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Posts posted by gsmith58

  1. On 7/22/2020 at 9:45 PM, Mattyb said:




    Looks like Oxford is in the lead.

    Regardless... I think that we will have a vaccine before spring. With this said.... people on Fox News will have you believe that we are going to have one next month. People on CNN will have you believe that we will have one in 2022. It is what it is. I stand by my prediction of a pre-spring vaccine. 


    I never thought I'd spend so much time watching the latest on vaccines and therapeutics. I just hope when they find one (or five) effective ones they have the logistics worked out better than the testing.


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  2. 15 hours ago, Y2CJ41 said:

    This isn't the flu, there is no vaccine for this virus. This is a new virus that spread to humans in December and has now spread across the world and has a very high mortality rate. When the people who study these things are saying to be careful you probably should listen.


    The worst thing that can happen is people not taking this seriously and millions get infected and overload our already busy hospitals. 


    I can't agree more.


    It's not the media. It's the UNKNOWN. The Chinese didn't shut down whole parts of their country because of media exaggeration. Don't trust the media go to the CDC, NIH, John Hopkins or State Health agency sites. Watch Congressional hearings.


    The flu infects at 1 to 1 this thing 'appears' to spread at 1 to 2. Cycle that out 10 times and you get 10 infections for the flu and 1K for Covid-19. And, the mortality of this thing 'appears' to be 10x that of the flu (A Facui before Congress yesterday).


    Italy went from 10 cases to 12,500 in two weeks with a 164 deaths yesterday alone. That's a growth rate of ~120,000% and even if you factor in increased testing that's astronomical.


    There is difference between panic and expecting our populace and institutions have a sense of urgency and being a "little irrational". No the world isn't going to end, but it's a serious problem, particularly for the 48M that are most at risk (including children with asthma).

  3. 52 minutes ago, piscis1956 said:

    Wow, is this for real?!!!  I assume that is not an optical illusion as is the equivalent of 4 full size mats.

    The economy must really be good.  And the tax rate must be pretty sweet, too.


    I would be interested in how they pulled off a $4.5 million build. That's quite a coup.

  4. 10 hours ago, Trinedad said:

    I was talking to someone from Center grove, they stated that they have a few in middle school that can beat the guys that they had at state. I do not know them, but I trust the guy that told me that.


    Yep. They are definitely up and coming. Mills is a beast.


    11 hours ago, RegionHustle said:

    How about 7 fans saving an entire section of seats. Then when you tell them that there’s no seat saving and sit, 3 guys approach you, stand around and one promptly sits next to you at the end of the aisle so your fiancé and child can’t sit down. Some words were had with those yahoos. You never want it to turn to that, but trying to intimidate a small family who stood in line to get decent seats...trash move. 


    And this is why it's difficult to just sit down and ignore them. I have seen groups harass people. A few years ago I had a guy physically block me from entering a nearly completely open section. We had words, but rather than escalating the situation, with kids present, I choose to keep looking. For the next few years I decided to get there first (at 6:00A). And, guess what, it was still difficult getting a good seats. As I said previously, I have no problem with folks saving a few seats, but whole sections???


    This is not the way you want to your premier event run.

  6. 3 minutes ago, casualwrestlingfan said:

    Is it that Ft Wayne just has smaller schools making it up? If so then it is the philosophy of those schools fielding athletic teams to a small extent. I personally think that is another reason that coincides with not having academies.


    I think that's probably spot on.

  7. 7 hours ago, piscis1956 said:

    I stood in line more than 2 hours ...who obviously had gotten access without standing in line, saving a block of 50 seats.  


    Yep. And that's how it happens. I guess I don't necessarily blame them; they are playing within the rules allowed. This should be taken care of by the organization. On the surface, it does not appear it should be that difficult to sort out.


    Why can't the BL staff prevent it? Why can't schools have a designated number of seats? Why can't there be pricing differentials?

  8. I spend most week nights at a couple of academies. I can say this without doubt, the State Finals are loaded with those kids. It would be interesting to know what percentage of the kids at the State Finals have attended an academy at least three years.


    I would "guess" it's at least 60% (and probably higher). Add in the the higher level programs that run the equivalent in their own rooms (and may augment with the academies) and so you have New Castle (CIA, Cobra, Contenders), Evansville (Cobra, Contenders, Mauer/Coughlin), and East Chicago (Region). I don't believe Ft. Wayne has the equivalent locally (although they certainly have some CIA and perhaps Region kids).


    Years ago at the youth level I recognized there were four type of kids: 1) beginner, 2) ISWA novice, 3) ISWA experienced, and 4) Academy. You can see before they even wrestle.



  9. It's very annoying, particularly when they start blocking aisles and putting up tape. I certainly don't mind folks saving a couple of seats for friends, but it's currently ridiculous. It shouldn't be that hard to find a solution. 


    And, I know from experience getting in the line first and waiting for hours on end is no guarantee. Get there first, wait in line patiently while others push in and around and past you, hustle to a section and then have someone quip "this section is already taken." Not that I listen...but it does raise my temperature a bit.

  10. 2 minutes ago, Wrestling4EVER said:

    yeah I agree. but has east Chicago always been this far away from the top 2 semi states?


    I think the top three are all pretty close. Measuring champs is one of a hundred different metrics and probably not the best.

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