Today I am pleased to invite you to ... history and geography lessons. Lecture by a special guest: Sean Boom Hancock! ()
Today we’re going to take a look at a very special region of the U.S.., the deep south. This region of the U.S. has bred some of the world's top arm wrestling legends. Use your imagination as you read and allow me to paint a picture of their culture and how life may have been for them in their youth.
The U.S. is different than many other countries due to its massive size. Some of the U.S. states are larger than European countries so naturally arm-wrestling technique and power will vary across the U.S. as it does in Europe. For example, arm wrestling in Italy is not going to match the strength of that in Poland or Ukraine. The same remains true for the different regions of the U.S. The deep south is predominately made up of a handful of states in the southeastern U.S. It has been said time after time in arm wrestling, that the south is where they send champions to lose. In other words, if you can beat the top southern athletes, you've really done something as they are known for their raw strength that leaves many of their competitors in awe.
They are humble athletes big on heritage and hospitality that refer to their strength simply as "Southern Power".
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The deep south is a land of sweet, iced tea, peach cobbler, and fried green tomatoes. It's the home of Daisy Dukes with cowboy boots, Elvis Presley, soul food, barbecue, and the blues. Where, if you're lucky enough, you could get "stump broke" on "shine" in the hills of Tennessee, or rest in a rocker on a back porch in the Mississippi delta, watching the sun go down over the flat cotton fields, listening to old man Wrigley tell stories of his colorful past. Maybe you'll even get to experience New Orleans and Cajun country to eat their spicy crawfish that are locally known simply as mudbugs. While you're there you'll experience that epic coonass accent that's much different than the southern twang you'll hear in the rest of the deep south. If the alligator swamps of Louisiana are not your "cup of tea", you could travel the scenic coastline east to the sunshine state and bask on the sugar-white beaches of Florida. On your way there you could make a short detour north to Tuscaloosa and watch Alabama Crimson Tide battle it out with Georgia Bulldogs at the Bryant-Denny football stadium.
The southern region of the U.S. has the most drastic of climate changes in the nation. From the 100% humidity of the sticky hot summer days to the slushy ice we call snow in the winter, the climate forces these athletes to adapt and overcome extreme situations, surely adding to their ability to dominate on the table.