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The story mentioned that the Force is currently dealing with Gary Beyer's shoulder injury, which puts a questionmark behind his availability at the championships. Brian Johnson is currently training with the team as a substitute and may have to step in for the competition if Gary Beyer doesn't recover early enough.
The Force members are trying to make the best of it. They take the challenging and trying circumstances with humor, as a video shows, which was recently published by Force member Thomas Hughes. Shannon Pilcher and Brian Johnson are introducing the "Gary Beyer Limb Leash":
Brian Johnson had already confirmed his slot for the Paraclete XP 8-way lineup when Kirk Verner had to step back. Paraclete XP is considered one of the top contenders in the US 8-way competition this year.
Brian Johnson's 8-way commitment still doesn't fix the trouble for Paraclete XP yet. Gary Beyer is a member of the 8-way team, as well. The Paraclete XP lineup is still short a member. Shannon Pilcher and Ian Bobo have no 8-way duties so far. They may have to help out in 8-way, as well...
Airspeed was planning to compete with the same lineup again this year and has to change the lineup now. John Hamilton, former Airspeed member himself and Dan BC's recent 4-way partner with the Founding Fathers, was the alternate for Airspeed's 8-way lineup last year. He will step in now and compete at this year's 8-way championship.
Only the Golden Knights and Dallas Rogue seem to have no troubles with their lineups. It will be a very interesting 8-way competition this year.