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Everything posted by boconnell

  1. I agree. Dual meets would have defeated covid and Title 9 and universities going broke.
  2. People love guys who score points. Few people have ever scored more than Taylor. Stieber scored a lot, but not like Taylor. Margin of victory is king in our sport, even ahead of winning percentage.
  3. A dozen football programs earn tremendous amounts of money. 100 football programs earn decent amounts but spend absurd amounts trying to keep up with the dozen. At those dozen schools so much money is earned it pays for all non-revenue sports at those schools. And revenue sharing for the conference mates of those dozen pays for non-revenue sports at lots of other schools. Football may get all, but without it, their would be nothing for half the D1 college athletes that play sports other than football and basketball. The entire system would crash without the money earned off of football. If wrestling wants more they simply have to figure out how to earn billions in TV money.
  4. You really think he could make 149 weekly (sometimes multiple times a week), but he can't make 143 a few times a year?
  5. Weight shouldn't limit his effectiveness. He just got done making 149 under folk rules for 4 years and I don't remember hearing about the weight ever being an issue. Who knows how good he'll be. At this point he bullied a smaller guy with little senior FS experience. It is interesting that outside of JO most of our 65 kg guys are on the small side.
  6. Your prediction gets an A for boldness but an F for prognosticatory accuracy.
  7. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/09/the-counted-police-killings-us-vs-other-countries This doesn't back up the claim that there are systemic issues with how we police? You don't think it bothers the police that they have to kill so many people?
  8. I don't think it is. I think referee bias is very real. I think on these boards you could do a study and see how often black wrestlers are described as athletic more than anything else. I think the response to guys celebrating is heavily influenced by skin color. I don't think race relations are worse in wrestling than in most other sports, but they aren't better either.
  9. Gender is a far bigger factor with the police. 1 in 1000 black men are killed by police. 1 in 2000 white men are killed by police. 1 in 33,000 women are killed by police. Police are far more likely to shoot people they are threatened by. They view being male as threatening and they view being black as threatening. I would also guess size plays a giant role and that large men are shot far more often then small ones. Age plays a role as well. This means that to the police, large/young/black men are scary and can't be trusted by police. I believe we have systemic racism and systemic policing issues that intersect to harm black men in very real and very harmful ways.
  10. Are you telling me some people have more than wrestling in their life?
  11. 8 was a good movie on my own but it's like they had zero care for fitting into a trilogy (let alone 9 movies). 8 ties up every single possible storyline and leaves nothing left to resolve. It leaves no believable bad guy. 8 erases Fin and Rey's story, erases Fin's usefulness, erases Rey's parents, erases Snoke, and invents space ship fuel. It also ignores everything that came before. In episode 5 (the best movie) Luke has half his training and can barely move his lightsaber. In episode 8 the movie ends with an unnamed child using the force to sweep the floor with his broom. Worst of all it has a Luke who wanted to murder a kid who might be bad, after episode 6 is resolved by Luke's belief that the most evil man in the galaxy is really good inside. It is a problem if you arbitrarily change the basis of a character to fit the plot. Use the cynic Han Solo to drive the kid away, not the optimist Luke Skywalker. It just completely ignores the other movies and makes a cool space movie. I wish they gave the director freedom to make all 3 movies, to make his own 3 outside of the skywalker timeframe, or kept him 100 miles away from episode 8. But the way they make a movie, then erase that movie with the next movie, then erase that movie with the next movie, shows a shocking lack of planning for a multi-billion dollar property. It results in the patchwork mess that caps off the 9 movies.
  12. The acting isn't great in the first ones, but they aren't written to put a heavy burden on the actors. Episode 2 asks Anakin to carry long dramatic romance scenes with brutal dialogue and zero chemistry. The first 3 movies are short on romance and actual acting, but when they call for it they lean on Ford and he swaggers his way through. Episodes 1 and 3 aren't better acted than episode 2, but they don't put a bad actor in a spot where he has to carry dramatic scenes. In episode 3 he mostly just glares and lets the story carry him along.
  13. My wife and I still remember when Yoda pulled his lightsaber and started fighting. We were in a midnight show and the whole theater went ballistic. One of my best live movie theater moments. But outside of that scene that's the worst of all star wars movies. Solo is a cut above it. The hour of Anakin 'romancing' Padme wouldn't stand up in a Sharknado movie. The plots of the Lucas prequels are good and the lightsaber scenes are out of this world. The dialogue is wooden and the acting is mostly bad. Plus the first movie is ruined by efforts to make it appeal to 8 year olds. The recent trilogy could have been good if either director made all 3 movies. Instead they are terribly mismatched and spend half their time taking apart the movies the follow. After 4/5/6 I say...3, 7, 9, 1, 8, 2. Rogue 1 is very good and the Mandalorian is probably better than anything since the orignial 3.
  14. Have you ever read about how those guys survive that race by eating insane amounts of calories? The things they do to keep their intake high while bike riding seem worse than starving myself to make weight.
  15. I coached a kid who just finished 8 years in the Navy Seals. He said it seemed like 1/3 were wrestlers, 1/3 were water polo or swimming, and 1/3 were other athletes in HS. Said the water polo guys were the only ones in comparable shape to the wrestlers.
  16. I wrestled for the first time in 10th grade. I was in good shape from other sports when I started but wrestling was brutal. When I was in phenomenal wrestling shape I tried boxing for fun and felt like I had anvils tied to my arms. Throwing punches in gloves without prior training was tiring like nothing I've ever experienced. Throwing punches with gloves on is an alien thing to the human body and if you're not used to it you punch yourself out immediately.
  17. Wrestlers also wrestle multiple matches per day for multiple days. If wrestlers had one championship match per 6 months they could do twelve 3 minute rounds (assuming anybody would want to watch). With that said, if you don't train to do it, throwing punches for longer than 30 seconds is the single most exhausting thing on earth.
  18. It's impossible for most people to look back at Burroughs in college without looking at what he did in Freestyle (shortly after and all the way until today). Folkstyle wrestling is not freestyle wrestling. There are hundreds of examples of this. Burroughs is made for freestyle wrestling and became one of the best Americans and maybe the 10 best humans at freestyle wrestling in the history of the world. That doesn't mean college Burroughs was better at Folkstyle wrestling than college Burroughs actually was. That Burroughs could absolutely be slowed down and frustrated by tactical wrestling/stalling and top wrestling. Tyler Caldwell was less than 30 seconds away from beating him at the conference tournament and gave up a reversal instead of an escape. In that match Burroughs was the better wrestler by about 5000% but got dragged out of his match. 2 weeks later he avoided that and majored him. But pretending he was world champion Burroughs in March of 2011 is forgetting he wasn't and he was competing in a different sport.
  19. I guess he isn't all-big ten then.
  20. I take Dieringer over Hall all day. Senior Dieringer might actually have been bigger and he was definitely a better wrestler. Let him weigh in at 174 and I think he wins a close but never in doubt match.
  21. His kitchen sink offensive arsenal was awesome. He overwhelmed most guys. One of my favorite guys to watch.
  22. I hadn't heard that about shoulders. I guess it makes sense. Either way I wasn't intending to knock Caldwell. More elevate the heights he temporarily reached. Our sport is all about peaking, and he did it perfectly that weekend.
  23. He wrestled healthy in freestyle and competed for years in MMA. He didn't have any kind of debilitating injury that changed him forever. And yes, crushing Metcalf to win a title is a huge peak compared to round of 12/5th/DNP due to injury. It's kind of the definition of peaked.
  24. He wrestled 15 matches in the next 2 years. He was never healthy for a season again. That supports my point he wasn't a season long guy. That's not to say he wasn't great. He was. I'd take him at his peak over any 149. He just had a short peak. He was better suited to an international schedule or the MMA schedule he went to where he could get up for one big tournament/match. That's why I'd call him the best one time 149 champ if judged on NCAA tournament performance when they won their championship.
  25. I agree 100% with Robles. I don't think Cassar fares well against big heavyweight champs. I can't see him double legging guys 50 pounds heavier. Tough style matchup. He beat Gable but mostly he just let Gable carry action until he got tired. It was tactical brilliance but not indicative of him reaching some super high level that would translate into beating other champs.
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