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Jaroslav Hasek

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  1. Ditto Pinnum's post. Metro Bus is pretty extensive throughout the DC Metro area. There is also some regional buses that operate in various surrounded counties in VA and MD that you may want to look up. There's also zip cars (hourly car rentals that you pick up and drop off in designated street parking spots, usually by mass transit), and lots of taxis. GMU is outside the beltway and not near a metro but you can use the metro/bus/taxi/zipcar combos and probably save a good amount if you're on a budget. the DC metro website is actually a pretty good resource despite the transit system lacking in many other departments. http://www.wmata.com/
  2. i would include sponsoring a program to be one of the factors in determining where to host the big tourney, but i wouldn't disqualify an arena just because it is on a campus of a non-wrestling school. all things being equal, yes, it should go to an arena at a campus were wrestling is sponsored. but if the tournament can get bigger and better by going to louisville, then i'm all for it. the ncaa basketball tournament hasn't had a final four on a college campus in many years and its worked out all right for them. anyway, the criteria are long and complicated, and involve more factors than i know about, so i can't say for sure where it definitely should or should not be held.
  3. Should we move the southern scuffle back to Greensboro? Show them what they are missing...oh wait, they had the sport and cut wrestling anyway, but still expected to benefit from hosting that event. I think there are enough great arenas in places that are currently supporting college wrestling that deserve it, and the crown jewel shouldn't be a salesman's traveling promotional tool taken to the heathen tribes :D . point taken, but the Ohio river isn't exactly uncharted territory for wrestling fans. and its not about rewarding or punishing colleges, its about having the best possible tournament possible and hopefully promoting the sport.
  4. i dont entirely disagree with the sentiment, but i think basketball is a horrible comparison. its about as far away from wrestling as you can get in just about every aspect. the challenges faces USA basketball have almost nothing to do with that of USAW. the only thing basketball has to do is figure out a way to get multi millionaires to care about exhibition games they dont get paid for. USAW's biggest issues in my humble opinion, as far as placements at world tournaments, is that it is part of FILA, and FILA promotes Freestyle and greco-roman wrestling, whereas all the talent and infrastructure in America is based on folkstyle. if you started by tearing down and rebuilding high school and college wrestling and rebuilt it in freestyle oriented rules, then i think you'd see a much different international picture. i'm not advocating that, just saying, thats a much bigger hindrance to american performances at the world level, imho.
  5. even if L'ville has no plans at the moment to start a team, i think it would be a great idea to have the tournament there. from what i hear, Louisville is a fun town, and it's centrally located between the east coast and midwest, so from an attendee perspective it should be good. and who knows, maybe all the locals seeing fifteen thousand plus wrestling fans, opening their wallets and patronizing their businesses, might convince them that maybe their beloved Cardinals should get in on the action all season long by sponsoring a team. certainly couldn't hurt.
  6. yeah, worked out nicely for both sides. with the additional of RU and UMD, the B1G was 1 team short of having the minimum 6 teams for a conference (Mich, Ohio St and Penn St being the other 3 schools). Rather than wait for NW to start a team to compliment their distaff squad, the B1G decided they'd just snag JHU, a large research institution that more or less fits the B1G profile (academically anyway). Hopkins, meanwhile, had been going at independently, Notre Dame style, which suited them fine, until they missed the playoffs for the first time in history (literally since the NCAA started having lax playoffs) and they had no conference money to float them for the year. Oddly, or obviously I guess depending on your perspective, JHU's women's team won't be joining the B1G, even though they also participate on a D1 level (all other teams are DIII). Anyway, now the B1G Network gets a bunch of high caliber lax games to broadcast to their new east coast audience members and JHU gets presumably a small cut of that off set the cost of replacing the miserable green velco they used to pass off as astroturf at Homewood Field (I left a sizeable portion of my knees and shins on that garbage surface many years ago). On a tangent to that, the Big Ten Network's expansion into the east coast is a huge opportunity to increase NCAA wrestling's audience. the Network will now be reaching something like 20 million more people with the addition of the NYC, Philly, and Balto-Wash markets. As a Northern VA resident, I am certainly pleased to be able to DVR dozens of wrestling matching this season for the first time. it will be interesting to see what kind of affect this has, if any, on the Atlantic side fanbase.
  7. i understand the use of "racist" for lack of a better term, but the context in america for racist remarks is a lot different than in the eastern mediterranean. turks, greeks and armenians are all the same "race" as the term is understand in the US. insensitive and ethnically inflammatory would probably be more appropriate for the tweets. i'm also not defending the tweets or trying to offer an excuse. the history of those cultures is as fraught and complicated as race relations in the US are. just merely pointing out what i think is a significant distinction.
  8. i agree that no weights in any style should be cut for the olympcis. in fact, i think they should add weights. however, what if the IOC said FILA could have 8 weights in mens and womens freestyle if they cut greco from the olympic program? would you want FILA to turn it down out of spite? greco would still be around as a style, it just wouldn't be in the olympics.
  9. female fighters? what's next, female pilots? male poets? this whole society is going down the tubes. /sarcasm
  10. sure, everything is popular as long as you are comparing it to something less popular. the fact is, the sport only moves the needle in a few very small markets. there is huge untapped potential for growth. using the thousands of years of history as an excuse doesn't do anyone any favors. wrestling as we know it has been around for about 100 years, and like most sports, only reached something recognizable to what it is today after WWII. wrestling is a tiny sliver of the sports marketplace. we can and should be doing so much better. but to your points, yes, we should not discount the positives. wrestling, as we know it, for all its flaws, has some great fundamental strengths working for it. we should build on them, not use them as justification for allowing things to remain in the unacceptable status quo.
  11. people really need to stop blaming the promotion of women's wrestling and women's sports in general and start blaming FILA and the wrestling community's lack of initiative and foresight. for innumerable and varied reasons, the sport of wrestling failed to stay popular and relevant. both in American high schools and colleges and in the eyes of the IOC and the international community. instead of being proactive and dynamic, it resisted change at every opportunity. the way you don't have mens weight classes cut NOW is to have already made equal participation by men and women 20 years ago. the way you don't let title IX be blamed for cutting programs is to be popular enough so as to make the short list of programs ADs want to keep on campus. it's easy to see the moves being made now and blame a concept like "gender equality". unfortunately (or fortunately if we want to be adults and look at things from a larger perspective), the concept of gender equality is never going away. thats good for everyone. i agree with everything OCGRappler is saying above. We have to embrace it and use it as a pillar on which to grow the sport. not whine and complain that circumstances are forcing the sport to do something it should have done voluntarily decades ago.
  12. resized the image to get it to fit in post. now no need to click through :D
  13. i have two cousins in high school in central PA and neither of them could care less about the sport of wrestling. they both play lax and their parents travel all over the country going to lax camps. the sport is growing leaps and bounds, despite being extremely expensive. the lack of participation in the olympics make no difference whatsoever. likewise, freestyle wrestling is going to take a hit if it's not in the olympics, but i doubt it will have much of an impact on folkstyle wrestling. a couple good MMA fights by college wrestlers will raise the profile of the sport more than any amount of freestyle or greco matches at the olympics.
  14. Definitely. Honestly, take out Golf, Tennis, and Soccer. Those are three sports that come to mind where they don't belong in the Olympics because they already have championships that are looked at with much higher regard than an Olympic gold. Big time Soccer countries won't give a rip about the Olympics but they damn sure will put their best effort forward to win the world cup. Although Brazil will probably try their damnedest to win gold in Rio. sounds good to me, the only problem is that if the IOC made decisions that made sense to people like us than we wouldn't even be discussing this topic. maybe if the Goodwill Games stayed in business we'd have a better alternative...
  15. has the idea of dropping greco been brought up to the IOC? where is the biggest resistance coming from? obviously in an ideal olympics you'd have 10 weight classes of free, greco AND folkstyle. but since that is not an option, i assume just about everyone agrees that 8-8-0 is better than 6-6-6, no?
  16. all this talk of olympics and dropping weight classes is depressing so i thot i'd change the subject. this link will display the the placement of American, Iranian, Russian and Azerbaijani wrestlers in the last 2 senior championship tourneys. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Woh2fzb7VYM/U ... ountry.png I got the results from FILA. I then awarded points 10,9,8,8,6,6,4,3,2,1. Any finish of 11 or higher got no points. I then formatted the cells so green = good, yellow = bad. Hopefully the rest is obvious from there. so... Russia is still the champ, despite having 2 down tournaments. the other 3 contenders are right up there. this is obviously just one, rough measurement of team strength. there are other ways to do it, none of which are perfect. i also could have gone back and done other years or more federations, like Turkey, Georgia and Cuba, but I'm lazy and thats all i got so far. what do you all think of the results? any thoughts, comments or criticisms?
  17. wouldnt 9 and 9 or even 8 and 8 be better than 6, 6 and 6? i dont want to see greco-roman taken off the olympic slate but it seems like the best of 2 undesirable alternatives.
  18. i agree with you hear except with what the NCAA 'should' do about it. the NCAA answers to the school presidents. they started the NCAA to further the missions of their schools. i dont think the schools should change their mission statements just because of a market failure in the professional sports industry. but yes, 'something' should change. and i'm sure something will change. 1st i'd like to see schools do more to make sure their student athletes graduate on time and actually learn something from their classes. instead of whether or not a student athlete is capture his or her fair share of their marginal production value, i'd like to correct the injustice of kids who aren't ever going to make it professionally coming out of school unprepared or having never even graduating. i'd also like to see some enterprising folks go out in the marketplace and create something new to solve the market failure, rather than try to force non-profit academic institution rewrite their mission statements to appease some perceived injustice. so while i agree there is a whole lot of BS in big time college sports, schools are just never going to pay players, so why bother getting hung up about it?
  19. the NCAA can't tell manziel what to do with his autograph. he can spend the rest of his life selling his autograph for whatever price he wants. conversely, manziel can't tell the NCAA or TAMU what rules they will have and enforce in order to play on TAMU's football team. its that simple.
  20. the other thing to remember is that schools can not "profit" from athletics. they are non-profit. there are always more expenses or an endowment where the excess funds go. they are controlled by a trust of various constituents, but revenue does not accrue to any owners. now this system can definitely be corrupted, which is to be deplored, and it may in poor taste for some people involved to bebnefit personally as much as they do, but ethically, for the NCAA to make billions in "profit", it is no different that girl scouts not keeping any of the money they make for selling cookies, or for any of the vendors to make any money manufacturing and distributing their cookies.
  21. i think it's either that or schools all start acting like Ivies or Military Academies. You'll get free tuition but your primary responsibility is to be a student (or cadet, etc). football and basketball will maybe take a hit in popularity, but they'll still big time, top coaches will still be paid millions and bowl games and the ncaa bball tourney will still sell broadcast rights for many millions, if not billions. then hopefully a legitimate semi pro system will be set up, perhaps with direct links to the NFL and the NBA the way MLB has it. or maybe they'll be independent. either way, more kids will be cut loose because the non sport requirements will be too much or just not what their looking for, so they'll find other, hopefully more lucrative and mutually beneficial avenues to compete. but i dont think you'll ever see the Big 10, Pac 10 and ACC (among other schools) start paying players. the Big 12 and the SEC might i dunno. but thats kind of the problem right now with the NCAA. alumni demand good football and basketball teams. school presidents want alumni $. so they set up they often hypocritical and unjust system currently in place. i dont see how the answer to it is to have the schools fundamentally alter their mission statements. i just dont think that'll ever happen. the "exploited" players have a better chance of forming their own player-owned league if theyre talents are actually worth as much as so often assumed. i mean if manziel is actually worth $37/year on the open market then he should quit TAMU tomorrow, raise that much cash and start his own league that he owns outright. add in a dozen other top college talent and you'll easily got over $100m in capital. get with the entrepreneurial spirit already!
  22. ok, i think we agree on the main points and disagree on the margins. one of the great things about the sport of wrestling is it separates competitors by weight class, so as to neutralize the genetic advantages needed to succeed in other sports. no one is shut out of being competitive in wrestling because they are too short, to small or too slow in a 40 yard dash. but i would still say genetics plays a far greater role in who is able to make it to the next level. if you took a random sampling of 1000 athletes, all the same age and natural weight, and you started training them as teenagers in wrestling, and as long as they all put an honest effort, each individual's chance at being in the top 100 or top 10 of those original 1000 would be a result of genetics. whether one of the athletes reaches the next level or surpasses an evenly matched person based on natural gifts will be the result of who puts in more work or who trains better. i know it can and does get used as an excuse or a crutch, but we're all born with certain physical and mental limitations, that no amount of hard work can overcome. i'd like to be able to dunk a basketball but thats simply not gonna happen for me. such is the cruel mistress of genetic destiny.
  23. There are plenty of options, they just don't make money so you don't hear or read about them much. In football alone you have The Arena League, The Canadian Football League, The Professional Developmental Football League, The United Football League, The American Professional Football League, The Spring Professional Football League, The Professional Indoor Football League, and dozens of semi pro leagues. There is even a Women's Professional Football League. I would bet good money that you wouldn't watch any of this crap if it were on your flat panel right now. I know I wouldn't. But the point is this. Johnny Football can join any of these leagues right now and sell his autograph or likeness all he wants. Not sure how much they'd pay him, since nobody buys tickets for these games or watches them on TV. Athletes wanting schools to pay them is a stick up in my view. They would be stealing from the engineering, pre med and liberal arts students, all of whom are already on schedule to leave school with a MOUNTAIN of debt that these athletes will have none of, just so these athletes can take even more from the system. No thanks. The day the NCAA goes pro, I am out. Done for good. yeah i agree with you. probably should have said that it sucks that their aren't better and higher paying alternatives to the NFL. i think there is an opportunity there for more product in the marketplace. plenty of carriers and distributors need more content. youtube could take some google money and start a successful spring league and i think it would be a no brainer - as long as they didn't try to XFL it up like the utter morons at NBC (who also screwed up American Gladiators AND Ninja Warrior, because they incompetent). but yeah, NCAA athletes that don't like the deal they are getting shouldn't take it. that part of it to me is pretty simple. or better yet, take a prep year after college, then get a free ride at a college as a redshirt, then quit your college team and work out and train for a summer and enter the supplemental draft. now you dont get exploited but rather take advantage of a school's facilities and give them zero production in return. or go arena league or whatever. or just hit the weight room. bottom line is no one is forcing anyone to show up on campus.
  24. so what if one wrestlers trains, lifts, strategizes and every other thing you can think of more than another wrestler and still loses. would you even allow for the possibility that some people are born better athletes than others? is it possible that people are also born with higher potential ceilings than others? if everyone of the same height lifted for the exact same amount, would the all end up equally as strong? what you're basically implying is that there is no genetic variation in humans. it would be nice to live in a pure athletic meritocracy, unfortunately that is not reality. for a final example, what if someone is born with multiple sclerosis? they can train and plan and strategize far more than an average athlete and still lose 100% of their matches. this would be because of genetics.
  25. so is it ever possible for one wrestler to beat another wrestler who's trained more than him? i would think it is. so now how do we account for that?
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