Pretty simple topic today. When you play in a major tournament, do you prefer port-a-fields or painted field lining?
Port-A-Fields last longer, are quicker to set up and put away, and are a cheaper alternative. Lined Fields are the tradition and there is no realistic concern about tripping over a painted line!
Please answer the poll on the right.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Pictures of CUT 2009 are found right here. Photos are courtesy Corry Berghout.
BlockStak.TV captures but a small part of the madness of Gender Blender. Very nice piece by the gang from the United Kingdom.
The big question is- Will anybody ever be able to beat Hadiya Roderique's "single ladies" rendition? Amazing.
Derek Alexander... Derek Being Derek_______________________________________________________________
I'm still looking for Flowerbowl 2009 results either on the tournament site or on UPA.
I found the women's results partially reported... but I'm hoping one of my Vancouver readers can give us the full results for all three divisions.
Cal States Results are listed here
Open- Revolver wins, Jam and Two Sockeye Teams make it to semis
Womens- Fury wins 11-10 over Riot in the final... clearly the two best women's teams in the upa
Mixed- Mischief from the Bay Area wins the crown... and I think the phrase "That's what she said", now an ultimate team name, is officialy DONE!
Backhoe Split Squad wins $2000 at Texas Shootout. Given the effect the economy has had on the US and even on some ultimate teams, I am surprised the Texas Shootout was able to continue this year with prize winnings.
On the mens side, Prairie Fire from Kansas City beat out Johnny Bravo and three Doublewide split squads for the $4000 prize.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Furious George was featured on a local CTV news show, and the report was picked up by the national network. Flowerbowl 2009 was mentioned in the lead in.
This is no means the tipping point for ultimate frisbee in the media, but I found it to be a solid piece. Morgan Hibbert and Nick Menzies gave solid interviews. The scrimmage shown didn't have separate teams and jerseys (giving it a pick up/unorganized look) but few teams could demonstrate the game's skills as well as the Monkey.
Nice job boys... and I hope Flowerbowl is a huge hit.
Here's a rundown of coed results from the past weekend
Gender Blender- No results posted, but Blender is not really about results. Everyone I've heard from has sung the same "This year was epic" tune :)
Mixed Easterns- Canadian finishes and won-loss records
Team Final Placement Win- Loss Record
ONYX 6th (tie) 4-2
Gecko 3rd (tie) 5-2
BFC 22nd 0-6
RIP 6th 3-3
Monster 18th 3-4
Spawn 21st 4-2
Polatouches 25th 5-2
Two years ago, another site had power rankings for open teams. I'm not sure if he is doing it this year, but do you (the readers) of this blog want me to have weekly/montly ranking of open/womens/coed teams leading up to nationals?
What should be the basis of the rankings. Head to Head? Total wins? Major Tournament finishes?
As you cna imagine, I'll need regional help/suggestions in order to make the rankings accurate. Let me know if you think it is a good idea.
Monday, June 8, 2009
First major open tournament on the east coast has been completed. CUT 2009 had a familiar final, but offered a number of surprising performances, mostly by our Canadian squads.
One thing I was going to say regardless of what happened was that we as followers of the touring season really shouldn't jump to any conclusions on these tourneys. Some teams use these tourneys as tests of new systems, tryouts, and tune ups.
Ironside won the final with a 15-11 defeat over GOAT. The battle will continue throughout the summer, and Boston Invite should be the next showdown.
Here's the Canadian rundown:
Goat- 2nd. Only one loss during the weekend, but some close games versus Bodhi and Mephisto
Mephisto- 3rd. A tough Saturday of pool play but they win a crossover with Pike and then defeat Phoenix to make semis. Lose semi to GOAT but if the 15-13 is any indication, they are really progressing as a team.
Phoenix- 6th Great weekend for the team, beating seed and finishing in the top 6. Surprise many and finish second in the pool. Losing in quarters to Mephisto and then on universe to PoNY for the 5th place game must be tough, but saturday wins over PoNY and much hyped Forge are huge.
Too Bad- 7th Harry Burkman does it again! Puts together a solid squad of semi regulars and pick ups, comes into the tourney ranked 15th, goes 3-0 in pool play and beats the 5th ranked team to sneak into quarters. You gotta give credit when it is due, and this team (I assume had some ex Zebra Muscles on it) deserves kudos.
Other Notes- Tournament TDS take Note
- Forge comes in ranked 5th and wins only one game all weekend. That's very tough to deal with.
- Colt .45 goes 0-5
- Space Jam goes 0-5
- Wiretap loses only one game all weekend, but it's the pre quarters one that mattered most.
- Sons of Liberty wins only one game all weekend, but it is the pre quarters game that allows them to secure a tie for 7th.