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Old 12-13-2012, 08:18 PM #127
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:23 PM #128
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:42 PM #129
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:59 PM #130
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:19 PM #131
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Were you not the one who was Gator Golf's "Pro" and if a player won a one Vs one the player got the pros jersey in late 2000s (2007-2009) some time. I think TK told me about that but I could be wrong.
I started playing at the end of the era that most of the people in this form topic started to hang up their jerseys, and I do miss the old school "chess" type of play but the newer style of Xball does have its advantages and excitement for a faster pace game.

+ Curtis still plays every now and then, and he got Don Blackford to play a few weeks ago it was a really fun day of play.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:22 PM #132
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Were you not the one who was Gator Golf's "Pro" and if a player won a one Vs one the player got the pros jersey in late 2000s (2007-2009) some time. I think TK told me about that but I could be wrong.
I started playing at the end of the era that most of the people in this form topic started to hang up their jerseys, and I do miss the old school "chess" type of play but the newer style of Xball does have its advantages and excitement for a faster pace game.

+ Curtis still plays every now and then, and he got Don Blackford to play a few weeks ago.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:34 PM #133
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Couldn't have been me during THOSE years, but it sounds like me from earlier. I moved to New Orleans in June of 2006 and I don't think I've even been back to Arkansas since that time (not that I recall at least). Definitely haven't played paintball in Arkansas since then.
Was Gator Golf just off the interstate there just South of LR? During my intern year (2005) I used to head out to a place (I don't remember the name) sometimes on Sunday afternoons and play - it had the advantage of being very close to my home and I could get in some R&R easily in the midst of a busy schedule...it was mostly coaching, small pick up games and there were a few "serious" players but nothing major. I used to take a bunch of my old jerseys and give them to players that shot me. So yes that sounds like something I would do and did. I think there were more church youth group kids that ended up with jerseys than anything else (best ever was a 13 or 14 year old girl that gogged me cold. It was her first time playing. I loved giving her a jersey...she chose an old yellow JT jersey).
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:55 PM #134
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That sounds cool. I was not sure of the years or time frame I just herd TK talking about a while ago and kinda guess when it was.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:06 AM #135
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Cool.
The last "major" tournament I took part in was Chicago PSP in 2003. That's the event that completely turned me, personally, off to tournament paintball's new direction (small fields, short games, essentially gunfighting). It's all preference but I feel like it cheapened the quality of the play and the worth of individual games. I also think it narrowed the gap between the better players and the not-so-much (less advantageous to experienced players). Also alienated the players who were responsible for tournament growth in the first place, by making upper level tournament play almost cost prohibitive. But hey, just my opinion.
I did go to Texas with I THINK the Landsharks once right around that time ... We won second or third place, I don't remember. That may actually have been my last tournament. Man I am getting old and senile.
Cool to hear Curtis' name. He was always such a great guy. I loved, LOVED my time at PBA and really hold on to some fantastic memories.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:16 AM #136
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I remember that Lions Den tourney Justin, had totally forgot about Rob haven't heard his name in forever. Was a treat to meet your dad btw.

Was in Memphis first weekend of December and brought back memories of the Memphis Indoor. Those were good times.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:06 AM #137
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Cool.
The last "major" tournament I took part in was Chicago PSP in 2003. That's the event that completely turned me, personally, off to tournament paintball's new direction (small fields, short games, essentially gunfighting). It's all preference but I feel like it cheapened the quality of the play and the worth of individual games. I also think it narrowed the gap between the better players and the not-so-much (less advantageous to experienced players). Also alienated the players who were responsible for tournament growth in the first place, by making upper level tournament play almost cost prohibitive. But hey, just my opinion.
I did go to Texas with I THINK the Landsharks once right around that time ... We won second or third place, I don't remember. That may actually have been my last tournament. Man I am getting old and senile.
Cool to hear Curtis' name. He was always such a great guy. I loved, LOVED my time at PBA and really hold on to some fantastic memories.
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Ohhhh, Dr. Justin Owen it's been a while. Hope all is well. The "new" (not really so new anymore) format is actually a lot of fun once you get use to it and play it a while. I use to feel the same way about xball as you do but then I stated playing and coaching it. I will agree it does take some of the skills that we learned playing 10 man or even 7 man out of the game but it also adds new skills that need to be mastered as well.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:50 PM #138
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Whassup Vickie!!!
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No doubt you are correct. But I think the high turnover of tournament players for the ["not so new", touché] format coupled with the relative decline in tournament popularity across the board suggests that the format has actually HURT the sport. There is no doubt that competition paintball today is nowhere near as viable an entity as it was twelve or thirteen years ago. Reasons are complex, but can be over-simplified to two main reasons: (1) technological explosion and cost associated with the incredible volume of paint necessary to maintain a competitive edge, and (2) stale format which sees essentially the same basic field design/layout from one tournament to the next and does not captivate players long-term, or generate outside interest.

In effect, it costs way more to play, and gets boring quickly.

And paintball will NEVER, and I do mean NEVER EVER EVER be a spectator sport like NBA or NFL. If u wanna grow it, gotta cater to the players first and foremost. That's how it grew in the first place.

(For a case study, look at the MSPA - oldest and most successful tournament series in the world which offered cheap entry fees, varied fields, and good competition with only cheap plastic trophies for winning. A small faction of outspoken players wanted to "evolve" it to give prizes, play on air all fields, etc. and they were successful in effecting this change after years of debate against people like myself and my father. MSPA was literally dead as roast duck two seasons after "bringing the series into the mainstream."). :-(

But that is a much longer post for another time and place.

Ahhhh yes, the Memphis Indoor. What a GREAT venue. Also always really enjoyed the Splat-1 indoor, even after the pros stopped attending...it was always so much fun.

When I used to cover the tournaments for the magazines, a fair amount of space was dedicated to discussing the various fields. That kind of variety was always a really fun part of playing (the mounds fields at Pittsburgh, or the original hyperball field in Chicago or what about their ladder field or snake field?!?!? Awesome) the different tournaments. It was fun to show up at LA and see what new treats had been dreamed up. Or the World Cup with TEN radically different ten man fields!!!

Ahhhh yes, those were the days.

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Moseefus, I forgot to respond bro...my apologies.
Obviously, that tournament holds dear memories. I always really cherished playing with the old man (we still play together occasionally, although obviously not for tournament ball). He's quite the character and I'm proud to be his son. Thanks for the kind words - I will pass them on to him.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:47 AM #139
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i still have a lot of pictures of the apc and other games on the yahoo group i started back when i stopped playing as much and started taking pictures..

you can go to the group and see lots of old pics...

maybe i'll have to invest in a good camera and start this up again....hmmmmmm

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/...llphotography/

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