Game Over? Yes And No

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March 29, 2010 by David Gillaspie

How many times should a person win one game or one match?  If you beat the same team or person more than once in one competition there is something wrong with the rules.

During a high school dual this year both teams sent out guys for an exhibition match.  One kid got pinned in the first minute.  It wasn’t a fair match from the beginning.  To make it a good work out the coaches let them keep wrestling.  The pinned kid got pinned three more times.  

He wanted something better.  Did it make him a better wrestler?  Did it honor the sport?

Win once or lose one time and move on, otherwise you put things at risk.

Do you agree? 

From another piont of view, if you sell something and a buyer pulls out his wallet, it’s time to stop talking.  The job is done once they pull the cash and you deliver the goods.  Anything after that moves into foreign territory.

If you’re selling something and the wallet doesn’t come out, help the customer decide why they ought to buy from you.  Is your product one of  a kind?  Is it available anywhere for less?  Are you showing it in it’s best light?

One way to make a sale is robbing the customer.  Take the money and run.  This won’t be a repeat customer, but you still win.

Another way is showing how versatile your product is.  What problem does your product solve?  Is there more than one?  Once the customer starts understanding the solutions you offer, be quiet and listen; the ideas they put forth may be new to you.

Can sports suffer from poor salesmanship?  Is wrestling presented in the best possible light?  

There’s no suffering when sponsors wait in line for a chance to contribute.  Their wallets are already out.  There’s less suffering when a broad customer base finds something that makes their lives easier.  We can agree that everything is easier after wrestling.  Suffering is greatest when the benefits of what you offer goes unnoticed, or disregarded.

Sound familiar?

Wrestling is the most beneficial of sports to the widest variety of participants.  How many amputees play basketball?  How many blind athletes play baseball?  How many women play football?  The numbers are small, but they all wrestle.

If you’ve got a sport open to all, why not market it for all.  America promises equality for its citizens; wrestling gives everyone an equal chance.  It’s a nice fit.

Some sports are an end in themselves.  Not wrestling.  With the longest history of any sport, wrestling opens doors to other places and times.  For example, if you take wrestling back to it’s origins you’re going to the birthplace of the Western world in Greece.  While you’re there you might read about the Greek myths and gods and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Greco-Roman is a good thing.

If you happen to see wrestling depicted on pottery or stone statues, you might investigate art further.  You will be enlightened, and you will enlighten those around you with ‘Art History and Wrestling in the Renaissance.’  How many sports have such reach?

Most questions have simple answers, a yes or no, but simplicity isn’t good enough.  It’s usually “Yes, and I’ll explain”, or “No, and I’ll explain.”

Do sports matter?

Is wrestling the most important sport?

Yes, and I’ll explain why:

(Google Elgin Marbles for an explanation of the Centaur Single shown in the top image.)


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