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    Katie got a reaction from CaliWrestler in Why making the 2-outta-3 separate makes sense.   
    Lots of tears on these boards. 
     
    JB is the best. Deal with it. 
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    Katie reacted to heelpick in Sunday Senior WTT Trial Thread   
    I would rather see Burroughs stay healthy and make a run for breaking Smith's record than see Taylor or Dake in the worlds or olympics.
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    Katie got a reaction from CaliWrestler in I enjoyed the Taylor-and-Dake-are-as-good-as-Burroughs era   
    It was fun. 
     
    Can't wait to read about how the finals matches would have been scored under judo rules. 
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    Katie got a reaction from GockeS in I enjoyed the Taylor-and-Dake-are-as-good-as-Burroughs era   
    It was fun. 
     
    Can't wait to read about how the finals matches would have been scored under judo rules. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Ari Gold in I enjoyed the Taylor-and-Dake-are-as-good-as-Burroughs era   
    It was fun. 
     
    Can't wait to read about how the finals matches would have been scored under judo rules. 
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    Katie got a reaction from BigTimeFan in I enjoyed the Taylor-and-Dake-are-as-good-as-Burroughs era   
    It was fun. 
     
    Can't wait to read about how the finals matches would have been scored under judo rules. 
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    Katie got a reaction from CaliWrestler in Sunday Senior WTT Trial Thread   
    The US Open is a tournament format where everyone has an equal shot. The US Open is what determines a national champion. 
     
    The WTT is a different beast. It is not designed to determine who performs the best in a single elimination bracket, but rather who would be the best world team member. The problem the WTTs format tries to get around the issue of guys winning because they scout their domestic competition even though they would not do as well against a series of national champions they cannot scout as well. The format is not perfect, but I think it's better than any alternative I can think of.  
     
    I note that Burroughs actually went to the US Open in 2012 and 2013 and 2014, which means he waived the advantage he had earned three years in a row. Now people are howling because after four years he finally decided not to waive the advantage he earned. Give me a break. 
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    Katie got a reaction from wrestlingphish in Sunday Senior WTT Trial Thread   
    The US Open is a tournament format where everyone has an equal shot. The US Open is what determines a national champion. 
     
    The WTT is a different beast. It is not designed to determine who performs the best in a single elimination bracket, but rather who would be the best world team member. The problem the WTTs format tries to get around the issue of guys winning because they scout their domestic competition even though they would not do as well against a series of national champions they cannot scout as well. The format is not perfect, but I think it's better than any alternative I can think of.  
     
    I note that Burroughs actually went to the US Open in 2012 and 2013 and 2014, which means he waived the advantage he had earned three years in a row. Now people are howling because after four years he finally decided not to waive the advantage he earned. Give me a break. 
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    Katie got a reaction from CaliWrestler in Taylor - Just got a feeling   
    Taylor and Dake are completely unproven at the world level. Tsargush techs Taylor. Dake has been inactive for two years, but two years ago lost to Aliyev and Gadzhiev.
     
    There is some promise there because both guys have beaten past world medalists. But then again neither of them have won a major international tournament. So while they might be great in the future, as of now we really only have one guy who's elite at the world level, and that's JB. 
     
    Until they've earned it, there's no reason to put Taylor or Dake next to JB. 
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    Katie got a reaction from SC_Wrestling in Can 74 kg get more epic?   
    I think Taylor beats Valencia, but I don't think it will be by a wide margin.Valencia took Howe down twice before giving up seven points and losing 4-7. Right after that Taylor only beat Howe 2-0. Valencia certainly has the ability to score on Taylor and keep it close, and I expect him to do so. 
     
    As for Dake, we haven't seen him against good competition for two years, so anything could happen. He might now be better than he was back then, or he might be worse. We'll see. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Angry_Fish in Adopted Rules Changes Do Very Little   
    ^^^ What he said.
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    Katie got a reaction from GoNotQuietly in a picture of King Mo, Phil Davis, Pico, and Floyd   
    Davis, Pico, and Floyd are dressed nicely for sure. But let me put a critical eye on them for a second. 
     
    1) Davis- I can't see much of his outfit. For a evening event like that a black shirt is okay. It's also refreshing to see wide lapels every now and again. The general trend these days is for narrow lapels. I can't really see how well his suit fits. If he was going to wear sneakers, he should have gone with something white. Chucks are a decent choice, but I would have gone with Stan Smiths or Air Force Ones. Final grade based on what I can see: C
     
    2) Pico- He's just kid, but probably also has help with events like this so there's no reason to go easy on him here. He kept it simple with a modern suit that fits him. My only quibble is he doesn't seem comfortable wearing dress pants up high like they're supposed to be. It looks like his pants originally fit him, but then when he put them on he pushed them down, making the legs look too long. Luckily that problem is easy to fix. I would encourage Pico to look at pictures of Ali Abdel-Aziz if he wants to learn how to wear a suit. Final grade: B- 
     
    3) Floyd. His clothes are unusual. They look really expensive, but also cut with a fit you don't normally see. Although the waist of his pants is low, its supposed to be that way. He's also wearing what appear to be height-enhancing shoes. The belt looks tacky. The buttoned-up-shirt-and-no-tie look is already played out. The sunglasses are okay, even at dusk, because he's Floyd. He knows how to wear a suit, but he made a few bad fashion decisions. Final grade: D+
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    Katie reacted to WRfan1 in Adopted Rules Changes Do Very Little   
    I post on here now and again, and enough to know that there is literally no end to the debate over what rules to change, and what will make the sport more exciting, more marketable, etc. I also know that there is no right answer to this question and it is impossible to win.  That being said…
     
    For my money, the new rules that were adopted have done and do little to improve what ails folkstyle wrestling at the collegiate level. For well over a decade now, savvy wrestlers have realized that getting good defensively and slowing down matches, playing the edge, stall riding, etc.,  is the quickest and easiest (to the extent anything is “easy” at that level)  to close the gap and stay in matches with wrestlers whose talent would overcome them otherwise. There have been no rules changes to counterbalance this shift.  I have a couple that WOULD NOT change the “control” based nature of folkstyle wrestling.
    Push out, with a uniform competition mat size required within a certain amount of time.  1 point push out, both feet out.  Nothing forces action like losing a point because you refuse to engage.  Every legitimate argument to this have been refuted, but I’ll tackle one.  The offensive wrestler rarely pursues to the edge, only to have the tables turned and be thrown out for a push-out point (a common red herring to those opposed to this rule).  To the extent that happens – tough nuggets, don’t attack like that without control of your body. No more riding time.  Most states (I think) have done away with riding time in HS and it HAS NOT changed or effected the control-based nature of folkstyle or diminished the style in any way.  On the flip side, the riding point has become an absolute crutch in NCAA wrestling. Wrestlers use tactics designed solely for the riding time point, with little to no attempt to turn their opponent even possible.  And you know what?  That’s okay! As long as they aren’t blatantly stalling, they should be rewarded by their opponent not getting a 1 point escape.   They should not, however get both a riding point, and the nullification of an escape.  That 2 point swing is as valuable as a TD or 2 point NF, and involved taking zero risk.  Ridiculous! No wonder everyone is doing it! Riding time must go.   Finally, less rules are ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, better than more.  Also, objective rules (locking hands, push out, no riding time) are ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, better than subjective rules (stalling… stalling, and Carver Hawkeye Stalling).  Less is more.   Getting too nuanced in our rules turns off even former wrestlers (hello freestyle for the last 15 years, until recently), let alone folks that are new to the sport. I’m willing to donate my time and fly out to the next NCAA rules committee meeting on my own dime to help with these concepts if need be, forfeiting my attorney rate of $250 an hour (j/k).  We all just want things to be better. I truly think these changes would help. Okay, rip’em apart…
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    Katie got a reaction from WreslingSuperior in Lalovic to be proposed as newest member of the IOC   
    Yeah that would be fantastic. I like Lalovic. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Cletus_Tucker in Jordan Oliver going MMA   
    You can never be 100% sure about any prospect, but Oliver's as good a bet as any wrestler can be. Very strong and quick, fluid movement, elite wrestling. proven to be tough and hardworking.
     
    The only question mark is what kind of very tough fighter he will become. On the one end you have Askren who is always looking for ways to take the fight to the ground and keep it there. On the other end you have Romero who picked up striking very well, and who uses his wrestling to keep the fight standing. 
     
    I bet Bellator will sign him. They seem to pick up a lot of wrestling's blue chippers. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Ching in Who do you have for world team and who places at Worlds   
    Ramos = DNP

    Humphrey = DNP

    Metcalf = DNP

    Marable = DNP

    Burroughs = Gold

    Herbert = DNP

    Snyder = DNP

    Dlagnev = 5th

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    Katie got a reaction from Coach_J in Former wrestler makes bad   
    Well, that's small town logic in a nutshell:
     
    Are you a partner at a big law firm? Great, you deserve tons of money. 
    Are you an officer at a big company? Great, you deserve tons of money. 
    Are you a highly-skilled surgeon? Great, you deserve tons of money. 
    Did you create an app that we love to waste time on? Great, you deserve tons of money. 
    Are you really good at a sport? Great, you deserve lots of money. 
    But then...
    Do you run the worlds most powerful country? You deserve to live like a high school teacher. 
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    Katie got a reaction from dtl38 in Stan: Will the UWW denounce Hastert?   
    Not trolling.
     
    Way back in 2003 I thought it was ridiculous for FILA to honor Hastert. First, he has zero connection to international wrestling. Second, what is his great accomplishment? I had the same thoughts about Rumsfeld. To me it seemed like a bunch of Fox News hacks worked at FILA.
     
    Will they at least have the decency to distance themselves from Hastert in light of recent news?
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    Katie got a reaction from Cletus_Tucker in Dr Peppelman charged with punching a cop...   
    I have to guess Dr. Peppelman was fortunate here.*
     
    1) You admit to drinking and driving, and you allegedly chest bump a cop, and allegedly punch him in the head.
    2) The cop drops your aggravated assault charge. 
    3) You get no jail time.   
    4) Your lawyer says your medical license is unlikely to be revoked or suspended.
     
    *I don't know the facts, so this case could very well have turned out just the same for anyone else. For example, things might have turned out just the same for a 24 year-old black male who admitted to drinking and driving, and who allegedly punched a cop in the head. So for now I will assume the consequences Dr. Peppelman is facing would be the same for anyone else in his situation. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Coach_J in Former wrestler makes bad   
    I agree.
     
    There's a big difference between a man who sleeps with consenting adult women and a man who statutorily rapes young girls. Similarly, there is a big difference between a man who sleeps with consenting adult men and a man who statutorily rapes young boys. 
     
    I know that distinction is not easy for everyone to grasp, but in my opinion that is the relevant distinction.  
     
    With regard to Hastert's case in particular, the added issue is Hastert's anti-gay voting record in light of the apparent accusations against him. 
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    Katie got a reaction from denny in Former wrestler makes bad   
    I agree.
     
    There's a big difference between a man who sleeps with consenting adult women and a man who statutorily rapes young girls. Similarly, there is a big difference between a man who sleeps with consenting adult men and a man who statutorily rapes young boys. 
     
    I know that distinction is not easy for everyone to grasp, but in my opinion that is the relevant distinction.  
     
    With regard to Hastert's case in particular, the added issue is Hastert's anti-gay voting record in light of the apparent accusations against him. 
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    Katie got a reaction from Angry_Fish in Former wrestler makes bad   
    I agree.
     
    There's a big difference between a man who sleeps with consenting adult women and a man who statutorily rapes young girls. Similarly, there is a big difference between a man who sleeps with consenting adult men and a man who statutorily rapes young boys. 
     
    I know that distinction is not easy for everyone to grasp, but in my opinion that is the relevant distinction.  
     
    With regard to Hastert's case in particular, the added issue is Hastert's anti-gay voting record in light of the apparent accusations against him. 
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    Katie reacted to Coach_J in Former wrestler makes bad   
    Some of you seem incapable of distinguishing a pedophile from a homosexual.  Mike Pucillo "came out."  Sandusky, Hastert, Foley, et al., are serial pedophile predators.  Not even close to the same thing.
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    Katie got a reaction from Coach_J in Former wrestler makes bad   
    Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Dennis Hastert. I don't know if there's a trend here, but the party of "traditional marriage" is looking worse every year.
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    Katie got a reaction from CaliWrestler in Kyle Dake not Happy   
    Honestly it wasn't that close between Burroughs and Dake back in 2013.
     
    After Burroughs teched Dake in the first match, in the second match Drake changed his strategy to a defensive one. Dake got to overtime, but Burroughs took Dake pretty easily in overtime. Watch from 12:03 to 12:15:
     

     
    Burroughs had the match under control. 
     
    Dake may prove to be great in the near future, but at this point he has no significant freestyle accomplishments that I'm aware of. Lots of guys have scored on Burroughs, and lots of guys have kept it close, and Marable even beat him. But when you're looking at hardware, right now Burroughs is head and shoulders above everyone else at 74kg. 
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