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Old 12-20-2013, 11:01 AM #1
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Thomas Taylor Joins Houston Heat Family

THOMAS TAYLOR JOINS HOUSTON HEAT FAMILY

HOUSTON, TX – Friday, December 20, 2013 – Thomas “Troll” Taylor has signed with Houston Heat for the 2014 season, further demonstrating the team’s commitment to remain a strong competitor in the PSP Champions division.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Thomas and his family to Houston Heat,” said Randy “Sarge” Smith, owner of Houston Heat. “He is a remarkable young man with exceptional family values, strong leadership skills and both the drive and talent to win. I believe his strengths will compliment those of our existing roster while deepening our team’s experience.”

“Playing on Houston Heat is going to be a fun and exciting challenge that I look forward to,” said Thomas Taylor. “There were many deciding factors that went into playing with and for Heat. A big factor is how much I respect Sarge and Momma D on and off the field. When it comes to paintball, I have watched how the team is run like a family, like a well-oiled machine, how they put their players in the best position to win with practice, preparation, fitness and mindset. I'm excited to mix in with the team’s young and upcoming talent and be a solid asset on the road to another championship.”

The Smiths first met Taylor when they were living in Canada and their son, Ryan, was playing in the Canadian Xtreme Paintball League (CXBL) – a league that Taylor has been playing in for 3 years. It doesn’t take long to see Taylor’s passion and dedication to paintball – he’s a true ambassador of the sport.

Taylor recently announced his departure from Sacramento XSV after 10 years with them.

“Leaving XSV was one of the hardest emotional decisions of my life, as I have been with them since day one and my wife, my kids and I consider them family. But, in life, there are seasons and chapters and this is a new one for us – it feels right. I love and appreciate all the friends, family and fans who have supported me and XSV over the years and I pray that all those who have become part of my life will continue to be there and go on this journey with me.”

The experience and versatility this 14-year veteran adds to Heat’s existing roster gives the team even more bench strength to help position them for a solid and successful 2014 season.

“I’m very happy with the way the team is shaping up for the coming season,” said Smith. “I feel we have a great core group of guys who are still hungry for a win and are determined to compete and succeed at the highest level of their game.”

Houston Heat will compete as a team in PSP in the champions division in 2014. Stay tuned to Houston Heat’s official Facebook page and website for news and roster updates.



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Hi everyone,*

Over the last couple months I had to really step back look at my life, my job that well was counting down, and my future for my family. With looking at all these things I new it was time for change and as hard as change is it can be good. At the end of the day it's my responsibility to do what I feel is best for my family and go where God opens doors to take care of them not just today but tomorrow and so on.*

Leaving XSV is one of the hardest emotional decisions of my life. I have been with XSV since day 1. You know I feel like when people think XSV they think of me and when they think of me they think XSV. I have made relationships that will last a lifetime, guys I consider family, guys that my family considers family. There are so many fans that have supported and followed XSV and I know they will continue as they have been the greatest fans of all teams over the years. I pray that the friends, family, fans that have become apart of my life with XSV will always be there and that even though it may hurt now that they know I love and appreciate them and that in life there are seasons/chapters and this is a new one at this time feels right.

There were many deciding factors that went into playing with and for Heat. A big factor is how much I respect them on and off the field. I met Sarge and. Mama D back before they brought Houston Heat to life. In fact one of the first times I met sarge I was in Canada for cxbl and my anniversary and him and mama d let us stay at a place they had for business at the Niagara falls where we were planning on going for our anniversary. When it comes to paintball, I have watched how they run there team like a family, like a well oiled machine, how they put there players in the best position to win with practice, preparation, fitness, and mind set. Playing on Houston Heat is going to be a fun and exciting challenge that I look forward too.*

I want to let everyone know also how great JT Splatmaster is for our sport. All fields and stores should be behind this to grow their business and our sport. If you could only imagine if we had been bringing in new younger players into our sport for the last ten years the size it would be now!*

To His Glory*
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:02 AM #2
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:03 AM #3
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:06 AM #5
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:07 AM #6
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:08 AM #7
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:10 AM #9
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Solid move for both parties. Can't wait to see what Houston Heat can do without the Russians.
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:10 AM #10
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Sweet! Can't wait to see how he plays with Heat. Should be very exciting!
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:13 AM #11
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wow! lol. I wonder what role he is going to play on the team!
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Watching him and Chad on the snake side should be very interesting to watch.
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This has to be a marketing move. I see no other logic behind it, honestly.
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