HOW DO YOU drop wrestling from the Summer Games? Heck, if the International Olympic Committee ran NASA, it might eliminate astronauts from the space program.
Wrestling is about as pure and organic of athletic competition as it gets: You try to outmaneuver your opponent with your mind and your body. It's like a California gubernatorial race, minus the PAC money.
Wrestling made its first appearance at the ancient Olympics in 708 B.C., or four years before Bob Costas anchored his first Games.
The Olympics without wrestling is like McDonald's without French fries.
If it were up to me, I'd drop the entire Winter Olympics before I'd drop wrestling.
This nation - and the Olympic movement - was built on the backs of wrestlers.
James Madison and Benjamin Franklin used to wrestle in the rear hallways near the cafeteria at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.
Who among us didn't grow up wrestling? Even I - the ultimate Couch Slouch - wrestled in junior high.
(After winning my first two intramural matches one year, I lost to a close friend, Howard Yablon, who pinned me late in the first period with a surprise Fisherman's Suplex. "Where did you learn that move?" I asked him afterward. "While you were watching TV." Smart ass.)
Wrestlers from the world's top wrestling nations lied on the mat and observed a moment of silence Thursday at the World Cup in Tehran to protest the IOC's action; coincidentally, the Kardashians did the same thing Friday after Neiman Marcus got rid of valet parking at its Beverly Hills location.
At the moment, wrestling will be excluded starting with the 2020 Summer Games. However, in May the IOC will vote on adding a 26th sport for 2020 - wrestling will be considered, along with baseball/softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu.
(Those are all great sports - I actually was offered a wushu scholarship at Dartmouth but turned it down to go to Maryland, which had better parking - but none of them resonate Olympic-wise like wrestling.)
Frankly, there are several Summer Games sports that should get the heave-ho before wrestling:
Javelin throw. How is still part of track and field? How many kids - outside of a handful of Norwegian suburbs - are dragging a javelin to school every day, hoping to fulfill their Olympic dream?
Golf. Indeed, golf has been added to the 2016 Games. Does anyone really want to hear Johnny Miller telling us that some Malaysian duffer just "choked" on his approach shot at 17?
Modern pentathlon. What's so modern about the pentathlon, other than the shooting part?