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Smack In Da Middle: Fresno, CA April 21-22

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Sunday, April 22, 2012
Host club: 
Fresno Bike Polo
Contact info: 
smackindamiddle@gmail.com

New Format!

We have two tennis courts and a hockey rink for the full weekend!

There will be hot rich California valley polo. Fresno International Airport is FAT.

Click here for the registration form.

Click here for Team Roster.

Location

Fresno, CA
United States

Signed up

You, me, and Doug Fresh again?

The names gotta be Hard and the Fuckups.

--
Credo quia absurdum

I met this really kool dude and his wife in Reno a few years back and he was wearing the tshirt
"FRESNO .It really does suck here".
He was from Fresno and had never heard of bike polo coz it didn't exist there yet
I want the t-shirt
"FRESNO BIKEPOLO , It really doesn't suck here"
Smack Damn in Da Middle is where you'll find me. Cant Wait

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

good luck with that dont do me like pat ha haa ahaaaaa cowboy 831 scbp

joel, you're the man. can't wait to see ya'll here. Fresno's ready

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

CHECK OUT THE COURTS....
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Cary+Park%2c+Fresno%2c+CA&hl=en&ll=36.8043...

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

Smack Dab in The Middle of Cali baby!
Im in!~

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

Smack Dab....yeeeee

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

Sweet!... Can't to smash some mallets in fresno:))

Are you coming down for this? I haven't smashed mallets in Fresno for awhile now

FRESNO ROAD TRIP!

we're waiting for ya Sac.....can't wait

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

A few questions about format have come my way. More information will be coming out soon. (Registration form should be ready by Monday.)

I'll say a few things...
The Saturday 3v3 is standard fare. I've set up many one-day 3v3s. Join with two friends or show up for a random team. Double elim.

The details of the bench are in draft. We're aiming for two things: 1) city-based teams with captains choosing the players, and 2) everyone plays. Eight teams seem like the right number: Fresno, LA, Sac, SC, SD, SF, SLO, +1???.

Let us know if you have questions/concerns.

+1??? = Pomona!

Tentatively. We can't commit yet because 8 players might be a stretch for us haha. But we want to put our name in for consideration. Keep the details coming and we'll try to keep up!

pomona!!! even if you can't bring 8, show up bro.... stoked for you guys to make it out...

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Can't wait to meet other polo groups all over the valley. This is going to be the first tournament that I am going to part of.

Did I hear somewhere that this is going to be on a hockey rink?

there is a hockey rink possibility. there are two fenced courts side by side for the 3vs3 and a hockey rink next to it. i say we take over the whole park....!!!!

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Vegas is showing

Awesomepants!... ..do doo doot..

yeeeeeeeeeeee...

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

Click here for the registration form.

Saturday's team roster will be assembled from the individual registration forms. Please register your teammates on a separate form if they don't have ready access to a computer. The idea here is one registration per player.

Let me know if you get on a team between now and the event and I will add your team to the roster.

Fresno is requesting a $20 donation to cover expenses (primarily permit fees, insurance and food). No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations may be made via PayPal by clicking here. Cash donations graciously accepted by Tea or Joel.

Thank you!

Just registered but I don't have a team yet..will let you know asap.

Reg,not sure it worked. So it's sea pickles. Deaddog, lunchbox, cowboy. Can't wait! Fresno here we come.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

I got you.

Sea Pickles!!!

just got word LA rollin through..NO MANNERS IN THE 'NO....

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Pretty stoked for this.

Courts , trees , easily accessible for the whole world, parking , California sun ...........Let the good times roll.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

It really doesn't suck here!

I went to Fresno once... to buy a school bus. But I remember my traveling mates making
a joke... it went "Fres? NO!". Just thought I'd share... y'all have fun tho! and hopefully, I'll make
it to the next tourny u host.... but come play again in SF!

Lefty Bullshit!

hey hey hey. you don't get to talk S*#$ about Fresno unless you're coming....enough said...come get some!!

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we'll be in SF sooner than later. Can't wait to smash mallets with ya again Xian! SF was my first tournament, how could i not go back?

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

Dead Dogs will be there.

Capitol Bike Polo

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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soooooooo I was going to do a couple of races this weekend, but then decided fuck it I wanna play some polo. Anyone still looking for a player?

I'm an awesome lefty who might just heckle your pants off so be careful...

Sam are you still heckling peoples pants off. Someone pick her up! Hard playing lefty!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Hey Fresno, where can I stay and is there a list of teams for saturday?

And I *might* be taking the train in Friday night

Yup I will contact you later on FB page with my number.. As far as teams I heard sac has 4, Vegas ,No manner ,visalia, sc, possibly pomona, and us. we got a few squads goin . sf said there rolling thru with a herd..and possibly some homies from Mexico.....who's your team ?

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Yeah let's see the teams.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Lemme edit the reg form and make it public. Tonight.

Team roster available here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoEqOcFgYR2YdEdoRVpWX0wtcTlzNjRkZEw0Ry1qMkE

You will see a two sheets, one with teams and one with loose cannons that have registered.

Nice, maybe 12-14 teams... Should run it like they did in Sac last July

Looks like Vegas won't be able to make it, sad times

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

don't forget to pack your makeup bags, cause we're number 1! see y'all in a week

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/most-beauty-obsessed-cities-ins...

Bike polo beauty contest? Hmmm, could get ugly. Formal dresses and bikes no go so well. Swimsuit competition? Makes the costume part easy but I do not wax and nfw am I gonna.

hahahaha.....yeah no thanks....don't want to see that....whatever you'll decide to wear, we're smashing mallets.....yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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well, whatever happens, the forecast is looking bright and sunny that weekend

Hey everyone,

Next weekend should be awesome!

Please register, if you haven't. It helps a lot to keep things organized. The form is here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dEE0WXNFRmhZM0FFWFlfcWxwYkU1NXc6MQ

Format.
There has been low interest in bench style games. Sounds to me like best way to run the tourney is a round robin on Saturday and a double elim on Sunday. LA and SF have agreed to a bench game, so I'm thinking of doing that end of day (6ish) Saturday.

If this is your first tourney, best is to plan to be playing polo all day both days. starting 9a. Round Robin (Saturday) means playing at least 4 games against similar experienced teams. Double elim means if you win then you get to play more, if you lose once you get another shot. Losing twice means you're done until a court opens for pickup.

I'd like to break up AM/PM brackets on Saturday. Everyone has to register for this to happen, and it may not happen. Brackets are nice because it means less waiting around between games, and you only need to play half the day.

If you're on a team, pick two team colors (light and dark). Look fancy for the cameras.

Let me know if ya got questions!

Cheers

Sac is defantly interested in bench games. I just assumed this was part of it. No one ask me to express interest. Driving 3 hours to be excluded, no way! We have a full bench team and will take on anyone. What say you?

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Chill out mahn. You are the second person to say anything to me about wanting a bench game.

So we'll deal. Three bench teams does not make a tourney. We can still make games happen somehow.

I'm seeing three courts maybe 16 teams registered. Seems like ample opportunity for polo happiness.

Except for Mr. Deaddog bad attitude. We'll need you to ref full time -- sorry if we can't fit you in the tourney but NAH called and said it has to happen. Better start studying up on those rules!

I am all for no BM, Throw in tourney day 2!

Seconding no bench, except I want to play out the whole 3v3. I like the idea of secondary bench games for shits and giggles where it fits in time-wise.

polopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolo

I was thinking about doing bench fun on Saturday eve. Tea says lights are on late.

So, Saturday day and Sunday would be "traditional" round robins and a double elim. Saturday eve is a shit show bench.

Sounds like a plan to me.

yeeeee DeadDog!!! i love the $#@% talking!!!

Fresno's good for a Bench Team too......

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Ok Fresno your on! Bench grudge match! ;-)

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Hahah! No bad attiude. Oh I now the rules. Ask me anything. I'll ref all games then.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Also bringin 10 brand new Canadian balls for this tourny. And a whistle!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

I need that deaddog in my goal, he is no ref!

see u guys all next weekened!!!

"We don't need no education"

Dear Fresno, i am looking for floor/couch space, pretty please. Its me and 1-2 other LA players, we are good house guests i promise.
Eli

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There's a house that you are welcome to crash at. You'll have to bring a sleeping bag, etc to sleep on and towels and such. just get here. we'll have you covered...
c-ya soon!!!

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; )

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

Eli stay with Pistolero he's getting a room and said he has you covered...heheh]

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

get a hotel Beyootch!!

"We don't need no education"

there is an open house that anyone can stay at

address? can i go there straight from the drive friday night? thanks in advance

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Aight, Chris and I need a strong 3rd. hit me up

acwainscott@gmail.com

give blood. play polo.

Hey y'all where you guys staying?
Im in the midst of getting a room w/ Niki.
If any one wants in holler at me..

Also Tea, do you recommend any places to stay?

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

there some hotels close to the tournament spot. Check out Ramada University, less than a mile from the courts. if you want to be closer to the bars, party, etc. check out downtown. There's a Holiday Inn which runs about $100 a night. i'm going to check right now and i'll get back to u tonight...

glad your making it out

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Dead Dog LOL..

Yeah Tea, I Think were gonna hit up the Ramada closed to the courts...

Can't wait!

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

Yeah we staying close too. Can't recall the name of hotel. It about a mile away.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

100 bucks a night! Is there a hooker that comes that? I don't mean a tranny or a crackhead either.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Hahahahaha!!!! In fresno.... You never know...
but really, There's a Super 8 downtown that prolly cheaper

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Hahahahaha!!!! In fresno.... You never know...
but really, There's a Super 8 downtown that prolly cheaper

SMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETSSMASHMALLETS...YEEEEEEEE

Stay away from them Taiwanese trannies. They will steal your wristwatch.

Serious talk is serious.

Awe shit! Finger those are favorite!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

I ordered 48 Canadian ball for this, but I don't think they are shipping in time. Hope Fresno going have plenty?

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Yah, I wanna play a bench minor when I get there. I just assumed thats was part of this weekend.

Where is Fresno?

South of sac on 99 fool!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

smack in the middle :P

That rink looks sweet. I hope ya'll get to play there. I'll be in the air while ya'll are crackin' skulls, or whatever it is you kids do in Fresno. Can't wait for the next Cali tourney, though. Best Coast! Oh, and watch out for those L.A. kids, you know they ain't got no manners.

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

So will there be nets at this event? Lookin' good Fresno.

Tsunami's got the nets coming from Sac-Town...

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Any spots left to crash for the night? Im traveling up in a car with Jinxy and a few others. Looking for some floor space. Thanks!

I play for hugs

yeah one of the polo homies here in Fresno has a couple spots that should accommodate everyone. get a hold of me when you get into town

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Mickey is bringing a pair. I hope Sacto is as well.

Psyched about this weekend. Good times ahead.

99 degreeeeees on Sunday!!!!! Shine desert sun, shine! Lights are on until 11p, right Tea? Who's got klieg lights let's just do it all night.

yeah, pretty please an address to travel to. sleeping bags in tow seeking destination.

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the parks is at Fresno St and Santa Ana Ave. Take the 99 north, get off on 41 North, take the Shaw exit. turn right onto SHaw, take the first right onto Fresno and the park is on the left. SMACK IN DA MIDDLE....as far as the spots to crash, contact me when you get into town...

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the courts:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Cary+Park%2c+Fresno%2c+CA&hl=en&ll=36.8043...

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Sac is bringing nets to.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

ok all you polo-maniacs!!! the Smack In Da Middle Bike Polo Tournament is tomorrow! be there at 9am for registration and breakfast (provided by Fresh & Easy) and ready to start the games at 10am....it's going to be hot so make sure you bring an ice chest if you have one, a pop-up canopy, and your shorts....CAN'T WAIT TO SMASH MALLETS WITH YA'LL!!!!

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Here's through round 2.

Yo from da hot hot middle

White board ftw! All ya gotta do is figure the next round and show a few people how to keep score/ update the results. The thing runs itself, everyone knows extactly what's gonna happen next. Five rounds and we're taking a break to come back later for a bench tourney.

I HELLA Fresno, Forgot to get sticker and patches.Save me some . T , CREW , family friends and Fresno thank you for Smackin us all in Da Middle. That was a fecking fantastic weekend of polo with new and old Ball Whackers mates. Great to have a chance to heckle some fresh faces and boy do we have some fresh material now. Fresno and VPJ you are hella polo for 1st year Smackers. It was a pleasure to come to your first tournie. I can see this being an awesome annual event. Maybe LA will throw one down soon after seeing how seamlessly first timers can do it (had to get that in there)
Just home so cant drone on but thanks to each and everyone of you from Sandiego to Sacramento for making that a Hella Tournie and weekend into the bargain.
Luv y'all

PS Vegas we missed you.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Awesome tournament Fresno!!!!! Had a great time! Was not ready for that much heat all at once. VPJ thanks for takin on Fresno with us in the bench game. Great playin everyone and seeing all the new teams was awesome. VPJ get at me, we can play here and roll down to big brother SF. thanks guys.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Oh for sure, we would love to play polo all over Cali in all the different cities including yours here soon. Feel free to look up and like Visalia Bike Polo on FB for all the updates that I put on there. Hope to play with you guys soon.

crazy hot. its about 10 degrees cooler today. and tomorrows going to be even nicer. glad everyone came out

Pedal Junkies in the House!!! Tee thanks for the hospitality and Grrreat Weekend...I had a Blast!!
Hella Fresno!!!

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

aside from thanking the fresno crew and joel for organizing all of this, i would like to thank all the pickup truck beds that were used for tailgate purposes over the weekend

I play for hugs

Hey did anyone happen to find the GREY RUBBER GASKET(about 10 inches diameter) for the end of my MEGAFONE on Sunday. If so please keep it for me Thanks

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Ah hell, way late with this. Anyway, for posterity.... Any corrections are welcomed.

See attached document if you're interested in details. The finals on Sunday were a fine affair. Prizes as follows:

Chrome bag winner: Miah (SF) (reportedly on Machine's ticket...call the lawyers!)
DFL: Visalia Pedal Junkies
Sexiest Players (courtesy of Sacramento Bike Polo): No Love (m) & Jacki (f)
1st Place: Bad Intentions (LA) Josh David Alex
2nd Place: Forget Me Not (LA) Sarah Brick No Love
3rd Place: Shu Fu (SF) Joel Miah Ben Smith
4th Place: Shitty's On Deck Lil' Batch (SC/SF) Shitty Jacki Cody
5th Place: Dead Dogs (SF/Sacto) Tsunami Scano Mondo
5th Place: Sea Pickles (Sacto) Deaddog Lunchbox Cowboy
MVP: No Love (LA)

It was a hot weekend. Saturday swiss rounds got going by 11a and we easily got through 5 rounds (15 minute games) on two very nice reclaimed tennis courts by 5p. Took a dinner break and came back for two bench games. We could all use more practice on the bench. It offers unique challenges for players, captains and organizers. LA edged SF 11-10. My memory fails me on the Sacramento/Visalia vs. Fresno game.

After the rounds was a cold pool, a cheap motel filled with poloistas, and plenty of food options around. Fresno is a great place for polo.

Sunday offered a mild breeze to take the edge off the heat. No one needed bailing out of jail. Machine had to get tossed on a train. The day had a good start. Ben Smith helped a ton in drawing up the white board for the double, and keeping games moving along.

Tea & Sarah, the Fresno clan and family were the best of hosts! Everyone stayed fed, shaded and hydrated all weekend. They tried to keep us from the cheesiest of bars, and failed.

Looking forward to the next one!

polojoel wrote:

Chrome bag winner: Miah (SF) (reportedly on Machine's ticket...call the lawyers!)

Now we all got a raffle ticket , I could have asked any of my poloistas to check it for me and got the bag. The fact that joel didn't give Miah his own ticket is more questionable than me winning the bag.
Just saying.
Thanks Miah . Hope the polo juice went down well.
And thanks for evrything Joel . You are polo

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Dude you owe Miah. Most polo players would have lost the ticket, or taken the bag and been happy about it. If you hand me a raffle ticket, I call it a gift and not a duty.

Charleston SC better be ready for one of the best polo players around. He's a great guy and we'll miss him lots.

polojoel wrote:

If you hand me a raffle ticket, I call it a gift and not a duty.

maybe thats because of your chosen proffession but how it went down was
"can you check this for me?" (me to Miah)
"where's my raffle ticket?" (miah to me)
"We all got one with registration, Joel has yours"(me to miah)

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

uurrghh quit yur bitch'n ya BIG SISSY!!!!

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

Man....what can I say. It was a great day for the California Polo Family. Thanks to all my fellow polo players, spectators, and sponsors for supporting the peDal jUnkies' first Polo Tournament. Without all of you, this would not have been such a wonderful turnout. Joel, you are the man. We couldn't have pulled it off without you. Everyone else on the courts, thank you for teaching me and the rest of the Fresno crew how it's done. I raise my mallet to you all. Machine, i think you missed the train because you were supposed to stay. next time, we're gonna kidnap you and keep you here. Thanks for your awesome hecklin' Tsunami, thanks for answering the phone everytime i had a question. i've learned alot about beasting up. be ready for when i visit Sac-Town.

Thank you all again. Till the next time we SMASH MALLETS!

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As for the Raffle. The first ticket pulled was 252 and that was the ticket I found in the back of Jackie's car.

Great tourney Fresno. Next time, please turn down the heat.

BRINGING THE RUCKUS

yippie ky aye!

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

I would like to let everyone know a few mouths ahead of time about a event that we do every year its called Central Valley bike day. We first started 2 years ago when we first hooked up with Fresno and again with Fresno and Bakersfield. This year I wanna try and get people out of town to come join us for it. More details to come on the Visalia PedalJunkies like page along with Visalia bike polo. We are thinking about the last weekend in August.