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One Day Till Worlds, One Day Till Destiny

So, as any of you longtime readers know, I’ve never been to a World Championship competition. This being my first (five years from the very first World Championship), I’m pretty amped to be attending. In particular, I’m pretty excited to be attending as a reporter for Urban Velo and my own humble site here.

I’ve been thinking about how to report the events in Florida to you, dear readers, in a way that is both unique and entertaining. I think I’ve come up with a good formula, so let’s see if you pick up what I’m putting down:

I’ll do live updating via the Facebook page. Expect to see interesting products, snapshot interviews, and other shenanigans there.

I’ll try to do a daily post after the day’s events, starting on my trip down and ending with my trip back up. Each of these posts will go live either late at night or early the next morning. I’m not super willing to say this idea is 100%, but I’d love to be able to do this, as I think it’ll add a little sum-sum to the reporting aspect.

On top of that, you can look for a feature length article at Urban Velo, which will be much more of a in-depth look at how Worlds has grown, the event itself, and the people involved. I’m very excited to see how that article goes, as it’ll be the first deep-dig reporting I’ve done on the sport, and that’s just thrilling the little writer’s heart I’ve got.

I’m particularly excited to meet bike polo players from all over the world, and hope to make some good connections with you cats as the event progresses. No doubt I’ll be trying to pull a dozen or so of you aside for five minute interviews. Don’t get frustrated with me, please–I’m probably overly excited to see you in person.

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be the bearded, short, round fellow who is wearing a pith helmet and is smiling at nothing. Search me out!

 

 

 

The 6 People I Plan to See at Worlds

We are now a mere day away from October, or as I like to call it, Worldstober. With the heralding of the greatest month put together by Augustus Caesar comes, likewise, the greatest bike polo tournament put together by the people who put together bike polo tournaments.

This will be my first time ever traveling to the championship, and I’m more than a smidge excited by the idea. Point in fact, I’ve been daydreaming about the sorts of people I may or may not meet while attending and reporting on the scene. Here are a few of my more favorite potential attendees/players:

Paul GiamattiThat Guy I Only Know From The LoBP Boards

I’ve conversed with him, challenged him, made jokes with him and ultimately feel as though I have a pretty good understanding of the kind of person this internet buddy is.

And then I’ll meet him, and I won’t believe he’s the same person at all. You’re that short?! YOU ARE MISSING AN EAR?! (note: I’m probably going to be this guy for a lot of you. Just accept my hobbit-ness.)

The Super-Pro who is really approachable/The Super-Pro who is really just as scary as I imagined:

beavsI’ve never met the beaver boys. Any of them, I don’t believe. But I’m horrified to talk to any of them. Chances are they are either going to live up to my nightmares of them ( “Lancaster Polo? What’s that? ::pushes me away while someone pulls down my pants::) or they are going to be alright guys who are willing to chat me up a little bit ( “Lancaster polo? I heard of you!” ::pushes me away with a smile while someone pulls down my pants while laughing::).  Either way, I think it’ll be interesting to see what players from the top teams in the US make of me running around and asking for a few moments of time.

I’m not worried about it. No, really. I’m sure it’ll be juuuuust fine. Read more