“Kaminskis Goes Pop”
Brittney Spears type behavior from one of the horseshoe greats
The horseshoe world was shocked by recent revelations that Greg Kaminskis would not seek a new contract with Jose Vega and attempt to defend their Balboa Open title. Kaminskis and Vega teamed up in 2007 and skillfully won the tournament in calm and confident fashion. “I have not seen a team as poised as those two…clearly they were on their way to a championship…from start to finish,” stated Chris Mohler a three time Balboa Open champion. The darlings of the horseshoe world, Greg and Jose were expected to legitimately challenge for back to back championships. However, it appears that history will not be made in 2008 with Kaminskis shopping the market for a new partner.
“I see several potential problems for Kaminskis with these recent moves,” stated Josh Fisher. “This is going to turn into a PR nightmare for the once unblemished horseshoe star,” stated Mohler. It has been reported that Greg has been courting the Truckee based shoe ace Travis. It has been widely documented that Travis may be one of the best pitchers on the pits, however his inability to come up big on tournament day has hindered his status as a true prime time player. “I have no idea why he would make that move,” stated Mohler, “he must have something to prove, seeking a partner outside of the Order is a bit outrageous.”
The biggest issue for Kaminskis is that he is turning his back on the Old Bull Elite whom have dominated the Balboa Open since its inception ten years ago. “A move like this is not indicative of someone who has Achieved Epic Glory…maybe he wants to lead a new movement…to be the new messiah,” stated Balboa Open champion Doug Hawkins. “Maybe that’s what he wants to do…change the guard…impose his own dominance”, stated Mohler. No matter what his intentions are, a move to a player like Travis will put a giant target on Kaminskis’ back. “Maybe that’s what he wants…the challenge of being a marked man from the first game…the one everyone wants to eliminate”, stated legendary Old Bull Andy Paiko. Kaminskis has never faced the all encompassing opposition of the order of Old Bull. “It’s not just one team going after you…or several teams gunning for you...it is ten years of tradition and dominance charging at you…full speed...leaving nothing but carnage in its wake.”
The Order of Old Bull has not come out with an official statement concerning the early reports of Kaminskis’ plans on seeking a new partner. However, many members of The Order were interviewed for this article and the consensus seems to be one of disappointment and disapproval. “Dropping an epic partner after you have won a championship and then attempting to sign a trendy player who has not yet achieved status within The Order seems to have some sort of hidden agenda”, stated Fisher.
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