With the fall college season now behind us, we take a deeper dive into the results from the Classic City Classic. You can watch four great games from the tournament for just $6 in our tournament package.
NORTH CAROLINA REACHES #1 WITH UNDEFEATED WEEKEND
While it wasn’t a flawless weekend for North Carolina, they exited CCC and the fall with a perfect 15-0 record. After coming into the preseason ranked #2 in the country and watching #1 ranked UCF fall in three games at CCC, UNC took over the top spot in the Ultiworld Top 25 last week.
Despite the undefeated performance, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for UNC, who found themselves in tough games against Florida, Georgia, and Florida State. They trailed for much of the game against FSU in the finals before rallying late with better defensive intensity and a boisterous sideline. Read more →
“We have a lot of respect for Bob for doing what he did and getting the franchise as far as he did and we wish him the best going forward,” said AUDL Commissioner Steve Gordon.
The Hammerheads were the league’s worst performing team last season, finishing the year with a 2-14 record. Like many Eastern Division AUDL teams, they struggled to fill seats at home. Read more →
“So a team is in a vertical stack, and they are calling an iso,” I say into my iPhone, struggling to remember exact details of the tale I had been told so many years ago. “And the thrower yells ‘iso hooking-up-with-so-and-so!’ and two guys cut. They arrive at the disc at the same time.”
I take a breath, arriving at the punchline, the only part of the story you really need to remember in order to retell it.
“And as the two guys simultaneously catch the disc, one guy says to the other, who is so-and-so’s boyfriend, ‘I’m so sorry!’”
On the other end, Matt Mastrantuono unleashes a hearty chuckle, though not for the reasons I would have predicted before launching into the story.
“That’s funny,” he says as his laughter subsides, a slight aftershock of giggling escaping his throat as he continued. “I’ve heard that one before.”
The AUDL announced on Tuesday that Toronto would be hosting the 2014 Championship Weekend on July 26th and 27th. Along with the World Club Championships — which come one week later (August 2nd-9th), the AUDL Championship Wekeend becomes one of the first marquee events to land on the increasingly-busy (and seemingly compressed) summer club schedule.
In some respects, the AUDL had little choice about where to place the 2014 game. Attendance league wide, including at the Championship Weekend in Chicago, was underwhelming in 2013 and lagged behind rival MLU’s figures. The major exception was in Toronto, which routinely drew in the 1-2,000 fan range, including 2,400 fans during the top-attended game. With the AUDL seeking to bring in sponsorship partners and more media coverage, doubling down on a known quantity and fanbase was a safe, smart move.
The decision hands the defending champions, the Toronto Rush, a significant home field advantage. The undefeated Rush were largely unchallenged when they played at home in 2013, facing resistance only once they played in the Championship Weekend semifinals and finals (the 2013 playoffs were held in Chicago). Midwest favorites like the Chicago Wildfire and the Madison Radicals could be further disadvantaged by the Toronto selection. And while a hometown win will be great for Rush fans, there is also the risk that a blow-out win attracts less fan interest.
USA Ultimate announced this afternoon that the Division I College Championships will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, from May 23-26.
Like last year, pool play and early bracket play will be held at a field complex before semifinals and finals are moved to a local stadium for the ESPN3 broadcast.
“We take great honor in welcoming USA Ultimate’s Division I 2014 College Championships to Cincinnati, Ohio,” said Dale Wilker, the tournament director and head of the Cincinnati Ultimate Players Association, in a statement. Read more →
Kittredge, widely regarded as the best player in the world, played last year with Major League Ultimate’s San Francisco Dogfish.
“I am excited to join the Spiders,” said Kittredge. “[Spiders owner] Andrew Zill has had the most amount of love of ultimate that I’ve seen in an owner, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with the Spiders and ultimate frisbee in general.” Read more →
Pool A showcased a great matchup between the 1 and 2 seeds Yorktown and Carolina Friends which would later be a tight matchup in the semifinals. In the fourth round these two team played down to the wire with a final score of 11-9, Carolina Friends. Both teams came in with a lot of energy and played an incredible game full of intensity and spirit. Read more →
Stephen Dubner, a co-author of the wildly popular economics book Freakonomics, hosts a Freakonomics-branded podcast on WNYC, the flagship public radio station in New York.
This week, the podcast is all about self-policing, from ice skating to ultimate to the world. Dubner talks with Jody Avirgan, a WNYC producer and player for the New York Rumble, who takes him out to a New York PoNY practice at Randall’s Island.
The show goes onto discuss the basics of Spirit of the Game, the “do-over” on contested fouls, and the morality of self-officiation.
Listen to the show — the segment on ultimate begins at 5:55.
Hat tip to Alex Deckard for pointing us to the podcast.
The Classic City Classic featured four teams from the Gulf Coast section this past weekend: Alabama, LSU, Tulane and Auburn. No one familiar with this section would have expected Auburn and Tulane to finish above the two teams that have a combined 13 of the 15 sectional titles. Not only did the two finish above the other Gulf Coast Teams, but both Tulane and Auburn reached the quarterfinals on Sunday. So how exactly did two five seeds jump up to a star-studded Sunday?
Tulane Delivers Dynamic Offense
Tulane Ultimate utilizes a high powered handler offense led by Patrick Dougherty and Brandon Xuereb. This year they’ll be throwing to the versatile Greg Cousins and the 2012 Junior Worlds player Evan Walter. Tulane has ventured away from the horizontal stack they know and love and is using a vertical stack in an attempt to isolate the aforementioned playmakers.
“Our practices are a lot more focused than they have been previously,” said Tulane captain Greg Cousins. “At the beginning of the year, our coaches, co-captain Chase Hamilton, and I all sat down and road-mapped the fall. We each have a specific area of the game that we teach and work each practice.” Read more →
The Sean Ryan Memorial Tournament marks the first test of the season for many teams in the Southwest. Most of the teams use the tournament as a final tryout before finalizing their rosters, but, for some teams, it is the first look at their newly-formed A team squads.
Sean Ryan also provides the first real look at how the Southwest will shake out during the season. For example, Las Positas College won this tournament last year before putting together a strong regular season and making a run for a bid to Nationals.