A visual view of visitors to the Minneapolis Bike Polo indoor court. Get your city on the map!
Liam Gilson of Minneapolis loves shooting film photos of bike polo in action. Check out his work from this years tournament!
On Thursday one of our players was involved in a bad crash which resulted in a very serious wound.
Ramon and Matt were fighting for the ball against the back boards when their wheels caught causing both players to be thrown from their bikes. Matt went down first and Ramon was dismounting over his bars and struggling to find his feet underneath him. It looked like he was going to make it out of the crash safely when he let out a cry of pain.
We knew it was bad if it was able to make Ramon cry out, he’s a tough and gritty player. We at first assumed he had subluxed his shoulder or twisted his ankle until we saw the blood.
When dismounting his bike he stepped directly onto Matt’s brake lever. The brake lever pushed through his shoe, into his foot and stopped just before exiting the top of his foot. This wasn’t a sharp brake lever or out of the ordinary in any way. This was a stock full sized brake lever. The lever, upon inspection, had not one drop of blood or gore after piercing his foot.
We carried him over to a bench to asses the situation as thick deeply red clots of blood splashed to the ground. We cut off his shoe and applied bandannas as bandages. The bleeding stopped quickly and against our better judgement we brought Ramon home to be checked over by a nurse friend of his.
The situation didn’t improve after caring for the wound at home so Ramon went to the ER in the morning. They looked it over and found that a piece of the rubber sole had been lodged deep in his foot.
The doctor theorized that the rubber stopped the brake lever from completely piercing his foot. In order to sterilize the wound and remove the rubber they had to cut a hole in the top of his foot. It gives me the willies just thinking about it.
Ramon now has the first documented case of Polo Stigmata. Here’s to a speedy recovery, Ramon.
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)