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Morning Pull: Today’s Coverage

Wake up Ultimate world! Today is the day that we’ve been waiting for! CCC begins today and we can’t be more excited about play today. As has already been announced this is our schedule for tomorrow:

  1. 8:30 – 10:10 – Michigan State vs. Notre Dame
  2. 10:20 – 12:00 – Georgia vs. Delaware
  3. 12:10 – 1:50 – Texas vs. Clemson
  4. 2:00 – 3:40 – Virginia vs. KSU
  5. 3:40 – 5:30 – Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

Make sure that you’re following us on Twitter or refreshing the CCC hashtag in order to get point by point updates for the above games and round by round scoring updates.

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Morning Pull: Ultimate Gets in Your System

This may become a regular feature or this may be the only time you see this (See our “Ultimate Flashback” series or “Tournament Bucket List“. We find ourselves constantly viewing the world through an Ultimate player’s eyes. Things are never quite the same for us as it is for everyone else (everyone else who doesn’t play Ultimate).

So, we’ll try and chronicle some of the things that happen to us in every day life that show Ultimate is a little bit more than just a hobby at this point.

  • We’re going to court this morning because of a traffic violation. All we could think about is the arbitration system and whether or not it’s better that self-arbitration. We have concluded that, outside of Ultimate, the world needs a little bit more than self-arbitration, or even IRS.
  • We have long since stopped counting to thirty when using mouthwash. We now stall ourselves to ten, three times.

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Morning Pull: Catering to You

We want you to be happy. It’s because of this, and because of the ambition of Taylor Nilan, that we’re bringing you this survey.

Fill out the survey and let us know what games you’d like us to cover each round at CCC LIII.

Morning Pull: Interesting Criticism

When we saw this video we could really only think of one thing and one person. This young man is the type of person who clearly has no room to be criticizing our boy Fitty. Nonetheless he continues to rail against him and, more for the spectacle than anything else, people watch and listen.

Anyone else see where we’re going with this?

Now, the Ulticritic has some good points and we don’t want to take that away from him by joining the masses of folks that simply mock him because of his, *ahem*, unconventional style. That being said, we find it interesting that he continues to piss into the wind on RSD.

Why doesn’t he do something about all the things he says? Why doesn’t he, at least like Frank Huguenard, create something new? If Ultimate is as hopeless as he says.

To be honest, we couldn’t really care less about whether or not Ultimate is ever on ESPN. We love to game to play the game. Perhaps this will change as we get older but for now, we don’t see any necessary changes. Sure, the game isn’t perfect, but baseball has been around for over 100 years and even after this postseason, the MLB still sees no reason to adopt instant replay.

Change takes time, but for now, we’re content to toss the disc with some of our best friends and have debates with other people about whether or not we were both vying for unoccupied space or if we were careening out of control into space already occupied.

Morning Pull: Brackets and Seedings

Being from Atlanta, we know better than to question the motives of one Stuart Downs. That being said, the RSD crowd has been a little bit upset about the lack of brackets and seedings thus far in the Club Regionals process, rightfully so, we might add. That being said, Mr. Downs has recently been a little bit upset about the manner in which the RSD crowd has expressed its upsetness.

Now, there’s no point in everyone trying to figure out what’s been going on in everyone else’s corner at this point. What matters is, we have brackets and seedings!

We think the tournament organizers got just about everything right. However, if one were to quickly refer to that same RSD thread that we linked you to earlier, you might find a particularly convincing argument for El Diablo to be seeded in front of GRIT. Against common opponents Diablo’s record is 2-2 while GRIT’s record is 0-2. Not to mention the way that GRIT backed into the second place finish at Texas Sectionals.

However, we have been alive for probably about the same amount of time that Stuart Downs has been tooling fools on the field. For that reason, we bow to his supremacy when it comes to seeding and apart from that the seedings may be more or less perfect. (Aside from FTS’ argument for a higher seed, but once again, we bow to older, wiser minds.)

Now, on to the important things. Games we plan on watching.

Obviously the most interesting games are going to come in the second and third rounds on Saturday in the championship bracket and then again in the first, second and third rounds on Sunday. We plan on making sure that we have full of most of those games, and round by round score updates for the whole tournament. You can attain those by following us on Twitter or taking a glance at the box to the side of your internet window.

We’re still looking for a photographer so don’t be surprised if we walk up to you on Saturday and ask for your pictures or if you want to take pictures for us, shoot us an e-mail. We promise it will be worth your while! (Our lawyer takes this opportunity to point out that we offer no compensation, monetary or otherwise, only our eternal gratitude and completely appropriate affection.)

We look forward to meeting captains that we have traded e-mails with and watching a weekend of Ultimate at one of its highest levels. Check back here for updates and the like!

See you in Atlanta!

Morning Pull: Spirit of the Game

The Huddle is dropping some heavy, heavy knowledge right now. The online Ultimate magazine has had many issues with “experts in the field” weighing in on subjects from a mock draft to how to use the sideline but The Huddle’s most recent issue on Spirit of the Game is real and addresses some serious issues about this game that we all know and love.

There are some seriously refreshing and honest opinions about Spirit from The Huddle, especially from Ring of Fire’s Taylor Pope and PoNY’s Ben van Heuvelen, but there is one gigantic mistake. Not a single one of the articles addresses the actual definition of Spirit of the Game (SotG). To be frank, while interesting, it doesn’t matter in the least bit what a single elite level player thinks SotG is when it is, in fact, something else entirely.

SotG has nothing to do with abiding by the rules, per se, and has everything to do with whether or not one abides by this italicized paragraph and these basic guidelines.

Spirit of the GameUltimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. Protection of these vital elements serves to eliminate unsportsmanlike conduct from the Ultimate field. Such actions as taunting opposing players, dangerous aggression, belligerent intimidation, intentional infractions, or other ‘win-at-all-costs’ behavior are contrary to the Spirit of the Game and must be avoided by all players.

One can easily go here and realize that Ultimate is possibly the most loosely defined sports of all time. In the introduction there is not even a definition of the field of play. The only things that get defined prior to SotG are object of the game (to score goals), how to score goals, number of players, object played with (disc), ways to advance the disc and turnovers.

The way we interpret that is that SotG is second to only those factors in the way that the Ultimate community defines the game that it claims to live by. Which is why we think many of the articles in this issue of The Huddle, while insightful, are grossly misguided in an attempt to actually define Spirit. We can personally understand, feel, sympathize, imagine, define a travel however we want, the fact of the matter is that the rulebook and the governing body of the sport defines a travel a certain way and that is what it means.

We love The Huddle and the vision of a true form of Ultimate media is part of what led us to start writing on this website. (That and an extreme case of senioritis last spring) However, in reading this issue of The Huddle, we were really alerted to only one thing: what Ultimate says and what Ultimate does are two different things.

Not to say that the writers for The Huddle are a signal that, in the immortal words of Brodie Smith, Spirit of the Game is dead, but to say that perhaps it is time for a round of introspection from the UPA. Perhaps, as much as we hate to admit it, we agree with Toad and SotG does need to be redefined. To us, it’s clear that most people have their own definition of what Spirit is, but how those definitions line up with the UPA definition, or how the UPA definition lines up with the majority of its players definitions of Spirit may not be so clear.

Morning Pull: Savage Ultimate

Courtesy of savageultimate.com

Courtesy of savageultimate.com

We don’t know what kind of journalistic boundaries this crosses but we want to plug one of the newest Ultimate uniform suppliers out there, Savage Ultimate. This company, run by Todd Curran of El Diablo, has everything that any team would need for its Ultimate needs.

Not only that but Curran seems to have quite the mastery when it comes to design. El Diablo’s new jerseys this season are quite slick and we are quite partial to the jerseys he provided for a pickup team we played on this summer, The Dragons, you may have heard of us because we are currently flying high at No. 37 33 in the UPA’s RRI.

Curran is great with design, timely and puts forth some fantastic prices. Not to mention the comfort of the material that he puts out is superior to anything that we’ve donned for the purpose of playing Ultimate. Give his website a look at http://www.savageultimate.com as he’s currently offering a fantastic deal for college uniforms.

We haven’t come across a uniform supplier that mixes knowledge, skill and Ultimate experience all into one quite like he does.

You’re going to like the way you look. We guarantee it.