Get to know your Newbie (1)

So we’ve decided since we have gotten so many awesome new players in the last few months, we want to highlight them each week!

Welcome Jason!

Name: Jason (aka – “Stretch”)

Born: Green Bay, WI

Current location: Logan Square, Chicago (since 2001)

Age: 373 months

Height: 193 cm

Weight: 68 kilograms

Hair: brown

Eyes: sexy

Likes: bourbon, Autumn, wool

Dislikes: brake squeal, karaoke, diet soda

You and Polo-What’s that about? I found out about bike polo via the internet. I dig hockey and bikes (and good times) so I put some feelers out there in a couple of forums, and from there Chris, Rob and Dave encouraged me to come out and play. I built up a cheap hybrid off Craigslist and fashioned a ski-pole mallet, practiced a bit on my own, and then finally came out to Garfield Park on a rainy Wednesday evening in early October. Rob and Kelly were there to teach & initiate a ragtag crew of newbies – Dan, Louis, Jackson and myself. It was a ton of fun, which ended with a ton of blood. Louis somehow ripped the entire nail off of his pinky finger and had to get some stitches, so we called it a night. The most memorable moment from that night was watching Rob enthusiastically rub his mallet head in Louis’ blood while saying something about “good juju”. I was instantly addicted to bike polo and have been coming out to the courts regularly ever since.

The thing I love most about bike polo is the sense of community/family. Literally everyone has been super encouraging and welcoming. It’s a bit intimidating to roll up and tell a group of (seemingly) wild/rowdy polo players that you’d like to join in and be a part of their scene, but they welcomed all of us rookies with open arms. Jerod & Chris helped me with bike parts/work/expertise, and Kelly even loaned me the keys to her car on one of the very first nights we ever hung out. The generosity and love exuded by the Chicago Bike Polo crew is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. There isn’t enough room/time for shout-outs to everyone who has helped me along, but I’m extremely proud to be involved and I look forward to figuring out wtf I’m doing out there…

Zigazig ah..

Competing team: Spice Girls
Kelly, Abraham and Matt Bailey (Louisville, Kentucky)
Tied for 5TH Place

A first time tournament team, Spice Girls, made Chicago proud by participating at Star City in Lafayette, IN.
A twelve hour, one day tournament, formulated into three swiss rounds. Players were vying for seats in the sixteen team, double elimination afternoon brackets on November 10th.

Although Spice Girls were seated 6th in the afternoon brackets, due to a loss to Let’s Get Meth’d Up (St. Louis, MO) 0-1, they played hard against the Rangers (jake, Matt, Thahn MKE) in their first game, forcing a sudden death round.

Spice Girls held a 9min 40second lead at 1-0, until Rangers Jake Newborn scored the tying goal with 20 seconds to go! Spice Girls gave it their all, but lost to a winning goal in sudden death by Matt Hewitt. Finally beaten out by Doc Ellis and the No No’s (Adam ARB, Zachary BLM, Kyle Indy) they left the tournament tied for 5th place. Not to shabby among 16 teams.

More Fun for Players:

Players were given additional opportunities to play in the tournament by jumping into the Insta-Mix. In this, teams were created from the first 3 people on the court who were out, and played against a team still competing for a top spot. If the Insta-Mix team won, the other team got a buy for that game and moved on to the next round.

In all a solid tournament, and congrats to our friends MKE Bike Polo in their first place win!