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

Minnesota Wind Chill wishbone pulling.

Dallas Roughnecks with a healthy portion of pumpkin pie.

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