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On 4/13/2020 at 3:17 PM, portajohn said:

1 - The Fan who calls student athletes quitters and weak.  Yeah, you know who you are.  You have a 9-5 job, live paycheck to paycheck, have never won a medal but somehow in your own mind you epitomize success when it comes to wrestling

2 - The Fan who screams "STALL"...We all know.  You could fight through that hand defense any day of the week and fire off shots faster then Doc & the Earp brothers at the OK Corral

3 - Angry Dad - We get it.  You sucked at wrestling

4 - The I always have to reference something CP or Nomad said on FRL Fan

5 -  The Uncle Rico Fan.  If coach would've put you in the lineup you would've won states

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7 hours ago, JasonBryant said:

May not be in the realm of fans, but wrestling types. Those who lie about their credentials and conveniently forget details about those stats that no human being would forget, unless they’d suffered some type of brain injury.

Example: I’ve been asked to fact-check someone in the business world who put national champion on their bio. I have no record of them in any college division, Fargo, AAU Junior Olympics, AAU Grand Nationals or any other name AA tournament from the mid-1970s

When a contact followed up, they didn’t know the year, other than “I was in high school.”

If you’re a “Junior Olympic Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Champion” on your bio, yet can’t give any other details - you’re fibbing or misrepresenting the title.

This isn’t even getting into the realm of people who lie about their credentials and then try to scam people from that.

Did you check Rocky Mountain Nationals?

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12 hours ago, jdalu75 said:

Regarding the fan complaining about weak and especially weak-willed athletes; I always remember the criticism of JR Richard, one of the best pitchers in the National League during the '70s, who even in that pre-internet era was criticized for "losing the fire" when he complained for an extended period that his arm hurt.  How does a guy who was dominant for nearly a decade suddenly lose his fire?  Then Richard collapsed on the field one day during pre-game workouts; he'd suffered a massive stroke when a blood clot broke loose from the aneurysm in his pitching arm that had been causing the pain.

Moral of the story:  when a guy doesn't look like himself, don't go looking for psychological reasons, check his health.

 

Excellent story. I don't know if you know but he was homeless and living under overpasses in the highways in Houston for years. There was a little documentary or special on him on ESPN one time. Very sad.

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On 4/14/2020 at 11:36 AM, JasonBryant said:

May not be in the realm of fans, but wrestling types. Those who lie about their credentials and conveniently forget details about those stats that no human being would forget, unless they’d suffered some type of brain injury.

Example: I’ve been asked to fact-check someone in the business world who put national champion on their bio. I have no record of them in any college division, Fargo, AAU Junior Olympics, AAU Grand Nationals or any other name AA tournament from the mid-1970s

When a contact followed up, they didn’t know the year, other than “I was in high school.”

If you’re a “Junior Olympic Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Champion” on your bio, yet can’t give any other details - you’re fibbing or misrepresenting the title.

This isn’t even getting into the realm of people who lie about their credentials and then try to scam people from that.

There are a lot of pre-internet  "Olympic alternates " out there.  Especially for 1980 for some reason.

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On 4/14/2020 at 9:36 AM, JasonBryant said:

May not be in the realm of fans, but wrestling types. Those who lie about their credentials and conveniently forget details about those stats that no human being would forget, unless they’d suffered some type of brain injury.

Example: I’ve been asked to fact-check someone in the business world who put national champion on their bio. I have no record of them in any college division, Fargo, AAU Junior Olympics, AAU Grand Nationals or any other name AA tournament from the mid-1970s

When a contact followed up, they didn’t know the year, other than “I was in high school.”

If you’re a “Junior Olympic Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Champion” on your bio, yet can’t give any other details - you’re fibbing or misrepresenting the title.

This isn’t even getting into the realm of people who lie about their credentials and then try to scam people from that.

The Human Fund....its a great organization. 

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The guy who argues about everything and  tries to tell you don't know anything about wrestling despite wrestling for 13 years, coaching for 20 years, traveling around the country and most of all being. a poster on this board. Then you find out they never even wrestled. Next, the guy who argues with you that you don't have to have wrestled to understand everything about it.

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those that whine and moan about the coverage we get

and what it 'costs' us

those that whine and moan and say this style or that style is better... b/c esoteric or something

those that are complete homers

those who whine about people who bring up certain topics, but bring up those same topics constantly to elicit a response (btw, that might be me this time)
 

those who don't realize how lucky we have been the last century to witness/experience/enjoy this great sport

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On 4/13/2020 at 4:17 PM, portajohn said:

2 - The Fan who screams "STALL"...We all know.  You could fight through that hand defense any day of the week and fire off shots faster then Doc & the Earp brothers at the OK Corral

 

i dont yell stall

i raise the stalling fist and yell 'boredom'

and when they both stall, like HWTs, i yell  'double boredom'

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On 4/14/2020 at 5:21 PM, portajohn said:

I agree, it's just fun to poke fun of ourselves from time to time

In that case, the worst kind are those who don't go to events or support their local high school and college teams.

The second worst kind are the ones who gently try to correct me with an explanation of the rules while I'm screaming "two" or "stalling" at the top of my lungs.

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My least favorite fans are the ones who sit behind me, then emit an ear-piercing whistle while rooting for their kid.  The next worst is the teenie bop girl with a high-pitched voice who screams at the top of her lungs for her boyfriend or brother.

I've taken to wearing ear plugs to the meets.

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1 hour ago, Bob1974 said:

My least favorite fans are the ones who sit behind me, then emit an ear-piercing whistle while rooting for their kid.  The next worst is the teenie bop girl with a high-pitched voice who screams at the top of her lungs for her boyfriend or brother.

I've taken to wearing ear plugs to the meets.

What is your take on cow bells?

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The Iowa Fan

Behind a paywall... check in with World Team member and Olympic hopeful Forrest Molinari as we discuss her international competitions, Olympic aspirations, her role as a fan/teammate to Iowa wrestling and why she got kicked out of the Iowa/ISU dual.

"and I'm right above the bench ringing that cowbell... security came down and I guess it is against the rules... I kept at it... didn't care... police came and told me to give up the cow bell or leave... I kept ringing it... and was escorted out with it..."

Then talking about the PSU dual.  "...a fan gave me a bigger, louder cowbell ...it is going to be pretty hot in there but... I might be wearing this big fur hat... and my blue ray bans..."

Edited by jross

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On 4/15/2020 at 6:15 PM, AHamilton said:

There are a lot of pre-internet  "Olympic alternates " out there.  Especially for 1980 for some reason.

The 1980 Olympian is a classic. Run into one or two of those every year. At a tournament a few years ago we even had one as a “special guest.” He was announced, waved to the crowd, and posed for pictures. Looked him up and he was nowhere to be found on the national circuit 1978-1982. 

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On 4/14/2020 at 4:37 AM, ConnorsDad said:

The fan who tells you they were a 3 time state champ and dont even understand the concept of the internet. You then go to the state hs website and find out they were a one time qualifier who went 0-2.

That's pretty annoying. I graduated in 1983 and there is NOTHING on my HS career online. Sure, there are lists of state champions..but I NEVER WON STATE. The only things I have to prove that I wrestled are 1) my medals/trophies/newspaper clippings and 2) a "1982 Oklahoma HS Wrestling Results" book (which, shockingly, I still have and in great condition), 3) the brutal memories of asswhippings retained by those unfortunate enough to step on the mat with me. Anyway that Oklahoma HS wrestling book from '83 not only includes my results for the year (although they got my first name wrong), but also includes results for all other Oklahoma HS wrestlers that year, including a Sr from Del City named "John Smith".  I hadn't seen that book in over 30 years, and the last time I visited my 90 year old folks in Oklahoma they presented it to me, saying "do you remember this"? Plus the kicker: I'm on the cover :D

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1 hour ago, TobusRex said:

That's pretty annoying. I graduated in 1983 and there is NOTHING on my HS career online. Sure, there are lists of state champions..but I NEVER WON STATE. The only things I have to prove that I wrestled are 1) my medals/trophies/newspaper clippings and 2) a "1982 Oklahoma HS Wrestling Results" book (which, shockingly, I still have and in great condition), 3) the brutal memories of asswhippings retained by those unfortunate enough to step on the mat with me. Anyway that Oklahoma HS wrestling book from '83 not only includes my results for the year (although they got my first name wrong), but also includes results for all other Oklahoma HS wrestlers that year, including a Sr from Del City named "John Smith".  I hadn't seen that book in over 30 years, and the last time I visited my 90 year old folks in Oklahoma they presented it to me, saying "do you remember this"? Plus the kicker: I'm on the cover :D

Tobus, Although this happened in middle school for my kid rather than high school, I will still never forget it. I believe it was the first tournament when Connor was in the seventh grade. He had done well in this first year in middle school but wasn't a state champ or anything. A  new kid on his team had moved over from a different club. While standing there talking his mom and dad said yes Jay was undefeated last year. As my eyes bugged out of my head, Connor said you were state champion? To which his parents replied oh no we didn't even go to the postseason. They happened to be about the same weight class in a couple weeks later met and my kid came off the mat and he goes there must have been some pretty crappy state champions last year, LOL. I just don't get people just flat-out lying right to somebody's face when it can easily be checked.

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