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Good Luck in Dallas

Anyone who follows my blog knows my team will always be “Tampa Bay Damage”. Well as I’m sitting here posting this blog they’re packing their gear and kissing their loved ones goodbye to board a plane and head to Forney, Texas for the official kick-off of their 2013 PSP season. Back in January all teams started grinding for the 2013 season and I’m hoping it’ll be one hell of a season. While I’ve only been keeping up on professional paintball for the past few years I’ve come to realize it takes a lot for these guys, both physically and mentally to do what they do and continue to do so. I’m sure if you asked any pro player why they do what they do and I‘d bet the answer would be simple “For the love of the game”. Several years ago I would have disagreed with that statement, but the more I play the more I can say it’s true for me. Sure you’ll find those few “Self Promoters” that try to ruin the good times for the others, but they never seem to. I’d like to wish my friends on Tampa Bay Damage the best of luck at the PSP Dallas Open this weekend and safe travels. As you’re taking point after point, closing that gap for 1st place, remember all those who can’t physically be there with you, but are always there cheering for you wherever they may be.

 

 

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Artwork provided by Trevis Meseroll of Trevis Meseroll Designs

Where to begin?

As  PSP World Cup 2012 grows closer I have many questions. One of which is where do I begin? With so much to see and only a few days to do it I feel as if I should devise a plan. On the list of must-sees this year the new Dye DAM (Dye Assault Matrix). I have to say I’m pretty impressed from what I’ve read so far. If I get my hands on one of these bad boys to look at I’ll be sure to post pictures.

Empire, Valken, Virtue Paintball, and Ninja Paintball are all booths I plan to hit up as well. At Ninja Paintball I’m looking for my limited Edition Pink tank (to support breast cancer). I definitely need to keep my eyes on the schedule because at random times they’ll have team signings. I also need to remember I’m there to watch Tampa Bay Damage do their thing (and hopefully win it all).

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The countdown has begun

As some of you may know my choice of sport is paintball (as if the name itself didn’t give it away). So I believe it was in August I wrote about PSP World Cup of Paintball 2012 coming at the end of October and my countdown has officially begun. I believe this year they estimate there will be about 250 teams from all over the world coming to compete. What does this mean for me? Four days of pro games as well as amateurs, vendors bringing all kinds of product to sell (as well as give away), and the opportunities to meet with several vendors and some of my favorite players I normally wouldn’t have access to.

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Vendors from all over will be there displaying all their new products as well as some of their more popular items for people to purchase. Last year I personally got to spend time with Empire, Dye, Ninja and several other companies looking over some amazing products for the New Year. This is also a good time for those who have gear to sell bring it. I mean where else will you have thousands of captive buyers at your disposal. One man’s junk is another’s treasure I’ve always been told and that’s where I picked up one of my guns, which I got a really good deal on.

The games generally go Friday thru Sunday, but they added Thursday this year so we’ll get an extra day of the pros battling it out. In years past I’ve only gone on Saturday and Sunday but I’ve taken almost the entire week off of work. This year I’ll be attending Thursday thru Sunday.

Probably one of the best parts of it all is making new friends and meeting those who share a common interest. Last year we got to meet players as well as fans from several other countries. We all shared good times in the stands watching the pro teams and also shared a little friendly rivalry in the stands while routing for our favorite players/teams.

For who are interested in finding out more about PSP World Cup of Paintball 2012 I’d urge you to go check out their main site here or check out their Facebook page here. The site will give you all the information on where it’s located as well as any events they will be hosting during that time.

What event of the year do you look forward to and why?

Are you ready for some paintball?

For those of you who are into paintball the countdown to PSP World Cup of Paintball 2012 has begun. The time when teams from all around the world come to compete for that first place win. The dates this year are October 25th – 28th at Fantasy of Flight in Auberndale, Florida.  PSP World Cup of Paintball 2011 was my first time experiencing this and I must say I’ve been waiting all year to get the chance to go back. The things I most look forward to are checking out the vendors and what deals they have to offer, seeing what used gear is floating around (there’s always a good deal to be found at Cup), as well as watching my favorite amateur and pro teams play. I’m most looking forward to watching Tampa Bay Damage play. I always get to watch them on the webcast, but this particular event I get to go see them live and in full effect. While everyone you talk to have their own memories of World Cup, the most memorable part of last years for me was being in the stands for that final game when Damage won it all. The excitement that ran through the stands compares to nothing I’ve ever experienced in my life. So once again I’m hopeful my fondest memory of PSP World Cup of Paintball 2012 will be watching Tampa Bay Damage take yet another win at World Cup.

What are some of your fondest memories from World Cup?

What part of World Cup do you look forward to this year?

Speedball vs Woodsball

One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do in paintball is figure out what style of play you’ll want to do. One thing you’ll need to ask yourself is “What type of paintball do you like to play”? There’s speedball (or air ball) which is common to those who like a fast paced game of 5 to 7 people per team. The games generally last a few minutes and are generally very intense. Fields are generally made up of specially made bunkers and usually emulate some of the more current PSP or other tournament configurations.

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Speedball Field

 

For those who like a slower game where you can use special tactics and more methodical moves, there is woodsball. The woodsball fields are generally larger in size and usually boast many more bunkers and man-made obstacles. Games are generally longer and there are many variations of play that can be done on those fields (Attack and defend, Capture the flag, last man standing and many more depending on the fields and their props). After playing many years I’m still torn between both styles. I love playing woodsball, but find myself addicted to the fast paced speedball games as well. What style of play do you find yourself playing and why?

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Woodsball Field

Rainy Days and Sundays ………

For those who automatically thought of the Carpenters this is my little twist. What was supposed to be an epic 40th Birthday weekend for myself (and 28th for Rachel) our plans were changed by Mother Nature. The plan was for a group of 20 of our friends to go play paintball, which for some was long overdue. Mother Nature threw a slight curve ball at us with a small little storm named “Debby”. The constant rain has flooded the fields and left us stranded at home with no hope of paintball for the day. Well the jokes on her……..as we’ll now be able to watch our favorite professional teams at the PSP Event in Chicago. I know it’s not quite the same as being out there playing but it feeds our need for paintball and we get to spend some time with our families. So what do I do? I’m glued to my computer catching every glimpse of the pro games and watching “Tampa Bay Damage” continue on in hopes of bringing home the PSP win from Chicago, which would be the perfect birthday weekend topper. So now the truth is out, that I’m a Tampa bay Damage fan! I’ll elaborate on their team in future blogs.

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