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Jason Bryant

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  1. I thought it was military service, I'll have to check again. BTW, these questions are great. Even though I have tons of the data at my disposal, some of these questions don't jump out at me and when you post something that I have to look up, it often leads me down a different rabbit hole. Every educational, not just for me, but for everyone. It's important that we share our "pre-internet" history of the sport, because there's a lot of great stories and situations that unfolded in those times.
  2. Interviewed Al last year for Rummy Macias’ 100th birthday. Interesting guy.
  3. Site does a couple stories a week. Recaps, previews, feature. I’ve noticed the main scroll doesn’t always update with the most recent story, but Shannon Scovel does a fine job - remember, that is a general information type of site. Our sport as a whole doesn’t mandate NCAA stats, so we don’t provide a score API like most of the team sports do. I wouldn’t think any fan of any niche sport would go to their site for breaking news - that’s what sites like this are for. I’ll often include the features in my newsletter - but if anyone expects them to provide things our sport doesn’t provide ourselves already, you need to reset your expectations of what their .com is.
  4. @Fadzaev2 I'd recommend looking at 1969 as the start of the modern era, since that's the first year (save '47) freshmen were eligible, so we get to the "four timer" era.
  5. Borrowed my wife's kindle a few years ago for a trip when I was doing through The Hunger Games trilogy and I just blew through those books in weekend. I don't think I'd ever read three books so fast. Granted, I ended up being sick and laying in bed the whole weekend, but the kindle was a pretty good experience.
  6. I’m not dogging audiobooks, but for this resolution, I want to physically turn the pages.
  7. Pick up my annual Preview Guide at wrestlingpreviewguide.com - it’s great for winning and hosting things like this. This year’s won’t be available until Tuesday(ish) before D1s.
  8. I will tolerate zero Ollie hate. He’s awesome.
  9. Having only been to Moscow in Russia, I didn’t find the subways to be notably better than anyplace else I’ve traveled overseas (I’ve been to 29 countries). I found the old Russian subway cars pretty unforgiving and the subway itself reeking of cigarettes - which isn’t uncommon in Eastern Europe and Russia. From my experience, the Moscow subway is pretty easy to navigate, despite not knowing much Cyrillic.
  10. I made a simple New Year's Resolution to read more books. I'm starting slow, trying to read a new book a month. As an avid podcast listener, I have to get back into the habit of turning pages. January: I completed Prisoners of the Castle by Ben MacIntyre, which chronicles the numerous stories of the escape attempts from Colditz, a German POW camp housed in an old castle. February: Currently reading Trash Talk: The Only Book about Destroying Your Rivals That Isn't Total Garbage. I was interviewed for this one, so it was sent to me and the author reached out to come on the show to talk about it. So when I have a guest on the show who wrote a book, I want to read the book so I'm educated on the topic. This one dives into the psychology of trash talk, interviewing some of the great sports villains across the ages. I'm about halfway through it. Pretty fun stuff and I get quoted in spots, although I do feel I'm being presented there as a pro wrestling journalist rather than a pro-wrestling journalist. I also listened to an audiobook two weeks ago using the Libby app (local libraries) called Games of Deception by Andrew Maraniss, which talks about the first U.S. Olympic basketball team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler-run Germany. I'd previously listened to his book about the first U.S. Olympic women's basketball team in 1976 in Montreal, so while its about roundball, I dig Olympic sports history and that one featured a former great from my alma mater. I don't "count" audiobooks in this exercise as reading, because you're not actually reading.
  11. We were the Bulls (or Islanders or Bull Islanders) and in my era, we played Bulls on Parade by RATM. Nationally ranked at the time, so my thinking was when we played it, it added that intimidating edge to the poor local team we were about to beat 78-3.
  12. Yeah, this is a puzzling comment since Tommy and Kevin are still putting out episodes. They just released episode 453 this week. Their website and feed address hasn’t changed ever.
  13. I hadn’t watched them really ever. Wife suggested it and boom. I can’t think of a time where I enjoyed an awards show as much - except maybe the first ESPYs and the 92 and 93 VMAs. I keep watching Fast Car over and over.
  14. Because he's a play-by-play guy, he's not an analyst. They are two different roles. The color commentator goes into the weeds with technique, nuance. That's not what the lead broadcaster's role is. Shane's knowledge on the sport is more than the basic "down and distance" type of thing, but he's also not going to throw things at you that drown out the important things - the action on the mat. I will whole-heartedly agree with you on one point though - we aren't the target market. Hell, I'm fortunate enough to be a voice at the NCAA championships and I know most of the fans in the building know more about the sport from a technical point of view than I do - but my role isn't to explain the sport to people. It's "down and distance" with a sprinkling of stats, history and nuggets of information. I live in the weeds with the stats and records, but I don't with the technical parts of the sport. Those of us on the boards usually fall under the umbrella of "we already know about what we're watching" so you're right there. We aren't the target demo. I've spent a lot of time on the broadcast side for a number of sports - the guy leading the broadcast is going to focus on leading the broadcast and setting up the analyst. Too much inside baseball for a niche sport like wrestling would turn more viewers away than it would bring them in. We'd still watch, but that's about it.
  15. Shane isn’t there because he’s a hype guy - he’s there because he works his butt off and earned the right to be the lead guy. He’s always “on” and his hype isn’t a schtick. Hype guys don’t do research and appreciate action like Shane does. He’s excitable and has a nearly unmatched passion for the sport.
  16. I rarely wager, but when I do, it's usually $1 or a local beverage of choice. I mean, as of this posting, I have 653 posts on the new board - MOST of them are replies to threads started by other folks. I haven't started 653 threads. Cinnabon might have, though.
  17. For the sake of not getting into Jimmy-isms. I'll then ask you this - Do you or have you ever read/use/browse X (formerly known as Twitter)? You posted it four minutes after I posted the answer, quoting a Basch tweet.
  18. You clearly just saw me post this on X/Twitter and came here to ask the question, already knowing the answer.
  19. That particular dual was small schools in Southwest Virginia ... which I was told it was actually three separate team-point deductions. I remember the situation because it made it as an item in my old wrestling column when I worked at the paper.
  20. Negative points in a dual happens at least once a year across all levels of men’s collegiate wrestling. The victims are usually then underfunded or non-scholarship types of programs at the D1 level. I haven’t seen anything below -1 in recent memory. I saw a -3 about 20 years ago in a HS dual.
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