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le_car

Member since Apr 2007 • Last active Aug 2014

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    Also - forgot to apologize to Emmet for ruining his exquisite facial features with my mallet. Goal reffing is a dangerous role...

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    I had to leave on friday morning for work reasons, back to paris, so here is my early feedback on the tourney:

    The Good:

    • Court surface was amazing (when dry)
    • Court sizes were good.
    • The main area around the courts A/B was nice to hang out, and beautiful to look at with ancient fortifications and greenery
    • The city is amazing
    • The atmosphere was great, so nice to see teams from all over europe, all serous about the game

    The not so good:

    • During the wildcard, under heavy rain, courts were really slippery, braking was near-impossible
    • THE FENCES: not having put boards on top of the metal fences was unacceptable, as it made the courts really dangerous. I even fell at full speed whilst tapping out, as my mallet shaft got stuck between gaps!!
    • The schedule: do bike polo players have no jobs or what? Why do tourneys end on saturdays now? To party?? This is a sport not a fucking party! Who can take 5 days off just for this? The tourney should have started on fri, with the wildcard on thu. Even better: it should all be concentrated on 2 days, with more courts.
    • The red bull "sponsorship": I don't mind a massive red bull tent, trucks, logos everywhere... but I hope they paid some money to be present, because they were charging 3€ per can.
    • The reffing: still really uneven.. with really dangerous moves uncalled.
    • No on-site repair booth.

    voila!

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    Slippery court? No Alcohol? The standard is falling...

    Seriously though, can someone post the results with the names of the players in each team? Hard to understand without the regulars like BAD Polo and Rotten Apples...

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    Padova Polorama was awesome. The two existing courts are great, the city is beautiful... now let's qualify.

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    Other thing: we're seeing more and more players who, when gently brushed with a shoulder and tapping down, who raise their arms in anger and look at the ref calling for a penalty. AND IT WORKS! Fuck football.

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    Sorry to state the obvious but a tourney under the new rules might be somewhat safer but oh god is it slow and boring. Our chances of ever becoming a proper spectator sport, enteŕtaining and of any interest to the media are slimming down. We're doing the pre-qualifications for the euros in strasbourg this weekend and mayeut is reffing, enforcing a strict no contact policy, and games are slow, constantly interrupted, with little engagement from even good players. Really not a big fan I must say. The 2 sec bj rule is also almost impossible to properly enforce. No high mallet is of course as idiotic as it's always been, as NO ONE ever got hurt by a high mallet coming down.

    I'm worried.

    I think the 'muricans can keep their absurd healthcare system and their retarded approach to face cages...

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    Nice shot to illustrate modern canadian bike polo...

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