Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

Enjoy our planet's fertile grounds and play ultimate!

[image adapted via Huckrs]

Friday, April 21, 2017

Philadelphia Phoenix Phacts

The Philadelphia Phoenix, who start their 2017 AUDL season on Saturday, have had a tough run in their last three AUDL seasons.

Here are some facts about the Philadelphia Phoenix:
The Philadelphia Phoenix currently have a 15-game losing streak dating back to the 2015 season.

In their last 37 games versus current AUDL East teams, the Philadelphia Phoenix are (0-37).

Philadelphia Phoenix have never posted a win against Montreal (0-8), New York (0-11 RS, 0-1 PS), Toronto (0-9) or Ottawa (0-5). [Season 2013 thru 2016]

In 2016, the Philadelphia AUDL team went winless.

The last regular season win for Philadelphia Phoenix was on July 12, 2015 versus Rochester Dragons.

The last regular season win for Philadelphia Phoenix against a current AUDL East team happened in their inaugural season on June 29, 2013 vs D.C. Breeze.

Since 2014, Philadelphia Phoenix have won only 3 games in their last 42 games (3 AUDL seasons). All 3 wins were against Rochester Dragons, (2-1) in 2014 and (1-1) in 2015.

In the past 3 AUDL seasons, the Phoenix are (3-39); that's a dismal .071 winning %.

Philadelphia Phoenix Record (Win-Loss) by AUDL Season
2013: (9-7)
4 wins vs DC Breeze
3 wins vs New Jersey Hammerheads
2 wins vs Rochester

2014: (2-12)
Both wins vs Rochester

2015: (1-13)
Only win vs Rochester

2016: (0-14)

When asked about goals or expectations for the team in the AUDL 2017 season, former DC Breeze player and newly signed Philadelphia Phoenix player Nicky Spiva replied: "I don't have specific outcome goals/expectations. Hoping to have fun and play well as a team - hopefully we will win some games."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

TBT: Buzzbee Flying Disc

The Buzzbee flying disc was being sold by Altered Perception of Long Island for the price of $7.95 in the 1970's. Their print ad featured the catchphrase "Catch-A-Buzz!" along with a comic called 'The Travels of Buzzbee!' 
"The Travels of Buzzbee!" [Modified from original print ad]

"Catch-A-Buzz" print advertising for Buzzbee [via]
Yes, these discs were actually made and available for sale. Current eBay listings for the Buzzbee are priced very high at $200.
Buzzbee with packaging [via]

Buzzbee [via eBay]
UPDATE, the above Buzzbee just sold for $200 - a 2416% increase from its original price!

Yellow Buzzbee [via eBay]

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate Adopts Fluorescent Yellow Disc for Competition

The World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) announced the official game discs for its international beach ultimate competition on June 18-25 in Royan, France. In addition to the standard white plastic Discraft UltraStar, WCBU is requiring a fluorescent yellow UltraStar. Both discs are the standard 175-grams weight.

The primary reason for adopting yellow fluorescent discs is to be fan-friendly in being able to attendees and stream viewers to track the disc. All broadcasted games will be played with a neon yellow disc. Non-streamed games will have the choice of playing with the white or neon yellow disc.

The idea of a flying disc specific for beach ultimate is not new. WCBU cites "heat absorbing research" to support their choice of bright yellow over black, bright orange, dark red, red, royal blue, light blue, or sparkle blue UltraStar ultimate sportdiscs. Specifically:
Heat absorbing tests show that the fluorescent yellow disc stays firmer than other colors when exposed to the sun, while in-competition tests showed that there is not a significant impact on play using a fluorescent disc.
The tournament host recommends teams to "play and practice with yellow disc before the WCBU starts."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

University of Wisconsin Ultimate Team Plans Name Change

The men's ultimate team at University of Wisconsin has (finally) determined that their team name is offensive and misogynist.

The UW B-team was known as "Pimpdags." The college ultimate team's logo features a purple hodag - a mythical critter in Wisconsin - with a cane, top hat, chain, and rings for each digit.

Current team logo
A previous team logo
Hodags is the UW men's A-team name while the UW women's ultimate teams are called Bella Donna and Atropa.

RELATED: St Olaf team name change

Monday, April 17, 2017

San Francisco Wins First Pro Mixed Ultimate Game (Cascades Cup 2017)

San Francisco FlameThrowers traveled to Seattle to play in the (Seattle) Cascades Cup. FlameThrowers won 17-16 (10-8 HT) over Seattle Cascades. This historic game took place on the same date as the inaugural AUDL games were played exactly 5 years earlier.
The 1st quarter of referee'd ultimate started with these mixed teams going 4/3 ratio (4 male/3 females), then alternating to 3/4 in the 2nd quarter and following the same format in the second half. Sam Kanner (San Francisco) started the game with the opening pull. Mark Burton (Seattle) scored the game's first point with an assist from Hana Kawai. Mac Taylor threw the FlameThrower's first goal to Brett Petersen. Former DC-area player Antoine Davis had a late game block to preserve the FlameThrowers' win and take home the $500 cash prize.

Watch the nearly 2.5 hour video replay. Or, check out the highlights.

San Francisco plans to host the FlameThrowers Cup in the AUDL 2018 season.