I know some of you have kids, many of you in fact; I share the same demographic as most Bloody Elbow readers, a demographic of people who often have fatherly duties.
I know that you will want to sleep in tomorrow. Maybe you will, maybe you won't, but probably what will happen is that your little ankle biter(s) will wake you up long before you would like. And while you'd like to sleep longer, you will be overjoyed to see the smiling faces of your precious children first thing in the morning.
I know I am. Why the other day, my tiny pride and joy woke me up at 6 in the morning by stomping on my groin repeatedly, it was a special father-son moment (wife was the one who placed him on top of me, bless her heart), one I'll cherish forever.
When your children lovingly rouse you from your slumber tomorrow, this is what I advise.
Pour yourself some coffee, plant your progeny in front of the TV to watch some age appropriate children's programming, open your laptop, log on to Bloody Elbow, and treat yourself to some Greco-Roman wrestling. The World Championships are going on right now.
I know I know, you've tried Greco-Roman before and didn't like what you saw. You may have watched some of the event in the last Olympics, and ran horrified from the horrible heap of boring garbage which played out before you. Fear not. FILA has changed the rules, and Greco Roman wrestling is now pretty goddammed fun. There's actual takedowns and throws, and what not, lots of points scores, and big rallies from giant deficits.
Just before I wrote this, I was treated to a fantastically dramatic 55kg finals match between a North Korean and a South Korean. It was both an athletic and politically poignant spectacle (North won, booooo). Most of all it was a worth while combat sports event.
The stream will start tomorrow at 7 am. Eastern, and probably run to around 3 pm. (finals will start at 1). The sport still isn't perfect, and scoring can be tricky to follow, but this doesn't detract much from an old fashioned good time.
Do yourself a favor and tune into some Greco-Roman wrestling excitement, you'll be glad that you did.