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I can’t stand the rain…

July 12, 2013

song of the summer. so far, anyway.

two thoughts:

  1. me, I’m supa fly.
  2. beep bee. who got the keys to me jeep?

Party people…

January 21, 2011

…in the new place to be.

Don’t go pouring out any liquor just yet, I’m gonna keep 87tilinfinity around in some capacity or another.

Tuesday Bullets

December 14, 2010

The time between Club Nationals and the start of the college season is mostly dead space. There isn’t a lot going on. Over in the real world, Andray Blatche is a bum, Amare Stoudemire is really fun to watch in person, and Greg Popovich is still the man.

A couple of Frisbee things did come to mind today:

  • This video of the 1989 College Finals popped up on RSD yesterday. Pretty cool.  Does anyone else see similarities between UCSB’s offense and the one that Carleton ran when they won the title in 2009? The big thing that stands out to me is how much space there is not only in front of but also around the guy with the disc; rather than have a designated dump set up and chill for a bit, the dump either materializes from a handler that drifted upfield into the breakside space for a while or a cutter that just continues his cut until he’s in the backfield. I gather that there’s a fundamental sense of the fact that at some point, a handler needs an easy reset. But until that time, you might as well put everyone in motion and let things happen.
  • This article on the downfall of the Head Coach in Waiting in college football is interesting to me when put into the context of ultimate. In college ultimate, a lot of coaches are alumni of the schools they’re coaching since they still have ties to the school or area (and since nobody is going to pay them to do it elsewhere). I’ve always liked the idea of coaches and management in college and pro sports getting their start as players in their respective organizations, since I think it leads to a better understanding of a specific brand and system. Two thoughts that come to here are that a.) bringing in someone else from the outside can be hit or miss and b.) actually designating a HCIW seems counterproductive to me, since I think that a big benefit of looking internally is that teams can see potential coaches that weren’t originally thought of as such.

A couple of friends and I are working on doing some previews for the upcoming college season. If you have a perspective on any particular team or region or anything related and you’re interested in contributing, hit me up:

UOA Nationals Update

November 20, 2010

Just got off the phone with a friend from Virginia. He said the following:

  • Today was really windy, with the second round of the day being a solid 20-25mph throughout. In general it seemed like that just brought scores closer together. Since Virginia Tech is a.) tall, b.) comfortable playing zone, and c.) happy to play the 50/50 huck game, them upsetting Pitt isn’t all that shocking. Burn has always had big wins in them, they just tend to come when it’s not the Series. I think a lot of people in the former Atlantic Coast area will be looking to see if they can get over that hump this year.
  • Pitt played good D in the wind. En Sabah Nur ran a straight up mark in the middle of the field with poaches in the lane, and then set a strong trap once the disc was swung to the sidelines. Pretty good strategy in the wind, lots of college teams have trouble on the sidelines even in calm conditions.
  • Pitt’s defensive offense moved the disc well. Apparently they have one handler in particular that drives their offense after the turn. My boy said he was wearing #42, but there isn’t a #42 on their Score Reporter page. Anyone?

Cool. We’ll see what’s up tomorrow.

November 20, 2010

Here’s what was on my mind while I flew home to Seattle today. If you want to tell  me about some good pick up or Goaltimate in the 206/425 this week (outside of Marymoore Park tomorrow), that’d be sweet.

Florida Ultimate

  • Looking at who they’re returning and their CCC performance, I think it’s a safe to say that Florida is the frontrunner for the 2010 title until someone proves otherwise. Yes, Brodie shouldered an unbelievable load last year, and his and Chris Gibson’s departure are huge. But so many of their players have been training and playing at a high level for so long. If there weren’t such a stigma against Florida and so much hating on their strategy, don’t you think more people would be pointing out just how full of Championship-level experience the Gators have?
  • I think that a key to Florida’s success is their ability to minimize chaos on offense. Good defenses rely on the secondary effects of pressure to force turnovers, and Florida’s does a great job of neutralizing that by limiting the temptation for throwers to take short field risks. Yes, they are a team of fast, jumpy guys, but so is pretty much every other Nationals-caliber team; what Florida does better than anyone else is make space for their guys to work in isolation so that defenders have to deal with one-on-one match-ups, which leads to either high-reward deep shots or low-risk passes underneath. Playing defense on an island is tough in any sport, and if you can make your opponent do it more often than not, your offense is probably going to be pretty good.
  • On that note, I think that Florida is pretty similar to Chain 2009. They always had just one guy back for the dump, and as long as throwers are well-trained to hit the right window or put the disc to space, doing so makes re-setting the disc easy. Upfield movement is great, but as long as the disc reliably switches hands every ten seconds, it’s gravy.

Old School College

  • I re-watched the 2005 College Final between Brown and Colorado last night. Interesting to remember that the Colin Mahoney-Beau Kittredge match-up goes back a ways. Colin got a great layout catch-block on him in the Finals at Club Nationals this year, and is probably one of the only guys that can cover him honestly (and by that I mean don’t simply back him, let him go in uncontested, and then set a good mark).
  • For some reason the hyperlink function isn’t working. You can watch that video here:
  • There’s a decent amount of old College Nationals footage on YouTube. For instance, check the 2004 Semifinals between Brown and Cal here: 
  • I’ve not seen Josh “Richter” Ackley play much with Johnny Bravo (outside of the 2007 Finals video on The Huddle, Bravo’s a team I’ve not seen much, period), but his impact on that game was pretty noticeable. He just looked very composed with the disc, which is what college teams need: guys that can do whatever is necessary to keep it moving and not turn the disc over. With all of the deep options that they had, I’m guessing that he and Chicken had a pretty good time playing at Colorado.
  • Can anyone that saw both Nord and Brodie play in college comment on their comparative impact? Obviously, the game has changed a lot over the past decade, but I bring this up because I’ve heard a lot of people say that each was the most dominant player they’ve seen play college. I think that I fall into that category with Brodie, but the memory of seeing Kurt Gibson play at 2008 Regionals makes me hesitate to say that I’m sure.


  • College ultimate is really hard to follow because there’s no easy way to keep up with roster turnover. In club, guys stay put for longer, and since the nature of the game places far less emphasis on a few studs, turnover doesn’t have quite the same impact as it does in college. I’m hoping that team Score Reporter pages are up to date once the Spring season starts.
  • USA Ultimate Tom Crawford has openly said that he believes that college eligibility should be taken down to four years, Obviously, that would change the College Ultimate landscape quite a bit, as the list of impact fifth-year undergrad and grad school players on high-level teams over the past fifteen (and maybe farther back?) is extensive. What do people think about this? Does limiting eligibility to four years instead of five do something for the sport? Personally, I don’t really care that it’s different from other sports; I think that’s irrelevant to the cost/benefit discussion in this case. But I understand that a lot of people probably disagree.

Refs and Stuff

With UOA Nationals going on this weekend, it’s not a bad time to continue some of what has been said around here and elsewhere about pushing the envelope on observer responsibilities as well as the possibility of referees in Ultimate. In so many ways, this conversation is so tired. But it’s also so important to ultimate, and the fact that our sport lends itself to talking about the nature of officiating is something that I really appreciate.

  • As a player, I like that ultimate puts the responsibility of rule enforcement on my opponent and me. In the Summer 2010 USA Ultimate magazine, Sockeye’s Moses Rifkin commented that Spirit of the Game “enables a pure form of competition… because a third party… adds a whole other level in which a less talented team can win by being better at gaming the rules.” I really agree.
  • I also think that clamoring for refs just allows teams to place blame on someone other than themselves or their opponents. When two teams square off, I’d prefer that they e the only ones credited for the outcome. Hearing complaints like “we lost because the refs blew it” gets really old, and attitudes like “if I push you while you go up for a disc and it doesn’t get called, that’s the ref’s fault, not mine” are really detrimental to what competition has to offer.
  • I guess that this is where I stand on the observers/refs debate: ultimate is in a pretty unique place because of how it is officiated, and the discussions that arise out of that set up could really push the boundaries of how we approach competition. Personally, I love that, and it’s why I’m not all that determined to see ultimate strive to emulate sports that have refs.

UOA College Nationals

November 18, 2010

The Ultimate Observes Association is hosting their first-annual College Nationals this weekend in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded by Mike Gerics and Jason Weddle, the UOA  is a progressive group of tournament organizers and game officials whose hallmark is active observers that keep the game moving quickly while calling travels and in/out of bounds.

UOA Nationals will be played under Gerics’ 8s format: a round-robin pool with a championship game that pits the two best teams against each other. Outside of the Finals, the third place finisher in the pool plays the fourth, the fifth plays the sixth, and the seventh plays the eighth. This format is a lot of fun for players; it’s a deviation from typical tournament set-ups, and it provides for a small setting wherein teams can really scout each other well throughout the weekend.

After qualifying from their respective conference tournaments, the teams attending UOA Nationals are:

Pittsburgh (Big East), Virginia (ACC), Dartmouth (Ivy League), Tennessee (SEC), Virginia Tech (ACC), James Madison (CAA), Brandeis (Ivy League 2), and Connecticut (Big East 2).

Couple things:

  • Pitt is the only 2010 USA Ultimate College Championships qualifyer of the bunch. They reached the national Semifinals before losing to Carleton last year. I know that they graduated Chris Brenenborg, who in my opinion was one of the best throwers in the college game last season, along with Eddie Peters,  nothing. But over the past five seasons or so, Pitt has done a fantastic job of recruiting from Pennsylvania high schools so I’m guessing that they’ll be re-loading just from whatever guys they did graduate.
  • I’ve heard that they’ve taken skeleton and rookie squads to fall tournaments so far, but similar to Florida last weekend, I see them giving UOA Nationals their best shot in an effort to get a solid feel for where they stand going into the winter.
  • On the Juniors note, you can see a list of 2010’s Junior Worlds members and where they attend college (if they do) here. Does anyone feel like digging up the lists for 2008, 2006, or earlier? I know that Pitt players Isaac Saul and Alex Thorne played in 2008, but am I missing someone?
  • Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and James Madison are all quite familiar with each other, having competed in the Blue Ridge Section before this year’s restructuring. Both Tennessee and Virginia Tech are streaky teams that have beat Virginia within the past year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if either gives the top two some trouble.
  • Three tournaments in a row is going to be brutal for the JMU. The Hellfish rely a lot on the top of their rotation, and this weekend should tell us something about how far that could potentially take them.
  • Dartmouth is a mystery to me. I heard from a friend of a friend that they look a lot better than they did last year, but I don’t have any details to offer up on that one. Can anyone who was at the Ivy League tournament comment? I think most people, myself included, figured that Harvard or Tufts would come out on top of that one.
  • I don’t know anything about Brandeis or Connecticut either. Drop the knowledge.

To wrap up, I wanted to include a little blurb about the nature of our self-officiated game that I came across on Dusty Rhodes’ blog the other day.

Just something to think about.

CCC Wrap-up

November 15, 2010

I wasn’t there, so I can’t offer much analysis or commentary. What I’ve got is based on watching Score Reporter and talking to my friends and former teammates on Virginia’s Night Train.

Here’s how the Championship Bracket played out:

Couple things…

  • Looks like Florida ramped up their effort this weekend in comparison to CCCs of the past. Given that they lost Brodie Smith and Chris Gibson, this was a smart strategy: they need to put their new-look lineup to the test against actual competition. But looking at Alex Hill’s comments to Sky’d, I’m guessing they also did a good job of using CCC as a teaching tournament. Really, that’s what impresses me most about Florida: their offense can be broken down into prety specific positions, and they do a good job of teaching players how to play the positions that they’re best at. People spend a lot of time knocking their short rotation, but given that they reload with new players that are ready to contribute year in and year out, I think they’re doing something right.
  • On the Florida note, people tend to harp on them being unsportsmanlike. Two friends of mine told me that playing Florida was a really good time, and that they weren’t unwilling to listen to discussion on foul calls. In fact, I was told that Alton Gaines and Nathan Sage both took back foul calls after hearing Virginia’s case, which I think is noteworthy.
  • Glad to see that after a rough start to Saturday, UVA righted the ship and made Finals for the second year in a row. Next weekend’s UOA Nationals will tell us something about how well they handle back-to-back tournament weekends.
  • I would not have predicted Alabama over Michigan State. Anyone got anything on either of these teams?
  • Anyone care to comment on Texas? They had a strong weekend, and I’m guessing that last year’s experience will help their returners take them back to Nationals. I’m guessing they’re still a vert stack team, but I really don’t know anything about them and didn’t hear anything either.
  • Rough weekend for Jojah. From what I’m told, they’re very athletic, but also young. I’d imagine that they’ll continue to find an identity as the year moves along, so we’ll see about them come Spring.

Discussion’s always a good thing, so if you were in Athens, holla.

Classic City Classic 2010

November 11, 2010

Another Fall, another Classic City Classic. Most teams have made their cuts by now, and getting so much talent together gives everyone a chance to check in on where they are as they head into Winter and prepare for the Spring. Wisconsin won’t be back to attempt a four-peat, and there’s no Pitt, Notre Dame, or Michigan either. But even if the field is a tad bit down, there are a lot of teams that have been looking forward to being in Athens for quite some time, and while Texas and Illinois of 2008 along with Michigan of 2009 remind us that a bad CCC has never really spelled doom for anybody, a good one is usually predictive of more strong results to come.

So if you have any feelings about CCC, let’s talk about them. It’s healthy. And while we’re at it, let’s pour out a little for my fallen homie: the Atlantic Coast Region.

Here’s what I got:

  • The chances of Florida doing well are pretty good. They’re the defending National Champions, and despite their reliance on a very top-heavy rotation, they do a good job of teaching fundamentals to everyone. Everyone on their roster knows how important it is to play defense and avoid cheap turnovers, and that makes for a solid college squad.
  • The chances that they really won’t care either way are even better. If the past five seasons are an indicator, Florida doesn’t show up to Fall tournaments all that intent on winning. At UOA Fall 8s last year, Brodie didn’t even cleat up on Sunday, and at CCC 2008, a number of their top guys were walking around barefoot once they hit the consolation round. Look for the Gators to take a “teach first” approach, putting more value on giving their inexperienced guys some burn. In the past, this has been a smart strategy: it helps when your bottom of the roster guys really know how to play together against top competition, and playing them a lot at tournaments like this is one way to get there. The transition from Brodie to Cole is going to be call for more strategy adjustments than Kurt to Brodie did, so maybe they’ll run the starters out more than usual. But I kind of doubt it.
  • On the re-building note, I think that any team that made Nationals last year is going to have some leftovers whose experience and know-how will at least cover up some of what was lost when key guys graduated. UNC-W losing Rusty and Georgia losing Peter Dempsey certainly stick out, and I’m among those that are curious to see what their teams bring to the table at the start. Both have very strong programs, with coaches Greg Vassar and Tully Beatty doing quite a bit to guide the Seamen while Georgia typically retains a few graduates that stay and help out. Unlike Florida, my guess is that they’ll both be playing to win this weekend, and even though it’s the Fall, their results could tell us a lot.
  • Georgia Tech will be as good as Nick Lance plays. Last year’s team featured Nick doing pretty much whatever he wanted while the rest of his team got open for re-sets, caught his hucks, and played hard defense. If he’s on, they’ll have a good weekend. If someone does a good job of covering him (easier said than done), Georgia Tech will turn it over on forced hucks and break throws.  I know nothing about this year’s Texas team, but if this were two years ago, a Lance v. Presley match-up would be a whole lotta fun to watch.
  • Despite their poor showing at the ACC 8s, I’ve heard good things about UNC. It has to help that Noah Saul and Thomas Sayre-McCord played with Ring of Fire, and these guys typically do a good job of coming together as a team and squeezing a lot out of their role players. Is Lucas Darden playing with them last year? It was a bummer that he took last season off, as he was one of the region’s toughest covers as a sophomore. Also, I’ve heard they have a beast freshman. Anyone got any word on this?
  • On paper, it looks like Michigan State will be good. I count four seniors on their Spring 2010 roster, and they made it to both the Finals and the game to go in the Central last year. Of course, I don’t know just how big a role those seniors played since I don’t know Michigan State names/faces all that well, but the team impressed me at the Tally Classic last year. Chriso Ferguson’s a hard cutter to guard, and they isolate him pretty well. I bet they take Pool B.
  • I suppose I’ll keep an eye on Virginia , maybe just a little bit…
  • That Phil Brock and Chris Mullinix are back for Tennessee is a good thing. They’ve had a fast and fairly talented roster for the past couple of seasons, it’s just a matter of learning to make strategy adjustments and bring it in the games that actually matter. It’s CCC, so nothing actually matters, but I think they could do well.
  • Other teams and players of note: Florida State picked up a new coach this year, none other than Peter van de Burgt himself. Also, Nick Fletcher has some serious talent… Tree is gone from Kennesaw State The Atlanta Braves might make some noise… Clemson graduated Ben Slade, who was one of the best college players I’ve seen play. I have a feeling he’ll be on their sidelines though… Alabama’s Tim Brady picked up some great experience with Tanasi, and was one of their grittiest players when I watched him in Sarasota. Wasn’t there another Alabama guy on Tanasi…? James Madison is probably underseeded at 18.
  • What’s up with the seeds? The first four make sense: 1-3 are the only 2010 Nationals teams in the field, and Georgia Tech finished 4th at Regionals last year. But Texas at the 5? They had an awful CCC last year, and didn’t make Nationals. UNC at the 6 after no Regionals in 2010? Oh well. It really doesn’t matter since it’s a Fall tournament, but those two are just kind of baffling.
  • Aguilar’s been doing a great job with his CCC coverage, so check him out if you haven’t already. His latest is on Georgia Tech, but I imagine there’s a few more to come before the weekend.
  • Going back into the archives, here’s the 2006 CCC page, which features a sick picture of Beau on the Colorado profile. Can anyone find the link to the 2005 CCC page?

That’ll do for now. Hopefully I’ll have some more stuff up in the coming week.

More from the Finals…

November 3, 2010

Finals word vomit.

  • A lot of Revolver’s success came from how well they kept throwers from putting easy deep shots. Especially in the first half, you often saw Ironside cutters Jeff Graham and Danny Clark getting open deep, but their handlers had to think twice about hitting the deep shot. Rebholz often wound up for it but held it in because the timing was off, and as good as Josh Markette is (honestly, his impact on Ironside’s run can’t be overstated, he seemed to be doing everything right all weekend. Plus, you could really tell how much Chain’s O line missed him), he doesn’t really specialize in hucking from a standstill. Revolver defenders did an excellent job of either stopping upline cuts or being right on their man as he caught the disc, so hucks from power position were tough. A couple of Ironside’s turns were from cutter to cutter (the first was Jeff Graham underthrowing an OI flick to Jim Foster, another other was Clark trying to throw a crossfield flick to a going-away Graham). While other hucking teams did well with cutters hucking to other cutters (Revolver, Doublewide, and Chain), Ironside was best when it dumped and swung and then hit the bomb. Just kind of interesting to think about how Revolver’s pressure took Ironside out of its game.
  • This was the first game where I really saw Sam Kanner’s impact for Revolver. Throughout the season, the Jam guys were huge: Bart Watson and Brian Garcia really balanced out the offense and Taylor Cascino added another top defender. Also, Ashlin Joye and Russell Wynne stuck out a lot on defense, with Joye doing a great job defending the dump and taking care of the disc while Wynne just seemed to never stop running and bidding on D. But with Kanner, even though I knew he was really good, I didn’t quite see how he worked with the team. I guess I was just catching him at the wrong time, because in the Finals v. Ironside, he was a huge part of the defensive offense that won Revolver the game. Later in the second half, Ironside put a little run together by ramping up their downfield D and more or less daring Revolver defenders to huck the disc, and Kanner did a fantastic job of getting open on the dump, distributing to the right guy, and making sure that Revolver was dictating the pace.
  • Speaking of Ironside daring Revolver to huck, I remember Revolver being pinned pretty deep in their own endzone and Kanner and Robbie Cahill swinging the disc patiently while not too much was open downfield. And then Cahill put a backhand huck out on a rope that put his cutter (I think it was John Levy) just outside of the Ironside endzone. One of the more impressive throws I saw this weekend.* Another time, Ironside went straight-up to stop the huck, but Revolver handlers very quickly swung the disc and then hit a wide open Brian Garcia. Ironside didn’t really try it again.
  • On the whole, Ironside’s handlers played really well. Cricket was open everywhere and didn’t turn the disc, Rebholz had it in his hand all the time and didn’t turn it much, and Adam Simon played like more of a true handler than I’ve ever seen while also remaining a threat to go downfield. I do think, though, that they could have switched things up a bit, mostly with the purpose of giving themselves better hucking options. At one point, I remember thinking how much more dangerous they’d be if they had that one guy who could jack it full-field from a standstill. And the thing is, they did. It may have been a roll of the dice, but putting Brandon Malacek in for an offensive point or two might have paid off.
  • Teddy Browar-Jarus from Ironside was really fun to watch in the finals, mostly because of his dump throws. He’s left-handed, and twice when he was forced to throw his backhand, he led the dump with a long upfield IO throw that called for a “wow.” It wasn’t just the typical upfield backhand that you often see thrown as a dump throw, it was more of a crossfield shot that made it as if his man was catching an in cut.
  • Not having George Stubbs really hurt Ironside. He was a big part of their team all season, and he stood out a lot on the D line when I watched them play Sockeye in power pools. Not sure what his injury was.


*The other Revolver toss that falls into this lot was a Bart Watson IO flick huck against Truck Stop in the Quarters. Going downwind, both teams had overthrown a bunch of hucks, but Bart was able to put this one low and out in front while making it float long enough for his receiver to run onto it. Maybe I’ll do a post about the best throws I saw this weekend…

Open Finals Write-up

November 1, 2010

Here’s what I wrote for USA Ultimate’s website to go along with the write-ups that I did for Thursday-Saturday. It’s not up yet, so I figured I’d paste it here:

While you may be quick to credit Revolver’s superior performance in today’s USA Ultimate Club Open Finals game to a year’s worth of motivation provided by last year’s second-place finish, team captain Robbie Cahill would be quick to tell you that you were not seeing the entire picture. “This goes back to when Revolver was first formed in 2006, when we dedicated ourselves to the goal of rising to the top through putting pieces in place year by year that would allow us to perform on the top level while also adhering to our core principles of discipline, humility, and intensity.” For many players, coaches, and fans, those three principles admirably capture the Spirit of the Game that makes them love the game of Ultimate. And for today’s Revolver squad, it might be appropriate to make room for a fourth: Readiness.

From the opening pull, Revolver looked focused and prepared to win the game. On the first point, the offense flowed seamlessly down the force side, and before they could even transition into an endzone set, Bart Watson was already hitting a wide open Beau Kittredge with a flawless hammer that established a 1-0 lead. On defense, Revolver’s starting line came out as it had all weekend, working hard to win individual match-ups and apply the pressure that had smothered opposing teams throughout the tournament. While Ironside held to bring the score to 1-1, Revolver’s offensive players took the field with an air of confidence in their own ability to score and the knowledge that when given enough chances to grind the opposition down, their defensive teammates would force turnovers and earn breaks.

With the score on serve at 3-2, Revolver got its first chance to do just that. A junk defense that forced Ironside to throw away from the middle of the field and toward the sideline gave Revolver the disc, and while a turnover of their own gave the disc back to Ironside, Revolver took the disc yet again as Ironside missed on an uncharacteristic huck in transition, converting to make the score 5-2.

Ironside would answer back, and with the score at 7-6, the defense had a chance to bring the game even after a Revolver huck to the endzone was overthrown. But as Seth Crockford picked up the disc on the goal line, Revolver’s Tyler Grant poached off of Josh Markette and got a block in the lane. Two throws later, Revolver took half with the score at 8-6.

At halftime, onlookers speculated that Ironside would orchestrate a run. The team’s huddle looked positive and encouraging, and with an undefeated record coming into the Club Championships and a veteran core that played in the Finals just two seasons ago, Ironside was not one to cower in the face of adversity.

As the half started, however, Revolver looked to take advantage of an Ironside vulnerability that it had experienced just a year ago in its loss to Chain Lightning: for the first time all weekend, Ironside was in the uncomfortable position of playing from behind. As the pull went up, Revolver took the field ready to pounce, and after a Danny Clark flick missed its target, Mac Taylor ripped down a flick huck from Ashlin Joye to give Revolver the pivotal break out of half. On the next point, Revolver’s defense would force a turn by clamping down on the sidelines, and the score came to 10-6 after Revolver threw it deep to Taylor Cascino.

Throughout the game Revolver’s defense forced Ironside handlers Markette, Matt Rebholz, and Adam Simon to swing the disc continuously while downfield players Jeff Graham and Clark often either turned to cut deep just as the disc was being dumped or found themselves stagnant when throwers were in position to let it fly. While Ironside earned a break back after Colin Mahoney got the only layout block of the game while guarding Kittredge, the steady handling of Sherwood, Cahill, and Sam Kanner sent the message that an Ironside run would be too little, too late. Ironside continued to struggle to dump the disc as Revolver’s marks focused on stopping cross-field handler movement, and at 11-7, Revolver began to close the door. With the disc outside of the Revolver endzone, Ironside called a timeout. A zipper play from the sideline left Matt Rebholz hucking to open college teammate Jim Foster, but in a moment characteristic of Ironside’s day, Foster was unable to bring it in. Revolver quickly struck, and a Mac Taylor huck to the endzone made the score 12-7.

At 14-10, the two teams traded turnovers until Revolver was able to gain possession 25 yards outside of Ironside’s endzone, and after a timeout call and a swing to Eric Halverson, Tyler Grant looked up as a hammer sailed his way. Unsure of whether it would travel far enough, Grant checked his feet and continued to backpedal. Just before disc reached Grant’s outstreched arms, he leaped up and made the catch while in the air. When he hit the ground, Revolver was the 2010 USA Ultimate Club Open Champion.

In talking about the game afterward, Cahill described the win as a total team effort in which everyone recognized that they had a job to do and nobody was concerned about standing out as a star. He also shared some insight into how hard Revolver had pushed itself throughout the season. “When we lost at Texas Shootout and Emerald City Classic, we were upset. We did not travel anywhere expecting to lose.” Those tournament losses stayed with the team as they ran the “Loser’s Ladder,” a long series of hill sprints designed to push the team past its defeat. Throughout these workouts, Revolver teammates reminded themselves that even after winning the World Ultimate Club Championships this past July, they were still USA Ultimate Silver Medalists.

As Revolver players board flights back to San Francisco and look forward to the 2011 season, they can be sure of two things: there will be no Loser’s Ladder this winter, and they will need a new source of motivation in the spring.