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  1. dpd926

    First Million Dollar Coach

    Isn't a common mantra in wrestling "you get what your earn". Those other coaches shouldn't be getting those inflated salaries if their program isn't at least covering their costs. Any private business operating at an annual loss would shut it's doors within a year or two.
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    First Million Dollar Coach

    Until wrestling programs start producing enough revenue to cover their own operating budgets, I don't understand why a school would pay $1MM for a head coaching salary. A high-profile guy like Cael could be close now between PSU salary, bonuses, any endorsement deal he may have personally, camps, and NLWC. But, I would imagine that camp and club money is used to supplement the salaries of staff and rostered wrestlers.
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    All Things Pittsburgh

    Nowhere. Your best bet is to stop and buy it on the way into the city. A lot of Sheetz stores (convenience store/gas station) will sell up to a 12-pack.
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    Worst Shot of Rutherford

    I don't know if you EVER want to discuss a guy's crotch- be it high or low- when discussing the merits of a photo of him in a singlet. Just sayin' - not that there's anything wrong with that....
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    All Things Pittsburgh

    I don't know if any hotels offer shuttles into the city. If they do, I'd hop onto one of those. If not, I'd use UBER - should be about $30.
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    All Things Pittsburgh

    I'd take the T to Steel Plaza Station.
  7. But head to head didn't win out when comparing Steveson and White - the guy who won that match is seeded 3rd and the guy who lost is seeded 1st. Both have one loss. Steveson only gave up one takedown all season.
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    All Things Pittsburgh

    I agree with Tightwaist: South Side has a college "bro" type of feel. Personally, I'm much more inclined to stay downtown at the restaurants/bars than go to the Strip. The North Shore will be more lively than Downtown, though, just because there are fewer places and a bit younger crowd at those NS bars.
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    All Things Pittsburgh

    Please post links to the various clubs parties during NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh (I will try to update this post as people post links) WEDNESDAY, March 20: The Kickoff Party, hosted by Jordan and Lauren Burroughs: 7:30 PM at Jay Verno Studios, South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, http://www.thekickoffparty.com/home Looks like DT, Snyder, Helen Maroulis will be there and it raises funds for local club(s) Old Dominion University Social: Wednesday March 20 5:00-8:00pm - Embassy Suites 535 Smithfield St.; $40 at the door; Three Championship T-Shirts; Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres, Beer, Wine and Non-Alcohol drinks THURSDAY, March 21: Edinboro: 3-5:30pm, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Come meet and mingle with the Edinboro Wrestling Coaches - Matt Hill and Mike DePalma, Director of Athletics - Katherine Robbins, Olympic Gold Medalist – Bruce Baumgartner, former Edinboro wrestlers, friends, families, and supporters! Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar. Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019 https://secure.touchnet.com/C20711_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=26&CATID=59 FRIDAY, March 22: Lock Haven Alumni Association NCAA Social: 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM Double Tree by Hilton https://allevents.in/pittsburgh/loc...tling-social-at-2019-nationals/20003293395030 Slippery Rock University Alumni NCAA Social: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Marriott City Center in the Three Rivers Room Clarion Wrestling NCAA Social: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Café Fifth https://allevents.in/pittsburgh/clarion-wrestling-social-2019-ncaas/20003456903934 Pittsburgh Wrestling Club NCAA Social: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Penn Society Club (below Ten Penny Restaurant), $35 per person (food and 1 drink ticket included), https://www.pittsburghwrestlingclub.com/2019-pwc-social WPIAL Wrestling Social: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Red Ring Bar and Grill, 1970s/80s WPIAL wrestlers, family and friends, open bar and complimentary appetizers with a $20 suggested donation (all proceeds to boys and Girls Club of Western PA). SATURDAY, March 23: Penn State Alumni Association NCAA Wrestling Championship Mixer: 3-5 p.m., March 23, @Bufords_5thAve, Free for @PennStateAlums members; $10 non-members, Registration required and non-transferrable. Limited space. Register ➡️ https://t.co/5jJYl5zHQO pic.twitter.com/WB9Z7cX38n Wrestlers In Business Network NCAA Social: 2:00-5:00 PM Pittsburgh Marriott City Center https://www.wrestlersinbusiness.org/events/wibn-national-social-ncaas Penn State Wrestling Club: Immediately following Awards ceremony https://www.pennstatewrestlingclub.org/ncaasocial/join.php (SOLD OUT) Cornell Wrestling NCAA Post-Tournament Reception 2019: 10:00 PM or immediately following Session VI, Buford's Kitchen - 1014 Fifth Avenue, $40 for each adult 21 and over, $20 for 20 and under (cost includes food and beverage in a Cornell party just steps from the Arena) https://alumni.cornell.edu/event/cornell-wrestling-ncaa-post-tournament-reception-2019/
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    All Things Pittsburgh

    Some more random bits of info... SUBWAY, aka "the 'T'": The subway from downtown to the North Shore- and back toward the Arena- is free and easy to use. Steel Plaza is the station closest to PPG Paints Arena and is located across Grant Street from the Omni William Penn Hotel. Hotel Monaco is also handy. Marriott City Center and the Cambria (beside the Arena) should also use Steel Plaza station. Wood Street Station is the next stop and is closest to the Drury Hotel, the Westin, Embassy Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, and AC Hotel. Next stop is Gateway Center. Hotels near that station are the Fairmont, Hilton Garden Inn, Town Place, Wyndham and Renaissance. The subway goes under the river from here and only has two stops on the North Shore. The first one is near PNC Park. There are hotels, bars, and restaurants in this area. Tequila Cowboy and Bettis Grille are a couple of places. The next stop is the last stop. It is near Heinz Field. This is the stop for the Carnegie Science Center- which is pretty neat if you like that kind of stuff- and Rivers Casino- which is also kind of neat if you like that kind of stuff. You could also ride the "T" over to Station Square, where there are some bars and restaurants. Although it appears that you are at the bottom of the South Side, don't try to walk it. TAXI CABS: If you see one, take a picture because no one will believe you (only slight exaggeration). There aren't many taxis in PGH. If you need one, check the entrances of the big hotels- Omni William Penn, Wyndham, Westin. PGH is a big UBER city. But, you need to download the app and load credit card information before you can use one. Lyft is another option, but I'm not familiar with their process. DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS: Lots of good places. PPG Paints Arena is up the hill from "downtown". There are a few places near the Arena - Buford's being the best of the minimal selection. To the south of the Arena (up the hill) is the Hill District- not a good place for tourists; to the west is Duquesne University; to the east is a bluff; so, to the north (down the hill)- Downtown- is really your only option. Union Standard in the Union Trust Building- along with Freshi's (quick salads), Jimmy John's; the Tap Room and Terrace Room in the Omni William Penn- along with a Brueger's and Starbucks; and the Commoner- along with a Dunkin Donut- in the Hotel Monaco are all located in buildings along Grant Street. Villa Reale has good pizza- and they deliver- on Smithfield downtown. Tako and Bakersfield Tavern (Mexican) are both good, Ten Penny (American), Sammy's (sandwich), Sharp Edge (huge selection of beer), are all places within 1-2 blocks of Fan Fest. Proper has great brick-oven pizza. Market Square has a lot of options. Winghart's has great burgers. The City Grille is a large sports bar but they've already said that their TV's will be tuned into basketball all weekend. Ten Penny will be tuned in to wrestling. SOUTH SIDE: Good place with a ton of bars along East Carson Street. Check out Jack's if you like low-ceilinged dive bars. South Side Works has a Hofbrau House and an Irish restaurant, as well as a Cheesecake Factory and movie theater. STRIP DISTRICT: Also a few interesting bars, restaurants, as well as Pittsburgh merchandise (i.e. cheap Steelers/Pens t-shirts). Wholey's is a good fish place. Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle is an Irish bar that typically has live Irish music. LAWRENCEVILLE: Pittsburgh's Brooklyn. This is the newest, hippest area (not counting the development and gentrification around Bakery Square/East Liberty). A lot of good restaurants. As "hipster" as Pittsburgh gets. Not walking distance from downtown or the Arena. Arsenal Lanes is a fun bowling alley with DJ's and live bands. NORTH SIDE: The Warhol Museum is near PNC Park on the North Side. Some areas can be sketchy but a cool area off the typical tourist path. Check out the urban art of Randyland, or the rowhouse converted to a restaurant- Monterrey Pub- in the Mexican War Streets. Pittsburgh Banjo Club gets an SRO crowd at the North Side Elks every Wednesday night- definitely worth checking out. Park Inn around the corner from there also has a bluegrass band on Wednesday nights. ALCOHOL: the nearest beer distributor that I know of is about 15 minutes north of downtown. Liquor is sold in "state stores" in PA. I don't know if there are any downtown- there'd have to be, though. Send me a message if you want a connection to a former wrestler who recently started his own distillery for vodka and gin. The vodka is top-shelf smooth for about $10 per bottle less and it can probably be delivered to you.
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    NCAA Made Big Mistake

    Penguins ownership/management like the high demand for tickets because it leads to higher ticket prices, which leads to more profit. Same thing with the NCAA. The NCAA absolutely did not make a mistake by holding it in the area with the highest demand. Just because some fans can't get tickets to a high-demand event, it doesnt mean that the NCAA made a mistake by increasing demand.
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    Parties during NCAA's

    Please post links to the various clubs parties during NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh (I will try to update this post as people post links) WEDNESDAY, March 20: The Kickoff Party, hosted by Jordan and Lauren Burroughs: 7:30 PM at Jay Verno Studios, South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, http://www.thekickoffparty.com/home Looks like DT, Snyder, Helen Maroulis will be there and it raises funds for local club(s) THURSDAY, March 21: Edinboro: 3-5:30pm, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Come meet and mingle with the Edinboro Wrestling Coaches - Matt Hill and Mike DePalma, Director of Athletics - Katherine Robbins, Olympic Gold Medalist – Bruce Baumgartner, former Edinboro wrestlers, friends, families, and supporters! Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar. Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019 https://secure.touchnet.com/C20711_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=26&CATID=59 FRIDAY, March 22: Lock Haven Alumni Association NCAA Social: 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM Double Tree by Hilton https://allevents.in/pittsburgh/loc...tling-social-at-2019-nationals/20003293395030 Slippery Rock University Alumni NCAA Social: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Marriott City Center in the Three Rivers Room Clarion Wrestling NCAA Social: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Café Fifth https://allevents.in/pittsburgh/clarion-wrestling-social-2019-ncaas/20003456903934 Pittsburgh Wrestling Club NCAA Social: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Penn Society Club (below Ten Penny Restaurant), $35 per person (food and 1 drink ticket included), https://www.pittsburghwrestlingclub.com/2019-pwc-social WPIAL Wrestling Social: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Red Ring Bar and Grill, 1970s/80s WPIAL wrestlers, family and friends, open bar and complimentary appetizers with a $20 suggested donation (all proceeds to boys and Girls Club of Western PA). SATURDAY, March 23: Penn State Alumni Association NCAA Wrestling Championship Mixer: 3-5 p.m., March 23, @Bufords_5thAve, Free for @PennStateAlums members; $10 non-members, Registration required and non-transferrable. Limited space. Register ➡️ https://t.co/5jJYl5zHQO pic.twitter.com/WB9Z7cX38n Wrestlers In Business Network NCAA Social: 2:00-5:00 PM Pittsburgh Marriott City Center https://www.wrestlersinbusiness.org/events/wibn-national-social-ncaas Penn State Wrestling Club: Immediately following Awards ceremony https://www.pennstatewrestlingclub.org/ncaasocial/join.php Cornell Wrestling NCAA Post-Tournament Reception 2019: 10:00 PM or immediately following Session VI, Buford's Kitchen - 1014 Fifth Avenue, $40 for each adult 21 and over, $20 for 20 and under (cost includes food and beverage in a Cornell party just steps from the Arena) https://alumni.cornell.edu/event/cornell-wrestling-ncaa-post-tournament-reception-2019/
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    NCAA Made Big Mistake

    It's an interesting slant saying that Pittsburgh is a poor choice due to the uprecedented high demand for tickets. Penguins fans say the same thing about Sidney Crosby - tickets to games were a lot cheaper and easier to get before the Pens drafted him.... PPG Paints Arena is not "too small". NCAA's haven't been held in Pittsburgh since 1957 - Dan Hodge won his 3rd NCAA title that year. Pittsburgh is arguably the hottest of hotbeds for wrestling in the US. The fact that a wrestling fan as knowledgeable as you is surprised by the demand at this venue is dumbfounding.
  14. justafan: Good point about fan requests to multiple schools. Re: NCAA letter referencing 16,000...I don't know why the set-up at PPG will be so much different than the set-up in other arenas. The number of participants isn't changing so I have no idea why there will be such a reduction in seats from other (relatively) similar-sized/designed arenas. I referenced hockey seating capacities since that is a pretty standard set-up and there is data on that. I assume that the arena football capacity that you referenced is a different set-up so I'd be curious to see the various seating capacities for arena football at those other arenas. I can't speak for other sports towns on that list but I can tell you that Penguins hockey uses every one of those seats and SRO. I'd be surprised if Arena football in Pittsburgh needs even half of the seating capacity for that set-up.
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