Thursday, June 28, 2012

Polo "dump" tool bags by Hack Bags


At Ladies Army this year Matt Bailey told me how he was working with Henry from Hack Bags to help sell his new gear and learn a bit of sewing. After some back and forth about the flaws with the bags we currently use a new product seemed on the horizon. Well henry and matt more than delivered! At ESPI's he showed me an awesome new bag/roll that is perfect for those quick courtside repairs. The giant flap allows you to dump the all the tools out at once (caught by the lil end piece) so you can actually find what you're looking for without having to spread em out all over the ground. Then when yr done simply dump em back in! Quick and easy.






Above is mint-green version made for Tyler H of Indiana. Mine's black and now i'm kinda jealous of that awesome color.


Luckily they come in all sorts of colors. Hit up Henry@HackBags.com if yr interested, or look for Matt at a tourney near you! By the way, there's plenty of other neat products that Henry produces, though especially talk to him if you got an idea for something different that one of those big companies don't make. Hell, i even have one of his neon orange phone holsters that doubles as a stash pouch. I've always been a big fan of the ornate work that Seagull Bags does with their full sized messenger bags (i own the largest one they make) but for anything smaller than that, Hack Bags is my go to because of awesome products like this!

-W.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Photos from the Wingman 4v4 in COMO







































View the full album HERE.

Thanks again to Aaron, Johnathan, and Christian for throwing a great tournament! CoMo is easily one of my favorite places to visit. Good polo, good parties, and everything is within a short riding distance! and thanks again Tim for teaching me how to drop in! next time i'm bringing a bmx bike.

Lastly, i think Lua has officially taken over as cutest polo kid!

-W.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wingman 4v4 quick re-cap


The quick re-cap: I might like 4v4 better than the bench format. COMO knows how to throw awesome tourney on a low budget. St.Louis brings the party (having fun is easy). Chicago slays and their rookie Ryan is already killer. Charlie Hill is still a fucking wizard. Tree City found it's newest member. Tim and Colleen are gracious hosts. Gumby's pizza is amazing and holy fuck it was hot outside!

More tomorrow...

-W.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Results from Indiana League Day #2

Check out the full results and leader-board HERE at the google doc.

There are still a handful of games that need to be played, but the current standings are as follows:

TREE 12 - 1 (+48)
YETI 12 - 1 (+41)
RADS 7 - 4 (+7)
EXEC 4 - 3 - 2 (-18)
RIOT 3 - 7 - 1 (-14)
BEAR 3 - 7 - 2 (-23)
BROS 2 - 9 (-26)
MGMT 1 - 4 - 2 (-13)
FUNC 0 - 6 (-14)

If you notice any mistakes please let me, Tyler Hoehn, or Keith know so we can adjust the google doc accordingly. Also i hope to be getting a laptop soon so hopefully in the future i can be doing this in real-time at the court. Now let's pick a date for the playoffs to happen! Oh, and we need to figure out what to do about Funcie and the Management since both only played one of the two days... maybe combine the two teams for the #8 seed slot?

-W.

the Barrett Bar Brawl 2v2 in Louisville


This is invite only so if you're not already signed up you probably ain't going, but even if you don't play this is one shitshow you don't wanna miss! 2v2 in a 20x40 cage! with a coliseum-like balcony for the plebes to rain trash from! and the bar has tasty food in house! i'm predicting a record night of cheap beer sales for the B-Bar. Hope to see everyone there!

-W.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hilarious (and accurate) review of Malletheadz


Read the full review HERE at 321polo.net.

This is priceless!  Well, technically Sean spent $29.95 to obtain the product for review, but that's money well spent in my opinion.  Now none of us every have to give these joker a dime.  Not that I would've anyways, just cause the only products i'm going to by are made by companies that are player owned/run/tested.  Clearly these Malletheadz people don't even play or they'd realize their product is pure shit.

I will point out that the new owners of St.Cago are also from Miami and have nothing to do with these people.  I recently met the new owners at ESPI7 and they're continuing to make the awesome heads that Lucky has been selling for year.  Plus with the new Fixcraft Unibody line, the always reliable MKE shafts and heads, and the swiss space mallet MILK you would never need to buy one of these piece of shit Malletheadz.  Plus most of us know how to mount cheap gas pipe to a ski pole anyways.  I almost can't believe i'm even addressing this issue, but that video was just too entertaining!

-W.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Article on Muncie Polo in the Star Press


MUNCIE - — “Three, two, one … polo” is how bike polo starts every Wednesday night in downtown Muncie.

What started as a group of local guys in 2009 playing the game, has grown into a weekly match at 6:30 p.m. in a parking lot behind Savage’s Alehouse. Today, it’s mostly Ball State University students and graduates, but they’re looking for more people to pick up a mallet and join in - everyone’s welcome.

Bike polo might seem like an odd choice for Muncie - or for Indiana, for that matter. But the game has grown around the state, boasting teams in West Lafayette, Indianapolis and Bloomington.

“It's been getting bigger and bigger,” said Adam Buente, 26. “Each city has a team.”

Buente began playing about a year ago when he saw a group of guys playing out in a parking lot.

There are about nine men who play the game regularly and occasionally a woman will jump in.

The game has a few key rules that should never be broken.

First, they have the gentlemen's rule. Players must treat each other with respect. But that's pretty easy, because they're all friends, Steven Putt, 22, said.

Those interested in playing will need to find a bike - any will do. Then they can make a mallet using a ski pole and some piping, but the group said they can provide those.

“It’s such a do-it-yourself culture,” Putt said. “You just take an old bike that can take a beating and build it up.”

The group sets up behind Savage’s because it’s an enclosed parking lot where they won’t lose the ball, which is a little smaller than a baseball. They bring orange construction cones for the goals and old piping to set boundaries. Then the game starts.

It’s played three-on-three and teams are usually random. The Muncie group mostly plays what they call a pick-up game.

Everyone playing will throw their mallet in the middle of the court, then somebody will put the mallets behind his back and throw them out to each side. That’s how the teams are picked.

Putt said random teams keep the game fun.

The game is played until five points are scored or 10 minutes pass.

Seth Winn, 25, has been playing Muncie Bike Polo for three years. He said it’s harder than it looks and sounds.

“When I try to explain it, people say that sounds pretty easy,” he said. “When I first tried, I couldn’t do it.”

Buente agreed with Winn.

“It’s a kind of sport where you get better and better as you go,” he said. “It’s kind of awkward at first.”

But Putt said people shouldn’t be intimidated by the group of friends or the sport.

“These are the friendliest guys I know,” he said. “If you like riding a bike, come out.”

Buente said his favorite aspect of the sport is that it’s competitive and aggressive in nature, but still fun.

“It’s a camaraderie sport,” he said. “We don’t play super aggressive because we’re fairly new.”

Still, the sport can be dangerous. Players fall off their bikes and onto the pavement and can even get hit with a mallet in the face or chest. Those playing in Muncie have bruises and scars to prove it.

Their bikes also get damaged.

Sometimes they have to leave the game to get tools to make repairs and other times they can be made on-site before or after the game starts.

The team is trying to make the game’s presence in Muncie bigger.

“It died off a little bit,” Buente said. “We’re hoping it will continue to grow.”

They made flyers they plan to hang around town to spread the word and created a Facebook page.

Mast said he enjoys playing bike polo because it’s a different type of sport and it’s not solely physical.

“It’s not like you go work out to play bike polo,” he said.

Winn likes the challenge.

“It seems so simple to me and when I can’t make my body do what my mind says I should be doing, it frustrates me and makes me want to do better,” he said.

If the game seems too intimidating to play, it’s fun to watch.

John Callahan, 22, said that’s how he got involved.

“I hang out with these guys all the time and it’s a lot of fun to watch,” he said.

He played for the first time a few weeks ago and scored a goal, which encouraged him to keep trying.

The team hopes they’ll find a better place to play. Until then, you’ll find them behind Savage’s.

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Nice Muncie!  Glad to see you guys getting some press.  Hopefully it bring ya a few new players too.

See you guys this sunday in indy!

-W.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fixcraft Unibody line - promo shots!

I think everyone is aware of my fondness for Fixcraft products. Polo specific, high quality, player owned, hella nice guys- what else could you ask for? I've been rocking a Swiss-made MILK mallet for since they came out, but with the variety of heads Fixcraft has been putting out there's no need for $60 of shipping from Geneva, especially since the Unibody heads come in the classic 2'ID size (model 2375) AND oversized (model 2500).

And i hear the main production run is almost finished! So let's enjoy these awesome promo photos til the rush is on! (next week or so)


-W.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Photos from ESPI 7 in DC





















Check out the full album HERE.

Thanks again to Eric Ransom and the whole DC club!

-W.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ESPI 7 final match videos by Adam Hite

What a game eh? The Means played the Beavers three times during the double elim and each match featured some of the best polo i've ever seen. Now i get to spend the next few days reliving it thanks to Adam Hite!


Thanks again dude!

-W.

Thank you DC bike polo!


...will be posted tomorrow. Sorry guys, i've been through most of them but with all traveling i gotta get my ducks in a row. Meanwhile i'm gonna reflect on how FUCKING AWESOME alexis, chris and nick are!

If they play at worlds like they did this weekend i'm willing to bet money they end up on top of that podium!

-W.