Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Tonight, STL Bike Polo will be gathering in the War Room (aka: Lucky's living room) to discuss our successful future invasion and domination of Hardcourt Bike Polo.
Tactics and training regiments will be discussed, laid out, and implemented.
Prepare yourself. Some of the training methods that could potentially come out of this meeting are listed below:
1. Getting everyone's attention:
When Ozzy Osbourne signed his record deal with CBS, he attempted to get everyone's attention by releasing doves in the room. When no one cared, he took things up a notch...or ten notches. He pulled a dove out of his pocket and bit its head off. You best believe he had everyone's strict attention after that.
We've signed our fate with Bike Polo championships, and now we're going to make the Bike Polo world notice us...Possibly, by decapitating birds with our teeth.
I'm listening to Ozzy right now. You should be too.
2. Releasing stress through smashing:
Paul Simonon was having a bad night in 1979. His bass guitar was giving him problems, and instead of exiting stage left to grab his backup, he decided to teach his bass a lesson for daring to give him trouble. He wasn't done until the bass was nothing but splinters scattered around the stage.
Tonight, we will learn the best way to smash opponents foolish enough to give us problems on the court.
3. Never give up the fight:
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king that was punished in Tartus by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and repeat this throughout eternity.
Some would see this as punishment; I see this as perfect training. We should gladly push boulders up mountains repeatedly. Think about it: After an eternity of pushing a boulder up a mountain, how hard would it be to push opposing polo players against the boards in a strong, forceful manner? I don't know about you, but I'm going to go start pushing a boulder right now!
Today, we meet in the War Room.
Tomorrow, we take over the world.
Everyday, we PARTY HARD!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Tonight we're going to Friendly's Restaurant and Bar to enjoy ridiculous drink specials during the Blues game. Come cheer the Blues, or simply get drunk on cheap beer.
Mr. McFeely will be there blitzed out of his mind and sharing Post Office horror stories.
A fun time will be had by all.
POLO BONDING = TRAINING!
The Blues game starts at 7pm. Drink specials last throughout the game.
Mr. Rogers PARTY TIP: It's time to bow down & worship bottled liquids. Pay tribute to a bottle today + PARTY HARD!
(What if Andrew W.K. was Mr. Rodgers when we were kids? How awesome would that neighborhood have been?)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Since we're not playing polo tonight, I'm issuing a challenge to all of you. Yes, even you.
Tonight, I want you to do at least two things on this list. Don't be timid or embarrassed. You'll be a better polo player AND a better human being because of it.
- BUILD SOMETHING
- DESTROY SOMETHING
- BEND SOME METAL WITH YOUR BARE HANDS
- PUNCH A HARD OBJECT
- KICK SOMETHING "CUTE"
- BREAK A SWEAT
- BREAK SOMETHING FRAGILE
- SCARE YOURSELF
- SCARE SOMEONE ELSE
- STOMP SOMETHING 'TIL IT'S DUST
- DO SOMETHING YOU'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE
- EAT A LITTLE DIRT
- WALK BAREFOOT IN THE SNOW
- GET ON YOUR BIKE AND *SPRINT*
- VOW TO BE THE BEST POLO PLAYER YOU CAN BE
Share your experiences in the comments section. Everyone must participate! GO!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
STL Bike Polo: Inflict pain. Instill fear.
If anyone knows a warm, lit parking garage that can host a little polo training session tomorrow night, please share. Obviously, none of our rinks will be snow free tomorrow.
Food for thought:
Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing...
...Every time a polo player goes to play his trade, he’s got to play from the ground up – from the tires of his bike right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the rink in second.
Running a polo club is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.
It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.
And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.
I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.–Vince Lombardi.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Mallet pickup shuttle runs.
Continuous red rover.
Opposite hand polo.
Chaining cars to our bikes and pulling them around Mt. Pleasant Park.
Wind sprint races against the biker gang.
Playing polo while wearing backpacks full of gravel.
Releasing a ferocious dog onto the rink in the middle of a games (cuddle without being chewed).
Embrace the fear.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Stuff coming up:
•22-26 Bike Polo Spring Break. Pensacola, FL 13 hr drive
•27-28 South East Side Invite. Pensacola, FL 13 hr drive
•6 Pull-out Friendly Tournament. Columbia, MO 2 hr drive
•13 Chris from CoMO's Birthday polo bash. Chicago, IL 5 hr drive
•20-21 Bench Minor Tournament. NYC, NY 16 hr drive
•10-11 Friendly Tournament. Little Rock, AR 7 hr drive
•22-23 8th Midwest Champeenships. Minneapolis, MN 10 hr drive
•16-18 North American Hardcourt Championships. Madison, WI 6 hr drive