Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LOGO UPDATE: 2017 Club Nationals

The Florida palm tree and sun are commonplace in the logos of Club Nationals in Sarasota. Here's another version of the 2017 ultimate tournament logo honoring the beloved Daiquiri Deck.

Monday, October 16, 2017

D.C. Scandal Brews Up Their Fundraiser

D.C. Scandal's launched their 2017 fundraiser which smells a lot like Seattle Riot's roast. The elite women's ultimate team from Washington, D.C. will be competing at USA Ultimate's National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, as the #5 seed (out of 16 teams) in the women's division.

INFO: The Scandalous Blend consists of beans from Colombia, Guatemala, and Honduras. Lighter roast levels highlight undertones of caramel, milk chocolate, and stone fruit while darker roasts lift nutty and smokey notes to the surface. Regardless of roast level the blend is smooth (like a Jenny Fey huck). Roaster Recommendation: Medium roast level.


COST: $14.00 per 12oz bag ($5 of each bag sold goes to Scandal)

Friday, October 13, 2017

On This Day: AUDL Announced Its Formation

Six years ago today "a new professional sports league" - the American Ultimate Disc League - was publicly announced. Establishment of the AUDL was said to fill "a need for affordable sporting entertainment." AUDL Founder Josh Moore sought to "bring the [ultimate] game mainstream for the average person to experience ultimate played at its highest level. "

Screengrab of original AUDL Press Release (October 13, 2011) [full text]
Per the press release: "The AUDL is structured as a national professional men's ultimate disc league set to begin play in 2012."

AUDL began with eight (8) teams in 2012; Buffalo (NY) Hunters, Columbus (OH) Cranes, (Hartford) Connecticut Constitution, Detroit (MI) Mechanix, Indianapolis (IN) AlleyCats, Philadelphia (PA) Spinners, River City/Bluegrass (Louisville/Lexington, KY) Revolution, and (Providence) Rhode Island Rampage. In its most current season (2017), there were 24 AUDL teams across the U.S. (20) and in Canada (4).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Comparing All-AUDL Teams, 2016 and 2017

After awarding the 2017 AUDL MVP, the American Ultimate Disc League announced players for All-AUDL Teams including First Team, Second Team, Defense Team and Divisional Teams. Jay Froude (Dallas Roughnecks) and Jeff Babbitt (New York Empire) were the only players in 2017 selected for both the All-AUDL First Team and the All Defense Team. A few other players were on the All-teams in both 2016 and in 2017.

All-AUDL First Teams, 2016 v 2017
Mark Burton (Seattle Cascades) is the only player to make the All-AUDL First Team in both 2016 and in 2017.

AUDL All-Defense Teams, 2016 v 2017
Peter Graffy (Madison Radicals) and Anson Reppermund (Pittsburgh Thunderbirds) made the All Defense Teams in 2016 and in 2017.

[Lists vis AUDL 2016/2017; comps by SLUDGE]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Map: WFDF 2018 WUCC Bid Allocation

The World Flying Disc Federation released their bid allocations for the 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships in Ohio.

Countries with bid(s) to 2018 WFDF WUCC
As of September 21, thirty-five (35) countries were allocated a bid to the international ultimate event for club teams. Chile has 1 bid to select in either the men's or women's division; the other bid will go to the first country on the wait list.

WUCC list of countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay

Forty (40) teams will play in each of the men's and women's divisions while forty eight (48) teams will compete in the mixed division at WUCC. Overall, thirty-six (36) countries will eventually be allocated a WUCC bid; which computes to 18.4% of all countries in the world.

The United States leads with the most total bids with ten (10) - 3 men's, 3 mixed, 4 women's - followed by Canada and Great Britain with 9 total bids.

[Data via UK Ultimate; map chart by SLUDGE]

Monday, October 09, 2017

Happy Bus Day

The NexGen Tour BUS explored America more than Christopher COLUM-BUS.
So today, we honor the white NexGen Bus that traveled the country in the summers showcasing the sport of ultimate.

Friday, October 06, 2017

What is Ultimate Frisbee?

Explaining the sport of ultimate continues...

Ultimate Frisbee, or simply Ultimate, involves passing a frisbee down the field until there is a catch in the opposing team’s end zone. Its rules are somewhat similar to those of soccer and football.
via Watertown Daily Times (April 16, 2017)


To give a little background to Ultimate Frisbee, it's a 7-on-7 sport, meaning there are seven players for each team on the field at once. Ultimate Frisbee is a noncontact sport, and "It's self-officiated, which makes it unique in regards to other sports."

...Ultimate Frisbee is a combination of many sports. "There's elements of football, soccer, basketball, and really any sport like those."

The game is played with a disc, and teams can toss that disc to one of their members, but there is no yardage to gain like football. Once someone has received the disc, they can't move, or else they are called for traveling, so like basketball it is important that you establish a pivot foot.

Players get 10 seconds to throw the disc to one of their teammates; if they don't, then it's a turnover. Like football, there is an end zone teams have to try and score in, and each score counts as one point. Most games are played to 15, and teams have to win by two points.
via Flyer News (December 2, 2015)


With seven players from each team on the field at a time the object is to get the frisbee over the line at the opposite end of the field by throwing it to one of your team members. There is no offside rule and disputes, which seem to be fairly rare,  are sorted on field between the teams and usually the disc is thrown again. The defending team aims to intercept the flying disc and may get up close to the thrower in order to put them off target. It is a very fast moving game and players often dive or leap up high to intercept the disc.
via Goulburn Post (September 10, 2017)


"Ultimate frisbee has developed into a culture, allowing all sorts of backgrounds and levels to come together for an extremely fun game." Players also use the sport as a way to de-stress from school.

via Trintionan (October 2, 2017)

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Jonathan Nethercutt (Raleigh Flyers) Wins AUDL 2017 MVP

The American Ultimate Disc League announced their MVP of their 2017 season. A player with many tools...Jonathan Nethercutt.
Nutt won the award over other players with impressive stats: Cassidy Rasmussen (San Francisco FlameThrowers), Bobby Ley (Jacksonville Cannons),  Mark Burton (Seattle Cascades) and Jeff Babbitt (New York Empire). He becomes the second consecutive AUDL South Division player to win MVP honors. Nutt is the 4th player to win MVP honors in the 6 seasons of the league.

The finalists were selected by a panel of three voters: Evan Lepler (AUDL.tv commentator), Adam Ruffner (AUDL staff), and Nathan Jesson (Ultiworld AUDL beat writer); the AUDL MVP voting committee is not disclosed.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Surly Brewing Puts Minnesota AUDL Team on Its Tab

Surly Brewing Company (Brooklyn Center, MN) bought the Minnesota American Ultimate Disc League franchise. In their announcement, owner and founder of Surly Brewing Co. (and ultimate player) Omar Ansari said: "When I first met Ben and the Wind Chill team, I saw this spirit of collaboration and a drive to build something new and a little bit off-kilter. It reminded me of the early days of Surly."

Before this sale, the Wind Chill team was previously under the management of the AUDL Executive Office. Surly is already familiar with the Wind Chill as they had Title Sponsorship in the 2017 season.

Plus, via Brandon Matis/MN Wind Chill: Surly has a longstanding history of sponsoring local club teams in Minnesota. Drag'n Thrust, Pop, and Sub Zero, as well as an entire program of elite men's masters teams have adopted Surly's namesake. Surly is also the host of the annual Surly Open, an annual ultimate frisbee and disc golf tournament held in East Bethel.

Omar Ansari: "I've been an avid ultimate fan and player for years—and I have a knee surgery to prove it."

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Comparing Per-Game Stats of 2017 AUDL MVP Finalists

The five AUDL finalists for the 2017 MVP honor have put up some impressive numbers. Here's how their *REGULAR SEASON* stats compare averaged per-game.

In this subset, Jeff Babbit leads in Goals, D's, and Points played, Bobby Ley leads in catches and completions, and Mark Burton leads the group in Assists.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Frisbee Eponym Questioned on Jeopardy

The $400 answer in the Eponyms category: This toy we throw around was based on a tin pie plate made by and named for a Connecticut baker.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Do Over: September 2017

Catch up on last month's noteworthy posts you may have missed...

  • Prize Money Leaders in Triple Crown Tour
  • Bid Allocations to National Chmapionships
  • Stat comparison of AUDL MVP finalists
  • Tweets celebrating qualifying for Nationals: Men . Mixed. Women

  • Friday, September 29, 2017

    Celebratory Tweets Qualifying for 2017 Nationals: Men's Division

    On Sunday, sixteen (16) men's club ultimate teams from 8 Regional tourneys qualified for USA Ultimate's National Club Championship. The majority of teams from the men's division tweeted their accomplishment.
    Austin Doublewide

    Boston Dig
    Boston Ironside

    Chicago Machine
    Denver Johnny Bravo

    Florida United
    Michigan-Ohio High Five
    Minneapolis Sub Zero
    New York PoNY

    Philadelphia Patrol
    Raleigh Ring of Fire
    San Francisco Revolver
    Seattle Sockeye
    Southern California Condors
    Toronto GOAT
    Washington, D.C. Truck Stop

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    The New York Times Crossword Puzzle Gives Sporting Clue

    Today's The New York Times crossword seeks 15 letters to fill the 3-downs clue: "Widely played sport developed at Amherst College in the 1960's."

    Need a hint? Here's a history perspective.

    Celebratory Tweets Qualifying for 2017 Nationals: Mixed Division

    On Sunday, sixteen (16) mixed club ultimate teams from 8 Regional Tournaments qualified for USA Ultimate's National Club Championship. Here's a compilation of how the mixed division teams tweeted their accomplishment.

    Bay Area Mischief
    Boston Slow White
    Boston Wild Card
    Connecticut Metro North
    Cincinnati Steamboat
    Dallas/Ft Worth Public Enemy
    Denver Love Tractor
    Durham Toro
    Fort Collins shame.
    Madison NOISE
    Minneapolis Drag'n Thrust
    Minneapolis No Touching!
    Philadelphia AMP
    San Francisco Blackbird
    Seattle BFG
    Seattle Mixtape

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    Celebratory Tweets Qualifying for 2017 Nationals: Women's Division

    On Sunday, sixteen (16) women's club ultimate teams from 8 Regionals qualified for USA Ultimate's National Club Championship. Here's a compilation of how the women's division teams tweeted their achievement.

    Atlanta Ozone

    Bay Area Nightlock

    Boston Brute Squad

    Chicago Nemesis

    Colorado Molly Brown

    Columbus Rival

    Madison Heist

    Minneapolis Pop

    Portland Schwa

    San Francisco Fury

    Seattle Riot

    Seattle Underground

    Texas Showdown

    Vancouver Traffic

    Washington DC Scandal

    Toronto 6ixers

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Stats Comparison of 2017 AUDL MVP Finalists

    The American Ultimate Disc League announced the 5 finalists for its Most Valuable Player award. Two players each from the South Division and West Division, 1 players from the East Division, and no players from the Midwest Division.

    Here's how these players' *REGULAR SEASON* stats compare to each other:

    RELATED: 2017 MVP candidates based on 2016 MVP stats.

    [Data via UltiAnalytics; Chart by SLUDGE]

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    Chart: Performance of Nationals Qualifying Club Teams by Region and Division

    Forty-eight club ultimate teams in 3 divisions and 8 regions have earned a bid to Club Nationals. Most regions went according to seed, except for very few exceptions.

    Performance by #1 seeds
    Overall, all #1 seeds at Regionals qualified for Nationals.

    Men: 7/8 (87.5%) won their Region; 8/8 qualified for Nationals
    >Chicago Machine (2-seed) won in Great Lakes region.

    Mixed: 7/8 (87.5%) won their Region; 8/8 qualified for Nationals
    >Dallas/Fort Worth Public Enemy (2-seed) won in South Central.

    Women: 5/8 (62.5%) won their Region; 8/8 qualified for Nationals
    >Austin Showdown (2-seed) won in South Central region.
    >Columbus Rival (2-seed) won in Great Lakes region.
    >Madison Heist (2-seed) won in North Central region.

    Other broken seeds
    Men: SoCal Condors (3-seed) won the 2nd/final bid in Southwest region
    Toronto GOAT (4-seed) won the 3rd bid (of 4) in Northeast region.

    Mixed: Connecticut Metro North (3-seed) won the 2nd bid (of 3) in Northeast

    Women: Portland Schwa (4-seed) won the 3rd bid (of 4) in Northwest

    [Data via USAU; Chart by SLUDGE]

    Sunday, September 24, 2017

    Qualifying Club Ultimate Teams For 2017 National Championships

    All divisions in all 8 regions completed their Regionals to determine which club ultimate teams earned their region's bid to Triple Crown Tour's National Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

    Below is an agglomeration of how qualifying Men-Mixed-Women club teams finished at their Regional tournament.

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Map: Top-5 Ranked Club Ultimate Teams

    The top-5 club ultimate teams from each division based on end of the regular season rankings represent 9 locations* across the continental US.
    Four Seattle-based teams (BFG, Mixtape, Riot, Sockeye) are in top-5 of their division - and, atop the prize money list. Boston (Brute Squad, Slow White), San Francisco (Fury, Revolver), Washington DC (Scandal, Truckstop) are other locations with multiples. The remaining teams in the top-5 are: Denver Molly Brown, Michigan/Ohio HIGH FIVE, Minneapolis Drag'n Thrust, Philadelphia AMP, and Raleigh Ring of Fire.

    *The interstate HIGH FIVE squad from Michigan and Ohio considered as 1 "location"

    [Data via USA: Men - Mixed - Women; Map by SLUDGE]

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Chart: USA Ultimate Bid Allocations in the Triple Crown Tour Era

    A total of 16 bids in each of the 3 divisions are allocated across 8 regions by USA Ultimate.  Bid allocation to Nationals includes a combination of automatic bids (1 per Region) plus 8 strength bids based on USAU's final Regular Season Ranking.
    Bid Allocations (Men+Mixed+Women Divisions) by TCT Region [2013-2017]

    At the top of the 2017 list is the Northeast region which averages 9.0 bids per season. The Great Lakes region averages 4.0 bids over the last 5 years. 

    The Northeast and Northwest are the only 2 regions to have earned 10 or more total bids; 12 by NE in 20013, 10 by NE in 2015, 10 by NW in 2014.

    The Northeast region (+2) had the biggest gain in total 2017 bids compared to 2016 totals. And that region swept at 2016 Nationals

    Comparing 2017 bids to 2016 bids, two regions (Mid-Atlantic, -3; South Central, -1) lost bids, three regions (Southwest, North Central, Southeast) did not change, and three regions (Northeast, +2; Northwest, +1; Great Lakes +1) added bids. 

    [UPDATED 9/22 10AM]

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Flatball Documentary Planning Sequel

    In the final update to contributors to their crowdfunding project, writer and director Dennis "cribber" Warsen teased that a sequel is in the works for 2018.

    Cribber briefly hints at the very end of today's update the sequel will cover ultimate history in the 21st century: "look for 'flatball 2000<, a history of ultimate too' shooting begins in 2018"

    Flatball, the ultimate frisbee documentary focused around cribber's successful New York New York ultimate team and teammates, is currently available on Netflix as well as available via Amazon.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    The Championship Rivalry Between Boston Brute Squad and Seattle Riot

    It began in August 2015 at that year's Pro Flight Finale in Blaine, Minnesota. Boston Brute Squad (2-seed) and Seattle Riot (3-seed) would face off in their first championship game. Including their meeting at the 2015 Pro Flight Finale, Boston and Seattle have met in 8 championship games. Their most recent meeting in a championship game at the TCT Pro Championships 2017 (formerly Pro Flight Finale) in September.
    Boston has won 5 of the 8 versus Seattle in championship games, including Brute Squad's National titles in 2015 and 2016.
    History of Seattle Riot versus Boston Brute Squad (2015-2017) in Championship Games

    In 2015, Boston won both meetings against Seattle in the championship games of 2 events. Not shown is Boston's 10-9 pool play win over Riot at the Pro Flight Finale.
    In 2016, Boston and Seattle met in 4 championship games; Riot won Pro-Elite Challenge and Pro Flight Finale, and Brute Squad won US Open and Nationals.
    In 2017, Boston and Seattle have each won 1 championship event of a Triple Crown Tour event. The 2017 U.S. Open Club Championships in August was notable in that it was the first ultimate tournament that Seattle and Boston competed in but neither advanced to the championship game.

    Overall, these two elite women's teams have been consistent finalists at Triple Crown Tour events over the past 3 seasons.

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation Day

    Today is Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation Day!
    From local leagues to national events; from sectionals to regionals, from hats to Worlds, ultimate tournaments happen because of these hardworking individuals. Tournament Directors (TDs) do so much – schedule, budget, plan, setup, field lining, feeding, measuring, calling, emailing, confirming, directing, volunteer recruitment, delegating, cleanup, score reporting and so much more – to organize competition for the sport of ultimate. For these reasons, September 18th is a day to take time to appreciate Ultimate Tournament Directors.

    Want to celebrate Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation day?

    • Post an appreciative message on social media, and tag your TD &/or the tournament.
    • Use the hashtag "#UltimateTD" so everyone can follow the celebration.
    • Post a photo of a recent ultimate tournament and share it with a positive message.
    • Hug &/or high-five your TD (if you see them in-person).

    Why celebrate Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation day?
    Join this grassroots movement to publicly recognize these important leaders in the sport of ultimate.

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    Characteristics of a National-Level Ultimate Player According to USA Ultimate National Team Coach Ghesquiere

    The 2017 World Games finished back in July with the USA winning gold again. USA Ultimate's World Games ultimate (flying disc) team's coach Alex Ghesquiere shared three things an ultimate player needs to make a national-level team.
    1. Athleticism; a dedicated training regimen.
    2. Technique; a well-rounded skill set.
    3. Play; a lot. Experience playing in different situations.

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Kenny Dobyns Didn't Shower for Weeks To Gain Competitive Edge

    USA Ultimate Hall of Famer Kenny Dobyns - of New York, New York fame - is not known to stink on the ultimate field except for this one very purposeful time. 

    This story is recounted in the Flatball documentary and in David Gessner's ultimate memoir:
    Late one season during their reign Ken Dobyns and Pat King determined not to shower all the way through Nationals as a sign of their grit and determination. For weeks they allowed the dirt of the city to build up on them, playing in rain and mud, their hair clumping and odor growing. 
    Later, in a dual interview with Dobyns, Pat King admitted he had snuck in a few showers, though he hadn't used soap. "I had a job after all," King said. "I didn't," Kenny added; he hadn't showered once.
    Smelling foul while playing ultimate was just another attempt by Dobyn's to fend off his defender. New York, New York ultimate team would win 5 consecutive US National championships from 1989 through 1993.

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Chart: 2017 USAU Triple Crown Tour Bid Allocations

    The 48 bids to USA Ultimate Club Nationals were allocated to the 8 geographic regions. The Northeast region earned the most bids with 9 (4 in Men's + 3 in Mixed + 2 in Women's).

    Regions with the most bids...
    in the Men's Division = Northeast (4)
    in the Mixed Division = Northeast, South Central, North Central (3)
    in the Women's Division = Northwest (4)
    USAU TCT 2017

    Compare to bids from past years.

    [Data via USAU; chart compiled by SLUDGE]

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    AUDL 2017 MVP Candidates

    With the AUDL season over, it's time for some MVP chatter. In collaboration with Stats Of The Game (SOTG), analysis was run to determine 2017 candidates based on the stats of 2016 MVP Dylan Tunnell.

    SOTG assembled a visual reviewing the 2016 candidates.
    As noted by SOTG, player's with a high number of assists coupled with a high completion rate is rare. Based on regular season stats of the 2016 MVP [18 Goals/66 Assists, 472 completions (92.7% completion rate)], comparable 2017 stats were posted by Mark Burton (Seattle Cascades) with 36 Goals/81 Assists, 326 completions (91.8% completion rate). Also in the conversation would be:
    • Pawel Janas (Chicago Wildfire) 9 G/85 A, 933 completions (92.6%)
    • Jon Nethercutt (Raleigh Flyers) 13 G/72 A, 472 completions (94.4%)

    Regular season stats [via SOTG]

    Only one of these players - Nethercutt - was on a team that made the AUDL postseason — Raleigh Flyers went (13-1) to win the regular season South Division title, but lost in the South Division Championship to Dallas. Adding to Nethercutt's 2017 MVP rΓ©sumΓ© is having the most "recognitions" of any AUDL player; he was recognized as Best Handler, Best Hucks, Best Flick and Best Hammer. As a comparison, Janas played on the (3-11) Chicago team in the Midwest Division and claimed 2 recognitions while Burton's Seattle Cascades went (7-7) in the West Division. A strange coincidence when reviewing stats with SOTG is Nethercutt's regular season completions totaled 472 which is the exact number of completions as the AUDL MVP in 2016.

    [Stats and chart compiled by Stats Of The Game]

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Early Logo Concepts for New York Empire

    The New York Empire's shield is already a well regarded logo for an American Ultimate Disc League team. The final design by [Dustin] Wallace Design House features the iconic New York city skyline with the Empire State Building in the center.
    Prior to the Empire's first AUDL season in 2013, there were five other marvelous logo designs including:
    NY Empire logos alt

    The color scheme is similar in all of the options. Eventually, the one logo with a definitive looking disc was chosen to represent the NYC AUDL team which has served them - unchanged - for five seasons.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017

    Bee Identification Guide

    Time Magazine recently published this cartoon for identifying bees including the Fris-bee.

    RELATED: Time's article on ultimate in 2013.

    [h/t JH]

    Saturday, September 09, 2017

    Sludge Starts 39th Season Today

    The fall season begins today! Congratulations to Team SLUDGE for  
    ...playing WAFC clique ultimate league since fall 1998.

    Friday, September 08, 2017

    Ultimate Frisbee is the Best Answer

    Lois: Flagston: How was everyone's first week at school?
    Ditto: We played ultimate frisbee in gym.
    Abridged comic of full strip

    Great answer, Ditto.

    [via original post]

    Thursday, September 07, 2017

    Seattle Mixtape Records Two Triple Crown Tour Wins, Eligible for Bonus

    Seattle Mixtape (nΓ©e Ghetto Birds) has won 16* games and lost only 3 during the 2017 club ultimate regular season. The mixed division ultimate team from Seattle has claimed crowning victories of the Triple Crown Tour at US Open (August) and at the Pro Championship (September). Those two tournament wins put them atop the list of prize money winners in the TCT.

    TCT 2017

    With a win at national championships (the third and final crown), Seattle Mixtape will also earn a $2000 bonus. Mixtape is the only club ultimate team from all divisions eligible for this monetary bonus. The Northwest Regionals is scheduled for September 23-24 in Corvallis, Oregon. USA Ultimate's National Championships is scheduled for October 19-22 in Sarasota, Florida.

    Mixtape would not be the first team to win the triple crown; San Francisco Revolver won it (and the bonus) in the 2013 TCT season and again in the 2015 TCT season.

    *2 games were against international teams and did not count toward their TCT W-L record.

    Wednesday, September 06, 2017

    USAU Triple Crown Tour Prize Money by Region

    Thirteen club ultimate teams representing 6 regions have won prize money during USA Ultimate's 2017 Triple Crown Tour. 

    Two regions that have not won any prize money ($0) are the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. Revolution's win at the U.S. Open was chalked up to the "international" region. Seattle's ultimate teams have collectively won ~45% of the total prize money, while San Francisco teams have banked $3750 and Chicago teams has pocketed $1000.

    By Division
    5 different women's teams have won prize money and 4 different team in each of the men's and mixed division have earned TCT prize money.

    Tuesday, September 05, 2017

    2017 Triple Crown Tour Prize Money Leaders

    During the 2017 Triple Crown Tour season, thirteen (13) club ultimate teams have won prize money totaling nearly $20,000.

    Total prize money = $18,750 (as of 9/5/2017)

    With wins at US Open and Pro Championships, Seattle Mixtape is the only club team still eligible for the Triple Crown bonus (+$2000). San Francisco Revolver has more prize-earning wins than any other club team. Four different club teams from Seattle - Mixtape, Sockeye, Riot and BFG - have collectively earned nearly 45% of the TCT prize money totaling $8250.

    Monday, September 04, 2017

    Finals of USAU Pro Championships Air on ESPN 3

    The finals of USA Ultimate's 2017 TCT Pro Championships (AKA Pro Flight Finale) in Everett, Washington (~30 miles from Seattle) will be broadcast on ESPN3 today. The winning team will win $1500 in prize money; second place teams pocket $500.

    Mixed Division Final @ 1pm ET
    San Francisco Blackbird (8) vs Seattle Mixtape (1)

    Women's Division Final @ 3:30 pm ET
    Seattle Riot (3) vs Brute Squad (1)

    Mens' Division Final @ 6:00 pm ET
    Chicago Machine (5) vs San Francisco Revolver (2)

    Watch online via ESPN 3.

    Sunday, September 03, 2017

    On This Day, 1983: Melting Pot Won the First Women's Division Title at World Ultimate Championships

    On this day (September 3) in 1983, USA's Melting Pot from Boston, Massachusetts, won the first women's division title at World Ultimate Championships (WUC). Four other women's teams competed at WUC tournament which was held in Gothenburg, Sweden, between August 29 through September 3, 1983.

    How they entered the tourney as a pick-up team:
    "One of the most fun adventures, and one memory I will cherish forever, is the story about how we got to be World Champions in 1983 in Sweden. I contacted the tournament organizers and made it clear that we were not the US Women’s National Team, but there''s a bunch of us women traveling with the (Boson) Rude Boys. Would it be okay if we competed in the tournament? And they said okay. We pulled together 8 women, which is really insane. One woman had never played before, and we picked up a woman from Belgium."

    Lessons Learned:
    "...From that experience as a leader, what I brought to the table there was if you don't ask, you don't get. So we opened the door to be able to play. And once we got there, you just give it everything you have. At the end of the week we ended up as so-called World Champions."
    "if you don't ask, you don't get. So we opened the door to be able to play. And once we got there, you just give it everything you have."

    Melting Pot's 8-person roster: Suzanne Fields, Kate Foulke, Mary Johnson, Daphne Rulf, Chris Rushlow, Corinne Corrigan, Patricia Van Halteren (Belgium), Kelly Waugh.

    World Ultimate Champions 1983
    WUC 1983 Champions: Melting Pot [photo via hartti]

    Tournament Results:
    WUC women's pool play games were played to 10 (the open division played to 15). Melting Pot went (6-0) in the 4-team pool play. The WUC Final was against Finland - who USA beat twice in pool play by the score of 10-8 and 10-6. USA (Melting Pot) would win the WUC championship over Finland by the score of 10-9.

    The Boston Rude Boys also went (7-0) at WUC and win the 1983 WUC open division title.

    [h/t Bent Ultimate]

    Friday, September 01, 2017

    There's a Song About Tossing a Flying Disc Called "Whiz Me a Frisbee"

    Enjoy this 2014 tune ""Whiz Me a Frisbee" from Larry Nestor's album Songs of Life and Love.

    Wait for the chorus: "Whiz me a Frisbee, that's the thing to do! Whiz me a Frisbee, And I'll whiz it right back, whiz it back to you (whiz it right back, whiz it back to you)."

    Do Over: August 2017

    Catch up on last month's noteworthy posts you may have missed...

  • AUDL 2017 season ended; San Francisco FlameThrowers earned its first AUDL title
  • Recap: 2017 EuroStars Ultimate Tour
  • Tribute uniforms from Madison NOISE
  • USA Ultimate's hype video

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Attendance at AUDL 2017 Championship

    Attendance numbers from AUDL 2017 Championship Weekend in Montreal have been published. Attendance was more than last year (2016; Madison), but not as high as the estimated attendance from 2015 in San Jose.

    American Ultimate Disc League 2017 Championship Weekend
    Saturday Games
    Semifinal #1 (Madison Radicals vs San Francisco FlameThrowers) @ 4PM = 1,770
    Semifinal #2 (Toronto Rush vs Dalls Roughnecks) @ 7PM = 1,940

    Sunday Final
    San Francisco FlameThrowers vs Toronto Rush @ 1PM = 2,100
    The attendance total from the weekend = 5810. It was reported that organizers sought to host 4000 attendees during the weekend, and another publication said they were hoping to fill the 6,000-seat venue on both Saturday and Sunday.
    Chart: AUDL Championship Game Attendance (2015-2017)

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    What is Jimmy Mickle's Autograph Worth?

    Over Championship Weekend of AUDL 2017, Montreal added a limited edition cap to their online store. Montreal's Embroidered Eagle snap back baseball hat is normally $21.74 CAD. A similar hat with an autograph of Jimmy Mickle (of the Dallas Roughnecks) was increased to $30.44 CAD. That's a 40% mark up.

    Here's a close-up of Mickle's #23 autographed cap:

    Based on Montreal Royal's merchandise pricing, Mickle's autograph is valued at a whopping $8.70*.
    *pre-semifinal pricing

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