Saw a tweet from WHO SoundOff last night that showed Grand View's men's volleyball team winning last night and winning the conference championship. So naturally, my first thought was "Grand View has a men's volleyball team? Colleges in Iowa have men's volleyball?"
I've seen it in the Olympics obviously but didn't know we had it here at the local level. Is this a scholarship program or more of a club team type of deal?
Playing volleyball was always one of those things I thought of at first being a guy that would be pretty fun. Like "Man, it'd be fun to have a guys volleyball team in high school. Maybe in the spring or something." But that's always when you are playing on the girls' nets in P.E. against people who have never played a sport in their lives so it makes you look really good. Almost like a high school kid playing pick-up basketball on a 8-foot hoop against middle schoolers.
Then you watch those guys in the tweet play or the Olympians play and realize that's a completely different ballgame. There's so real athleticism going on there. Those guys can crush a volleyball and have at minimum twice the vertical leap I have. Still, would be fun to play though.
Faithful readers of this blog know that I got an NES Classic for Christmas this year (Thanks Mom! and DAD!). While the wife and I have been playing Mario off and on, I have been playing Legend of Zelda by myself. I never had this game as a kid so this is my first experience playing it.
I don't know how this game was played back in the day without the internet. I'd be lost without being able to look up how to get into some of these things and where to go. This game had to be impossible back in 1991.
But anyways, here's where I'm stuck at right now. I think it's the 4th castle, or room, or layer, or whatever you call it. It's the one with the two headed dragon at the end of it. I can't beat that guy. First off, it's hard to get to him with full energy to begin with. I can fill my heart meter to 7 by going to the fairy a couple screens over first but by the time I get there I'm generally down to 5 or 6 hearts...but I can't beat him. I think I've only gotten to the point where I chop one of his heads off 2 or 3 times. But never gotten many hits in after that. I always die fairly easily.
Not sure if there's a trick to that guy, if there is shoot me a suggestions in the Comments section here. I
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
Am I crazy to think that this is going to be the main event of the show? On the SmackDown side, I can't see Bray/Randy being the last match of the night and on RAW, we haven't been given a lot of evidence to support the notion that Goldberg/Lesnar will be a typical 10-minute wrestling contest. It may get to 10 minutes with entrances, staredowns, and trickery but it feels like that match will be a little gimmicky to accomplish what they want to accomplish. If that's the case, there's a good likelihood it won't be the match that closes the show. Which means if neither title match goes on last, I think the final bout of the night will be Reigns/Undertaker.
To me, it feels like they were about two weeks short building this match. The build itself has been really good but it just feels like there is a little more left to this story that I want to get told before WrestleMania gets here. Roman eliminating The Undertaker from the Rumble and basically not backing down from The Phenom at any point since then has been outstanding. The "pissed off, I'm better than you Roman" is the best version of Roman I've seen since his Shield days. That's the guy he should be. Forget heel or face because I'm not sure we're getting a true heel turn from Roman for a couple years, he should just be the guy who's pissed off and wants to fight someone. Limits his mic time and just makes him into more of a badass, and the fans can show their reaction to that however they see fit.
For my prediction, I'm doing the same thing as I did at the last PPV. I'll give all my thoughts and reasons why I think Roman should lose but then pick him at the end anyways because I think we're in that part of his career and push that no matter the situation, picking against Roman Reigns feels like a bad idea. So....The Undertaker has to win this thing. His legacy is set no matter what happens from here to his retirement but I do think there's a significant difference between "something and 1" on his WrestleMania record as opposed to "something and 2" or "something and 3". The Undertaker really shouldn't lose again at WrestleMania, in my opinion, unless it's his final match. This could be his final match, we don't know, but it feels like that's something the WWE would build to and there's been no mention of that what-so-ever.
On Roman Reigns' side, he's in the weird situation right now where he may be the one wrestler who I'm not sure a win against The Undertaker at WrestleMania does him many favors, at least in the eyes of the majority of fans. Normally, a win against The Undertaker at WrestleMania would catapult a wrestler to the top of the roster or really cement their overall legacy. Doesn't it feel like a win for Roman on Sunday would hurt him, at least in the short term? He's already a main event guy but a guy the crowd can't seem to get behind because they feel he's been pushed down their throats. For me, he never loses cleanly so it's hard to cheer for that guy or get invested in his matches. There's never the believability in his matches that he's going to lose clean. I'm either waiting for Roman to get the pin or for something screwy like a ref bump or interference to happen before I really start to lock into his matches. That was my same problem with Cena matches while he was going through this same phase of his career, the "Super-Cena" years. A win against The Undertaker at WrestleMania isn't going to help alleviate any of those problems.
So my best case scenario is that this is a 12-15 minute back and forth brawl. Both guys appear to take each other to their limits and ultimately The Deadman musters up the strength to hit one final move to put Reigns away for good. The Undertaker gets another win at WrestleMania and Reigns gets a valiant performance at WrestleMania against one of the all-time greats. Roman doesn't come out any worse with a clean loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania and you lose a little bit of that "Roman never loses" vibe. It's a win-win.
Winner: Roman Reigns