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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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?
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.
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.
The Confederacy of the Angry Monkey
Every year, the Monkey’s face changes a little, and once again, we add to those who wear the Furious red. This, however, represents our largest-ever stable of players, combining two professional leagues and multiple national teams, united in the common pursuit of excellence. If your name appears here, remember that this is not the end of the road, but the beginning of opportunity. Welcome to the fold.
Furious George 2015
Marc Seraglia (Coach)
Alex Davis (C)
John Norris (C)
Kevin Underhill (C)
Myles Sinclair (C)
Real 2015 Furious Tryout Registration Now Online
Thank you to everyone who expressed their interest in the April Fool’s edition of Furious George. Notwithstanding that, it is time to launch the official Furious season (yes, in the Open Division).
#89 Kevin Underhill — joined 2009, capt. 2014-2015
#05 John Norris — joined 2009, capt. 2011, 2015
#27 Alex Davis — joined 2009, capt. 2014-2015
#37 Myles Sinclair — joined 2011, capt. 2015
As always, you can contact the leadership group via firstname.lastname@example.org