View Full Version : What happened to ramps? PBH
01-28-2005, 10:29 AM
Okay, I live in Canada and I'm new to roller hockey. I was just wondering what happened to ramps in roller hockey like in Pro Beach Hockey? I saw some pictures of it and it looks hella fun!
01-28-2005, 10:34 AM
Ramps were one of the many jokes in that league. Ok they were a major part but what a joke it was to have ramps. Maybe we should re-invent the puck and make it square!
01-28-2005, 11:18 AM
hahaha... so ramps just died? Was it just too expensive to set up? Or was it just straight gay and unentertaining like slam ball?
01-28-2005, 01:12 PM
PBH was a strictly made-for-TV program. Once the novelty of the ramps wore off and so did the profits, the investors bailed and the rest is history. I doubt you'll ever see them again.
I think the hope was that the hockey players would use the ramps to do some "extreme" stuff behind the net....and I think the answer was "yeah right"...
There has been a major push for years to get inline hockey associated with the "X-Games" for purposes of TV packaging, and PBH using the ramps was just one more attempt to fuse them..unsuccessfully. As brutal as full contact hockey may be at times I do not think many players, who by nature are not necesarily "extreme" skaters just because they are good inline skaters, were interested in risking the sort of injuries that might have occurred if you bred "extreme skating" with a version of full contact hockey(see the movie "Roller Ball" to get the idea)....Aside from a serious lack of practice executing those sort of manouvers, executing them while waiting for some of the heavies engaged to play PBH to execute you on landing may have been a little too much to expect of the players..even at the "exhorbitant" salaries they were making..../wtimages/icons/wink.gif
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