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Tomorrow, This Blog is Three Years Old.

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The first post ever put up was one showing off new stickers we had made for Lancaster City Bike Polo (now Lancaster United). Just a few lines of text and pictures.

Since that point, the blog has grown to be read by hundred every day across the entire globe, has introduced me to more players than I could possibly imagine, and made me something of a mascot to the sport. I’ve shared my opinions, concerns, jokes and secrets with you, dear readers, and it’s hard for me to express how important it’s become over those years.

Without getting too sentimental, I feel lucky to have so many folks who like what I do. There is a sincere pleasure in knowing you’re valued, and the readers of this blog remind me of that almost every day.

So I thank you, one and all, for every compliment and criticism you’ve thrown my way. And thanks, again, to all of you who are sending me a few bills to try to get to Worlds.

You’ve made the past few years kind of profound for me.

St. Patrick’s Day Pickup

St Patricks Day Pickup (5)

Irish Coffee, drinks in flasks, and a not-at-all jig by Gene & Ted. All in all, a fun day!

First, the Dancing:

Now, the Pictures: Read more

Rainy days and Fridays always make me drink

This post is about politics. No, not the politics of pachyderms and jackasses. Nor is it about the governing bodies of hardcore bike polo (<– for you Sabrina). This is about interclub politics. The esteemed Crushman for some reason felt that something should be written about it. Now, if you are one of those polo players who generate, or are magnets for, controversy – be it on court or off, please close this page and go find something else to waste your time. There will be nothing for you here. Likewise if you typically just fly above all the shitstorms in a cloud of blissful ignorance, same deal – go away and enjoy your life.

But if you are like me, and you feel compelled to have people get along within your club, then please read on. In some respects the idea that people should be able to avoid emotional conflicts while playing bike polo is absurd. We are, after all, engaged in a competitive, dangerous and dare I say – potentially violent activity. And to add to this recipe of volatility we have lots of grey areas in the rules which makes for plenty of personal interpretation. Over the few years we’ve been playing I’ve seen arguments over hacking, t-boning, tourney rosters, going too fast, playing too slow, undercutting, tailwhips, checking, too serious, not serious enough and a 100 others including my personal favorite… over-coaching. Read more

What are you practicing in the off season?

Off season – what the hell is that?

Well, unless you’re a country bumpkin like most of us here in the middle of the Commonwealth, it means that the regular season of bike polo is past, and we now get back to our roots of cold, drunken, heckling-with-snot-coming-out-of-your-nose bike polo. It’s both a time to bond in the frigid 56 degree December that we’ve had the past few days and also a good time to work out some of the little things you haven’t had time to work on (or realized this past season you need to develop).

If you aren’t looking at the “off season” as a time to practice for the next season (and, of course, you also plan to play and do well in tournaments), you’re wasting time. It’s a great opportunity to just practice one or two things that you want to get down without thinking, or build a team for the next season, or build up that tolerance for grain alcohol that you’ve been meaning to.

My own list is as follows:

1. Learn the new bike: My 925 was much longer and much slower in turning. I want to get past the point where I throw myself from my bike on the new rig.

2. Wrong Side Shooting: Over the bars, past the BB – just anything on my non mallet side. I want to get at least a little better at controlling the ball when it isn’t on my dominant side.

3. Passing: I think 89% of bike polo needs to work on this. Call me crazy. Or cray cray if you like. I want to be able to pass without thinking and pass quickly.

4. One Timer Shots: When I first started playing I was advised by the polo elders to trap the ball then shoot. While this is good advice, it isn’t good advice to keep using. It’s good for about 6 months and then you should drop it. Quick shots is where it’s at and what I kinda suck at right now. I don’t want people on the bench during pickup to cheer like crazy when I make a goal off a one-timer. I want them to just take it for granted.

 

And I think those 4 are enough for the winter, don’t you?