The NPPL is hosting their championships in Vegas this weekend. Now I could comment on the sad state of affairs that is their webcast. Really? One camera panning across the field? Announcers with muted mikes half the time--which is an improvement over when we can actually hear them. Or that only 55 teams are competing. Or that less than half of them are competing in the traditional 7-man format. I could comment on all those things but I won't--because I feel kinda bad for the NPPL. (Naw, that's a lie. I just can't muster up enough energy to care anymore.)
However Mr. C did perk my interest with his latest rumor. He picked it up creeping the dingier corners of the Vegas strip--otherwise known as the Riviera Hotel & Casino--along with something else he'll likely need penicillin for. Apparently some of the NPPL 4.0 braintrust is debating the possibility of going with a 5-man format and kicking 7-man to the curb.
As the Dr. Phil of Tournament Paintball might say, "Really? REALLY? Have y'all lost your minds? We need to talk."
Look, as long as the NPPL offers an alternative format it can make the claim its trying to keep a paintball tradition alive. If or when they go straight 5-man is it traditional 5-man? Xball lite? or Race To? Since the NPPL "pros" are playing 7-man Race To and the D4 5-man division is playing a variation of Race 2-2 odds are a full on 5-man league would present itself as direct competition to the PSP in the PSP's format. The result is the league alienates what's left of the hardcore 7-man players and teams and challenges the PSP directly in their format. And that, my friends, would be no bueno. It would probably force the PSP to respond and what makes the NPPL imagine that competing directly against the PSP would be an improvement?