Thanks MTripp for making the distinction about the name of Judo. It makes clear sense and I appologize if my responses to Humpty-Dumpty offended you. It was not my intent.
And thank you again for the insight into the national ladder shiai black belt area. And the info concerning how to attain a BB at one.
I also have to agree, that I have never heard of a legitimate BJJ purple belt backing down/running/cowaring from the chance to roll with anyone. As I am a striker, my information is less direct than yours in the area, but I agree completely.
It is funny that you would bring up the question of whether or not Ralphie earned the rank or if he was just wearing the purple belt. I have had this happen and I have it going on right now in my school. I have a new student that is wearing an orange belt and I see how many would think he may have earned it from me, but I don't use an orange belt in my school. The chances are very high that Ralphie just showed up and was wearing the belt. Is there a way to verify that Ralphie earned the purple nelt? Outside of asking Humpty-Dumpty, as he is incapable of answering any questions about damn near anything.