Okay fellas what’s the deal? I mean, WTF? When did basketball length trunks invade boxing? I believe it was late 1990’s early 2000’s, but still what is this incessant need to wear trunks so long that they nearly impede your leg movement in the ring? Wet silk / satin get’s clingy. If you’re a fleet footed fighter then you know what I’m talking about. And don’t get me started on the idiots I’ve seen wearing Capri pants in the ring. Fashion statement maybe? I say Fashion – IDIOCRACY!
I don’t know about the rest of you… but I grew up watching boxing in the 70’s and 80’s, even then boxers still were faithful to the half naked pugilist code of wearing bootie hugging shorts that practically revealed it all. Okay… so there is no half naked boxer’s code, but many times audiences were not tuning in to see two half naked men box for dominance. They were getting cheap thrills watching the supremely muscled warriors battle in attire similar to that seen at the beach or pool. I’m certain many a gay boxer has the images of fighters long gone battling effortlessly in trunks that didn’t remotely hinder their movements, while allowing the audiences to oogle their uber-masculine physiques as they darted to and fro in an elevated squared circle.
Thankfully current day boxers in the lighter weight classes still pay homage to boxers of the past by wearing classic length shorts when they fight. I’m certain they understand the importance of being able to swiftly move about the canvas as they show their craft. Look at UFC trunks… when they first started there where nothing more than square cut swim trunks. There was a movement to the longer pants but more of the swift maneuver fighters still prefer the traditional shorts. I have to admit getting my cheap thrills watching them.
Obviously you as the reader/boxer or something in between will do as you please. But look at the history of the sport and you will gain a better appreciation for why trunks of such length were chosen in the first place.
This is the last call for comments and bug reports on the new chat! The old browser chat is going away, it will not be kept as an option, so please take a minute or two to try the new chat and make sure that it is functioning correctly on your device. I want your comments now, and not after it is deployed and you go "Oh, but it's not working for me, you ruined my internets forever!!11"'.
So what has changed?
- The avatar pictures on the user list are back. (This was the most requested feature in the previous round.)
- Some profile info (stats, location and introduction) are shown when you click on a user from the list.
- Photo sharing is completed. To share a photo with another chatter, start a conversation with them, then find the photo icon near the top right, and then either click on one of your existing photos, or upload a new one to share it instantly.
- Experimental webcam support. The web-based technologies (that is, those that work without the miasma that is Flash) for video are here, but support for them is spotty. Most notably, the technology will not work with Internet Explorer, and is only available with the newest version of Safari.
- Choose between modern and classic look. If you want the message list without the avatar pictures, click on the cogwheel icon near the top left of the screen and then check "Traditional IRC layout".
- Worked around an issue in iOS Safari that would prevent the message sound from playing properly. I would like to make a note here that developing for any Apple product is hell on Earth.
I understand that everyone on this site has their own needs, desires, wishes, etc. I've received a lot of messages re proper, competitive wrestling, or even boxing. But I am not interested in these.
a) I'm looking for a jobber, so that I can practise ground holds;
b) I don't mind being a referee or a valet;
c) I love doing roleplay of the old wrestling, in particular WoS. I love acting out scenarios of the old pro wrestling: entrance gear; intros; handshakes (or not); being towelled and having water between rounds, etc. It should be safe and fun. I have done four WoS roleplay bouts so far.
So, Mid March to the end of April, I will suspend my profile for 6 weeks.
The reason? I enrolled in a boxing school. Three sessions a week including jumping rope and finding out what my jaw is made of. At the end of this I'm going to have my first official fight, with a real referee. No lycra will be involved (what??). Back in the land of real fighting.
I am told that I will then be recognised (albeit at a very junior level) by the British Amateur Boxing Association and it'll be my chance to climb the ladder to whatever level this middle aged man can achieve. Or I could be in hospital with a broken jaw. Or dead.
I just have to do this....
Last week I started a blog detailing my reasons for beginning a fitness regimen. How did I do in the week that followed?
I have never been a fitness buff. I hated gym class when I was in school and I’ve never taken up team sports or enrolled in regular fitness classes. I have started exercise routines before, only to see them fall away. Just getting me down to a gym, even one that is free and in my own building, was a major undertaking.
I have been to my building’s gym before but the only machines I’d ever used were the ones for cardio; elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike. The Nautilus machine may well have been designed by aliens for all I knew. I hoped someone would come down the first few days to use the Nautilus so that I could spy on them and see what they did. No such luck! Fortunately my partner has gone to the gym regularly over the years so he gave me some pointers, even though he was never much for actual weight training. Of course, I’ve heard from a few guys since then that aren’t all that enamoured with the Nautilus machine and recommend I focus more on free weights instead.
I am proud to say that I went to the gym each weekday last week. I did my usual cardio stuff but I also slowly increased the amount of weight training that I did. One of my extremely fit friends kindly sent me his training routine. I would love to say that I followed it religiously but the first week was a bit of a hybrid and I made a lot of stuff up on the fly. Maybe this coming week will see me follow it a bit more closely.
After posting my first blog, I received a number of encouraging messages. Thanks to those guys! I did, however, worry that I may have inadvertently offended some guys. If any guys with similar or larger builds read the blog and thought I was criticizing them for not looking more buff, I do apologize. I’m not terribly out of shape and I don’t think most guys would say I was fat. I’m my own worst critic and felt I needed to hit the gym to deal with my own insecurities about my body image. I also wanted to address shortcomings I noticed on my recent UK wrestling trip in regards to upper body strength and cardio. While I’m 56, I still have a desire to be competitive or wrestle hard. If I can’t beat guys, I want them to at least say I was in good shape and made them work up a sweat!
I want to remind people that I started this blog for purely selfish reasons. I figured that I would be more successful at staying the course if I made my intentions public.
Monday, January 15:
Weight: 176.5 lbs
Body Fat %: 31.5%
It's that time of year again when everything is blanketed in beautiful fluffy white bliss, ahhh.
Yeah, fuk that shit.
I make no secret that I have many wrestling heartthrobs. If I had to choose one, it would be Bob Kirkwood. He's very handsome; he had a beautiful physique; I love his simple yet effective 'blue trunks and black boots' look; and he had a great smile and a presentable personality. But most importantly, unlike many pro wrestlers, he knew how to wrestle, and his wrestling is still a great joy to behold:
I take pride in being quite knowledgeable about the old pro wrestling. So, you can imagine my surprise (and great delight) when I came across the following bout by accident; I hadn't heard of Nelson Royal before. I personally think Nelson (the one in blue trunks) is a beautiful wrestler. How I wish this kind of wrestling still exists today.
This site has undergone some changes in the past 12 months - as a rule of thumb, for the better (layout, intuitive functionality; member verification). There are still some edges to smooth (the challenge feature could do with work, or removing; the irritant of a profile "bubble" to appear at the top of the screen, only to find it's a suspended - or even deleted - account, which happens more often that one might expect) and some features I'd be interested in seeing (some additional functionality with recommendations wouldn't hurt; possibly a match outcome mechanic as well, which would need to be handled like accepting past opponents is, i.e. mutual agreement in order to publish).
One thing I think the site lacks is interaction and connection. Don't get me wrong: it has both to a certain and actually, decent degree; but not at an advanced level. For example, I have been thinking about the idea of setting up a low-key tournament of sorts. It'd have to require minimal management, couldn't (likely) work in the traditional sense (i.e. a group of guys all together, in the same place, at the same time) and of course there are questions like, "Would anyone be interested? And if so, how would we pool them all together to make it feasible?"
One solution to much of this could be to organise a self-service, semi-autonomous "tournament", staggered across a timeframe. Huh? Bear with me. For brevity's sake, I'll number-point what I mean:
1) Interested parties sign up
2) Draws are taken and opponents notified
3) Each pair of opponents arrange a meet up within an agreed timeframe (e.g. 2 weeks perhaps)
4) The winners of each match notify the organiser of the outcome; this is substantiated by corresponding recommendations on each side's profile
5) Repeat steps 2 to 4, until the end of the final, when the winner is crowned tourney champ.
It need not be any more complicated than that. Again, for brevity's sake, what it wouldn't be, or wouldn't entail are things like:
A) The need for getting everyone together in a big old place (at the same time)
B) An audience (though if one is welcomed, that's down to the 2 opponents in each match)
C) Lots of chasing by the organiser (i.e. it's down to the 2 opponents to arrange the match's logistics - date, time, location; rules possibly)
D) Unreasonable delays in arranging and having a match on the part of the competitors
Thinking back to my school/uni days, regardless of the type of tournament or competition, the only thing you really need to get it off the ground is the right amount of interested parties. If you consider a draw table, you need an even number of competitors, usually in divisibles of 8 and 8 being the minimum). So that means, assuming 8 is the required minimum, if you have any more than that, you'd need 16 for the next tier. Of course, that number doubles, but walk before run and all that.
Of course, there's the issue of the rules - what are they? What should and shouldn't be included? Should locations only include mat rooms or a ring, etc. - but first things first.
With that mini brain-dump out there, what interest might there be in putting something fun like this together? I am happy to organise it (need not compete myself, though happy to do so) provided there is interest there - enough of it, and of the genuine kind.
Let me know, chaps.
To the member concerned,
Thanks for doing this video and allowing them to incorrectly label it.
Thanks to your stupidity, respected U.K. members are considering, (or already have) left this site as they don’t want U.K. be associated with what non-wrestlers would see as a “fetish”.
I’m not going to name him - as I’ll be the one who gets punished by moderators - but I wanted to thank him personally for his selfish and ridiculous act.