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Mixed Martial Arts / Jon Jones out of UFC 200
« on: July 07, 2016, 02:34:39 AM »
Failed his drug test way back in June and they didn't tell UFC the results until yesterday. I wouldn't be surprised if Dana White tore his office apart

Off-Topic / USA Track and Shaq Walker
« on: July 04, 2016, 10:38:27 AM »

Shaq Walker is an old friend of mine, we went to middle school together. He's probably one of the kindest guys you'll ever meet, never said anything but the kindest words to me despite me being a bit of a weirdo. We were in the drama program together

Anyway Shaq was competing for an Olympic spot in the 800 meters and was doing really well. He gets tripped from behind and finishes just outside of qualifying position. Two protests are filed one from Shaq's team and one from the other guy. They decide against all evidence that Shaq was at fault and DQ him. They later overturn the DQ but with no explanation. So the guy who obviously wasn't going to qualify gets to advance while the guy who could've won it is left behind. My father is a track guy, ran D1, and he's been complaining about US track and field for ages, we basically shoot ourselves in the foot everytime and never send our best team.

The guy who tripped Shaq's coach is good friends with one of the Track and Field head coaches and you can't help but wonder if that played a part

Off-Topic / Elie Wiesel dead at 87
« on: July 02, 2016, 05:20:49 PM »
If you haven't read "Night" then I reccomend you go and read it. I'll probably read my copy tonight

"Night" was one of two books, along with "Red Scarf Girl," that I would say had a large effect on me in high school and made the person I am today. I was always a great admirer of Elie Wiesel and I'm taking it pretty hard myself. I remember I got to speak with a holocaust survivor in high school and I'd imagine she won't be far behind, being only a few years younger than Elie. Her words still haunt me to this day

Off-Topic / Slow Mo Guys
« on: June 26, 2016, 12:12:08 PM »

Ever wondered what happens if you take an axe to a can of spray point? Ever wondered what it would look like in slow motion? Well here you go

Off-Topic / Angry Falcon
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:18:32 PM »
Came out to my parked car today to find this glob of red paint on the hood of my car. No explaining note or anything. I know it was someone who lives in the apartment complex no one else would've been in that parking lot. I don't really talk about but there are a lot of people in my apartment complex that I consider pretty worthless, thankfully the worse ones finally left, they may have even been evicted because they kept leaving trash all over the complex.

I got the worst of it off but there is still a faint line visible, I am shaking mad right now in the damn subway trying not to explode. I've already been dealing with internet issues all day despite paying for TWC's top Internet service

I tried to upload the picture but it says the file size is too large, I'll try to figure it out later

College / A new D2 Program
« on: June 08, 2016, 10:57:20 AM »

Nothing posted there yet but I've received word that the wrestling team from the recently closed St. Catharine University is transferring over to Bellarmine. Exciting news for us in the Louisville area because it finally gives us a local college team to help grow the sport in the area.

College / Austin Myers to Missouri
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:05:24 AM »
It's way to early in his time there to be hearing rumblings about Sammie and losing wrestlers. I've felt that Henson has been doing a great job but something is driving the people away.

In regards to Missouri I'd say this fills a hole at heavyweight. But I was hoping Dante Jiovenetta was going to fill that hole. I wonder if he'll leave Missouri next year because of Myers

Off-Topic / Star Wars
« on: April 07, 2016, 07:53:27 AM »
Episode VII is out on home video and we get the teaser for Rogue One, something I've been excited about for a long time

College / Where does Dieringer sit all-time amongst the Cowboys?
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:52:17 AM »
Exactly what it says on the tin.

I'd probably say Dieringer is the best Cowboy of the past 10 years. Only other one who comes close is JO, and while I personally preferred watching JO's slick offense to Dieringer's more blue collar solid attacks I think that Dieringer was an all around more solid wrestler than JO who could be somewhat streaky.

I'd put Alex in the top 10 not sure if I'd put him top 5. Per my rankings it's a question of him or Guerrero

1. Pat Smith (gets the nod for collegiate ranking)
2. John Smith
3. Yojiro Uetake
4. Jimmy Jackson
5. Eric Guerrero
6. Alex Dieringer
7. Steve Mocco
8. Jordan Oliver
9. Kenny Monday
10. Mark Branch

College / Your yearly rant about Indiana
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:02:33 PM »
With Russ stuck up in heaven it falls to me to call out Goldman when he screws up

You could argue that it wasn't a takedown, but considering he is your last kid left in the tournament and he has a shot to wrestle in the national finals you use a challenge there EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

My heart broke for Jackson as he looked over and begged his corner to do something. I don't think the call would've been reversed but the fact that the coaches didn't even try to fight for their wrestler just drives me crazy. I know firsthand how soul crushing it is to feel like your coach doesn't have your back when it comes down to the wire.

Part of me wants Jackson to transfer after this.

Wrestlingref - Officiating / Just a rant towards a new official
« on: March 06, 2016, 10:02:53 AM »
It was an offseason tournament so I had to keep telling myself not to get too upset but the ref I had to deal with yesterday was in way over his head. I was coaching Team Kentucky so I arrived at the match a little late, this becomes important later.

I come over to ask a question over why he didn't award my wrestler back points off of his textbook wing finish. He first tells me that he didn't brea 45 degrees which I point out is impossible because the defending wrestler's back was parallel to the mat, the only point he could argue was that it was more than two inches off the mat. He then changes his argument to my wrestler didn't have control, he did it was a textbook wing and wrist finish, but what set me off was that he changed his argument. After he does this the ref says "I'm done" and walks away. As I'm walking back to my corner the other coach pats me on the back and says not to expect much since the ref gave his wrestler a takedown and when the scorekeepers forgot to put it on the scoreboard the ref just decided he must've never awarded the takedown.

Later on in the match there's a case of my wrestler either getting a reversal or escape off of a switch out of bounds that was at least loss of control. When the ref brings them back to the middle and puts my guy back beneath one of the other coaches watching the match shouts "that's at least one!" I told him I wasn't going to bother arguing since this was obviously a first year ref.

The rest of the match ends with a couple non-calls for takedowns and backs for both guys. My guy loses the match by two points. Thankfully he reacted exactly like I told him to react and ends up seeing the same wrestler for 3rd place at the tournament and pins him. I just wanted him to have a chance to wrestle the guy who eventually won it because it would've been a good match for him.

Wrestlingref - Officiating / Question on Potentially dangerous calls
« on: February 22, 2016, 07:43:10 AM »
So this was a really tight quarterfinal match involving the undefeated first ranked wrestler (Wrestler A) in the state and the eventual state champion (Wrestler B). The whole match was full of questionable judgement calls but those are by definition always controversial.

What I wanted to ask was after a phantom point that I'm still not sure what the call was Wrestler A found himself down two points to zero 30 seconds into the third. Wrestler B throws boots in and tries to lock up a crucifix to stall out the period. Wrestler B pushes the arm to the point that it is standard to call potentially dangerous. The ref makes the potentially dangerous signal but then doesn't blow the whistle. This eats up about 45 seconds off the clock and then the ref makes the potentially dangerous signal again and then blows the whistle. Wrestler A eventually gets the escape but with virtually no time left on the clock to get off an effective attack.

Anyway is a ref supposed to make a potentially dangerous call but not stop the action?

High School & Lower / The end of an Era
« on: February 09, 2016, 06:42:13 AM »
the NWCA sent out a national poll asking high school coaches if they would support a transition from singlets to fight shorts. Apparently 75% of coaches gave positive feedback on the potential change. So it's possible they will ratify the uniform change at the NFHS meeting in April, they're already going to vote on it.

So I know this has been discussed to death, but what's everyones thoughts about it considering it is potentially right around the corner and no longer a pipe dream?

Wrestlingref - Officiating / Some calls that I have questions on
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:37:17 PM »
So we just had our County championships. Really these results only matter in determining seeding for our region championship (our region basically just being Louisville itself). So I tried to not let the results get to me. The reffing was a bit under par from my vantage point, but I acknowledge that's a common complaint from coaches. So instead of ranting about the refs I figured I should ask other ref's opinions concerning some of the calls that happened this weekend.

1. Strange Stalling calls

I have a couple of these. One was where Wrestler A has hit a stand up from bottom position then turns and picks up Wrestler B's leg preventing an effective mat return. Wrestler A makes no further moves to escape control, just maintains the hold on wrestler B's leg. Wrestler B is then called for stalling for "failure to move towards an effective return," we argue that Wrestler A can't simply hold the leg and force Wrestler B to make an ineffective mat return.

Another situation was Wrestler A was in bottom position and was constantly getting broken down. He continued building his base but couldn't stop getting broken down. Ref calls wrestler A for stalling "not making an effective move to an escape." I argued that I was pretty certain the rules says it doesn't matter if he can't escape as long as he is improving his position. We needed the escape it wasn't like he was laying down to secure a win.

Last one was really just a late stalling call in my opinion. Wrestler A was riding hips for a while, fighting for wrist control but still just staying on hips. But the stalling call wasn't made until after Wrestler A has locked up a cradle and moved to the side to finish it.

2. Missed Takedown

This was in the championship match so there were two refs. At a flurry in the end of the period Wrestler A secures a head and arm pinning combination and traps Wrestler B on their back. This wasn't a headlock throw, it was a finish to a scramble. The hold is secured for about 2-3 seconds to end the period. Head ref calls no takedown, second ref comes over and talks to him about it but the head ref says the call stands. Head ref's argument when we go to the table is that "yes Wrestler A had Wrestler B on their back but I decided the hold wasn't long enough." Really I'm sort of stuck because I recognize that reaction time is to the discretion of the ref, it's notable for two reasons. First was that the match was decided by one point following a severe case of stalling on bottom in the third period, my wrestler didn't cut him when I told him to for a whole minute so that's on him and not the ref, but it is one of the more talked about matches of the tournament especially considering the two wrestlers a potential state finalists. It is also notable because the second ref is considered one of the top officials in Kentucky while the head ref is well let's just say not a top official, and the second ref was adamant it was a takedown. I was still in the chair because next wrestler was in the finals and I overheard the other refs berating the head ref from the previous match saying that it was a takedown. Basically I had the bad luck of having the only ref in the arena who wouldn't call it a takedown.

3. Letting a coach get out of control

Coach A is a noted hot-head infamous for constant warnings for coming onto the mat during matches. During a match he starts shouting at the ref for a good two periods straight over his claim that wrestler A is stalling. Basically I am just noting that I have never seen a coach go that far out of control without the ref at least telling the coach to calm down.

4. Questionable Fall

This was a call that went our way, I'm still confident we win the match but it was probably the most controversial match of the day before the later finals match. Basically Wrestler A hits a variation of the Granby Roll that ends with him stacking Wrestler B with a couple seconds left in the match. Wrestler B was flat on his back, that wasn't argued. Wrestler B's coach says that they can't call the pin because he didn't count out two seconds before slapping the mat. You could argue that Wrestler B was only flat on his back for a second and wasn't flat for the whole two seconds. The ref tells Wrestler B's coach that he won't overturn a fall.

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