Skip to comments.Wrestling, Sport for Our Times
Posted on 03/30/2011 6:14:51 AM PDT by rhema
The official sport of the "new normal" recently held its annual championships in Philadelphia. Think of college wrestling as the athletic version of an austerity program. Wearing almost nothing, coached by men who make next to nothing, and with no hope of professional careers because they don't exist, 34 competitors in each weight class arrived on the mats of the NCAA tournament.
Of course, all but one in each of the 10 weight classes left disappointed. As consolation prizes, many received significant facial bruising and at least one, defending champion Darrion Caldwell of North Carolina State, a dislocated shoulder.
Was anyone helped by quantitative easing? Not really. Some easing occurred when Arizona State's Bubba Jenkins released his cradle and stopped forcing his opponent to touch his knee to his head. But that was because the referee had signalled a pin to end the match, so Mr. Jenkins could afford to be accommodative.
Since the financial crisis, many Americans have talked about a return to traditional values like thrift, prudence and hard work. You can't get more traditional than wrestling. Even before Odysseus and Ajax grappled to a draw in Homer's Iliad, even before wrestling was a fan favorite at the ancient Olympics, cavemen scrawled images of prehistoric bouts.
Prudence? Experience in this sport teaches that one small mistake can result in a wrestler being thrown to his back. As for thrift, many competitors and coaches weren't even spending money on shampoo, their shaved heads gleaming under the lights of the Wells Fargo Center. Hard work? These guys have to train for "man's oldest form of recreational combat" on a diet.
Sports fans still struggling with unemployment close to 9% may find that wrestling has a new appeal in this environment. NFL players and owners still haven't agreed on how to
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If you’re a fan of individual sports, wrestling is one of the finest. I worked the collegiate matches at Iowa State for a number of years and the athleticism of these guys is way beyond anything I saw in any other sport with the possible exception of gymnastics.
and at a much faster rate than the movie predicted.
That is also where I learned that "flashy Martial Arts" are a joke, in terms of fighting. Once MMA started, I knew it would take off, that it was the real deal.
It is a great sport, and even though my young kids are enrolled in traditional MA, when they get old enough, I'll see if I can get them into freestyle wrassling, "America's Martial Art".