The Association Press would like to release the latest version of Balboa Open Power Rankings. With such a talent heavy field anything can happen.
The Top 16
1. Truckee Joe and e-Ride – It has been reported that e-Ride has been in the Balboa Open finals, every year, the past six years. This report could not be substantiated, however it could also not be discredited. Truckee Joe has looked stellar in all early season play. This is a power house team, who knows the pits, knows what it takes to win, and has the ability to do so.
2. Eric and OCH – The duality of this team is very impressive. OCH, the team’s front man, energizes the crowd and opponents with classic antics. However, Eric calmly and quietly drops ringer after ringer. Many teams focus on containing OCH allowing Eric to quietly win the game. The secret seems to be out meaning that Eric can anticipate much more difficult match ups at this year’s Open. Also, this team may see more early attention from teams like Blues Brothers. Eric and OCH are the team from the younger generation of players with the most legit shot of Achieving Epic Glory.
3. Bung and C-MO – Two years of two and out have legendary shoe pitcher Chris Mohler very motivated for this year’s Open. Recently, at the spring jamboree, Mohler led all players with 37 ringers. Brent Munger, a final four qualifier at the 2001 TOL, seems poised for a legitimate run for a championship. Bung and Mohler combine for a formidable 1-2 punch and offer match up issues for almost every team. Either player can make a legitimate run for tournament MVP, Mohler claimed his most recent Balboa Open MVP award at the 2005 Balboa Open.
4. Kaminskis and Callie – The champions of the inaugural Balboa Open in 1998 are returning 10 years later for another chance for Epic Glory. Kaminskis, the celebrated horseshoe mega star, is one year removed from a second Open title. Callie is ready to throw timely ringers and hungry for a final four appearance. Synergy and an epic vibe radiate from this storied pair. They can not be rattled and
5. Skiskunk and Forshee – Gathering their synergy from the fresh Tahoe powder Jared and Forshee unite as past long term residents of the Balboa. Jared, instrumental in the development of The Association, is a solid pitcher with Final Four experience. Forshee, rumored to have changed his pitching style, has left longtime partner Travis in search for Epic Glory. Both players have the experience of competing in the Final Four and seem poised to make a run again in 2008.
6. The Hawk and Cameron –The Blues Brothers have been one of the most consistent teams to reach the Final Four every year the past four years. However, The Blues Brothers have not had a powerhouse showing since they last won the Championship in 2004. Cameron Hagans reportedly has turned his back on one of the key strategies that carried this team to the finals. Rumors of rift between the dynamic team have turned out to be unjustified. The Hawk was spotted throwing with the horseshoe elite this past weekend and his game, while not white hot, was consistent and solid. Cameron, who has found new priorities in his life, has not been spotted anywhere near a horseshoe pit the past several months. Many insiders believe that 2008 could be a disappointing year for The Blue Brothers if the two can not come to terms on a strategy for success.
7. Jose and Angel – Jose is fresh off a 2007 Open Championship and earning millions in new endorsement deals. He took a risk in the off season signing longtime business associate Angel to a short team deal. Angel, who has trouble maintaining total compliance, is a strong thrower early in the day but seems to taper off as the day goes on. Angel’s ability to drink with the best of them is not an issue, however, at the Open it is sometimes to go beyond just drinking. Angel’s achilles heel has been exposed and other teams know how to go after him. Jose can throw top quality shoes in nearly all forms of inebriation…this open is his chance to solidify himself as one of the best horseshoe players at the Open.
8. Fisher and Fargo – Fargo has recently been throwing the best shoes of his career. Fargo is consistently throwing horseshoes with the best pitchers in the sport and this seasons training regiment is surely to pay off. If Fargo is able to channel his A game come April 19th these guys have a great shot. Fisher, a few years removed from ultra mega star status, is still one of the most marketable players out there. His lucrative contracts with Bud Light, Vidal Sassoon, and most recently Lexus have placed him at the top of the money list nearly every year. Fisher last captured Epic Glory in 1999 at the 2nd Annual Balboa Open. With the right draw into the bracket these two have a great chance to battle their way into the Final Four.
9. Mario and Marty – These two legendary former residents of The Balboa have been mostly responsible for the past two years of Balboa Open championships. These guys know the pits and understand the compliance required to be playing late into the day. Ambassadors of Association to an entirely new generation of savage horseshoe warriors Mario and Marty are strong team with a very legitimate chance to get to the Final Four or even further.
10. Team Beautiful – featuring the enigmatic Sven – What the F*&K can you say about this team. Teams like this make The Balboa Open seriously Epic. A Balboa Open staple for the past several years we look forward to Team Beautiful and the European class they bring to our event. Teams like this get hot in the first round and send the guys at the top of the rankings into the bone yard.
11. Critter and Drew – Not much is known about Team Tiger Balls except that they have enormous balls. A potential dark horse team the Tiger Balls have assimilated into the most senior ranks of the Order of Old Bull. The Tiger Balls are a very cunning team and have been training with the Nor-Cal elite in preparations for the 2008 Balboa Open. The Tiger Balls are a spectacle not to be missed at this years event. Arrrrrrrr.
12. Porter and Anika – It is never wise to rank a house team out of the top ten as they know the pits and have been practicing the most. Team Ridiculous looks to make a triumphant return to The Balboa Open and capture their first ever tournament victory. With the energy of their house behind them and the experience of their previous tournament games, Team Ridiculous is another one of the teams that can get hot and knock out an early favorite.
13. Jovan and Murph – From year to year this dynamic duo wins the award of possibly being the most wasted chicks at the tournament. Compliance is never an issue with this team as they take their game day drinking quite seriously. The antics these two pull are legendary in Balboa Open lore. They use the strategy of distracting their opponents by pitching in as little clothing possible. This tactic has proven to be very effective against teams like The Blues Brothers.
14. Katie and Erica – The Balboa Open would not be as legendary without the smokin’ hot eye candy in mass abundance. Erica and Katie look to make a strong Balboa Open appearance and add to the synergistic energy of the event. This team is rumored as a decoy to benefit early front runners Truckee and e-Ride. They may be used off the pits to distract certain opponents. However, this distraction can be minimized with obscene amounts of tequila.
15. Seth and Kev-O – Do we call these two: Young Bull fodder or the two who knocked Mohler and Paiko out of the tournament in 2007? At the Balboa Open anything can happen, no lead is safe.
16. Kevin and unnamed partner – The Association press has very little information on this team. Kevin is rumored to be a resident of The Balboa and therefore will have house energy on his side. If he can find a partner with whom he can channel the forces of synergy to throw unlimited epic ringers it is very possible that Kevin and his unknown partner can win the tournament.