Friday, December 15, 2017

11th Anniversary of the Sludge Blog

Today marks 11 years since the very first published post - way back in 2006.

Much appreciation to all visitors and/or readers (?) of this blog. Things have changed since last year, yet the blog continues with sporadic output.

Thank you!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cannons Move to Orlando for AUDL 2018 Season

The Jacksonville Cannons announced they are relocating to Orlando for the 2018 AUDL season.
UPDATED Cannons logo by SLUDGE
Per the Cannons: The Cannons will be moving to Orlando for the 2018 season! We want to take a moment to thank all of our fans and the City of Jacksonville for three awesome years in North Florida. You’ve been so supportive, and we are deeply grateful to call each and every one of you part of our team. The Cannons have always been Florida’s team so we hope you’ll continue to cheer us on as we transition to our new home in Orlando. BOOM!

Nearly 150 miles separates Orlando and Jacksonville. There's no word yet on any logo update or whether the Cannons will become the "Florida" Cannons to avoid any future changes. In the meantime, the Cannons could consider this alternative logo...
The move will force a jersey update since their previous uniforms paid tribute to Jacksonville in many different ways.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Ultimate Frisbee and You

A helpful age-based guide updated by SLUDGE...

[original by Pearls before Swine]

Friday, December 01, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nashville NightWatch Update Team Logo (Again)

The new owners of the Nashville NightWatch have made their mark on the team by updating their team logo. This will be the NightWatch's third logo as the enter their fourth AUDL season.

The new spread eagle shield logo is a stark departure from their original logo and their reboot in December 2015.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving-Themed Logo Updates for Select AUDL Teams

Thanksgiving was last week and leftovers are still lingering, so here are all the Thanksgiving-inspired AUDL logo updates for U.S. bird teams, et al.

Nashville NightWatch bird into a turkey. 

Philadelphia Phoenix as a flame-broiled turkey.

Pittsburgh Thunderbirds into a turkey bird

Jacksonville Cannons as a gravy boat

Madison Radicals as a turkey thermometer

New York Empire as plate full of turkey and sides

Friday, November 24, 2017

Change the Game of Football to Ultimate Frisbee

The Flagstons - again and again - positively promote the sport of ultimate. Here's another from today's strip:
Hi: What are they going to do about all the injuries in professional football?
Chip: They'll have to change the game.

Hi: To what?
Chip: Ultimate Frisbee.

RELATED: WIRED recommends ultimate > football.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Inspiration for the Flying Disc Happened on Thanksgiving Day 1937

Fred Morrison got the inspiration for the iconic toy that would become the Frisbee at a Thanksgiving family picnic, tossing the lid of a large popcorn tin which belonged to the host (Joe Warr). In Morrison's own words:

"It all began during a [19]'37 Thanksgiving Day family gathering..."

"...a large popcorn lid would FLY when it was flipped spinning away backhand. Adults and kids alike were finding joy flippin' and attempting to outwit the unpredictable flight of the can cover."

After that Thanksgiving Day (November 25) happening, Lu and I really got into flippin' with the "borrowed" popcorn can lid. After the lid got bent out of shape, we discovered pie pans...[then] cake pans. (Cake pans have a right-angled flange, are more stable, and fly better'n pie pans.)"

The commercialization of airborne cake pans one weekend on a Santa Monica, California beach.

The Morrisons would go on to sell their plastic flying saucer type toy (later renamed as Frisbee) to WAMO in 1957.

[book excerpts via Flat Flip Flies Straight!]

Friday, November 10, 2017

SLUDGE Blog Announcement

Dear visitors and/or readers of the SLUDGE blog,

After 10+ years and nearly 4000 posts later, the SLUDGE blog is significantly scaling back its operations as a weekdaily blog.

The SLUDGE blog began as a space for team musings then expanded to Put Something In* for the goings-on of the sport of ultimate. The independent blog has been run solely since its launch in 2006. Today, it cannot continue as a one-person operation.

The SLUDGE blog has been a healthy obsession and a creative outlet for me. Through injury and health, via spotty WiFi and T1 internet, on mobile device and Mac laptop, during vacation/holiday and work days, blog visitors could find a daily post Monday through Friday (plus some weekends).

My thirst for understanding the sport of ultimate is still there. My time, however, is not as plentiful in order to sufficiently research ideas, collect data, manage and analyze collected data, find and craft images, and/or write some shtick on the subject.  [BREAKING: Ultimate blogger admits blogging takes time.]

Thank you to those who have ever visited the SLUDGE blog for its coverage on ultimate, Frisbees and flying discs. I appreciate the opportunity to share what I discovered and uncovered. Hopefully you learned something along the way. I know I did.

Expect more content in the future; just not as frequent output.



*Put Something In

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Vintage Bumper Sticker for Flying Disc World

A classic bumper sticker promoting Flying Disc World - a newsletter "of, by, and for Disc Enthusiasts." 

Break the spheroid habit - have a ball with a disc.

The 1974 publication was edited by Dan "The Stork" Roddick and subscriptions went for $3/year for 6 issues.
Flying Disc World newsletter [Vol I, No 6 (1974)] via Marvin

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Zip's Tips: Drink Water

Joshua "Zip"  Ziperstein (Brown University Ultimate) wrote down his advice for becoming a better ultimate player. Ziperstein, for what it's worth, would go on to become a doctor.

Zip's Tip: Drink a glass of water before you go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning.

[Night/day image found via Google search]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The Sky is Red Documentary Seeks Support

Lili Gu (Writer, Director), Brittany Kaplan (Director, Editor), and Julia Johnson (Producer) are collaborating on a feature documentary that will tell the stories of underrepresented and marginalized individuals pushing for gender, race, and class equity in the growing world of ultimate frisbee, from 1968 to the present.

Their team is deep into research and pre-production, and have not yet begun production. This kickstarter of $65000 is to help with our first big shoot, where they will travel across the USA from January - April, 2018, speaking to current and past members of the ultimate community who have pushed for equity.

SLUDGE just $upported this worthy flick project, which is seeking funds until November 24.

Monday, November 06, 2017

One Woman Played in the 1st Intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee Game

Did you know...
the first intercollegiate game was played at Rutgers University? True.

the game was originally scheduled for October 15th but changed to November 6? True.

this 1972 ultimate Frisbee game was played on a parking lot? True.

Rutgers won the game by 2 points over Princeton? True. Final score 29-27.

A woman played in the first intercollegiate game in 1972? True.
Peggy Delahanty, a Rutgers freshman, played in this historic game as noted in The New York Times (below). Author Adam Zagoria highlighted the significant milestone in Ultimate News in 2005.

The New York Times [November 7, 1972]
And one thing occurred that intercollegiate football has not yet introduced: a girl played.
Peggy Delahanty, a Rutgers freshman from Cresskill, N. J., played several minutes during the second half, but scored no goals.

Excerpt from The New York Times 1972 article: 'Rutgers Holds Off Princeton to Win - in Frisbee'

Ultimate News [Spring 2005]
"In the second half, Rutgers freshman Peggy Delahanty of Cresskill, New Jersey, would go on to play on the schools' basketball team, became the lone woman to play in the game."

Forty-Five Years Ago: First Intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee Game Was Played

On this date in 1972, the first intercollegiate ultimate Frisbee game was played between Rutgers University and Princeton University.
The New York Times [November 7, 1972] coverage of
the first intercollegiate game of Ultimate Frisbee

The November 6th game was organized by Irv Kalb – a Columbia High School graduate and a freshman student at Rutgers – on the same date Princeton and Rutgers played the first college football game in 1869. This game was originally scheduled for early October, but later changed to coincide with the historical football date. This college frisbee game was played on a parking lot, which was the approximate location where the first football game was played exactly 103 years earlier.

Rutgers won this ultimate game over Princeton by 2 points—the same score difference of the first football game.

The New York Times covered the college sporting event (above) and estimated the crowd at 1000 - way more than the local paper's estimated attendance.

Friday, November 03, 2017

San Francisco Fury Championship History

San Francisco Fury won the Women's Division title at the recent 2017 USA Ultimate National Championships. Fury's 2017 title is their first since 2012 and their 10th overall since 1999. 

Fury was founded in 1997 and after their inaugural season (1998) of not qualifying for Nationals, Fury has qualified for Club Nationals 19 consecutive seasons. Their 7-peat (2006 through 2012) is mighty impressive as is their total number of club titles, which is one more than Boston Lady Godiva (9 titles from 1988 through 2002). In addition to the winning the club championship ten (10) times - the most titles in the USA Ultimate Women's Division, Fury has consistently been in the Top-3 of the Women's Division 18 of 19 appearances at Nationals.
Fury Finishes (1998-2017) at Club Nationals

Game Scores of Fury's Championship
1999: Fury 15 - 12 Schwa
2003: Fury 17 - 4 Riot
2006: Fury 15 - 9 Riot
2007: Fury 15 - 6 Riot
2008: Fury 15 - 12 Riot
2009: Fury 15 - 3 Brute Squad
2010: Fury 15 - 9 Capitals
2011: Fury 15 - 13 Riot
2012: Fury 15 - 9 Riot
2017: Fury 14 - 13 Brute Squad

NOTE: Fury tied for final placement in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2016.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Motivational Posters from Upwind Ultimate

Upwind Ultimate is now selling four motivational posters featuring women ultimate players.

Pride is a privilege. [Vancouver Traffic

No one can stop you - Opi Payne (Fury)

Find the people who push you to be better - Kami Groom / Liên Hoffmann (Boston Brute Squad)

You have to make mistakes to learn - Georgia Bosscher / Robyn Wiseman (Madison Heist)

Buy posters from Upwind.
Cost: $15 each, or $50 for all 4 posters.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Do Over: October 2017

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

  • Frisbee history on Jeopardy!
  • Nethercutt wins AUDL 2017 MVP
  • Bids to 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships
  • 2017 USA Ultimate National Champions: Men, Mixed, Women

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    Possession of the Flying Disc

    [Updated an In the Bleachers comic]

    Monday, October 30, 2017

    Spooky Ultimate Frisbee Pumpkin Carvings

    For those seeking more traditional Halloween decorations rather than the plastic type, here are some pumpkin carvings to scare off ultimate players .

    RELATED: More scary pumpkin carvings for ultimate players.

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Comparison: Seed vs Finish of Club Teams at 2017 USA Ultimate National Championships

    The 4-day 2017 USA Ultimate National Championships were completed in Sarasota, Florida, over October 19-22. The top sixteen (16) teams from each division - men, mixed, women - were in competition.

    Here's how each team in the 3 divisions finished compared to their pre-tournament seed. Biggest movers - up and down - also noted.

    A lot of movement with only two (2) teams unchanged and all teams were within +/-4.
    UP(+): Columbus Rival (+4); San Francisco Fury, Atlanta Ozone, Portland Schwa (-3)
    DOWN (-): Seattle Riot, Texas Showdown, (-4)

    Top seeds 1, 2, 4 played out accordingly.
    UP(+): Dallas/Fort Worth Public Enemy (+7); Connecticut Metro North, Minneapolis No Touching! (+6)
    DOWN (-): San Francisco Mischief, Cincinnati Steamboat (-5)


    Top 1, 3, and 4 seeds played out accordingly.
    UP(+): Austin Doublewide (+10); New York PoNy (+7)
    DOWN (-): Seattle Sockeye (-10); Denver Johnny Bravo (-6), OH/Mi High Five (-5)

    NOTE: Games not played (3/4 in W and 9/10 in M, X, W) were given the lower finish (e.g. teams in 9/10 games given 10th since no team "won" the higher finish).

    [Data via USAU; compilation and charts by SLUDGE]

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Orange Cone Pumpkin

    Transform your orange ultimate cones into a low-budget Halloween decoration.

    1. Grab orange cone(s) from your car trunk, ultimate bag, &/or front hallway.
    2. Use a scissors or something sharp to cut out facial features (e.g. eyes, nose, mouth) from black paper. 
    3. Paste the facial cutouts onto the cone(s).
    4. [Optional] Under the cone, put a flameless tea light or small flashlight. Actual candles not recommended.

    These pumpkin cones complement the candy corn cone.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    US Club Teams Qualifying for World Ultimate Club Championships 2018

    Ten (10) club ultimate teams from the United States qualified for WFDF 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships after earning bids from finishing at top of their divisions at USA Ultimate National Championships.

    Congratulations to the following teams for qualifying for Club Worlds in Ohio:
    Men's Division: San Francisco Revolver, Austin Doublewide, Raleigh Ring of Fire

    Mixed Division: Seattle Mixtape, Philadelphia AMP, Seattle BFG

    Women's Division: San Francisco Fury, Boston Brute Squad, Denver Molly Brown, Atlanta Ozone

    Other U.S. club teams may be invited if other countries decline their bid(s).

    UPDATE [11/16/2017]: One more bid was added to the USA's Women's Division, so Seattle Riot is now invited to Club Worlds.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Prize Money Won by Club Ultimate Teams in Triple Crown Tour 2017

    Sixteen (16) club ultimate teams won prize money totaling nearly $30,000 during the 2017 Triple Crown Tour regular season. Six (6) different women's club teams won money, while the men's and mixed divisions each had 5 different teams take home tournament checks. Four (4) teams pocketed multiple TCT prize money wins — BFG, Brute Squad, Mixtape and Revolver.

    Total prize money won in 2017 = $29,750
    ESC = Elite-Select Championships
    PC = Pro Championships
    PEC = Pro-Elite Championships
    Nats = Club Nationals
    TC = Triple Crown bonus
    US Open = U.S. Open Championships

    Seattle Mixtape sits atop the prize money leader board with $7500 which includes their Triple Crown bonus. San Francisco Revolver was tops in men's division with $5250 and Boston Brute Squad led the women's division in prize money with $2250.

    RELATED: Prize Money Leaders in 2016

    [Updated from September totals]

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    2017 USA Ultimate Club Champions

    USA Ultimate's 2017 Triple Crown Tour concluded in Sarasota, Florida, on Sunday. Club gold shifts the west coast in 2017.

    San Francisco Revolver [#1 seed] won their 5th club championship in 8 years with a finals win 15-7 (8-2 HT) over Austin Doublewide [12th seed]. This was Revolver's 3rd win over Doublewide in the 2017 season.

    Seattle Mixtape [#1 seed] won their first club championship with a 13-12 (7-8 HT) victory over Philadelphia AMP [#2 seed]. Mixtape's win also earns them the Triple Crown. This win pushed Mixtape's record to (3-1) over AMP during the 2017 TCT season.

    San Francisco Fury [#4 seed] won their tenth club championship with a 14-13 (5-8 HT) win over Boston Brute Squad [#2 seed]. This was Fury's first win over Brute during the 2017 season.


    The following U.S. club teams qualified for World Ultimate Club Championships in 2018:

    Men's Division
    1. San Francisco Revolver
    2. Austin Doublewide
    3. Raleigh Ring of Fire

    Mixed Division
    1. Seattle Mixtape
    2. Philadelphia AMP
    3. Seattle BFG

    Women's Division
    1. San Francisco Fury
    2. Boston Brute Squad
    (tied) 3. Atlanta Ozone and Denver Molly Brown

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    CHART: Semifinalists at USA Ultimate National Championships

    After 2 days of competition of teams around the country, the semis for USA Ultimate club championships are now set in the three divisions. Semifinal games will be played today.

    Two semifinals teams - Molly Brown and BFG - did not win their regional tournament.

    Watch USA Ultimate 2017 National Championships on ESPN

    The remaining games of the Triple Crown Tour season will be broadcast live via ESPN. Semis of USA Ultimate's National Championships (Sarasota, FL) will take place on Saturday and the finals of each division will be played on Sunday.
    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 (all times EDT)
    Men's Semifinal #1 @ 11:30am - Raleigh Ring of Fire vs. San Francisco Revolver
    Women's Semifinal #2 @ 2pm - Denver Molly Brown vs. Boston Brute Squad
    Mixed Semifinal #1 @ 5:30pm - Seattle BFG vs. Philadelphia AMP
    Mixed Semifinal #2 @ 8pm - Boston Slow White vs. Seattle Mixtape
    (The other men's and women's semifinals will be broadcast by Ultiworld)

    Men's Championship Final @ 10am - San Francisco Revolver (1) vs Austin Doublewide (12)
    Mixed Championship Final @ 12:30pm - Seattle MIXtape (1) vs Philadelphia AMP (2)
    Women's Championship Final @ 3pm - Boston Brute Squad (2) vs San Francisco Fury (4)

    Watch "games" via ESPN (Saturday; Sunday)