Santa Stops In for Breakfast With American Legion

first_imgWith a nod to the season, Ocean City’s American Legion Post 524 welcomed Santa Claus to its Dec. 7 Sunday Morning Breakfast.Twice-a-month (on the first and third Sunday), the post hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at its headquarters at 3304 Bay Avenue beginning at 8 a.m. to raise funds for to support its many veterans causes.This month’s event included the opportunity to have your photo taken with everyone’s favorite jolly old elf.Posing with Santa are (left to right) Post Member Mike Byerly and friend of Santa, Andrew Robinson.last_img read more

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Sunday blog: Eliminating wrestling from the Olympics just isn’t right

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hold on, I’m going to go on a rant…This week the International Olympic Committee decided to drop wrestling — the real kind — for wake boarding, golf and other mass appealing sports in the Olympics starting in 2020.I must admit I don’t remember watching an Olympic wrestling match on television. But the news ticked me off nevertheless.The IOC’s decision was bullying and self aggrandizing. The board could eliminate wrestling because it could. And it was made with only the thought of the almighty dollar because other sports – like golf – is more spectator friendly.Why does the IOC need to drop one sport for another in the first place? Why not just add a sport and leave wrestling alone. Couldn’t the Olympics have both sports?Does golf need the gymnasium they are using for wrestling so the Tiger Woods entourage can store his golf clubs or furnish donuts to his caddies?It’s easy to see why the IOC wants to include golf. Heck the sport includes a guy like Tiger Woods who would look great on the Olympic medal stand, all teary eyed an all. God forbid we go through life without Tiger Woods.I love the U.S. winning Olympic gold in any sport. But Tiger on the victory stand receiving a gold medal does nothing for me. I wouldn’t doubt he wouldn’t check his watch during the Star Spangled Banner moment.And it isn’t as if these golf pros care. I’d bet wages that half of these pros won’t bother showing up. Why would they? The Olympics will probably be slated somewhere between the PGA Championship and the British Open when there are millions to be made in those tournaments. Much like tennis, which is now an Olympic sport, it will be a diversion for the pro athletes, using the Games to enhance exposure and lock up more endorsements.The Olympics, however, for wrestlers is THE event. This is what grapplers dream about — winning a gold in the Olympics. It’s perhaps the only time the sport can shine on a national stage.Losing the Olympics is like taking the Super Bowl away from football.There have been various other reasons why wrestling got the ax instead of a sport like the modern pentathlon. Some have cited that the sport lacks leadership on the International level (see New York Times story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/opinion/how-wrestling-lost-the-olympics.html.)But despite the number of participants growing, especially in America, wrestling has never done a good job promoting itself to the outside world.When TV first started, it used to televise genuine wrestling matches. But TV promoters saw it as much too boring for the masses, so they created Pro Wrestling – a fictitious soap opera sport.Then came Title IX. While I’m a huge supporter of the gender equality act that has elevated women sports. My wife may have not became a doctor without it. But the negative effect of this act, is wrestling has been the hardest hit because of it. Colleges in an attempt to equalize the number of athletes for each gender, have been quick to axe wrestling because it is not a revenue generator.The sport continues to fight a culture in which there is an X-box sitting at home, or the best athletes are playing something like basketball or specializing in one sport.And now this.The best thing the wrestling community can do is raise hell. Throw a first class conniption fit. From what I have been reading, IOC President Jacques Rogge will meet with the head of wrestling’s governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to save its place in the Olympics.Obviously, the organization has been taking a great amount of heat for its wrestling dropping decision – which it should be… the jerks.I remember more than 20 years ago, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents decided to drop women’s basketball. There was so much public outrage that the board reconsidered its decision – a few days later. Now OU is a powerhouse in women’s basketball.I hope the same happens here. The greatest takedown the sport of wrestling can make is the Olympic decision to drop the sport. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down No one special · 390 weeks ago Your right this is an outrage. This will not only affect the Olympics but most division 1 schools to. Why wrestle in college if there is nowhere to go from there. No NFL would mean no need for football in college, then what we all the men of the world do with their time? Not to mention where will all the money come for to make up for the admission fees to these benefits? Crazy, why not get rid of ping-pong or shuffle board? Besides, wrestling is just like swimming. Not only an individual sport that requires total dedication but also the strength of mind to figure out how to do the sometimes impossible for your team. Challenging yourself for the better good of others, wrestling builds character. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Mr. Wrestling · 390 weeks ago Lets see how many more viewers would they have if Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or one of the up and comers like Bubba Watson would be playing. I don’t disagree that they should keep wrestling but not because of Tiger Woods. It was one of the original games played at the Olympics. It is what every kid dreams about. There are no professional ranks except for the likes of the WWE which we know is not real wrestling but alot more entertaining. If the IOC wants ratings then have John Cena wrestle the Iron Sheil in a cage match with a special referee. Ratings they would get. Even though it is fake its a show and people crave it like a soap opera. We know that would never happen and it shouldn’t. I am for having golf for say one Olympics then switch it to another special event. A few years back they had Rodeo. But keep wrestling in the Olympics.Why because some kid out there wants and can be the next Rulan Gardner or Kurt Angle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 390 weeks ago Wrestling was one of the original Olympic sports. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down R.U. Serious · 390 weeks ago What also did help wrestling is an IOC board member is on the governing body of modern pentathalon. Its a wee bit of a conflict of interest. Don’t think TV was consideration as wrestling has higher rating than several that wrrent on chopping block. IOC of their rockers on this issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Mr. Wrestling · 390 weeks ago R.U.Serious if you read some of their reasons they stated less than a 14% viewing audience. But I agree that there have to be several events with 0% percent… Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 390 weeks ago Indeed, greco roman style wrestling has been an olympic sport forever. There is so much history in the sport, to even “brush” it with the “hand of the x-generation” is a blasphemous, unforgiveable act. A few of the greatest athletes the world has ever known were olympic wrestlers. Russian Aleksandr Karelin was possibly the strongest human that ever competed in the olympics, and he was undefeated in 4 or 5 olympiads until american Rulon Jones finally took him down. That match was one of the highest rated tv shows of all time. If the cancel greco roman, they will also cancel a LOT of viewers – and interest in – the olympics. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Meadow Lanes · 390 weeks ago I think Bowling should be in the Olympics. Just saying 🙂 Is Ping Pong still in the Olympics? Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Storm Lucid · 390 weeks ago I would be for bowling. Why not they have the shot put. Who watches that..bowling is the most played sport in the world. Young and old. THere is alot of international talent. Would be a great watch.. Keep wrestling and add bowling. good call Meadow Lanes. Report Reply 1 reply · active 390 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustME · 390 weeks ago Bowling would be a great watch? It would rank up there with golf and curling. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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