Originally Posted by xCrU3LtYx
this thread is turning into this ...
I wish i could thumbs up this post.
Reading through it it certainly looks like it.
As a non-tourney player looking in on this, here's my views (everyones got one just like an arsehole)
1: if it was truly a gun malfunction (which I am inclined to believe based upon all that i've read thus far, it seems like the most logical), then the PSP's reaction was slightly heavy handed. I'm not saying penalties shouldn't have been assessed however the severity of the penalties leaves me to question this:
1a: Is the PSP trying to make an example out of the TonTon's because they are not a "home grown" team or is the PSP just trying to save face?
2: Now I wasn't there for the event, so I can't speak as to what happened, nor can I speak for the tear down of the marker with the official tech, however in the future, I think it may be prudent if issues like this arise again, that some kind of video/audio evidence is made so as to eliminate this needless bickering back and forth of who said what from where and when. Sure, we minion's out in the world probably don't need to know all of the details, however, having an official video/audio recording of the tear down and review could help disspell any of the rumors, hatefulness, bitterness, DRAMA.
3: It's really sad to see a team like the TonTon's not compete. I got to watch them at the PSP Chicago event, and they all seemed to play their hearts out and play fairly. As a critic of tourney ball because of the rampant cheating, I took a skeptical eye to the Chicago event because I figured everyone was going to be a worthless dirtbag cheater. However I have since learned that there are some really great stand up players on the tourney side of the sport, including the TonTon's.
Do I believe they would intentionally turn their guns up to a point that it could seriously injure a fellow player? No, not for a minute, nor do I know of ANY serious player who would do so. Do I believe they turned their guns up to the highest possible FPS without breaking the rule? Yes. Do I believe that they likely checked their markers throughout the day to stay as close to that line as possible? Yes.
4: As I will likely be banned from APPA and PSP for this, oh well, however, Chris I understand that you are a popular person in the tourney scene, however sometimes it's best to just take the high road and not get dragged down into the mud. If you have witnessed what you say you have witnessed and others want to doubt you, then fine, let them be the doubters as you know what you saw and heard, however, if you are out there, spewing lies or twisting the truth, then shame on you. This is not the behavior that is expected of someone who is in charge of a business/organization/etc.
To Tom Cole, I appreciate you allowing me to see the PSP chicago event and I commend you for attempting to take the high road as much as possible, but as I stated above, I believe your punishment as handed down to the TonTon's was a bit extreme. Yes punishment is needed for failure to maintain their guns, but such severe actions? If you have any official reports from the tech(s) that looked at the guns, then it might be well to release that official statement/report to finally put to bed alot of this needless and useless bickering. I commend you for taking player safety seriously and looking into the matter, but I feel a little more transparency would help keep these e-peen pissing contests to a minimum as people would be able to see things in black and white for what they were or really occurred. I hope the PSP as an organization has learned from these events and are looking to improve themselves as they move forward.
5: to the TonTon's. You guys played very well both in practice as well as on the field. If anything you should be proud for playing your hearts out and giving other teams a very hard run for their money.
Yes it sucks that people will talk trash about you, however, that is the country we live in. A phrase I live by:
Let your haters be your motivators.
Keep playing your hearts out, keep playing honestly and fairly, and if you ever need spare o-rings, look me up!
Seriously though, I do hope that you guys will return to the US Paintball scene in the future and I wish you guys all the best in your future endeavors.
Now these are just mindless and pointless views of a person who doesn't even play on the tourney side of things, but hey, sometimes having an outside view into the things can help the sides come together.
Now.. can we move on from this pointless bickering and figure out who's buying me a new paintball marker already damn it?!