I am a Master of Greco Roman Wrestling!


NEW YORK, NY - Let’s face it, we’re in the doldrums of sport. The start of the 2013 MLB season is just teasing us at this point; the NFL is in the nether world between the Super Bowl and pre-free agency/draft; yes, the NHL is a little more intense due to the shortened season but that’s a league that was bleeding fans well before its labor dispute. Sure, this weekend the NBA held it’s annual clownfest, yes the All-Star game was close and yes KD dropped 30 but with nearly 300 combined points, what kind of basketball game was it?


I. Am going to wrestle you. Oil?


In my desperation I’ve settled on this whole wrestling fiasco to satiate my need for something interesting in the sporting world. No I’m not going on some weird pre-pubescent WWE bender, I’m talking about Olympic wrestling and its apparent lack thereof. While I admittedly know zero about wrasslin’ nor have I ever watched it, I find it fascinating that the oldest and most elementally human sport will be eliminated from the games as of 2020. The Olympics, dating back to 708 B.C. included wrestling, but last week the executive board of the International Olympic Committee cast a secret vote to scrap the event from the program, while keeping the Modern Pentathlon- because obviously that just sounds more Greek. Personally I’ve never heard of the Pentathlon- a complicated combination of shooting, horseback riding, running, swimming and fencing-  and I can’t name a single high school, college or university worldwide that fields a Modern Pentathlon team. Nor can I fathom a place where one could even find an athlete skilled at that entire jumble of random sports… maybe a European country club? But Europe doesn’t have money any more, so I have my doubts.

Okay maybe I can be convinced on this Modern Pentathlon thing....

Okay maybe I can be sold on this Modern Pentathlon thing….

So does the entire world apparently. The global TV audience for wrestling averages 23 million while Modern Pentathlon pulls in just 12.5 million. This begs the question, “what the what?” Naturally several U.S. politicians are trying to resolve this terrible hatchet job because the United States clearly has no other problems worth solving at the moment.

“The decision to cut wrestling from the Olympic Games by the IOC is a wordwide injustice,” Iowa Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack (yes, the man’s name is Loebsack) said. Loebsack (god I love saying that name) joined Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Hoooray bi-partisanship!) and fellow dem Rep. Tim Walz in introducing a House resolution formally opposing the decision, meaning the House of Representatives will waste time discussing scantily clad men grappling on the world stage…sounds about right.


Donald Rumsfeld wrestling in college.

Even formal college wrestler and war aficionado, Donald Rumsfeld weighed in saying that wrestling is unique from “the arts festival and Kumbaya session that some may prefer the modern Games to be.” Good to know that Donny has a firm grasp, no pun intended, on the spirit of the Olympic games and its oldest sport.

Wrestling certainly takes its shots in popular culture, Donald Rumsfeld certainly doesn’t deserve the last word here, and I clearly have no idea what I’m talking about, but the fireworks over Olympic wrestling has my attention. The sport will be able to mount an appeal to the IOC this summer and will compete with several other potential events for one remaining spot in the program. Among these other sports are Squash, Wakeboarding, “RollerSports” and Wushu… If wrestling can’t beat out these other “sports” then clearly the terrorists have won. Thankfully wrestling has Rummy on its side… wow, I’m nauseous.


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Evan "Pickles" Achiron is a George Washington University grad and Strategic Communications honcho who likes the Yankees, Jets, Rangers and Knicks. He also dons 'the tools of ignorance' when playing hardball with Cam James & Short Matt. He comments on this site as ACK7. You can also follow him on Twitter: @each_iron.
  • OregonPete23

    The Olympics is a farce. The only thing that I watch is the women’s volleyball, ice hockey and downhill ski racing.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Women’s Volleyball is the perfect sport.

  • Grapevine

    Curling is in an wrestling is out?! I wrestled in high school and it set the tone for me being in shape and focused for the rest of my life – barring some sudden ice cream binge. The rest of the world wrestles. What idiots. I’d rather watch heavyweight wrestlers from the USA and Russia go at it than ANY NBA game.

    • Nick Erbocker

      The NBA All Star game is no more of a joke than the Pro Bowl. Wrestling boring for non wrestlers but it should stay in the games. Go Knicks!

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        At least the MLB All-Star game has some consequence – but that’s the one that didn’t need it. Let’s face it, nobody wants to get hurt playing in a Pro Bowl. They should pit them against each other in a different sport in football. Or, like we suggested, have them all play a different position.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Grapvine! Having grown up in a grappling town – North Bergen, NJ – we were “grapevined” often!

  • Cam Purcell

    This is the greatest travesty enacted on the sports world since Pete Rose being banned from baseball. I personally have 2 friends at OTC in Colorado springs right now. If they don’t make the next Olympics their lifelong dreams will die.

    Pickles thank you for stealing my next topic and for bringing to light this ridiculous occurrence.

  • AngryWard

    Fencing and horseback riding? Isn’t that what the Three Muskateers did? What’s so modern about that?

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      The “fencing” should be workers installing a fence. That’s global and physical. Digging holes, setting posts in cement, unrolling the chain-links…

      • Sam’s-A-Fan

        It should be selling stolen iPhones and jewelry.

  • http://twitter.com/Cookies_Corner Cookies Corner

    New Olympic Event: The Pistorius-athlon. It involves running, cricket (hitting at least), shooting and sobbing. What a piece of garbage that guy is.

  • Pickles

    I was gonna make some sort of Pistorius comment. Felt it was too soon…. at least the Post is having a good time with it. What wonderful folks.

    • Grote2Dmax

      Tuesday’s are meant for comments that are otherwise deemed “too soon”.

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Here’s a candid shot of Cam from his wrestling days… Only Pete Rose and Rock Hudson got hit in the face with more balls.

    • AngryWard

      The worst kind of Vision Quest.

  • WestCoastCraig

    When we can’t watch a big farmboy from Iowa battle a big farmboy from the Ukraine, then It is truly a travesty of a mockery of a sham. If they want modern, they should turn the pentathlon into a mud run.

  • Grote2Dmax

    Wrestling got robbed. It is the best of the homoerotic sports which include Rugby and UFC.

  • buffalobilly84

    My lady friend can’t wrestle but you should see her box. Mccarthy uses that one all the time.

  • You Suck

    The IOC sucks.

  • http://twitter.com/CheesyBruin Cheesy Bruin

    The IOC should rethink wrestling with representatives of the WWE (past and present).

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