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Bro Flight Finale & Riding the Roller-Coaster

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Continuing the Monkey’s whirlwind tour of the Midwest, Furious spent the last weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, playing in the Bro Flight Finale.

After the Select Flight Invite, we left behind half a dozen under-employed bros (who, it turns out, make up most of our handlers) to while away the time and to wind their way to Wisconsin, camping as they went.  According to reports, they played 27-36 holes of disc golf each day with ritualistic bro-zeal , eventually meeting up with Madison Radical /Madison Club veteran  (and former Monkey) Andrew Brown.  The latter somehow accommodated them all in his bro-manse, and lazy summer days were had by all.  It all reads vaguely like the makings of a whimsical Jack Kerouac novella, with an equal disregard for punctuation, or —  for that matter — conventionally-defined lingo.


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Season Start & Select Flight Invite

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Okay, so here’s the story.

Every year, we pore over the calendar and try to find a solution to our competing priorities. This year, with the tournament invitations we received as a Select Flight team, an outlandish, unprecedented, but nevertheless very tempting solution presented itself: compressing the entire regular season and qualifiers into one month.

Select Flight Invite, Carmel, Indiana, Aug13-14

Bro Flight Finale, Madison, Wisconsin, Aug20-21

Sectionals, Washington, Aug27-28

Regionals, Washington, Sept10-11

Why did we elect to do this? How is it turning out so far? Read on.


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Roster 2016 – Year of the Fire Monkey

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Triple Crown Roster Announced

This year, to meet our various commitments, we made the unprecedented move of compressing our Triple Crown season into the space of two weeks.  Every year poses its own challenges, and 2016, with multiple world championship events over June and July made most of the summer a blackout period for us.  But now the fall is here, and even as the days grow shorter, the Year of the Monkey now begins.

Coach:

Marc Seraglia

Roster:


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Vancouver Men’s Ultimate Selections

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Got What It Takes?

This year, the men’s (Open Division) ultimate teams are conducting a streamlined application and selection process.  The leadership groups of Furious George, Blackfish and Refinery have collaborated on the following combined application form. Please fill it out if you are interested in playing on any of the three teams this summer: Application Form

Want more details? See below.


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Go Pro or Go Home

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Furious Commits Year-Round to Professional Ultimate

New “Monkeys” Franchise Will Compete in League & Tournament Play

Having received official blessings from Ultimate Canada, USA Ultimate, and the AUDL, Vancouver ultimate will transition to a consolidated competition model beginning in 2016 in which one professional club competes in all arenas under a single identity. Before the end of the year, Vancouver’s storied Furious George Ultimate Club will cease to exist in an official capacity. Completing the merger with the AUDL “Riptide” franchise, the new consolidated club will be marketed publicly under the new banner of the “Water Monkeys” at home and abroad.


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Junta XXI

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2016 Captains Elected

#27 – Alex Davis (Defense, Cutter)
#37 – Myles Sinclair (Defense, Handler)
#89 – Kevin Underhill (Offense, Handler)

The Rebuilding

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Northwest Regionals Retrospective

One thing you learn in competition is that people construct narratives. Driven by some visceral need or superstition for meaning and context, players and spectators alike put stories to outcomes. We try to explain the complex (or complicate the simple), often through a mish-mash of fact and self-projection, but it’s a human habit, and a somewhat necessary one for a team. These stories provide a sense of identity, so as a captain, one of the most important of your duties is to share your narrative — the story as you see it.

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Walking Away from Winnipeg

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Canadian Ultimate Championships 2015

Three years ago, almost to the day, General Strike posted an article about their CUC experience: a close-fought, roller-coaster of a game in the final of the Canadian championship. And it was eye-catching because it raised a very powerful question for teams everywhere: how do you define success? It’s a simple question, but horrifying in its magnitude.

If you’re not successful, does that make you a failure?


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BC Ultimate Championships

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Step 1

Furious George qualified for the Canadian Ultimate Championships today, taking the first bid out of B.C., and the top seed out of the West.  We earned the victory in decisive 15-7,15-3,15-3 wins, although not always with the kind of efficient aplomb we are trying to drill into habit.  We practiced various iterations of man-to-man and zone defenses that we are cultivating for use in August, and we continue to try to refine our offense into something less like an enthusiastic chaos.  The theory is that when the machine is finished, it won’t matter which part we play — it will trundle down the field as designed, as we each do our jobs.    That will come; for now though, we have accomplished step one.


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Reflections – U.S. Open

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Level Up

If you were born in the eighties, then you probably know something about hard video games. I speak, of course, of the notorious classics – Contra, Megaman, Battletoads —  ­­ that pitch you into the fray at maximum difficulty without warning or reprieve. Our parents probably didn’t appreciate that we were doggedly building character against 8-­bit adversity, but we were. We learned to deal with frustrations, to set goals, to maintain focus, the necessity of doing things right, and on happy occasion, to enjoy a seat-of-your-pants wild success.

And in reflecting on the U.S. Open, we revisited that experience. Welcome to the next level, ladies and gentlemen.


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