So gg121and2 has kind of inspired me to think about new ways to market our sport and to at least get other people talking and thinking about it. I know its going to sound a little bit funny but let it sink in for a minute and then respond.
My idea...Fantasy Wrestling.....(cricket, cricket)
I know it sounds a little bit silly but the more I think about it, the better the idea seems. We can start it out on this website or even create a seperate website. Since we still have a little bit of time, we can try to put together the basic "draft" and the scoring system involved. It would certainly be a very "trial" thing with flexbility to change the rules as we go along but with the idea to have a real solid program put together for next year.
What could be better than drafting wrestlers from other teams. Then we are truly pulling for the "sport" of wrestling rather than any given team all the time. We will all learn quite a bit about other teams, programs and wrestlers in this way and even possibly get other people to join us just for the sport of it.
I can see it now...do I go with a guy like Ness who has a knack for pinning quite a few people or a guy like rivera that can rack of tech falls against alot of his opponents. Do I go with a guy who is talented but doesn't make weight from time to time and/or a guy who has alot of talent but has been prone to back injuries?
Let me know if this sounds crazy but I think it would be a pretty cool idea.
We could do a draft where you can go out and pick two 149 lb'ers right out of the gate if you think metcalf and schlatter are going to kick everyone's ass or you can get a 125 lb'er and a 184 lb'er in the first two rounds because these guys don't lose. I think you have to go two deep at each weight class and if one of your guys goes out, you can tap into the supplemental pool OR if you choose two and they both go down, you wrestle without a weight that week.
Just thinking out loud here. Now I know the first thing people might say is, "great idea gofer, go ahead and set it up and I will play". A few problems with that:
1) I have little to no computer skillls
2) I just had my third little boy two weeks ago.
3) I have a full time job and a seperate business that I run so time is hard to come by.
I am willing to help with trying to structure this on paper but can't probably take it from there to computer.
I am willing to turn over the creative piece to a guy like Schlottke who seems to have the acumen to help create this.
I am willing to take volunteers to form a small creative committee to help get this off the ground via blog space if needed (Yes Big, I mean you...)
If nobody thinks this is a good idea, no big deal but somehow I think there are a core group of you who think this might fly.
Let me know and lets double back in a couple of days. If nothing else we can just do a small pilot test of this with a small group of wrestling nuts and then see where it goes. I have no intention to profit from any of this and will say now that if there is some creative $$$ that needs to be raised to get this started I will ante up $1,000 to get it rolling. Whatever proceeds could eventually be raised from this I would donate to USA Wrestling or even to put aside for some struggling programs.
Who is with me?
Jensens, Big, Wiltz, Trusty, GG1, JT1, Spider, Bluestater?