The biggest and best of 2014 in ultimate.
December 30, 2014 by Charlie Eisenhood in Recap with 9 comments
We now take a moment to reflect on the highs and the lows in our annual superlatives list.
2014 was just Ultiworld’s second full year as a publication, so we are especially excited to look back on the biggest and best moments.
Best Game: Central Florida v. Oregon – College Championships Women’s Semifinal (Recap // Video)
Best Play: Stanley Peterson’s incredible catch block
Biggest Posterization: Team Canada’s Darren Wu sky to win WJUC against Team USA
Best Achievement: Jimmy Mickle’s Triple Crown (Callahan award, College Championship, and Club Championship)
Biggest Upset: Toronto’s GOAT defeats San Francisco Revolver on double game point in the quarterfinals at the Club Championships.
Biggest College Upset: Michigan’s Sunday run to the Easterns title.
Biggest News: Three Carleton Players Killed In Car Accident
Best Individual Performance: Mark Lloyd leading Toronto GOAT to an upset over Revolver.
Biggest Breakout Star: Stanley Peterson, Johnny Bravo / Colorado Mamabird.
Most Improved Team: Kansas Betty.
Biggest Scandal: Dorms, rain, and overall questionable operations at WUCC in Lecco, Italy (with WFDF response)
Most Controversial Article: Marijuana Brownies Sent Seattle Mixed Players to Hospital the Night Before Mixed Finals
Biggest Controversy: USA Ultimate’s statement about the semi-professional leagues
Biggest Roster Controversy: Morgan Hibbert leaves Furious George mid-season to join GOAT
Top Reddit Post: Holy Spirit Of The Game
Most-Read Ultiworld Article: “12 Things You Didn’t Know about Bill Nye, the Ultimate Guy“
Biggest Viral Video: Best Ultimate Frisbee Highlights From The 2014 MLU Season
Top Callahan Video: Lisa Pitcaithley
Best Celebrity Cameo: Manchester United Players Throwing Hammers
Best Research: Injury Rates and Patterns In Ultimate
Best Semi-Professional Highlight Reel: AUDL 2014 Highlights
Best Star Playing Ultimate: Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, including video of him playing Ultimate
Biggest Semi-Pro Signing: Furious George commits to the AUDL.
Biggest Pivot: Derek Alexander (GOAT) throws an around flick
Biggest Disappointment: (Tie) Chicago Machine’s performance at the Club Championships; Boston Brute Squad blowout loss to D.C. Scandal in the semifinals at the Club Championships
Most Impactful Article: Measuring Success In Women’s Ultimate
Best Quote: “I told [Revolver] in the spirit circle that they’re the champions until we chop their fucking head off. And that’s all we want to do.” – Johnny Bravo captain Ryan Farrell, after losing to Revolver in the semifinals at WUCC 2014.
Most Listened To Audio: Ironside coach Josh McCarthy on the lack of observers at Worlds.
Top Ultiworld Tweet: WUCC helicopter field maintenance.
Best Tweet: Emoji Guide To The Men’s Semifinals
What did we miss? Help us out in the comments.