Getting to Know the Man Behind the Mic: Joe Rhodes, Up Close and Personal
July 3, 2012Parkway South Wrestling
Joe Rhodes took over the announcing duties for the Patriot Wrestling team during the 2011-2012 season, bringing a new level of energy, excitement, and entertainment to home competitions. But who is the REAL Mr. Rhodes? Let's find out.
Joe Rhodes: "Red"
Patriot Wrestling: Interesting...Now, we know you are originally from Perryville, where you played baseball for the Perryville Pirates. What was, or has been, your greatest sports moment?
Joe Rhodes: I was awarded the "Dirtiest Uniform" award. If your uniform is clean, you ain't playin'. Know what I'm sayin?
Patriot Wrestling: Loud and clear. What people have had the greatest influence on your life?
Joe Rhodes: Family, for sure. I believe Christopher Lasch said it best "Family is a haven in a heartless world." Family....and John Wayne.
Patriot Wrestling: Why John Wayne?
Joe Rhodes: You don't mess with the Duke.
Patriot Wrestling: Right. Who is your favorite athlete?
Joe Rhodes: Jim Lake. He is relentless on the coed softball field.
Patriot Wrestling: What is your favorite quote? Words to live by? Motto?
Joe Rhodes: I've always liked the legendary coach John Wooden who said, "No whining. No complaining. No excuses."
Patriot Wrestling: Good one. What is the best sports advice you ever received?
Joe Rhodes: "Show up, shut up, and play hard." I have tried to bring this philosophy to my announcing game.....except for the shut up part, of course.
Patriot Wrestling: Of course. What is your craziest ambition?
Joe Rhodes: I always like a challenge. Since I've started announcing Patriot wrestling meets, I've gotten to watch Coach Tom Dailey in action. I have a great respect for Coach Dailey, but any man can be beat on any given day. Therefore, my current ambition is to throw on the ol' singlet and wrestle Coach Dailey. I think I can take him. Ya hear me Touchdown?!
Patriot Wrestling: Wow.
Joe Rhodes: Ya hear me?!!!!
Patriot Wrestling: Ok, moving right along. Tell us something about you that most people don't know.
Joe Rhodes: I can quote any line from Patrick Swayze movies.
Patriot Wrestling: Any?
Joe Rhodes: Any.
Patriot Wrestling: Dirty Dancing?
Joe Rhodes: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
Patriot Wrestling: Ghost?
Joe Rhodes: "Its amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you."
Patriot Wrestling: Scary.....Finally, what are your thoughts on the sport of wrestling?
Joe Rhodes: I wish my high school had a program. I think I could have been good at it. It is tough, and requires work ethic and self discipline--both skills I possess. I could have been the Perryville version of Dan Gable.