What caught my eye: The egregious and the electrifying


So, the rules don’t matter?
Have you ever wanted to go back in time? Well, the USA Wrestling officials at Final X Rutgers clearly wanted to when they reviewed a no-call during Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis’ freestyle match against Zain Retherford 48 seconds after the action took place. The rule for video review allows for the challenge brick to be thrown instantaneously or within five seconds of the disputed action. The review granted two points for Retherford, giving him the match win on criteria. The win was Retherford’s second victory of a best-of-three series with Yianni, so the win placed Retherford on the World Championships team. There is nothing wrong with either wrestler making the team. The problem is with the official that denied the wrestling world round three of Yianni versus Zain. I’m just glad that Rob Koll announced that there is a formal protest underway.

Panic button? Maybe.
You’ve read about it a number of times already. The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup is almost here, and there are very high expectations for the US Men’s National Team. Well, there were. This past week has been a nightmare for anyone looking for a confidence boost heading into the next few weeks. A 1-0 loss to Jamaica and a 3-0 embarrassment by Venezuela have left me looking for more than just a few minor answers. I understand that these are warmup games meant to finalize the starting 11 for this coming week, but after seeing the lack of control from a mixture of starters and substitutes, I am nervous. There seems to be a lack of depth and chemistry on this team, and that is cause for serious concern.

Leading Ladies
We are in the early days of the 2019 Women’s World cup, but we are already seeing what makes the game of soccer “the beautiful game.” The women are putting on a spectacle, and we haven’t even made it past the group stage yet. The international rivalries and the love for a nation and its team are what makes this tournament so special. This might be the Women’s World Cup, but this tournament and this game are for everyone to enjoy.

Hear Mark Shelley regularly with Nick Karski on Between the Lines, from 5 to 6 p.m., on ESPN Ithaca at 107.1 FM/1160 AM. Did we miss something? Contact us at MarkS@VizellaMedia.com.


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