Fear is the mother of morality or The Ban TB Association is working overtime.
So it appears that Bob Gurnsey and Friends are after me in a big way, they are attempting to get me blackballed at every paintball event in the country. They are determined to run me out of the sport, or as Bob worded it, "Drum me out of the Corps". Funny I was in the Corps and there is no drumming out. Once you got the title, you are a Marine. Only you can give it back, it can never be taken from you. But I wouldn't expect Bob to understand that. I feel bad that the 'creator' of paintball has taken a personal agenda into running me out of the sport, I mean I thought there was so much more in paintball that needed all these people's attention. On every forum and in every facebook post, it is just one after another about how the industry needs this and that, and yet all of these people haven't affected one ounce of real change in the sport....ever.
From Bob's FB post: Tina...now "we" ALL need to just let him go.. because he has buried himself. All we need to do now is convince fields, producers and sponsors and others to blackball him. I have already received Awesome wonderful messages from 2 fields that have him blackballed.
Well I would hate to disappoint but for all of this over a post on my own private site just doesn't sit well with me. I mean, I know that most of these people think of themselves as conservative types, but this is private property ladies and gents. Much like if I created a sign in my yard that said, Kerry Rosenberry is a low down good for nothing snake. If you don't want to read it, don't drive by my house. But you cannot make me take it down, since well it is in my opinion the truth.
As I told Tina in a email to her, all of her Respecting Paintball Associates should really be ashamed of themselves. Since well there is no disclaimer on the pledge, there is no well none of this applies to people like TB or people who piss us off or people we determine to be bad for the game. Then well you don't have to be respectful. See you can give respect and not like someone or their opinion. But these people don't get that, it is their way or no way. And the mob being in your favor is a good feeling no doubt. It feels good to have people get your back against someone like me, and come to your defense. But when you stir up and allow people to violate what you claim to be your morality, then you prove me right. That you are indeed and your association is indeed fraudulent. If you cannot sustain your morality in face of people who test it, then you have no real moral stance.
The fact that they took the PSP to task for not letting Valken in as well as their bashing of me on the "respecting paintball" page makes me laugh. I guess the whole we don't report anything that is negative only the positive went out the window when they felt they had a lobbying power enough to facilitate change. The only issue with placating this or encouraging it is when it comes back to haunt you. Take this site, it was encouraged by Kerry Viper Rosenberry as a place to get out my opinion and not be stifled by the mods on various boards. And he was ok with it when I was hunting down his enemies and hurting his competition. Look back at the early years of WOTB, the negative message was positively received by Viper and his supporters. And the MXS supporters at the time? They also accused me of being negative and not being positive to the sport and that I should just get out of the sport and leave their friends alone. Hmmm how about a quote from Ben Franklin: And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
But I digress......here is one last post for people to ponder: Whoever this TB is needs to stop and go about his business. Tina is a stand up paintballer, and I was proud this weekend to have the honor of playing with her, and would be proud to be under her command any-time. TB, stop trying to hurt paintball, and start trying to promote it instead. If you have a problem with someone, go to them, and be a man and talk with them. I do not know your problem, but I Have had the honor to meet Tina several months ago, and play along side of her this weekend, and I have played against her in the past, and it was an honor both times. She is a good player and she does respect the sport and promotes it. You keep going Tina, and I am proud to know you!
And realize that people are posting this to me on sites that I cannot read because I am not friends with these people. I have people feeding me information right and left that these guys are saying. So if they think that their supporters are rock tight, they may want to recheck their friend lists and get back to culling. So how does any of that affect any change? When you address me and I am not reading it, how does that do anything but make you feel good that you are joining in on the mob action? And did I do that by posting my comment here? I did have issues and I addressed them...... here.
Here is a new logo for you guys, make some shirts, set up a Facebook page and get on it. One thing about this industry is that for every door that someone closes or attempts to have closed on you, there is always someone else opening another door. I have already been invited to 4 fields I have never been to. Seems that they don't like the happy happy joy joy BS either.
You've officially ascended to another level. Now you're getting banned without even having to smash the locals.
I don't always agree with TB. And I gots nothing against this Tina woman. These are trying economic times and she needs a job just like the rest of us.
I find it HIGHLY IRONIC that the same people primping and posting about "Respect Paintball" are the ones proving the point of my post from a couple of days ago:
Good luck with the 'show respect' or whatever it is. Anyone whos been to any kind of major sports tournament involving hundreds of players, knows that it doesn't matter what you say, do, profess to [insert diety here], or dance on a table - there are ALWAYS jackasses who take pleasure from fucking shit up in some way or another. Its pure human nature that can't be cured.
Hilarious. And I bet they don't even recognise it.
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Let me get this straight...
Bob "I'm a conformist jack-wagon" Gurnsey is trying to get someone blacklisted FROM THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY OF PAINTBALL.
Wow I bet somewhere in hell, Joe McCarthey and J Edgar are having celebratory sex over that idea.
What did this person do to warrant such extreme prejudice being taken against him?
Did he get caught cheating?
Did he get multiple judge punches at multiple events?
Did he initiate physical altercations?
Did he send porn to minors?
Did he steal?
Is he a convicted felon?
Is he a sex offender?
Did he orchestrate backdoor deals to break up teams because they were too "good" and alter the competitive landscape of paintball?
Then what, you might ask, has this person done to piss off the mighty Bob "I don't like your haircut so you're blackballed" Gurnsey?
He spoke his mind openly and freely.
And Bob "I only like vanilla ice cream" Gurnsey didn't like what he had to say.
Here's the rub, paintball is much like America. It's a melting pot of differing opinions, styles, personalities, ideas, ideologies, and characters. There is absolutely no reason other than greed, personal agendas, and pride that we can't all walk away from the same game having had a good experience even with vastly different approaches to it. No one from our side is asking you to compromise or change your style of play to fit ours. Yet you demand that we change our style of play to fit yours.
Like America, there are people that you will encounter on a daily basis that you disagree with and who will have differing and sometimes negative opinions toward you. So long as they play by the established rules then they are allowed to be a part of society. Such is the same in paintball.
Like America, if you find someone whom you don't agree with, you can't just fucking DEPORT THEM because of it. It's understood that you will have to learn to live with them or ignore them, but you don't just get to kick them out of the ENTIRE INDUSTRY.
Like America today, you don't get to crusade to remake the entire landscape in your image. It NEVER works out for the benefit of the masses. Just ask Soviets circa 1939, Germany, circa 1945; America circa 1955, Iran circa 1979. Once you start down the slippery slope of conformism, its hard to jump off. What makes you think you have the monopoly on whats good and right in the world? There's always room for somebody else's opinion.
Finally, like America, YOU DON'T OWN PAINTBALL. It's not yours to say who can or who can't stay just because you are not mature enough to realize that there are always going to be people that will agree with the position that TB is coming from, just as there will always be people who will agree with your position. That's life. Not everyone wins all the time, not every agreess all the time, there are curmudgeons in this world, and its quite possible they are okay with that.
Paintball is a diverse, exciting sport, that has many faces. I am the face of it, you are the face of it, TB is the face of it, hopefully one day my three kids will be the face of it. If you don't like the way it looks...
Then you must not like America.
On a serious note, I don't see an issue with someone voicing their opinion. I also don't have a problem with difference of opinion. What I do have a problem with is hypocrisy. What use is it to say you will do something or stand for something when you go the opposite way when confronted or threatened?
After watching things the last couple days I can tell you won't back down. The real question is how long can a house divided stand before it is repaired or demolished?
Paintball has survived for years with infighting, back stabbing and more. In fact what most don't realize is that I let a lot go for over 2 years. It is time the people who are out there claiming to be the example are tested to see if they can walk the walk to their talk. So far, none of them have.
I am sure you will see more over the next few days, it seems that most people only have good sportsmanship when everyone else does.
As for Jeb and his comments about me being banned, I have come right out here and said why I was banned. For the same reasons BOB is after me, for speaking my mind here.
Viper - He was done with me attacking his competitors and tried to destroy me and my team for speaking against him.
Living Legends - banned from the event since Viper runs the game.
MPP games - Banned by Ben for attacking his shutting down a Fort Benning MOUT game by sending negative letters about the promoter to the military and me talking about it on my blog.
Tactical Paintball - Banned for speaking out here about the deplorable conditions at the field and reffing staff and the fact that a male picked up a female member of my team by the throat and he wasn't expelled from the field.
That is the only fields/promoters I am aware I am banned from. If there are others, no one has told me.
I don't always agree with what you say, but I don't bitch about it or talk shit behind your back because of it, but I do respect you for taking a stand. Most of these people don't know you or your paintball career and until this year.
I had no clue who Tina Ruzzo was and I live in Fl. If she cant handle a little criticism then how can she be a writer covering anything other then her opinion ? To promote anything you have to see the good and the bad from a neutral standpoint and go from there. If your just promoting the good, your a half ass hack doing a half ass job.
As for Bob Gurnsey, I realize he started the ball rolling for our great sport, but forget scenario, what has he done for paintball in the last 20 years as a whole. Last thing I read is he was suffering from cancer on PBNation. Ok, lots of people are suffering, what does that have to do with paintball today. He may have some industry friends still in the business, but who cares, he is a nobody today. Quit living in the past Bob, do something significant for the sport and i'll re-tract my post. Starting shit after being out of the sport for 20 years isn't exactly positive paintball for anyone.
If you don't like TB, fine, he is not my friend, nor do I know him personally, but he has just as much right to say what he wants, when he wants and how he wants, just as you do. But if you attack him personally, vocal/web/or face to face don't expect the fallacy that everyone's a doormat, and will agree with you.
in this case, though? I tend to think you're right. honestly? the name Bob Gurnsey didn't mean a thing to me till I found out who he was via PBN's charity event for him. Tina means little more to me than any of the other of the scads of females getting into the sport's center stage for few other reasons than they're female- which is galling, considering some of the best ballers I know are female, but because they focus more on, ya know, PLAYING PAINTBALL, they don't have 1 1/1000th of the recognition.
oh well. I can tell ya, even if I disagree with you, you're always going to be welcome to play at the outlaw games I find. Because up theirs. You're a baller. they're not. and the dude who shoots paint with me means a lot more to me than the people who want to change what I love to do without being involved in it.
Good Lord, If you were as bad for the sport as it has been implied , it should have been legislated out of existence by now.
I don't agree with some of what you write but you do have the right to write what you think.
I played games on your side and against you. Never seemed to matter on my level of fun... Now mind you I would rather be on your side than against you because y'all seemed more organized than most teams but if I was not on your side it never was the end of the world for me and mine.
I can't believe the get rid of TB train still has steam. Amazing what people can accomplish with wasted energy innit?..
Players cannot even handle a simple Medic rule without wanting to fight you in the parking lot. ( @ 47 I am still down for that FYI you crybabies)
GOD DAMN!! I wanted to play a 100 vs 100 TB vs Hawk invite only game with 6 part missions and insane props.
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