Came across a thread about Colt leaving the Dogs for Aftermath. (I don't want this thread to be about that.)
Something Colt said in his post struck me:
Originally Posted by colt .45
I thought I had a home in which to finish my paintball career but things change and one must adapt.
What struck me about that comment is that, with all the movement you see these days, I really didn't think players put much emphasis on 'finding a home' where they could play till they retired. Frankly, I didn't think players thought about much more than "finding a place to hang out till the end of the season" and then they'd happily boogie on down to the next exit off the highway.
I'm being serious here. I figured that players, at least the big name pro's you read about all the time (I read about them to, there isn't a "pro eyes only" magazine - although I think there should be
- and the gossip you read about on PBDojo mostly comes from the people you are reading about) defined
themselves by the quality of the list of teams they'd balled for. One year on the Ironmen: 2 points, year on Dynasty Dynamics: 2 points, year on XSV (pre break up) 4 points (post breakup would only be worth about 1 point, until they settle down again). LTZ: 0 points. Paid by LTZ: 1 point. By that logic, "settling down" would hurt your final score.
I don't want to pose any questions here. Just food for thought. I don't really expect players to live and die with the team anymore (although I know some of them would, but is that because they are loyal to the team, or because they are not interested in becoming true paintball bums, as a full on travel schedule, with weekly cross country flights to practice, would require)? Art Helmick (co-owner of Arsenal, when they were good) once said to me, "expect to get 3 years out of a player. 1 to train him up, 2 to get value back. then don't be mad when he quits, because that's just how life is." There are players who "bleed blue" (a DA term for true Hurricane loyalists), including a bunch we have now, but I don't expect it, I don't get surprised when I find out its not there. Its nice. But its not something to hunt for.