Stall 9: Ring Of Fire’s Handler Weave

Pat Stegemoeller reflects on his favorite point of the 2019 Club season.

Ring of Fire's Sol Yanuck (left) and Matt Gouchoe-Hanas (right). Photo: Sam Hotaling -- UltiPhotos.com
Ring of Fire’s Sol Yanuck (left) and Matt Gouchoe-Hanas (right). Photo: Sam Hotaling — UltiPhotos.com

With ultimate still on its pandemic-induced hiatus, our new “Stall 9” column is an opportunity for Ultiworld staff members to share random opinions or reflections on what they’re thinking about or miss most from the sport. Just as is the case when the stall count reaches 9, anything goes.

The O-line has just been broken. Again. Things are not going according to plan for Ring of Fire in their first game at the 2019 Club Championships.

Coming in as the #2 team in the country, Ring was supposed to be testing their mettle against Sockeye or PoNY in the final, not staring up at a 6-3 deficit against middle-of-the-pack Austin Doublewide. There was a lot of “Could this be the year???” energy from Raleigh that season after losing in the semifinals to Revolver three years in a row. While that disposition comes from a place of optimism for the future, it is a breath away from “Oh god, not again…” Down three early, the vibe is threatening to turn away from a bright future and towards disappointments of the past.

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  1. Patrick Stegemoeller
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    Patrick Stegemoeller is a Senior Staff Writer for Ultiworld, co-host of the Sin The Fields podcast, and also a lawyer who lives in Brooklyn.

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