2015 Superlatives: The Best Of The Best

The biggest and best of ultimate in 2015.

2015

We now take a moment to reflect on the highs and the lows of 2015 in our annual superlatives list.

Best Game: San Francisco Revolver v. Washington DC Truck Stop (National Quarterfinals // Recap)

Best Play: Toronto GOAT’s Remi Ojo’s catch block at the US Open.

Best Achievement: Lou Burruss, who retired from coaching this year after winning yet another gold medal. As a coach, he won four Championships (Oregon: ’15, ’13, ’10; Carleton: ’00). They go in his trophy case alongside his National (’04) and Worlds (’97) titles playing with Seattle Sockeye.

Biggest Upset: Team Japan over Team USA in the final of the Women’s Division Under-23 World Championships.

Biggest News: Tulane’s disqualification from Nationals.

Biggest International News: The IOC granting WFDF and ‘flying disc’ full recognition.

Best Round: The Men’s Quarterfinals at the National Championships (Sockeye v. Madison Club, Revolver v. Truck Stop, Machine v. Ring of Fire, Ironside v. Doublewide)

Best Individual Performance: Seattle Mixtape’s Khalif El-Salaam in the National semifinals against Polar Bears. [RecapVideo ($)]

Biggest Breakout Star: Jaclyn Verzuh.

Most Improved Team: Raleigh Phoenix, who went from not qualifying for Nationals in 2014 to earning a spot in the Pro Flight.

Biggest Controversy: The language penalties assessed at Club Nationals

Best Celebrity Cameo: Jim Harbaugh at Michigan (and don’t miss his scouting report of MagnUM)

Top Reddit Post: ‘Ultimate Frisbee’ Recognized By International Olympic Committee

Most-Read Ultiworld Article: Basic Concepts Of Person Defense In 42 Seconds

Biggest Viral Video: Chicago Wildfire’s AJ Nelson’s Giant Layout

Top Callahan Video: Hannah Leathers

Most Fun Read: What If…? The Top 11 College Mixed Teams Of All Time

Best Highlight Reel: AUDL 2015 Season Highlights

Biggest Semi-Pro News: The Dallas Roughnecks’ signing of Beau Kittredge, Cassidy Rasmussen, and Jimmy Mickle.

Biggest Disappointment: Tulane, after being disqualified from Nationals for playing with an ineligible player.

Most Memorable Quote: “Hey! It’s our fucking lives here. Let’s go.” – Jimmy Mickle

Best Tweet: Machine’s alter ego, Mean Machine, discussing the team’s win over Ring of Fire for the first time in team history.

Mean Machine Tweet

Best Podcast: The pilot episode of our new podcast, Sin The Fields.

Best Trick Play: Trenton Spinks’ ‘Snake In The Grass‘ for the Atlanta Hustle

Best Celebration: UNC’s Nick Macleod in the College Semis

Best Interview: Josh “Cricket” Markette

Best Use Of Social Media: The All-Star Tour’s Spiking Conversation

Best Rules Discussion: Was Brian Schoenrock’s Highlight Catch Actually A Foul?

What did we miss? Feel free to disagree or share new categories in the comments below.

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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