Congratulations to the Toronto Rush for winning in their first year in the league with a win vs Madison 16-14.  The Rush capped a perfect season 18-0 and a large point differential; and therein lies a problem.  A problem that I discussed way back at the start of the season and one that remains one of the most critical issue to both Toronto and the AUDL.

Let me expand upon this by saying that I have been to almost every home game this season.  I have sat through the cold, the rain, the heat, the sun in the eyes as it sets, and I have been the first to jump back into the stands after a lightning delay to cheer for my friends.  The problem, my friends, is that you’re too good.  Games are boring and lack drama.  Any drama that does come is when an opposing team manages to make it past half and doesn’t wither under the pressure.  I love that the Rush continues to play hard and doesn’t give up or doesn’t mind running up the score; that’s their job.  The problem is that the league lacks the depth to challenge Toronto and that carries perils.

The AUDL already has their own share of issues.  On a cloudy, cold, and rainy day Toronto has more fans, in less than ideal conditions, than their competition does at home on a great day.  The lack of crowds leads to an unsustainable model and Toronto will face the real issue of a lack of any competitors.

A question that has bothered me from the start of the season is:  If Toronto wins easily and without drama, what’s the point of going to the games?  I stated early on that it was to support my friends and the sport.  The problem is that supporting the sport is distinct in many ways.  All of the players on the teams have a spot on GOAT or GT and the AUDL is supposed to be entertainment, much like other professional sports.  Problem is that I’m not entertained.  So I’m at a crossroads and it’s something that the AUDL needs to address.  Fortunately they have the time and resources to address some of the issues I’ve brought up.  The bigger question is:  Can they?

Sidelines 2012 – 01 – 21

Welcome! To the second Sidelines of 2012, which is shaping up to be quite a year. The AUDL, the NGN, the end of the world, it’s even an election year. (Colbert/Stewart 2012! Hey South Carolina, a vote for Herman Cain is a vote for Colbert, just saying.) Bob was right, the times they are a-changin’.


This week on Sidelines:

Ultimate Digg

Stanford Bloodthirsty v Cal UGMO

The Top 10

The Bottom 10

The NexGen Network!

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Sidelines 2012 – 01 – 06

Happy doomsyear! 2012 is upon us, so let’s make the most of it. My new years resolution: go to at least one tournament I’ve never been to. Achievable I think. But enough about me, if there’s one thing I’d like to see achieved this year, it’s filling the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan come August 12. Big goings on in the Ultimate Frisbee world these days, and I mean BIG. This week on Sidelines:

Memories of WUCC 2010

Stanford v Alumni, Timbits style


A look into the Buffalo Hunters’ Combine from Skyd’s Zack Smith

The most exciting map in recent history

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Sidelines 2011 – 12 – 23

I love Scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down in my belly. (On in 3 Ron.) Good evening, I’m Ron Burgundy and here’s what’s happening in your world tonight.

This week on Sidelines:

Suzanne Fields!

Mamabird v CUT (08)

A greatest, just because

The Slings of David?

The ultimate version of the action-cam

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Sidelines 2011 – 12 – 09

Sidelines! Sidelines! Party time! Excellent!

(Wayne) Woah, alright, excellent. EXTREME CLOSEUP!!! WOAHHHHHH! (Garth) WOAHHHHHH! (Wayne) WOAHHHHHH! Alright, excellent, excellent extreme closeup. Now it’s time for Wayne’s world totally amazing discoveries!

Tonight on Sidelines:

The best use of a speedboat since James Bond got away in one

Sockeye Camps

Bad 80s movies


Baberaham lincoln?

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CUC 2011 Calling it now – Part Deux point CINQ!

Oh silly me, thinking that I had adequately conveyed my intentions and that I was trying to be a nice guy instead of a scumbag.  Before I get around to that part I do need to add additional points that readers have added in the comments as well as those that I have received via email.

Also, thank you to everybody that posted and emailed.  It’s great to see how passionate we are about our sport and it will continue to be my intention to encourage conversation.

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CUC 2011 Calling it now – Part 1

I apologize for not posting in a few months; the new company ticks along quite well and that’s due to the hard work of many.  Work combined with a lack of an Ontario season, May was almost fully rained out, meant little Ultimate to speak of for this reason.  However, it is now time to return to this site and I shall do so in grand fashion by making predictions on CUC 2011 results…right now.

There are a few rules to this game so as to provide maximum enjoyment for the reader:

  1. I must make a prediction in every division for the top four.
  2. I cannot say it’s too close to call.
  3. If, in my mind, there is a tie then I must do my best to antagonize a local team (usually Southern Ontario).
  4. I must select a Dark Horse for each division.
For those in the dark, CUC 2011 will be held in Ottawa it will decide which team primarily represents Canada at the World Country Championships next year.  The divisions are:  Open, Women’s, Mixed, Masters, and Juniors.  This may also be the last Juniors or second to last Juniors division at a CUC.
Now, onwards to me calling out my friends!