Friday, October 31, 2014

Ultimate Halloween Trick-or-Treat Offerings

Last year's giveaway for Trick-or-Treaters:
This year's offerings are targeted for Ultimate tastes.

DC Mayor Issues Proclamation Honoring Scandal

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray recognized DC Scandal's 2014 USA Ultimate championship with an official proclamation whereas October 31, 2014 is "Scandal Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team Day" in DC. Scandal was also recognized for their 2013 championship last year.

Proclamation text:
OCTOBER 31, 2014

WHEREAS, Scandal went undefeated (7-0) at the 2014 USA Ultimate National Championships on their path to winning back-to-back titles; and

WHEREAS, founded in 2007, Scandal is the District of Columbia's elite women's Ultimate Frisbee team; and

WHEREAS, Scandal won competitive tournaments during the 2014 regular season and earned the #1 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals - part of the Triple Crown Tour Postseason; and

WHEREAS, on October 18, 2014, Scandal advanced to the finals with a 15-7 victory over Boston Brute Squad and on October 19, 2014, defeated San Francisco Fury 12 - 10, to clinch the women's national championship; and

WHEREAS, the District of Columbia are proud and honored to have players who displayed good sportsmanship, teamwork, and determination throughout the season and who are role models for other youth in the city and surrounding area:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, do hereby proclaim October 31, 2014 as "SCANDAL WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM DAY" in Washington, D.C. and call upon all the residents of this great city to join me in wishing them continued success on and off the field.
/Vincent C. Gray/

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ultimate is Silicon Valley's Golf

Why Ultimate Frisbee Is So Popular In Silicon Valley [Business Insider / 10.18.14]

Text from the article:
If golf is the go-to pastime for traditional business people, Ultimate Frisbee is the activity of choice for many in Silicon Valley. It has both a professional league and many devoted hobbyists.

"I really think Ultimate resonates with the mentality of entrepreneurs. It's a very dynamic, fast-paced game," Peter Nieh, a venture capitalist at Lightspeed Venture Partners, tells Business Insider. "Players are called on to use a bunch of skills at once, just like our companies have to have a number of skills to succeed. You have to be able to sprint, but you have to have endurance as well."


"Silicon Valley is a hotbed of Ultimate Frisbee," Lloyd told the Silicon Valley Business Journal. "One of the things that is interesting to me is that it is a sport that has a different kind of player. These aren't your big lumbering football players. A lot of them are techies and media folks."

But most ultimate aficionados aren't playing professionally. There are plenty of pick-up games to choose from in Silicon Valley. One, called the Greer Pick-up Game, is the longest-running year-round Ultimate pick-up game in the country. It was founded in 1983. 

For Nieh and other people on the Silicon Valley tech scene, playing in Ultimate pick-up games are a great way to get to know new people. 

"We usually interact with our portfolio companies at an executive level, but this gives us another forum to spend time with other people at the companies and get to know them," Nieh said. "I don’t go to ultimate to network; it’s just something that happens naturally as you’re hanging out with these people all the time."

RELATED: "Ultimate Club" Golden Trophy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Comparison: Seed vs. Final Standings of Teams at USAU Nationals

Visual comparing the seed of each USA Ultimate Championships qualifying team and their final rank, in each division.




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top 5 Pro Ultimate Team Halloween Costumes

Let professional Ultimate Frisbee teams inspire your Halloween costume.

1. L.A. Aviators

This costume has character, plus provides an opportunity to don a mustache. Feel free to add a bomber jacket to punctuate your costume.

SUPPLIES: Goggles, pilot aviator hat, scarf, mustache.

TIP: Bring along a battery-operated portable fan to create a wind effect so your scarf flaps in the current.

2. Nashville NightWatch

This costume is for those looking to dress up wearing a mask, yet still be able to enjoy breathing (or a drink).

SUPPLIES: Wide-brimmed black hat, mullet, goatee, eye mask.

TIP #1: Avoid being mistaken for Dread Pirate Roberts (Princess Bride), don't wear a puffy pirate shirt, or carry a sword.
TIP #2: Avoid being mistaken for The Undertaker (WWE), don't body slam anyone.

[UPDATE: Nashville upgraded from this identity, but the ghost of the original Nashville Nightwatch is still an option.]

3. Seattle Rainmakers

This is a truly minimalist costume. To stay in character, you must wear the hood over your eyes.

SUPPLIES: A rain jacket with a hood.

TIP: Bring a water spray bottle and occasionally squeeze some mist into the air like you just don't care.

4. Indianapolis AlleyCats

A cat outfit is kind of cliche for Halloween, so it will take some dedication to nail this one.

SUPPLIES: Only the head, tail & one paw of a cat costume, green contact lenses.

TIP: You're a American Wirehair breed alley cat, not a domesticated black cat.

5. San Jose Spiders

There can only be so many Spider-Man costumes. Geek out to reboot this spider costume.

SUPPLIES: Four black socks/stockings, black pants and shirt, labels of search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc).

TIP: You're to be an internet world wide web crawling bot, not a web-slinging superhero nor arachnid.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Get Well Wishes

Some well wishes to the University of Cincinnati Ultimate Frisbee team players who were hurt in a car crash. As of today, everyone is stable.

Get well soon!

Ultimate Frisbee Roots


Amazing footage from the very early days of Ultimate Frisbee. It's both ugly and beautiful; awkward and amazing; weird and fun.

1971 & 1974 Ultimate Frisbee at Columbia, New Jersey High School via Joe Seidler.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scandal Highlight

Opi Payne (DC Scandal in white) defends a long throw with a layout during the 2014 USA Ultimate Championship game.

RELATED: More highlights.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MLU Expansion Plans

In Episode 18 of Major League Ultimate's podcast, Cleat & Cufflinks, League Commissioner Jeff Snader with Executive V.P. Nic Darling announced the league's expansion plan. They talk about AUDL's aggressive growth plan and how it compares to major league sports. MLU currently has 8 pro ultimate teams - 4 in the east, 4 in the west.

They provide a long winded answer rationale to the lingering question: "Who is going to be around in 5 years  you or the AUDL?"

Snader: "By 2018, we will have 10 teams, maybe 12. We will move that slowly. It will be in line and trajectory with what others have done to get to the path of having billionaire dollar owners. And that's the path we have chosen."

MLU VP Nic Darling: "The way we differ from the AUDL is from a business perspective. We're trying to do the thing that makes the most sense. To propel us forward. And we don't want to go forward and back. We don't want to go to 14 teams and back to 12 teams."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TO: DC From: Donnie Clark

In this Five Ultimate commer-farcical, Seattle Sockeye player Donnie Clark stays focused on priority #1; #1, Donnie Clark.

Did you know? The zip code on the printed mailing label shown at the end of the 5 ad is an actual zip code in downtown Washington, D.C. Zip code 20500 is specifically for the White House.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

POLITICO covers DC Scandal

Did The Washington Post sports section just get scooped by POLITICO?

The D.C. Scandal ultimate team was written up in POLITICO's Morning Cybersecurity - a daily briefing on politics and cybersecurity on 10/20 - one day after Scandal won the women's division of USA Ultimate Championships.

Screengrab of POLITICO

"HAPPY MONDAY and welcome to Morning Cybersecurity, where your host is licking her wounds just a bit after some tough losses over the weekend and last week for her sports teams. But there is one team that represented D.C. well this weekend: Scandal Ultimate, a club team from Washington, won the national championship in women’s ultimate Frisbee this weekend. Congrats ladies! Watch the championship game."

[h/t WAFC]

DC Truck Stop Into the Pro Flight

After finishing 1st at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, DC Truck Stop entered the USA Ultimate National Championships as the 14th seed out of 16 qualifying teams.

Truck went 1-2 during pool play, won their pre-quarters game 15-11 over Pittsburgh Temper, then lost 12-14 to the eventual champions Denver Johnny Bravo. DC's elite men's club ultimate team lost their next game to San Francisco Revolver by 9, which setup a placement game for 7th with Seattle Sockeye.

Video highlights by Fulcrum Media are below [Truck Stop in white / Seattle Sockeye in black]:

Club Championships 2014 | Sockeye vs Truck | ProFlight 7th Place Game from FulcrumPro on Vimeo.

As the blog post title gives their 7th game of the tournament, Truck won over the #3 seed, placing the DC team into the Pro Flight (Top-8 teams). Compared to 2013, Truck Stop's 2014 final season ranking improved by 8 places.

RELATED: DC women's ultimate team wins 2014 championship

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 USA Ultimate Club Champions

USA Ultimate's 2014 Triple Crown Tour concluded in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday with two repeat champions and one first-timer.


Denver Johnny Bravo (#5 seed) won their first club championship with a finals win 13-11 over Boston Ironside.


Minneapolis Drag'N Thrust (#2 seed) won back-to-back club championships, with a 15-9 victory over Seattle Mixed/Ghetto Birds.

Washington, DC Scandal (#4 seed) won their second consecutive club championship with a 12-10 win over San Francisco Fury.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DC Scandal - 2014 Ultimate Champions

Washington, D.C. Ultimate Frisbee team repeats as national champions.

DC Scandal won the USA Ultimate National Championship, again! Undefeated (7-0) over 4 days of competition, Scandal was seeded 4th out of 16 women's ultimate teams. In the finals, Scandal led 8-7 at halftime and went on to win Sunday's championship 12-10 over the #3 seed, San Francisco Fury.
Scandal Team [Image via USA Ultimate]
Scandal finished the 2014 Triple Crown Tour season with a 15-game winning streak. The 2014 championship is the Washington, DC team's second consecutive title; their second overall.
Screengrab via ESPN3
View photos. Read USAU's recap.

DC Scandal Season Record: 47 - 7 (.870)
Triple Crown Tour season record: 39 - 6
*International record: 8-1

2014 Season Outcomes:
Champions at USA Ultimate Nationals (October 19)
Champions of Mid-Atlantic Women's Regionals (September 28)
3rd place at Emerald City Classic / TCT Pro Finale (August 31)
Bronze medal at World Ultimate Club Championships (August 8)*
2nd place Chesapeake Invite / TCT Pro-Elite Challenge (July 13)
5th place U.S. Open Championships (July 5)
1st place at Cacklacky Challenge (June 15)
1st place at Tryout Tournament (May 18)

Stats at 2014 Nationals:
Goal Leaders:
Sandy Jorgenson (21)
Alicia White (10)
Sarah Itoh (8)

Assist Leaders:
Opi Payne (23)
Anne Mercier (15)
Jessica O'Connor & Alika Johnston (8)


DC Scandal Advances to 2014 Championship Game

The 2013 defending championship team from Washington, D.C., returns to the club ultimate national finals.

After a bronze medal at Worlds and a Triple Crown Tour Regional championship, the defending USA Ultimate champions D.C. Scandal return to the National Championship game.

Scandal has gone undefeated 6-0 [3-0 in pool play and 3-0 in the championship bracket] as they advanced to the finals. On Saturday, Scandal defeated the tournament's overall #1 seed, Boston Brute Squad, with a score of 15-7. Scandal plays San Francisco Fury in Sunday's finals - a rematch of 2013's finals.

The USA Ultimate Championship Women's Finals will be live-streamed via ESPN3 on Sunday, October 19 at 2:30pm ET.

Friday, October 17, 2014

DC Scandal Highlights

Via NGN broadcasts, here are 2 highlights from Scandal's 15-14 win over Denver Molly Brown.

Replay of Sandy Jorgensen chasing down the disc for a score, and then hurdles the field-level advertising.

Replay of Sandy Jorgensen's game-winning catch.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sub Zero Ultimate Uniforms

Minneapolis Sub Zero's jerseys made a bold fashion statement with their new green and black striped tops at the beginning of 2014's Triple Crown Tour. The tops are, somehow, both distracting and trendy. Boston Ironside appears to have a similar jersey design but with more muted tones -- gray and black.

Sub Zero's green-black stripes resemble a pattern on striped bass. Sub may have started a trend around FaISHion designing around aquatic life; see: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout who has namesake cleats.

Though, the tops really look like prison outfits.

Now at Club Nationals, Sub Zero does away with shorts and unveils sublimated compression capris. I REPEAT: NO BAGGY SHORTS! The tight uniform bottoms are similar to football pants, or 3/4 length yoga pants, or ballet bottoms.

Screengrabs via NGN
Sub Zero's black tights with white jerseys 
[Jersey photos via UltiPhotos]

Coaching in Ultimate

As seen in USA Ultimate's 2014 National Championships Event Guide, coaching in ultimate is becoming more specialized. Having non-playing coaches has been becoming the new normal . Now, will specialty coaches (offense, defense, conditioning) be the next step for teams?

Seattle club teams Riot & Sockeye are already there.
"Ren Caldwell listed as Strength and Conditioning Coach" of Seattle Riot.

Ren Caldwell is listed as a "Coach" of Seattle Sockeye
[h/t Seattle Riot]

2014 USA Ultimate Club Championships

The best club teams in three divisions compete at the National Championships of USA Ultimate's Triple Crown Tour. The tournament takes place over October 16-19 in Frisco, Texas. The #1 seeds in each division are: San Francisco Revolver (men), San Francisco Polar Bears (mixed) and Boston Brute Squad (women). Forty-eight teams are from all over the map, including two teams from DC.

Lou Burruss wrote in 2013 regarding Club Nationals: "The Club Championships are still the single most difficult tournament in the world and the winner is still the best team in the world."

On-line Viewing Schedule (EDT) via NGN & ESPN3
Thursday, 10/16
10:00-11:45a Fury (3) v Showdown (10)
12:15-2:00p Rhino (7) v Sub Zero (11)
2:30-4:15p Scandal (4) v Molly Brown (5)
4:45-6:30p Ironside (4) v Johnny Bravo (5)

Friday, 10/17
10:00-11:45a Round of 16 (Men's Division)
2:30-4:15p Quarterfinal (Men's Division)

Saturday, 10/18
11:00a-12:45p Women's Pro Flight Qualifier
1:00-2:45p Mixed Semifinal
3:30-5:15p Women's Semifinal
4:30-6:15p Women's Semifinal *tape delay
6:30-8:15p Men's Semifinal
9:00-10:45p Men's Semifinal

Finals on Sunday, 10/19 via ESPN3
12:00-1:45p Mixed Final
2:30-4:15p Women's Final
5:00-6:45p Men's Final

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ultimate is not Friday Night Lights, ESPN

UPDATE: USA Ultimate Nationals Championships has been changed from "Entertainment" to "Games" on ESPN3's live sports event listing. Games, as in, WSOP (World Series of Poker) and League of Legends (video gaming).

ESPN3 again & again continues to incorrectly categorize the sport of Ultimate. The last time the sport was categorized as "Entertainment" was last fall for the 2013 National Championships.

Being on ESPN offers a great opportunity for exposure. However, if the sport is being categorized the same as Friday Night Lights (NBC drama series), then ultimate is not being properly respected by those covering the sport of ultimate.

Well, until the sport's name is recognized by ESPN3, the USA Ultimate National Championships can be found listed under the drop-down as "Entertainment."

Screengrab via ESPN3

Triple Crown Rawr

San Francisco Polar Bears led all club teams in prize money in the 2014 Triple Crown Tour. Since they have won the US Open and ranked #1 at the end of the regular season, the Polar Bears have a chance to complete their triple crown with a championship in Frisco, Texas. A 2014 USAU Mixed Ultimate Championship would add ($4000) to their current winnings.

Another San Francisco team - Revolver - is also in contention for bonus triple crown cash.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicago Wildfire for Sale

The Chicago Wildfire, a team owed by current AUDL Commissioner Steve Gordon, is seeking a new owner. According to the American Ultimate Disc League website, Chicago is listed as an expansion city with an asterisk and text: "unique opportunity to purchase a strong existing franchise."

Screengrab via AUDL website

The Wildfire have played in the 2013 and 2014 AUDL seasons, making the post-season in both seasons.

Back in September 2014 Gordon mentioned: "As much as I love the Wildfire, I believe we are at a point that I need to focus my attention completely on the league and as a result will be selling the team. The Wildfire has an extremely bright future, both on the field and off, and it's time to make sure it has an owner who can make the appropriate commitment to its success."

Monday, October 13, 2014

AUDL Anniversary

It was 3 years ago today that the AUDL was announced to the world. Their press release describes the professional Ultimate league as: "The AUDL is structured as a national professional men’s ultimate disc league set to begin play in 2012."

Out of the 8 franchises in the inaugural season of the American Ultimate Disc League, only 2 teams have remained unchanged.

Detroit Mechanix (Detroit, MI)
Indianapolis AlleyCats– (Indianapolis, IN)

River City Revolution (Louisville, KY) - relocated to in Cincinnati

Relocated & Changed Name
Buffalo Hunters (Buffalo, NY) - moved to Rochester & changed team to Dragons

Out of League
Columbus Cranes (Columbus, OH)
Connecticut Constitution (Hartford, CT)
Philadelphia Spinners (Philadelphia, PA)
Rhode Island Rampage (Providence, RI)

Saturday, October 11, 2014


SLUDGE on the beach starts right now!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Calvin and Hobbes and Susie play Ultimate

Hobbes gets horizontal while Calvin (as Stupendous Man) chases the ultimate disc with Susie nearby.


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Attendance for 2014 Salt Lake Lions

The Salt Lake Lions played their home games at a high school stadium in Taylorsville, Utah with a beautiful mountain backdrop. After each 2014 home game, they posted attendance numbers on their website. Not sure why more pro Ultimate teams don't post these figures. Hoping more teams publish attendance stats, and for Salt Lake to continue to do so.

  • In 2014, Salt Lake's total attendance reached 2,564 during 7 AUDL games
  • The largest attendance was on April 12, 2014 -- their inaugural AUDL game
  • 366 = average attendance per Lions game
  • $30,768 = ticket sales for Lions, in 2014 (estimated based on single game tix price.)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

2014 Nationals Seedings Compared to 2013 Rankings

Seedings have been published for the National Championships of USA Ultimate's 2014 Triple Crown Tour. We compare each qualifying club teams' 2013 final ranking and their seeding at Nationals.
Green, positive # = upward movement (improve)
Red, negative # = downward movement (worse)

Women's Division
Returning teams = 13
New teams = 3
Ups: Molly Brown (+6), Brute Squad (+5)
Downs: Showdown, Capitals (-6)

Mixed Division
Returning teams: 10
New teams: 6
Ups: 7 Figures (+7), Mischief (+4)
Downs: Cosa Nostra (-6), Wildcard (-5)

Men's Division
Returning teams = 13
New teams = 3
Ups: Ring of Fire (+5), Machine (+4)
Downs: Doublewide, PoNY (-3)

RELATED: 2012 Rank vs 2013 Seed Comparison.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Thanks, NexGen Network

Thanks to NGN (NexGen Network) for...
  • Providing live broadcasts of Ultimate Frisbee
  • Showcasing the sport with the NexGen Ultimate Tour
  • Travelling in a white bus on the summer tour
  • Covering USA Ultimate's 2011 Club Championships
  • Covering WFDF's 2012 World Ultimate & Guts Championship
  • Covering USA Ultimate's Triple Crown Tour 2014 season
  • Hiring knowledgeable commentators
Kyle Weisbrod (left) and Topher Davis (right)
  • Staffing your productions with experts
  • Providing viewers with professional live-streams
  • Taking risks
  • Trying out new ideas
  • Being a pioneer

You will be missed.