Friday, May 31, 2013

Sportsbook: June 1-2

Eleven more scheduled professional Ultimate games. The AUDL is in the second half of their season. Will Toronto remain undefeated? In the MLU, will Boston ever lose? Betting lines - the spread & points total (Over/Under) - for professional Ultimate are for entertainment purposes only.

AUDL games. MLU games.

Saturday, June 1
  • Phoenix (+6) @ Rush (-6); 45
  • Breeze (+5) @ Hammerheads (-5); 43 
  • Revolution (+3) @ Wind Chill (-3); 41
  • Stags (+4) @ Rainmakers (-4); 36 
  • Rumble (+2) @ Spinners (-2); 35
  • Whitecaps (-4.5) @ Current (+4.5); 33 
Sunday, June 2  
  • Phoenix (-3) @ Dragons (+3); 43
  • Breeze (+6.5) @ Empire (-6.5); 34 
  • Revolution (+7) @ Radicals (-7); 49 
  • Wildfire (-4.5) @ AlleyCats (+4.5); 44 
  • Stags (+6.5) @ Dogfish (-6.5); 39
Full 2013 Schedules: AUDL . MLU .

Agree or Disagree? Have your say in the comments.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AUDL & MLU Snapshot (May 24-26)

Another ten pro ultimate games were played this past weekend. Compare to last week.

NOTES: AUDL games have 12-minute quarters; MLU games have 10-minute quarters.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Post-game Flare Up During Spinners vs Current Game

Here's the end of tonight's (Sunday, May 26) Philadelphia Spinners vs. DC Current game where Purifico (PHS #2), after walking away from Keegan's (DCC #3) push, had to be restrained by his teammates...

Before this end-of-the-game tussle, the Philly sideline visibly complained about calls (& non-calls) throughout the game. Spinner players & coaches were seen kicking cones while on the sideline. Philadelphia's Head Coach Billy Maroon eventually earned an orange arm band in middle of the 4th quarter after a turf-level catch by a Spinner was ruled incomplete by the MLU referee. ("only active players may earn a band" [per the MLU Rulebook])
Spinners Head Coach Maroon wearing an orange band.
:End of the Game:
DC Current was up 4 points at closing seconds of the 4th quarter. DC had possession of the disc as they wound down the clock, moving the disc near the endzone and called an "unusual timeout".

After the timeout,  DC had a turnover at the cone. Philadelphia then threw the disc to the middle of the field as time ran out. Nick Purifico (PHS) reacted upset after Sean Keegan (DCC) appeared to have pushed him [NOTE: not captured on video]. Purifico then complained to a ref and reacted demonstratively.

After the teams shook hands, Purifico again reacted demonstratively toward the refs to the point where Spinners players and the Spinners GM stepped in to restrain him. He eventually walked off the field to the sidelines. As you can see from the video, many players sought out the referees to talk to them after the game.

DC Current tweeted there was some orange band awarded to both Keegan & Purifico.

Nic Darling (MLU Vice-President) & Ian McClellan (MLU Director of Competition) were both in attendance. Will any further action be taken against coaches &/or any players by this pro Ultimate league?

DC Doesn't Love Philadelphia

DC sports fans do not like Philadelphia sports teams. This is true for Nationals vs Phillies; Wiz vs Sixers; Redskins vs Eagles. Add to the list: DC Current vs Philadelphia Spinners; where pro Ultimate Frisbee fans wear shirts like this...
A t-shirt of a DC or anti-Philly fan at an MLU game
Does this type of shirt cross the line of Ultimate "spirit"?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ultimate on ESPNU

Here's how the listing appears for "USA Ultimate College Championship Highlight Show" for the ESPN U channel. Sunday & Monday games will be shown live on ESPN3 and then re-broadcast on ESPNU on Wednesday (5/29 )& Thursday (5/30). Get your DVR's ready!
"Frisbee" on ESPN U

Info: Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, the transition game is played by two teams with a Frisbee on a field with end zones, similar to football, and players officiate themselves.

Friday, May 24, 2013

[Chart] Locations of Top College Ultimate Teams

USA Ultimate's 2013 College Championships starts today! There are 6 states with representation of 3 college teams playing at this year's Nationals - California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota & Washington.

State/Province location of the Top-20 seeds at Nationals [SOURCE]
Yes, this chart closely resembles the U-23 tryout map.

Sportsbook: May 24-26

Eleven total scheduled professional Ultimate games with a lone Friday AUDL match, and a back-to-back for two MLU Eastern conference teams. Interestingly, AlleyCats & Revolution play each other on Saturday AND again on Sunday. This is the last weekend for any team rosters impacted by the College Ultimate season. Betting lines - the spread & points total (Over/Under) - for professional Ultimate are for entertainment purposes only.

AUDL games. MLU games.

Friday, May 24
  • Wind Chill (+5.5) @ Radicals (-5.5); 45
Saturday, May 25
  • Dragons (+2) @ Breeze (-2); 44
  • Wildfire (-7) @ Mechanix (+7); 50
  • Phoenix (+2) @ Hammerheads (-2); 42
  • AlleyCats (-3) @ Revolution (+3); 42
  • Whitecaps (-2.5) @ Spinners (+2.5); 29
  • Rainmakers (-4) @ Nighthawks (+4); 32
Sunday, May 26
  • Dragons (+3) @ Phoenix (-3); 40
  • AlleyCats (-4) @ Revolution (+4); 43
  • Whitecaps (+2) @ Rumble (-2); 36
  • Spinners (+2) @ Current (-2); 34
Full 2013 Schedules: AUDL . MLU .

Agree or Disagree? Have your say in the comments.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

College Ultimate Championships

The 2013 College National Championships are this weekend!

Since April, 700+ college teams have been competing in the USA Ultimate College Championship Series. There are now 20 teams from each division - Open (Men )& Women.

When: May 24 - May 27, 2013

Where: Madison, Wisconsin

:Top Seeds:
Open: Oregon, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Pittsburgh (2012 champion) & Texas.
Women: Oregon, Carleton College, Iowa State, Iowa & Tufts.

ESPN will be online streaming the live "games" via ESPN3, and then show tape-delayed "games" via ESPNU starting on May 29th. To watch streamed Ultimate games online, you will need your Username & Password to login to your account with your cable/internet provider.

Sunday, May 26 [Times ET]
1:00pm – Women's Semifinal: ESPN3
3:30pm – Women's Semifinal: ESPN3
6:30pm – Men's Semifinal: ESPN3
9:00pm – Men's Semifinal: ESPN3

Monday, May 27
1:00pm – Women's Final: ESPN3
3:30pm – Men's Final: ESPN3

Wednesday, May 29
7:00pm – USA Ultimate College Championships Highlight Show: ESPNU
8:00pm – Men's Championship Game: ESPNU
9:00pm – Women’s Championship Game: ESPNU

Thursday, May 30
1:00am – Men's Championship Game: ESPNU
2:00am – Women’s Championship Game: ESPNU

The windy weather was an issue last year for the broadcast games. Precipitation on Saturday & Sunday is at 20%. Winds generally higher during the scheduled final games. Here's the weather report for Madison:
Madison, WI Wind Forecast. [SOURCE]

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ultimate "Games" on ESPN

Unless it's a tribute to Jared Kass, I wholeheartedly disagree with ESPN's classification of Ultimate. THIS MUST CHANGE!!

All other sports (Lacrosse, Auto Racing, Basketball, Softball) have the name of their sporting activity listed. Instead, Ultimate is found under the category of "Games".
Screenshot from ESPN May 26th schedule
Even worse, on ESPN 3's schedule on May 27th, the USA Ultimate College Championships are listed under the same category as POKER!
Screenshot from ESPN website
UPDATED: Listed as "Frisbee" in the cable guide listing.

Ultimate Signs for ESPN

The 2013 USA Ultimate College Championships starts on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin! ESPN coverage starts on Sunday, May 26.

USAU recently asked for sign ideas for fans, so here goes...

More submitted by Full Field Hammer...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY: Frisbee Hat

If you don't fancy the traditional Ultimate Frisbee hat, then there's a DIY-version for your very own Frisbee Hat.

[via Davis Van Luven]

Monday, May 20, 2013

AUDL & MLU Snapshots (May 18-19)

Another ten pro ultimate games were played this past weekend. Compare to last week.
NOTES: AUDL games have 12-minute quarters; MLU games have 10-minute quarters. 
 ^1 AUDL game [Mechanix @ Wind Chill] was stopped at halftime

  • Toronto Rush are still undefeated at 7-0 (AUDL)
  • Boston Whitecaps remain undefeated at 5-0 (MLU)
  • 10 points = largest margin of victory in the MLU Western Conference by Dogfish vs Nighthawks.
  • 6 points  = AUDL league-low scored by Mechanix in their 6-20 loss vs Wind Chill in their weather-shortened game^.
  • After 38 AUDL games played, home teams are 21-17 (55%).
  • After 21 MLU games played, home teams are 12-9 (57%).
After 5 weeks, Major League Ultimate is at their mid-season. There has been one (1) overtime game & one (1) double-overtime game in the 21 games played.
~19.1 points = average winning point total in MLU (21 games)
Only once did a losing team score more than 19 points (21 pts by Stags, vs Nighthawks in Week 3)

~15.4 points = average losing point total in MLU (21 games)
Two teams have won with a score below 15 points (Week 1, by Dogfish & by Rainmakers)

Average Point Totals per MLU team

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pool Play Results: 5.18.13

:Game 1: 
0-0, 0-1, 1-1, 2-1, 3-3, 8-3, 12-4, 14-5, SLUDGE win 15-9 vs Pignition.

Sludge's post-season offense started with efficiency - goals by Rachel & by Chris, plus scores thrown by Nigel & Brian. Jen caught the 8th point to go into half; 8-3.

The inclement weather of mist seemed to aid the Sludge zone which forced many throws.

Sludge went on a 4-point run with scores from Charlie to Sarah & to Rachel, Brian's hammer to Joe, Andrew’s hammer to Russ. At 14-5, brown's lead started slipping like a forehand with a wet hand. After surviving a 4-point run by Pignition, Michael threw the winning score; win 15-9.

:Game 2: 
0-0, 1-0, 4-2, 4-8, 8-8, 8-12, 9-12, SLUDGE loss 9-15 vs Sundays at Six.

Once the new Rachel+Michael H wedding disc was deemed an unsuitable umbrella, Andrew's grey canopy tent was welcomed. Sludge hurriedly moved into the tent like it was the first day of OBX. The pull on the first point was dropped, so Sludge easily scored; 1-0. The first half of the first half went Sludge's way until Sundays at Six scored seven straight; 4-8.

The precipitation finally stopped around mid-game as Sludge started to close the gap with the next 4 points to start the second half; 8-8. Brian's (in-bounds) layout along the endzone's sideline capped off the Sludge use of a horizontal offense. Sundays tightened their defense and countered with their own run; 8-12. Loss 9-15.

:Game 3:
0-0, 3-0, 3-1, 4-2, 7-2, 8-4, 8-9, 9s, 9-11, 14-11, SLUDGE win 15-13 vs Huckin' Justice.

Sludge carried their newest team member, TC (tent canopy), to the adjacent field to play the last game of the day. Up 3-0, Sludge dictated pace with their defense anchored by Steve. Brian's cross-field huck was caught by Andrew on his knees; 4-1. A few points later, Christy slid to snag a throw from Russ; 7-2.

After halftime, Huckin' Justice started to close the gap with a crash-the-cup offense; 8-9.

Sludge's switch to person defense also resuscitated their offense - Charlie's backhand to Joe; Michael's one-handed score thrown by Andrew, Rachel's backhand to Christy; 14-11. At 14-13, Sludge nicely worked the disc up the field with no turnovers. Sarah finished the game with a flick to Rachel who toed the endzone sideline. Win 15-13.

[Photos by Andrew]

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sportsbook: May 18-19

The fifth full weekend of professional Ultimate games continues. Only ten scheduled games with a lone Sunday AUDL match. Betting lines - the spread & points total (Over/Under) - for professional Ultimate are for entertainment purposes only.

AUDL games. MLU games.

Saturday, May 18
  • Phoenix (-4) @ Breeze (+4); 43
  • Rush (-9.5) @ Dragons (+9.5); 46
  • Empire (-3.5) @ Hammerheads (+3.5); 45           
  • Revolution (-3) @ AlleyCats (+3); 34     
  • Mechanix (+5) @ Radicals (-5); 45
  • Nighthawks (+3) @ Dogfish (-3); 34
  • Spinners (+4) @ Whitecaps (-4); 33
  • Current (-2) @ Rumble (+2); 38
  • Rainmakers (-3.5) @ Stags (+3.5); 30

Sunday, May 19
  • Mechanix (+4) @ Wind Chill (-4); 31
Full 2013 Schedules: AUDL . MLU .

Agree or Disagree? Have your say in the comments.

Frisbee Fluid Ounces

The most important pieces of data from Skyd Magazine's Innova Pulsar vs Discraft Ultrastar video:

Innova Pulsar
4.83 12oz cans = 58 fl. oz / 1.71526 liters = ~2.29 bottles of 25.3oz of wine = 1.8125 Nalgene bottles

Discraft Ultrastar
4.66 12oz cans  = 56 fl oz / 1.65612 liters = ~2.21 bottles of 25.3oz of wine = 1.75 Nalgene bottles

Innova (58 fl oz) vs. Discraft (56 fl oz)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Merger History: Pro Sports Leagues

A MLU-AUDL merger was mentioned in December and recently discussed by Ultiworld. More pro Ultimate is great, but having 2 pro Ultimate leagues can sure be confusing. Yes, it seems to help keep each league competitive (as a business), yet not being unified may be detrimental to advancing the sport.

Sports league mergers have happened in all the major sports. Not to mention some of the failed rival sports leagues. There have been 6 instances where a competing league actually merged to continue as an expanded league. The average length of time concurrent leagues existed = 8.5 years.
DATA SOURCE: List of major pro sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) league mergers

We will have to wait to see how long until one league merges with the other or goes out business...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DC Current on SportsCenter Top 10

Major League Ultimate's DC team - the Current - have recently been on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays; not once, but twice thrice four times. And both all three four times, they were on the losing end of the featured SCtop10 play.

On its May 6th broadcast, the play featured Philadelphia player (Sean Murray) making a great catch against a DC Current defender. [Shown as #3 play]

Watch higher quality video of same play.

On its May 14th broadcast, the play featured Boston player (Jeff Graham) making a layout catch-score after a DC Current defender's tip. [Shown as #2 play]

Watch higher quality video of same play.

On its May 21st broadcast, the play featured a layout by a New York player (Lucas Murphy) catching an upline throw for the score. [Was #8 play]. Watch high quality video of play.

On its June 10th broadcast, the play featured New York's player (#18 Jody Avirgan) catch a dramatic score after it was swatted by DC's player.

Custom Cleats

Gaining a few hundredths of a second may be the difference between getting a finger on the disc and being a fingernail short in Ultimate. Personalized spike plates, the treads on the bottom of cleats, may be the next must-have athletic gear. New Balance has not yet made this traction technology available for all consumers, but I'm sure Ultimate players would jump (or layout) at the chance when NB does!

Pro Track Athletes Get a Grip With 3-D Printed Equipment [WIRED]

At first glance, the 4:01.44 indoor mile that Jack Bolas ran in New York doesn't seem like that big a deal. But the real story wasn't his fourth-place finish; instead, it was the fact the four-time All-American was the first professional athlete to run a race in 3-D printed equipment.

Specifically, the spike plates on the shoes Bolas wore in January were created by New Balance after a long research-and-development process focused on ensuring the shoes met his individual needs. "I always wondered what it would be like to have custom shoes," says Bolas. "They gave me a much more natural feel, with a perfect balance between the flex of the sole and still the responsiveness of a stiffer plate."

The process started by putting Bolas into shoes wired with sensors to help New Balance designers understand how his foot interacts with the shoe. He also ran on tracks equipped with force plates that measured his impact with each stride. High-speed cameras added a detailed look at the interaction between his shoes and the track.

Katherine Petrecca, manager of studio innovations at New Balance, says the data allows the shoe to be configured to match an athlete’s specific movements. "We can customize the orientation and size of the plastic cleats and the number and location of the metal spikes based on the data," she says.

The spike plates are printed using an SLS machine, then mated to a standard upper. Bolas tested several variations before choosing the model he wore in the race. The possibilities for easy customization are nearly endless. Previously, a custom spike plate required an expensive injection molding process, but with the 3-D printers, the speed of production is much faster and the cost is slashed. Because it’s so much easier, runners can choose different designs based on their strategy for a particular race. 

"If you're going to rely on a strong finishing kick, that means having lots of traction for running up on your toes at the end," says Petrecca. New Balance isn't offering the technology to consumers yet, but it's possible that the company might one day be able to print custom midsoles that are tailored to a runner's weight, running style and cushioning preference.

The company has even tested a model that is completely 3-D printed, with no traditional cloth upper. For New Balance CEO Robert DeMartini, it's these consumer applications that are most intriguing. "3-D printing unlocks an entirely new level of design, allowing us to elevate design within the company to ensure we bring consumers the best in both performance and design," he says.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Can you Find the Portland Stag?

While watching week 4's SF Dogfish vs Portland Stags match, I developed a game called "Find the Portland Stag" where you're challenged to determine if that green color is a uniformed Stags player or a piece of turf. Good Luck!

1) Look at each screenshot.
2) Count how many Stags player(s) you can find.

Monday, May 13, 2013

AUDL & MLU Snapshots (May 11-12)

Only 10 pro ultimate games this past weekend (May 11-12) due to the first cancellations of the season. Each league had one cancelled game due to weather - Hammerheads @ Phoenix (AUDL); Rumble @ Current (MLU). This is the first time the average-points-per-game is higher in the MLU than the AUDL. Compare to last week.

NOTES: AUDL games have 12-minute quarters; MLU games have 10-minute quarters. 
^1 AUDL game [Empire @ Dragons] went to 1 OT
*1 MLU game [Rumble @ Spinners] went to 2OTs

In the MLU, there are 2 teams with 66 total scores - one is in first place; the other, in last. [San Fran = 1st; DC = last].

Two MLU players have 200+ throws, and both have an incredible 94% completion rate! There are thirteen (13) players who have have 100+ throws. All teams are represented twice except for DC Current (3 times), and SF Dogfish (none).
DATA SOURCE: MLU Player Data from Ultiapps

Based on currently provided data which may or may not be update-to-date, Brodie Smith (Wildfire) and Jeff Kula (Revolution) are the only 300+ throwers in the AUDL.  Bob Liu (Wildfire) leads the AUDL in pass completion at 96.5% of the 34 AUDL players who have thrown at least 100 passes.
SOURCE: AUDL Player Data from LeagueVine

Ultimate Signage

It's very likely that the Penultimate game will carryover into the Ultimate game time.

3-5 P.M.

1-2:30 P.M.
[The New Yorker]

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Sportsbook: May 11-12

The fourth full weekend of professional Ultimate games continues. The MLU's Eastern Division starts back-to-back games, AUDL rematches and seven games on Mother's Day. Betting lines - the spread & points total (Over/Under) - for professional Ultimate are for entertainment purposes only.

AUDL games. MLU games.

Saturday, May 11
  • Hammerheads (+3) @ Phoenix (-3); 41
  • Empire (-6) @ Dragons (+6); 42
  • Wildfire (-4) @ Wind Chill (+4); 4027
  • Rumble (+3) @ Current (-3); 36
  • Dogfish (-5) @ Stags (+5); 38
Sunday, May 12
  • Mechanix (-3) @ Revolution (+3); 44
  • Hammerheads (+2) @ Breeze (-2); 43
  • Wildfire (+1.5) @ Radicals (-1.5); 48
  • Empire (+7) @ Rush (-7); 37.5
  • Nighthawks (+3.5) @ Rainmakers (-3.5); 32
  • Rumble (+4.5) @ Spinners (-4.5); 37
  • Current (+3) @ Whitecaps (-3); 33
Full 2013 Schedules: AUDL . MLU .

Agree or Disagree? Have your say in the comments.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

AUDL & MLU Snapshot (May 3-5)

There were 12 pro games this past weekend (May 3-5). Compare to last week.

NOTE: AUDL games have 12-minute quarters; MLU games have 10-minute quarters. 

[AUDL] Only one road team in the AUDL won - Cincy Revolution.
[MLU] Each conference has 1 undefeated team & 1 winless team.
[MLU] 45 = highest combined scoring MLU game (Stags 21 vs Nighthawks 24).