PBC All Star: Paul McCord

PBC All Star: Paul McCord

PBC All Star: Paul McCord, Team Chicago Aftershock
interview by Jason Casebolt

Paul McCord is a player I have watched for years. In my old college town of Columbus, Ohio you could see Paul at the local fields every weekend playing the game. One of my earliest memories was when a local team was beating up on some beginning players and Paul jumped on the beginning team and waxed the tourney guys by himself. I had mad respect for the man who sticks up for the little guys.

PBC: Ok who are you and why should we care?

PM: I’m Paul McCord, everyone calls me “LP” and I’m not sure why you would care.

PBC: Aftershock has a reputation for aggression, how does that mesh with your “nice guy” persona?

PM: Why am I always labeled the nice guy! And far as meshing goes…yea, it’s good.

PBC: You have been playing tournament paintball for years now. What teams have you played for?

PM: Method, Detroit Fusion, Lockout, Detroit Thunder, and Aftershock.

PBC: Today’s tournament paintball scene is almost as bad with free agency as with other sports, but I have never seen you jump ship halfway through a season. Is this a thing you strive to do? What are your thoughts on this?

PM: Well, I guess. The biggest thing about paintball for me is having fun. If I’m not having fun, then that’s a reason to leave. I tend to always stick things out for at least the full season. You can plan on me playing with Shock for a long time!

PBC: Aftershock historically dominated World Cup. Now that the team plays in the NXL, is there still the feeling in practice that this is Shock's event?

PM: Absolutely!

PBC: I see many magazines give commentary on the decline of the NXL. What is the view from the inside of the league? How do you feel things are going with it and are you still as excited to be part of it?

PM: Like I said before, long as I’m having fun…I don’t care about all the politics.

PBC: In 2003 you played in the NXL with Detroit Thunder. What happened to this team? How do you feel Thunder would compete in today’s NXL if they had stayed together?

PM: Hmm, good question. The 2004 roster for Thunder probably would of done pretty good. We had a lot of talent left over and were in the process of picking up some good additions to the team (Gameface paintball pulled Detroit Thunder out and replaced the Detroit franchise with Strange).

PBC: You work a normal job. Tell us about what you do and what you have to do in order to get “paintball time” off.

PM: Well, I consider myself pretty fortunate. My work is pretty flexible and allows me to schedule time off pretty much whenever long as I stay within the allotted vacation they give me.

PBC: Most people your age do normal things, what normal things have you seen your friends do/accomplish that you have sacrificed for paintball?

PM: The only thing I really have to sacrifice on a regular basis is taking a real vacation. I’ve only been able to do that twice in the last 10 years!

PBC: How has your family supported you from starting out as a rookie and your climb to a Pro Team?

PM: If it wasn’t for my dad, I definitely wouldn’t have made it as far as I have. My family has always been very supportive.

PBC: What was your welcome to paintball moment? By that I mean, at what point in tournament paintball did you get a reality check that it was not just a friendly game anymore and that it was something bigger?

PM: Still not sure what you mean exactly, but I’ll take a shot. I first started thinking paintball was something bigger than backyard ball when I started playing for my first 10 man team. When I went to cup, I was amazed at how big this sport was.

PBC: which do you prefer uncapped semi or capped ramping? And why?

PM: Hard to say, I think I’ll have to go with capped ramping because I think 21+ balls a second is just silly…besides, there’s always going to be those cheaters with the ramping boards anyway. Might as well make it legal and just cap the rate of fire.

PBC: The game has changed with such a quick pace over the last few years. The window of opportunity that you had to rise through the paintball world might not be the same anymore. Let’s pretend that you are 15 years old again and that you want to be Pro, what do you have to do in today game environment?

PM: Ugh, tough question. I think there’d probably be a couple of ways. One, know the right people. Two, be a stand out player on your team. Three, play on a constant winning team.

PBC: What is your favorite drill?

PM: Running and shooting! The better I get at that, the more people are going to die.

PBC: Here is the shout out section. Who has helped you get here and who helps you stay here? What people and sponsors make this possible?

PM: Eric Hamre, thanks for taking me on to Method…. Mitch Karn and Jeremy Salm, thanks for taking a chance with me. I’d definitely like to say thanks to Renick Miller and Shocktech!

PBC: Thanks for your time and good luck next season.

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