Monday, October 1, 2012

Speed Kills

In the context of tournament paintball it is a common axiom. It is also an inspiration to ballers everywhere, shorthand for every kind of bunkering move or run thru. It is also inextricably linked to competitive paintball's most influential team, Dynasty. Beyond the wins and success it speaks to their trademark style of play. A thing of beauty to watch, fast, efficient, elegant and brutal all at the same time it drove numerous generations of players and teams to emulate them; to make 'speed kills' their own mantra, their own reason for competing, the peak of paintball perfection.
Best of all it's true. Speed does kill. Precisely timed speed sews confusion, overwhelms reaction times and reflexes and creates chaos and indecision. Except that outcome is supposed to be limited to the recipients, those on the receiving end. Too often 'speed kills' also applies to the players on the move. Unfortunately rapid movement doesn't exempt anyone from the basic requirements of team play; communication & coordination. Nor does it magically imbue players with a sudden awareness of the field or knowledge of their teammates roles in executing a close on the run. The result then is too often just chaos and confusion with the outcome of the game (or point) another roll of the dice.
Speed kills.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this a premonition?

Baca Loco said...

Observation.

Anonymous said...

Is it a jab?

Baca Loco said...

No. Many teams that either think they are aggressive or make a strong effort to be aggressive seem to think that running down the field means they don't have to prepare to close out points. That speed alone gives them a pass on the work it takes to execute with speed. It doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Fair enough, I agree ..meat amd potatoes wins the game. Not mountain dew..

Anonymous said...

what does it mean "bounced, left a mark, or blood welt?"

nickgibson said...

Since this seems to be a spot for wandering minds on a major sports not cabrera is basically the man.

nickgibson said...

Note instead of not down there by cabrera. This smart phone outthinks me on occasion.

Baca Loco said...

12:04 Anon
Bloody welt--post or comments were on target and did damage
Left a Mark--a clean hit
Bounced--better luck next time cus bouncers don't count

Anonymous said...

So Baca, speaking from a Div. Standpoint.. What teams are the most successful speed teams?

Nick Brockdorff said...

I think the point is, that nobody is truly successful with that team philosophy, below the most accomplished Pro teams :)

I also think there is a hidden help to Dynasty on how to become a great team once again ;)

Anonymous said...

@nickgibson:

Saying Cabrera is the man for getting the triple crown illustrates the 'speed kills' concept for another sport. The triple crown consists of BA (over-rated compared to OBP), HRs (baseball's version of a run-through), and RBI (very team dependent -- your teammates have to get on base for you to bat them in). WAR (wins above replacement) gives a more complete view of how the actions of a player lead to team wins. Cabrera has a WAR of 6.9 this season, which is really good, but #6 in baseball. Trout has a WAR of 10.7, which is amazing and tied for 82nd all-time.

NewPro said...

Aftershock in the 90's,speed/ aggression was their hallmark, until younger/smarter teams starting chopping them up

Anonymous said...

NewPro,
Shock got chopped up because the game changed and they didn't change with it.

nickgibson said...

I think trout has quite a bit more speed the melky but I smell what your stepping in.

nickgibson said...

I still think it's a pretty special thing 67 was thr last one and regardless of how you value those stats its a whole lot of performance on a winning team. Which to me means alot more

Anonymous said...

Baca knows exactly what he's talking about. He's seen his own players run down the field like a bunch of lollygaggers in the NPPL getting smoked left and right after having the game in the bag.

Anonymous said...

Baca's right. As soon as your opponent figures out that you are going to be fast no matter what, they just have to sit back and wait for you to do their work for them.

Nick Brockdorff said...

Well, when a good team does it well, they will always beat the team sitting back - so I have to disagree with you there.

All speed is (when done right), is playing the same game - but faster... and that will always beat playing the same game - but slower :)

It just means you are better technically and and faster tacticly, so that you can execute the same things faster.... that is all "speed" means to me in paintball, as nobody can outrun a paintball anyway ;)

Nick Brockdorff said...

Dynasty in their prime, did not have all the fastest runners in whatever league they played, nor the fastest guns when we were playing true semi..... they just played paintball faster than anyone else.... is what I mean :)

Baca Loco said...

2:26 Anon
I don't see much divisional play but from what I've seen I'm not sure there are any "speed" teams by my definition. Of course the layouts and longer field conspire at times to slow things down as well.

4:24 Anon
There have been some perfect examples of How Not To Do It, that's for sure. Oddly most of those examples also reflect a failure to properly prepare. Very frustrating at times but in general we've been better this year.

Dan said...

ANon 843 AM... You do know that no two sabre metric sites calculate WAR alike. Its not standardized. Most assign values based on subjective obersvatiosn a la video games. " this guys pretty good at defense so he gets a 4 here, and this one sucks so he gets a 1"...Also its a comparison against a fictional replacement... WAR is smoke and mirrors. its a Very complex statistic that can fluctuate based on who is decding what value a persons base running is. baseball references version has trout at a 10.7- Fangraphs version a 10.4 and Miguel cabrera's goes up to a 7.2...

Dan said...

didn't finish... oops.

to paintball.
to me speed is about how fast you make the decisions and act on them. its the mental speed that kills. seeing an opportunity or situation and adjusting/ taking advantage. not how fast you throw yourself to the dogs. If I can make better decisions faster than you can I believe thats a greater advantage than a players 40 time.

Anonymous said...

@Dan,
There are some differences in WAR calculations. I provided the ones from Baseball reference. The Fangraph ones you gave were had a swing of 0.6, so Trout is only 3.2 wins better instead of 3.8 wins better. So what? That is still way better.

You can get into the finer details of WAR if you want to make arguments about two players with close performance, but when there is a 3+ win difference, you aren't going to find a WAR calculation that changes it that much.

Missy Q said...

You guys should get your own forum. I could read your opinions on WAR for weeks. It would never get old..