An easy to find post-page to make a visit to DG’s B&B more relaxing.
If you are a young wrestler learning your way around the mats, who do you need? Is it John Smith coming in to teach a low single? Is Dan Gable hustling over to show how to bar an arm? Will Alexander Karelin fly in to teach a gut wrench?
Daytona On The Mat http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/daytona-on-the-mat/
Wrestlers know their sport crosses all sport boundaries; the other sports don’t. The most unlikely place to find wrestling is NASCAR, but there it is.
Dues and Don’ts http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/dues-and-donts/
When is wrestling season over? Districts? Regionals? State? Nationals? Junior World or World? A national team? Olympic Training Center? Then it starts over again?
The Odds on Wrestling http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/the-odds-on-wrestling/
Any confusion over wrestling is easier to understand when you compare it to other sports.
Iowa Wrestling Heads West, ca.1957 http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/iowa-wrestling-heads-west/
An architect builds dreams out of concrete and wood; an Iowa wrestling coach built dreams out of energy and drive.
Iowa South, Eugene http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/iowa-south-eugene/
The wisdom of Iowa coaching guided UofO and OSU, but not the Oregon athletic director.
Oregon State East http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/oregon-state-east/
Iowa coaches changed Oregon, now Oregon wrestler return the favor to the rest of the country.
“The best sports fans are former youth coaches. Not to go all Charles Dickens, but the worse sports fans are former youth coaches. I am a former youth coach. I like to think I’ve kept a proper perspective.”
Wrestling Room http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/respite-penthouse/wrestling/
“If the heart of sport is struggle, what defines it better than wrestling where the internal clash between quitting and continuing gets laid bare every time two athletes step on a mat?”
Wrench Your Gut http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/wrench-your-gut/
“Winning cures most things in sports. If you feel bad, you feel better with a win. You’re better looking; you even smell better.”
Thank Your Robin http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/thank-your-robin/
“You learn more if you pay attention, but still learn if you don’t; touching a hot stove burns; jumping off a roof hurts; doing hard things right never gets any easier.”
Caring Enough http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/caring-enough/
“Rooting for a favorite team, or athlete, is a God given right in America, but not in countries that don’t believe in God, or have decent teams. Cheering shows you care. You clap. You yell. You stand up and boo the bad calls against your guys.”
Wrestling’s Wait http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/wrestlings-wait/
“How often does a person look the part of what they do? It’s easy guessing a six and a half foot man weighing two-ninety plays football. What else does a seven-footer do besides play basketball? If they don’t play a sport, you know they’ve been asked.”
On The Whistle http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/on-the-whistle/
“Athletes have two lives, a normal one and a competitive one. Most recognize the limits of their competitive life; there is an end as sure as a beginning.”
Hitchhiking With Rick Sanders, pt 1 http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/hitchhiking-with-rick-sanders-pt-1/
“Wrestling goals are simple: beat the other guy. From your first match to your last it’s the same. Beat the other guy.”
Hitchhiking With Rick Sanders, pt 2 http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/hitchhiking-with-rick-sanders-pt-2/
“Car accidents send a wave of emotion across family and friends and anyone reading the news. Some attain iconic status. James Dean. Steve Prefontaine. Rick Sanders.”
Hitchhiking With Rick Sanders, pt 3 http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/hitchhiking-with-rick-sanders-pt-3/
“Getting to a national-level wrestling tournament is one thing; doing something while you’re there is another.”
Hitchhiking With Rick Sanders, pt 4 http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/hitchhiking-with-rick-sanders-pt-4/
“Lincoln High sits one block off the 405 Freeway in Portland, a red brick fortress of knowledge. If it was under a flight pattern you’d think it was LA. Rick Sanders wrestled at Lincoln; a Portland guy in a downtown school.”
“Most every Marshfield team pounded the Bulldogs. A 54-0 football score was normal for the times. North Bend didn’t win a game for two years. During wrestling season everything turns upside down.”
“An older man staying in the Wrestling Room changes from how he looked when he arrived to now. He’s wearing two hoodies and vest above zipper-toggled snowboarder pants. Sweat pours off his red face. His eyes bulge. What is he doing?”
“A late check-in to DGs B&B reads a passage in the guest book. They see the drawing of the wrestlers from the Grecian urn and read about a bad flying dream.”
“In a cold world it is important to bring the heat. No other sport prepares you to turn it up like wrestling.”
“Why does a college need a wrestling team? What is the benefit of people scrubbing one another around on a mat that gets disinfected before and after each practice?”
“This is an open letter to Dave Frohnmayer, president of University of Oregon, and Pat Kilkenny, athletic director of University of Oregon, regarding their decision to cut wrestling from the university’s roster of interscholastic sports.”
Wrestling With Care http://deegeesbb.wordpress.com/respite-penthouse/wrestling-with-care/
“I am a former Army medic, but I’m also a former high school wrestling all-American. As a one-time Greco-Roman champion, I studied balance and footwork to avoid being tossed on my head.”