On April 4 – 6, 2008, Aaron “Krazy 8” Kirk and I attended the Living Legends event at CPX Sports in Joliet, Illinois, together. Produced by Viper Paintball and Wayne Dollack, this was one of the most amazing events I have ever played in! It was great to play with many of the top names in the Paintball industry including people such as Jim Lively, one of the 12 “survivors” of the original Survival Game held in the woods of New Hampshire more than 25 years ago.
DXS/DraXxus/Procaps senior VP Craig Miller was the general of the Marines; Smart Parts Smart Corps Sean Scott was general of the Russian contingent. Other “living legends” included: World Champion tournament player Frank Connell; Tobey “POGO” Grable of the Psycho Clown Posse; Guy Cooper; SpecOps’ Brian “MOATI” Russell; Dan Colby; DeWayne Convirs; Tippmann’s Erich Garbers; Glenn Palmer; and paintball media celebrity Rob "Tyger" Rubin, to name just a few.
It was truly an honor to be a part of Craig Miller’s command team, as a S.O.G. (Special Operations Group) Sergeant, running people to the tip of the spear on the front line of the battle field. By the end of a long, hard day of fighting on Saturday I was completely exhausted, but the adrenaline was still running through my body from the intense action on the field!
That evening Krazy 8 and I didn’t event shower or change out of our paintball clothes before we went out for dinner. It must have been a sight to see as we walked into the Chinese restaurant: Krazy 8 dressed in his kilt, and sporting his trademark bright blue & green Mohawk, me wearing SpecOps™ OMNIPAT pants and a bright yellow & orange MEDIA jersey. After dinner we return to our hotel to clean up, then fell asleep like someone had hit us over the heads with a hammer.
After playing so hard on Saturday, I reserved Sunday for my media duties, as we’ll be running a huge write-up of the game in a future issue of RECON. All the interviews I conducted gave me a unique opportunity to get to know even more of the Legends not only as players, but as friends!
-- by "Monty Doom"