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Short Time Wrestling Podcast

Pretty obvious there hasn’t been much posted over here, but you can play the latest episodes of my Short Time Wrestling Podcast. 

Want to listen on iTunes? Go to mattalkonline.com/getshorttime

I would embed a player here, but this old version of a free wordpress site doesn’t allow me to do much.

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Written by Jason Bryant

May 28, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Posted in Blogging

A much-needed update ….

I recall Abby telling me just this week that someone was telling her she needed to update her blog more frequently. Well, allow me to oblige.

As some of the cousins, in-laws, etc. from the Minnesota side of the family have asked – am I ever home?

Yes, I’m home quite a bit, it’s just the weekends that have me on the road. This year, being an Olympic year, it will probably get worse. My boss told me earlier to prepare for the busiest year of my life. Somewhat prophetic if you ask me. I’ve already crossed Premier Executive status on United. I’ve been to New York City four times in the past calendar year, which is two more times than I’d been in my entire life combined. I bug Abby to death with the constant Foursquare updates on my phone. But now we even get United miles for me checking in.

This weekend, I have no travel. Whew. But here’s what I’ve got in store:
Dec. 15-18: Arlington, Texas
Dec. 23-27: Minnesota for Christmas
Dec. 27-31: Chicago, Ill. (Evanston, actually)
Jan. 6-9: Springfield, Ill.
January 10-16: Hampton, Va. (Work trip, but it takes me back home)
January 20-21: Event in Colorado Springs
January 28: Event in Colorado Springs
February 2-4: Event in Colorado Springs
February 5: Another unrelated event in Colorado Springs (TV)
— Nothing Confirmed for these two weekends as yet —
February 23-26: Yet another event in Colorado Springs
February 29-March5: Des Moines & Waterloo, Iowa. (NAIA Nationals)
March 8-12: La Crosse, Wis. (Division III Nationals)
March 13-18: St. Louis, Mo. (Division I Nationals)
March 22-26: Orlando, Fla. (Olympic Qualifier)
March 29-April 1: Cedar Falls, Iowa (Last Chance Olympic Qualifier)
WEEK OF NO TRAVEL
April 19-22: Iowa City, Iowa (Olympic Trials)

Whew … so there you have it. I’m a bit of a road warrior.

And to make up for lost time, here’s a blog I wrote about the Rodeo for my work’s blog site:

“It’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud. It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd. It’s the white in his knuckles, the gold in the buckle, he’ll win the next go ‘round. It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats, it’s spurs and lattigo. It’s the ropes and the reigns and the joy and the pain and they call the thing rodeo.” – Rodeo, By Garth Brooks.

While Las Vegas may be a city that never sleeps, it’s also a venerable sports mecca. The first weekend in December has long been the host of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Wrestling isn’t alone in Vegas. Amidst the neon lights, card tables and dashed dreams of many a gambler, there’s an oddly disproportionate number of boots and chaps and cowboy hats, even in this part of the country.

Before the action got started in the Las Vegas Convention Center, nearly 18,000 rodeo fans packed the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the opening night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

For those of you who didn’t grow up around ranchers, farmland or livestock of any kind, let me give you the neophyte version of what a rodeo is: A BLAST!

Didn’t expect that, did you? While I like to make light of my southern roots and my relatives twangy dialect, where I come from, rodeo isn’t a thing. We (myself not included) prefer things like NASCAR and … NASACAR. Out west, the dialects may be similar but the passion for the original extreme sport, rodeo, is mindblowing.

USA Wrestling hosted the Olympic Trials at the Thomas & Mack back in 2008. Boy, would we have loved to see the same type of crowd then as we did on day one (of ten) of the National Finals Rodeo.

It started out with pyrotechnics and renowned rodeo announcer Boyd Polhamus getting the crowd geared up. Polhamus also has a strong connection to wrestling. He was featured in a 2010 issue of USA Wrestler Magazine.

Polhamus is to rodeo what Ed Aliverti was to wrestling. The absolute master of ceremony. He and his sidekick announcer joke the riders and joke each other, providing an endless commentary to the events taking place on an arena floor covered with dirt.

As Craig Sesker and I watched on, we saw bareback bronco bucking, steer wrestling, barrel racing, calf roping and of course, everyone’s favorite, the bull riding.

As Craig scanned the start sheet, he noticed a few names with wrestling backgrounds, including a wrestler he did a feature on while he was working in Omaha, Steven Dent.

On this night, Dent would come away with over $10,000 by riding Nutrena’s Wise Guy (the horse’s name) to a third-place finish in Bareback Riding.

Cliches aside, this really WAS my first rodeo. It’s like going to the Super Bowl to watch your first football game or going to the Kentucky Derby to watch your first horse race – wait, I actually did that Derby thing a few years back.

But this rodeo was captivating. I looked around the arena, surveying opening night of a 10-day festival of belt buckles and 10-gallon hats. I looked up at the jumbotron above the dirt arena floor, only to see Wyoming head wrestling coach Mark Branch on screen enjoying the action.

A few sections over, USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender and his wife were watching the action.

The rodeo production at this stage was nothing short of exceptional. Every rider, every chute, everything had music, a sponsor and excitement tied to it. Opening parades, pyrotechnics, hard rock music … and even some hip hop (yes, at a rodeo). This was a production the likes I’ve never seen with my own eyes, and it belonged to rodeo.

As Polhamus introduced each rider, some of the biggest ovations came when the women took the stage and went barrel racing. The top three ranked riders in the land were the last three to hit the dirt. First through third were decided by two hundreths of a second with Brittany Pozzi and Lindsay Sears tying with 14.03.

You have to remember, there’s 10 rounds. Ten days of action. Ten days to get in the money, which made every session worth attending. In two hours, I went from rodeo rookie to well, someone who truly enjoyed every second of the biggest sporting event Vegas would see that weekend, only it was the third most important to those of us there to watch wrestling.

While the rodeo did provide steer wrestling, the Cliff Keen Invitational and U.S. Freestyle Olympic Trials qualifier was our news – but no matter how great the wrestling was at the Convention Center, Vegas hosting the NFR was the highlight of the weekend.

If money was no object, every wrestling event would have the pomp and circumstance the rodeo does. Many duals and tournaments have it, but maybe someone should take the folks from the NCAA over to the NFR to get some ideas on how to spice up the sport even more.

Written by Jason Bryant

December 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Normally, I’m pretty proud of my alma mater

But with all my interest in Title IX reform and legitimizing opportunities and sports in college athletics, looking at the front splash page of ODUsports.com made me sick in my stomach.

Let’s just outright admit you’re looking for athletes. This is extremely common (getting athletes to fill roster spots, rather than recruiting those who WANT to compete) … although I’ve never seen a school so blatant about trying to get more people to come out.

You don’t see this type of ad for men’s sports, which typically cut a ton of walk-ons for gender quotas.

Written by Jason Bryant

January 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

Posted in Blogging, Title IX

KKTV Colorado Springs pulls a “Heidi” on golf fans

Here is the e-mail I just sent to KKTV (CBS 4) in Colorado Springs.

They have a link on their home page: http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/100731789.html

This is bush league … my e-mail below.

So during the last major championship of the PGA season, KKTV finds it appropriate to not only go away for a meaningless PRESEASON NFL game and forces people to watch online for the playoff?

I’m new to Colorado Springs, but this is absolutely a slap in the face to people who have watched your station all weekend, only to be turned away from the final part of the golf tournament.

I will not be watching KKTV in the future, because this is HORRIBLE station management. I could care less about the contract with the Broncos, because in the entire realm of sports, this event is more important than some preseason game.

You say you can watch online, but not everyone has the high speed access to watch the PGA.com feed. Fortunately, I do, but your station and the station management should be held accountable for screwing the pooch on this one.

Will you guys do the same thing when the U.S. Women’s Open, in Colorado Springs next year, airs? Will you guys cover that like you’re big golf fans and just ignore the fact your station went away from one of the biggest sporting events of the year?

I don’t even like golf, but I watch the championships.

I know this isn’t your call (to the person I directly e-mailed), but your station is a disgrace for doing this to the viewers of the PGA Championships.

Written by Jason Bryant

August 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Posted in Blogging

Where in the world?

I haven’t updated with anything pertinent since Adam died nearly two months ago. I just finished writing a piece for the NCAA Champion magazine about him, so I figured I’d run back to the blog and at least post a short update on what’s going on.

1. I’m engaged and getting married on May 8 in New Brighton, Minn.
2. I’ve been to Florida, Virginia, Minnesota and New Mexico since moving to Colorado.
3. Abby and I are doing a wedding blog, to which, I’m not sure if I’m just going to hand over the address for said blog. I’ll decide at later time. If you are interested, drop me a note.
4. I still hate snow, but I don’t miss the Minnesota winters. I think the temperature has dropped below zero here in Colorado three times since I moved. All three were in the first week.
5. I’ve joined 24-hour Fitness. No, this isn’t a New Year’s Resolution or anything, I’ve just got a tux to fit into in a few months. Plus, I’ve always wanted to get back near 220, a number I haven’t seen since about two weeks after I graduated from high school.
6. I’ve broadcast the Kit Carson Cup, World Cup Wrestle Offs, Colorado Springs H.S. Metro Championships, the Virginia Duals and the Dave Schultz Memorial in the past month.
7. I’ve also realized a lot of my blogger friends don’t blog much anymore. Is that a product of being too busy and growing up?

And I figured I’d update my map. I’ve taken off Utah, because I only spent a few hours there in the airport. Every other state, I have donated to the local chamber of commerce. For example, I was in Washington for a short time a few years ago … I bought Starbucks. I’m counting it.
My first day in Colorado, I had to drive 2 1/2 hours to Raton, N.M. to deposit my paycheck, because that was the nearest Bank of America. Ugh.

Written by Jason Bryant

February 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Posted in Blogging

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Quick update.

1. Got a new job.
2. Move to Colorado Springs.
3. Brought the weather with me, it was like 14 below this morning.
4. I’m broadcasting the Grappling World Championships.
5. Did I mention it’s in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. .. where it is 100 degrees warmer than where I was when I woke up.
6. Butch Irons’ imposter is going to get his come-uppins.
7. Kyle Klingman needs some movie suggestions.

Written by Jason Bryant

December 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Posted in Blogging

A few tidbits …

… tonight’s Angels-Yankees game gave me heart palpitations several times. The game-winning double occurred just moments before I sat down to dinner.

… as soon as I read “Wife Swap” in a story about Balloon Boy the day the “story” clouded cable news, I figured it was a plug to get these crazy parents on television again. Looks like my first impression was right.

… I’m flying to Colorado in a few hours for a job interview.

… D3wrestle.com’s preseason rankings came out today. I tell you one thing about Division III, it’s one of the best tournaments to cover. I had one of the best wrestling experiences in my life last year when I covered the event in Cedar Rapids.

… I think way too many juniors making verbal commitments is detrimental to wrestling news. I guess I was part of the problem a few years ago when then-Christiansburg High School (Va.) junior Cody Gardner announced his commitment to Virginia Tech. Yes, I wrote a story about it.

… I’m covering/broadcasting the Sunkist Kids International Open this weekend in Phoenix. So this week, I get to cross off two states I’ve never previously been — Colorado and Arizona. I’ve been to the Denver airport, but that doesn’t count. Neither does Salt Lake City in Utah, which I cannot count. And sadly, I can’t count The Netherlands, either. I was only in Amsterdam’s airport for a total of three hours.

… Wayland Baptist added wrestling last week. I tweeted about it, posted it a few places on the message boards, but I’ll say this again, great move for wrestling. This goes without saying, there needs to be a Division I program in Texas.

… “The Ed Show” on MSNBC sucks. Makes me hate politics even more.

… I need to stop playing Mafia Wars on Facebook.

Written by Jason Bryant

October 20, 2009 at 2:21 am

Posted in Blogging