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Old 06-13-2011, 01:53 PM #1
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Thread of the Week: Their Place in History

If you were to look back at the history of New England competitive paintball a few names (of people, teams, companies) stand out as really having had a major impact. Ignoring all the names who have been involved on the corporate side, and restricting the view to players, we can name some of the real impact people pretty easily; John Necco, Anthony Vitale, Richie Loicano, Butchy Montoya, dare I say Dave Archibald.

I have been sitting on this topic for a long time, waiting for the right time to unveil it. Now isnít the right time, but Iím bored and the forumís dead. So here we go.

Given that the Adrenaline Junkies are all retired (as players) from national competition, and mostly retired (as players) from any competition (only Rico and Brian still play), I thought Iíd suggest a look back on their impact on New England paintball, their legacy (be that individually or collectively) and where they rank against other groups of players the region has seen. Maybe some day Iíll be motivated enough to try to organize a ďtop 50 human factors on the history of NE PaintballĒ and try to determine if the Junkies had a greater impact than, say, East Side (the business) or Eddie Dovner (who, at one point in time or another, counted Anthony Vitale, Dave Adams, John Myrick, Mike Goodman (I think) and myself as employees). That would take a lot of work and I neither have the time right now nor really know where to begin with that. So we'll save that for another time. For now, the Junkies, and their impact on the sport we play today.

For those who do not know, the Junkies, a local 5 man team (with 7 players) was more or less incorporated into NEH in 2003 and formed the nucleus of the NEH team that played pro from 2005 through 2008 (Rob, Dan, Brian and sometimes Rico).

I have my own thoughts which may be just a little subjective, so Iíll let others lead the evaluation of what the Junkies meant to New England.
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:56 PM #2
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A list of the Junkies

Mike Price stopped playing (with any degree of seriousness) around 2002.
Twitchy, I think, wrapped things up in 2007.
Johnny Gargulo stopped playing around 2006, attempted a comeback in 2009, but never came fully back.
Rob Landry quit NEH and paintball in 2009.
Dan retired as a player in 2009.
Rico & Brian played through 2009 and now play local events. Brian played Cup with NEH in 2010, but other than that, neither plays nationally nor seems interested in returning to it.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:54 PM #3
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The team brought young and Incredible talent to the new England tournament scene. Gave something for younger kids at the time such as myself something to inspire to be, great at paintball.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:03 PM #4
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john necco's firstwave was my first real team. i had a great experience with the team. and necco taught me alot of good lessons, on and off the field. thanks dad.
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:59 PM #5
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Necco has had a huge impact on tons of player.

I remember him tearing me a new one for flipping off my zone....back before I knew what a zone was....I learned real ****ing quick what it was and how important it is to hold tho lol. He certainly has a way of gaining your attention and leaving an impression.
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Necco has had a huge impact on tons of player.

I remember him tearing me a new one for flipping off my zone....back before I knew what a zone was....I learned real ****ing quick what it was and how important it is to hold tho lol. He certainly has a way of gaining your attention and leaving an impression.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:46 PM #7
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necco is new england paintball. i played on firstwave with him and it is by far the best paintball experience i ever had and will ever have. i learned more playing with him in a month than i did the 3 years playing before that. hes one of the best people ive ever met in or out of the sport... even if he has a big head (literally speaking, its physically large... ive never seen a mask strap stretch like it does around his head)

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Old 06-27-2011, 09:29 PM #8
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Archie was, I believe, the first pro player (i terms of the "new" pro teams) out of New England. He was also the first player willing to say "I am not content with what NE has to offer", leaving the region in search of better opportunities. He played with OBR in Ohio and then GZ in NY. Dave helped show people that what existed in NE was not enough to achieve greatness in the sport, and that if you wanted it, you would have to go out and get it, be that by looking for teams in other areas and traveling, or building something better.
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Archie was, I believe, the first pro player (i terms of the "new" pro teams) out of New England. He was also the first player willing to say "I am not content with what NE has to offer", leaving the region in search of better opportunities. He played with OBR in Ohio and then GZ in NY. Dave helped show people that what existed in NE was not enough to achieve greatness in the sport, and that if you wanted it, you would have to go out and get it, be that by looking for teams in other areas and traveling, or building something better.
OK! I'll agree to that, if true has had an impact on PB today but unfortunately a little to late due to teams such a NEH (Others) ect filling the gaps and gaining national exposure as a team and not an individual!

If true, the travel time to show there's more outside New England was hampered at the boom of PB because most players (Not All) were content with playing the game and the status of stating "I Play" and not concentrating on progressing to the next level.

Now isn't that what Billy did/is doing? Billy is a player that sets the standard of the term "Role Model." I know who Billy is now and knew who he was when our season consisted of 10 tourneys at HAF!

I knew who the Ducks, 187 and NEH were at our very first NEPL event on the cape.

In my honest opinion as soon as DA realizes PB doesn't revolve around an individual, accepts that fact that mistakes that were made are in the past and that starting from the ground up when your back is to a wall he and the ID program will succeed.

I honestly wish the "TEAM" the best of luck and will always be a supporter in one manner or another!
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:43 AM #10
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OK! I'll agree to that, if true has had an impact on PB today but unfortunately a little to late due to teams such a NEH (Others) ect filling the gaps and gaining national exposure as a team and not an individual!

If true, the travel time to show there's more outside New England was hampered at the boom of PB because most players (Not All) were content with playing the game and the status of stating "I Play" and not concentrating on progressing to the next level.

Now isn't that what Billy did/is doing? Billy is a player that sets the standard of the term "Role Model." I know who Billy is now and knew who he was when our season consisted of 10 tourneys at HAF!

I knew who the Ducks, 187 and NEH were at our very first NEPL event on the cape.

In my honest opinion as soon as DA realizes PB doesn't revolve around an individual, accepts that fact that mistakes that were made are in the past and that starting from the ground up when your back is to a wall he and the ID program will succeed.

I honestly wish the "TEAM" the best of luck and will always be a supporter in one manner or another!
It is all iterative. Without Eddie Dovner, maybe there would have been no Anthony Vitale. Without Dave Archibald, maybe Mike Hood would've stayed local with Team Green instead of green lighting the Hurricanes.

Then again, maybe it didn't matter. It just seems to stand to reason that event build on history.
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If events build history than "D's" statements throughout 2010 to me would mean there might not have been a Jeff Stein if it weren't for him!
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If events build history than "D's" statements throughout 2010 to me would mean there might not have been a Jeff Stein if it weren't for him!
Hey, it is possible. I did play one event with the Exploding White Mice (great great great team name) and I did know Dave throughout my early days. He even played with NEH for a short spell in 2002.
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A list of the Junkies

Mike Price stopped playing (with any degree of seriousness) around 2002.
Twitchy, I think, wrapped things up in 2007.
Johnny Gargulo stopped playing around 2003 or 4, attempted a comeback in 2008, but never came fully back.
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Dan retired as a player in 2009.
Rico & Brian played through 2009 and now play local events. Brian played Cup with NEH in 2010, but other than that, neither plays nationally nor seems interested in returning to it.
Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! My name in print! These are the type's of things that make somebody!!!! Things are gonna start happening to me now...
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well the chicago hurricanes roster should go down in history as it was the hurricanes first national level psp win
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well the chicago hurricanes roster should go down in history as it was the hurricanes first national level psp win
Vegas 2003 was our first National win.
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Jeff, If I were to put a monetary value on your loyalty of D's friendship and your ability to look past the past it would be high.
Well, to be fair, I am not being loyal, just factual.

I did play on the Exploding White Mice. It was just one event, but it did change my path in paintball.

Dave did play with NEH. And I recruited him heavily before he did, too.

Dave did play a role in my development in paintball. I'm not saying that without Dave there wouldn't have been a Jeff, nor am I saying I learned everything I know at his knee, but it would be factually wrong to deny that Dave impacted me and it would be foolish to assume that removing perhaps the first great local player (on a national level) from the equation would not have downstream impact.
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Here is what we need to look at it two ways. There is not doubt that his accomplishments ON I repeat on the field can not be touch buy anyone if so a small few in New England. Did he have a impact on players and people in that time. Yes he did.

What has happened off the field, for this thread is not for us to debate or discuss. That is between him and his maker. People can not like him and his orginization how they run or what ever, thats fine thats your opinion. They are like A$$holes we all have them...

His success at a national level he earned. There is no astrik for that...
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Whoop! Whoop! Ya hurd! Vegas baby! One shot one oppurtunity! Lol good times! ;-)
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Back to how awesomely cool the junkiez where...:-)

Oh PS jeff, I played until EARLY 06 and then tried comming back in 09 but got sidetracked...;-)
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