Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
These *@#%** things
OK, so I've never been one to bash someone else's attempted come-up, but I needed to bring this to attention. Click the link:
This guy lives here in San Diego. He came to pickup a few weeks ago with a couple of these hockey stick mallets. We had never seen him before, and rightly so because he (in his words) "Had never watched the sport, but it seems to be getting popular". Se gave us the mallets & asked us to try them, then sat in a corner by himself for the entire night & didn't say a word to anyone. No comments, no questions, no anything.
I think I can speak for our entire club when I say that these things are awkward as hell to use. The square shaft makes it difficult to rotate the head if needed (for a shovel pass, mallet save in goal etc), and the shafts themselves are heavy as all get out. But that's kind of off-topic to what irks me.
The man is only trying to make a buck. He had never seen the sport before the night he came to pickup, did not even bother to watch our games (as stated, he spent most of his time on his smartphone in the corner), and we never saw him again after that night. We now use his donated mallets for fence barriers to keep the ball in play. At $29 plus shipping for a hockey stick shaft on an ABS head, I think it's robbery.
Do I have a right to be upset? I know there has been posts in the past about non-players & other enterprising individuals trying to make things for a game which they know nothing about, but this hit home for me. Sorry if this is a rant; I didn't mean it that way.