Something a little lighter is in order I think after all that brain-numbing serious talk. (The Hammer Time! series, d'oh.) Nowadays the lighter side--not to suggest the frequently more idiotic side as well--most often means a visit to the 800 lb. gorilla of paintball chatter, PBN. At least it did for today's foray into Not In The Paintball News.
First up is the latest round of shoot & sniff paintballs in a Jelly Belly assortment of scents available in 100 rd. test bags. Well, not exactly. There are, apparently, a whole bunch of different scents available but not as a mixed assortment. A Jelly Belly assortment of mixed scent paintballs would probably be better. Anyway, I still don't get it. How long can the novelty value last? Is this stuff being marketed to girls or have the man parts of today's youthful male failed to drop leaving them susceptible to this kind of silliness? Hey, just asking. I don't know about the rest of y'all but I like my paintballs round and I want them to break on stuff I shoot leaving an opaque Day Glo splatter of paint. And if they don't do that I want something else that does. If it doesn't perform to basic paintball standards what difference does it make if it smells like strawberries or even a porterhouse steak? And if it is a decent paintball I still don't understand who is going to go out of their way to insist on lemon creme. Now if they could make a paintball that tasted like donuts they'd be on to something.
Item two revolves around number stickers for hoppers. You see, in the PSP, as a way of aiding in stat collection all the pro players have their player number on their hoppers now--usually big white numbers on black shells. Well, it seems divisional kids who appear in the finals on the webcast on Sundays get numbers for their hoppers too and it's become something of a point of pride--at least among a vocal faction--that not just anybody earns those numbers. Consequently anyone who would put the numbers on their hopper without earning them is a poseur and worthy of derision if not ostracism. So is it a symbol of achievement or a status symbol for divisional players or a little bit of both? I didn't think most divisional teams even bothered with player numbers. Is that on the rise too? Do div teams that consider themselves serious contenders have individual player numbers--or am I just outta the loop on this one? Am I blowing this out of proportion or is really kind of a big deal? Heck, there was a time too when having a PSP (or NPPL) ID was a big deal too.