Welcome to this SuperBowl edition of Sidelines! But only because the game is Sunday, I predict a boringly efficient game, and I really don’t care which of Tom or Eli gets another ring. Wouldn’t you rather see Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis headlining this game than possibly the frailest quarterbacks around? Anyways, I digress…
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’.
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
Tally ho! (That’s a greeting right?) I’m sure if you’re reading this that you’ll be somehow involved in, or at least linked to by fewer degrees of separation than to Kevin Bacon, CUUC 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Earth. And so let me open by saying good luck to each and every team, player, coach and especially volunteer that will be a part of this great weekend. :)
But, before we get there, the scouting reports! For those of you sidelined and playing fantasy all weekend, listen up, this one’s for you. (And I guess the rest of you can read on too, I can’t stop you.)
The university circuit looks stronger than ever this fall, and I have no doubts that there will be come very competitive, high calibre ultimate played this weekend, on the men’s and women’s sides. I’ve asked many captains to give me a little something-something on their team and many have graciously replied, and I thank them for making my life that much easier. So, as the esteemed Mr. Carroll once said (no, not you Andy), we shall begin at the beginning and go on until we come to the end; then stop. There will be no particular order to this, other than letting the ladies go first.
On a warm July evening some of the best players from the USA played the best players in Eastern Canada. While particularly tricky to shoot due to low light conditions I managed to snag a few decent photos.
NexGen hobbled by a few injuries and without a bus were showing the affects of life on the road. While the carefree NexGen warmed up individually or in pairs GOAT ran team warmups; the Observers also warmed up as a group. On the field NexGen play as a cohesive group of guys but what makes them great are their handlers. Regardless of position they able to thread the disc through the slimmest of gaps and take advantage of the athleticism of the cutters. At the same time, NexGen’s defense forced GOAT to play incuts and took away the huck game. With players normally used to wide open throws the younger cutters on GOAT never quite got into a groove. GOAT handler Adrian Yearwood anchored the handler line and maintained the tempo along with Thomson McKnight while relying heavily upon Mark Lloyd and Cam Harris upfield. It wasn’t until just before half that many of the veterans took to the field. The second half saw quite a bit of pressure from NexGen and by all accounts they were in the driving seat until a few drops let them down. GOAT wrapped up the game 15-13.
By all accounts this was not a good game for GOAT. While they were missing many of their key handlers it took them a while to adjust to the deep double/triple coverage. Since this game they have played Furious in Colorado (GOAT won) and that may not bode well for GOAT at CUC.