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Anyone want to read a big load of crap?

I got a forwarded e-mail this morning from a friend of mine who keeps an eye on all things combat. What I read was of great interest, because Sweden’s Ara Abrahamian has been one of the top Greco-Roman wrestlers in the world for the past decade.

Swedens Ara Abrahamian was fuming at FILA officials for a call he felt cost him a chance at the Gold Medal match in Beijing.

Sweden's Ara Abrahamian was fuming at FILA officials for a call he felt cost him a chance at the Gold Medal match in Beijing.

You remember the Swedish wrestler taking off his medal and setting it in the middle of the mat during the medal ceremony right? Contrary to media reports, Abrahamaian, the wrestler who said “Screw this, I’m outta here,” didn’t “throw” his medal. He felt he was wronged, so he said to his fellow medalists, “Alright guys, congrats, but I’ve got other things to do, PEACE.”

So a few days afterwards, FILA strips Abrahamian of the bronze. Abrahamian already said he didn’t want it, so this was nothing more than a power play to prevent FILA from being upstaged on the sports, well, biggest stage. Abrahamian, however, incited the wrath of the FILA Board and now will have to pay for simply physically showing his protest.

Here’s the PDF of the FILA sanctions handed down yesterday on Sweden’s Ara Abrahamian and his coach, Leo Myllari.

PDF Link Click Here

The Associated Press also ran a story on this: Here’s the ESPN link. You can pick up on the headline sarcasm.

Let’s pull some things from the PDF for some commentary.

The Prosecutor and the Sporting Judge who analysed the case and the investigation procedure, have given their decision:
– No mistake can be attributed to the officiating body that made its decision according to the
current wrestling rules.

Of course there’s “no fault” from FILA officials. This organization treats many of its officials like gods. Letting the media and coaches and athletes fend for themselves for places to stand and warm-up at World Championships, while officials have posh padded seats matside. The only chairs you see on the floor in Baku were for the officials. I can’t back this up with anything, but is there another organization which is so tight with its officials? Was David Stern and the NBA tight with Tim Donaghy? Nope.

It’s not about whether there was a mistake or not, how about letting the wrestlers know what you called, knowing VERY WELL the last point scored wins. The denseness of those higher-ups in FILA are a big reason why American fans can’t understand, or better yet, don’t care to understand, the evolving world of international “wrestling.”

On the other hand,
– For serious lack of Olympic spirit, non-observance of sporting rules and the principle of Fair Play as well
as for scandalous behaviour contrary to the ethics of sport at the end of the match by the wrestler and the
coach;
– For calumny and insults towards FILA, its managing body, the National Federations, coaches and
wrestlers;
– For moral fault and harm to the reputation of the sport of wrestling.

Scandalous behavior? What do you think all these biased officiating claims come from year after year? Scandalous. A protest? Hardly.

Insults towards FILA. Wah Wah Wah. What a bunch of big wigged babies. You cannot make fun of us, we will suspend you, even though we screw up royally all the time.

FILA President Raphael Martinetti

FILA President Raphael Martinetti

Moral Fault and Harm? If Abrahamian would have drop-kicked the referee (which I’m sure now, he might want to have done) I can see “Fault and Harm.” What Abrahamian did, whether you agree with him or not, is human nature. You feel you’ve been wronged, you speak up about it. Yes, after a while, you will “get over it.” Abrahamian showed he was “over it” by showing up FILA.

That’s why he’s being punished and yes — SUSPENDED — for TWO YEARS from international competition. He’s being fined 3,000 in Swiss Francs and can’t even compete within his own country. His coach got a two year ban and 10K in fines.

Oh, and the COUNTRY is banned from holding competition for two years. WTF!

TWO YEARS. That’s right. Can you imagine Allen Iverson or Jeremy Shockey getting a two-year ban for mouthing off to an official? Granted, I wouldn’t mind seeing a little less of “The Answer,” but the fact remains we’re argumentative as a people … but there’s one group you cannot SHOW UP if you’re wrestling — FILA.

By contrast, folks will say USA Wrestling is tight-lipped about things. Message board chatter can be pulled when it either attacks, gets out of hand, or who knows why, but if FILA were to have a message board, the only messages allowed would likely be “FILA is Great.” If you said “FILA is okay,” then expect to get banned — for two years.

My message to FILA is simply this — we know, we all know why you suspended Abrahamian, he made you look bad. Suck it up and take it like a man, suspending Abrahamian only shows how pius and arrogant FILA is as an organization.

The only thing FILA proves by making this type of decision is that they are almighty and shall never be questioned. What a bunch of crap.

Written by Jason Bryant

November 6, 2008 at 12:53 pm

It’s Humpday, donchaknow!

Been about a week since the last update, but here’s what’s going down in the wonderful world of my skewed sanity. Kyle Klingman, formerly of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum, has come aboard here at Media Sports Productions. He started up with us on Tuesday, but he and I are in the same boat with getting our houses back in our respective states rented out, transferring addresses and figuring out the bills and insurance situation.

Today, I realized I’d better get my place in Lancaster rented out quickly, I made another house payment on a place I don’t even live in anymore. Anyone in the county need a place? Lemme know.

So far, the weather has been spectacular up here, save one day — Labor Day. I moved in with a friend and will be relegated to his basement when the tenants move out from down there within the next week or so. Wait, how do I know people in Minnesota? Well, Joe’s brother wrestled at Old Dominion and is one of my best friends, so I was already tied to the state before I moved here. We used to have The Guillotine in the bathroom for reading material, although it was usually wedged behind the Maxim.

Anyway, I spent Labor Day down in Wabasha kicking back, and let me tell you, it was one of the most relaxing moments I’ve had in recent memory. I was talking to a friend yesterday as the work day was ending and realized that I don’t really know how to relax. I’ve been working since I was 15, all through college, all this wrestling stuff piled on top of it. It was great to just get away from all cell reception, kick back in a chair, slam a cold one and just chiiiiiiill.

On to some wrestling-related news that is somewhat pertinent. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jason Bryant

September 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

A tale of two blogs

I got into a lengthy and somewhat heated discussion with one of my wrestling friends over the weekend. The topics ranged from media coverage and access, to of all things, blogs.

Well, as I read over a few wrestling-related ones in the past 24 hours, some things are apparent. Lest one be self-serving and repetitive or else don’t think freely. The best wrestling blogs often go unread because they are either too long or don’t have any teeth, meaning, they don’t throw stones. I mean, we’re a society built upon drama, conflict and opinions.

The winning side of yesterday’s debate was the fact that no where else can we find less qualified people spouting off about basically anything they want. Yes, we have the right, and it’s a great one. But take the two stances the following blogs take in the wake of the Olympic Games.

Jim Brown’s View from Section GG, a personal favorite read: Here.
Martin Floreani of Flowrestling had a blog post coming back from China, impressively written with his thumbs in an airport on a blackberry (which honestly, I found pretty amusing). Here.

What’s the difference in the two? As Radio Shack would say, “You’ve got Questions, We’ve got Answers.”

But who has solutions? We have two ideas which are similar, but they’ve got vastly different approaches.

Written by Jason Bryant

August 25, 2008 at 11:04 am

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What do you really know about Joe Heskett?

A normal Sunday morning troll of my e-mail, I figured, wouldn’t involve much news, that was, until I read a story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

All I’ll say is this — if you’re one of those people who won’t read a story because of how long it is, do yourself a favor and snap out of it. Read this story, it’s worth your time and will help you understand some things about an individual who isn’t just a great wrestler, he’s a great human being and role model.

Read Joe Heskett’s story here.

Written by Jason Bryant

August 24, 2008 at 11:05 am

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All moved …

With the Olympics coming to and end overall and wrestling completed a few days ago, I can relax a bit. I can kick back and watch “Best in Show,” and I can start prepping for the upcoming wrestling season.

Oh, I’m officially in Minnesota now, having drove across seven states to arrive on August 21 … my 29th birthday was on Wednesday, so I will remember a 14-hour day as one of the most recent birthday memories.

I’m back to updating the news links feed, but one of which was pretty offensive. It didn’t have a byline, it didn’t have any real merit to it, it just made light of Daniel Cormier’s hospitalization issue.

To read quite possibly the dumbest story from the Olympics, click here.

I’ll be back to talking about wrestling soon, but I think I might check out the Minnesota State Fair today.

Written by Jason Bryant

August 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Congrats Randi!

Before I moved to Pennsylvania, Danielle Hobeika and I would routinely have long, sometimes goofy conversations over IM. One night, she was tired and told me to go bother Randi Miller, who was at the time, at Northern Michigan with some online game of MASH or something of the like.

This became an on-going joke as Randi and I would, almost routinely, bother each other around 3:30 or 4 in the morning for no other reason other than we were both awake and incessantly bored.

The typical opening message would resemble something along the lines of “Go to BED!”

Well, first time she signs on getting back to the states, I’m sure I’ll fire that at her, but Randi’s come a long way in a short amount of time to bring Olympic bronze back to the states and her home town of Arlington, Texas — a state where girls wrestling is a sanctioned high school sport.

So congrats Randi! Get some sleep … but live it up.

Written by Jason Bryant

August 17, 2008 at 4:44 am

A day off in Beijing

My vacation is coming to an end and with my birthday fiesta and a wedding coming up this weekend, I’m starting to make arrangements to haul all my stuff from Lancaster, Pa., to my new digs in Arden Hills, Minn.

Life revolves around wrestling for many folks. As my sleep schedule has been disrupted mightily due to the Olympics, but that’s nothing new to anyone that’s known me. Much of InterMat’s updates during the college season were in the wee hours of the morning as I waited for results to come in from the West Coast frequently. This wedding is a wrestling one, as one of my college friends, Tim Goodale, will be tying the knot on Sunday. Timmy’s from Long Island and yes, his name is synonymous with wrestling in that area. Former wrestlers of all kinds will be in Yorktown for his wedding, including several old college roommates and the soon-to-be roomate, Joe Busch, the brother of one of my best friends, Charlie, who wrestled at ODU. Coincidentally, his dad, Mike Busch, gets referenced every year when I go to The Clash as having the best moustache in the state of Minnesota. Don’t believe me? www.mikebusch.org

We had a day off from wrestling in Beijing as Greco finished up. Pat Tocci, my former supervisor a the NWCA, has been assuming the InterMat.Blog duties in my absence and has been doing a stellar job with his Olympic thoughts. Pat’s a former wrestler at Brown University and was a solid age-group wrestler in his day. He’s also wrestled Olympians in his day, so Pat knows his stuff and keeps up with wrestling about as much as anyone I know. That’s amazing when you consider the guy works tirelessly with the OPC and weight management programs the NWCA manages for 30-something states. Check out the blog here.

Clarissa Chun and Marcie Van Dusen received their draws for the first two women’s freestyle weights and Chun has a stacked half, but will be away from Japan and Ukraine until the semis, should things go well. Marcie will have a good draw and many are already talking about her potential final against Japan’s Saori Yoshida — one of the best women’s wrestlers EVER. Marcie’s got a win over her in the past year and Van Dusen really looked solid at the Trials beating a very game Sally Roberts.

Chun has been discussing her heritage in the media, as you can read about here.

Speaking of heritage, Mike Finn’s Editor’s Notes in the most recent W.I.N. brings to mind not just who we root for stateside, but who we might watch based on our family bloodlines.

Finn speaks of his Czech and Irish roots. I’m more of a mutt overall. My father’s side is of Scottish ancestry (as the large tattoo on my right leg shows), while my mother’s side is all over Eastern Europe. I don’t really find myself rooting for the UK in anything, as I generally associate my American roots with the father’s side. My great grandmother was born in Germany, my grandmother was born in the Ukraine. My mother was born in Germany. My grandfather (on my mom’s side) was on the second wave of Normandy during WWII. I was part of the first generation of this part of the Abbott (mom’s maiden name) born in the United States. I identify with Germany, the Ukraine and the U.S., when I watch the Games.

However, I’m always rooting U.S. first! Go Clarissa and Marcie … let’s see if the ladies can give the Japanese a run for their money. Oh, and if you’ve never seen the Japanese media follow the women’s wrestlers around, it’s a sight to see. I’m not trying to be funny when I say this, but the women’s wrestlers … they’re HUGE in Japan.

Written by Jason Bryant

August 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm