At the Masters tourney, I realized I had feelings for the other two Ms of 3 M.
Dude feelings-bro feelings. Bromance.
It happened right in the middle of the game against Lomax, Russo and Glatfelter: we had every expectation of losing (and we should have), so we went in with the notion of just playing as best we could and taking the loss.
By Golly, we did play the very best we could, and at the five minute mark, both Horse and Lumberjack looked back at me in goal and had a smirk on their faces. I realized I did, too. We were all loving the game for the sake of loving the game. Then, suddenly: feelings.
It’s kind of a rare thing to really just experience the game of polo while playing it. Sure, you’re there–on the court pedaling around like a madman–but you’re so busy doing that you can’t observe the sport anymore. You’re too deep into it.
But that game in particular, I was just all up in and loving the game. It all felt perfect and natural and amaze-balls.
So then we won, somehow, and as dazed as you please we left the court and huddled up to talk about what happened. It went something like this:
Lumberjack: We just…
Horse: And we…
Me: So then….
And then we pretty much clapped eachother on the backs and laughed and got some water and laughed a bit more. We experienced top-notch polo in our little team, and it kinda rocked, speaking for myself.
And I guess that’s what you should look for when forming up your teams: do you have that natural cohesion and does the game just unfurl itself in front of you while playing alongside your other two team-mates? Do you struggle to communicate or does it just come naturally and smoothly? Are you able to go into games with the general understanding that you’ll just do your best?
Because that’s the other part of the equation here: once we got knocked out of the tourney, there was absolutely no malice between us. We knew that we played as best we could, and how can you fault someone for that? We just took the rest of the day to enjoy the games, drink some beer, and chit-chat with all the people we never met before.
And on the car-ride back we talked about how we’d be BFFs forever.