Welcome to the home page of the New Jersey Jesters paintball organization.
If you're not farmiliar with the team here is a little history. Started by a few friends,we have been around since 1996. 2013 marks our 17th year as a team. We are the longest running paintball team in the northeast by a mile. We've had our up's and down's like any sports team(alright way more up's)but we have always persevered. There have been hundreds of teams that have come and gone since we started, add to that companies, players, venues, leagues, formats, the list goes on and on. I'm not sure if we would have been anyone's bet to still be standing when the dust cleared. However that's what it means to be a jester, to be resilient, you have to be willing to fight when all hope seems lost, way after normal people would have thrown in the towel. With the sport we love going through a rough time right now our dedication is needed now more than ever, to help carry paintball through to much better times. Nobody can be sure what paintball will look like in a few years, but one thing is for certain, New Jersey's favorite son's will still be bringing home the hardware, and lookin damn sexy doin it.
W.I.P.S. event #1
Imagine Barack Obama putting a medal around your neck after getting on the podium at a PSP, a Kennedy making a speech at the opening ceremony for PSP World Cup and as a top level player being recognized by spectators, and non-participating paintball enthusiasts as a respected athlete. Sounds like a pipe dream in America right? Not in Malaysia. The Prime Minister of Malaysia shook my hand and put my medal around my neck for our placement in the Intercontinental Cup with Infamous. The KING of Malaysia spoke at the opening ceremony, and the Malaysian team I played with was interviewed and aired on multiple local and national news stations as well as being featured in newspaper HEADLINES! With 190 teams from 35 different countries World Cup Asia truly is an international event and their populations and governments are watching.
There are issues in the way the tournament is run which can be attributed to inexperience in that this was only the second annual World Cup Asia held in Langkawi, Malaysia at the Mahsuri Hall next to the Langkawi airport. This time of the year is the rainy season in Malaysia and due to its tropical location it’s still very hot this time of year. Being in an air conditioned, indoor turf surface clearly has its advantages. But as I said there were some drawbacks. Paint for example was not of the highest quality due to the conditions in which it was stored. Stacked on top of other pallets in a non-refrigerated section of the hall, the paint was incredibly inconsistent, bouncy, and the Evil fill actually started to separate into water so at times when it would break on players only a small amount of yellow "oil” was left as the mark. This was across the board for all paint and all teams so the playing field was level, but clearly frustrating playing at the level we do. On another note paintball is very expensive in Malaysia and even top tier teams have difficulty securing sponsorships with teams receiving free paint for events almost non-existent. On top of that cases range from $70-85 per case! With that being said, the love for paintball shared by the players out there is unrivaled. Couple that with their inviting attitude and utmost desire to please their international guests, World Cup Asia is truly a WORLD CLASS paintball tournament.
I played for 2 teams while I was out there, as they have two events. One is World Cup Asia in which their highest division is D1 (Malaysian Pro). No Pro ranked players in PSP, NPPL, Millenium, or CPL are allowed to compete and thus they look for players just under that rank like Semi-Pro and Division 1 players from the states to help their teams compete against top teams such as Datis (Iran), STK (Australia), and the best Malaysian teams like Nemesis Legion and Demonz Red. I played for the Lost Boyz whom competes in division 2 throughout the season until World Cup when myself and TJ Evans make the trek to Malaysia to increase their experience, and paintball knowledge by helping them to compete in Division 1. Another major drawback to their tournament is the ranking system for teams. The draw to determine who you would play was based purely on a lottery system and nothing to do with rank. Due to this structure we had a VERY unfortunate preliminary draw. We drew the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked teams in Malaysia respectively; Nemesis Legion, Demonz Red, and Raskal. On top of that we drew the 3 time World Cup Asia defending champs Datis from Iran as well as STK from Australia who finished 2nd at this years WCA. Not only was it a tough draw but you couldn’t get tougher.
In our 4th match against team Datis needing a win to keep our hopes alive for Sunday we were down 3-1 with 3 minutes left in a race to 4 format. We tied the match with 1 minute left on the clock. With the clock ticking down TJ took off with 8 seconds left, bunkered the last two players and hit the buzzer (they don’t use a center flag, instead a buzzer placed on the starting box which is far more efficient than the flag system used in the US) with one second left securing us a win against the 3 time champs. With one match left, our 5th preliminary match against the 2nd ranked team in Malaysia (Demonz Red) we were tied with just a couple minutes left in the match. I was in the snake corner and was the last player alive 1 on 3. A player ran down the dorito side unwisely and I chopped him up, and then their snake player tried to run me down as I came over the top and scorched him with my sexy KongKer Geo3. This made it a one on one and with 25 seconds left in the match I bunkered the last player with the final balls in my hopper and we won the match. The Lost Boyz were so ecstatic they carried me off the field on their shoulders!
On Sunday we played 3 matches to see who would move on to the top 8 teams, we moved on and played STK for a spot in the top 4. We quickly went down 3-0 and in a race to 4 that’s all but a death sentence. With 5 minutes left we scored 2 quick points, and had 1:14 to tie the match and send it to overtime. This is when we really got screwed by the Millenium refs. With 28 seconds left and 4 bodies remaining on STK’s side of the field I took off from the snake corner and bunkered the snake, the tower, and shot back center who was looking the other direction. As I slid into their corner the back center was still shooting at me with at least 3 hits on his front side so I kept shooting at him. I was assessed a 2 for 1 and according to their rules within 30 seconds and 2 for 1 is a clock run off and a swing point. Not only did their back center CLEARLY deserve a 2 for 1 but our team owner was told by the head ref at the player’s party that he made a bad call but had already made the call and couldn’t change it. It is what it is and I’ve been screwed by the refs enough to understand that it happens. It just couldn’t have come at a worst time in a worst game after such a sick move! We ended up in 5th place and my teammates couldn’t have been happier whom just making it out the the prelims surpassed their expectations.
After all this I had to get my mind right to play Impact with Infamous in the Intercontinental Cup for a chance to play for 1st and 2nd. This is when my heart after being ripped out was thrown into the blender. We were on the field, chrono’d in and looking at Impact on the other side of the field when we were called over to the pit. They informed us that they were running behind schedule and due to the Prime Minister coming for the awards ceremony they would have to take the top two ranked teams and go straight to the finals in a race to 2. Not only did Infamous not lose a single point to a team other than Dynasty who we tied 3-3, we were tied with Dynasty as the number 1 ranked team after the prelims out of 8 teams in the tournament. Our point margin with Dynasty was identical but they had one point scored on them and one more point hang for them, and due to that additional hang although our margin was the same, they were ranked number one and us two. HOWEVER, there were two brackets so even though Impact nearly lost to a team from Thailand and had points scored against them by the South American All Stars, since they were the top ranked team in their bracket they moved on to play Dynasty and we placed 3rd by default. On top of all that, Impact beat Dynasty!!! Needless to say it was a brutal ending.
Despite the sour taste in my mouth from the end result this is the greatest tournament in the world. Their player’s parties, amenities, outside media coverage and spectators are second to none; they just need to tighten up the actual PAINTBALL part of the tournament. They treat us like royalty out there and I can’t wait to go back next year!!
Dave Weinraub #14
2012 is here! PSP Season opener at Galveston Island Texas
I would just like to start this recap off by saying thank god the season is here. I can't remember feeling as confident going into a season opener as I did this year. Basically we were blessed with some unbelievable weather and we took advantage of it this year, grinding out at practice sometimes buying 3 cases per guy with our d1 squad. I feel like we were totally prepared and it showed in the results. We sent 3 teams and all of them made sunday 2 of which made the top 4. That makes 2 events in a row with multiple podiums. The blue squad and silver squad have both made the podium in 2 consecutive events, no small feat! Anyway it was a rough event weather wise, half of the fields actually became unusable and Pro had to be cancelled! Anyway back to us, The d1 squad went 4-0 in the prelims earning themselves a bye into the final 4. The matches were tough with a few come from behind wins that were exciting for everyone watching. At the end of prelims our organization was 11-1 a new record for us. Some highlites were silver squad going undefeated and the kids coming back from 3 points down against dss. Moving on to sunday and the blue squad came up against static who was playing some great paintball, we held on for the win in an epic slugfest after being down 2-0 in the match. Not to be outdone the silver squad came back from a 3-0 deficit against avarice to earn their birth in the final four for the second straight event. In the end we just didn't have enough gas in the tank, but we are reloading for Phoenix, can't wait to see verybody out there!
2011 Season Recap
2011 SEASON REVIEW The New Jersey Jesters are a large extended family so it came as no surprise that team co-captain Timmy Trentacoste invited the whole squad when he tied the knot with Erica Berchman on New Years Day 2011. The centerpiece of the reception was an ice sculpture of the team’s Jester Head logo which has yet to melt. The bride’s parents provided a fete worthy of royalty and set the tone for another successful season.
The 2011 paintball season represented the 15th Anniversary of the New Jersey Jesters paintball organization. Since 1996, founding members Timmy Trentacoste and Dylan Lester have guided the Jesters through a paintball landscape littered with disbanded teams, changing formats, vendor attrition, and shrinking sponsorship funds. Guided by the motto "Others Die, We Multiply”, the Jesters have persevered through thick and thin because of their passion for the sport we call Paintball!
To commemorate the 15th Anniversary season in style, the Jesters hit the field with custom jerseys and custom anodized markers. Laysick printed the custom jerseys featuring a 15th anniversary emblem on the back and some limited edition colors including LA Lakers purple/gold, neon green, and orange. For the first time ever, the team competed with custom anodized Jesters paintball markers. The anodizing design was created by Timmy and brought to life by Planet Eclipse in both the Ego and Geo models. These markers represent the epitome of design and execution. The custom jerseys and markers are prized possessions of all who own them and envied by all who don’t.
The Jesters nomadic existence continued during the 2011 season. Since Atlas Paintball closed in 2008, the team has been without a permanent home field. The Jesters were blessed by the generosity of two patrons who provided the team with access to their private practice fields. Early in the season, Ron Butler, owner of Paintball Authority in Monroe, NJ allowed the Jesters to use the private field adjacent to his residence. Sadly, Ron succumbed to cancer during the Jesters’ preparations for the Chicago PSP event. His generosity contributed greatly to the Jesters’ success in Chicago and will solidify his place in the Jesters’ Hall of Fame. Following the Chicago event the Jesters were once again a traveling road show. Fortunately, Steve Liss of AllStar Paintball was kind enough to provide access to his private field in the picturesque farmlands of Sussex County New Jersey. The team is sincerely grateful for the generosity of these two patrons.
Any day with paintball is a great day, but the experience is even better when you can bring home some hardware. In that regard, 2011 was a landmark season for the Jesters whose teams were successful in winning 4 PSP podiums, the highest number of podiums for the Jesters in a single season to date. These podiums included: D1 XBall PSP Chicago 2nd Place, D4 XBall PSP NJ Open 4th place, D1 XBall PSP World Cup 4th place, D2 5-man PSP World Cup 3rd place. The team also set an organizational record by entering 6 teams under the Jesters banner for the PSP World Cup event at the end of the season. No other organization can claim that level of support for the PSP. "You Can’t Stop the Kings.” In closing, the New Jersey Jesters would like to recognize the corporate sponsors who made the 2011 season such a success: KEE who provided Empire gear and RPS paint, Laysick for the 15th Anniversary Custom Jerseys, Planet Eclipse for the custom anodized New Jersey Jesters Ego11s and Geo2s, Ninja Paintball for tanks and regulators; Kong-Ker for leisure wear, and special thanks go to Paul and Cecilia from Stingray Ops in Brooklyn for technical support, superb customer service, and equipment delivery, sponsorship, basically everything. For the Jesters there is no off-season, there is only the time between tournaments. As usual, the next season of paintball is shrouded in mystery. One thing is certain; the Jesters will still be grinding it out and getting it done.
-Greg "the California Bear" Wickey
World Cup Recap
On October 23, the Paintball Sports Promotions season concluded with the 2011 World Cup. The largest paintball tournament in the world always carries a unique sense of excitement and importance, and this year was no different. World Cup is a difficult tournament because every team brings their best to the event. Every dollar spent on paint, every mile driven to practice, and every welt earned along the way all culminate on this field. Success here means that all those weekends spent sleeping on the floor in a crappy motel weren’t wasted. Teams are focused and practice harder than ever in the weeks leading up to World Cup, and the Jesters are no different. Everyone on the team, though, felt like they had something extra to prove. Two months ago, the PSP stopped for the first time in New Jersey. With the event in our own back yard and our friends and families on the sidelines cheering on the team, only the Kids squad was able to step up earn a spot in the top 4. The disappointing results of the last event lit the fires inside all of us to practice harder than ever and prove to all the doubters that Jersey was a fluke. A weekend of grinding on the layout at home was followed by a scrimmage with D1 team Denver Fury the day before the prelims began. After two days of perfect paintball weather, three of the five Jesters squads had moved out of the prelims. The D1 team was dominating, giving up a total of only 2 points to their first 3 opponents before a tough loss to TopGun Union. The D2 squad also advanced with a 3-1 record that included a 5-1 victory over French pro team Camp Carnage. The Kids team was 2-1 going into their final preliminary game against Tampa Bay Vengeance. G and his boys were on the ropes after going down 3 points early in the match, but made a comeback for the ages and won 4-3 to move on to the next day. Both the D2 and D4 teams were eliminated after losses on Saturday, but the D1 squad cemented a spot on Sunday, and a podium finish, after a close 4-3 win over Denver Fury. As the temperature rose on Sunday, so did the level of competition. The D1 squad had a second meeting with TopGun Union, this time on the Pro field with thousands of people around the globe watching via the PSP webcast. Following a tense, drawn-out first point the match began to swing in TopGun’s favor, leaving the Jesters to play a consolation match against VcK. The D1 team finished in 4th place, and ranked 3rd overall in Division 1 for the season. Some of the guys from the Silver squad entered a team in the D2/3 5-man event after the prelims, and smashed their way to a 3rd place finish and another podium for the organization. Since its formation, the Jesters organization has won dozens of tournaments and been on the podium in countless more. There have been several years with 3 podium finishes, but 2011 was the first time that the organization managed to podium on 4 separate occasions. We may not have walked away with a first place, but 4 podium finishes is certainly something to take pride in. Any team can go out and win a tournament. If you go back a few years to an old issue of FaceFull or PGi, you’ll find half a dozen examples of teams that caught fire for a season and then vanished as quickly as they arrived. The New Jersey Jesters are different. We are a mainstay of the tournament paintball scene, capable of producing consistent results year after year with little more than hard work and determination. As other teams fall by the wayside, the Jesters are still going strong. Leaving World Cup and returning to real life is always a bit depressing. The warmth and sunshine of Florida are replaced by the gloom of an approaching northeast winter. As the days get shorter and colder we begrudgingly turn to the dark and cramped indoor fields as our only outlet of practice. This year in particular there is an added feeling of unease as whispers of a merger between the leagues circulate and the future of tournament paintball is left a mystery. The format, the rate of fire, the field size, the event locations, even the name of the new league are all unknowns. The only thing we are sure of is that it is impossible to achieve perfection in this game, so this winter you will find us at the field every weekend working hard to ensure that the Jester name continues to be associated with success. The New Jersey Jesters would like to thank all those people that supported us in 2011: KEE for the Empire gear and RPS paint; James and the staff at Laysick for the sickest custom jerseys on this side of the pond; Planet Eclipse for the NJJ Ego11s and Geo2s, as well as the flawless tech support at events; Ninja Paintball for the tanks and regulators; KongKer for hooking the team up with fresh custom vinyl; Steve and his staff at AllStar paintball for providing the team a place to play every weekend; Max International for their support. Special thanks also go out to G Wickey for bringing all those cases of water to practice, and to Paul and Cecilia from Stingray Ops in Brooklyn for the countless hours of behind the scenes work to get the team up and running all season. Without all this help, the New Jersey Jesters wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything this year. -Guy Trogani
N.J.O. and World Cup
N.J.O. is in the books and it was a strange event to say the least for us. I've never played in an event where a bunch of our teams played so well and just couldn't get anything to fall our way. From d1 all the way through d4. The kids still came away with a podium thus adding to our collection, hats off to them. But and this still seems crazy to me, all of the other teams that I got to watch played very well, but had no luck. D1 pretty much kept losing their games by one point, same with d2(except for the grad match where we had that first point and got a major, thus shifting the momentum). So I sat back and analyzed everything after the event and asked myself what we could have done differently to swing those one point games in our favor. In D1 I can count a handful of mistakes and in today's game, with how little paintball you play now, I guess that's too many. Which is crazy because the prelims was played almost flawlessly by or guys. Should we use pros like everyone else, Nah.... let's build tomorrows pros with our own guys. So what is it going to take. The million dollar question right. It's going to take hard work. Look yourself in the mirror today and ask if you gave it your all, and I don't mean at the event that's just too late. I mean did you give it your all leading up to the event or did you show up late to practices, did you miss practices all together, did you show up to practice but just not assert yourself and you just went through the motions. Chances are if you fall into one of these categories you made a mistake that cost your team. Which really is a tragedy. I don't know what happens when you die, I don't think anybody does really. But I am pretty sure that you don't get too many chances in life, so I make sure that everytime I step on the field I leave it all out there, so that I dont' have any regrets. Do I make mistakes, a ton, but not because I didn't focus or because my lanes were off from not buying my two cases at practice. And in a round about way here lies the answer to how we are going to go into world cup and scalp everbody, how we're going to punish everything that breathes not wearing a jester's jersey. The answer is simple, we have to want it more than the next guy, that's it. We have talent in this organization that very few have. We just have to want it more, let's go 100% for cup and be honest with oursleves and go to the uncomfortable places. If you're out of shape hit the gym, if your always late for practice be on time, if you miss practice a lot don't miss any, if your attitude is always negative change the way you think. Snap shoting is weak, practice it a ton, you look like a bitch.. get a jester tattoo. you get the idea right! It's WORLD FUCKIN CUP time and the bottom line is if we give it our all and really focus for the next few months we will be coming home with multiple podiums.
I want you all to do something when you read this, think of your old team, seriously whoever it might have been, whether they were good, great, terrible, whatever. They more than likely don't exist anymore, I guarantee it. Where would we be without this team on and off the field. We all should feel lucky to have a team like the one we play on. Sometimes we lose sight of that. We are a band of brothers that doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. There is nothing like our organization, I promise you that, and whether you remember it everytime you slide that jersey on or not, we OWE for that honor. I'm going to push this shit to the max for world cup because I can't even stomach the thought of letting my teammates on the gold squad down this event. The reason we exist when so many teams don't is because we have more heart than anybody, you can take that shit to the bank. Nobody can touch us in that category. In saying that let's show the world what we're capable of when we get to florida boys, but it starts today.
15th anniversary jersey
This isn't the final jersey design, there are a bunch of small changes coming down the pipeline. But you get the idea. These will be ready for the new jersey open. A lot has happened since the team's 10 year anniversary. 5 years is a long time for sure, and pretty much everything around me has changed, the league, sponsors, roster, etc. One thing is certain though, that one day I will be sitting here working on a 20th anniversary jersey. I know it because I have seen a ton of teams come and go over the last 15years, some with great players, lots of money, talent, you name it. They are usually lacking in the important departments though. Determination, heart, resilience, loyalty, and sweet ass beards. Be proud to pull that jersey over your head every time you play. A lot of people before you didn't have the attributes to be allowed to keep wearing it. And let's continue to make sure that when people see it on the other side of the field they know the punishment is coming.
P.S.P. CHICAGO 2011
So, if you have never been on the podium before I know this won't make sense but 2nd place is the worst. I know that sounds crazy but we were so fuckin close. One broken gun away from a first place, pretty frustrating. It took me a while to write this update just because shit bothers me way more than it should. I couldn't be prouder of all of the guys on d1, we played with true heart out there. We were pretty much in a battle after the first game. I don't think I've ever gone through an event and played that many one point games in a row. Some really epic games in there that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life, especially that game against texas storm. On the other hand I have never been so pissed at a webcast in my life. I don't disagree with everything that was said I just don't understand all of the hate man. I guess Mr. Marshall is just jealous of our sexiness. All of that doesn't mean shit though. Haters will continue to hate, shit we got 2nd and everyone gets mad that it wasn't entertaining enough, lol. We play to win, and nothing else.
To sum it up, it's been one year since we rebuilt this team. We acquired a bunch of players that didn't have homes at the time. They combined with all of our young talent, and the rest is history. Everybody got along on and off the field right from the start. I feel that we have the talent and are really building something special, through everybodys hard work. In retrospect we have played 5 d1 events, and we have gotten on the podium in 3 of them(1st,2nd,4th). The great thing is we never look back, we just continue to look forward and continue to look at how we can improve and get the next podium. We are really starting to put the hardwork in now, and will continue to practice pro teams, and do what it takes. I just want to say to all of the guys that left it all on the field, I couldn't be prouder of the effort and heart you displayed at the event. We have so many aspects of our game that we can get better on the future looks really promising. Let people keep hating. It really is just jealousy, and ignorance. Outsiders really don't understand our team, they just want to hate because we continue to weather the storm and continue to put up results when they couldn't win a local 5-man event. We don't have time for small minded bullshit, lets just keep working on becoming the best players that we can, the rest will just fall into place. Oh and Rohrmann can we invest in a panoramic lense, I can't fit all of the trophies in one picture anymore brother, hahahaha.................
With the New Jersey event right around the corner, the amount of support will be unheard of. Lets give all of our family and friends something to cheer about. I expect no less than 3 podiums from our group. Especially the gold squad, it's our anniversary as an organization, the event is in new jersey, the time is now. Good shit boys, keep up the hard work, it is really paying off.
DAMAGE PRACTICE june4th-june5th
I know I've been bad with the updates, I'm sorry, I can't believe how many people emailed me telling me to get off my ass, because they are huge fans of the team and wanted to see what we are up to. Number one, thanks for the support, number two we're finally ramping it up. We had a pretty good opportunity recently to travel down to practice with pro paintball team damage. We always talk about wanting to practice pro teams, so we decided it was time to shut up and do it. Everybody arrived on friday night, jumped in the rental cars and off we went. Most of the guys got in early but myself, Dr. Demetri, the gold shoulder, jordan pinzolo himself, and Chas the leper lessig, got in late, due to the fact that we had a fashion shoot in europe earlier that day. Back to business though. We showed up early at CFP in Florida, suited up and started with 30 second drills so both teams could learn the field. After that we broke right into games. They were really putting it on us in the beginning but we started to battle back. We broke at about 2 oclock, the heat was intense, and we really got a grind in, shooting right around 50 cases. Overall on the day I would say we won 25-30% of the points. I was super impressed by the speed that they play at, there is just no lag time in their game, and their accuracy is second to none. We headed home to rehydrate and eat chicken wonton tacos at applebees, which Mr. Blue steel himself made us go to 3 times in one night, while Meter and Chas went to see the new star wars ride at disney. Sunday comes and we really ramped up our playing. This was a much shorter day as both teams only went through about 30 cases. We learned from our mistakes the previous day. Fuelled by 894.00 dollars worth of appleebee's, we played a lot more controlled, aggressive, and like a team, actually winning 50% of the points on sunday. We learned a lot from Damage, and I can't thank Joey, Mike Carthy, Jason Edwards, and all of the guys that stopped and shared knowledge on how to improve our game. I know I speak for all of the guys when I say it was a great experience and we can't wait to do it again.
A New year is upon us.........
It's 2011, and almost time for a new paintball season to begin. We have a lot planned for this year, too much to detail in a little article on this website. We will be covering it all at Jesterfest which is planned for this February 4th to be held at the Jesters house. We will be sending out all of the info to players, alumni, and friends via the automated system Mike has configured.
However, this is a big year for the team, we have always been innovators and this year will be a hallmark year for the direction of the team. I know we have had some practices but it is time to really get back on the grind as a whole. We have some epic plans this year including atlas reopening under a new name(we ordered the 2011 psp field which will be in March 1st), diversifying where we play(millenium events, uspl, etc....), and a lot of old faces coming back into the mix again. You know what I can go on and on but you'll just have to be at jesterfest to get all of the information suckers. Oh and if you're wondering why a picture of conan, it's because we are ready to take it to the next level and conquer new territories as a crew, and I couldn't think of a better image to represent that idea
NJJ Dominates at the shooting range!!!!!
So, on Sunday the 19th in honor of myself(Tim Trentacoste) getting married we went to a shooting range in Pennsylvania to have a good time being men, shooting off real guns. Holy shit was it fun, I cannot wait to go back. We got to shoot everything from shotguns to pistols to sniper rifles. Crewbe and some of the guys proved their skills at the range while others like Chas showed that their accuracy is super consistent(consistently terrible that is). Anyway I just wanted to thank Dylan, Matt, G, and everybody else that helped organize the day it was a ton of fun. Becaue of this experience and my knowledge of the impending end of the world, I feel fully confident in our ability to dominate when the end of days arrives, Chas you will be stationed in the front ranks, also known as operation human shield. Shout out to Mike's terrible sock hat and Wes's new nickname Wolfgang. Can't wait to head back there. Thanks everybody.
On November 28th we attended the premier event of the ECPPL at Top Gun. It was a blast, the day was cold as hell which made the paint situation terrible but other than that things ran pretty smoothly. We made it into the top four where we met Obnoxious who was playing some great ball, we were ready to avenge our prelims loss. Unfortunatley it wasn't to be as we received 4 penalties in the game. Hats off to them they played some great ball, it was unfortunate that we didn't get to play a straight up game though. So we got relegated to play for third against FACK who was also playing some great ball. Conor and Jordan being our senior members came out super pissed this game and played like demons. But I have to give special credit to Canadian Ryan who played nasty all day. In the last overtime point in which it was a 2v2, and both teams had the same positions, he singlehandedly shot the last two players winning us Third place. I'd like to personally thank everybody that showed up who wasn't playing just to support. We had more staff than players, and that's what it's all about, sticking together and giving it all for the good of the team no matter what your role is that day. Great work to everybody, I l know we're only truly content with first but it was a great effort, especially with the ridiculous amount of penalties and paint issues. Keep up the hard work, as GW says it's time to DOMINATE.
WORLD CUP TIME 10.18.2010
I'm writing this as a message to all of our members(that includes players, coaches, fans, and alumni).......
It's time for world cup again. As I am putting the finishing touches on our travel details with all of our administrators I started to daydream. My first psp event personally was a world cup back in 2003 I believe, maybe it was 2002 I don't even remember it's been so long. Only Dylan and I still remain from that team, we were playing 5-man with an entry that we won. However what I do remember is watching the nxl, watching the best players go at it, the trade show which was massive, the amount of teams was astounding, derder released it's first video at sun on the beach, and just goofing off in old town with the boys. A lot has changed since then, some for the better, some for the worse, but people want to keep telling me that paintball is dying, hell someone even made a movie entitled "the end" for christ's sake. Guess what, don't believe the hype. Every non-mainstream sport goes through a period where they have a rough patch, guess what it's followed by an explosion of growth. The same thing will happen with paintball, it's inevitable. But that's just it, everyone wants to blame the sport for them quitting and it's bullshit, I know why people want to do it. It's a hell of a lot easier to blame the sport than look inward at yourself. If you have given up, then it's you to blame, either you lost the drive, you lost the heart, you became to lazy to work hard or grab an extra shift at work to pay for practice. But guess what it's never to late to start playing, or start playing again, never. Our sport will never die, and you know how I know. Because as I sit here writing this I can't wait to get to cup and wach the nxl, hit the trade show, see all of the teams, and hang out with all the boys(in a luxurious house this time), and see the new derder movie. In hindsight those are all of the same things I always looked forward to at my first world cup. I guess it took me a while but here's the point. The people that drift away from our sport seem to have a common trait, they think that this sport owes them, guess what, it's the other way around. Don't take things for granted in life, way too many people do. I owe so much to this team and the sport just like all of you do. To all of my teammates old and new: I still love this sport more than you can imagine, it has given me my best friends, memories that are good and bad, taught me lessons, and most importantly dreams. My first world cup I played on our five man team, this world cup we're going down with an army of three full x-ball teams with sponsors fighting over us for next season, when most teams can't even find one. That's what our team represents, a DREAM, that a bunch of kids with a 5-man team could grow into one of the largest paintball organizations in the world doesn't even seem possible. And don't get me wrong, when we arrive at cup our focus will be on winning the event, our main goal is to kick the shit out of every team on the other end of the field every point, but don't forget to have fun boys, remember to enjoy times like these with your best friends. Smile as you slide that fresh new jersey jester's jersey over your head and prepare for battle that day. You represent a dream, the future of paintball, and the largest organization in the world. And remember that we all owe for that opportunity, by going out and giving it your blood, sweat, and your opponent's tears. Well anyway my daydream is over, back to the current dream, punishing motherfuckers at world cup. LETS DO IT BOYS.
NYPL FINALS 8.21-22.2010
Matt Rohrmman #77
The New Jersey Jesters competed in the 2010 New York Paintball League (NYPL) X-ball league held at Headrush Action Sports Park located in Syracuse, NY. This regional series consisted of 4 regular season events and one single elimination playoff round. The competition included 32 teams from the Northeastern United States and Canada broken into two separate conferences. The Jesters played in the American League, where they went undefeated through the regular, giving up just 2 points per match on average and winning by an average margin of nearly 10 points. This strong showing tapped the Jesters as the number one seed in their conference. During the playoff weekend, heavy wind and rains delayed play as the field's equipment and player visibility were severely compromised. Despite numerous weather delays, the weekend's matches were played out with the Jesters continuing the undefeated run to the championship match against the Onondaga Drinkin Buddies. The final match was tightly contested as the aforementioned weather made the pace of play slow to a near standstill and the referees had trouble making consistent calls with the limited visibility. With the clock running down to less than a minute the final point came down to a quick exchange of kills where the jesters had one body on the field following several run-throughs from both teams. It was Harris Hussain himself pulling off a 1v1, that had the season and 4,000 riding on it. The last point gave the Jesters the one-point victory and the season title. Captain and grillmaster Tim Trentacoste had this to say "Even though we won the game and the seaon title it was only bittersweet due to the fact we lost a whole batch of homemade cookies in the storm. I only hope that we can bounce back from this tragedy next season.
PSP Mid Atlantic Open
Mike Wickey #24
Ever since its inception into the PSP, the Mid Atlantic Open has continually gotten better each year thanks to the hard work of Paintball Central located in Charlotte, South Carolina. Despite the heat and other hardships endured during a PSP event, the competitive level of play was higher than ever, and all the games were exciting to watch. Hopefully PBC can continue to put on great events, I know all the participating teams appreciate the effort and enjoy competing at this event. MAO routinely boasts a great event for the Jesters, and this year was no exception. As an organization, this was our best event to date. All three of our teams (d1, d2 and d4) made it on to Sunday, with two of those teams taking podium finishes. Additionally, our d2 team really turned things around from a rough Chicago event earlier this year. That being said, World Cup is looking to be another great event for the Jesters organization. We're training very hard, and our efforts will be rewarded.
Some people call this time of year the offseason. However we are all having too much fun right now and want to ball as much as possible. Dave Weinraub is obviously not exempt. Not only did he play for the Lost Boyz the last two years at World Cup Malaysia but he also guested with team Infamous (shown below) for the International Cup.
Offseason - Yea Right!!!
Meadowlands D-3 5 Man Tournament
The 2012 paintball season has begun. The New Jersey Jesters entered a team in one of the first 5 Man tournaments of this early season at Meadowlands Paintball. The 5 man squad included four full time Jesters, Brian Sullivan, Beau Milo, Kyle Barry and Frank Spinelli. The tournament consisted of 7 Division 3 Teams from the Tri State Area. With temperatures in the mid 30’s and a light snow falling, the prelims were set to begin with the Jester playing 6 preliminary games with the top 4teams moving on. The Jesters played their first three games and won in convincing fashion. At the first break two teams sat at 3-0 with the Jesters being one of them. The next three games saw much of the same as the team rolled to a 6-0 preliminary record and the number 1 seed. Through the prelims the Jesters only lost three bodies in the 6 games. The semi finals were set and would be a race to 2 format. The Jesters were set to play GOD, the eventual second place finisher, in the semifinals. The Jesters came out a little flat in the first match, had a few gun issues and lost their first game of the day. The second game saw much of the same and the match came down to a 1 on 3 with Frank Spinelli left in the back corner. Frank nearly pulled off the upset when he shot two of the players who were coming to bunker him. Frank made his best efforts, but was to low on paint to earnthe much needed win. The loss pushed the Jester to a 3rd place finish which was disappointing but not a bad start to the New Year. The team is looking forward to the first PSP event in Texas in a month and this looked to be a good warm up for that event.
Beau Milo #32
R2L A.K.A. Refuse to lose
Guess who we met at the airport....
So we get off the plane in Newark and there are like 12 of us waiting for our gearbags at baggage claim and guess who walks up. The fuckin creator of superpump, it was too good of a photo op to not take advantage of. This beast is 65 years old, not to mention Chin 2's idol. So next time you see Chin on one of his brake neck bunker runs and you want to know who to blame. You can put a face to it now.