A bit of a road movie to start the coverage from Millennium Series 2012 Paris World Cup, please enjoy! We promise a full-length report to follow very shortly, stay tuned!
The Estonian Capital Tallinn is only 30km from Helsinki via sea route. You can actually see it from the highest buildings in Helsinki and once there was even a discourse in the media that the two cities should be combined as one mega city. For us going to Tallinn is always fun. The prices on everything are much lower and the city is a really cool place to party. This time we were up for a real treat. The Estonian team Adrenaliin, which has been playing the Finnish series for a couple of years now, were organizing the season finale in their home turf, which for us meant combining the two favorites of ours: Paintball and partying.
As it seems with all our tournaments this year there was a big bang to endure just before the main event. Our main back player and gun torrent Sami Turunen had been talking about taking up skateboarding again throughout the summer. He used to skate quite a lot in his youth… which was before he was almost 2 meters tall, almost a 100 kilos worth of pure muscle and a cop. This is the guy who went off to ski for the first time after a while and came back with some broken ribs and strained abs. He’s also the only guy who’s ever managed to break himself on our turf field, Tuusula Grind… you can probably see were this is going. So he got himself a board and some protective gear and went for just a small taster at a local ramp. It was the week before the Tallinn tournament but as we say in Cyclone just a cobweb thin taster wont hurt if you’re really careful. It didn’t, all went well… that day. The next day he went off again and… well I guess it’s better if you’ll just see for your self from this dramatic re-enactment: Skating for Dummies
The doctors say that he will get the cast of his leg somewhere around Christmas and to all of us he shall now and ever after be called Frontside Turunen according to a song by an artist called Robin (the Finnish equivalent to Justin Bieber)
Last round tomorrow in Tallinn and what a setup it is. Our league team is fighting for second place overall as Fieldfighters is sure to win Finnish Championship. It has been a even year except for top position and three teams are still fighting for the podium positions. I know whatever happens, our guys will party with the FF guys until morning. It has been great to see a team rise through the divisions to take the cup home. Congrats to the guys already, it’s good to be the king!
Div 1 team on the other hand is ready to take the highest podium for second time this year and first time over all. This can be achieved by ending the tournament in higher place than Ässä Creditor from Pori.
Few players are missing from our teams, with league team’s quarterback Sami Turunen is tending his broken leg after almost completing a beautiful frontside ollie. He is probably the most frustrated guy in Finland tomorrow. We will miss him but our lineup is sure to be strong enough to survive this.
Finnish league has been under a tougher management (run by teams) this year, after second round couple of teams were put under threat of a fine because of unsportsmanlike behaviour. After third round one div.1. team was dropped to last position as the mgmt saw that they broke rules regarding using upper division players. It’s going to be fun to see if some team will go all rogue like in the final tourney.
Liveblog/feed will not be around this time, as both teams are playing at the same time tomorrow and the normal operator (c’est moi) is home looking after his very pregnant wife. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.
The time has come to throw one of our first aces on the table. We promised to bring you guys some really interesting interviews, let’s see how you like these apples.
Many of you guys out there know this story but I’m also quite sure there’s a lot who really don’t. This story starts with one of the biggest turning points in paintball history, the invention of the Eye and continues right down memory lane to the present as seen by Eero Kaakkola. It’s in Finnish but we added some subtitles for our foreign friends.
Check our the video below and enjoy…