Friday, March 06, 2020

Coronavirus Precautions For the Sport of Ultimate

Besides the general prevention efforts of spreading the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), USA Ultimate has provided the additional precautions so ultimate players do not catch the disease:

  • Regularly disinfect the disc(s) you are using (e.g. wipes or sanitizer)
  • Not sharing water bottles or community snacks
  • Avoiding shaking hands or giving high-fives
  • Not doing spirit circles

Kind of takes the fun out of playing ultimate, but these are different times which demand a different level of expectations.

Monday, March 02, 2020

Three Detroit Players Killed in Vehicle Accident

On Saturday, February 29, three members of the Detroit Mechanix - Michael Cannon, Kevin "Sass" Coulter, and Drew Piet - were killed in a car accident on their way to Mechanix practice. The three men were were fatally injured on I-96 when a car rear-ended their vehicle.  MORE...

[h/t AUDL]

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

My Greatest Contribution in the Last Decade

Before the calendar is turned to a new year and a new decade, one could argue the greatest contribution this ultimate frisbee blog had in the past decade (2010's) was...

being cited in the Flying Disc Emoji Proposal sent to the Unicode Consortium.

Written by Amsterdam-based Devin Bayer, the proposal for a new sports-related emoji that represents a FLYING DISC, references the Olympics, USA Ultimate, WFDF, Google, and...the Sludge blog post on participation in the sport of ultimate frisbee.

Alongside footnote citations of the IOC and the Sport & Fitness Industry Association, is a link to the October 13th, 2013 post on this blogspot blog on page 1 of Bayer's proposal memo.

The eventual outcome was the flying disc emoji was first seen in August 2018 and is now ubiquitous. What an honor to be tangentially associated with such an important milestone.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Starting bid starts at $120,000; will increase if you eat the disc!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Brute Math

How many club titles has Boston's women's ultimate team Boston Brüte Squad won?

Brute knows the answer! Three.

Brüte Squad have won championships in  2015, 2016, and most recently in 2019 - their 3rd title in five years.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Investigation: Founding Seattle Sockeye

What year was Seattle Sockeye founded?
Trying to find out a definitive answer was more complicated than swimming upstream.

Per Sockeye's Wikipedia page and Facebook: 1990.
Listed in Sockeye's Twitter bio: 1991.

Per Sockeye's team bio on USA Ultimate's Triple Crown Tour portal: 1993

According to Sockeye's website: 1994.

Data for this tweet was sourced from USA Ultimate National Championships site.

With conflicting data, the best answer might be: Seattle Sockeye was founded in the early 1990's.

UPDATE: Sockeye coach Mike Caldwell confirms the year was...1993.
[h/t Jeremy Ziskind]