I have to say there is more to a Lion Claws than winning, it is integrity, honor, and sportsmanship. There was no need for the ammount of screaming and cussing that was present at the event, I thought the players that attended John's events were supposed to be the best of the sport? I do understand that we are all amped up, adrenaline flowing but some self controll would have been in order on at least half of the instances I observed, basically uncalled for. I could go into specific events and name names but that will not inspire someone to suddenly attain the aforementioned qualities.I also saw many SpecOps leave after the first scenario because they thought the game was being scripted for the Rangers to win, what? Later I actually was sitting next to a young man in SpecOp respawn at the mosque village that said he was leaving after the second scenario because he was not having fun, so get into the thick of it son, fight harder, make things happen and it becomes fun. The first scenario wasn't particulary good for me either but we "adapt and overcome", that is the difference between those who can make it happen from those who can only watch it happen.
Now I will hit the high points, I personally whitnessed some outstanding sportsmanship from a few Rangers (I was on SpecOps) in particular the "mowhawk man". I was in good cover and he walked up on me and accepted a "bang you're dead" kill and sat down to the side so as not to block the other targets, that is integrety and sportsmanship right there. He could have just stood or sat right in front of me and blocked my line of sight or given my position away but he didn't, I saw plenty of that elsewhere though. I was looking for a banger grenade and couldn't find it where I saw it last after it went off and had just given up looking for it. When I left for respawn there were a couple of Rangers there,I was about half way there and one of the Rangers walked up and handed it to me, thank you.
All in all it was a good weekend and we all got to play airsoft at a great facility, thank you John Lu, Col. Longgrear, MSG Mullen and everyone that made this event possible. I look forward to the next Op Lion Claws event I am able to attend.