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Old 01-23-2015, 02:16 PM #1
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Tampa Bay Damage is back and playing in the PSP in 2015! VIDEO

Here's a video of them in their practice jerseys testing out the new True Semi mode (13.3 bps).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GskJR7xcT-Y







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Good news! Look what our friends at Virtue just sent us!
Damage is Back; The Legendary Team Reforms for the Love of the Game




Tampa Bay Damage is back. But in some ways, the team never really left. Shortly after the public announcement that the team had lost both its funding and major sponsor, the players have been working behind the scenes to line up support within the industry and from the team’s original owner to keep Damage alive.

“We’re in this for the love of the game,” said player Jason Edwards, who is also taking over the role of team manager, “The first priority of all the core guys was to see if we could stick together before being picked up by other teams. Then when public word broke out that the team lost it’s funding Virtue immediately got in touch with me about keeping Damage together.”

Both Virtue and MacDev had been quietly exploring the opportunity to jointly sponsor the team before the original breakup was announced. With the new two-year agreement, Damage will be using a mix of Spire 200s and 260s, VIO Contours and Extends, as well as the new Clone 5 and Cyborg 6 markers. Additional sponsors include Bunker Kings for packs and other playing gear as well as Wicked Sports out of Tampa, Florida who will be launching a line of Damage branded apparel and soft goods.

“We definitely owe a huge debt of gratitude to companies like Wicked Sports, Bunker Kings, Virtue and MacDev,” said Jason, “Without their support plus the continued assistance from CJ Botsolas, Damage wouldn’t be possible.”

“We’ve sponsored Damage since the team’s inception using Virtue boards and various low key products,” said Chris Williams of Virtue Paintball, “So on one hand we couldn’t stand to see the team just quietly fold like that, while on the other hand, we consider it a great opportunity to continue the Damage brand as Virtue continues to grow within the industry. We’re looking forward to a great year with Damage.”

The core group of Damage players are still involved, as well team founder and original owner CJ Bostolas. However, now the team is being led internally, with Jason filling the role as manager. In addition to Paul Everett, Dan Holliday, Jason and Jacob Edwards, Tim Propst, Bryan Smith, and Ramzi El-yousef, Damage is looking at some fresh new pick-ups as the team prepares for the 2015 season.

“Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” said veteran Damage player Daniel Holliday, “We never went anywhere and now that I’ve got my new gear lined up from Virtue and MacDev I’m looking forward to practicing with my friends next weekend.”

Tampa Bay Damage was founded in 2006 by CJ Botsolas, who had the dream of building a world class professional paintball team based in Florida. In 2007, with the demise of both Strange and Docs Raiders, the core group of both teams was combined into Tampa Bay Damage under the management of Joey Blute and long time sponsor Dye Precision. Damage went on to win or place in the top three of 19 professional PSP events alone and has become one of the most successful teams in PSP history.



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I hate to take the topic back to Damage, but there have been some interesting developments.

Damage might not be done after all. The players aren't all jumping ship and looking for new teams. Instead, they are approaching sponsors and trying to put together a plan for 2015.

Feel free to carry on and continue your discussion now. Or talk about Damage. Whatever.



"It is with a sad heart that I announce to you today the end of a legacy. World Cup 2014 was the last tournament ever played by Tampa Bay Damage. We want to thank our fans and our sponsors for their support over the last nine years. And we would like to thank everyone who has ever been a part of our family since our inception."

Tampa Bay Damage


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Old 01-23-2015, 02:18 PM #2
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:18 PM #3
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:19 PM #4
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:19 PM #5
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Crazy... I wonder if Dye will make a move and pick up another team. How many Dye teams are left? Just ironmen, right?
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:20 PM #6
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Wow! Another Pro-Team lost. Good luck to all of Damage on there future endeavor.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:21 PM #7
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:23 PM #9
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No one wants to play in the new PSP boringball format.
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Crazy... I wonder if Dye will make a move and pick up another team. How many Dye teams are left? Just ironmen, right?
Highly doubtful that Dye will be sponsoring any other professional paintball teams than they currently have.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:27 PM #12
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Of all the teams leaving, this one hits the hardest for me so far.

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Lol. Really surprised by this news. The pro ranks have been decimated this off season.
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All these teams leaving will mean some crazy line ups for those who decide to stay.

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There has to be some "internal damage" within the PSP! All these teams leaving are making a diminishing pro line up. It's Houston Heat vs. Impact in the finals nearly every tournament. I am going to call it. Infamous is done next season.
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