Michael Bray

Author of A Time To Kill


Bowie Wrestling Class of 2019

Bowie Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2019, Bringing back memories. Thanks for your work so grand! Got that medal hanging on my shelf.Like some curious elf,I look at it from my chairGiving it a smile with a stare.The sport sharpens the soul;Can’t blame some other fool.It’s the sport of the Book.Open it up and give […]

That Vaping Thing . . .

Kicked Off the Team for . . .“Vaping”!“Who’d ‘e rape?”“Nobody! Said he got kicked off for VAPING!”“What? What’s ‘at?  Don’ it with many real fast?”“NO!”“You mean he vaporized ’em?”“NO!”“You must be Jokin’.  He killed ’em, right?”“No! You . . . !  No!  I said he was SMOKIN’”“Oh no!  Who’d he smoke?  They gonna hang ‘im? […]

For “Vaping”?

Kicked off the wrestling team for “vaping”? Yeah, not raping . . .  V-A-P-I-N-G!  Pretty dog-gone harsh and down-right cruel to us spectators.   Why should we fans be punished for such a simple “offense”? Not to mention screwing over a kid’s wrestling scholarship opportunities. Any discipline for students who blaspheme or disrespect teachers in class? […]

Ikeman, Eggman

Ikeman, Eggman matters not, He’s the seventh we begot. Has his good points and his bad; I don’t mind ’em, I’m his Dad. Keeps that wrestling on the table; That’s our thing, like a label. We like to roll and wrestle others; Helps that fellowship of brothers. He’s teachin’ school and bein’ cool, Got no […]

The Palestra

The ancient word for what we now call a gymnasium or a stadium where public sporting events took place in ancient Greece.  Nice.  The oldest of these panhellenic games organized as a quadrennial event was put together in 776 B.C.   It consisted of five contests, a “pentathlon,” all in which all athletes participated.  “To promote […]

Epictetus on Wrestling

12 Nov., 2018 The “Golden Sayings”  of Epictetus, the first century Greek philosopher, were compiled by a contemporary philosopher and historian, Arrian.  Epictetus is the main authority on Stoic morals of which he gained an understanding probably from the lectures of C. Musonius Rufus. Of the 189 Sayings, many reference wrestling.  I am happy to […]

Wrestling is for Men

Church Ministry and Wrestling: A Sport to Advocate Basketball is the sport of pussies.  My dad is an exception; limited opportunities.  He grew up on Paterson, New Jersey and there were no wrestling programs in his neighborhood.  So, he did what he had to do.  He played basketball, was the class president, and went off […]

Ode to Wrestling in Wilmington

Posted on 31 March, 2017 (Amended on 30 May 2017) 4 March, 2011 Wrestling season comes to a close. My last high school wrestler has finished his course.  Both my sons have gotten from the sport what I had hoped they would get.  The sport is a wonderful means of character development. Mack Remington, writing […]

Wrestling: A Personal Tribute

31 March, 2017 Revised 22 July, 2017 Distinctive Features of the Sport One of the great blessing of wrestling is instruction in humility.  Everyone takes a beating sometime. Thinking back,  I believe I also learned through wrestling about the value of volunteer work: those coaches who put so much time and patience into my efforts […]