Actually some of the items today are in the paintball news. Seriously, who would notice if this stuff wasn't posted someplace, right?
What has two Home bunkers at each end of the field, a wide open snake side and wire 50s that don't deliver any sure eliminations? If you said the PSP MAO layout award yourself an imaginary gold star 'cus you is correct. If you don't want to get mired in a series of low scoring contests best figure out how to close points out. On the plus side the snake plays, well, like a snake. Go figure.
A new store based in Minnesota has opened serving the online paintball community called Mecca Paintball. It is (as it turns out) the brainchild of a guy I know, like and would identify as a smart, resourceful and enterprising individual but I am wondering about the name, Mecca Paintball. While it's true that Mecca has English meaning apart from the name of the holy city of Islam what's the first thing most people are likely to associate Mecca with? Okay, you have a point. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the ignorance or stupidity of the public but even so. At best it's just a name but at worst it may put some people off. Or am I reading too much into it?
Lane Wright of the PSP is threatening to set-up an Old Skool 10-man field. Make sure you tell him what you think of that idea. I'm guessing it's unlikely to be one of those if he builds it he expects y'all to come kinda dealios. More like if you wanna play be prepared to pony up an entry fee. Sure it sounds cool but I suspect it'll work out about as well as the UWL. (Ouch, that was harsh.)
Speaking of the UWL--which I like (conceptually) nearly as much as the idea of resuscitating 10-man, even if only for a weekend--is anybody ever really gonna play? Kudos to Tom Cole for all the time and effort he's put into the league but it doesn't seem like it's growing. Which is, I suppose, okay as long as Tom wants to keep doing it and there are a few teams that want to play. But I can't help wondering why not? It seems like it draws mostly former (or current) tourney players but not all that many. Do you like the idea of the UWL? Have you ever played an event? What's it gonna take to make the UWL truly popular?
HydroTec (the water paintball) is making some noise--again. Supposedly this past Thursday there was an opportunity for the public to test a grade of HydroTec paintballs called Element. HydroTec is also claiming that after spending July in testing they will be ramping up limited production in August. (If I recall correctly they made a similar announcement last year.) Limited distribution appears to be targeting commercial paintball fields. Has the future of the paintball finally arrived and does anybody care?