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Nationals & Canadian Thanksgiving

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photo credit: NKolakovic

photo credit: NKolakovic

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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Walking Away from Winnipeg



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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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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Late Spring Update

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Someone remarked that, given the relative quiet on the blog, you would think that nothing is happening.  The problem is quite the opposite.  Everything is happening.

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Silver Linings
I was walking through customs at Vancouver International, answering the usual gamut of questions. It was late. The lengthy layover in Portland spent on pumpkin ales had left me lethargic, and given to perfunctory responses.

“Where were you?”
“What were you doing there?”
“Ultimate frisbee.”
“How did that go for you?”

The vagary of the question woke something up in my brain, and I paused while it whirred up to life. I answered thoughtfully, at length:
“You know, not that badly, actually….”

Looking skeptical but satisfied that I wasn’t lying, the officer waved me through.

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Flowerbowl 2014

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The Comprehensive Spectator’s Guide

Every year, the first Open/Women’s tournament of the Northwest launches the club season, featuring teams from across the continent. The trouble: divided Mixed clubs, split-squads, tryout squads, and droves of the casually semi-retired — half of them using aliases both esoteric and ironic. How will you know who’s who at Flowerbowl this year? Whom are you going to watch?  How will you know what to heckle? For your viewing pleasure, we have demystified and laid bare the elite division for you below.

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