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  • Funny Paintball People: Gerry Bates 0 CommentsPosted by on September 25, 2014 under Dirt, News, The Ford Report, Top Story
    Gerry Bates is the all knowing, all powerful guru of Planet Eclipse.  As the Master/Lead Tech, he's your go-to guy for all things Planet.  If he can't fix it, it's likely too far gone to be fixed.   He is revered by grassroots users and Pro Players alike. .....and I can't tell his story.  Someone very important to me asked me to never tell his story. So I won't.  Unless I'm extremely d... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Billy Wing 0 CommentsPosted by on under Dirt, News, The Ford Report, Top Story
    When you think of high end pro paintball players, you think cocky, arrogant, and generally unpleasant to be around.  For that matter, high end Am players can be pretty obnoxious too. But I digress.  This isn't a story about how difficult it can be to be around Pro Players. I first met Billy Wing in 2004, at the World Cup that year.  The DM4 had just dropped and people were literally overr... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Greg Hastings 0 CommentsPosted by on September 24, 2014 under Dirt, News, The Ford Report, Top Story
    I actually don't know Greg Hastings very well, but we get along really well.  My first real interaction with him was in 2005, when he left Redz International and I caught him walking around in JT Gear, and quizzed him about it.  Later that year R7 was born, and Greg is where his today with the video games, cameras, and of course clothing and soft goods through R7. This story is unique in that... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Billy Smith 0 CommentsPosted by on under Dirt, News, Top Story
    Billy Smith is one of those people that I could write a coffee table book about with funny stories.  Quite a few of them I'll never be able to tell, but nevertheless there are a few I can tell.  I first met Billy in 2003, right after I'd moved to Florida.  We were at a Ben Torrecelli game, and he walked up to me, introduced himself and asked if I'd mind coming up to his little field in Ludowici... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Tim Barnett 0 CommentsPosted by on September 23, 2014 under Dirt, News, The Ford Report, Top Story
    In 2010, Shoreline Paintball's Tim Barnett contacted me on Facebook and asked if I'd be interested in being a presenter at that year's Scenario Paintball Awards banquet.   I'd seen some of his events advertised and the videos that he had running with them were amazing...and it was a free trip to the UK, so obviously I agreed. According to Tim, I'm very highly respected in the UK (even though ... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Rocky Cagnoni 0 CommentsPosted by on under Dirt, News, The Ford Report, Top Story
    Since watching the iconic paintball movie "Push", I've been a major Rocky Cagnoni Fanboy. There, I said it. If you haven't seen the movie, you need to.  It really should be required viewing for anyone who thinks they're serious about being a paintball player.  For today's players, it can give some depth to their knowledge of the game, and for guys like me back 'in the day', the movie and f... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Gino Postorivo 0 CommentsPosted by on September 22, 2014 under Dirt, News, The Ford Report, Top Story
    Gino and I have an odd history.  I actually met him for the first time in 2000 at the last IAO at Three Rivers.   It was some sort of industry get-together at the host hotel that Bryan and I had gotten invited to.  I'd managed to get drunk and by the time I actually met him he wasn't impressed and I don't really remember it. As the years went by, Gino sold NPS to an investment group that be... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Mike Spurlock 0 CommentsPosted by on September 21, 2014 under Dirt, Industry News, News, Top Story
    I could write a coffee table book on Mike Spurlock.  We've known each other for many years and pretty much any time we're around each other there are shenanigans to be had. Over the years Mike has been involved in many different ventures in the paintball world.   While a lot of internet trolls make their day trashing anything with his name on it, often prodded by competitors, the fact of the... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Tom Kaye 0 CommentsPosted by on September 18, 2014 under Dirt, Industry News, News, Top Story
    At the same event that I met Bud Orr the first time, I also got the opportunity to meet and interview Tom Kaye, who at that time owned and ran Airgun Designs.  It was in the early 2000's, which at that time meant the EMag was just rolling out, along with his force feed "Warp Drive". One of the things that my business partner Bryan Gilchrist and I did with PaintballChannel.Com was to shoot vide... more.
  • Funny Paintball People: Bud Orr 0 CommentsPosted by on September 17, 2014 under Dirt, Industry News, News, Top Story
    This is the first in a series of short vignettes I thought it'd be fun to write about some of the funny encounters I've had over the years with various luminaries and important people in the game.  I don't have permission to tell these stories, which makes them even funnier, at least to me.  Having been involved in the media side of paintball for 15 years now, you can bet there's some funny stor... more.
  • What is it about paintball and dirtbags? 0 CommentsPosted by on August 14, 2014 under Dirt, Industry News, Top Story
    The following is an editorial, expressing the opinions of  Dale Ford and him alone.  The views expressed here don't necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Ford Report, it's advertisers or it's staff.    I swear.   Slap me on the butt and call me Suzy, but it sure seems like paintball is a magnet for scumbags. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="302"] Guru Gun St... more.
  • May 18th, 2014 0 CommentsPosted by on May 21, 2014 under Dirt, Industry News, League Coverage, News, Reviews, Scenario Coverage, The Ford Report, Top Story
    Everything found here was either directly observed by the staff, sent in by members of The Ford Report Mailing list, or quoted by anonymous Ford Report Minions. Keep in mind at all times… The Ford Report is for entertainment purposes only! Some of the things posted here may not be completely accurate. These posts may directly correlate to yourself, your team, or company. Use the link in this ema... more.
  • What if? 0 CommentsPosted by on March 19, 2014 under Dirt, News, Scenario Coverage, Top Story
    So everyone has seemed to enjoy my "This is why we can't have nice things" editorials.   However, I'm trying mightily to stick to my own mantra about offering a solution if I editorialize about it, which is a nice way of saying 'complaining'. This time I'm asking a question.  Over the years, scenario paintball  has changed significantly, with new producers, new equipment and an influx of pl... more.
  • Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Part 3 0 CommentsPosted by on March 5, 2014 under Dirt, Industry News, News, The Ford Report, Top Story
    Editor's Note:  This piece wasn't written by me, but rather a source who prefers to remain anonymous.  Given the state of the economy and it's effect on paintball, I found the author's points to be especially relevant.  I've known Rick Chard for years, and while I wouldn't say we're close friends, I do respect what he's trying to do with Paintball Extravaganza.  Hopefully he'll take this as co... more.
  • January 16th, 2014: Home Time 0 CommentsPosted by on January 22, 2014 under Dirt, Industry News, League Coverage, News, Scenario Coverage, The Ford Report, Top Story
    Everything found here was either directly observed by the staff, sent in by members of The Ford Report Mailing list, or quoted by anonymous Ford Report Minions. Keep in mind at all times… The Ford Report is for entertainment purposes only! Some of the things posted here may not be completely accurate. These posts may directly correlate to yourself, your team, or company. Use the link in this ema... more.
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