Monday, December 15, 2008

Storyline of the Year?


Whether we like it or not, the year is ending. As per tradition, it's time to look back and reflect on the past year. Ultimate had a busy year in Canada, hosting a worlds and national/college championships.

So what was the best storyline of the year in Canadian Ultimate?

Was it the UBC women winning a UPA college championship? The Open worlds championship over the incredible USA squad? The third consecutive mens championship in college ultimate? Maybe that I stopped posting for months and Haig stayed vigilent in his grumpiness? lol

I could make a poll list, but I would prefer to open the floor to stories I might not know about. Tell me about the people and the event that should be considered the best story of the year.

1 comment:

T1000 said...

Well, Storm had a banner year all-around and made it to the CUC finals for the first time, deserving an honourable mention.

And in the Open division, no team went undefeated, making it the first truly competitive CUCs for as long as I can remember. I would congratulate Open teams across Canada for raising the bar.

Much greater still, the lady T-Birds make a very strong bid for story of the year, seconded by the lady Gee-Gees who made every Metro East detractor catch their breath at once.

And then, of course, every Canadian team at the WUGCs had a story in its own right, two of which were complemented by the aforementioned ladies.

In particular, Kira Frew put up astonishing personal numbers, winning how many gold medals in the space of a year? If I'm correct, she chalked up the UPA College Series, the WUGCs, the CUCs, and maybe the CUUCs as well. She easily won more hardware than any other Canadian this year.

Personally, I am ever-inspired by the comeback stories. Kevin Cheung's recovered from a devastating leg injury last autumn, then captained TFP to a WUGC championship in the following summer.

But while I hate to further contribute to the blog's Ottawa-centricity, I think the story of the year award goes to Derek Alexander's comeback special after years of de facto incapacitation. In a year of great accomplishments, his personal strides outdistanced everyone else's. I can't imagine how hard it must have been.