Paintball games are not just a dignity-robbing exercise in teamwork anymore. That pastime, known to many corporate office jockeys as a great way to humiliate their co-workers while learning to work together, is now a professional sport with stars, fans and worldwide accreditation. You can see it in action today at the National Paintball League Super 7 World Series. The event features 150 five-person teams in seven rounds of multicolored-bullet-flying, capture-the-flag madness. Normally a seven-man team format, this NPPL series is a special contest open to amateurs looking to get their feet in the door (and be bombarded by paint pellets). At stake is a $2,250 prize. See which of these newbies can capture pro status, and meet the experts who know how to escape being painted into a corner from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Reliant Stadium, One Reliant Park. For tickets and information, call 888-834-4774 or visit www.nppl.com. Tickets for the grandstand are $30 to $75, surrounding fields are free.
Sept. 19-21, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., 2008