story begins at the Olympics, specifically the wrestling event.
is narrowed down to the Russian or the American for the gold medal. Before the
final match, the American wrestler's trainer comes to him and says, "Now
don't forget all the research we've done on this Russian. He's never lost a
match because of this "pretzel" hold he has. Whatever you do, don't
let him get you in this hold. If he does, you're finished!"
wrestler nods in agreement.
to the match . . . the American and the Russian circle each other several times
looking for an opening. All of a sudden the Russian lunges forward, grabbing
the American and wrapping him up in the dreaded pretzel hold. A sigh of disappointment
goes up from the crowd, and the trainer buries his face in his hands for he
knows all is lost. He can't watch the ending.
there's a scream, a cheer from the crowd, and the trainer raises his eyes just
in time to see the Russian flying up in the air. The Russian's back hits the
mat with a thud, and the American weakly collapses on top of him, getting the
pin and winning the match.
trainer is astounded. When he finally gets the American wrestler alone, he asks,
"How did you ever get out of that hold? No one has ever done it before!"
wrestler answers, "Well, I was ready to give up when he got me in that
hold, but at the last moment, I opened my eyes and saw this pair of nuts right
in front of my face. I thought I had nothing to lose, so with my last ounce
of strength I stretched out my neck and bit those babies just as hard as I could.
You'd be amazed how strong you get when you bite your own nuts!"