March 14, 2013 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire, Opinion with 18 comments
Trey Katzenbach, the captain of the Philadelphia Spinners and the Philly club team Southpaw, listened to our podcast yesterday and left this comment:
[quote]I hate when people that have not played in a single pro game comment on how bad the professional game is.[/quote]
[quote]The biggest reason that I play pro ultimate is that I take my time and effort very seriously and I want to play for and with and against people of a like mind. I also don’t want the fate of my team determined by anyone on the other team that has poor sportsmanship. While I appreciate how well written Ben’s article is, it ultimately makes erroneous conclusions and espouses to speak for the player when no pro player I have ever spoken to has come to the same conclusions. There is a reason that nearly every high-level club player that played in a pro league last year has returned to do so this year…it is for that joy of competition that Ben described. He just made the exact opposite conclusions that any of us made after actually playing in a full professional season.
Ben states that you can’t have two primary goals. We spend our entire lives trying to do just this…finding that perfect job that allows you to be financially independent while bettering yourself and society and loving the work. I can think of no better combination than attempting to spread the sport that you love, and doing so with such passion that you can earn a living doing so. The MLU and Ultimate are in just fine hands.[/quote]