Thursday, January 07, 2016

A Gust of DC Breeze Signings

The D.C. Breeze have been busy bolstering their roster for the 2016 AUDL season. Breeze bring back Andrew Allen, sign Nate Castine, and welcome three players who played on the Chicago Wildfire in 2015 - Bob Liu, Jonathan "Goose" Helton, and Brett Matzuka.

Per Ultiworld, Helton and Liu will be moving to and working in Ocean City, Maryland (150 miles away from D.C.) which is ~3 hours away from the District if bridge traffic ain't bad. As a comparison, Philadelphia is just as close to Ocean City.

Another interesting aspect to this group signing is Helton's reference to the three out-of-towners, "After last season, Bob, Brett, and I made a pact to play together this year." My suggestion for this 3-person pact is Goose-Liu-'zuka Pact™.

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Brett Matzuka, who usually wears jersey number 45, is currently without number since #45 has already taken by Jeff Wodatch. (In 2015, Seth Collins wore #45 for the DC Breeze.) Matzuka started playing ultimate with #00 (Goose's eponymous number). Expect him to eventually choose either #44 or #47.
Matzuka, who is known for formulating quotes like he's a mathematician, sums up his return to the DC Breeze with this gem:

"I am truly excited to rejoin the DC Breeze and contribute however I can in the future success!  When you get a chance to play alongside Alan 'McDreamyLocks' Kolick, Nate 'Fat Nate' Castine, Jonathan 'the hand' Neeley, Jeff 'you have my number' Wodatch, Nicky 'the face' Spiva, David 'no nickname' Cranston, and a wealth of other great players, what more can you want!?  Playing alongside my close friends from team’s past including Bob Liu and Jonathan Helton is just icing on the cake.  I look forward to getting the DC Breeze back on top of the league in terms of high fives; let the prairie dog pack continue to thrive!"

UPDATE: Brett Matzuka has chosen #54.

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