After this weekend we want to say a few things.
First, this will sound rather cheesy, no team should have its collective head down right now. This weekend was a weekend in which Ultimate was on display in its truest form. The athleticism, talent and spirit of EVERY team this weekend was beyond impressive. The Atlantic Coast exceeded our expectations by so much we can’t even express it.
We expected the Finals and/or the game-to-go, along with the 1v1 crossovers to be callfests, gratuitous and absurd spikefests and any other kind of negative fest that you can think of. They, and almost all the other games throughout the weekend, were hard fought but maintained a level of dignity that is what makes Ultimate fun to play.
On top of the Spirit that was shown throughout the weekend. We think it is safe to say that the AC had the most competitive tournament of the weekend. There were six double-game-point finishes on Saturday alone. Followed by two universe games in the backdoor bracket in two more games on Sunday that were decided by two scores.
If you look at the other Regionals throughout the weekend, no team that made it to Nationals was challenged by any other team in the Region. Wisconsin and Carleton rolled through their Region while Colorado, Texas, UCSD and Kansas all did the same. We’re not trying to take anything away from these teams. They’re all certainly talented and great. However, it’s going to be hard to make an argument that any Region, top to bottom, could compete with the Atlantic Coast.
Congratulations are in order to those teams that pulled out victories and are headed to Nationals in less than four weeks. To those teams that will be staying home. Keep your heads up because you fought harder and gave those teams that are moving on a Hell that no other National contender can even fathom.