Black Sunday. A Team Of Legends Returns To Paintball
Black Sunday just reached out one day and said we want to play some UWL. Since that day they have become a force to reckon with on the Woodsball field. They have proven to be fierce competitors on the field but off the field they have become great ambassadors of the UWL. The team thru its history has been made up of some of the leading figures in tournament paintball. I have tons of respect for what Robert and Black Sunday have done for paintball and what they are currently doing for the UWL. I talked to Black Sunday in LA and this is what he had to say.
How long have you guys been a team?
The team originally formed after the Excalibur open in Las Vegas in 1991-92
Who is your oldest player?
Ouch, sorry buddy, Rick. I'm pretty sure it's Rick Cendejas, at a young and spry 59.
What teams have you played on?
I've personally played on Black Sunday, Kwik Maxx, San Jose Diamonds, and Team Image. We have guys who've played with the original Ironmen, and every type of Ironmen, XSV, Oakland Assasins, Dogs of War, Parapegic Turtles, Constant Pursuit, Tour de Force, Psychotic Sixth, GBD, Avalanche, Shock and more.
What paintball legends have played on your team?
I'd like to say most our guys are, because most of us have played for close to 30 years, but most notable "Legends" are Greg Patterson, Mark Gong, Rick Cendejas, Mike Baird, Pep Escutia, Rich Telford, Todd Adamson, Renick Miller, and Billy Ceranski.
What was the first National Tournament you guys played?
Our first national event was the NPPL Dallas Open in '93
You guys just recently started playing internationally again at the UWL Mexico.
What did you think of the event?
It was a breath of fresh air. It reminded me why tournament ball was so exciting when we were young, and why I/we still do this. It was well organized, awesome people, great turnout, beautiful cancun and onsite massage. Come on! Shout out to Raul Ibarra. Such passion.
What advice would you give for any team or player wanting to start playing in the UWL.
Read the rules on www.playuwl.com, understand the format the best you can, practice it as close as you can, but most importantly, just show up and play. UWL is where there’s a division for all. Where a random twig in your shot can decide a lot, unlike an air bunker. Where you can have a mini vacation or quality time with friends and family, and shoot peeps. No matter if you’re young or older, beginner or novice, or an "old pro", it’s fun and exciting. It’s really the place where everyone can have fun, maybe learn a thing or two about the game and some of its history. Learning "our" game is never over. Keep coming back, it works if you work it!