving (no trouble. Minimum GPA etc etc). I really doubt this would create chaos as someone else suggested. There are social and financial reasons that would prevent mass transferring. If a kid is unhappy though he shouldn't be prevented from seeking a better fit for himself. I agree we don't know all the facts. Some may be attacking Penn St for being Penn st. I think others are attacking the rules themselves though and are upset Penn St is using those rules to essentially help block the transfer when they have an opportunity to sign off on it and possibly help allow Suriano to continue his career without suffering the loss of eligibility. If and when we hear the facts we will be better able to judge. Till then, it seems those who think these rules serve some greater purpose will see no problem with it. Others will continue to blast Penn St for playing games that could cost an athlete who sacrificed for the program a year of eligibility.
  14. enlighten me. I would love to hear a good reason why endorsing the move is bad for wrestling or even Penn St. He isn't going to stay and nor should he be made to if he is unhappy. In this instance and others like it, yes I believe coaches and programs should endorse moves for athletes who met the academic and athletic expectations for the year. Had Suriano been a problem, that would be a different situation. I don't think that was the case though. I don't think it is narrowminded to expect coaches to assist athletes in bettering their lives. In fact, I think it is narrowminded for fans to claim coaches are done with athletes once those athletes are finished wrestling for them.
  15. What better things does he have to worry about? His handling of this not only affects his team, but potential recruits as well. Is it a cutthroat business or is it Jesus and fun? Just endorse the transfer and move on.
  16. so let me get this straight; Penn st fans now think the coach, team and university owe nothing to an athlete who competed for a full season for them?
  17. I am not a Penn St hater at all. The rules stink. More importantly, the rules allow for Penn St to support their athlete in this move. Penn St has decided not to. You have created an either or scenario that doesn't exist. it is perfectly acceptable to hate the rules and also hate Penn St handling of the rules.
  18. This whole situation stinks. These transfer rules stink. Penn St not supporting the transfer stinks. I could see blocking him if he was coming off a redshirt year and you as a coach felt you got nothing in return for the coaching investment (and even in that case it would still stink), but Penn St already got a very productive season out of Suriano. I see nothing about fun and Jesus in this decision to not support his decision to transfer. They aren't doing the right thing by one of their athletes. Furthermore, Rutgers isn't in a position to compete for the title so I don't even understand why playing hardball is advantageous in this situation.
  19. Getting caught often implies an element of luck. Cormier was set up and knocked out. Perhaps you may not have meant caught this way, but many MMA fans would when speaking about a knockout. I agree he doesn't need to catch any more of those head kicks or the blows that followed. He should coach and/or commentate. He would excel at both I think.
  20. I was pulling for Cormier. He was fighting really well, till he wasn't. I don't think he got caught. I think Jones set him up low and mid kicks for 2 rounds. Cormier looks like he was attempting to defend against one of those kicks, leaning in and flinching as if protecting his midsection, only Jones switched it up and went high and finished the fight. I am not a fan of Jones, but he is pretty amazing. I hope Cormier retires. He has a great head on his shoulders and has nothing left to prove.
  21. Yeah, I watched it live and remember it well. So when did Gilman throw a punch during his collegic wrestling career? A slam is arguably still wrestling, although this particular one was outside the rules. However, it wasn't a punch, kick, bite, headbutt, knee, push into the score table, or any number of illegal moves intended to injure an opponent that one unfortunately sees in the sport. It was a slam out of frustration. Not comparable to a punch, which was what I pointed out when I asked, " Has the guy ever thrown a punch during a match? What evidence is there that he is more violent than anyone else?". I don't see this is evidence that he is a violent person. A physical one maybe and one who gets caught up in the moment in the context of a combat sport, but not much evidence of anything else. I didn't think this was a big deal then, nor do I now. I do think the scoring was pretty outrageous though.
  22. Hard to believe where this thread went. I get that some people dislike Gilman, but this is all nuts. Has the guy ever thrown a punch during a match? What evidence is there that he is more violent than anyone else? I loved his interview where he offered to go the the parking lot. Funny stuff and the attitude was pretty much exactly what I remember of most of the wrestlers I competed with in both high school and college. I wouldn't have said it myself, but I still found it funny and not nearly as far outside the box as some of you seem to think it was. I certainly never thought it was evidence he is an at risk individual for antisocial or even criminal activity. Context is everything. He reacted after being cheap shotted in a combat sport (notable he didn't retaliate btw). I am fairly certain his reaction to a boss requiring extra work or a neighbor trimming a limb on a tree that he feels is his would be different. I am not an Iowa fan. So no, I am not biased by an allegiance to that particular program. Gilman was just an interesting interview and a physical wrestler that I enjoyed watching compete.
  23. Couldn't this be an example of people looking for latent racism and finding it where it may not be? An old dude dressed in jeans in an academic building might just be a janitor, irregardless of race. Professors tend to dress professionally in most cases and students are generally younger. The apology from those who made the mistake may have been simple courtesy, rather the desire to remain employed and/or excuse their alleged racism. The story fills in the blanks with a bit of what seems to be a predetermined narrative. We can take that same story and spin it 100 other ways too based on our individual subjective expectations about what peoples' motivations are. Maybe the professor looked strong for instance and the person asking had a back injury. Did this really happen a couple of times, or just once but made for an interesting story to illuminate what the professor was interested in teaching? What course was the professor teaching? just curious. I had a Sociology professor in college who saw racism in anything and everything. He was an interesting professor, but not very convincing. Confirmation bias is just as real as racism.. Gilman has never been a polished interview. The use of the word was unfortunate, but I am not convinced everyone knows it is considered offensive.
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