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Nationals & Canadian Thanksgiving

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photo credit: NKolakovic

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The Year of the Monkey Comes to an End in Rockford

Even with the season at its close, under an avalanche neglected work and errands, I did not think I would find the time to write this post.  I rationalized putting it off, or even skipping it entirely. After all, I am not obligated to write. Nobody pays me to write.  There is no gun to my head, let alone some kind of reward. But like the sport itself, this act of reflection becomes such an entrenched habit that it feels like an unquestioned duty. It persists; it gnaws at the mind, and like the first Tuesday night without practice, not doing it felt like an eerie quiet. It seemed like such a pity too (in light of so many past seasons misspent writing what now feel like apologies to ghosts),  when I know what I’d write, to forego this little ceremony for a season of progress.

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Northwest Regionals

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On Sunday, Furious secured the second bid out of the Northwest region by defeating Rhino in the backdoor final, returning us to the Championship after last year’s absence.

Because my sports background lies heavily in endurance events, most of my metaphors inevitably tend to trickle back to what I know about endurance. Through that formative lens, I learned to focus on the present, myself, and the details.

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Washington Sectionals

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One of the unexpectedly tiring parts of having a tournament every weekend is deciding what to say about them every Tuesday.

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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.


Marc Seraglia


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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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