Last week Joe Gorcsos posted on the 1991 Lone Star Open Florida Bushmaster team photo with the identification of several team members.
I asked Joe if he had any old team photos or other memorabilia as well as some information on his paintball history. He sent me a few photos of himself and his teammates on the team he joined after the Bushmasters, the South Florida Brush Bandits.
Joe started on the second squad of the Florida Bushmasters. He writes, “I played on the second team and only got to play with them in practice and local state tournaments. The team started with Sheridan PMI pump guns and then were sponsered by [Line SI and used their] Bushmaster pump gun.”
According to Joe, the Bushmaster couldn’t easily transition from a competitive pumps team to semi automatic play, commenting “The [Florida Bushmasters] never made a sucessful transition during the begining of the semi-auto era… [They] started using Automags but…only played a few events during that time…the last event i remember them playing was a five man at the World Cup in Orlando [around 94/95] which i judged as a member of Rage.”
Gorcsos left the Florida Bushmasters around 1992 to join Bob Moral’s Brush Bandits. Joe remembers:
“Bob Moral eventually started his own team [in 1992] called the South Florida Brush Bandits. [Myself and a] few others from the second squad [of the Bushmasters] started playing [for Bob]. We became a very good local team and did a few pro am events.”
After playing for the Brush Bandits, Joe and a few others joined with players from The Annihilators to form Rage (likely 94?).
“[Soon after] the Annihilators on the west coast [of Florida] lost a few of there golden oldies and we merged with them to form the pro team Rage. [Rage] later went on to become miami rage.”
Joe retired from playing competitively in 1997 when he left Rage.
He writes, “Several of us left Rage after a couple years [in I believe 1997]. [That’s] when the team merged with the Terminators. The pro scene was hectic for us few.”
I thought the Terminators were associated with Rage closer towards the beginning, especially the Terminator’s captain Peter Bofill. I asked Joe if Terminators players every played with on the Brush Bandits to which Gorcsos replied, that “The terminators were never a part of the brush bandits.”
Please comment below if you can identify any of the players in this photo:
2. Jeff Steinberg (Rat)
3. Joe Gorcsos
4. Kenny Hall
5. Bob Moral
6. Scot Dunkelberger
8. Mel Sequin
10. Mike “Foxy” Fox
11. Eddie Canero
12. Bill Fleak
Thanks to Joe Gorcsos for the photos and information!