As this is Day 32 and the readership is ever expanding (50+ countries and around 7000 unique visitors this month) let me explain major league paintball held hostage (for the new kids). With the demise of the NPPL and the economic crunch it is clear that national level competitive paintball is facing an uphill road in the near term. That is the larger part of it. The lesser part is that major league paintball worldwide remains in the control of a very few folks and in this same near term the game as a viable sport is in their hands. Beyond that everyone interested in competing or already competing has a role to play. Consequently, VFTD is, for the time-being, offering up a daily reminder of the state of the game.
Today is T minus 10. (Days till close of registration for Phoenix plus one.) The purpose is to give some sense of where major league paintball is right now. Last year Phoenix had 123 teams including the NXL teams. As of 1:30 PM EST there are 84 paid teams not including the pros who are currently not listed. Teams registered is 144 not including the pro teams. This looks like there is a good chance the event will at least match last year.
If anyone has dropped by because they tried to engage me in dialogue over at the Nation (in that classification thread in the PSP forum) but I didn't respond I'll be happy to do so here in comments or via email. I didn't look for any posts except Lane's reply to me so I don't know but it wasn't (and isn't) my intention to ignore anybody. I just didn't see any good coming from it in that environment.
I was gonna post something about the new UWL (Ultimate Woodsball League) but once I got to Special Weapons, paint grenades and air strikes, er, Artillery Barrages I (briefly) lost the will to live. Okay, this is something but still. I wonder if paintball is now destined to see the pendulum swing wildly in the direction of the commando wannabe crowd. Is there any chance somebody will bring back real woodsball tournaments?