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Aug 14-17, 2008
First Place NXL
The PSP returned to the Keystone State for a long weekend promising hot action on the fields and cooler temperatures than the league has had throughout the 2008 season. With highs expected in the 70's, the players gathered on Wednesday looking forward to games while team captains met and team mates walked fields.
The PSP has not been in PA since the 2005 season, the league holding the fourth events in either Nebraska or North Carolina for the past two years. For this year, the teams gathered in Greensburg, a small town located 33 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, at the Smart Parts factory fields, the All-American Paintball Park.
Notably absent from the NXL line-up was St. Louis Avalanche, bottom ranked team for the 2008 season with just 35 points to their credit, leaving a hole in the NXL schedule to be filled with bye games. The D1 division was being led in the rankings by RNT Allstarz with their domination of the season, all three of the previous events being won. Trailing RNT was Vicious and Damage D1. The D1 bracket saw just 9 teams hitting the field, down still from the first and second events, but one up from Chicago. The D2 bracket was a tighter race coming into the 4th event with the top four teams in contention. DBS Kidz had top billing with 271.25 points, but trailing just behind them were Fierce with 266.52, Raiden with 259.92 and New Jersey Jesters with 256.88. The D2 bracket took a hard hit in teams showing for the PA games with just 23 teams making the trip. The biggest drop from Chicago would be D3, coming down from 58 teams to 31. Velocity Wrecking Crew lead the teams with their win in Chicago bolstered by their reffing points at 282.5 points. Nearly tied in second place ranking were DSSP8NTBALL and Total Karnage with 272.74 and 272.36 respectively.
X-Ball would begin on Thursday morning with games scheduled at 7 in the morning and running through 9 in the evening on the four fields set up at the Smart Parts facility. The same crew would hit the field again on Friday morning at 7 and continue through the evening hours. Not until Saturday morning would 5 man teams begin play alongside the play off games of the X-Ball teams who would make the cut. Sunday would see finals matches for all divisions of play, with the final games being scheduled for late afternoon on Sunday.
NXL games on Thursday had delays for lightning but several teams did have full games played. Oakland was victorious over Chicago 8-6, Seattle over Dynasty 9-7, Boston over Aftermath 7-6, Philly over Tampa Bay 8-4 and LA over Impact 9-4, Seattle winning again, beating out Oakland 9-4, and the final game of the day, saw Dynasty smashing Chicago 9-2.
Friday games continued for X-Ball matches and on the NXL field, some of the most dramatic scores of the event were seen. Los Angeles beat Aftermath by just a point 5-4, then Tampa Bay beat up Oakland 7-4, X-Factor took down Boston 8-7, Philly beat Dynasty 7-6 and Seattle beat Chicago 8-7. In the afternoon Boston recovered from the morning for a 9-4 win over LA, Philly continued to win, beating Oakland 8-6, X-Factor continued their streak over Aftermath 8-6 and the crush of the day went to Dynasty with their 9-0 victory over Tampa Bay. X-Factor and Edmonton Impact's Thursday morning game was played 8-3 in favor of Impact.
Saturday would bring the beginning games of 5 man competition, a forecast of 70 degree weather and sunny skies and a continuation of games on the X-Ball fields.
The five man competition got off to a good start on Saturday with the 44 D4 teams hitting the fields. The D3 teams would wait to begin, with just 14 teams competing. Meanwhile, the X-Ball competition heated up after the prelims with the Ocho finals being held for the D3 teams. Out of the 31 teams, the top 8 teams would move directly to the Quarter finals, but teams ranked 9th-16th would play the Ocho round to take the top 4 teams into the Quarter round with the top eight. LIFT beat out ECU 5-1, Chattown Ballers took down N10CD 5-2, NJ Jesters Red won out over Palm Beach Viper Kids 4-3 and NCPA All-Stars were victorious over ruthlessware.com 4-3. This pitted LIFT, Chattown Ballers, NJ Jesters Red and NCPA against NJ Jesters Silver, Chicago Wiseguys, Total Karnage, CFP Factory, Team Unlimited, Velocity Wrecking Crew, Dssp8ntball.com and Raiden Black in the Quarter finals.
D2 X-Ball teams moved from their 23 prelim teams directly to the Quarter finals in four divisions of three. Top of the pack after two games were Shockwave Canada after matching 6-1 games against Fierce and Palm Beach Outsiders. Raiden was second ranked after a 5-1 and a 7-3 game against Palm Beach Venom and Zero Tolerance respectively. In third place after quarters were Cross Eyed Paintball with a 6-3 game against New Jersey Jesters and a 5-3 game over East Coast Killers. Fourth place was TPA Revolution, despite a 5-6 loss to NJ Jesters Gold and a win over 6-5 over Shock-Kidz.
Quarter final games for the D3 teams wrapped up at the end of the day on Saturday with the top team from the four divisions moving on to Sunday play. Top of the group was Velocity Wrecking Crew after a 5-0 game over NCPA All-Stars and a 5-1 game over Total Karnage. Team Unlimited would play Sunday after their 5-0 game over NJ Jesters Red and 5-2 over CFP Factory. In third was Raiden Black with a 5-4 game over LIFT and a 5-1 game over NJ Jesters Silver. Fourth place was Dssp8ntball after a loss to Chattown Ballers, but they pulled it out to win 5-0 over Chicago Wiseguys.
Saturday's NXL matches shaped up to show Tampa Bay with a win over Chicago 7-3, Boston over Impact 6-5 in overtime, Seattle's Dogs giving Philly their only loss 8-6, X-Factor continuing their winning trend over LA 8-7, Dynasty beating Oakland 8-5, Aftermath crushing Impact 9-0, Tampa Bay giving Seattle their only loss 6-4 and Philly giving Chicago their fifth and final loss 6-5. Taking the top six teams onto Playoffs, the NXL would begin play on Sunday morning with Seattle Naughty Dogs, Philadelphia Americans and the Los Angeles Ironmen in one division and X-Factor, Boston Red Legion and Dynasty in the other.
D1 teams hit the semi final games on Sunday with Damage D1 winning over Vicious 6-5 and RNT Allstarz over TX Justice League 4-3. In D2 TPA Revolution beat out Shockwave Canada 6-4 and Cross-Eyed Paintball won against Raiden 4-3. D3 semi finals saw Velocity Wrecking Crew score a 5-3 win over DSSp8ntball and Team Unlimited get a 5-4 game out of Raiden Black.
Sunday games began for the 5 man in a second round of games and then the Ocho round for the D4 group, culling down the top 24 teams out of the 44. In the Quarter finals the top 8 of both D3 and D4 hit the field to play three games. D3's No Limit came out on top over their division of TPA Riot, Team Hailstorm and Torque. JFK was first after games with Boom, Detroit Action and Team ILP. Joining No Limit and JFK was TPA Riot and Boom in the semi finals. D4 teams 100 Proof Paintball, Total Karnage Kids, RNT Kidz and Poison Products Factory would see semi final games after their games against LIFT Kids, Cereal Box Killers, Lox Xpectations and Redemption in the quarter finals.
Sunday games for the NXL saw two divisions of three teams battling. In the first group were the Seattle Naughty Dogs, the Philly Americans and the Los Angeles Ironmen. In the first round of games, Seattle dropped to LA 3-9, then Philly beat the Ironmen 9-3. Then the Dogs came back to win 8-3 over Philly. In the second group, Dynasty won both of their games, 9-4 over X-Factor and 7-5 over Boston Red Legion. Boston then beat X-Factor 9-0.
D4 five man finished semi finals first with 100 Proof Paintball over Poison Products Factory for a shot at first or second place, while RNT Kids beat out Total Karnage Kids.
X-Ball D3 finals wrapped up early with Velocity Wrecking Crew taking the NEO win against Team Unlimited with a 4-3 final score. Taking third was Dssp8ntball against Raiden Black with a 5-4 victory. The win for Velocity would help secure their lead in the season rankings after their win in Chicago.
D2 finals for the X-Ball teams saw Cross-Eyed Paintball in first after a 6-3 win over TPA Revolution. TPA would go home with second place, Shockwave Canada in third after a 7-2 win over Raiden who got fourth place at the end of the day.
Five man D4 finals saw RNT Kidz over 100 Proof Paintball for first place after two games going to the Kidz. Third and fourth place were secured by Total Karnage Kidz and Poison Products Factory respectively. Finals for D3 five man saw Boom max JFK then give a 92-16 game over JFK for first place. No Limit took third place after their wins over TPA Riot. This would give Boom a nice boost with their third place ranking prior to the NEO.
X-Ball's D1 finals saw RNT Allstars, reigning champs thus far for the series against Damage D1, battling for first or second place. The last game of the day saw RNT Allstars continue their winning trend with a 5-2 game over Damage D1. Third place was secured by TX Justice League after their 7-4 game against Vicious, who got fourth place at the NEO.
As all attention focused on the NXL finals, the Philly Americans, a team with two NXL season championships to its credit faced off against Dynasty, the team that has taken the NPPL Super 7 season title every year since it began but has only recently been a top contender in the NXL. When the final buzzer sounded, Dynasty came out the first place team with a 7 to 3 victory. This put Philly in second place, Boston Red Legion in third, LA Ironmen in fourth, Seattle Naughty Dogs in fifth, X-Factor in sixth, Tampa Bay Damage in seventh, Impact in eighth, Aftermath in ninth, Oakland in tenth and Chicago Aftershock in 11th.
the next stop for the PSP and NXL is the Sunshine State as the annual Paintball
World Cup approaches. There the amateur X-Ball and 5-man teams will compete
in their final shot at annual series ranking points, and the teams of the
NXL will hold their championships. The teams will be seeded based on their
ranking over the season, and the winner at World Cup takes the title for