Originally Posted by Farside_Logan
matrixp8ntballer - evil... long story, we practice them almost exclusively and last time i think we went a whole day without losing. voltage stopped playing 7-man. they were fun to practice though.
tscruggs - i've driven to ohio a few times to practice. we routinely drive 4 hours to detroit, st louis, indiana, 6 hours to louisville. our last farside practice was to new jersey, it was like 12 hours each way, ha. hell, i did it last weekend to go visit brock in st. louis.
i'm not so sure it's as easy as parents just giving their kids money and all that. i think it's really more the expectation of getting free stuff, since that aspect has changed so much in recent years. to be honest though i think both are an over simplification. who knows what it is, maybe i'm just getting older and bitter like other old people.
Evil was looking good their first couple days in OC, they friggin rolled infamous and bushwacks. Plus you two are neck in neck in rankings this year so it might not be bad of an idea to practice against them in the off season...
I understand where the view would come from that todays generation has no heart, but I can personally attest to having to work for everything I've ever gotten from paintball, I stated with a tippman 4 years ago and I now have an 06 ego, I've traded up the entire way, without adding more than $200 to any trade lol. But back to heart... I think alot of MW teams have more heart that east or west coast, we don't get to play as much, we don't get as much respect, nor do we get much attention, so we have to fight tooth and nail for what we do get.
I think the problem is intimidation, I mean ya its a great oppurtunity to get to practice against pros, but knowing that your going to get slaughtered (even though you love every minute of it) is kind of a deterient. Playing against pros when your at a lower level you don't get paint for even remotely the same price as the pro team your playing, so going out and getting slaughtered leaves you with spending alot of money to get hosed every game. Getting beaten so quickly doesn't give you that much on field experience. I'm not saying you won't get any experience, any play brings experience, I'm just saying that you won't get as much competitive experience than if you were playing someone more on your level.
Theres also a new D2 nppl team that is forming in chicago, I was invited to try out, so if that works out I'm sure a scrim could be set up there. Oh btw logan, I got the empire shells, their great man.
P.S. Heres a exert from a paper I wrote for my psychology class this semester...it mentions something about heart
When you have heart you don’t need to be the best, because heart will fuel you to become the best you can be. Heart can’t be summed up into one sentence; I could write an entire paper about having heart. But if I could put heart’s definition into one sentence it would be something like this.
Heart is a deeply psychological emotion that springs from the superego, it counteracts the hateful will of the id to destroy the other team, it opposes the egos will to satisfy the id by hating the other team, it is the perfectionist drive to overcome all obstacles and succeed above all competitors, no matter what the odds, no matter what stands in your way, with heart you can conquer anyone.
It takes a high level of physical, emotional and mental strength to stand up to the rigorous demands of tournament paintball. Professional paintballers live, eat, sleep, drink and play paintball, they practice as much as 5 times a week, some get paid salaries, some get signing bonuses, some even run Pro Clinics where they teach skills to lower level players. This is their life, they have trained their minds, and their bodies to be the strongest mentally and physically that they can be. When they step on that field, its not about hating the other team, its not about bragging rights, its not about hurting people, its about being the best, its about paying the rent and supporting the family, its about taking themselves from the ordinary guy who works a regular job, to the paintball professional who still works a regular job, but has an amazing career as an underpaid, virtually unknown “Pro” in a sport that most people think is played in the woods and back yards of Army wannabees. This sport is not about violence, even though it may have violent undertones and themes, this sport is not about hate or hostility, this sport is about being an athlete, its about being with a group of guys that an outsider would call a team, when their really your family, your friends, your brotherhood.
Thats only about half a page from an 11 page paper.
Meh, I got an A, it works...