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The Westside Invitational Polo Tournament - CANCELLED

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Sunday, September 29, 2013
Host club: 
Seattle
Contact info: 
seattlebikepolo@gmail.com
Court size: 
Judkins Park

Once again, come join the competition for domination of the strong, the skilled, the sexiest polo players in the country. Strap on that cool leather and be crowned Rulers of the West.

First come, first served. Capped at 24 teams. Must be willing to come back and defend the trophies if you win.

Location

Judkins Park Seattle, WA
United States

Signed up

How set are these dates?

purdy well set

Big Country is in

My first tournament as a player of the Northwest! So stoked! Whobody wants to team up?

321polo.net

Aaron is taken FYI

As the north-western most state (and also the most eastern most state) Alaska is down to slaughter!

Im relocating to seattle beginning of september. I would love to play in this tournament but I dont know anybody out there yet. I'll be at pickup asap. Strong player with nearly a dozen tourneys under my belt with 1 first place finish. Who needs a third?!

Buying tickets next week. Don't go changing the dates on me now.

Likewise! But I need a team.
Give me a text. (70two)two17-six58six

Fixinthestreets

Fuck yeah!!! Might need a team for this!!

"We don't need no education"

Put me in!

!

Let me know if you still haven't found a team I might be looking for one as well.

I have a team for this time around Leon. I like to play on a team with you at some point along with messman, maybe a masters tourny?

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Geoffrey Tomlin-Hood, Tall George, and myself are a team for this. Will there be a separate registration race?

team name?

`Optimal`. Subject to change, though.

Moose Tits- Jonathan MacPherson, William Criner, Josh Woodard(AK). Consider us registered.

As of now, no race will be part of the Westside Invitational.

There will be a party/ride, of course, but it's gonna be some pretty straight forward, full tilt, double elimination, minimally reffed, OG polo.

Registration will come with a small dollar cost per team, no more than the Qualifier.

Tourney will be at Judkins Park, so smaller than NAH regs provide for.

Loose Cannon here....

Capitol Bike Polo

look up the definition of loose cannon.

The definition wasn't in the goalhole dictionary. So its not a real word. good one Max!!!

Capitol Bike Polo

You me and a third?

Fixinthestreets

Battle of California to Westside Invite. It's perfect polo trip for me.

Riki@Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo
tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com / www.flickr.com/rikitko / twitter: RikiTokyo

nice. I'm taking the same trip.

Capitol Bike Polo

yes! now I looking for a team.
anyone need third?

Riki@Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo
tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com / www.flickr.com/rikitko / twitter: RikiTokyo

Yes! Lets do it... you, me & Machine!

Capitol Bike Polo

I've booked my flight.
I hope to enter this tournament.

Riki@Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo
tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com / www.flickr.com/rikitko / twitter: RikiTokyo

I'm going.That polo slut Machine dumped me.
YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I'm TEA from Fresno!!!!!!!!

Capitol Bike Polo

do we need one more player?

Riki@Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo
tokyobikepolo.blogspot.com / www.flickr.com/rikitko / twitter: RikiTokyo

Yep, Looking for a Slayer!!!

Capitol Bike Polo

Me please!

Fixinthestreets

Thanks extrasketchy, just waiting to here back from some players I'll let you know.

Capitol Bike Polo

Looking for a team

anyone else feeling like this is a little too close to worlds?

ain't goin, don't curr

trying to weed out the competition

I thought the Westside Invite was happening in SF this year?

The messenger event and polo tournament have been separated for a few years now. I just heard that the WSI race was happening in SF this year and that there will be one day of polo with a BBQ on Sunday. That sounds fun, but the Westside Invite polo tournament will be in Seattle on the dates listed above.

Ringer,Tim-Tim and I are throwing our collective hats into this here ring.
Team name tba.

fuck ur face

mfpu! into it!

Interested in going... looking for a team...

Hey man, sure had fun drinking all that moonshine with you down at south east qualifiers in Georgia. Remember me, played on the Regulators with Jeremiah Goodwin. Im moving to the left coast in a few weeks and would like to match up for this tourney! Me and yr handsome team mate Frayzer paired up for a tourney here in charleston and did some damage. Hit me up.

I hardly remember anything because of all that Shine Y'all... i thought i was Helen Keller! Anyway im down.

.

Bumping this to keep it up with the messenger west side that was just posted in SF. The polo tournament is still happening. Want to be the first person to participate in the same tournament in 2 separate locations in the same year?! Come to our 2 day double elim then road trip to SF the following Monday for a BBQ and single elim!

At last a voice of reason..........Can I be on your team Cody?

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

So everyone should fly out of SF to Worlds the day after the single elimination at The West Sides in SF ....Fuck we have The Battle for California in Folsom the weekend b4 Seattles tournament too so ya may as well all see the light already and move to SF

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

This will probably get buried under all of the SF vs Seattle posts, but I shouldn't procrastinate any longer...

I'm relocating to Seattle in a few weeks and am looking for a team for the Seattle WSI. I promise the most lady-like laugh you've ever heard, giant smiles, and occasional impressive one-timers. Any takers?
(Jamelyn)

Crab shots.

Lick your wounds girls and listen to this for kicks
What are you doing to increase the number of polo players in your community?How many Newbies have joined your club this year or in the last 2 years since the Westside Invite split. Count them on one hand or even one finger.
Having 150-200 Messengers/ Newbies from across the United States of America play a one day polo tournament for fun after 3 days of racing will (and I guarantee you this ( a bottle of Bulleit on it with any takers)) have the biggest influx of hard court polo players that we have ever seen now that we have a genuine sport established.
Stop thinking of youselves and think of our sport as a whole Have polo belts made for now to infinity that belong to the poloverse. And battle hard for them with the best players on the West Coast and possibly the world.
We are becoming a closer community but our numbers are dwindling across the board.Check the stats with the NAH.We only had 24 teams at our qualifier.That sux.
Love y'all
WeR3

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

I thought I was coming from outer space but this is totally stellar!

I have thoroughly loved one messenger polo player and known many others.

Put (almost) any messenger in the rink now with a true polo player and there's no comparison. Maybe your club is contracting but Seattle is building and growing.

Machine! Polo bikes are not race bikes. Fixed gears are dead on courts across the world.

Those belts have mallets on them. They belong to polo.

Polo belongs in Seattle.

I'm pretty sure that messengers are adaptable enough to ride a freewheel if they like the sport......as for the origination of the West Sides i think I;ll unleash Casey on ya and let him explain it to you.
My only bike is a polo bike , I only use it to go play polo...........what more do you want from me.
Belts are material objects that are replaceable with heart ................make it so.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

I think I'm lookin to play, might need a team. Anyone lookin for a third?! Or mixed singles team? Xo

Anchorage is sending down another team.
Disco Sombrero
Branden Lashua, Liam McMahon, and Henry. Don't know his last name.
Would you be so kind as to add them to the team list?

Count me in who's lookin.

Hey pepper, when you were up for the NACCC did you leave any gloves here?

You make the rules and I'll play the game.

Lost a left franklin. Meh

I need a team.

Fixinthestreets

Marc,deaddog,pistol are in for this. Name tba.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

What's up with rego for this? Cause I'm in.

Jackie Jillian and me "Les Femmes des Creme"

Eugene has a team!

PoloEug

Would there be a gangly gorilla of young man by the name of josh on that team?!

shotgun your bike!

Yeah, Mark. Josh and Jordan

PoloEug

Yeah, Mark. Josh and Jordan

PoloEug

Zach, Eryn and Jackie. Wait for it... (The team name that is)

that was fun

Still room? You People want in.

The Ginger Beard Men are in with a slightly different recipe. This is us registering.

Alright, all who have replied on this forum, with a team list, are currently registered. Remember, nominal reg fee will apply.

x2 for no hardcourtbikepolo.org...

Hey can we be added to the list;
Ben (Melbourne)
Stephen (MEL/Dublin)
Wes (OTT)

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

I'm playing with two other players. Register me!

I hope you have me Pete and tba down as a team. We want to play!

321polo.net

Yeah well, stand by on that one. There are currently too many requests for registration and now we'll have to start the "invite" process....

This is going to be my first tournament as a cascadia player. Cooome on!

321polo.net

I'm gonna be in on this. Got a team lined up for now , but I'll be there.

Back up in this bish. Team Old Fucks. Go

Anyone looking for a third? I'm a super strong goalie with a spoke snapping shot (I can be your mean, forechecking forward if the opportunity is right). I will have just moved to portland and I'd love to make this my first tourney in Cascadia.

Worth it.

I am out of region too, looking for a team.

Fixinthestreets

Well, just bought tickets for this. I miss you Cascadian jerks, I guess.

polopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolo

The Dinguses want in on this tourney

The Dinguses want in on this tourney

I got a team for this, blazzar. Is this registration?

Looking for a team for this. I'm a solid player looking to make a run.

Been playing 2 years now.

- Sincerely
Olsen Aviles

I would hit this guy ^ up if I were u. I'd probably play with him if I went to wsi this year but can't. Chances are, if yr willing to just pick up someone u don't know, he's better than u ;,)

C Murder has thought long and hard about what is happeing in hismessenger and bikepolo communities,how independent they have become of one another and how Steeped in history the original Belts are
That with the kind offer to make new belts for the WestSide Invite(messenger event) by Travis from Freight Bags ,C Murder would like the Original. Belts to remain with the Westside Invite Polo Tournament from here on in.
Oh My Messman that is feckin fantastic dude
,

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

DUDES are in. (Brooke, Ken, Tom)

Take it Sleazy

The Aroma,

Team Tacoma is in.

Leon, Tacoma Player 1. Tacoma Player 2.

Glad your making it up again! See you there.

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

Los T-Bone are in Pistolero ,Machine plus unknown La Pinata from area 51 Anyone know this dude

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

I moost fank you in persson fur dis oppportooniy too plague with a seesoned vetaran of meny toornamants.De calll fur mee too cume too the home of de Gaurdians waz too much to do so I anm cuming too pleay wid the Jared from star wars boot noww I vvil plague wid theese Pistolero.As hee goot a ghun ore joost hees shot is possible to ad
venace hour teem froom forward too cup?
I moost noww leeve to trane on how yoo sayyer.The thuomb out walking too makit to therr home too plaege in time.
If I makit I see yoos Al worn time sooun formeye cup with misterelo (ah damnner speelll cecg donnnut transvlate till cabvel bill insalllled inn pocKket cardd)
Cann I mate and grate wivv the Gaurdians to shoot a Gun in my beer.
I hvvve gott won heer.
Raselmofltompkespeelerdirk meye Freends
PS Ist bloaby de Boards allsso immigrating meye windsnorter

Loove La Pinata

U wack me , I wack yor hole teem

So, uh, technically I've received too many registration requests like two weeks ago.

Okay, so as of this morning, "registration" is closed and the final team list will be posted by this evening.

I think I might actually send out invitations for this...

Mason with 3 on the front court, please. Team name: The Ray Allen's.

What's this invite business? Are the teams subscribed to this thread in automatically? first come first serve? both AK teams are ready with plane tickets already purchased.

Supposedly, the invite meant if you are actually going to play in the west side in 2014, 2015, 2016, then you are invited. If you are only going to play this year, then please GTFO so real teams can come in. thanks.

Really? Is that how the deep rich history of the West Side Invite works? Tell me more.

<3

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

I mean, I'm not really committed to anything but 10lbs of shrimp at the court. Old Bay always wins.

Right. How bout if you played in the 2002-2012 tourny's and won the first 3.

First of all, let me say that if you were planning on going to this, you should've known several weeks ago and it's silly to hold me over the flames because you "already purchased tickets". Next time we host, I'll have a better registration system set up on our own www.seattlebikepolo.com (better than this forum).

ALSO, you should be prepared to defend this title and if you can't, then you better not win. ADDITIONALLY, we are opening the registration to 32 teams BUT, only 24 teams will advance to Sunday. So no crying.

Team List:
1) Big Country
2) Moose Tits
3) Kiersten, Andre, Blazar
4) You People
5) Ginger Beards
6) Wait for it....
7) Eugene Bike Polo
8) Les Femmes des Creme
9) Marc, Deaddog, somebody else
10) Disco Sombrero
11) Ringer, Tim-Tim, Apothecary
12) Riki, Tsunami
13) Machine's Team (after seriously countless reminders from my own club...)
14) Geoff, Jeff, Tall George
15) Guardians
16) Jackie's Team (E.Van)
17) Jamelyn's Team
18) Jake the Snake's Team
19) Assassins
20) Aleia's Team
21) Medic's Team
22) Sterl's Last Chance
23) The Dinguses
24) Wes, Ben, Stephen
25) Pete, AirInHand, somebody else...
26) Old Fucks
27) The Aroma
28) The Dudes
29) Cyborg Baptism
30) Mason's Team
31) 3Gs
32) Sweet Buds

If you see any errors, screw off and don't tell me about it. If you haven't submitted your team name yet email "seattlebikepolo@gmail.com" and let me know final team list and the name you'd like. It'll be $10 per player for registration.

Remember, no complaining!

Ringer would like his team name updated to Team Old Bay and apothecary changed to Mister Shane Murphy.

I'm posting for him since he's busy smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer.

It is Pete, Arlyn and myself. Our team can be called Crandall's Angels.

321polo.net

Brian Pagel put us in line to reg and you didn't put us down. Our team is drew Kinney, Dave stoops, and Brian Pagel. Team haus. If you want to talk about OG wsi we are it. Plus my name is on the MVP belt. So please correct the roster and we will see you at the end of the month. Email me if need be at drew.cascadia@gmail.com

Personally msg me if you are looking for a team. High qualifications a bonus!!!!

Matt Messenger
"Messmann"
bikepologuru.com
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

I'll be there with my bike and gear just in case yinz need a sub or whatever.

...those days are over.

JUST KIDDING!

Okay, let me clarify here...Seattle Bike Polo has an Open tournament and an Invitational. The WSI is supposed to be a highly skilled, lower number of teams, epic battle tourney and the Emerald City Open is a all comers party, kickoff to the season.

I have to say that some of the registered teams are going to get their butts kicked and not even make it to Sunday. (This would be a chance to back out if you're reading this)

Registration money is DUE by the first Friday in September. Immediately. No excuses, you WILL be bumped if your monies are not paid to seattlebikepolo@gmail.com (Paypal) by midnight on Friday, September 6th. As in, I have money in hand from teams on the waiting list and I don't care if you already bought tickets.

So, make sure you want in, pay up and hold on! Those belts aren't just being handed out...

...

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

So last night we talked about this and now you closed registration without even posting my team on the list... I am now organizing WSI.

pretty sure that list of teams is a rough draft. sure your team is in, eli.

last night you weren't on the list and today you aren't either. maybe the registration was fucked up but a hasbrown's a hashbrown and next year will be a slightly different 'invite' system.

Check out this Google document for currently registered teams and PAID status.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApIRFYDa3FHrdDlmNzlxMFRLRVp...

Remember, I will BOOT your butt if you have not PAID by SEPTEMBER 6TH @ 11:59PM

We do have teams on the waiting list....

Our team paid.

Team name? And who would have paid? And who's on your team?

Sam awesomepants Bell paid. team is Les Femmes des Creme which is Sam awesome pants, Jackie Rust, and myself.

shotgun your bike!

Yikes. We, up north in Everett, totally slept on putting a team together. Actually, nobody couldn't commit or was able to play, oh well. I'll still be there to watch and cheer on!

See you there Friend!

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

Team John McClane has paid in full for Wes, Ben and Stephen.

"No fucking shit, lady. Does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza?"

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

For redundancy's sake, team "Transplants" has paid in full for Jamelyn, Frank, Mick.... if not, some jackass with a paypal account very similar to seattlebikepolo's just made 30 bucks

Crab shots.

For redundancy's sake, team "Transplants" has paid in full for Jamelyn, Frank, Mick.... if not, some jackass with a paypal account very similar to seattlebikepolo's just made 30 bucks

Crab shots.

Derp. Just saw the google doc with the paid list... wasn't trying to be a smartass (at least not this time :D ) Thanks/sorry!

Crab shots.

check, check and check. you guys and girls are doing great, just keep those emails to seattlebikepolo@gmail.com coming. that is the best way to get answers to your questions

Money gets you lots of answers.

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

Where was my invite?

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

REMINDER: Pay your registration monies by this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH @ 11:59PM or your team will be bumped in favor of a wait-listed team.

Thank you, that is all for now.

Monies can be 'donated' to "seattlebikepolo@gmail.com" $30 per team. Current team and pay list can be seen at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApIRFYDa3FHrdDlmNzlxMFRLRVp...

Payed on aug 30th... The paypal still has this unclaimed? Did i do something wrong? Team name is meglodon. Marc,Joe,scott

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

No, you didn't do anything wrong. There are a couple people in this same boat and I'll be calling Paypal tomorrow to sort it out, sorry for the confusion....

Anyone still looking for a third?

Deadline is tonight for payment. Don't lose your spot! Although most teams have paid up.

Housing?

I thought alaskans were rustic

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

What I meant to say is will wood be provided so we can build ourselves a cabin at the park?

Talk to Medic Mike about potential housing situation. Fend for yourself, first come/first served, we will probably host you but maybe not.....sorta thing.

Oh sure, Now I'm handling housing too.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

hey Mike, can I sleep on the floor at the mansion?

I cannot vouch for the mansion yet. no one has gotten back to me. I'll be able to give a better what's up soon.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

Bringing housing, just need a driveway

how much of alaska do you vouch for?

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

4 of us need housing.

AM/PM groups?

Never too late to form a team for this. A spot has opened up (so I've read), so if there's anyone out there who is keen to play, let me know. I may have Ryan from SF coming up, if he can get a lift, so you could be our 3rd. Text or call me 323 495 0614

Third man here, someone hit me up this tourney will be so sweet domohawk@gmail.com

Rain or shine, I presume?

You got the rain part right

Hey Folks,

This just in and all, potential really-not-so-great-weather pretty much makes this decision for us. We're gonna call the tournament on account of rain and figure out a different way to get messed up and have fun.

As a great man once said..."F*ck it dude, let's go bowling."

Bench format in supposed covered court?

Are you kiddin? On the train Headin there now!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Why don't you guys go ahead with the tournament but change the format so that you don't have to spend so much time in the rain.

Proposal:

Saturday you have 3 groups (1 at cal 2 at judkins) and you have 4/5 rounds of Swiss.

Sunday you have a 16 team single elimination tournament, with games lasting 15 min or first to 5. Have this at cal so that people aren't completely stranded in terms of shelter etc...

This way you still get a competitive tournament but without so much of the waiting around in the rain.

The single elim would only have 15 games in total (16 if you want to work out 3rd place) which would take approximately 4 hours.

All this said, I have no idea how bad the weather will be and am sure that you guys haven't made the decision lightly.

Pretty bummed out about this, didn't find out until my plane landed here in Seattle. Had to jump through some serious hoops to get a four day pass from the Army, not to mention everything else that goes along with flying to a tournament... Wish the organizers would try to work it out, I was super excited to play.

Look everybody, weather forecasts don't have a lot of clout until they're just a few days out. Do you think we are happy about doing this? We've never done this before and did not do it lightly. I feel for all the people who flew in, not the majority by any means, by the way, but we have more to think about than those few folks.

Now, we thought about altering the format, its not about waiting around in the rain. It's about safety, speed and competition. We are forecasted to have the largest front this year and that means standing water on the courts, means brakes not engaging, means wheel covers being buffeted and shots not going where you put them.

There is no covered or indoor space that houses a full court. We do not want the people who are not flying, to drive out only to find teams have dropped out and the format has changed.

Y'all need to put yourselves in our shoes. Also, flying in for a tournament does not give anyone leverage over the event coordinator. Just saying.

So the primary reasons are:

1) Safety (wheel slides and less effective brakes)

2) Bad weather taints the competition

3) Speed? I imagine this is related to both 1) and 2)

Is that correct? Are there any other reasons? I am (among others I'd imagine) interested in hearing more about how this decision was made.

In their savage hunger for THE BELTS, San Francisco has invoked a storm beyond all reckoning...

BLAME C MURDER

New format. All fixed, no wheel covers, no whining.

Worth it.

I do blame SF Henry.

Pete, not going to put more stuff out here for people to complain about. You're all getting registration refunded.

"get used to disappointment"

You guys can come up here and run it for us if you'd like.

blazar wrote:

IPete, not going to put more stuff out here for people to complain about.

Alright, I'll email you directly.

getting on the plane
Coming to run this for ya one day single elimination.
Winners take the belts then re-joust somewhere in the sun between The Worlds and DPI VI.
No bitching this is how it's going down .
Harden the fuck up or go play Bike Hockey.
The other regions who play rain , snow ,hail or shine will look at this as the Pussification of The West Coast if WE dont throw this > Too much said already .
Come Monday i wanna here "Just Did It" not the clink of crystallized tears plinking off Capitol Hill.
REALLY

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Just bring the belts Steve. We've all played in "rain hail snow earthquake tsunami" yadda yadda. This is a storm with 40 mph winds expected. We're adjusting the plans accordingly and would appreciate if you rolled with the punches like the rest of us. We'll decide how it's going down and are working with what we have available. Expect a single elim tourney at Cal Anderson with a possible rescheduling of the WSI on a weekend where there isn't a near hurricane rolling through the city or we can find an indoor space with more than 2 days notice.
REALLY

Thank you

thanks for the clarification Cody......A tree fell on me once.......no fun at all .Chopped it up and burnt it for the next 2 winters. Thanx for looking out for our safety
RESPECT
REALLY

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Los Marcos format it up , point based tourney, bowling portion weighted the most, water polo second and maybe whoever starts a shirtless dance party (Shelley style) ... less points for those not interested in the party side of polo and only down for playing "serious polo".

Bookmark it for the future: I will gladly spend my polobucks to attend any tournament awarding points for bowling and/or disc golf.

Legalize Hand Throws - 2014

We did end up going bowling. Turns out Cody riggs has taken lessons and that the alaska polo players have some trick shot skills.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

Anyone at Cal right now?

Fixinthestreets

Me, I am!

Fixinthestreets

Some of us are doing party set up at the polo mansion. If you're in town already give me a call 2 0 6. - 4 O 2- 12 1 7

we'll have some pickup going at cal in the next hour or two.

Just charter a plane to LA- not a cloud in the sky!
...in all seriousness I hope you guys are ready to rage like never before.

polopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolo

Get guitars. Climb Mt. Rainer. Battle nature with wicked solo until weather backs off. Play polo on dry courts.

Combination of choice: Smash + Bang

?????
Profit.

48 hour lock in! Take that St. Louis.

This is not the picture I was trying to attach but when a blast from the past looms its ugly head ya may as well say fuck it and laugh alonhg the dotted line that seperates the sane from the mentally negligent.
So I arrive at 605 on virgin Anyone driving to the airport and if not where is da party at 7pm Text me the address please .Also got no reservations til saturday nite so anyone got a shed, spare bath or outhouse that's free

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Without U there is no US. .......undoubtably the Best tournament EVVA ...........DON'T CARE

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

I'm actually quite upset with the way this was handled. Mehgan and I took time off work, booked a hotel, rented a car all in hopes of driving a few Portland Bike Polo players to your city and hang out with friends and play polo in the rain. Instead of apologizing for the weather and assuring us we would still have fun. Your initial response was "we are cancelling" ,tough shit for supporting our city and our club. It seems very disrespectful to post how much better of a time you had and that it's our fault we didn't show up. Not what I expected from people I call my friends.

fuck ur face

Hey Shane. Sorry about your plans being ruined by the situation. I think Machines comment is talking about the fact that we tried to make the best of the situation. We did try to show the people who flew in a good time. We took a lot of heat for deciding to cancel the regular tournament before the weather hit, some of it justified for sure. The tournament was cancelled because the only place we have two courts to operate a tournament of this size would not be playable due to flooding and swampy conditions all around it. Cal Anderson is our only alternative and would not work for a double elim with the amount of teams registered. Time between games would have been 2 hours or more. We received multiple cancellations and requests for cancellation of the main event from Vancouver teams when it was clear that the weather was going to be the worst it had been in Seattle in quite a while. The only reason we went ahead and did any type of entertaining or event was because people had already flown in from various cities or were in the process of taking the train up. As much of a bummer as it was to cancel the main event and recommend that people who still hadn't left for Seattle not come, we still had to throw something together for the people who had already arrived or were in the process of coming up.

Please point me to the forum where anybody from Seattle posted about how great a time we had and blamed anybody for not showing up and missing out. To be honest the polo experience was pretty miserable. The Alaska people were the only ones who played Saturday because apparently they already have snow in Anchorage. I think Polony joined them because he's living in the woods and doesn't get to play much. Sunday we tried to scrape together a 14 team double elimination tournament for fun at Cal Anderson which we had to shut down halfway through because it was in the low 50's, raining, and people were huddled under 2 tarps trying to stay dry while they waited 70-80 minutes to play their games. Nobody wanted to finish, and honestly I feel the sentiments would have been double that if we hadn't cancelled the tournament because we would have had 10 or so more teams and people would have been forced into the awful weather that we experienced literally all day and night Saturday as well. If anybody had any fun at this "tournament" it's because we tried to party with the people who flew in or took the train to make up for the lack of the main event. Most of the tournament took place in bars...I'm not sure if that weather made it down to you guys but I can tell you that in the years I've lived here we've never had wind and rain like we had Saturday, and it was consistent ALL day. Did somebody honestly say anything close to tough shit to anybody? We all like people from other cities up here, the decision was made to save people two days of wet misery. We love having people in town for tournaments, the weather just ruined the only option we have and we weren't aware of it until 2 days before. Again... really sorry about how things unfolded here, and please don't think we meant any disrespect by trying to salvage the crap weekend.

thank you for your response. I appreciate the time you took to address my grievances. More than the polo, i was looking forward to seeing old friends. I guess i'm mad at myself for not driving up. I hope we can get together soon and have some fun.

fuck ur face

Sorry shane, We should have been more clear on the fact that we were going to try and make something happen in lieu of the full tournament. Thanks for not being too upset, and I'm sorry you guys didn't come up either.

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

The Dirty Harry's were still ready to play all Sunday and finish that fucker. We had like 8-10 games left. I was more pissed that we cancelled Sunday, for a second time. Saturday sucked but I still played...
I think the only thing I find kind of lame is the stink that was kicked up beforehand, I mean If the belts meant so much y'all would have been out there to play for them.

My cup runeth over with blood and not wine

shane i had 2 ten minute games of polo all weekend one against alaska that we won 1-0 (luckily)and one against try slow (riggs bros and jt)were i scored 2 world class goals and they got lucky 5 times (possibly 6 we kinda lost count)the rest of the weekend i hung with the coolest peeps i know which was just what i needed going into this week coz in the last 24 hours my favourite girl broke up with me by text,i had surgery which puts me out til the day of the worlds wild cards, my best mate died in Scotland this morning on the way to surgery (he phoned me last week and I didnt have time to talk to him)I cant make the funeral coz i had fucking surgery this morning, i got a gold i fone 5s with 64 gigabutts and a case thats good to 14 atmospheres , filmed the first episode of "Mornings with Machine" at midnite last nite , bought a new bluetooth so i never DON't have time to talk to my mates again, have my kids cooking dinner for me now and yes we all missed everyone who didnt make it to the westsides

Luv you all with all my heart

WeR3

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

oh and the ALL DAY reference was the hat i was wearing and the DON"T CARE where the JobStopper tattoos I had drawn on my knuckles which is a complete oxymoron for me coz I fucking care about EVERYTHING..................ALL FUCKIN" DAY......................EVERY FUCKIN' DAY

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

unbelievable.

Are we getting refunded?

321polo.net

Should be done by the end of the day

Thanks Cody!

321polo.net

Alright everybody, sorry, had to take a short break from this ill-fated weekend to decompress and remind myslef that I still enjoy this game and all the fun of organizing and hosting tournaments.

Thank you for all who were initially registered and paid up for believing in us. Thank you for those who were disappointed but understanding of our decision. Thank you for those who came up or down anyways and suffered through some cold, wet, windy playing and who made the weekend fun despite bad court conditions and no real plan.

I wish everybody would take a minute and put themselves in my shoes here, it breaks my heart to cancel something like that especially after all the work that myself and my club put in to organizing and getting this thing ready. I'm glad that a lot of people have an understanding of this. For those of you that were insulted or emotionally damaged, please don't think I did all that on purpose.

Refunds have been issued and if yours does not come through, please let me know personally at aaron.grant00@gmail.com

Again, I am sorry for the cancellation. I would love to have you all up again for a tournament with good weather.

Yours in Space,
Blazar