Ah, that delectable and evasive word that every paintball player strives for and dreams of in delusionary states of grandeur. To be or not to be?... that is the question. To be or not to be... sponsored!
To a paintball player, that word invokes a number of emotional and conceptual reactions. To many it lends a sense of accomplishment. Others feel it validates them as a player or a team. Some see it as the only means in which to participate at a certain level of competition. Whatever it means to you or your team, more than likely, it is going to be a positive perception to most.
Left to Right: Vince, Griff, Chris aka "Smoker", Mikey, Danny.
Guess who didn't play the snake...
Most teams will take the first thing they are offered or they will actively search out a "deal". They will go with what they like. And why not? Most of the larger paintball companies have package deals where a team will get a discount. All of this is great but all of that is also business.
Team Pr1me specifically chose not to jump on any band wagon our first year. We were in a unique position where we wanted to set our own goals and we wanted to reach them our way. We wanted to prove we could win. And we did. The last thing we wanted was to go to a company and say, "Hey, we're good. You should sponsor us." Why? What could we bring to the table that first year? Nothing. We didn't want to be a team sponsored by a company just because we could. Instead, we wanted to go to specific sponsors with a winning record and a plan. That's right, a plan. A plan to become a business partner and not just a team that uses their product. And we feel we have made some great choices for this season.
Shooting the 2011 Alien Independence from Alien Paintball.
Jack Rice of Alien PB and his son Scott are engineers first. This means you get a well thought out marker. They have created a shooting platform that is hard to beat on multiple levels. It is affordable in comparison to other high ends, it is light, balanced, fast, easily maintained, accurate and incredibly efficient. Forget all the arguments surrounding the marker. If you step back and look at the Independence for its performance, you will not only be impressed, you will find it to be one of the smoothest shooters out there today. A quality, practically custom gun that does its job well consistantly. It’s that simple. Just shoot one...you'll see. www.alienpb.com
We chose these two companies because of our David and Goliath mentality. No one thought a team from Alabama could be competitive on the regional and national circuits. So far, we have shown that we can. Same goes for Alien and Exalt. They both spit in the face of the mainstream and stand defiant and successful. Pr1me was drawn to that tenacity as we share that same drive.
Thank you to Jack at Alien PB and Nolan at Exalt PB. Both of you are class acts and we look forward to furthering a great 2011 season with you.
Mike Bianca striking his "Exalt Superhero" pose