For the fourth straight year, San Francisco’s Revolver finds itself in the finals of the USA Ultimate Club Championships. But for the first time they will face Austin’s Doublewide for the title, a team with a very different mentality and game plan than Ironside, for whom they have likely been preparing.
But, on Friday, Revolver dominated Doublewide in a seeding game 15-3, by far the largest blowout of the weekend and one that was difficult to swallow for the Austin team, even though they basically gave up at halftime. Revolver is going to win again, and will take home their third straight championship. Here’s why.
Experience: Knowing how to win big games is a critical part of what makes teams successful. Revolver has back-to-back championships — they’ve played and won in the highest pressure situations. Doublewide may have some players that know what it takes to win a championship (the Florida guys, including Chris Gibson, Brodie Smith, and Kurt Gibson), but, as we mentioned yesterday, it will take a cohesive team effort to take down Revolver. Not everyone on the roster has that big game mentality. Advantage: Revolver.
Depth: Both Revolver and Doublewide have some incredible talent, which will make some individual matchups awesome to watch. But Revolver’s depth down the roster far exceeds that of Doublewide, who relies on some younger, less experienced guys as role players. Revolver will really put pressure on Doublewide’s stars, making them rely more on those role players. If Doublewide counters that by putting their top guys into heavy rotation on both O and D, they may find themselves ground down throughout the game. The four-day tournament is brutal on your body — trying to play both ways in the Championship is a difficult prospect.
Wind: The wind will be a major factor again today; the forecast calls for 20-25 mile per hour winds. Revolver captain Martin Cochran told Ultiworld yesterday that not only does the team seek out wind for their practices, expecting it in Sarasota, they “structure [their] offensive around the windy conditions.” That experience in the wind has been clear, as they have crushed teams all weekend with a superior upwind attack. Their comfort with the high winds will play a big role in their game — they’re probably happy about that.
Mental Edge: In the last two Club Championships, Revolver eliminated Doublewide on Saturday in bracket play. They also beat them yesterday 15-3. The San Francisco team will have a great deal of confidence today, whereas Doublewide, in the back of their mind, will remember those defeats. Yes, Doublewide has shown that Revolver are beatable — they took them down at Labor Day this season. But, when it counts at Nationals, Revolver has been untouchable.