Originally posted by Octoberfest: The reduction in "thunbs down" is a HUGE change from the "good old days". You learned very quickly to get yourself in a good group. There was one OL that we learned to avoid. Great guy.. .just not great at mat drills.
I learned to love the intensity. When you dove out on that mat, with you hands hitting last, you never felt anything. If you could make it through without a single repeat... it was a big day.
This post was edited on 1/15 8:39 PM by Octoberfest
Totally agree. I actually miss mats in a sort of masochistic way -- there's a sort of victory that comes with doing well. I'll always be as proud that I made it through mats as anything else in my athletic career, to be honest. There is a sort of mental lightbulb that goes on in one's freshman year mats when one thinks it's impossible to go on. By refusing to quit and just pushing, there's a sort of "zone" of invincibility that comes after the body can't go any further but the mind just keeps pushing. I'll never forget it, and that realization will apply to everything I ever do.
To be totally honest, I do think we should reinstate the unlimited "thumbs down" policy and have everyone go back to the front of the line like before. I will never forget DD's death and think we should be careful, but we've got to fight like we used to. I think the new blood on the staff will help a lot with that -- the new coaches won't be as hesitant to push guys to their breaking point because of bad memories.
As far as the water breaks, I think we should keep them -- that should be enough to keep everyone safe. We should just work harder between them.