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|05-31-2012, 09:45 AM||#231 (permalink)|
MCBs armed pacifist
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Michigan
There were a couple tournaments where I was as close as could be to unstoppable. The field layout was right, the stars had aligned, the opponents were not that great, whatever everything just clicked. There were times that I made moves and plays that noone would have thought possible - I once crawled the inside of the snake to score an elimination for instance and still have the only (I think) witnesed "walk through" at the field I used to play at. I amazed myself . However there were days where the team had to wonder why they kept me around besides for comic relief - and when they wanted to be a really serious team I found myself on the B team. In hindsight that was understandable.
My contribution to the team was less about my everyday skill then about what other teams thought of me. I was there to distract the other team. What I did on and off the field was designed to do this. From how I would talk to other teams (and even the refs) to the equipment I would use and how I would set it out. People attempt this same thing with clothing and equipment today as well. However, when doing so, do not kid yourself about your place. I always thought I was better than I was. I have those "highlight reel" memories but they were a product of a lot of playing not of simply being good.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not." Dr. Seuss
"Use peaceful means where they are appropriate; but where they are not appropriate, do not hesitate to resort to more forceful - Thupten Gyatso (the Dalai Lama, 1932)
"It is not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters" Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant.
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|06-01-2012, 03:07 PM||#232 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2010
what everyone else here said, wear what you want.
i didnt have the money to spend on expensive gear when i got started (hell still dont)
started with a $20 used spyder sonix while wearing camo pants and a tshirt.
then i went crazy with the spending and got a refurb tippmann 98 custom for $100. big day, trust me.
this 98 lasted me about 5 years, and with a few other low-mid end markers between now and then, im now saving a portion of each paycheck for my first VSC phantom.
as far as jerseys and stuff, i still rock the camo pants every week, because my local field is woodsball, i prefer scenarios to tourneys, and i dont have the money to spend on pants.
i did however get a valken jersey when they first started up. i love my jersey because of its fit, comfort, and style, but still rock a tshirt half the time.
one of my best friends i play with bought a brand new ego on his third time out to the paintball field, and a full dye gear setup at the same time.
we both enjoy it just as much, and for the most part have been just as successful. if you have the money to buy nice toys, noone has the right to judge you for having fun... and if the money isnt there (like in my case) plenty of enjoyment can be found from a 5 year old 98 custom.
Eric from Team DOC (Disciples Of Christ).
Clover, South Carolina
"For Truth, For Honor, For God"
Last edited by ebehrends; 06-01-2012 at 03:12 PM.
|06-08-2012, 03:01 AM||#233 (permalink)|
Limited Paint Play Zealot
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chicago, IL (Currently Western Burbs)
Main: Dual Tiberius Pistols 9.1/8.1 FS Only
Secondary: Dual Tiberius Pistols Custom Polished Non-FS
Pistol Rigs: 6-12 Mag Dual Pistol Rig, Single Pistol 4 Mag Rig
Tertiary: 2k2 Blue Shoebox Shocker / 16" .689 CP / 88-4500 Classic Maxflow / BluApache
+ too many ol' Shoebox Shockers for loaners.
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