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#1 Yard Sale

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 10:54 PM

The jerseys were out of control. We have to pray the stretch pants don't catch on in USPSA.

 

 

They think they are a niche sport. Heh, at least they have spectators.


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Posted 03 September 2018 - 11:09 PM

“Let’s take this fast exciting thing and balance on it immobile as long as possible.”

I have insane respect for the skill required. It’s just a skill that leads to a dumb sport.

I know curling is hard, too. But it’s still curling.
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Posted 03 September 2018 - 11:27 PM

There was a 1.5 minute time limit per section, and you had to compete the 12 sections 3 times in a few hours, including the difficult loop trail connecting them, and walk-throughs and waiting your turn. People took their sweet time doing their first walk-through.

 

 

Out of nearly 100 competitors, only 5 or 6 were Pros. Of them, 1 was head and shoulders above the others. He had more control and looked smoother and slower and expended less energy The others, and the lower classes, kind of raced through stuff because they lacked the control.  Lower classes had easier terrain.

 

Can you imagine if we had closer fault lines for lower classes? Or entirely different target arrays?

 

The one thing that was remarkable was no national classification or ranking system. If you were an Expert somewhere you could cherry-pick the Clubman class. You are either a Pro and you run with the handful of big dogs, getting stomped by the biggest dog, Pat, or you just pick some other class based on your ability, humility, and shamelessness.

 

Pros fooling around:

(It should be obvious Pat is the multi-time national champion. Edit to add: Oh yeah, he's from Wisconsin!)


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Posted 04 September 2018 - 04:42 AM

i would be impressed if this was moto cross mounted shooting.


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Posted 04 September 2018 - 11:29 AM

Of all the random arbitrary shit to make into a competition...


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Posted 04 September 2018 - 01:54 PM

Of all the random arbitrary shit to make into a competition...



Spelling bees get more coverage than shooting sports.....

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 02:40 PM

No one wants to watch fat old guys do something slowly.



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Posted 04 September 2018 - 03:36 PM

It would be more fun if they were on motor-driven unicycles and had a few spectacular crash-and-burns.


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Posted 04 September 2018 - 07:23 PM

“Let’s take this fast exciting thing and balance on it immobile as long as possible.”


Much like the guys in the wing suits. They can fly, so what do they do with them? See how close to the ground they can get.
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Posted 04 September 2018 - 08:53 PM

I need to get back into Trials competition, I got up to Intermediate - the step from there to Expert is huge, then to Pro is just crazy.

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 09:00 AM

I need to get back into IDPA competition, I got up to Sharpshooter - the step from there to Expert is huge, then to Distinguished Master is just crazy.


Change a few choice words and the parallels to shooting become clear.

Can you wear a khaki NeverGetLaid vest on a dirt bike?
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Posted 06 September 2018 - 09:12 AM

Not necessarily, IDPA is intentionally skewed towards being incompetence-friendly and every one of their classes is extremely close to the others, and also easy to hit for someone relatively decent at shooting.



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Posted 06 September 2018 - 07:32 PM

Change a few choice words and the parallels to shooting become clear.

Can you wear a khaki NeverGetLaid vest on a dirt bike?

There's no FDR penalty, but you can wear a skin tight spandex onesie, if your an Expert or Master.

Haven't seen any fat guys make it to expert.



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Posted 12 September 2018 - 12:17 PM

Something interesting about that event... Competitors were required to have their names on the back shoulders of their jerseys. And division-specific number plates with their name and home state.

 

Something to think about if USPSA ever wanted to be spectator friendly and video program (not TV per se) friendly.


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 05:17 PM

Something to think about if USPSA ever wanted to be spectator friendly and video program (not TV per se) friendly.


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 07:31 PM

If it's almost a sport they've got it



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Posted 12 September 2018 - 11:48 PM

Coming soon to ESPN 8.....The OCHO.


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 08:18 PM

Why do their pogo sticks have wheels?


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 08:17 AM

There’s just too much missing. It’s like golf. Only interesting to other golfers.

Now here’s what it needs to make it interesting.

Pro AMs
Squad v squad
International squad v squad (ipsc)
Section v. section matches
Manufacturer sponsored only squad v squad matches (s&w v sig v Glock etc.)
Feeder system to scout upcoming talent

More money *most important*

Not too mention a good portion of the insanely good shooters come off as cocky douchebags (not that Ive ever met any of them so take away from that what you will) so we need some good up and coming underdogs to root for.

But anyway, going to far afield.




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