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Movie night

October 25, 2010

Thanks mostly to Rob at Ultivillage, the highlight game is being stepped up daily. But there’s not all that much out there by way of game footage. Here’s some of the stuff that I’ve found recently. Most of it is old, so personel has changed, but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Ironside v. GOAT, 2010 Boston Invite Finals

A look at Ironside from earlier on this year. What stands out to me is how important Danny Clark is: he’s open for in cuts all the time, and he’s dominant in the air. Also, you’ll see how methodical Ironside’s very offense is, as they just hit in cut after in cut, hucking if someone’s really open and re-setting and starting over if not.  On a GOAT note, John Hassell is really good, and it’s too bad he won’t be in Sarasota.

Revolver v. Ironside, 2009 ECC Finals

Early on, Ironside shows a junk defense, taking away Revolver’s plan A (consistent 25-yard gainers to wide open cutters in lots of space). Revolver relies a lot on breaking the mark, especially when the disc is in Robbie Cahill’s hands. I don’t think much has changed from last year to now. This video reminded me that Tom James played a pretty big role on Revolver’s O line last year, and he’s not around these days. On the Ironside end, you see some nice throws from from offensive handler Matt Rebholz, who wasn’t in the GOAT video.

Doublewide v. Chain Lightning, 2008 South Regional Finals

Both of these teams have undergone some very significant roster changes, but it’s good to watch this video as a reminder of how back and forth the South Region title has been over the past few years. Notice how much more contested Chain’s hucks are than Doublewide’s, but also how high a percentage of them Chain comes down with. At the time, Doublewide wasn’t as good as they are now, so I’m betting that they can’t do this as much anymore. Still, it’s not a bad representation of Chain’s style, which is to look to huck the disc. A lot. In this video, Doublewide’s endzone offense relies a lot on just letting one guy beat his man to the cone. Also, with as wide as they sometimes swing the disc, they use hammers more than most. I remember Texas doing the same thing, both on the endzone line and everywhere else on the field. I wonder if that’s true in 2010.

Revolver v. Jam, 2008 Scrimmage (early May)

This is obviously far less relevant than the other videos. Jam doesn’t exist anymore, and this is Revolver in a year that they made quarters and not finals. This was before Beau Kittredge, Mac Taylor,  and Cassidy Rasmussen had joined the team, and Bart Watson, Brian Garcia, and Taylor Cascino were still with Jam; all of these players now play big minutes for Revolver.  In Jam’s offense, you see a lot of predictability, but it’s still hard to stop because of how well they use all seven players on the field. I think that’s definitely a must for a championship contender.

Johnny Bravo v. Truck Stop, 2008 Colorado Cup Finals

Again, old, but you might enjoy it. Something you see here as well as the earlier Ironside/GOAT video: for a handler, Adam Simon scores a lot (he’s playing with Bravo in this one and Ironside in the other). Also, Ian McClellan, who now touches the disc a lot for Southpaw, played for Truck Stop in 2008. That’s just about the closest thing we have to Southpaw footage.

Furious George v. Sockeye, 2006 UPA Finals

Very old, and not a great video. But 2006 was Furious’s last good showing at Nationals, as they finished 9th in 2007 (and 0-3 in pool play) and failed to qualify in 2008. That a number of their key players from those days are on the 2010 roster makes me think that they’re dangerous. That Mike Grant and Jeff Cruikshank aren’t among them probably makes the rest of Pool D sleep a little better.

Sockeye v. Buzz Bullets, 2005

If nothing else, this is fun just to remember how much Sockeye has changed. A lot of people are familiar with their roster of a few years ago thanks to their dominance and the rise of Ultivillage. While they certainly aren’t weak, they’re a whole lot younger and play a style that relies more on handlers (on both sides of the disc) and less on athleticism downfield. On the Buzz Bullets side, Matsuno Masahiro is #10.

Just for kicks…

A classic. Though the original was done to “I Believe I Can Fly,” which was way cooler.

2007 highlights.

2008 highlights.

2009 highlights.

Old school.

Hi Chuck.

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