Monday, August 21, 2017

How to View the Eclipse Using a Frisbee

The eclipse of the sun starts today! Here's an indirect viewing method using a plastic flying disc:

WARNING: It is never safe to look directly at the sun – even if the sun is partly obscured. During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun – known as the period of totality – it is safe to look directly at the star, but it's crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your solar eclipse viewing glasses.

WARNING 2: Don't ruin a perfectly good ultimate disc by poking holes in it!

Friday, August 18, 2017

AUDL Division Champions by Season (2012-2017)

The American Ultimate Disc League in its 6 seasons has had nine different teams win a division title. Twenty four (24) AUDL teams competed in the 2017 season.

Against the logic of team owner/coach and AUDL promoter, Madison Radicals won their 5th consecutive division championship. Similarly, Toronto Rush have been the mainstay in the East Division since 2013. The nascent South, just like the Midwest and East, has seen only two teams win its division; the Dallas Roughnecks have now won 2 straight division championships. The West has experienced the most variation with 3 different teams winning the division championship in 4 seasons; after many successful seasons, San Francisco FlameThrowers are the most recent division championship.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

EuroStars Ultimate Tour 2017 Game Results

The 2017 EuroStars Ultimate Tour completed their 9-game schedule in July and August. The team of elite club ultimate women players from Europe posted a (3-6) record allowing 98 goals and scoring 103 total goals. The Americus Cup, which was decided after the 7th match, will stay in America.

Game Results of 2017 EuroStars Ultimate Tour.
[Halftime score: indicated by tick mark within scoring bar.]

(2-5) = EST record in July 2017
(1-1) = EST record in August 2017

5 = # of games decided within 3 goals

11.4 = average goals per game (9 games)

(3-0) = record of EST when leading at halftime

+8 = largest goal differential in a win (vs Underground, game to 11 and vs Heist, game to 15)

-6 = largest goal differential in a loss (vs Scandal)

[Stats compiled by SLUDGE via EST website]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Funny Camp Letter: Frisbee Edition

My niece spent 7 weeks at summer camp. She thoughtfully mentions the Frisbee activity in her camp letter to me. However, her note implies that she chose the "goofy obstacle" over the frisbee toss activity.

Well, at least there's a frisbee activity being offered!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DC Breeze Scoreless for Nearly 2 Hours, Still Win Home Playoff Game

The D.C. Breeze were scheduled to play host to the Montreal Royal on August 11th. The AUDL playoff game started after 7PM on Friday night and was abruptly postponed due to inclement weather (lightning, lightning and rain, and rain).

Not all DC sports teams (ahem, Nationals) with Friday night games chose to stick out the weather delay and play their game as scheduled.

DC's playoff game started after 7PM on Friday night. Montreal scored first and then the DC Breeze were held scoreless for nearly 2 hours in their game on Friday, yet the Breeze won 28-16. DC would eventually find the scoreboard at 9:51PM and outscore the Royal 28-15 after the long weather delay. The game ended at 11:35PM.
[via AUDL App with SLUDGE add-ons]

Friday's Playoff scoRECAP

DC's first round playoff win advanced them to Sunday's AUDL East Division Championship game which the Breeze lost 26-29 (13s HT) versus the Rush in Toronto.

D.C. Breeze's 2017 AUDL season is over. D.C. finished second in the AUDL East in the regular season with a (10-4) record like in 2016 and, similarly, won 1 playoff game and lost the division final to Toronto.

Monday, August 14, 2017

San Francisco FlameThrowers Finally Win a Postseason AUDL Game

Top-seeded San Francisco earns their final four spot with a decisive victory over Los Angeles in the 2017 West Division Championship game.

The FlameThrowers are arguably one of the most successful franchises in American Ultimate Disc League history. In their 4 AUDL regular seasons, the FTs have won 40 of their 56 games.; a .714 blazing winning percentage in the West Division. And, the San Francisco AUDL team has posted a winning record in all 4 regular seasons and also made the playoffs all 4 seasons. They have claimed the regular season division title twice - in 2016 and in 2017.

The AUDL postseason is a different story; the FT's fizzled in the division final in 2014 to San Jose, petered out a first round playoff game in 2015 to Seattle, and got doused in 2016 - again - in the division final to Seattle. The FlameThrowers had never won a postseason game until yesterday's 33-22 win.
SF FT W-L History [as of 8/14/2017]

With San Francisco's win, they advance to American Ultimate Disc League Championship Weekend VI with a chance to add to their postseason win total. The #4-seeded FT's play the #1-seed Madison Radicals in Montreal on Saturday, August 26.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Comparison: AUDL Regular Season Standings 2016 vs 2017

The 2017 American Ultimate Disc League regular season concluded in July. Out of the 24 AUDL teams, 3 advance to the playoffs from each regional division.

AUDL Division Standings: 2016 compared to 2017

Overall, 8 teams improved, 9 teams did not change, and 7 teams did worse in 2017 than in 2016.
No AUDL team advanced or fell more than 2 spots within their division.
The 2016 AUDL Championship finalists - Dallas and Seattle - both dropped in the 2017 standings compared to their 2016 division standings.
Three of 4 divisions had a different team advance to the 2017 AUDL playoffs compared to 2016; East: Montreal Royal, South: Jax Cannons, West: San Jose Spiders.
Three of 4 regular season division winners were the same as in 2017; only the South (Raleigh Flyers) changed.
The D.C. Breeze (East) were the only team to retain their position - 2nd place in the division - from 2016 to 2017.
Of the 2017 playoff teams, Montreal and San Jose had the biggest jumps (+2)

East: There was a lot of movement at the bottom of the division, while the top 2 spots were similar to 2016. Montreal defied the odds and improved 2 spots to claim a postseason bid.

Midwest: Minnesota started the season perfectly (7-0), but ended by going (4-3). Pittsburgh dropped 1 spot compared to 2016, but all 3 playoff teams returned.

South: Jacksonville Cannons handed Dallas their first ever loss - once in May and again in July. Jax returned to the playoffs along with Dallas who dropped a spot and Raleigh who was +1.
*NOTE: Nashville was 7th (last) in 2016 when the South had 7 teams and 6th (last) in 2017 with a winless season, so their relative position did not change.

West: All but 1 team had movement in 2017 compared to 2016 standings. LA (+1), San Jose (+2) and San Diego (+1) went up, while Seattle and Vancouver (-2) both went down 2 spots.

The postseason is underway.  After this weekend, the 4 teams that will play for the 2017 AUDL Championship will be decided.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DC Breeze Host AUDL Playoff Game Versus Montreal Royal

D.C. Breeze host the Montreal Royal on Friday August 11 in the first round of the American Ultimate Disc League playoffs. Each AUDL team has one win and one loss against the other in the 2017 regular season. Breeze won at home 23-20 in May, then Montreal won at home 27-23 at home in June. They meet again tomorrow to decide who plays Toronto Rush on Sunday for the AUDL East Division title.

By the Numbers
0 = # of Friday games played by the Breeze in 2017 AUDL season. DC's first round postseason game is scheduled on Friday, August 11.

1 = point differential in the head-to-head matches between DC Breeze (46 goals) Montreal Royal (47 goals)

2 = seeding of the Breeze in the AUDL East. DC's finished (10-4) record with a +45 goal differential

3 = # of weeks since the last Breeze game (a win vs Philadelphia on July 22). Also, the number of times the Breeze have posted a (10-4) record in the AUDL regular season (2014, 2016, 2017)

4 = # of losses by D.C. Breeze in the 2017 regular season; one loss each to Flyers, Phoenix, Royal and Rush

5 = amount (in thousands of dollars) a Breeze fan won at a D.C. AUDL game - $5000!

6 = # of teams in the AUDL East. Beyond the 3 teams (Rush, Breeze, Royal) that advanced to the 2017 playoffs, there's New York Empire, Philadelphia Phoenix and Ottawa Outlaws

7 = # of home wins by D.C. at home in the 2017 regular season; the Breeze went undefeated (7-0) when playing at home (Galludet University).

8 = hundred block of the address for D.C. Breeze's playing field - 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.

9 = drive time (in hours) from Washington, D.C. to Toronto - the site of the AUDL Division Championship on Sunday, August 13

10 = # of wins in the 2017 regular season by D.C. Breeze. Also, the # of current wins by the D.C. club ultimate team Truck Stop

11 = date in August 2017 when the Montreal Royal visit DC for round 1 of AUDL East postseason.

12 = price of admission to the DC-Montreal playoff game on Friday

13 = # of Breeze players in their 1st year on DC's AUDL team

14 = # of regular season games played by David Bloodgood in AUDL 2017 - the most by any Breeze player

15 = # of players on Breeze playoff roster with AUDL experience

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Flatball Gets Thrown On Netflix

Flatball: A History of Ultimate is now available on Netflix - what better place for a film about the sport of ultimate?

The documentary film which was crowdfunded in 2014 had its world premiere in the fall of 2016 and made available on iTunes in May 2017.

Info: This film chronicles four decades of Ultimate Frisbee history and the fierce New York team that helped put the game on the international sports map.

Consistent Finishes by Minnesota Drag'n Thrust (2012-2017) at US Open

As good - okay, great - as Drag'n Thrust has been with their numerous championships (USA Ultimate Nationals, PAUC 2015, and WUCC 2014), D'nT has yet to win gold at the U.S. Open event.

In fact, in the six years Drag'n Thrust has competed in USA Ultimate's U.S. Open Championships, the mixed division team from Minnesota has finished either in 2nd place or in 3rd place. The Drag'ns have competed in every U.S. Open (started in 2012) and always finish no worse than 3rd at this Triple Crown Tour event, but never in 1st.
seconD'n Third

Drag'n Thrust Results History at US Open
/All seconD'n Third place finishes/
2017: 2nd
2016: 3rd (tie)
2015: 3rd (tie)
2014: 2nd
2013: 3rd (tie)
2012*: 3rd (tie)
*inaugural year

As D'nT has proven in 2013, 2014, and again in 2015, there is not much correlation between winning the U.S. Open and then winning Nationals in the same year. Only once - since 2012 - has the mixed U.S. Open champion also won that year's Nationals; Boston Slow White in 2016.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Results of D.C. Area Teams at 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships

Over 100 club ultimate teams across 8 divisions participated in the U.S. Open Ultimate Championships in Minnesota this past weekend. Six Washington, D.C.-area teams in 6 different divisions represented the District and all finished in the top 10 of their division.

Congratulations to all players and coaches of these teams:

U20-Girls Division: D.C. Rogue (10) finished 2nd.

U17-Boys Division: Capitol Heights (9) finished 3rd.

Men's Division: Truck Stop (2) finished 3rd.

Women's Division: Scandal (5) finished 6th.

U20-Boys Division: Foggy Bottom Boys (13) finished 6th.

U20-Mixed Division: Swing Vote (1) finished 9th.

Monday, August 07, 2017

ESPN8 "The Ocho" To Air Disc Golf and Ultimate Frisbee

In 2004's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, the movie created a fictional ESPN Channel. Tomorrow (8/8), that idea will become a reality -- ESPNU will transform as ESPN8; for only one day.

ESPN's press release indicates "the network will air offbeat, alternative events" including: roller derby, ultimate trampoline dodgeball, darts, arm wrestling, plus American Disc Golf Championship from 2016 and an ultimate game - a replay of Sunday night's live airing of the Mixed Division final from 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championship.

[HT @bamasecs]

Sunday, August 06, 2017

USA Ultimate Drops A New Hype Video for the Sport of Ultimate

USA Ultimate used their live game on ESPN2 airing to release a sweet new promotion video on the sport of ultimate. Note the beautiful mix of male and female voiceovers, not to mention the awesome photos splendidly showcasing our sport.

We don't just play ultimate; we live ultimate.


Chart Recap: 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships

A Venn diagram to recap results the 2017 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships in the Men, Mixed and Women's divisions. Here are the cities and their teams that advanced to the semifinals.

Matchups in the Finals:
WOMEN:Denver Molly Brown vs Medellin Revolution
MIXED: TBD this morning
MEN: San Francisco Revolver vs. Seattle Riot

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Highlighting Ultimate Frisbee Highlights

Bleacher Report posted men's ultimate highlights - mostly from AUDL highlights and 1 college clip.

Enter, BENT Ultimate.

Friday, August 04, 2017

2017 U.S. Open Club Championships, August 4 - 7

Over 100 club ultimate teams will be competing over the weekend at USA Ultimate's U.S. Open Club Championships in Blaine, Minnesota. The Youth Club Championships fields 5 divisions and 72 YCC teams. The Triple Crown Tour event fields 36 club ultimate teams in 3 divisions - men, mixed and women, including some international teams.

Previous U.S. Open events in the Triple Crown Tour US Open event were played over July 4th weekend. First place winners in the men, mixed and women's divisions will win $2000; runner-ups will win $1000 in prize money.

Club Ultimate Teams [126 total teams]
BOYS U-17 = 20
BOYS U-20 = 30
Mixed U-20  = 14
GIRLS U-17 = 10
GIRLS U-20 = 16
Men = 12
Mixed = 12
Women = 12

Broadcast Schedule (via USAU) / Coverage provided by USAU Facebook, Ultiworld, ESPN2, ESPN3
Eastern Time
Friday, August 4
9:30 a.m. – UNO vs. Fury (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – Revolution vs. Molly Brown (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – Ring of Fire vs. Revolver (Ultiworld)
11:45 a.m. – Mischief vs. Slow White (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Drag'n Thrust vs. AMP (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Clapham vs. Ironside (Ultiworld)
2:00 p.m. – Iceni vs. Scandal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
2:00 p.m. – NOISE vs. Mixtape (USA Ultimate Facebook)
2:00 p.m. – Revolution vs. Brute Squad (Ultiworld)
4:15 p.m. – Molly Brown vs. Brute Squad (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:15 p.m. – Showdown vs. Traffic (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:15 p.m. – Fury vs. Riot (Ultiworld)
6:30 p.m. – Steamboat vs. Drag'n Thrust (USA Ultimate Facebook)
6:30 p.m. – Metro North vs. AMP (USA Ultimate Facebook)

Saturday, August 5
9:30 a.m. – UNO vs. Scandal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – MUD vs. Molly Brown (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – SubZero vs. Sockeye (Ultiworld)
11:45 a.m. – UNO vs. Heist (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Revolution vs. Showdown (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – Inside Rakete vs. Truck Stop (Ultiworld)
2:00 p.m. – Women's Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
2:00 p.m. – Women's Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
3:00 p.m. – Men's Division Semifinal (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
4:15 p.m. – Mixed Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
4:15 p.m. – Mixed Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinals (USA Ultimate YouTube) *Tape Delay
4:30 p.m. – Men's Division Semifinal (Ultiworld) *Tape Delay
4:30 p.m. – Women's Division Semifinal #1 (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
8:00 p.m. – Women's Division Semifinal #2 (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)

Sunday, August 6
9:30 a.m. – Warhawks vs. Belle (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – Moxie vs. Texas Tango (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:00 a.m. – Mixed Division Semifinal (Ultiworld) *Tape Delay
11:00 a.m. – Mixed Division Semifinal (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Girls Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Girls Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
1:30 p.m. – Mixed Division 3rd Place Game (Ultiworld) *Tape Delay
1:30 p.m. – Men's Division Championship Game (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
2:30 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
2:30 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Pre-Quarter (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:30 p.m. – Women's Division Championship Game (ESPN3, ESPN App, TSN GO)
4:45 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Quarterfinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
4:45 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Quarterfinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
7:00 p.m. – Mixed Division Championship Game (ESPN2, TSN GO)

Monday, August 7
9:30 a.m. – U20 Mixed Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
9:30 a.m. – U20 Girls Division 5th Place Bracket Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Mixed Division Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
11:45 a.m. – U20 Girls Division Semifinal (USA Ultimate Facebook)
3:45 p.m. – U20 Girls Division Championship Game (USA Ultimate Facebook)
3:45 p.m. – U20 Mixed Division Championship Game (USA Ultimate Facebook)
3:45 p.m. – U20 Boys Division Championship Game (Ultiworld)

Breakdown of Broadcast Schedule by Division

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Madison NOISE Honor Kelly Donovan With Uniform Tribute

Mixed ultimate frisbee team from Madison honor late teammate Kelly Donovan with tribute on jerseys.

Madison NOISE played in their first ultimate tournament for the 2017 club season on July 8-9 and were seen sporting updated jerseys which honored a former teammate. Kelly Donovan unexpectedly passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest while coaching an ultimate practice at Ingraham High School's (Seattle, WA) in December 2016. Kelly played on NOISE from 2011 through 2015.

SLUDGE reached out to NOISE to hear Coach Nicholas "Niko" Heckman provide insight about the team's beautiful tribute.

How was the design developed?
After Kelly passed in December 2016, everyone on the team arrived at the conclusion that we should do something on our uniforms to honor her this season beyond just retiring #80 which she wore. It was definitely a collective decision. We did some brainstorming together and these are the ideas that rose to the top. I created the Illustrator designs but the ideas came from everyone.

Why the chevrons?
Before she passed, Kelly had five chevrons tattooed on her inner bicep representing her years on the team. Four were empty and the last was filled in gold/yellow representing her last year in 2015 when we made [USA Ultimate Club] Nationals for the first time.

For us, all five chevrons are filled in gold because those five years are far more important than Nationals ever could be.
chevron tattoo

NOISE jerseys:
The dark jerseys are black with 5 gold chevrons on the front.
Mike Swain [photo via Steamboat]
The white jerseys have a different design - also gold - with the chevrons and #80 (Kelly's number, which we've retired) on the sleeve.
Ness Cannaday
Why gold?
In parallel to this process several former teammates of ours were designing and fundraising for a number of discs to be distributed to youth players. The Kelly Donovan LIVE LOUD discs had a logo designed by Claire Kelley from a photo of Kelly in her trademark gold skirt. We considered using this logo as part of our uniforms but it also became adopted by Ultiworld for their D-III Donovan Award logo, so we decided to go in a different and more symbolic direction. We knew immediately that we wanted gold as part of our theme.

What else went into the production of NOISE jerseys?
We had to do a lot of research about different printing techniques. In 2014 we had  - at Kelly's suggestion, in fact - worn white jerseys with logos on the front printed in metallic gold ink. The numbers on the back were a different gold heat-press material. The numbers remained looking shiny for years, but the logos on the front faded very quickly after being washed into more of a matte brown. We knew it might be possible to do the entire logo in the heat press material from the number, but didn't know which suppliers did that process or how it would turn out so our captains reached out to a number of different companies this year before landing on the local one so that we could have more oversight of the process and see samples along the way.

During our research we also reached out to the women's team [Columbus] Rival, who had gold logos last year. They put us in contact with Oshadega's Rodger Oakes, who was involved with the printing of that team's final jerseys. Rodger gave us some valuable insight into different methods for achieving the gold look. Basically you can go with screen printing inks, but they fade quickly when washed into that brown-ish color like we had experienced. Gold foil prints have the best metallic look, but also can come off in the wash. And finally you can indeed create logos cut from the heat-press material that is often used for numbers, which Rival has most recently switched to. That isn't quite as shiny but it still has a nice metallic look to it and it may be the longest-lasting option, but you should avoid warm washes and drying machines.

How did the team enjoy the jerseys so far?
After wearing the black jerseys in the 90 degree weather at Pro-Elite Challenge, the team latched onto the mantra: Play hot, look fly, wash cool, don't dry.

ADDENDUM: Other Madison club teams - Boomtown Pandas, Mad Udderburn, and Old Fashioned - also have the #80 on their 2017 jerseys. [via]

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Jeremy Renner Answers Frisbee Question on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The first Blow Your Mind game question presented to Jeremy Renner is about the Ed Headrick's unique request upon his death.

QUESTION: The inventor of the Frisbee had his body turned in a Frisbee after he died - true or false?

As he ponders his answers, Renner remarks: "If he did, I'm not playing anymore Frisbee."

Questlove appropriately says: "The answer many surprise you."

After the answer is revealed, Jimmy Fallon comments: "That's bizarre."

[Technically, it was not a Frisbee(R), but a Discraft.]

On This Day in 2015: The Olympic Committee Recognizes WFDF

Two years ago on this day - August 2 - the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized the governing body World Flying Disc Federation.

IOC's recognition created much publicity about ultimate as an Olympic sport.

In order for a sport or discipline to be considered for inclusion in the list of Summer Olympics sports, it must be widely practiced in at least 75 countries, spread over four continents. WFDF has met the minimum participation criterion as of May 2017.
According to WFDF President, ultimate has a "decent shot" at Olympics 2024. And, WFDF "will be working to get in front of both the Paris and Los Angeles organizing committees when appropriate. We have already begun our outreach programs."

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Do Over: July 2017

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

  • Calendar: AUDL 2017 Postseason
  • EuroStars 2017 Tour begins 
  • USAU Masters: Results
  • 2017 World Games: Results in Flying Disc/Ultimate . USA Stats