The Catshack hit the field for the ESPL event 3 of the series last Sunday, July 21st, 2014 at Flagswipe Paintball outdoor near London ON. This would be a series that never fails with enough intense speedball action to make it more than worthwhile for someone looking to capture some good photos of players in action.
Three years ago, when my dad and I first started playing paintball, our first game was down in Florida, where we met Tina “Golden Girl” Ruzzo. Golden Girl asked me what I did besides paintball, and I told her about my Tae Kwon Do. So after a while of talking and playing paintball, she decided to give me a t-shirt that said … Respecting Paintball … I liked this t-shirt, first because it was black, and secondly because it had the same characteristics as my Tae Kwon Do. She then wrote an article for Catshack Reports comparing paintball and martial arts. I just got back from “Sheriff’s Summer Boot Camp”, and realized that there are not only a lot of similarities between paintball and Tae Kwon Do, but they really helped me out in the boot camp.
The third stop on the PSP circuit was held in Joliet, just outside of the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. This four day event has been held at this location for a number of years and as usual, the forecast was promising for bad weather. Just days before the tournament started, the skies were thick with rain, wind, and the piercing sound of the tornado alarms. Thankfully, no cyclones came to visit during the event, but the thunderstorms sure did. The grounds didn’t stand a chance, turning from grassy on Thursday to sloppy, muddy slush by Sunday. Though these conditions added to the difficulty of the overall competition, the teams stepped up to the challenge. No matter what colors they wore when they arrived on Thursday, those who made it onto past the first two days left brown and dirty!
Over all these years I have played a lot of paintball and attended tons of events. None were quite the same as my first command at a Viper event. I have certainly filmed several Viper games from the sidelines but to really wrap your head around a true scenario game such as this … I realize now one MUST sit in the command chair.
Better late than never … join us as Tyler Carriere tries his hand at journalism for the first time to deliver his account of the last ESPL event complete with the photos he snapped at Flagswipe Paintball!
The weekend of May 31- June 1st started like any other paintballers weekend, a night full of apple juice only to wake up at a lovely 7 o’clock to make it down to Flagswipe Paintball’s second ESPL event in the 2014 year.
“If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame. But, if orders are clear and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.” – Sun Tzu, 5th century B.C.
“In many battles, commanding is like herding cats. But in a battle of this size, it is more like taming lions.” – Horde Commander “Buckshot”, 2014
Yet another whirlwind tour of the UK has come and gone. The Catshack continues its journey of 2014 in search of the best games on the planet. We are truly blessed to report we have found yet another event worthy of being added!