Ive been plenty complimentary of Brown and have said hes going to be a stud, but we dont have to blindly believe that he was the clear number 2 this year. Especially given his loss to non aa Sheptock. Nobody is denying him any respect outside of the strawman argument you created.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
It's not really a strawman argument. It's just the facts about his season. He *might* have been the second best 174 this past season, we'll never know. But I think you have to put him in the mix for next year, especially since this year was his first year back wrestling after a few years off. The loss in December at the Nittany Lion Open I view as an early season aberration.
There was nothing wrong with your post, but the one I quoted was a bit extreme. "(a) nice season" sounds dismissive.
You can believe that Brown will be in the conversation without believing him to be the clear #2. Where do you get the idea that Brown is being disrespected? Name another 2011 bench-warmer that's gotten as much love.
Steve--I'm a PSU fan like you and I'm very high on Brown. But we have to admit that he's still a relative unknown until he has more college matches. He's had some good wins and I think everyone who has posted on the board acknowledges that he should be in the mix talking about guys next year. But let's not overhype him. I don't think it does Brown any favors building up too big of a reputation too early. Let's let him earn it with a full season on the mat.