Since there's not a lot of paintball stuff going on at the mo--beyond final prep for Chicago PSP, practice for MS Basildon-not-quite-on-Thames and early registrations for NPPL DC (and of course all the local events around the country, etc.) I occasionally watch other sports. Like basketball--and hooliganism. Er, I mean soccer (or futbol if you prefer.) Okay, that's a lie. I don't watch soccer. It's boring as hell. I'd rather watch baseball or golf or even (gasp!) tennis. (Don't ask. I have this traumatic tennis experience in my past and even after all these years it's .. well, I'd rather not talk about it.) But the hooliganism sometimes associated with soccer--now that I could get into. Overturning and burning cars. Bloody brawls. Running street battles with the police. That's entertainment. Besides, it's good practice for when the Eurozone goes caput! and Merkel's house of cards comes tumbling down. The Spanish bailout may or may not delay the inevitable but on the plus side it digs the hole a little deeper.
But I digress. Sometime in the recent past celebrities started wearing plain glasses--Clark Kent style--purely as an accessory. A fashion statement, a geek chic perhaps. To look more thoughtful maybe or more intelligent even in lieu of, you know, actual thoughts or an education. I mean who needs an education when you can wear pretend glasses and connect with Google on your phone? Anyway, the trend spread and now when you watch a post game press conference you don't know if it's the players or an Urkel convention what with all the glasses as accessories up on the podium. NBA finals pressers are gonna be legit. Will OKC have more glasses on the podium than Miami? What are the Vegas odds? I must admit it is kinda hilarious. But it also got me thinking: How can paintball take advantage of real professional athletes willingness to do stupid things? If they'll wear glasses how 'bout goggles? If glasses are a statement goggles are a loud speaker.
Do you really want to reach people for paintball? Start wearing goggles everywhere you go. Out with friends. To the beach. When you travel. Don't just talk about paintball, be about paintball. Think how many people are gonna want to know what's up with the awesome goggles. Bring paintball to the masses. People will be coming to you to find out why you're sporting those bitchin' goggles and that's your opportunity to tell them about paintball.
I want rose-colored lenses like Bono. Whose with me?