Thursday, December 18, 2008

Player Award Nominees- 2008


As part of Canadian Ultimate's end of year review, I'm looking for nominees for the following awards

-Best Canadian Open Player in 2008
-Best Canadian Womens Player in 2008
-Best Canadian Coed Player in 2008
-Best Canadian Masters Player in 2008
-Best Canadian Junior Player in 2008

This includes performance in the calender year 2008.

I'll put the most popular nominees from each category in a poll and let the readers decide who would get such awards.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Economy Hits Ultimate...


Yesterday, I asked people to give me the storyline of the year. My focus was on the positive- The great tournaments, the great teams, the great players and the great plays that made the year one to remember.

Now a sad story might be the story of the year.

There are rumblings in the ultimate community about the death of GAIA. It is strongly rumored that their parent company is in receivership. It seems that the economy and the downturn the global market has endured has taken its toll on ultimate business. (Their website is "closed" and they thank the viewer for their patience... perhaps a very poorly worded final communication)

I discussed the state of GAIA previously. My take on their current state at that time was not pleasant. I've always wished them (and other ultimate companies) well, and found the rise and fall of GAIA particularly fascinating.

So, let's discuss what lead GAIA to this place in their history. When did they jump the shark? Will stories of ultimate business be a trend in 2009?

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.