Midwest Open 1 Recap Part 2: The Tournament Begins

*This was written back in Dec. 2010 and never posted till now.*

After a fitful night of sleep, having witnessed the prior evening’s debauchery, we arose just in time to get the train rolling from the hotel. After a quick breakfast, the player meeting commenced, where we were informed of the local customs and schedule. At once, the games were underway, with our own Mr. Do on the opening joust, in a battle against clubmates.

Jerry was shooting like a laser for PB&J, and Kat had some great offensive plays with Hot Lava.

Kat Sweeping Up

Kat Sweeping Up by bjornery on flickr.

Peanut Butter & Jerry (Sven, Dustin & Jerry) opened by beating Hot Lava, then lost two in a row against some super-tough teams: MWBPC8 MVP Chris Simpson’s team Killer Boots (5-2) and Lexington’s Red-Bearded Boner Makers (4-1). They won their next game against Beard Face from Little Rock 3-1, and made it into the Double Elimination bracket by beating Medusa’s Quiver (Pittsburgh) 5-1. PB&J ended up ranked 7th in their group of 25 with a record of 3-2-0.

Hot Lava (Kat, Landon & Greta) lost the aforementioned game to hometown glorykillers PB&J, but then won their second game against Louisville 3-2. They tied with Two Lads & A Lass, then lost to Rage Coma 3-2. I’m missing a game, but they ended up 2-1-1 and did not advance to the double-elimination brackets.

In the afternoon (well, evening…it was basically dark), The Placeholders (Wade, Ramon and I) played Wardens (Capt. Jake, Matt Hewitt, Zach)—who ended up in 3rd place. Obviously outmatched, we lost 4-0. We then beat Pittsburgh’s All-American Badass 2-1. We had an A-court matchup against Chicago’s Team Adorable in what was the most fun game of the tounrament for me, losing to them 2-1. We then moved over to C court, under the light orbs. Lighting was bad, but it affected each team equally I think. The Placeholders lost 2-0 to Lex’s Lady & The Tramps (sorry for hitting you in the face, Rich!) In our last game, we beat Cerebral Ballsy (Chicago) 2-0, but it wasn’t enough to get us into the bracket with a 2-3-0 record.

Ebbin and Ben

Ebbin and Ben by bjornery on flickr.

Get Some Five Dollars, hereinafter referred to as Get Some, were better suited for the task of tournament victories with their matching jerseys (designed by Ebbin himself) and secret weapon—Nick D. They opened with 0-0 tie against the D.C./Florida team Beginner’s Luck, shut-out (5-0) Cerebral Ballsy, then beat Shit Show (Birdie’s great team with female MVP Maija) 5-3.

Ebbin and Ben

Ebbin and Ben by bjornery on flickr.

After their first loss to Hunter’s Heroes (4-3), they were still ranked 5th in the evening group with a game to play. It was a sweet game, and the Heroes took 2nd place in the tournament, a testament to Get Some’s defensive skills. Their final win was a comeback against King Shin Beef from St. Louis. At the end of the rounds, they were 3-1-1.

Nick

Nick by bjornery on flickr.

Having all had a hard day of polo, we returned to the Sidecar to secure cheap food and liquid refreshment. More merriment ensued.

MPLS BIKE PILE

MPLS BIKE PILE by bjornery on flickr.

We Love Penn Cycle

Official partner of MPLS Polo

We’ve been busy as beavers getting ready to host Midwest Open October 13-14th and we’ve been as grateful as robins after the rain for a sponsor like Penn Cycle and Fitness. Penn Cycle has been supporting Minneapolis Bike Polo for several years. We are hard on our polo bikes and Penn’s skilled mechanics are always willing to go the extra mile to keep them in running order. They also don’t laugh at us when we put expensive leather saddles on what amounts to demolition derby car.

Cheesy homespun similes aside, we are extremely lucky and grateful to have a the power of Penn Cycle behind Minneapolis Bike Polo.

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Minnesota places 3rd at the Battle

Minnesota placed third at the Battle for the Middle West in Bloomington, IN this past weekend. It was a great tournament and an exciting change of pace from the usual 3 man team tournaments.

We faced Midwest rivals Illinois in the third place match and came out victorious with a 5-4 win. This was a big win for MN as we came together as a team and improved on our 11 to 3 loss to Illinois on Saturday.

Big thanks to Indiana Bike Polo for throwing an excellent tournament!

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Midwest Open 2 in MKE results

Another Midwest Open has come and gone. Lots of familiar faces and many new faces. Even several new clubs, Green Bay and Mankato, MN to name a few.

Minneapolis did really well at this tournament. 5 of our 6 teams officially made it to Sunday with a computer hiccup pushing Shark Farts out of the top 32 for Sunday. We had several stand out players which helped propel their teams deep into the double elimination bracket on Sunday. Meg Lee and Aren are two such players. Aren even took home the MVP award for the tournament.

Congrats to Nick T of Minneapolis on his teams’ 7th place finish. He got the call asking him to be a substitute player at 9:30am on Saturday and helped Chris and Nick from Lexington to yet another excellent finish.

Thanks to Milwaukee Bike Polo for hosting and bringing the Midwest together for such a fun time.

Results

  • 1st -Baby Face (Brian, Kremin, JT MKE/RVA)
  • 2nd -Guardians (Cody, Dusty, Julian SEA)
  • 3rd -Machine Politics (Ben, Joe, Matt L CHI)
  • 4th -Lil’ Wayne Gretzky (Nick kruse,Tim D, Charlie H COMO)
  • 5th -The Spurs (Pierre,Jonny, Sam C MAD )
  • 5th -Wardens (Jake, Matt, Zack MKE)
  • 7th –Bourbonic Plague (Nick, Cardinal, Nick T LEX/MPLS)
  • 7th -Mitten Polo (Jon, Adam, Piet AA)
  • 9th -WNBA Jamz (Joe, Shay, Guthrie MKE)
  • 9th –3rd Times a Charm (Meg, Dustin, Brian MPLS/CHI)
  • 9th -El Polo Loco (Derek, Stanislav, Rob FTW)
  • 9th –Panther Baby Strike (Nick, Aren, Jeff MPLS)
  • 13th -What about Bob (Karate jon, Chris W, Lou CLE )
  • 13th -Team Icarus (Zach ,Travis , Rob IN/CHI)
  • 13th –Cockstorm (Ramon, Jerry, Art MPLS)
  • 13th –The Matt Lodge Experience (Ebbin, Wade, Matt MPLS)
  • 17th -Seal Team 666 (Matt, Alex, Robb GRPS)
  • 17th -Gnomads (Ben H, Matt R, MP MAD)
  • 17th -Oakeshott Nights (Mark L, Dan, Mark H WNPG)
  • 17th -Team Adorable (Greg V, Tucker, Suzy CHI)
  • 17th -MDK (Kody, Meg M, Dave CHI)
  • 17th -Everything Butt Sex (Eric, Erica, Tiffany ATL/LEX)
  • 17th -Steve Jobs (Birdie, Lodi, Jordan MKE)
  • 17th –The Stealth Snowman (Sven, Thahn, Wheels MPLS/MKE)
  • 25th -Lefty Bullshit (Bruce, Jess, Quinn MIX)
  • 25th -Gay Boy farts (Kevin, Thomas, Caleb LAF)
  • 25th -Como Erectus (Christian, Andrew, Nic)
  • 25th -Emphysema Makeout Party (Abe, Matt, Joe MIX)
  • 25th -Noah’s Shark (Tyler Brown,Jeremy, Jordan BLM)
  • 25th -Bearded Men (Charlie S, Omar, Willie )
  • 25th -St st stuntin is a habit (Kelly s, Mick, Josh CHI)
  • 25th -White Arms (Steener, Carl winslow, Witt GB)

Midwest Open 2

The Midwest Open is happening this weekend in Milwaukee.

Minneapolis is sending 6 teams into the mix. You can follow the teams live Saturday and Sunday at podiu.mx/mwo . Also stay tuned to twitter, #MWO

The Matt Lodge Experience – Ebbin, Wade, Matt

Panther Baby Strike – Nick, Aren, Jeff

3rd Times a Charm – Meg, Dustin, Brian(CHI)

Shark Farts – Greta, Landon, Mike

The Stealth Snowman – Sven, Wheels, Thahn(MKE)

Cockstorm – Ramon, Jerry, Art

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Midwest Open 2010

Greetings From Minnesota

Minneapolis Bike Polo is packing up and heading down South for the Midwest Open in Lexington, KY.

We are sending four full teams of Minneapolis poloists to play and party. Quality AND Quantity.

Get Some/$5 – Nick, Jeff and Ebbin

Peanut Butter and Jerry – Dustin, Sven and Jerry

The Placeholders – Bjorn, Ramon and Wade

Hot Lava – Kat, Greta and Landon

There has been some discussion on changing Hot Lava to Sisterhood of the Travelling Shants but I think the B-52s reference trumps a pun.

We couldn’t be more excited to see our extended Midwest polo family. We’ll see you in Kentucky on Friday!