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Lexington's 2nd Annual Spring Invitational

Lexington's 2nd Annual Spring Invitational
Saturday, April 3, 2010 - Sunday, April 4, 2010
Host club: 
Lexington Bike Polo
Contact info: 
chrisl.simpson@gmail.com
Court size: 
2 courts at 85'x120' one extra court for pick up if needed in same park.

Spring in Kentucky is amazing, its warm, the trees are filling out, the bourbon is flowing fresh, and the smell of polo is in the air. Welcome the warm weather right with a fun tournament in good ol' lexington. It will take place the weekend after april fools day so there might be a few twists in the works, who knows you might have to trade a players or ...?

Location

Coolavin Park
550 W. 6th Street
Lexington , KY
United States

Signed up

Sorry for the confusion everyone is invited we plan on growing it to the point of invite only one day. so i guess its more like an open.

Ifuckinglovepolo

St Louis will be there!

Retired.

Sounds awesome! Bloomington will definitely make a showing.

oh boy oh boy

danaL
gem city
anti-slayer
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This should be good.

HEAVEN HILL !!

and HULK HANDS.

the new 4H

coming back to beat everyone!!! again!

roger, same team, same suggestive name

yea we will see about that

Ifuckinglovepolo

team winter bush will be present

danaL
gem city
anti-slayer
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Chicago is bringing a few folks for the madness.

What time are things expected to start on Saturday?

Still sad I won't be making this. I have yet to make my pilgrimage to bourbon/polo country.

Bike Polo Ronin

Saturday we will probable just do qualifying so if any one cant make it saturday it wont matter that much but you might be playing the best team first.

So if you can only come sunday by 10 am that is ok still come! But make sure to RSVP PLEASE!!

Sorry for the confusion i did not how many teams would show.

Ifuckinglovepolo

We are going to be playing the best team first either way.

So if we get there by 1pm on Saturday will we be cool? I'm just looking to see how early we have to hit the road.

DC is working on bringing a team down. Possibly some rotation of ye ol married polo folk (Shane/Mehgan & Arlyn/Jess).

DC West!!

Yea show up any time on sat. the earlier the better... pick up and party!

Plus we got lights on till midnight!!!

Ifuckinglovepolo

Lights till midnight! I'm in late play means I'll stay. REALLZY want to check out the court , said I'd go last "lock in" polo pick-up "?tournament?"

Is there a soccer-friendly bar/pub where we can watch Manchester United vs. Chelsea early on Saturday morning?

i think someone posted an answer to lucky about this on our forum. One response was Winchells on southland drive and i think lynaughs pub near campus might but not sure if they are open early.

Thanks for the help. I'll keep those in mind. There's no guarantee I'll be able to drag myself off someone's couch in the early morning hours, but I wanted to keep the option open.

Here's a map to show you where Winchell's is in reference to the courts, as well as the bike shops in town, and the after party location.

View Coolavin Park in a larger map

Note that all bike shops are closed on Sunday.

Lexington Bike Polo OG - Retired (Still show up and heckle though)

The game is on ESPN2, which I have (I thought the game was on FSC, which I don't have). I'll host a morning game showing. Let me know if interested.

Lexington Bike Polo OG - Retired (Still show up and heckle though)

In!

Retired.

+2

I can have 2 comfy on couches and 6/7/8 with sleeping bags

Ifuckinglovepolo

dibs!
me pete and nick may come to this shindig after a few days of camping, so be prepared for tired, dirty and smelly polo players. it wont effect our game though.
any suggestions for backcountry camping in kentucky?

Red. River. Gorge.

Or, you can hike or bike between distilleries on the Bourbon heritage tour.

Retired.

I don't think I will have a team going into this one. Anyone want to team up? I'll be getting in LATE Friday night, and will also need a place to crash Friday thru Sunday nights. I'll leave Monday.

email me or text, my info is up top.

Andy Tuba
Baton Rouge, LA

dayton will at least have one team and columbus will at least have 2.

anybody want to put up 4 from DC Fri and Sat night?
Shane, Mehgan, Arlyn and Jess.

fuck ur face

please email me Chrisl.simpson@gmail.com with your phone # and how many people you need housing for.
ASAP

Thank you

oh and pete you all are at tiffs house thats what she told me

Ifuckinglovepolo

Cool, it'll be at least Charlie/Nick/me. I shall expect many uninvited dog snuggles.

I think Shane did a drunk late night Priceline hotel booking, so DC's good to go.

DC West!!

That's my Husband!!!

hey, andy from lexington here. anyone needing help with lodging is welcome to email me or kyle, the refugee roommate. we can put up around 10 people at our place, as well as help organize places for others. my address is aastith @ gmail and kyle's is kahord @ gmail. shit gonna rock

hey andy from lex did you read the post of mine 4 above yours so why would you post the same thing? now it is going to be a cluster fuck of oh well i talked to him and he told me this.

Ifuckinglovepolo

c'mon lex, get yer shit together! if this is any indication of the teamwork in lexington the comosexuals are gonna repeat fer sure. not that it was ever in doubt.

Anyone need a third for their team?

Andy Tuba
Baton Rouge, LA

i am going to have a list of of "singles" that i will team up the day of we will find you a team for sure

and chris the only way they stand a chance is if your on there team

HAHA NOT

Ifuckinglovepolo

i only ever shit talk for other como teams. they will bring the thunder without me.

damn wish you going to make it

Ifuckinglovepolo

I really want to come to this! We may make a trip.

Fuck off

cinci has two teams i believe. one to beat lex one to beat dayton.

my drinking team has a polo problem.

Too bad you aren't bringing anybody to beat the Missouri teams.

haha thats good!

i dont think i have to say anything more to that cinci

And Austin we would love to have you all email me if your going to make it asap

Ifuckinglovepolo

http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/outdoors/tenday/USKY1079

YEP!!!

Ifuckinglovepolo

Are there two shredders out there in need of a strong third? I am currently a free agent, but I would love to compliment a couple of slayers.

I play fast. I shoot hard. I love passing. I am a pretty good goalie. I know when to attack. I know when to stay back. I am always having fun during polo.

Shoot me a PM if you think we'd work well together.

hey i'm going to be in charge of food. if you could post on here what city you're from and how many players you're bringing, that would be stellar!

4 players from Washington DC.

fuck ur face

3 from Chicago, hopefully traveling with a 4th from MKE

You'll see. Unless you drilled out your eyes because they were too heavy.

Make that definitely a 4th from MKE.

You'll see. Unless you drilled out your eyes because they were too heavy.

3 from COMO

Looks like 10 from Pittsburgh.

Lexington Bike Polo OG - Retired (Still show up and heckle though)

4 from Bloomington, IN.

Also, Keeneland opens up for horse racing starting Friday. If anyone is interested in going to watch or bet, we could carpool out there. The races usually last 1-5pm or so.

dc should be arriving somewhere around 10pm on friday. is there really going to be pick-up til midnight?

More than likely. If not, everyone will be down the street @ Al's/Sidecar anyway (refer to map posted in thread about soccer game above).

Lexington Bike Polo OG - Retired (Still show up and heckle though)

we should be able to get some late night pick up

Ifuckinglovepolo

also on sunday night henry rollins will be playing a show at buster's. a bar that is a few blocks away from the courts. good way to end the tourney.

u mad bro?

Should be comin in around 5 or 6, planning on heading straight to the court for some pickup.

You'll see. Unless you drilled out your eyes because they were too heavy.

So stoked for this! Hopefully gonna get the ok to play from the chiropractor tomorrow, but if all else fails, still excited to sit in the sun, watch some new peeps play polo, and learn all about Kentucky bourbon.

DC West!!

Columbus is trying to figure out when to get there. When do you expect to start playing on Saturday and when will the tournament start on Sunday? I think we'll have 3 teams.

Tourney starts at 10 A.M. (sharp, per Chris' words) on Sunday. Pickup should start as soon as people begin to wake up. Going on that, people might be playing at first light Saturday (~7:30 A.M.), but don't take my word for that.

Lexington Bike Polo OG - Retired (Still show up and heckle though)

Hell yeah on the 10am start time. I know some of us can't hang around til 10pm on a sunday.

Thats why we need to start 10am SHARP BE THERE!!!
I am working on coffee and doughnuts. count on it.

Ifuckinglovepolo

I had to back out at the last minute for BS reasons. Anchovy from St Louis has 4 St Cago heads for sale that I found going through boxes in my basement.

Don't let the St Louis crew leave Lex without at least a case of Ale-8 in bottles.

Have all sorts of fun. Let your bulldogs out.

Retired.

cbus is bringing 3 teams.9 people on the way now.

como repeats. you read it here first.

Better watch out boys & girls, you've got some rain coming tomorrow morning. We were just driven from the courts by thunder and lightning; but not without playing ONE MORE GAME!

coffee, whiskey, beer. repeat.

Here are some pictures that I took during this event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jtoborek/sets/72157623646448667/

Saturday pickup games

It was hot (the polo action and the weather equally).

Lexington Bike Polo OG - Retired (Still show up and heckle though)

Thank you, Lexington. That was awesome.

Jeff Guerrero
Publisher- Urban Velo
http://www.urbanvelo.org

Just got home. What a great Weekend.
Good folks, Great games. You guys and gals
know how to take care of your friends.
THANK YOU!!!

fuck ur face

Great time.

Pickup until 1:30am Friday night was pretty great. Pickup until 12:30am Saturday night was pretty great. The tournament, city, courts, trading players at the end etc were also all pretty great. Hell yeah, summer is here.

thank you lexington! i had a great time. you are great hosts. 5 v 5 pick up is the wave of the future!

Here's a few more photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbanjeff/sets/72157623775293770/

Jeff Guerrero
Publisher- Urban Velo
http://www.urbanvelo.org

more pictures, including partyshots.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepassingofdays/sets/72157623651519443/

you specialize in random partyshots

Here's a few from me:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cricketcam2000/sets/72157623772057382/

Thanks a ton all you great polo peeps who came out for a full weekend of polo. We hope you felt welcomed, and had a good time in our little city. Congrats on another Como win and some top-notch polo playing by Columbus, STL, DC... So many others. Midwest is the BEST!

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what a great weekend. thanks for having us. i feel like this is the last time i'm going to able to go to lexington and return unscathed however...

you might look more like this...
Photo on 2010-04-05 at 13.36

There has been a bit of complaining about the player switching mandate elsewhere on the web and I'm intrigued.

Could someone from Lex explain how it worked and what were the requirements?

I can't speak too much to this because I wasn't aware of the twist until right before it was announced. Basically what happened was, when we got down to the final 8 teams, at that point before the joust of those games each team had to trade a player with the other team. That mixed team kept the team name, but advanced on with that lineup, trading another player each round until the end.

I had suspected that it might cause a bit of an uproar when it was announced, but everyone seemed to be into it. After all, we had just finished up nearly two full days of super-fun pickup games that went on well past midnight each day, and everyone got to spend a good deal of time playing with people from other cities and having a great time. This whole thing was less of a serious tournament and more of a big polo party. It's only natural for there to be a serious and competitive nature that surrounds most polo events, and understandable to be disappointed if you get separated from your teammates during the games. Our main philosophy here in Lex is that we love playing, and we have fun, and we want others to have fun as well. I think sometimes the traditional model of a polo event should be mixed up a bit to make things more interesting.

I can say for certain that our intentions weren't to piss anyone off or to throw a wrench into anyone's plan of taking home the prize. We simply wanted everyone to have fun and play a lot of polo. It's not like we would do something like this if we were hosting a major tournament where the stakes were more serious... so hopefully no one gets the impression that Lexington is some rogue, no-rules place to play... we just like to mix it up from time to time.

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I had suspected that it might cause a bit of an uproar when it was announced, but everyone seemed to be into it

ehhh not really. Majority of people I talked to (Chicago, bunch of Lex, Columbus, definitely STL) didn't like the idea of any switching at all.

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I can say for certain that our intentions weren't to throw a wrench into anyone's plan of taking home the prize

This is kinda how we saw it because it was announced right after we beat Chris's team.

Quote:

We simply wanted everyone to have fun and play a lot of polo.

That's what the 2 awesomely long days of pick-up were for!

Also, in Chris's event page up at the top of this thread, it even says to expect a few twists and mentions that fact that you may have to trade a player or two...

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I noticed that when it was originally posted and it piqued my interest at the time and then forgot!

I think its neat idea and good on you guys for doing something different and weird.

I don't think it was a bad idea to throw something like this in but i think it should have been thought out better. When it was announced they didn't have all the details worked out ahead of time. Do you switch players for the game then get your player back after the round is over? Do you trade the first round only? It was quite possible to end up with a team that had no players from the beginning line up. I think there was just a lot of contention because when it was announced it felt like there was a lot of gray area.

yeah, i defeated my own team which had none of the original players on it.

Hey LEX, thanks for hosting. As a newby I had never seen more than 8 players in one place. You all made the old man feel at home and were gracious in letting me play with the big boys (and girls). Good times! JB from Columbus

Pete i know you think comosexuals are hot shit and i was trying to get out of playing you, but for the 200th time look at the top of this page. I love playing you all and i called the grudge match out but you all had to leave. I love you pete and i cant wait to beat your ass on and off the court.

About the grey areas i had a set plan in my head, then i got rushed by 75 people with new ideas and questions. I thought that some of those ideas combined where way more fun so i went with them.

If you where AT ALL upset then you where not drunk enough, taking this tournament way to serious, or mistaken this tournament as your ticket to the Worlds. Sorry to disappoint.

I love you all hope you had at least some fun and cant wait to see you all soon.

Ifuckinglovepolo

chris simpson wrote:

Pete i know you think comosexuals are hot shit and i was trying to get out of playing you, but for the 200th time look at the top of this page. I love playing you all and i called the grudge match out but you all had to leave. I love you pete and i cant wait to beat your ass on and off the court.

About the grey areas i had a set plan in my head, then i got rushed by 75 people with new ideas and questions. I thought that some of those ideas combined where way more fun so i went with them.

If you where AT ALL upset then you where not drunk enough, taking this tournament way to serious, or mistaken this tournament as your ticket to the Worlds. Sorry to disappoint.

I love you all hope you had at least some fun and cant wait to see you all soon.

Haha we're not the best around, but I was hoping that we'd get to play DC/your team/Cbus in real tourney play because it is a bit more intense than grudge matches. I think people were upset more because it seemed like it wasn't planned out when everything else over the weekend was planned greatly.

And if you wanted to beat my ass off the court, you should've came to the wrestlefest on Tiff's floor that lasted for 2 hours on Saturday! Still waiting to see those videos on youtube, you'll see why I was dying on Sunday.

pete wrote:
chris simpson wrote:

Pete i know you think comosexuals are hot shit and i was trying to get out of playing you, but for the 200th time look at the top of this page. I love playing you all and i called the grudge match out but you all had to leave. I love you pete and i cant wait to beat your ass on and off the court.

About the grey areas i had a set plan in my head, then i got rushed by 75 people with new ideas and questions. I thought that some of those ideas combined where way more fun so i went with them.

If you where AT ALL upset then you where not drunk enough, taking this tournament way to serious, or mistaken this tournament as your ticket to the Worlds. Sorry to disappoint.

I love you all hope you had at least some fun and cant wait to see you all soon.

Haha we're not the best around, but I was hoping that we'd get to play DC/your team/Cbus in real tourney play because it is a bit more intense than grudge matches. I think people were upset more because it seemed like it wasn't planned out when everything else over the weekend was planned greatly.

And if you wanted to beat my ass off the court, you should've came to the wrestlefest on Tiff's floor that lasted for 2 hours on Saturday! Still waiting to see those videos on youtube, you'll see why I was dying on Sunday.

SO WHEN DO WE GET TO PLAY YOU AGAIN PETEY? You guys should really come to little rock this weekend!

Fuck off

Some of my photos from the event. I really wish I was able to play. Everyone looked like they were having a great time in some beautiful KY spring weather. My goal is to have no broken bones for the Midwest #9 in Lex this fall. I'm also going to bring the hometown crowd to cheer me on.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/firstto5/sets/72157623804242772/