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BENCH MINOR 4 IN L.A.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - Sunday, June 2, 2013
Host club: 
LA Bike Polo
Court size: 
One Rink idk

SAVE THE DATE!!

June 1st and 2nd of 2013

Details forthcoming, we just wanted to get this out to the Poloverse ASAP

Hosted by L.A. Bike Polo

Event will take place at Recreation Park in El Segundo, California. The rink is a mile south of LAX, and less than a mile from the beach.

Please email paul dot rauen at gmail w/ "Bench Minor 4" as subject, and your full name and current city to register yourself for the draft.

Draft Registration closes Feb 15th, 10 pm EST
Bench Minor 4 Draft occurs Feb 16th, 10 pm EST

Draft Board:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoEwZGyVH38zdHFnWktxSXliMDV...

UPDATE: GMs confirmed!

Pistolero - LA
Ben Schultz - Chicago (MKE)
Eric Crandall - Portland
Cody Riggs - Seattle
Ngaihon Choo- Toronto
Eric Kremin - MKE

Location

Recreation Park
401 Sheldon Street El Segundo, CA 90245
El Segundo, CA
United States

Signed up

Draft me!

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

GM confirmations to follow. LA Bike Polo doing big things!!!

Would you say that L.A. Bike polo is having a big BM?

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

without hesitation. where wiping is only a formality. super clean, super BIG!

When will we know who the team captains are?

Hell yeah Paul!!

"We don't need no education"

You need me David!!!!!!!!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

hoping to back fit intime for this

How many players per team minimum vs. maximum ???
Also, any restrictions on city-based vs. mixed teams ???

Lefty Bullshit!

Bench Minor is the tournament with captains and a draft. This thread is about Bench Minor 4. Bench format is the format of play that primarily uses city-based teams. They are different things. Bench Minor uses bench format, but not city-based teams.

I guess I'm going to have to be the guy who reminds everyone about this.

Now I know when I'll be in LA next.

Elijah just don't come over here wearing those Daisy Dukes u be wearing!! They are not cool over here :D

"We don't need no education"

Nothing wrong with showing a little pocket.

don't show pocket if you're not showing cheek...

Don't trip Eli, someone's just never been to WeHo before. Or Hollywood. Or the westside. Or downtown. I see men with 50% less short on a daily basis here.

polopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolo

Vote yes on fun!

I just wear them to distract people in the bracket

This years late round sleeper pick. Dont sleep on it.

Yes I understood the irony in that comment.

- Sincerely
Olsen Aviles

FULLY TORQED FOR THIS

Quote:

NEIL_YOUNG said: FULLY TORQED FOR THIS

One of you MoFo'S Better Draft Me!!!

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

Im in! I wanna be à captain.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

just looked up the park for this tournament, it looks like a full sized hockey rink but can any locals give us an exact measurement?

20max6 wrote:

just looked up the park for this tournament, it looks like a full sized hockey rink but can any locals give us an exact measurement?

The court is all the way across town for all of us and its in an area where we'd rarely if ever have business but, a measurement on Google maps says its 165 x 65 ft. Pretty long but not quite the size of the rink we usually play on in NOHO (approx. 180 x 70 ft) and quite a bit smaller than an NHL rink(200 x 85 ft)

I'd say it a bit on the long side but definitely serviceable.

- Sincerely
Olsen Aviles

UPDATE: GMs confirmed!

Pistolero - LA
Ben Schultz - Chicago (MKE)
Eric Crandall - Portland
Cody Riggs - Seattle
Ngaihon Choo- Toronto
Eric Kremin - MKE

please email paul dot rauen at gmail w/ "Bench Minor 4" as subject, and your full name and current city to register yourself for the draft. Draft date forthcoming.

Who are these GM's . Do they even play........................... HAHAHAHAHHA Congratulations All of you . That is a rockstar line up.
Can't wait to ref , commentate and heckle the feck out of you and your squads.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Awesome line up, but no ladies this year?! Also, two GMs from one city is a little silly, but I'm sure you didn't know Ben was moving to MKE.

Midwest is best!!

Gathering the GM group is always a process. Each year I ask people who decline, players that turn down the GM inquiry, and that includes ladies. I'm super excited about this group and think we'll see a really interesting field of players in LA.

and yeah, the Schultz confirmation was prior to the MKE move. . . good thing the Chicago players aren't salty that he left. ;)

When you announce draft date will you also announce cut off for registration? Curious when that date will be or if I can just sign up any time before the draft. I don't remember how it goes.

Yeah, register for the draft should involve paying for the tourney, so that people don't bail as much this year.

Then refund whoever isn't drafted...

People need to understand that registering needs to be an absolute commitment when it comes to a draft-based tournament!

It should be made clear that this is not: "sign up to see how good everyone thinks you are at bike polo so you can jerk off to yourself and then not come".

Edit: Don't get me wrong, I love jerking off to myself.

For real. Maybe not charge people for signing up for the draft, but maybe have the payment deadline be a week or two after the draft too give people enough time to figure out if they can go or not and also keep people from dropping out easily.

Or people could just not drop out at all and actually commit to their team.

FYI... Joker is not an undercover cop, he will not be able to get you out of a $160 ticket for drinking in that park!
He does however does have a sweet old cop car and will pick you up from the bus station...

slayers are only slayers if the slay out of town...

The rumour mill had it he got rid of that car. And really, what's the big deal with owning a cop car that's DEcommissioned? No good for no one I says.

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

Alas my ol' P71 Interceptor has left the fleet. Traded it on for a truck so LABP can play with nets. But Martin, that car was loaded more loaded than you on a Friday nite. V8, Siren, strobes, push bar, cage, laptop, camera, even had the speed governor removed. Memories...

Jokes on woadie... btw

slayers are only slayers if the slay out of town...

I'm so down for this!..

don't leave your wallet there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WILyWmT2A-Q

Confirmed registrants: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoEwZGyVH38zdHFnWktxSXliMDV...

I'll get w/ Joker and the GMs to lock in a Draft Day and will announce cutoff for registration at that point.

Last year's bailing/dropping out made for unpleasant challenges, so I agree that anyone registering for this event should only do so if they can commit to making it. The field will be quite competitive, w/ quality players going undrafted, so to occupy a spot and then not attend is a selfish move. Please confirm your availability prior to throwing your name in the hat.

My goal is to hold the Draft in mid-February so people can make travel plans early, or if undrafted, can use their funds/vacation days to attend other tournaments this season.

Thanks!

If yer considering registering for this, please note: there will probably not be any free housing. We wish we could but those this rink is very far from pretty much all of us. However, there are plenty of cheap motels within riding distance of the courts, LAX, and the beach where the parties will be at. I will post a link to some of them soon, but please factor this in to your budget. Registration should be about $30-$35 a player.

So we can sleep on the beach

I'll admit I have spent a night at the beach we'll be partying at, but I wouldn't count on sleeping there the duration of yer trip. Camping overnight is a ticket if they catch ya.

DRAFT INFO UPDATE:

Draft Registration closes Feb 15th, 10 pm EST

Bench Minor 4 Draft occurs Feb 16th, 10 pm EST

Looking to come over from London if I make the draft. Looks good!

Badger is definitely one of the top European players. Very strong pick.

MALICE for the people.

Testify!

To clarify for GMs, Badger is also known as Adam Gormley. 1/3 of Spring Break.

Yes! Adam is awesome. Hope to see a bunch of you guys in the draft pool.

yea Adam, upvoted! see you in June

the google linx didn't w*rk for registration. But I'm in. And 2nite I only scored 11 goals in 4 games. Just sayin'...
draft me if you dare.

Lefty Bullshit!

Good luck to all the GM's and the players.

I'm out this year. Tobi I'm glad to see you back on the bike.

ADONIS!

Keep your standards low, and morale high.

Paid registration in advance. Either the captains pay and get reimbursed by their team or individuals pay to secure their spot. 2012 had too many defaults, oddly it seemed many were on one team. Payment became an after thought to who was actually attending...we had locals filling spots the day of.

I support this. It was the snowball effect last year, one person dropped, the next got wind of it, and so on, total garbage. Just don't put your name on the list if you aren't full committed, time off work, expenses in order, etc.

• TORONTO • OTTAWA • VALLEY BOYS •
bikepolo.to

Ange nailed it. Also people who sign up and bail barring a solid reason suck cock, and should be treated as such.

Then let that reflect in this years draft.

That will never work.

nice homophobic comment you piece of shit

BribriMKE wrote:

Ange nailed it. Also people who sign up and bail barring a solid reason suck cock, and should be treated as such.

how does one treat one that sucks cock? usually i treat them favorably.
does the jock mentality of humiliating and intimidating those that may be of a different sexual orientation than you make this finally a real sport?!

sorry youre right, wont delete so people know how stupid i am

Inappropriate comment deleted

nm

I wonder what the mentality of jocks who suck cocks is?

Whats all this jumping on the bandwagon and calling BriBriMke 's comment homophobic .
I read it 20 times for what it was and didn't come to the same conclusion as you haters who love to throw anyone under the wagon for telling it as it is which in this case was "fuck you for bailing you cock suckers" and obviously had fuck all to do with people who suck cock but to do with cock suckers who bail.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

looks like emofag changed his name too, and he started all the crap talk

Player profile thread. Because that shit is hilarious.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

what what killa Cali .......DANG...you hear me dog

you are in the Forest

Time off, Place to stay confirmed. Ready to buy ticket. Count IT!!! Gm has place a stay too, just slaying,

Matt Messenger
"Messmann"
bikepologuru.com
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

didn't you buck the pick once before? haha.

Keep your standards low, and morale high.

That was then this is now, consider yourself scored on!

Matt Messenger
"Messmann"
bikepologuru.com
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

So incredibly excited/honored to be involved with this years Bench Minor!!!

If you know someone who should enter, but is on the fence - give them a nudge into the draft pool so we can make this the best one yet.

Player profiles are amazing as always... keep them coming please!

probably too seriously...

www.eighthinch.com

I'm needing a nudge. Switching over to club Canada this year already... EEP

/ / / B A D V I B E S / / /

Please officially add me to the draft pool. The google link isn't working for me some reason...

Lefty Bullshit!

How to get added to draft:

Paul wrote:

please email paul dot rauen at gmail w/ "Bench Minor 4" as subject, and your full name and current city to register yourself for the draft. Draft date forthcoming.

Google link wasn't necessary. :P

how many rounds in this year's draft?

also, this should totally be a 4 on 4. bench minor was conceived as an experiment, wasn't it? keep it fresh. just sayin'.

4v4 is fucking stupid.

i'm gonna x2 your post so it reads x4

hellochris wrote:

i'm gonna x2 your post so it reads x4

4v4 just lends it self to crowding the ball and player with ball too much. with out off sides rules, or something to keep 3 on 1 from being overly effective it's just not doable, in my experience.

Our 4v4 tournament was very successful last year, and will probably be even tighter this year. I don't know what size court you've tried it on, but on a regulation inline rink like we have in Columbia, 4 players per team feels just right. I think many people who attended were in agreement on that point.

I hope more people give it a try in places where large courts are the only option.

That court is regulation? I thought it was wider than most NHL rinks even. I want to try 4 v 4 on our 70'x180' court in Toronto though.

I'm pretty sure regulation INLINE hockey courts are 185x85, which is what ours is according to the parks and rec. Never actually measured.

edit: funny I just looked it up and the rules state "as near as possible to 185x85, with a minimum of 145x65."

emoxfag wrote:

4v4 just lends it self to crowding the ball and player with ball too much. with out off sides rules, or something to keep 3 on 1 from being overly effective it's just not doable, in my experience.

Your experience is just that, yours. It's not indicative of how it would be elsewhere. It's strange to me that you genuinely think that it's fair to conclude that 4v4, as a format, will lead to a certain style of play solely on the basis that that's how it's been when you've seen it. This is the kind of hasty generalization that leads to terrible conclusions.

For example. All of the people who collect cans/bottles for deposit from my block are black. Do you think it's fair to conclude that all people who collect cans/bottles for deposit ANYWHERE are black? Of course not. Because my experience is just a small part of the whole story and it's not indicative of how it would be elsewhere. I assure you that 4v4 in Cascadia would be very different from 4v4 on the east coast, ball crowding isn't really in vogue up here.

pete wrote:
emoxfag wrote:

4v4 just lends it self to crowding the ball and player with ball too much. with out off sides rules, or something to keep 3 on 1 from being overly effective it's just not doable, in my experience.

Your experience is just that, yours. It's not indicative of how it would be elsewhere. It's strange to me that you genuinely think that it's fair to conclude that 4v4, as a format, will lead to a certain style of play solely on the basis that that's how it's been when you've seen it. This is the kind of hasty generalization that leads to terrible conclusions.

For example. All of the people who collect cans/bottles for deposit from my block are black. Do you think it's fair to conclude that all people who collect cans/bottles for deposit ANYWHERE are black? Of course not. Because my experience is just a small part of the whole story and it's not indicative of how it would be elsewhere. I assure you that 4v4 in Cascadia would be very different from 4v4 on the east coast, ball crowding isn't really in vogue up here.

i still stand by the format as stupid. but you know, i enjoy fun, and making polo fun, and others like to find ways to limit said fun, so i can really see why people would be in favor of this.

and to expand on your focus group all the people who collect bottles and cans here are black too. racist.

emoxfag wrote:

i still stand by the format as stupid. but you know, i enjoy fun, and making polo fun, and others like to find ways to limit said fun, so i can really see why people would be in favor of this.

and to expand on your focus group all the people who collect bottles and cans here are black too. racist.

Maybe your fun just really isn't REAL fun? Watch and learn.

Matt-Hewitt wrote:
emoxfag wrote:

i still stand by the format as stupid. but you know, i enjoy fun, and making polo fun, and others like to find ways to limit said fun, so i can really see why people would be in favor of this.

and to expand on your focus group all the people who collect bottles and cans here are black too. racist.

Maybe your fun just really isn't REAL fun? Watch and learn.

Where do you think i learned how to have fun?

the guy who collects cans at our court is white.

I thought it was a woman? ha!!!

In Vancouver our can collectors are exclusively elderly chinese women... sometimes men. They are VERY good at it.

What is this forum topic about again?

Can't make it. Exams in june.
Dates are hard for european players, as they probably gonna have to travel again few months after for the WHBPC.

Have fun!

you probably wouldn't get drafted anyway :)

Another London player here, I'll definitely come out to this if drafted.

lets go back to the sanfran homophobe

140x65

Ahem. Tourney will be 3 a side at a time. 8 rounds of draft + 6 captains.

Any chance of streaming? I would love to watch this.

we could start a PayPal donation thingie to get a streamer onboard (paid flight)...plus save the games to post on vimeo with that capture technology whatsit...one court should be a cakewalk.

Mr Do would do.

and you know this man.

Happy to donate...

AHEM. i make delicious grilled cheez sams with caramelized onions + hawt sawc. I will be feeding u all, and hey it's in the books for me to be making some very awesome home-brew. and coffee. i will do all this REGARDLESS cause it's LA and we want u to have a great time, but i also play bike polo. justa *yawn* throwin that out there [captains;] peace out

Rob Biddle: Very strong defensively. Great teammate who won't lose his head on the court when the going gets tough. Smart with a solid shot. Has a history of giant killing in major tournaments (see NAHBPC 2012). Positive demeanour and enjoys a nice cup of coffee.

PICK HIM!

Tex wrote:

Rob Biddle: Very strong defensively. Great teammate who won't lose his head on the court when the going gets tough. Smart with a solid shot. Has a history of giant killing in major tournaments (see NAHBPC 2012). Positive demeanour and enjoys a nice cup of coffee.

PICK HIM!

this is my favorite post here ever i think. so positive and nice. and true.

Tex wrote:

Smart with a solid shot.

That elegantly says it all. Spot on assessment.

Pick Lomax!

...those days are over.

JUST KIDDING!

Thank you for the creepy endorsement, but I pulled out. I appreciate it greatly, though.

lomax wrote:

Thank you for the creepy endorsement, but I pulled out. I appreciate it greatly, though.

choice of words only makes this creepier.

You can get your own custom Alexis endorsement message for $10 US here: http://tinyurl.com/tex321

I'LL make this real easy for the GM's this year.
I'll play on your team if you give me free accommodation , free snakebites while not playing , you wear a Tshirt that says he's with me with a big fat arrow on it pointing both ways , supply me with a mallet mechanic and a stable girl and last but not least you smile during every game........no substitutions.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Machine you are the most generous snakebit guzzling, true scotsman i know.

Machine wrote:

I'LL make this real easy for the GM's this year.
I'll play on your team if you give me free accommodation , free snakebites while not playing , you wear a Tshirt that says he's with me with a big fat arrow on it pointing both ways , supply me with a mallet mechanic and a stable girl and last but not least you smile during every game........no substitutions.

I'll make it even easier - send this guy to Indianapolis for The Masters... ;-)

Neil - Cross Hares, Manchester UK

You forgot "...and build my bike when I show up as I am being called to the court..."

Polobike1@hotmail.com

Sounds like fun this polo thing! can I play?

Sooo. Cascadia needs to get back north in 5 days.... 15 passenger party van up and down. Save some scrill and get real rowdy?

Qualifier may very well be postponed.

UPDATE: GM DRAFT PICK ORDER now totally available.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls4REyRQueY

damn paul, production value went way up on this one. nice.

so pro.....

So I think getting the stream team out here for this one would be huge. This is a big tournament lots of talent. Bring it to the world! Any interesting ideas of raising revenue to make that happen?

hear hear! let's try and get mr. do to this one, eh?

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If you aren't sinning, Jesus died for nothing.

So with the the draft just a couple days away I guess I should try to sell myself to the captains. I've been playing for over four years now so I do have experience on the court and I've played in some small bench format games as well so I know the drill.I'm a mostly defensive player. My strong points are goal and screens, but I'm not afraid to take the shot if I have to. I'm a team player not a ball hog and if I'm on a team with a captain I can trust and have faith in, I can follow directions and be the guy that help bring a play to life. I am an LA local so if you pick me you know I'm going to show up.

brought to you by the good people at morningstar

When you click on the spreadsheet, my name comes up with a blue box around it. That means I'm the best, right?

When the world said there was no way... Woadie found a way...
While some guys... Put on white sneakers and slicked back their hair... And decided to bail on their team..
Woads was there...
In your mutha fuckin face Craprioti..
You are dead to me just like every time I'm up late and hear an owl whine...
PICK ME.. i PICKED YOU!

slayers are only slayers if the slay out of town...

Gonna lightly touch on 2012 bailing, some times life sucks all the cock and prevents one from playing this awesome sport. That being said regardless of life sometimes being a jerk I promise to do my best to find the means to make BM2013 happen (if picked). I work 3 jobs so can afford to sponsor my travelling fees, i've already given my work heads up on these dates, annnd as an Ottawa breed polo player I can ensure quality heckling ... oh and I guess I play ok polo but that's a perception thing ... if you've seen me play then you know what I bring to the court.

xo
O

x2 if yer not a GM but have already filled out at least 1 mock draft

Going to have a live chat again tonight. It's open now if you want to pre-draft.

You can use a nerdy IRC client to connect to #bikepolo, or just go to http://webchat.freenode.net and use the channel "bikepolo".

ps: pick me.

remember, by entering the draft, everyone is expecting you to *attend* if you're drafted.
Awesome list of talent, good luck everyone!

Can sum1 post the link to the live feed of the GMs making their picks

it's at the top of this thread.

it's also here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoEwZGyVH38zdHFnWktxSXliMDV...

Oh shoot I meant the live video feed

I'm working tonight but I will be checking the draft to see where I got picked. Stoked

Shitty

Take it Sleazy

Aren't these the same teams as last year?

Take it Sleazy

tommy gunn wrote:

Aren't these the same teams as last year?

pretty close. but how many people do you think got that much better over the last year to push the people who were in it out of the spots? is there anyone on the list you think you're better then, or closer to one of the gms to have that spot?

I know I'm a better pick than some of the chosen ones. I'm not close to any of the GM's. I'm mainly just drunk and disappointed.

Take it Sleazy

tommy gunn wrote:

I know I'm a better pick than some of the chosen ones. I'm not close to any of the GM's. I'm mainly just drunk and disappointed.

like who?

Me!

Have fun getting no drunken tom hugs for a while.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

We might have to give Ben schicago an honorary club patch.

ben schmilwattle

Hang on a SECOND. This sounds exactly like something 20MAX6 or, DenverFetishMAX, or JAGWOLVES MAX would say. Who are you? How many times do you need to change the names and places of participants to protect the innocent?

That will never work.

All the disappointed people forgot BM is a popularity contest instead of an all-star game and GMs never pick to win, they pick to have fun.

pete wrote:

GMs never pick to win, they pick to have fun.

I was not picked, therefor this cannot be true.

• TORONTO • OTTAWA • VALLEY BOYS •
bikepolo.to

Nick is pretty fun!

Im sure the thought going through all the GM's heads were. "this guys not very good, but will be fun to play with..." no.. but somebody has to talk out of their ass on here with nothing to say but correction and criticism.

Jake,you rule!!!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

yes pete I like to have fun while I'm winning.

140x65

LA, will we be allowed to play on the court in the couple of days prior to the tournament?

Unfortunately no, this court is only available to us on Saturday and Sunday during the allotted hours of the tourney, which are still being finalized. If yer here early, the rink in NoHo is open til about 7, when the hockey league borrows it back from us. Or if yer at No Manor, the courts in Highland Park are open til 11pm at least. Lately the lites have been shutting off around 1am, but that seems to change randomly throughout the year. the rink we're playin on is not as slick as the NoHo rink, nor as big. Maybe about 20% smaller and grippier. Ask some of the OG Seattle heads about our stadium, it hasn't changed much since they were last there in 2009. This rink we'll be playin on is about double the size of Cal Anderson, in width and length.

Hey David

http://haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com/

Kremin has at least 6 nationalities on his team...........Fantastic

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Congratulations to all Playing in one of Bike Polo's most intense , kick ass tournaments.
If you have never been to any of the last 3 make sure you make it to this one in LA .
Prepare to be astounded and to understand how much you have to UP your game to be able to compete at this level as a team player and not just as an individual.
................oh yeah and how much bribe scwhag you need to buy your way in and how brown your nose must be.

Seriously make the trip.The Stream Team hasn't been sponsored for this yet so History may only exist in the 3D reality of your 5 senses being present. So worth it . ...............Ya want it on Pay-per-view??

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

will this be the year someone actually makes a trade?????

Not me!

Captains, if by chance somebody drops out, consider me as a backup.

Lefty Bullshit!

I think a lot of people got great picks. Why Pete, Timtim, and I didn't get picked after what we did to LA, I mean in LA, i will never know. I do know that not getting picked will do wonders for my game. Have a great time, I think I am going to go on a nopolocation that week instead.

Thanks for rubbin it in Eli. I was surprised u dint get drafted by anyone too.

ElijahKentucky wrote:

I think a lot of people got great picks. Why Pete, Timtim, and I didn't get picked after what we did to LA, I mean in LA, i will never know. I do know that not getting picked will do wonders for my game. Have a great time, I think I am going to go on a nopolocation that week instead.

It might be coz it's a team sport but you individually happened to get lucky that weekend................or it could be a whole loada different reasons.....................just speculating (can you say that about something that already happened)
Disclaimer: if you whine about this post that might be a reason, too. Hope yer smiling.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

As a team, we did get kinda lucky with the bracketing. We played LA twice and didn't play either of the 2 Seattle teams. Both of those would've been extremely difficult games. But Elijah's play was not lucky. He played very well and very consistently. He could've used a little more drunk stamina in the last game but I could've said no to TooShort's blunt. And Joey could've stopped throwing his back wheel at me. Whatever, it's polo.

I know why I didn't get picked, because people don't like me, largely because of my perceived attitude online. I treat text differently that most folks, I have my reasons, and I'm okay with the results.

Pete wrote"I know why I didn't get picked, because people don't like me,"
What do you mean people don't like you. I think they all LOVE you.
BUT you're basically telling me that I either didn't get picked coz people don't like me either or that I'm really shite at polo.......you cut me Pete , you cut me deep this time bro.

And you lads did play really feckin well together in LA

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

I said this with a smile on my face, but yes i was still talking some shit. At the end of the day, not getting picked will do a lot for my game, and I am excited about that.

tickets booked. Boom! it gotta say, polo is making seeing my family real easy this year what with being able to hang with my brother in LA and na's in minnesota where the rest of my family is. super stoked to finally get to play in la and go to the beach in the summer time. my usual visits are around christmas.

So since we only have court access on Saturday/Sunday, where is polo going to happen on Friday or Monday? The tourney court looks amazing btw.

Good question. Unfortunately, from the tourney courts it's an hour drive or more to the other courts that we play on in LA, so the focus on Friday will likely be partying at the beach as people land at nearby LAX. Monday, I'm certainly up for more of that too. There is an area alongside the rink for warming up in between games if you wanna stay loose, but the logistics of actual pickup polo make that unlikely for those days at this time. Of course, if enough ppl wanna make the pilgrimage to our other courts, I'm sure we can get some games going.

I'm flying in Wednesday and staying up in Highland Park... will I get to play pickup coach Joker??

Wednesday is a regular nite for our Highland Park court so yeah. Friday is too. What kind of turnout in that 'hood we'll have on Friday remains to be seen. FYI using public transit it can take 2hrs to reach the tourney court from that part of LA...

To all those playing in this I pose the following question: After you land at LAX do you want the nearby Beach with bonfires and Hotel Party OR a long but somewhat scenic commute to get to pickup and the best Mexican food in LA? Keep in mind you will have to repeat that commute on Saturday morning if you crash in Highland Park.

lol Coach Joker Henry u shredded BM2

someone has to record these games..i want to see the best ball out!

Not feeling the team spirit yet, no group email or etc. :(

We all went for strippers and blow at ECO II. Sorry you missed it.

stupid question but what ball are we using?

Fair question there, Robocop. At minimum we'll use Fixcraft Hot Weather Balls or their new Canadian Orange. If the F/C Super Hot Weather ball is out by then, and has tested well enuff out here, we'll try to have that. The rink is pretty close to the ocean, so I don't think the heat will be terribly stifling, but y'all can be assured will use the best ball possible.

What is it now Mike?

We all play with the same ball at any given time...

Your time across the pond got your balls all knotted up in your "robo knickers"?

Seriously...

Where is my skeet?

slayers are only slayers if the slay out of town...

found it

beach party baby!

140x65

Keep your shirt on please!

slayers are only slayers if the slay out of town...

has anyone starting booking hotel rooms yet?

I'm probly gonna stay here:

http://www.haciendahotel.com/

It's the cheepest and closest to the courts/beach

Also there is a travelodge

https://plus.google.com/101417442316728319394/about?gl=us&hl=en

for a lil more. If any of you have free miles or credits to any of the myriad hotels near LAX, go for it, as they are pretty close to the action too.

Is it really, really strange for anyone else to see someone from the club hosting a tournament staying at a hotel closer to the court? Only in (the vast urban sprawl that is) LA!

Ha! What can I say, I just wanna hang out with everyone else who got picked.

not sure if that was a slight or not

if it was... remember Westsides?

I sure do. Machine talked me out of driving back home so I could hang in Pomona with everyone and have a wild hotel party!

Wait... Is this the same Westside where the fire tornados wiped the court with your ass?

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Just booked my ticket. Jill and I will be staying at the Hacienda Hotel.

Hey, just some questions, as I'm trying to organise a similar tournament.

You've got 6 teams. Is that on 1 court or 2?

Because with 6 teams on 2 courts, a team would have to be two consecutive games at some point.

Also, what format do you use, round robin? then a final? semis?

Right now the blueprint is gonna be just like BM2 in Chicago, which means each team will face each other once, and the top 4 will play in a single elim on Sunday. Unlike BM2, we will not have ties. I have never liked ties in a round robin anyway. All of it will happen on the same rink.

thanks!

Just want to throw it out there, if anyone is interested in Reffing this tournament, plz contact me directly

alex at alexdash dot com

We're working on training local players for this, but if you think you have what it takes, or would like to burnish your resume for future ref jobs, there may be some $$$ and free housing for the right applicant.

Can we stream this on bikepolo.tv? I'm hoping to join Machine as co-commentator & embarrass myself in real time.

Dus I'm glad you asked. Unfortunately, Live Streaming is outside of our budget for this one, and I'm loathe to raise the reggo so everyone else can watch. These players are spending a lot of $$$ to fly here and ball, so I think it's only appropriate the viewers pay for such awesome entertainment. We have opened a paypal donation email:

818bikepolo@gmail dot com

We will use all the funds raised here to pay for a professional videographer to shoot as many games as we can afford, starting with the bracket and working our way backwards. We'll upload them to vimeo as promptly as possible to be viewed in perpetuity. Donate enuff scratch and we'll put your name on the video itself. Details on that part, we'll work out later.

THANK YOU Fixcraft for your generous donation. We have the videographer! If we can get $100 more or so we can probly stream this!

Barely a fortnight away! Mega 411 email was just sent out to all the Captains like 5 minits ago.

AAHAHAHAAAAHHHHHHHHH! I can't wait for you all to get here! If you're in town Thursday YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT! We have some special talent booked for the night at No Manor, VERBS! check out verbs.bandcamp.com - This guy is legit. And a badass DJ. And fire. Get here now! Or next week. OK.

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

Helpful things! Here's a map of where the park is and where the beach is, in relation to each other:
http://goo.gl/maps/Fs1mE

aaaaaaaaaaand, polo house address (feel free to send cookies, money, coffee or booze at any time):
6179 Myosotis St., Highland Park, 90042
Regular courts, for those in town early: Montecito Heights Park. 4545 Homer St., Highland Park.

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Ok fools , if any of you are sitting on the fence wondering who is gonna win this and are willing to put their beer where my mouth is i got THE PUNISHERS to win Bench Minor 4.
Beer payable in cans after the final on Sunday.
All comers welcome to wager.
Don't be scared , be very very afraid.
1 beer per bet. Choose your team and watch them get annihilated followed by me getting annihilated........

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Is that David's team? I will take that bet, I got Cody's team to win for a good craft pint, Sorry David.

First bet accepted , Thanx for the beer Jouche

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Will there be pay pal bets this year?

dunno but you could always send me the money you're due me from 2 years ago. ....... just saying again and again and ...........

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

OK IF YOU WANT BM4 LIVE STREAMED NO MANNERS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN

SEND PAYPAL DoNATIONS TO 818bikepolo@gmail.com as soon and as often as you can so the world can watch this live. I'd say this is going to be the most INTENSE polo of 2013 if not ever with a total International Allstar line up.
Time is nearly up to make this happen so spot LA a 10,20,50, a ton or a grand and the world shall no your name.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Ya'll want to use Podium to broadcast and track stats? It was used at the Midwest Battle 2 with great success.. Hit me up! tourney@hardcourtpodium.com

It takes one person dedicated to doing it the whole time, but it's worth it!

What the hella slayers. Not one bit of trash talk with 4 days to go.
Y'all gone soft or wot.... I re-iterate

Ok fools , if any of you are sitting on the fence wondering who is gonna win this and are willing to put their beer where my mouth is i got THE PUNISHERS to win Bench Minor 4.
Beer payable in cans after the final on Sunday.
All comers welcome to wager.
Don't be scared , be very very afraid.
1 beer per bet. Choose your team and watch them get annihilated followed by me getting annihilated.......

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

I'mma Pete Rose the hell outta this!

One cheap and cold 24oz beer says my team - The Moroders - takes the BM4 win. Beer to be payable after the tourney as drinking is not allowed at the event space.

For the lazy... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Rose

probably too seriously...

www.eighthinch.com

aah Crandall , if yer calling on a switch hitter from last generations finest to do yer bidding ,then I accept your bet and raise you a high five as you hand me my ice cold PBR.
thanx in advance
Go PUNISHERS

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

how am I supposed to make bets when most of the teams don't even have names?!

Legalize Hand Throws - 2014

I uploaded a photo of the Diamond Delegates jerseys but they were too sweet for the internet and do not show up here. Suffice it to say you should place your bets on us!!

Diamond Delegates for the win, for the sure.

I got a 24 pack on it.

where we at with this streaming thing, how far away from the goal?

Last I checked we have received zero donations

Also, please tell me you guys are using Podium so us folks at home can follow along. I hate that I'm missing this!

Midwest is best!!

Everyone will be able to follow along. Since this is such a simple format, we are most likely gonna use a simple google doc with all the standings. We'll have a link to it soon.

You should use Podium, it's super easy!! There's bound to be someone available to run it since only 2 teams will be on the court at a time.. it's not crucial to the running of the tourney, so you can just delegate it out to someone else..

Any folks want to volunteer to help in this effort?!

Look at all the stats you get: http://www.followpodium.com/midwestbattle2

Thanks Vince. We've got it under control, but we can discuss this more via email.

Who will give me odds? I'm ready to lay down some chedda for my home town crew, just no bookie experience. C'mon, someone's gotta setup an online betting site for this...

SO, my ride fell through. Anyone heading south through Santa Cruz that could give two polo players a ride? I think ideally we would like our bikes with us and to be heading north Sunday evening. PM me if it seems likely! We'll pitch on gas/beer!

shotgun your bike!

BEACH!

...those days are over.

JUST KIDDING!

Jillian! Craigslist rideshare? Gotta get you there. See you Friday night!

...those days are over.

JUST KIDDING!

*FOR ANY EARLY ARRIVALS! polo will be happening today (thursday) at montecito heights recreation center near ave 43 and mosher in highland park. it's quite a ways from LAX but if u are getting picked up or taking the flyway bus to union station (like $8 and worth it) u are likely to make it to polo if u want. after polo there is the party at NO MANOR polohaus at 6179 Myosotis St, Los Angeles, California 90042. this will start at like 10pm after polo. my homie verBS is rapping and mikey wally spinning. and i'm slingin my food-bike business Wheelie Good Food grilled cheez sandwiches with caramelized onions n hawt sawc. get at me! tonight will be great.

ciao-der
DP!

You guys got the game schedule for this yet?

Tournament Schedule:

http://bit.ly/19raIUR

The tabs at the bottom reveal the game times, records, and rosters.

See you all there Saturday Morning at 10am Sharp!

Will someone update us on current score or exciting news in the chat box on the spreadsheet!?

I'm doing updates right now via Jill but someone else has gotta take over!

x2!!! Where is the spreadsheet? It's not the same one as the team list is it? I wish you guys were using Podium...
Edit: Nevermind, I'm sleep deprived. I don't see Tiff's updates though.

Midwest is best!!

If I bring my radar gun, can I come and watch? I promise not to laugh at your 50mph.

Not Yet....Not Yet.

This shit's rigged!

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkXlbyfypo3pdG4yVUhNN0lwUEd...

Google doc sez "You do not have permission to add comments."

wtf?

Thank you for the updates though, dear Singularity.

Devin

--
Credo quia absurdum

All teams have played one game. We got a few peeps in the running for the Golden Mallet (most goals scored) - can you guess who's on the short list?

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Pierre

Sorry for letting you down Do, but there was no catching up with Beast mode Koyo this weekend...

polo o muetre

The livestream is all fucked up

You have to go out of town to get inside jokes.
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themeans.xxx
themeansbikepolo.com
fixcraft

What livestream, and where?

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

I believe he's being facetious. He got me all excited at first as well. : /

Midwest is best!!

Gawd Damn.

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

this was always going to be a kremin - dillman (adonis) final

How can I find out how many goals Koyo scored?

Tex wrote:

How can I find out how many goals Koyo scored?

We are actually keeping stats, yes, but won't be able to report them until the end of the tourney. Our crew is working hard to keep things running smoothly on site. Koyo's only scored like a million goals so far.

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Hey Folks! Today we have a videographer booked and are gonna livestream all of today's matches! To this point our internet and electricity has been stable, so check back here in a couple hours for a link to all the action. We're still in the middle of the round robin, but when it is over we'll populate the standings further. Also, we have been compiling hella player stats, but that amount of data is pretty hefty, so expect them later on.

All 3 of the overtime periods (tiebreakers) are posted online on the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/507848095942751/?fref=ts

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We are posting gameplay updates on Twitter to prevent this thread from becoming unruly. You don't need to have a Twitter account to view it - https://twitter.com/LAbikepolo

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

Nice job guys.
Also, I play pickup with koybro on a daily basis and can confirm that he routinely scores a million goals on the first day of tournaments.

Here's a photo set from yesterday: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200700351883803.1073741828.1...

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Live streams suck! Just saying.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Don't watch it then! LA went through a lot of trouble to set it up, I'm sure.

Midwest is best!!

Stream up at: http://justin.tv/bekingbeking

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Anyone wanna guess which team was first at the court both days?

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Live stream is a bit laggy but we are saving all the footage it will be available at a higher quality after the tournament. Major thanks to Fixcraft & Ben's Cycles for funding the videography!! And to Alison Powell for manning the camera.

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

And of course Machine for being the best sports commentator ever.

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

Just watched the best polo I've ever seen. Next level!

LA Bike Polo killed it this weekend, huge thanks to all the organizers, score keepers, stats keepers, video streamers, and Drizz for putting up with all the heckling.

who has the aloe? thanxamillion LA.

Congrats to Global U, my money was on you the whole time.

So don't leave us hangin'. Golden mallet? MVP? Best goal celebration?

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Suicide King (Olsen) and myself spent the first 20hrs of this tournament meticulously watching and recording stats for all 15 of the seeding games. We kept track of: goals scored, shots attempted, assists, turn overs, steals, save/blocks, and dabs for everrrrrry player. I'm going to spend the day putting everything into the tourney google doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkXlbyfypo3pdG4yVUhNN0lwUEd...

Honorable mentions so far:

Tourney MVP: Koyo, Team Blue with 31 goals
Golden Mallet (Most Blocks/Saves): Erica Compton, The Legion with 41 blocks/saves
Most Goals in a Single Game: Koyo, Team Blue with 9 goals
Most Efficient Scorer in a Single Game: Dusty Riggs, The Legion with 7 goals on 15 shot attempts

I play for hugs

Polovanni wrote:

Most Efficient Scorer in a Single Game: Dusty Riggs, The Legion with 7 goals on 15 shot attempts

Yawn.

lulz.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

There are more polo stats coming at you later on in the afternoon then you will know what to do with. Stay tuned!!!

I play for hugs

Game/Player/Team Stats for Bench Minor 4 are done!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkXlbyfypo3pdG4yVUhNN0lwUEd...

Use the tabs at the bottom to click between "SEEDING GAME SUMMARIES" and "PLAYER STAT TOTALS" to view the most stats to ever? be taken at a bike polo tournament!

I play for hugs

ridiculous weekend. thanx so so much

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Especially to Reaper for being the best shotgun rider/wingman EVVA

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Thank you Los Angeles. You did a great job. Apologies to the scorecard flipper, yes we were a bit harsh. Overall you folks pulled off a great tournament and facilitated a very fun weekend. I look forward to coming back!

All this plus big up for Paul as a ref. You took the beating of the sun and the harsh expectations from everyone like a boss to help this sport move forward. It is so much clearer to me how hard it is to ref an international polo tournament due to all the different expectations and polo styles. Keep it up bud!

polo o muetre

Also, everything about that court was amazing. Perfect surface, great bounces off those walls two doors, plenty of room for bikes on the bench. And the size was great, larger than most polo courts is what you want for Bench. but not too big.

i'd say do bench minor 2014 in the same spot, and get that scoreboard working this time, even if players have to pitch in more for it. not sure if the Courtyard will have us back, but that place was sweet.

Thanks Kev, that really means a lot to hear some gratitude. As for the socreboard, it was the first thing I asked about when I put down the deposit. The controller to run it belongs to Hockey League that plays there and not the venue. And according to the venue, the league doesn't loan it out.

It was Cab a good friend of Mambo and D (global united ) who posted the U-tube video of the final game. He stood next to me and caught the whole thing. Good job mate....
LA are we going to see any other games??????

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Long overdue but now that I'm back from vacation I want to give a shout out to all those who attended, sweated, cooked, cleaned, statisticized (sic), taped, flipped scorecards, bought charcoal, sold herb, fixed wheels, judged goals, reffed, tweeted, made airport pickups, and helped out over the weekend.

On the court, I have never seen such amazing Polo, game in and game out. The concentrated level of talent brought out the best I have ever seen, and the stats quantified it in ways I couldn't have imagined, despite being a lifelong athlete and sports fan. What I saw was a window to the future, should Bench Format become the standard; General Managers controlling the market to compete for championships. I think it is a long way off, and I still love 3v3, but this was probably like baseball was when it first entered free agency.

Paul, thanks for reffing. I think you did a great job, 12hours at a time with no breaks. As with a lot of major tournaments, the bar will get set higher each time, and I'm proud of what was accomplished here, and hope you continue to ref in the future. Yer an asset to the game.

To my club, thanks for going along with this. I don't think ya'll really knew what you were getting into at first, but you shined magnificently. Well done, I couldn't be happier to be a part of LA Bike Polo.

To the rest of the Poloverse: Pray at nite you never have to face Global United! Thank the stars they reside on 3 separate continents! Clearly they were the best team all weekend, and their captain was a true leader at all times. Always early to the courts, and at the end of the nite I found them all grubbing together at the same diner like a bunch of hitmen from a movie. Your championship rings should be ready in a coupla weeks.

The videos are in the works. Please realize it is 12hrs of footage that needs to get chopped up in to bite size pieces with suitable frame rates and compression for youtube. Our videographer sez she is gonna upload the final to vimeo for better quality.

With the talent level out there, these games were unreal. You guys did an awesome job getting that last game in and over minutes before the lights went out. And of course the stats... oh man the stats.

I didn't realize until after the champ game that I had been there watching polo - not playing - for 6 hours.

And that was only because my girlfriend told me I owed her for making her watch 6 hours of polo on our LA vacation.

Legalize Hand Throws - 2014

Vids are up:

http://www.youtube.com/user/BenchMinor4Official?feature=watch

dope.

you guys did a great job with the vids/stats. no sarcasm. it's tight yall took the initiative to record it all.

Thanks Daniel. Yeah it can be hard to tell what ppl mean around here sometimes so we def appreciate the sincerity. Took A LOT of doing but, speaking for myself, would love to do this one again if that's what the Poloverse wants.