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4th Annual East Side Polo Invitational (ESPIs) - May 2 & 3, 2009

WANT!!!

We're in. Sweet poster.

not playing

stupid wife's friend's wedding.

MKE will be there

-hero squad * milwaukee, wi-

- Beaver Boys * Milwaukee Bike Polo Club -

hopefully pcola will be there if not atleast me.

Will be there so hard.

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

What the fuck does that even mean Nick? Come on dude. Seriously.

I miss you guys

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Mallets Of Mayhem

He'll be there, and when he's there he'll be so hard, duh.

Well maybe I miss you too.

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

I miss you so hard.

I miss your hardness.

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Mallets Of Mayhem

no more back bay court? this one's the tiki torch rink, right?

This is the tiki torch rink
no rules apply

summing up a west coast team! Well be there.

Messmann
bikepologuru
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

Matt Messenger
"Messmann"
bikepologuru.com
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

mess lets talk we got a few things cooking up down here in portland

There is a few things cooking up in portland. A team showing up!

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

maybe Philly will find the trophy by may 09.
we've yet to see it back, and with everyone gettin so good we'd like to spend at least part of the year with it before its returned to the tournament.
this is a formal request.

x2

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.com/

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
hardcourtbikepolo+gmail+com
hardcourtbikepolo.com

Oooh, yeah, about that. We suck.

Hopefully I can come this Saturday and I will bring it.

Polo for Life!
Planning on this one! Can't wait to go home and play! Tryin to bring my team!

Now in freewheel flavor!!

617 is Boston

Thats what they call me! Someday i'll come home.

Now in freewheel flavor!!

Since there is no specification as to what kind of polo being played (simply East Side Polo Invite), does that mean we can play with ships and horses since they are depicted in the flier?

BOOM!

I like your polo.

Ill be riding a tea bag (insert all the jokes here) and using a bean for my mallet head.

this tourney should be subtitled "Boston Tea Bag Party" <-- you mean a joke like that?

-hero squad * milwaukee, wi-

- Beaver Boys * Milwaukee Bike Polo Club -

You're so smart Joe!

Sauls- Will it be a Jelly Belly head or just generic? I think Jelly Belly tastes better, but generic ones are larger. Preference I guess...

BOOM!

I like your polo.

Zing, doughnuts.

alright sweet-T lets talk. call me up!

Messmann
bikepologuru
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

Matt Messenger
"Messmann"
bikepologuru.com
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

the Broome Street Bullies are in.

nyc

we are in the works of putting together a couple teams from florida to rent a van and have a trailer for our bikes! WE WILL BE THERE! come down for the SESPI ONE next month here in pensacola. its like the sister event and whats nots! but on the beach!!

see yall next month! and then again in may!

us kids from south jersey are still trying to see what we can do

SOUTH JERSEY!!!!

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.com/

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
hardcourtbikepolo+gmail+com
hardcourtbikepolo.com

FUCK YEAH!!!!!

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.com/

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
hardcourtbikepolo+gmail+com
hardcourtbikepolo.com

was the espi trophy returned to NYC

tomorrow. so i hear.

nyc

If everything works out according to plans, it should be there on Sunday. Although I may just ride it on the bus if were playing in Manhattan.

Planning on making this one my first travel out of the state tourney. Do you Boston cats house players for the weekend?

Thanks! Joey!

nice, a little SoCal representation at the east side. joey, are you bringing a team with you?

nyc

dont worry man you will have a place to stay plenty of space

I can’t seem to talk Alex into it. I do need a team.

for those without a team: think about linking up with Joey. I saw him play really well at the SoCal picnic in december.

nyc

Kick back holmes I didnt say no yet, Let me talk to my agent here I got a lot of offers to sift thru

I talked to your agent.

He said it was WICKED cool

We'd still need a third... this is gonna get tough cuz i know two others from LA who are coming and they want me too but Joey probly gonna get it cuz he makes sick wheel covers ala Gus Legit... WHATTUP JAMES???

OK after pickup/scouting combine this past Sunday, Joey and me are rolling. And we gonna need a third.

If you guys do not get the third, don't worry about you will get hooked up.

Hey if you fly me down I will plaay with the 818!

EVBP
Northern Standard

BE STILL MY HEART! I dunno bout airfare but we could throw in a hoodie or jersey or something

Just sell the gear you won at our tourney Drunkie!

Is there anything you need joey? Hey can you poke around and see if you can find a asx rear swing arm?

EVBP
Northern Standard

I just bought my ticket for this tournament. I don't know who is coming from madison yet but i will figure out my team soon or might be looking for a team.

never mind, it looks like madbikepolo is representing, kev, ben and jonny

Nice

I needed that advice about the front brake sooner. My bike now has a freewheel and front brake. My game has improved. No extra ASX parts. Haven’t rode my ASX in a while.

Shh lets keep that between you and I, don't want to let to many people in on that one. heheh
If you do hear of a swing arm keep me posted... 321 818!

EVBP
Northern Standard

hopefully florida can make a better representation at the espi then the sespi.

^Agreed. There may be a good possibility that I can make this Event. My semester will be finished on Apr. 30. I may need to be up north for an internship this summer anyway, so I could knock out a polo tournament and traveling for the internship all at once.

Ryan I guess you can tentatively count me in for this. Plus I have family in B-town, prolly should stop in, eh?
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"It is not birds that speak, but men learn silence." -Kathleen Raine

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"It is not birds that speak, but men learn silence." -Kathleen Raine

it will be good to see some south coast sunshine up here in Boston

GO RICHMOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O.G.D.C.

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

are you drinking joose again this morning?

Will this tourny be held at Hockey Town USA?

no. i'm going to post fuller details this weekend, but it will be held outdoors rain or shine.

its gonna be dope

no it wont. its gonna be hella-dope

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Mallets Of Mayhem

there is a short preview up on legitbikepolo.com. click here.

I can't wait. Playing in Florida allowed me to regain the itch for polo after being out of action for 3+ months!

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Mallets Of Gayhem

Hey Gus, Javier et al,

what is the party situation? ESPI is not just about polo is it?

If I'm going to fly across the continent from the Republic of East Van I want to party my ass off and play some sweet polo. I want to attempt to finish all the booze, be the last one standing at the end of the party (and at the end of the tournament but that is less likely).

One thing's for sure, and that is big big party. Not sure if we're going to run it out of a local sponsoring shop, reserve a bar'n run goldsprints, or do it at someone's pad. Up in the air. Big party.

Boston/MPLS
http://legitbikepolo.com

Boston/MPLS/Elsewhere
currently running Photo Blog www.gustavHoiland.com
formerly of http://legitbikepolo.com

Big and Cheap? Please say yes

BOOM!

I like your polo.

Phoenix will be bringing two teams to ESPI this year. plane tickets have already been purchased.

Phoenix! Sweet. Big tournament update will be posted on www.legitbikepolo.com later tonight. Includes tentative schedule, rules list'n whatnot. I'll probably post up the rules on this thread so they can be thoroughly discussed and worked out to everyone's delight.

Boston/MPLS
http://legitbikepolo.com

Boston/MPLS/Elsewhere
currently running Photo Blog www.gustavHoiland.com
formerly of http://legitbikepolo.com

Guidelines and Regulations: Please comment here or on the ESPI bikepolo.ca thread if you have a problem with or a suggestion for our rules. Your input is appreciated.

The Important Stuff - Get familiar with the following rules since they probably aren't present in your pickup games, but will be fully enforced in tournament play.

  • Ball joints, scoops, drags etc are fine for passing or dribbling, but will not be counted as shots on goal.
  • Own Goals Count! - Defense may not play the ball accidentally or intentionally through their own goal. Any ball crossing through goal that is not shuffled in by the offense will count as a goal.
  • Offense may play the ball backwards through the goal, but there must be one pass before they score.
  • NO T-BONING - defined as intentionally getting in front of a player who doesn't see you coming. It is everyone's responsibility to be attentive and keep their head up, but certain situations make that very difficult.
  • After a goal, the scoring team must return to their half of the court and remain there until the ball is brought across the line. The scored upon team has to wait for the “reset” before they can bring the ball past center court - no surprises/tailing the now-defending team as they cross the line.
  • No throwing mallets - if a thrown mallet blocks a shot that was likely going in, the court official is probably going to rule it a goal, people will get upset, and it will be bad for everybody.

Tournament Setup

  • There will be an official score and timekeeper for every tournament game. They have the last word on all rulings and a whistle to stop play if any problems arise (contested goal, injury, etc)
  • Timeouts cannot be called by players. Only the courtside official can stop play (and the clock). If your bike isn't dialed in and you drop your chain, the game will go on. If there's a crash resulting in taco'd wheels, the official will stop play.
  • We will need two volunteers per game to goal judge.
  • All teams must have three player's names at time of registration. A player can only register on one team, but substitutions are allowed at the discretion of the official manning the court.
  • Games will be played to 5 goals with 10 minute time limits. Ties at the end of time go to sudden death.
  • Teams must sign in with the courtside official before each game to fill out their player names on the scoresheet. This is a measure we’re taking to minimize downtime between games and maximize the number of games everyone gets to play.
  • All tournament games will be played with Franklin's super high density red balls (non-AGS) to be supplied by court official.
  • ALL MALLETS AND BAR ENDS MUST BE CAPPED. Courtside officials will have barplugs available.
  • Shots higher than the rink boards will not count as goals.

Basics

  • Like contact is allowed within reason.
  • Foot-down = tap-out. Each court will have one marked tap-out spot at center court.
  • Everyone wants to have fun and be safe. Don't hurt yourself or others through reckless play.

Boston/MPLS/Elsewhere
currently running Photo Blog www.gustavHoiland.com
formerly of http://legitbikepolo.com

For T-BONING if you announce that you are coming and going to try and get in front of them so they know your are coming does this allow you to get in front of them. Could you explain this rule in a little grater detail for the people who like to play good solid defense.

Thanks Gus

Leon
Seattle Bike Polo

gus i hope you don't mind if i answer.

for me the issue isn't even if the guy sees/hears you or not. it's whether you're cutting into someone's line in such a way that they aren't able to avoid crashing into you. this is admittedly entirely subjective and depends on factors such as how good you think the other guy is at stopping his bike in time.

a defensive player has every right to block someone coming into goal. the point is you should give the offensive player charging goal enough space to slow down and avoid crashing into you.

T-bones happen. accidentally and intentionally. there is not going to be a "penalty" for this. only the disdain of your fellow players. we just want to encourage clean safe polo.

of course if we see it happening too often and fear for peoples well-being we reserve the right to kick everyone out, take our balls and go home.

thanks for the question Leon. keep them coming, folks!
looking forward to playing with you guys again.

here's my perspective: if some (probably east van) kid cuts right in front of me (i.e. within a couple feet) when i have a straight line, forcing me to squeeze my brake to its fullest thus and either endoing/losing balance/going foot-down or snapping/stretching a brake cable, i will likely not squeeze quite as hard and let my front wheel contact them. as far as i'm concerened they had it coming.

the appropriate/skillful defensive move is to turn mostly parallel with them, get one wheel ahead of theirs, and gradually force them out of play.

this is becoming a block/charge issue like basketball, which i feel is the best direction to take it. the only problem is that it's objective on paper but completely subjective live.

m r lane
CHICAGO

the dark end (aka Bobb Todd, Marzipan, B.R. Fuck Face)

last sentence is spot on. simply stopping in front of someone as they're carrying the ball toward your net is one of the weakest most bush-league defensive "plays" possible. that shit is not defense, it's interference. body check, poke check, sweep check, lift (don't slash) his stick, cut down the shooting angle... any of that stuff is good defense. simply trying to make the person fall off their bike or otherwise lose control of the ball by setting yourself and your bike up as a barricade between them and the net is fucking bullshit.

complete and total fucking turd burglaring bullshit by a metric ton

sorry kev, my post is senseless.

but wait, what if you just steer your bike around them?

and one last thought, on Sunday whenever someone throws down a good block I'm gonna say "nice barricade"

oh yeah, cut your hair you hippie. give up on the devil lock.

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.com/

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
hardcourtbikepolo+gmail+com
hardcourtbikepolo.com

why dies tit say 11'11 that aint the time?

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.com/

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
hardcourtbikepolo+gmail+com
hardcourtbikepolo.com

Edit your user account and change your time zone. For some reason yours is set to Belize, which i think is the same as mountain time.

what's the rationale behind one rather than two tap-out spots?

nycbikepolo.com

its makes you not wanna put your foot down if your further away from the tap out spot. Two tap out spot leads to tap out vacation and foot downs are not as big of a deal. Power play time to capitalize.

"tap out vacation"
lol.

looks like our team is going to be making the trip to our first espi.

You just couldn't let Phoenix have furthest traveled, could you?

Chicago Bike Polo 2003-2008
St Louis Bike Polo 2008-now

Retired.

put robbie boards in bunny-bear's hockey bag so team thread killers can unite

nycbikepolo.com

I was hoping Seattle would take furtherest traveled but getting to play or just hang out with Ballz Deep is going to be just as good as any prize.

Leon
Seattle Bike Polo

get ready, litle beruit rookie kings headed your way.

Yo Dawg I heard you like redundancies so we got a PIN number for your PIN

Not only are we showing up but we get a chance to play against Balls deep? Sounds like a worthwhile trip to me. Here we come east coast.

Marco!

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

ight, this is going to be nice.

can't wait to play where i learned the game from javier, tyler and many others, though the others no longer seem to play.

(aaron, john, veronique - play!)

m r lane
CHICAGO

the dark end (aka Bobb Todd, Marzipan, B.R. Fuck Face)

Tyler "sausage shot" Sage.

Just Bought my flight! STOKED!!!

Doesn't look like Ballz Deep is going to make the trip after all.

However, I have some time off that week.

I would love to make the trip but cannot afford so many cross the continent flights. If anyone is looks for a servicable 3rd who can sometimes score I'm interested. Pay for 1/2 my flight from Vancouver and I'll play my heart out for your team. Shot in the dark but thought I would put it out there.

Rory Bear

Just how much are we talking here?

flying from Canada is expensive...about $200 USD, half a $400 flight. I'll cover the cost of flying my bike.

not worth it

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Mallets Of Gayhem

yea not worth it , go get a job buddy bear. just kidding fuck i would pay your whole damn trip for a chance to play with big sweaty rory if i wasnt hooked up with these two yahoos over here.

I'd love to be your teammate Rory. I'll pay you back when I'm done with school. Or I could bake you lots of cookies. Let me know.

I say again... NOT WORTH IT!

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Mallets Of Gayhem

I'm sorry your team has always come out on the loosing end of games in which we've played. This could be your opportunity to beat me! Maybe YOU should fly me out so your team can have that opportunity.

what if he flies you somewhere else?

financial aid

Dear out of town teams,

If you need housing you can contact me with your city and a rough estimate of people. Spaces might be limited but we are trying our best to get as much floor space as possible. We are also trying to currently work out a deal with a hotel that is right down the street if any peeps would be interested, I heard Phoenix already booked a room there.

you can contact me at: nckregan@gmail.com

It is going to be a first contact first serve basis. Also if floor space runs out there is plenty of room to camp out right near the court if your not scared.

I've been M.I.A. for quite some time doing road racing, but I'll be making an appearance to heckle you rookies. I'll keep my pants on though...

Foot down, tap out!

So who is coming from the west coast aside from portland? Joker, are you and joey bringing a third?
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Marco!

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

The Westside Connection Roster currently is comprised of Me, and Drew from Seattle, the third is up in the air for now... Joey's still thinking about it

No go for this guy.

Awesome. Glad to hear there will be some familiar faces out there. I'm psyched about this tournament seeing as I didn't get a chance to play when it's in my own home.
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Marco!

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

3 of us from seattle are coming, possibly more.

damn this thread is getting crossed ( twist cone)

From BOSTON POLO

Luv Boston's rink. You can play there no matter how rainy it gets. Fun corners too.

how close are the goals to the back wall?

nycbikepolo.com

I think about a bike long, it's been a while. Close to how far it is in 818.

just for the record you guys sound like fucking idiots when you refer to where your from by your fucking area code. bastardization of culture that you dont own and a clear rip off . hey hey yo yo yo if 8 one 8 is how you roll then dont let me be a hater. just thought i would let you know you sound like a moron. but at least you keepin it real

ha! i often agree with ben in real life but that's because ben actually makes sense in real life. his forum persona is way over my head, but for the first time the two worlds collide here...

ID'ing yourself by your area code is too ambiguous now anyway... if i had a landline at my house, it would have 718, but i don't... so my mobile phone has 646 but that could be manhattan or queens or brooklyn or anything in NYC really... the pit has 212 officially, or maybe the 646 overlay? i don't have enough fingers and toes to count all this up... who has an abacus i can borrow?

Whatever... Robbie Boards is waaay cooler than Ben

ah damn do I miss that world sport

267 for life!! or until my tmobile contract runs out.

503 bitches

www.polohaus.blogspot.com
AXLES OF EVIL

Fuck that area code shit. Shout out your zip code bitches!

K1Y 0W1 woot woot!!!

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Mallets Of Gayhem

uh yuh right, but the bitches all ova da place..

SIXONESEVEN 617 SIXONESEVEN 617,(941), i'm comin home and plan to show you all what a "Polo Monster" is! Polo for Life!
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do you actually play with that back wheel?

No, this was a staged photo op., i wanted everyone to know how cool i was runnin an aerospoke!
Hell yeah! What else is an Aerospoke good for? Please let me know.
I bought that shit just for polo! Rear wheels fixed and or replaced since purchase of aerospoke; 0 (8 months and goin strong)

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my irony detector just divided by 0

since the ESPIs wind up on my mom's bday weekend
and since the rents live just out of boston. . .
il be drivin out

the one hitch, il probably leave thursday
anyone in ChiTown want to meet my fam?

thoughtyouknew.us

I'll be flying into Boston on the 1st around noon sometime. I'm staying with a cousin who lives in Brighton, MA.

Oh and I'll be in Boston until the 17th. There will be so much polo in May. Good thing too since I will be stuck on an Island off of MA for the summer and won't see a game of polo until August.

617, You shouldn't be worried about goals through your 5-hole. I'll put one through your frame! Better find a way to protect that hole.

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"It is not birds that speak, but men learn silence." -Kathleen Raine

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"It is not birds that speak, but men learn silence." -Kathleen Raine

Brighton is really close you got lucky.

I've got plans my friend, for the hole and the #1 spot in florida! We are battle ready! Wish we didn't live so far away in the same damn state, cause you would know the heat that i bring!
Look forward to scoring on you soon!

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To the person inquiring about dimensions, our primary court measures about 140 ft long and 70 ft wide, and the goals are about 5 feet from the back wall. There's also 45 degree banking on each corner.

If you know you're coming, please post up here with your city and teammates (or lackthereof), comment somewhere on legitbikepolo.com, or email me at gus@legitbikepolo.com so we can start figuring out where to put urry'body 'n whatnot.

There's lots of stragglers out there, so start formin up teams before ... i dunno before it's all over?

Boston/MPLS
http://legitbikepolo.com

Boston/MPLS/Elsewhere
currently running Photo Blog www.gustavHoiland.com
formerly of http://legitbikepolo.com

Westside Connection

Joker - 818
Tim Eat - 818
Drew - 206

SRQ
Jackson
Stu
Jeff

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Dustin
Evan
Leon
Seattle Bike Polo

There are currently 50 people already signed up using the non-official registration system on this page, and i'm guessing that's less than half the people who will actually show up. Yo boston are you going to cap the number of teams?

Saturday is definitely going to be a challenge, but as Nick said we are essentially going to split the field up four ways(two courts with am/pm pools). If we got a crazy number like 36 teams, this would still mean pools of only 9 teams playing round robin style for 4 hours.

People will have more free time on Saturday to explore away from the courts, but will also not have to wait too long between the tourney games.

There are basketball courts suitable for pickup right nearby both courts, as well as at least two small street hockey rinks available for pickup located between the two main courts. Check this map out.

Again only top 16 teams will play on Sunday. Bring your A game, kids.

Great map!

I dont believe were gonna cap the tourney due to the fact that we have 2 rinks for the day and night on saturday, and also there is a lot of places to play in Boston (pick up games anywere). we were anticipating at least 32 teams and that was our personal cap, but if we start going past that then thats fine. I heard last year that there was around 25 teams, lets see what happens in 09.

phoenix is still deciding who will play with who on our two teams.

we'll post up our selections/names soon.

The rink at Conway Park in Somerville will be the second court in use on Saturday.



Dood thats like pissa even though thats only a mile away I have yet to play there, but i've heard great things.

That court is so sweet. I've never played on a rink, very excited! Polo for Life!
Gus Javier any housing, yards, porches and a hose, we've got tents.

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Any rules or limits on mallet heads?



This head has been in play since last summer. I have not used it since the first round of testing, but we do have players who love these...

Thoughts?

Better ask Doug

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Mallets Of Gayhem

what is that made of? The ends of look like the yellow baseballs you hit at the batting cages.

it is just plastic of some sort... for more info you can dig back through this old thread...
http://www.bikepolo.ca/forum/stuff-that-breaks/2008/09/19/the-other-prot...

I'm not concerned about the material, and I'm not playing with one, but one of our team does like the convex sides for dribbling. Just wondering if they need to make up some new heads with flat sides for the tournament...

no prahblem guy
just bring yer game

^^^^ How do I get one of those mallet heads?

Im looking for some out of town team mates for the espis. Im the local fuck shit up guy/breakaway goal scorer let me know.

you can try and bribe rachel into making you one. Pretty sure she is coming down for the tourney. I have an older proto that I will bring if people want to check it out.

today at polo I ended up bringing her mallet to the court by accident, I think it was still strapped to my bike from bringing it back to the office for her last week. messed around with it again for a bit and love how it shoots, but I still play fine with my standard pipe mallet. sorry to go off topic a bit, but I just wanted to check and see if that mallet style would be cool since Rachel (who has all the dope proto stuff) is not on here much...

Really nice design, seen something similar, looks legal! Do it!

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We will be there with at least one team and I e-mailed Gus about it.

STOKED first tourney

Jesse
Collar City Bike Polo
Troy, NY

the j is for jesse
Troy, NY: 2008 - 2010
Seattle, WA: 2010 - 2013
Austin, TX? polo!???

working on what florida, besides st pete, will bring. should have answers by end of week. looking like 2 or 3 teams with pcola, tampa, tally?

The latest and greatest team list is up at http://legitbikepolo.com/espi-teams/. Be prepared to see teams comin' from cities you didn't even know played. All them cities mentioned at the top, lemme hear who's coming! Post up here or email me or whatever.

Boston/MPLS
http://legitbikepolo.com

Boston/MPLS/Elsewhere
currently running Photo Blog www.gustavHoiland.com
formerly of http://legitbikepolo.com

Burlington VT.

Aaron, Eric and I will be there for sure.

Rachel and Woody are still looking for a 3rd player (maybe Tobi?)

Green Mountains represent...

^ Tell them to email me.

Phoenix "A"- Chad B, David S & Marco
Phoenix "B"- Chris A, Justin B. & Myself (Dus)

- we are flying into philly on the thursday before the tournament, & playing with the locals.
-then hopping a bus to NYC and playing there, hopefully in the pit.
-hopping a bus to Boston for the weekend tourno.

we're looking into a hotel in boston.
if anyone in NYC has room in their places to house 6-7 Phoenicians, let us know!

i'm coming to this! staying at my brother's house somewhere in cambridge (gardner rd?). need a team...any ideas?

This is gettin big, the list grows, shit if i didn't have it off already and tickets in hand, i'd hitch-hike and quit my fuckin job! Got ants in my pants and butterflys in my belly already! SHIT! Polo for Life!
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Flight just booked! get in on thursday noonish leave wednesday 2pm! want to get to enjoy the Boston area that ive never actually spent time in or maybe go up to maine monday or tuesday.

Bouncing Souls are playing on the 30th hahaha. EAST COAST FUCK YOU!

go to maine. that's where i'm from. i love playing tour guide for there, so if you want suggestions, happy to help.

dont go to maine! go to hampton beach newhampshire

Go to Canada, eh

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Mallets Of Gayhem

Stay in the Bean and rage, visit the sticks another time, were stayin around for a couple days after to mingle with traffic and Pubs!

Now in freewheel flavor!!

I'll be staying around til the 17th, than down to Chatham for the summer.

This will be my third time in Boston, but my first having a bike with me. Here's to late night rides for coffee (caaafee) and _________. You fill in the blank.

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milwaukee is coming!

-hero squad * milwaukee, wi-

- Beaver Boys * Milwaukee Bike Polo Club -

whose the team?

me joe and a secret slayer
MKE!

140x65

Several of us from Pedal Republic of Cleveland will be there. About how far are the courts from Boston College?

blazen weedies with richmond and canada guy

How green is it around Boston this time of year?

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Really close, ten minutes in a car, twenty tops on bike, if you know how to get around. Legit Bike Polo has a nice map with all the courts, shops and bars for this event. Find B.C. and bam!

Now in freewheel flavor!!

Cleveland! If you check out the map

( http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=42.365284,-71.1313... ),

you'll see BC is down to the left of our primary court about 2-3 miles.

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Great, thanks. There will be blood.

what teams are definitely coming to this?

-hero squad * milwaukee, wi-

- Beaver Boys * Milwaukee Bike Polo Club -

Thats what im sayin to, wheres Canada? Richmond? and all.

Were planning it big so no worries come and enjoy.

I wanna go!! it's on my birthday and i love boston. i need a team and a ride!

Mini tourney/practice with the south FLorida teams lastnite! Gettin pumped for the Bean!

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Now in freewheel flavor!!

what are you guys gonna be taking wrist shots from the point?

yea, I see you got that frame covered. Very nice. Cross winds must suck though.

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i;m sure it happens, but i have never seen a ball go through anyone's frame before. never ever. i've always kind of laughed at ben.

someone scored on a ball through the frame in dc this weekend. can't remember details, just remember being wowed. also nick rva scored on a wheelie shot.

boooring. i preferred the crash into the back wall.

didn't jenn score by purposely endoing so as to reflect a pass off her back wheel? that's real style.

bainesworth thru the frame and then five hole on the goalie.

We're gonna be takin shots from all over hommie! I tried ridin around St. Pete before this and got blown all over the place. Works on the court!

Now in freewheel flavor!!

ok, I can't seem to find any registration cost anywhere on this page, or on the legit site...

gus, what are we going to have to pay to play?

$20/player $60/team

includes awesome shirt and a mystery item. I may have a pay online (via paypal) option on my site in the near future, probably $55/team.

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my pants are soooo wet.....the 30th needs to beeeeee here already. what's the weather gonna be like. Jacket? sweatshirt?sleeves/less?

are helmets required for this? A quick search of this page and the legit page did not turn up any results...

I looked at the rules, said nothing about helmets required. I guess play at your own risk!
http://legitbikepolo.com/espi-rules/

Does anyone know of cheap hotels in and around Boston near the activities?!

At this point in time helmets are not mandatory, and that will likely hold. Rough guess on the weather - high 50's if there's sunshine... maybe warmer, but it'll get chilly at night, but likely not below freezing.

If you need housing, contact Nick at nckregan@gmail.com and he'll get you setup with one of the locals. There's a hostel not too far from the courts, might run $30 a night, I don't remember. There is talk of camping at the courts, though people might just end up camping in locals' back yards.

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the hostel is running about $40 per person per night and i beleive 110 bucks for a two person private room.

I'm from Florida so 70 get chilly opposite of you coming here and it being 90 with humidity, thank you. so a couple of sweatshirt probably hah.
I wish I knew about the hostels just booked my hotel for the weekend.
anyone gonna be playing pick up games thursday?!?!?!?

you can probably still cancel, its more than three weeks away?

yeah your right but already splitting it and the hostel that fits two is only 20 bones cheaper, and this place is right there.
whoaaaa polo!

I'm sooo pumped on BOSTON!

pcola sauls, cupcake and ben rva (ryan, cecily, ben).

we're on a boat.

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.com/

Doug D
Brooklyn, New York
hardcourtbikepolo+gmail+com
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Well shit!

Um, does anyone still need a third teammate for this tourney?

Just a Pensacola player looking to represent a little.

Anybody?

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Yah, we need a third for one of our teams!

Jesse
Collar City Bike Polo
Troy, NY

the j is for jesse
Troy, NY: 2008 - 2010
Seattle, WA: 2010 - 2013
Austin, TX? polo!???

HOT BOILED PEANUTS FOREVER!!!!!!!!

O.G.D.C.

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

Be- Be- Beaver Boys!

-hero squad * milwaukee, wi-

- Beaver Boys * Milwaukee Bike Polo Club -

SHRIMP!

AND WHITE WINE!!!

3...2...1...GO!
Mallets Of Gayhem

Seems Like Chicago is bringing 4, so we'll have either 2 teams that need a player or one single...

coffee, whiskey, beer. repeat.

I'd love to play on one of your all's teams if you need a third? I really need to find a team.

Pcolasauls, the other Pensacolian, joined up with some other people to form a team; so I'm now looking for a team.

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jeremy is a good player. you should let him be on your team ive played with him before and will play with him more down the road for sure! Ive got people looking for ya also Jer.

Thanks man. I hate to blow my own horn.

"Horn if you're honkey!"

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remember polo society
Registration closes at 12 AM Saturday May 2nd.
Don't get left in the rain.

yo richmond, can i get some t-shirts? I want a red one. size medium

Done.

And just to clarify for those of you who sent non stop emails after Josh Lefty's post about 2$ shirts:::

RVA shirts are on special for $10 per whole shirt. $2 per custom sleeve / headband / neckwarmer. $8 per sleeveless shirt. 2 shirts for low introductory price of $20. Can be made in 2 easy payments of $10 each.

NEW ShamRVA towels!!! $10 apiece - looks just like a t-shirt but it will soak up your metric body weight in spilt beer and doubles as a tourniquet

I'm working on getting more large and XL for ESPIs smalls and mediums are moderately stocked at the moment.

Don't bring cake to a donut fight.

Don't bring cake to a donut fight.

shouldn't it be $6 for a sleeveless and $8 for a monosleeve? I still want my turducken shirt. I'd hate to think all that late night xactoing was for nothing.

nycbikepolo.com

2$ for 2
whats your color of choice?

O.G.D.C.

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

$2? Um, can I get a couple? mediums?

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Get the shrimp and white wine ready!

http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=0bb30915e003d50df20be10512a093aa

-hero squad * milwaukee, wi-

- Beaver Boys * Milwaukee Bike Polo Club -

please tell me your team uniform is white wifebeaters and white jeans.

anyone looking for a team mate?

Any advice from coming in from the airport. I will have my bike and am thinking about trying to ride in to town? Is that possible?

yeah no real easy way to ride in from the airport. are you coming in on friday?
one of us can probably pick you up.

take a train!

anything going on thursday? we're flying in around noon. what does the train cost?

what airline are yall flying? i get in at 1152am from Charlotte on us airways. we should meet up in the airport. i wont have a bike till shane and meg get in from DC.

hope the weather report changes 60% rain on saturday right now.

i'm coming in around 5pm, i was going to wait for my teamate who gets in soon after that to come and then come into town. What about the water taxi? How long does that take and do they allow bikes?

***everyone can now pay registration fees online! (through paypal, click the button on Legit) $55 in advance or $60 cash if you wait til Friday the tournament***

I've never taken the watertaxi but I'd venture to guess they do allow bikes. I always take the Blue Line (MBTA $2) from the airport to downtown, from where you can hop on just about any other train or just ride to your destination from dah city.

Not particularly possible to ride directly from the airport to town - you'd have to do a huge loop around the bay through some industrial parts of the city and ... well for an out of towner it's probably a huge hassle that can be entirely eliminated by a 5 minute trip on the Blue Line. A bus from the airport shuttles you to the Blue Line station, and from there you just head towards downtown.

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is that 60 per team ?

yeah son.

BUMP!
(one week to go, kids)

I want to go to this event. OHIO anywhere if your driving I want to go. Take me. and i will win best defender and checker.

Richmond will be there with a few teams! I can't make it and Im pretty pissed at myself for that. Totally broke, wish I had planned that better

well look man at least make sure that someone from down there is bringing up the FOUR, that's all we care about. see yall in a few days sorry sean next time man

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anyone from NYC wanna take the bus up friday afternoon? what's boston people doing that day? any of ya gonna be around?

-c.

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Im getting out of work at 5 pm so anytime after that I can try meeting up with folks from out of town.

Chombo
Seabass and myself might be interested in coming with you
Let me know what you come up with.

Leon
Seattle Bike Polo

hi new york. i'm driving up on friday most likely (can leave any time really). i can fit three/four more and your bikes. the gas money and the company would be lovely.

xox

make sure to use the rope on the bike rack!
see ya friday teammate!
ill be up there thursday if you decide to leave earlier!

We're most likely all going to be hanging out at the Allston court doin' pickup games and registration business... all day long/scrambling to get anything last minute together

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New York is so stoked for this!!!!! 718!!! 917!!! 646!!!!!!

Never thought i'd be on boat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on a motha fuckin' boat!

hey gus/javier, do you guys have tents in case it rains? if the weather is looking like lots of rain, I have access to a few at work and could toss them in the car before we drive down...

let me know

Crap rain! Yeah we're plannin on stayin in tents too! Anyone got some tarps, that would help? Battles in the wet! Polo for Life!

Now in freewheel flavor!!

djliamg - We have one guy who might be bringing us a tent, but if you can easily bring a couple along that'd be super appreciated. The more the better - shade/rain cover for all!

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word, I'll see how much room we have in the car after we finish packing and will fill the rest with tents if the forecast looks wet. we've got some 10x10 and 10x20 ez-up tents in the warehouse at work...

so since our tickets were accidently booked a day earlier than they were supposed to be, 3 of us seattle folk will be arriving at 1030 am on thursday morning. who's down for pickup and partying all day/evening? itll be like a pre-pre-registration party.

i get in around noon but will be bikeless till shane and meg get into town. but im about to work on that but ill need some playing since i havent played since last weekend. gotten some stick work around the house but thats all. cant wait to get the monies to have a bike i can fly with and not get charged bike prices.

just wrap it in plastic. $15 as a checked bag. call it art. it worked for me this past weekend going to and from seattle on delta. mallets, tools, they're all inside. dustin's getting his bike to boston this way. thanks piet.
fuji flying to seattle

nycbikepolo.com

any time buddy, any time. that said, i'm going with a hockey bag this time. see you in boston.

Probably a change of plans with bike delivery. I'll actually have your bike. I just sent my contact info to you so we can figure it out.

I'm trying to see who has off that day to meet up with you guys and show you around. I, unfortunately, must work till 6pm.

We will definitely be playing polo Thursday evening.

Hopefully my bike and I will be in boston around 4pm. Pick up games for sure!!

Yo Dustin...I get into town at 11:15 Thursday. I'll party with Seattle guys any day/night. Is Drew going with you? Maybe I'll give him a call. I'm on AA from Dallas(???)

this post makes no sense, rory have u been drinking again

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Friday I'll be riding up to the courts a few hours past noon.

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How is it that "pensa" people aren't on the same team? Strange

Now in freewheel flavor!!

*shrugs*

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hope to play you all up there!

I guess you may play us individually, since we'll be on separate teams. But unfortunately Pcola (aka crank bending sphincters, aka redneck riviera dudes) won't have a team at the ESPIs. PcolaSauls and I are the only panhandlers who squeeze polo into our travels or even travel specifically for polo. So......

Maybe we could play some pick up after the ESPIs are over? I'd be up for it. If Ryan and I can find a third than I'd be up for playing a pickup against you all.

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Traveling for polo is badass, pick up games indeed. My flight comes in thursday at 3:20pm. I'll be riding around on my skateboard till the rest of my team gets in my car then pick up games that night?

cause i think it will be good for us to play on some other teams since we dont have a full pcola team and since we will play on the same team for many a tournament to come. get some mix up in there and might get better playing with people you dont always play with.

good god, it's not like we're dating...I don't date older men.

*Ahem* anyways, I'm on a team with Brian and Charlie from Chicago.

We need some new recruits in Pcola, more traveling team possibilities.
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Wish you were going to be around for the summer going to not be as crucial without ya! cant wait to play a ton up in boston!

321 POLO!

Zach, I hear you're coming.

POWWEREERRRRRERRR MAAASSSSTTTSTTERRRS

oh please

O.G.D.C.

Portland United
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P
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M
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BOOM!
BOOM!
BOOM!
BOOM!
BOOM!

See you all tomorrow!

I like your polo.

TO ALL ESPI-ers

Please email me your number (and your team's if you know them) at gus@legitbikepolo.com - Putting together a master contact list for the tournament and I need yall's numbers!

Also, if your team isn't listed on the ESPI team page on legit, ( http://legitbikepolo.com/espi-teams/ ) please email me'n fill me in! I need this info so that we can get all the brackets setup/stuff in order. Email any corrections'n other goodness too.

IMPORTANTE!!! If your team isn't coming in before Friday evening, you must must must get in touch with me to let me know what's up. There's an AM and PM bracket on Saturday so if for some legitimate reason your team can't make it to the 10:00AM games on Saturday we can place you in the afternoon. (yes, 10:00AM is early for a polo tournament. Just get up at 8, have a nice breakfast and roll to the appropriate court)

We will have the brackets set up late Friday night so you should know where you need to be on Saturday morning. For this I need your phone number... pleeeeaaase.

gus@legitbikepolo.com and 612.987.4384 to talk about anything tournament or bike polo related.

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no

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hey I sent out a email for housing but haven't heard back yet, should I start worrying about sleeping at the court?

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No worriez, still plenty of housing available. Did you send it to nckregan@gmail.com?

NCKREGAN@GMAIL.COM = housing specialist!

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I sure did! but I reckon he's swamped so I'll let it slide fer a day. I have faith in boston.

its looking like about 8 or 9 of us may be rolling in on friday afternoon. so that's a lotta housing

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ditto

3...2...1...GO!
Mallets Of Gayhem

Cancel that. Just checked my email. Thanks Nick!

3...2...1...GO!
Mallets Of Gayhem

Phoenix B needs to pick up a third.... anyone down?

im sure we could figure something out for you all.

so... who needs a third? i need a team.

slapdick bike polo - washington dc

slapdick bike polo - washington dc

if birdseye somehow gets hit by a car between now and saturday you're totally in

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Hey folks! THIS TOURNAMENT WEEKEND IS GOING TO destroy YOU.
We are forecasting about 35 teams showing up. I can't fucking believe it.

FRIDAY might be rainy day, but there will be pick games and registration at the Allston Court all day and into the night.
We have been graciously invited to party Friday night here:

by the organizers of:

word is there'll be 2k paid bar tab running from 9-12.

So get here early(if you can) and register, and then perhaps we can get a group ride down there.

If you're planning on coming, but haven't told us yet, please email me jgalbea81@gmail.com so I can make sure we get you into Saturday's brackets.

For everybody traveling, have a good trip and see you soon.

-jav

that chick in the blue top and jeans on the left upper deck appears to be pregnant???? will there be drunk pregnant girls at this party?
www.mkebikepolo.com

"somebody gonna get pregnant"

woah, apparently the building engineer reeallly sucks at tetris.

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Gettin on the plane in 4 hrs! SEE YA SOON NEW ENGLAND

It appears that a lot of people have been missing the link to the ESPI map. Sliiiiightly concerned ’cause it’s pasted all over the Schedule page - so if you haven’t looked that over yet please do! The more familiar everyone is with how this tournament is to be run the more beautifully it’ll all go.

The map should start fully zoomed in on the main tournament court in Allston. The second biggest point of interest is the second location on the list on the left, “Conway Park.” This is the second tournament court.

All teams will be contacted Friday night, probably quite late (but not into the wee hours), and informed with where and when their team will be playing. It is the team’s responsibility to show up at their assigned court on time so that we can get the show on the road! If I don’t have any contact info for your team, pleaaaaase email me at gus@legitbikepolo.com with at least one of your phone numbers.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=42.365284,-71.1313...

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can you put the location of the friday night thing on the google map?

Any inside information on the likelihood of an underager being able to get into this puma party?

Yeah, I don't think it'll be a problem, but either way we will have polo and beer at the court late friday night for those who don't go the party.

ryabd,

If you wanna take me and chris from PHX you have a team!

My number 510 894 3518

I already picked up a team, but thanks.

slapdick bike polo - washington dc

slapdick bike polo - washington dc

VT crew is en route today, so pumped. We'll be detouring to a few ski resorts en route and hope to show up with a booty of ski poles...

3-2-1 DRIVING TO POLO!

en route, go Canucks go.

Unfortunately I can't make this one, I was really looking forward to it.
Good Luck To All

Bee Safe & Bee Happy!

Bike Polo is Our Language,
Good Will is Our Motto,
Friendship is Our Goal.

Play More Bike Polo Together!

have fun everyone! this looks likes its going to be awesome!

(go portland!!!!tim,jerry and mike)

weather: http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USMA0046?from=dayDetails_topnav_u...

kick ass mke!
go get 'em!
www.mkebikepolo.com

East van wins mke 2nd, two games 5-3

YESSSSSS!!!! thanks for doing me proud Seabass!!!

EVBP

EVBP
Northern Standard

rockin good fun guys, share your flickrs and pictures and stuff?

rory was the man and seabass scored the winning goal. mke is the best team out there, sorry ben. thank-you boston, you're the best.

some photos from day one

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=espis&w=13102974%40N00