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Messages - Ray Brinzer

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Off-Topic / RIP Mark Reiland
« on: December 10, 2021, 03:49:23 PM »
NCAA Champ, long-time state director for Iowa/USA Wrestling, generally good guy.


Off-Topic / Bad News: Cougar1
« on: November 17, 2021, 02:07:03 PM »
Our own Cougar1 passed away this July.  I just learned of it.

Given that his real name is not publicly associated with his account here, I am not linking to the obituary. I will share it privately if anyone wishes.

Requiescat in pace.

International / Re: Can Flo get a Brinzer / Sadulaev match
« on: December 14, 2020, 10:53:52 AM »

International / Re: Need Wrestling
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:41:35 AM »
This is the longest I've been off the mat since fifth grade.  This really isn't good for me.

Where are you these days anyway?

Mostly, western Pennsylvania.  Urban is so 2019.

International / Re: Need Wrestling
« on: August 23, 2020, 01:39:55 PM »
This is the longest I've been off the mat since fifth grade.  This really isn't good for me.

Wrestlingref - Officiating / Re: Guillotine -- what are you looking for?
« on: January 24, 2020, 08:50:12 PM »
Thanks RV...not too concerned about Banana splits as that usually requires a huge imbalance in skill levels between two wrestlers. I never seen two legit wrestlers able or even attempt this move on their opponent.
I got a pin with it in the Sunkist Open.  :-)

Quote from: ESPN
but would allow some Russians to compete as neutrals if they can prove they weren't affected by the doping.

By my reading of this and another source, by default Russian athletes cannot compete.  Hard to say how difficult it will be to get an exemption.

Off-Topic / Re: How Not to Give a Graduation Speech
« on: June 10, 2019, 10:33:25 AM »
A lion merely tests your ability to survive.  These speeches undermine your will to live.

I must say, though, the student speeches were in every way better than the adults'.

Off-Topic / How Not to Give a Graduation Speech
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:24:31 PM »
Fresh from the trauma of hours of bad rhetoric, I offer this wisdom:

  • Do not spend unnecessary time talking about your speech.  If your speech is about your speech, no one wants to hear it.
  • Do not thank irrelevant people for coming to support you.  Address the people who are actually graduating, their families, and maybe (briefly) the staff.
  • Do not spend excessive time talking about yourself.  If you've been asked to speak because you've done something important, tell people about it enough to support whatever point you're trying to make.  Then make the point.
  • Do not talk longer than necessary.  Say what you have to say, and shut up.

College / Re: step-out rule
« on: March 27, 2019, 07:21:50 PM »
The zone is an underrated tool from the international styles, which could provide a less radical alternative to the step-out point.

Put a 1m colored band around the edge.  Action can take place there, but if you hang out there, it's stalling.  If you don't let your opponent out of the zone, it's also stalling.  It's a clear concept, and the stall call would be preceded by clear instructions, like "Zone, red!" and "Let him in, green!"

It doesn't mean athletes will never use the boundary to get out of something, but it's harder to do when most action begins 3+ feet further in.

College / Re: step-out rule
« on: March 27, 2019, 07:13:13 PM »
FS rules don't discriminate.  You step out, point for the other guy no matter for what reason.
Actually, that is not correct. If the officials deem that a wrestler is pushed out, no points are awarded.
Last I dealt with it, it was specifically a "straight-armed push" which did not score.  Hard to say what it is this week, though.

College / Re: Party - Poster Meet Up
« on: March 26, 2019, 09:13:23 AM »
Sorry about this. I'd like to have attended, but the whole thing slipped my mind, and I'm not at all sure I could have made it even if it hadn't. It was a terribly busy time for me; so much so that I felt that I didn't do such a great job with some of the things I really needed to get done.

In theory, though, I'm in favor of attending TOM events.

The thing I dislike about it is that it undermines athlete agency.  People always assume that the athlete and his coach are in agreement... and, indeed, that's normally the case.  But if the rule were as I suggested, and the wrestler didn't want to give up position, I'd want him to be able to override the request for a review.

I think a zero-cost challenge system is a bad idea.  If there's the least chance of getting something changed in your favor, or if your athlete simply needs a two-minute breather, you use it.  Initiating an unsuccessful challenge should carry some penalty, like giving the opponent choice of position.

College / Re: NCAA Championship Trivia
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:18:01 AM »
That was interesting.

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