...Anthony Robles. That's my new down-homey cliche of choice.
In the past, when someone asked me how I've been, and if I happened to have been unusually busy, I would respond "I've been as busy as a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest." Polite laughter was sure to follow.
For years, I've wanted to cut out all of the abstraction and incorporate a real-life one-legged ass-kicking contest participant in my witty preconceived-response repertoire. Alas, there was no such one-legged ass-kicker available.
Allow me to introduce you to Anthony Robles, two-time All American collegiate wrestler from Arizona State. Anthony is currently ranked #1 in the nation in his weight class, and is a favorite in the upcoming national championship tournament. And he's done all of this without his right leg, which he bravely had surgically removed to help him cut weight for a meet.
Okay, that's a lie. I only said that because Sailor Ripley threatened to cut off one of my nephew's fingers for each day I don't break a college athletics scandal story, Charles Robinson style. Sorry, Petey. I blame myself for you never learning to count past 6.
The reality is that Robles just happens to be a total badass who overcame a handicap he's had since birth to become one of the nation's best wrestlers. Pretty impressive, right?
So, what do our resident collegiate wrestling enthusiasts think about Robles's chances at nationals? More importantly, could he take Ric Flair in a best-two-out-of-three Texas Strap Match?