Originally Posted by booboodinosaur
Not to steal any of upton's thunder. But didn't X-factor,aftermath, and damage make it to the top 4 in their first season?
There should be no comparison.
X-factor was full of guys who got cherry-picked (Cohen brothers and Infamous) before they went pro. Plus they had 1 1/2 years in D1. Aftermath is literally bred in the biggest paintball area in the world, Socal, and most of them grew up playing Dynasty every weekend/had an ex-Dynasty player as their coach/owner. Some of those Aftermath guys got cherry picked before they made the jump too. Damage is another team that was made up of ex-Pros (Carthy, Propst, Holliday are all ex-Strange players, who had been playing in the NXL for years), that picked up some young raw players and just grinded it out every weekend. They have just remained good in that period even though many of these guys are retiring/on their way out.
I'm not taking anything away from these teams, because they all put in the work to get to where they are today. But trying to compare these teams to 187 is just wrong. Besides a few Hurricanes in the AXBL days, Upton has been all divisional players. None of them went on to play for various established pro teams before coming back to make the jump to pro. And you named 3 teams that can practice all-year round and have great practices with other pro-teams. When you have a home-grown team like 187, its something special, especially with the disadvantages of calling New England your home. Heck, even the Hurricanes in their prime could go to New Jersey area and play some good 7 man teams, but now the closest pro team is CEP or Damage.