Minneapolis is loading up the cars and getting ready to make the trip to Columbus, Ohio for the Midwest Championship 2013 & A Midwestivus For The Rest Of Us this weekend, May 25th & 26th. The Midwest Championship our regional qualifier for entering the North American Championship, hosted by… us! Minneapolis Bike Polo, August 16th, 17th, & 18th!
*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.
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.
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.
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.
Having all had a hard day of polo, we returned to the Sidecar to secure cheap food and liquid refreshment. More merriment ensued.
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.
Last Friday night after the Stupor Bowl 13 pre-registration party at the Nomad, the polo crew, including a number of our friends from Milwaukee, cruised over to the garage and got in some late-night polo on a dark and slippery court. Everyone went down at some point on the slush that was just above the freezing point in the out-of-bounds zone. That said, it was a lot of fun until the ultra-passive transit employee sort of told us to leave, kind of. Well enough, I thought, as it was 2 a.m. and I had to get ready to race. If you’re interested, visit my blargh for a race recap and photos.
Our very own Mr. Do put together this compilation of crashes, spills and wipe-outs from the BFF Tournament. Good stuff!
Connor really came through with a great tourney on Sunday. We played three rounds of round robin with 8 teams and then a double-elimination bracket. There was grilling, great play and lots of fun. No major injuries or mechanicals, until Dustin let his bike roll into the wall after winning. Thanks everyone who came out to play, especially our ad hoc Team Show Us Your Titties, and all the spectators who came out.
Congrats to The Cosmopolotans on their victory!
Check out the Team Photos
1. Team Show Us Your Titties, 2. Team Revolution Polo, 3. Team Rad: Tim, John, Cayla B, and James, 4. The Flying Jomonz: Connor, Joe and Alicia, 5. The Bookhouse Boys: Landon, Bjorn and Sven, 6. The Sconnies, 7. 2nd Place, The Paul Bunyans: Ramon, Trevor and Jake, 8. Our Champs, The Cosmopolotans: Ebbin, Dustin and John
Here’s a sample of the complete action shots:
We’re working on reconstructing the brackets, so if you have info about your teams’ records, who you played in the brackets, or even better a photo of the brackets, hit us up in the comments. This is for sure:
1. Cosmo-Polo-Tans (Mr Do, Ebbmart, Stevelious)
2. Paul Bunyans (Jake, Trevor, Ramon)
3. Flying Jomonz (Joe, Connor, Alicia)
4. Bookhouse Boys (Sveden, Bjorn, Peedubya)
8. Team Show Us Your Titties (John, Zebrakeys and Andy)