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  1. Even without a vaccine, epidemiologists appear to understand how to put together a large, extended sporting event without issue (e.g. the UFC in Abu Dhabi and Formula in Europe). Although I'll likely defer to your knowledge, my admittedly limited reading suggests if you're willing to spend the money required to address the logistical demands, and have the will to follow clearly burdensome procedures, hosting large sporting events is far from an impossibility. I'm not suggesting it's wise to put on such events right now, or that they're necessarily safe, but F1 is about to put on their third GP in as many weeks without a positive test (and all ten teams travel with a large number of employees each), and the UFC seems to be faring similarly well in Abu Dhabi. If the NBA, NFL, MLB and various soccer/football leagues are able to avoid disaster in the coming months, I suspect the Olympics will have an effective template to follow, with or without a vaccine. That's obviously a lot of "ifs", but absent tragedy striking prior, I'll be surprised if the Olympics are simply cancelled. I suspect they will look much different without a vaccine available, but I doubt it will be a dealbreaker.
  2. Without a specific allegation at it's core, the post feels more like a disgruntled former employee's diatribe than a whistleblower coming forward. It doesn't strike me at all as Willie's voice, nor that of any of Flo's current wrestling content creators, and I wouldn't be surprised if a knowledgeable competitor posted it. Regardless, I don't find it noteworthy at all. Absent direct supporting evidence, I don't believe Flo wastes money suing parents for filming matches, and most of the other allegations are likely part of doing business as a streaming video sports vertical. Finally, although still a subscriber, I'm largely in agreement with Billyhoyle's comments. I wish they'd allocate more resources to wrestling (but recognize why they might not), but appreciate their interest in our sport, and view them as a net positive. I'm also not at all surprised by steelfrog's subsequent silence, but if he/she can provide more specific allegations, I'll certainly read them.
  3. Even that's probably generous. Another year or two of senior level competition and I suspect it's a different match, but right now, I think DT scores at will.
  4. Eugene Debs and Larry Flynt just rolled their eyes, but yeah, freedom from govt persecution is substantially different from private consequences. Regarding Downey, it's been exhausting simply watching Reece try to keep him focused before, during, and after just about every one of his US Open and WTT matches last year. Makes me wonder if Downey's dismissal wasn't more of a straw that broke the camel's back than the reaction to a single tweet storm. Nor is Downey without options. His wrestling should transition well to MMA, he'll likely develop decent striking as quickly as any other wrestler, and he'll largely be able to speak his mind, at least to some degree, as he sees fit. As much as I'm mostly uninterested, I can already imagine him and Covington jawing back and forth.
  5. Thanks for saving me a trip through your posting history! Antitroll, please consider question 1 answered.
  6. If you'll explain how to access his post history, sure. As someone who thought very little of russelscout initially, and argued with him quite a bit in more than few wrestling threads, I was initially irritated to learn how well he critically thinks. Eventually I realized our wrestling ideologies (for lack of a better phrase) weren't as divided as I'd once thought either; I'd simply been unable to get past his Iowa support. My mistake, and hopefully, lesson learned. I sometimes suspect LJB and I share substantially more common ground as well; at least until his next post inevitably ruins the moment.
  7. Isn't what you're describing as hatred of America really just broad disagreement with ideological conservatism (and more specifically, social conservatism)? If not, can you clearly describe what is that LeBron & Kap et al. hate, and why you consider it to be America?
  8. Honestly, your arguments aren't emotional at all. They're well researched, clearly expressed, and persuasive. I appreciate your contributions and have learned a bit along the way. If you weren't an Iowa fan, we'd probably get along swimmingly.
  9. As much as I support Kaepernik's demonstration, I don't think I can reasonably disagree with your analysis. IIRC, he either won his lawsuit against the NFL, or they settled, but even that probably doesn't impugn your claim. Fair point all around, even if it somewhat infuriates me.
  10. I never claimed his post was explicitly racist. Read within the context of the current cultural climate (chosen as the moment to voice his opinion), his far right nationalism, and extreme social conservatism, however, I stand by my posts. Unfortunately (for this discussion), he's since taken his social media accounts down, but I'm pretty sure his socio-political ideology has been documented elsewhere. And once again, for clarity's sake, I suspect he's a racist. I don't know he's a racist, am not accusing him of being a racist, but won't be at all shocked if my suspicions are later concerned. Finally, I agree that throwing accusations around, and even suspicions, is deplorable when you simply disagree. Were I to post about you, what I have about Beshada, that would be worthy of derision. I also agree that it probably happens more than it should. I'm not sure it's a major issue in America right now, but it certainly contributes to the current cultural divide (personally, I think the cultural divide is as deeply rooted as it is wide, has been a long time coming, and will persist until it somehow comes to a head, but that's fruit for another discussion).
  11. He and Kurt McHenry would really benefit from 118 returning.
  12. Given the Pat Pop connection, I think he'll end up in Raleigh as well. I'm not sure how he'll do, but he'll have great training partners.
  13. So the Satiev win was as big of an upset then as it seems in retrospect? Was Satiev still near his peak, and was Slay considered a legit medal threat? As an aside, did Cael try out for that team?
  14. I'm not casually labeling Beshada a racist, his public expressions suggest that he probably is. And you still haven't rebutted my argument.
  15. I don't know whether we're experiencing an epidemic (for lack of a better word), or whether the socio-political climate and prevalence of cell phone cameras are combining to merely paint that picture, but I do suspect many police officers are under, or improperly, trained, and ill thus equipped to handle certain situations competently. Whether they're as generally racist as some believe, I don't know, but law enforcement officers are an insular group, and in my experience (as both an ex-prosecutor and public defender), often view "civilians" in a generally negative light. Regardless, I'm very interested in reading your links.
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