We got this submission pretty early and, after we stopped crying (from the ill feeling or from the genuine love, we don’t really know), and closed the contest, we decided it was a simple but well told testament to bike polo love.
It’s an audio file, so pop on your earphones and get ready to tell people you were just cuttin’ onions.
Congratulations to LISA MOFFATT and TALL GEORGE, you are the Fixcraft/Lancasterpolo Polo Valentines of 2013!!
Shelly thought her Valentine deserved more than just a pithy poem or a few pictures: she went for the whole caboodle:
My Polo Valentine is so special that he doesn’t JUST get a poem, a sweet story, a photo, or a bullet point list of why is he so awesome….He gets em ALL!
Travis Mitchell aka. Travis Smiley
Lets get this straight…we all know there are dozens of good looking men and women playing polo all over. I’m sure I am not the only one with more than one…two…nine… polo crushes, but there is one special person that stands out above them all. His name is Travis Mitchell, I call him Travis Smiley.
Travis and I met a little under a year ago and I have more unforgettable memories with him than I do with other people I’ve been playing polo side by side with for years. Now that I think of it I believe that Travis and I have only hung out on two occasions. One being the tournament I threw in Charleston, SC the second one being South East Qualifiers last year.
One of my favorite moments with Travis happened during the end of my tournament when I was handing out prizes to the winners. I was about to move to NYC so I threw in a couple hand me down bike parts, swag, etc…so Travis came up and was scanning the table of prizes and picked up my (used) top tube protector, I mentioned to him that it had been mine previously and on impulse he immediately shoved the top tube protector under his nose and took the deepest whiff possible.
At first I wasn’t sure if I should be horrified, flattered, or embarrassed but then I just wanted to bust out laughing. I thought it was so awesome that I had just met this guy and he was comfortable enough to do such an offbeat thing. And it was at that moment (that Travis tried to get a whiff of my vagina) I knew we had bonded and I was ecstatic to meet someone as fucking weird, inappropriate, and forward as I.
Reasons Travis Would Make the Greatest Polo Lover:
He wakes me up at 8am to take morning dips together in the ocean before sundays double elimination
I trust him with my mallet
He scores winning goals and dedicates them to me
He sleeps on the closet floor, so I can sleep in the king size bed with three other guys
He shares his meat with me
We get drunk together, ride around in trunks of cars, and he lets me gnaw on his meatpaper
We both love playing Settlers of Catan almost as much as we love playing polo
I’m already his number one fan
He will travel 7 hours to play in my shitty tournament
He’ll tell me I played well even if I sucked
I’ll tell him he played well even if he sucked
He’s got a great body and a even greater smile
He’s a man stud
Settling, Scoring, Gardening
Polo, Polo, Polo, Polo
Blocking, Meowing, Checking
If I can talk him into going to ladies army…I might even ask him to be my fucking date! (to bike prom)
Entry from Glasgow Matt, all the way from…Glasgow:
4 months ago I met someone.
Someone who has taken over my every thought.
I wake up and I think about her.
I go to work and I think about her.
I come home, I eat dinner, I watch some TV.
Thinking about her.
When I go to sleep, I dream of her.
My Other Valentine.
Twice a weak, I leave My Girlfriend in the flat and go spend some quality time with My Other Valentine. My Girlfriend isn’t particularly happy about the relationship I have with My Other Valentine. But she would never take her away from me. She knows the love we share.
My Other Valentine is not mine alone. She captures the heart of many around the world. I do not love her any less for this. It’s what makes her special.
We thought this was one of the sweetest of the bunch. The winner will be posted today (horray!) in the afternoon hours. Until then, enjoy this lovely, heartwarming note from Megan.
Hey Lancaster Bike Polo & Fixcraft,
You guys are awesome for having this contest and showing the love to
all of us crazed bike polo fanatics. Here are a few reasons why you
should pick me and my Valentine, Chris Williams, to be your contest
*Warning*: May be a little mushy!
Chris and I started dating a little under 5 years ago and it was love
at first sight. Well not really, I didn’t think he even liked me
because he was really shy and I thought he was uninterested. Anyway,
after we began dating Chris told me he was a polo player. I was
curious, but not that interested. As our relationship grew, he began
to travel to more and more tournaments and I became even more curious
of the other woman in Chris’ life. About a year after we started
dating, a bunch of girls approached me about playing bike polo and I
decided to play because they needed a 6th lady. We played amongst
ourselves for the first few weeks until we felt comfortable playing
with the guys. After playing in my first tournament six weeks later, I
was hooked! The summer of 2009 was awesome and Chris and I bonded even
more over my newfound love of the game. The end of the summer was not
as great because I decided to move to Chicago by myself and Chris and
I started our yearlong long distance relationship. It was really rough
on us (we actually broke up for a few weeks, but then got back
together at Midwests Champeenships 7), but we made it through. Pretty
much the only times we saw each other throughout the year were at polo
tournaments. We lasted one year apart though and that has made us even
stronger! We love polo and each other so much and I am asking that you
pick us for your contest. We are a student and bike mechanic and we
would appreciate your generosity so much!
This probably has nothing to do with valentines and only slightly to do with polo, but Tara Inso and I wanted to submit something creepy for your valentines polo contest, and this is what we came up with, amateur green screen video editing and a nervously twitchy penish dog, superimposed over bike polo vids taken by our ann arbor friend Matt “noodle” Parsell, hope at least it makes you laugh a little, and barf and shart maybe, thanks
This is one of the entries we received here for the Valentine’s Day Contest. I plan to share a few throughout the week until the big V-Day itself when I share the winner. Feel the love, people. Feeeeeel it:
All Hallows eve we first met
By Joel C.
All hallows eve we first met
on a red bianchi
wind blown hair
full speed in slow motion
you painted me Zombie.
The weekend was cruel and punk
in the Swamp we danced
with minds in the clouds
feet on pedals and polo
our time was quick but endless.
Divided by duty
from different states
we chanced a smaller poloverse
for intrigue sake.
What felt as decades were merely seconds on a lonely clock.
O’why didnt I get a last name
so on facebook I could stalk?
Alas, in a Southern capital
on the eve of it All,
by fate or serendipity
our paths met once more.
Our bicycles forked,
we spooned and
under an artfully crafted night
we vowed to meet again.
I will migrate again to see you in atlanta fare Valentine.
For technology is the devil and you have come to save us, Angel.