Sidelines 2012 – 02 – 03

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…

This week on Sidelines:

U23s!

The international scene

NYNY v Big Brother

The AUDL

Tom Crawford

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NexGen vs GOAT Gallery

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.

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NexGen Thoughts

No doubt most of you have been watching the NexGen games on Vimeo or, if you want them all, on UltiVillage.  As the tour starts to travel East there are interesting developments.  One of the most interesting will be next Wednesday when NexGen play GOAT at Esther Shiner Stadium in Toronto (do not miss this if you’re around).  The game between NexGen and GOAT will be one of the more direct comparisons between Furious and GOAT than we’ve had this year.  The comparison is especially important as in less than one month the two teams are favoured at CUC and are likely to meet in the finals.

However, there are more important issues at hand.

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Sidelines 2011-07-08

Welcome back to what will probably be the least controversial post in the last two days and for the next few.  Good luck to teams at Regionals this weekend.

This week we have four videos for you:

  • Sockeye vs Furious at Solstice 2011
  • Brodie Smith takes advantage of a defensive error
  • Boston Invite Pool Play between Ironside and Southpaw
  • Boston Invite Semifinal Highlights – GOAT vs PoNY
  • Boston Invite Open Final Highlights

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Sidelines 2011-05-13

Welcome to tonight’s edition of Sidelines (or possibly today’s, depending on when you’re reading this).

This week:

GOAT

TUF

Highlights, Highlights, Highlights! (From, presumably, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!)

Galleries! Bet you can’t (check out) just one…

Skyd’s 2011 College Rankings (CONTROVERSY, possibly? :O)

Tips and Tricks, because I’m a like out help a brother/sister out :)

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