Friday, May 26, 2017

Anniversary of Wham-O's Frisbee Trademark (1959)

On this day in 1959, Wham-O Manufacturing Company's request to trademark "Frisbee" was officially registered by U.S. Patent Office. Frisbee (trademark #679186) was described as "toy flying saucers for toss games". The plastic flying saucer toy was originally sold to Wham-O in January 1957.

According to this article:
~300 million = # of Frisbees® sold by Wham-O since it first began marketing their plastic flying saucer toys

$2 million = royalties earned by Frisbee inventor "Fred" Morrison by 1982

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ESPNU's Cable Listing for College Ultimate Championships

Taking a page out of Bent's gender equity book, it does not go unnoticed that the cable listing for the 2017 USA Ultimate college ultimate championship games is qualified for the women's game, but not the men's game.

Below are how Monday's live broadcasts are listed in the cable guide on ESPNU:
USA College Championship

USA "Women's" College Championship 
Qualifying one championship game as "women's" without qualifying the other as "men's" indubitably assigns greater importance to the men's.

UPDATE: Bent club ultimate from New York started a letter writing campaign to ESPN on behalf of this issue:

Chesapeake Open 2017

The 2017 Chesapeake Open is scheduled for mid August.

When: Saturday, August 12 - Sunday, August 13

Where: Same location as 2016 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland.

Bid: Hosting Men, Women & Mixed teams and accepting bids on a rolling basis. The entry fee is $725 and bids are due June 11.

Amenities: Lined soccer fields with player and gear lines, a tent for each team on the sideline, refilled water stations on each sideline, good competition, gear and food for sale on site, multiple athletic trainers, a venue using a ratio of one grass ultimate field per soccer field and an experienced tournament staff to make sure the event runs smoothly.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ESPN Continue to Broadcast USA Ultimate "Games"

On Wednesday, USA Ultimate and ESPN announced a multi-year agreement for ESPN to continue broadcasting USAU's premier events, including the College Ultimate Championships and the Triple Crown Tour.
From the USAU press release:
USA Ultimate Chief Executive Officer Tom Crawford: "Their production and programming teams have been a pleasure to work with as we continually work together to improve the product we put out to our ever-expanding audience. They've been fabulous in working with us to enhance the entertainment value of our sport’s special blend of grit and grace. Enhancing our coverage is very exciting, and I can’t wait to see the end product."

USAU started their broadcast relationship with ESPN in 2013.

One problem I have had with this relationship is how ESPN has incorrectly categorized the sport of ultimate. This issue has not been resolved.

screengrab WATCHESPN

Ultimate continues to be considered a game like poker.

Summary: D.C. Breeze Game 6, 2017 AUDL Season

The D.C. Breeze scored the game's first 3 points and maintained their lead until the final whistle. DC's largest lead was 6 points just after half @ 15-9.  The Breeze held the Royal to just one goal in the 1st quarter - the lowest number of scores allowed by DC in a quarter this season.

Game Leaders for the Breeze [via UltiAnalytics]:
Minutes = Chuck Cantone (30)
Defensive Blocks = Rowan McDonnell (6)
Completions = Lloyd Blake (38)
Catches = Lloyd Blake (33)
Assists = Lloyd Blake (5)
Goals = Joe Richards, Max Cassell (4 each)

AUDL East Standings: 
DC Breeze are (4-2) on the season and are first place in the AUDL East.

Full Game: 


Next Game: 
DC visits New York Empire on Saturday, May 27.

Previous Game Summary.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Results of 2017 D-III College Ultimate Championships

USA Ultimate's D-III College Championships were played over May 20-21.  A total of 32 college ultimate teams competed at the end-of-season tournament in Lexington, Kentucky. Both #3 seeds and #8 seeds advanced to their championships. And, both #3 seeds won their division's championship. 

Women's D-III Division
Carleton College Eclipse (#3) won 13-10 over Wesleyan (#8). This is Carleton's 2nd consecutive ultimate championship.

Men's D-III Division
Richmond Spidermonkeys (#3) won 15-12 over Davidson (#8). This is the first ultimate championship for the UR Spidermonkeys.