If I was a voter… Feb. 16th Edition by Grant
February 16, 2010, 12:38 pm
Filed under: tournament write-ups

Lots of action over the weekend caused havoc with the previous week’s rankings but here we go again.

1 Florida
2 Colorado
3 Carleton
4 Oregon
5 Wisconsin
6 UC San Diego
7 California
8 Minnesota
9 Cornell
10 Georgia
11 Pittsburgh
12 British Columbia
13 UC Davis
14 Stanford
15 Virginia
16 Illinois
17 Western Washington
18 Notre Dame
19 Brown
20 Michigan State
21 UC Santa Cruz
22 Harvard
23 UNC Wilmington
24 East Carolina
25 Iowa State

Just missed the cut: Whitman, Williams, Iowa, Washington, Ohio State, Michigan

When I look back at last week, I think about the uncertainty of the results thus far but looked forward to the previous weekend as a beacon that would provide answers. Unfortunately, outside of San Diego, weather has been a major factor in the outcomes of the premier tournaments thus far. Mardi Gras became a mudbath on the alternate fields and Queen City was delayed several hours on Saturday because of frozen fields. Still, some teams excelled while others will head back to the drawing room looking forward to warmer weather.

My top 4 stayed the same and there was no reason to change but Pitt dropped several spots because of their two losses this weekend. I feel the criticism of their hype is unfounded, as they are an excellent team, but inclement conditions can close the skill gap of most teams. Wisconsin jumps into the top 5 after winning Mardi Gras. From what I heard about their loss to North Park was that their D line could not stop anything from the Lost Boys. A loss will certainly jolt the life back and it appears to be the case.

UC San Diego moves into the top 10 after going undefeated to win their home tournament and handing Cal their second loss of the season. Cal drops the spot and holds at 7 followed by Minnesota, who put together a strong showing in Baton Rouge and Cornell who was off this week. Georgia moves into the top ten after winning Queen City. Even though Georgia lost again to ECU, they did so with an extremely short roster as the remainder of the players waited for the roads to become navigable to make it to Charlotte. With games played to 11, there wasn’t much room to make up ground after starting down. Regardless, Georgia is legitimate and will contend this season.

Pittsburgh starts the next 10 and I put British Columbia at 12 this week because complacency can lead teams to slip a bit. What I mean is, UBC doesn’t have any more games on the slate as of right now. Even though they are a powerful team, not playing against the top competition in tournaments can lead to an inaccurate self assessment of problems to solve. Until they play anyone else that counts towards the year end rankings, I keep them at 12. UC Davis, Stanford and Virginia finish out the top 15 after being off this week.

Illinois had a great weekend in Baton Rouge and looked sharp, especially when the fields weren’t muddy. Their game against Tennessee was full of standing water, lots of mud and generally awful conditions. They enter at 16 ahead of Western Washington who was off and Notre Dame who lost a great one to Illinois at the end of Saturday. Brown drops a couple of spots as a result of the rise of Georgia, Illinois and Notre Dame and Michigan State rounds out the top 20. I almost put Burning Couch in my poll last weekend but I felt they lacked any significant wins up to this point despite posting a very good fall and early spring record. Making finals at QCTU is all the justification I need.

Santa Cruz and Harvard were off this week and Wilmington joins the top 25 at 23. Their record would warrant a higher ranking at any other tournament but, as stated earlier, with crummy weather and short round times, several results could have gone either way. ECU remains in the top 25 after another win over Georgia and Iowa State finishes off the top 25 with a strong Mardi Gras finish.

I think a big storyline here is the lack of South region teams, especially Texas and Kansas. I gave Texas the benefit of the doubt after an ok finish at CCC but an 0-4 pool play day on Saturday is no way to start the spring and it appears TUFF is going to have an uphill battle to get back into the elite. Kansas, who has yet to post any results leaves a lot of question marks and perennially losing to Texas means that I have no idea if they belong in the top 25 or not.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate in the next few weeks as the teams continue to shape up.



If I was a voter… by Grant
February 8, 2010, 2:48 pm
Filed under: tournament write-ups

Weekly rankings are tough to accurately gauge a team’s strength especially early in the season and this week is no different. When teams are still learning, playing in tournaments with conditions completely different than what they’ve been practicing in, and overall the results aren’t available yet to counterbalance what might be early season upsets, there is a greater margin for error. Never the less, debating polls is always fun and after attending two tournaments and using a fair amount of discrepancy here is my poll for the week.

1 Florida
2 Colorado
3 Carleton
4 Oregon
5 Pittsburgh
6 Californina
7 Wisconsin
8 British Columbia
9 Cornell
10 Minnesota
11 UC San Diego
12 UC Davis
13 Stanford
14 Virginia
15 Texas
16 Western Washington
17 Brown
18 Notre Dame
19 Georgia
20 UC Santa Cruz
21 Harvard
22 East Carolina
23 UC Santa Barbara
24 Michigan
25 Kansas

Just missed the cut: Georgia Tech, Whitman, Williams, Iowa, NC State, Washington

This week is very tough considering the sparse results from Vegas and only two other major tournaments so far this season, but here’s a quick run down.

Florida looked incredibly dominant this past weekend weekday, and was basically cruising past the teams they played. They started off, 5-1 to Cornell, blanked Wisconsin in the second half and Virginia looked so demoralized during their game they didn’t even want to talk about it so they get my nod for number 1 over Colorado. Beating the champs gives Mamabird the spot over Carleton, followed by CUT who got their own universe point win over Oregon. Pitt was off this week but still old a top 5 spot for the time being.

California was also off but a finals appearance in Santa Barbara and universe point loss to Colorado should not be overlooked. Wisconsin played up to par in Vegas to much a slew of wins in the fall but the wild card here is UBC. This program deserves a lot of credit as being a team that reloads, not rebuilds. Located in an ultimate hotbed community, the Thunderbirds are looking sharp this season after winning Sundodger late last fall and winning all their games in Vegas without any threats. Cornell was missing some key players this weekend and shouldn’t be discredited so soon and Minnesota rolled over the competition except for a loss to Oregon in a super secret back alley rumble.

UC San Diego impressed in Santa Barbara and I feel there is no doubt about their talent and deserve the top 15 spot. Next up is UC Davis and here is my reasoning for being so high. When teams start to beat each, determining rankings by head to head competition can be tough, and Davis beat Stanford last fall as well as two weeks ago at SB. Also, their only two losses of the tournament were to the two finalists. So despite finishing 5th in the tournament, had they been in a pool without Colorado or Calilfornia, there’s a good chance they might have made semis. Stanford gets the next spot because they are still a strong team despite these early season losses. Virginia falls in the same boat but lost the head to head to Stanford so they settle at 14. Texas, without any results so far to speak of, round out the top 15.

After the top 15, teams can become very comparable in strength and disseminating one over the other can be tough but Western Washington starts off the remainder of the top 15 by rolling through their pool in Vegas and still retaining a lot of talent from last year, including all region player Nate Castine. Brown takes the next spot as a traditional program that always draws top talent but produces results as well. They scooped their pool in Vegas and the only college team they lost to in fall was Cornell. Despite losing some talented seniors to graduation Notre Dame is still maintaining a high level of play and also rolled early in Vegas. Georgia at 19 might come as a surprise to some, but they have yet to play or beat any elite programs this semester and lost in the finals to East Carolina. Despite that, Georgia is still a top team with Peter Dempsey and Taylor Nilan leading the squad and will certainly move up in the rankings as the season progresses. UC Santa Cruz rounds out the top 20 with a semifinal appearance in Santa Barbara

The final five is very tricky and is always in the most flux. Harvard starts off at 21 after beating Arkansas in Vegas but more importantly, Vogt and Stubbs have another year under their belts to mature this team. Next is East Carolina at 22 which might seem silly considering they beat Georgia only a couple of weeks ago, but Georgia gets the nod based on traditional program strength. Again, the rankings take in to consideration not only results right now, because there are only a few, but expected results and Georgia always gets stronger as the season progresses. Still, getting a tournament win in Clemson earns the Irates a top 25 appearance. UC Santa Barbara takes 23rd after finishing 6th in their home tournament. Kansas and Michigan round out the top 25 with a lack of current results but made Nationals last year. Michigan is action next weekend and Kansas has nothing in the near future but it doesn’t mean they don’t belong in the top 25.

There are so many schools that could make a case for being in the top 25 right now, it’s almost impossible to get everything right and I made a poll on Thursday or Friday it might look very different than this one. Relax, it’s still February and there is a lot of exciting ultimate coming this spring.



Trouble in Vegas Day 1 by Grant
February 6, 2010, 1:30 pm
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I’ve been to Vegas before. I love the town, but it can be a lot of excess in a very short amount of time. Lights pop out from every direction, people walk around with lots of cash, act like they have lots of cash, or pretend they have lots of cash hoping to become in with those who have lots of cash. For those who enjoy the lifestyle even for a few days, it can be a healthy mix of insanity and adrenaline. Thus, as the plane landed into McCarran Airport and “Death or Glory” by The Clash blasted into my ear buds, I knew I had to sidestep the normal tournament weekend path for these few days.

Flash forward to Friday morning and I’ve already lost $400, most of the stuff I was supposed to pack never made it my bag making it a rough night on my eyes, teeth and armpits, I’m slightly hungover and my debit card has been put on suspicious activity alert. No matter as I just had to detour to the local Target on my way to the fields and once I finally arrived at the complex, I was in mild awe of the size of the place and number of games going on at once. This could be another episode of Vegas sensory overload. Preparing for a potentially sunny day, I emerge from the rent a car in shorts, an unbuttoned collared shirt over my spin jersey ready to hit the scene…

Florida Gators v. Cornell Buds

As I arrive, both teams don’t muster much emotion from the sidelines yet for very different reasons. Florida has already broken three times to start the game before Cornell gets one, 3-1 Gators. The Gainesville demeanor is calm and collected while the Buds look a little solemn as if they might have some momentum issues. To more accurately portray Florida’s attitude, Alton Gaines says, “Too bad this is a serious tournament. I want to get drunk.”

The wind is picking up slightly, wavering on sleeve/no sleeve weather i.e. three beer weather and Florida continues to roll. Brodie gets an easy up the line pass to make it 5-1. It’s very apparent the offense runs through Brodie and Cole Sullivan. They use a lot of give and goes with Cole occasionally winding up looking throw something erratic, making a grimace on his face and then faking a couple of times and hitting the dump only to get it back again. The game is getting a little out of reach and I check back in to see Cornell getting one back with a goal line pass to Art Shull to make it 11-6 Florida. But thats the last word the Buds get in before Florida rattles off two more to get the easy victory 13-6.

Virginia Night Train v. Stanford Bloodthirsty

Virginia hasn’t taken delivery of any official jerseys yet so they are rocking some sweet green shirts with gold chains, yet they look like Tyler Conger’s regular wardrobe. One says “Big Ass Chain” on it. Could it be a possible tribute to departed Night Trainer and club champion Robert Runner? Hmm…

Virginia and Stanford are locked in at 3 a piece when David Sylvester reels in a score so effortlessly and emphasizes it with a non chalant spike. Wait, this guy’s a freshman? He certainly doesn’t look inexperienced. 4-3 Bloodthirsty.

Conger does what he does to get even then both teams proceed to engage in a huckfest, an incomplete huck fest that is. Stanford spins the reels one more time to Ben Phillips as he pauses just as the disc goes into the air causing Jesse Macadangdangdangdangdang to freeze up temporarily and not have enough time to catch Phillips as he tracks the disc down, 5-4 SMUT. Tim Panucci has arrived at Virginia, bringing some Metro East skills from Columbia and he makes the play to bring it back even.

Former Callahan winner Jim Schoettler is stalking the sidelines for Stanford. He isn’t saying much but Blood looks good regardless. All of this comes to a halt when Andrew Wilkes makes a possession saving layout grab near the sidelines then finds a wide open Alex Dagley on the ground in the endzone. The only logical explanation for the site I’m seeing is Dagley took the Mario Bros. green tube and emerged in the endzone without anyone around. Virginia gets the break to go up 6-5. Stanford walks one in with Ryan Thompson hitting Angus Pacala to bring things square.

This sets up Virginia getting set to take half but they turn the disc over in the increasing wind. Stanford tries to work it but an errant dump pass gives a big D opportunity to UVA and Alex Kohn answers with a presence of authority. Virginia has a short field to work with and they punch it for half, 7-6.

As halftime lingers on I take a few points to mingle and check out the atmosphere. This is the first west coast tournament I’ve been to in two years and as such this is the first time I’ve seen a few folks in as much time. What a wonderful city. When I get back, the game is level again at 8 a piece. Virginia is working their horizontal stack with Conger leading the charge. They get so close but turn it over and Stanford goes deep off the bat to Jordan Jeffrey who dumps it to an urgent Thompson just as a call stops the rush. Everyone looks around to assess the situation and Thompson hits Jeffrey again upline and continue to Ben Funk for the spike, err uh score. 9-8 Stanford.

As if waiting for Virginia to tie the game once again, Stanford says no and rattles off two breaks in a row to make the game 11-8 as the time dwindles. Both teams trade hucks and UVA gets lucky when a huck to Conger overshoots him but Panucci is there to pick up the trash and hit Tom Licitta for the goal, 11-9 now. The teams are electing to get wackier with their passing as Stanford tries deep and fails. Virginia works a seemingly complicated cutting system all the way down the field only to drop near the endzone. Miscommunication among the Stanford handlers means UVA gets it again and huck it to Tyler who can’t make the grab in bounds so…

Greatest!

But wait. There is a debate about whether Conger executed the play properly in bounds. Nobody can decide so the logical thing to do is send it back to the thrower. Night Train concedes yardage as they retain possession and then convert on the goal to Brian Kiernan eventually getting a break back. The second horn sounds and it’s do or die. Stanford wastes no time trying to get the win and sends a deep shot to Funk with Andrew Wilkes hot on his tail. Wilkes trips as he prepares to layout giving Funk the opportunity to layout unopposed for the win and he does it! Stanford takes it 13-11.

Oregon EGO v. Carleton CUT

Oregon starts pulling to Carleton in what is already starting to be a heavily spectated game. The masters of early season shirt stenciling open the action, threatening in the red zone looking for an upline strike that would be a score but it’s a decoy, clearing out several defenders to create a passing lane for Ben Sullender in the back of the endzone, 1-0 Carleton. Oregon makes an uncharacteristic early turn, and CUT is too giddy to stay calm and turns it right back on the score line. A legitimate D by Carleton works and Alex Evangelides gets the grab and the break, 2-0 Carleton.

CUT is pulling downwind and the pull gets distance in a hurry and Oregon can’t stop it from rolling out the back. The men in black tank tops have a long way to upwind. Eli Janin gots the disc and hucks it to Cody Bjorklund and the continue is available for Eli Friedman getting EGO on the board, 2-1. Oregon gets a D and break back to get even followed by Grant Lindsley making an uncharacterstic drop. Oregon gets moving again and this time Cody finds Kevin Minderhout for the goal, putting Oregon up a break, 3-2.

Both teams are being less than cautious in the wind. Passes that are too short, too high and getting turfed are seen but Carleton wins the battle with a Luke Powers to Sam Kanner to Grant sequence, 3-3. Both teams start to get into a positive game rhythm, utilizing their best players to make a difference and get goals. Eli Janin releases a perfect huck to Josh Wardle into the wind setting up an easy goal. Lindsley wins an aerial battle after sprinting deep, only to slow up when the disc hangs in the air and he uses his jumping ability to get the goal. Janin continues to go to the air with a huck to Andy Bryn for a quick strike, 5-4 Oregon.

With Carleton moving upwind now, passes can gain wobble and height if the wind picks up and thats exactly what a dump pass to Luke Powers does, but the man makes a super rip over his teammate and a defender drawing, “Ooooooohhss” and “Oh shit” as he comes down hard. Kanner replaces him and they press onwards. Alex Kinsey had to make a juggle grab, bobbling the disc a few times before securing it and CUT finally punches it in and were tied once again, 5-5.

Carleton is getting opportunities and after a turn they look long with the Oregon sideline looking to prevent a big throw yelling, “NO HUCK! NO HUUUuuuoooooaaa….. That’s way out.” So when the Carleton Ultimate Team gets the disc back they harness the short game for a break and the game is back on serve.

EGO gets a little lucky with the wind but retain possession and Bjorklund gets the liveside score off a stoppage. Hey, it’s Vegas so I expect a little luck now and again. With both teams perched at 6 a piece, this point could prove a major hurdle in getting away from the opponent in the game as teams are about to enter half. More wind arrives along with more high throws. Carleton’s is incomplete. Oregon’s is complete, leaving Kevin Minderhout wide open in the endzone for half, 7-6 Oregon.

Coming out of the half, Sam Kanner makes himself more visible in the playmaking spotlight. He starts by getting a layout D on Eli Janin cutting upload for a potential goal and CUT turns it into a score to get even. Cody won’t let Oregon slow up and gets large in the air, jumping over his man to go up a point. Oregon starts a zone defense but a slip through the cup forces the Ducks to revert to man. After jockeying with the disc back and forth, Christian Foster gets out of trouble on the sideline as the cup is back and has him pinned down by throwing a sideline to sideline outside in backhand over the cup to the far side wing. No sweat from there, 8-8.

The teams are meeting turn quotas on each point now and it looks like another as a huck goes up intended for an EGO receiver but 3 more bodies have gathered underneath the disc, waiting for it to descend. Aki Ohdera sees the crowd forming and as they take their turns jumping early, Ohdera runs in and leaps to sky everybody in the pile getting the lead for Oregon once again, 9-8. Carleton chills out and stretches the field completing the point with a no brainer from Sullender to Patrick Roberts for a tie ball game. Oregon tries to match with under cuts and Friedman makes a great grab through the middle to keep possession but Janin gets footblocked in the red zone so Kanner gets the disc and goes long for Lindsley who narrowly catches the disc in bounds at the back of the end zone for a break, 10-9 Carleton.

CUT is feeling a surge of momentum and they get tough on d. Oregon squirms around but always manages to find an open receiver or dump until Jackson Kelsay gets the disc and as if he had a 6th sense for where Eli Janin is, whips around at midfield and puts up a perfect, almost no look huck to Eli for the score as Carleton can only watch on, 10-10.

CUT goes back to work on offense moving in a Dance Dance Revolution type sequence of up, side, side, back, up, up…. all the way down the field. A false D on the goal line scares Carleton into calling a timeout so they set up a play that they hope should work. Patrick Roberts gets the nod and he makes the grab over the goal line by a slim margin. Carleton’s up 11-10. Both teams make careless throws that would probably work in a less windy environment, but this tournament is exposing everything. As the disc is traded back and forth Carleton looks for the dump and the pass is too floaty giving Oregon the D opportunity . Cody Bjorklund comes down with the hospital pass but it’s all for not. This time Kanner has a serious lapse in judgement as he throws a hammer to nobody and can only smirk at his judgement. All of this was merely setting up a trailing huck to Andy Bryn who peels off dead from his defender to make the grab, 11-11.

The next point is more visually impressive as Eli Janin gets a big layout dump D but Adam Fagin answers back with an equally impressive layout D to save goal. Kanner hucks to Lindsley and he’s in a foot race with Eli Friedman to make the play. Both men are displaying exciting speed and Friedman lays out but the disc is beyond his reach as Lindsley shows off just how hard he works but not even having to layout to reach down and grab the disc before it hits the ground. He resets to Fagin who obliges Grant with the goal, 12-11 Carleton.

A turnover by Oregon gets a lot of anticipation from the Carleton sideline as they are no in position to win, but Fagin drops a dump pass gifting the possession to Oregon. Janin makes a layout grab and gives it up to Matt Thornton who hits Friedman for the open goal, 12-12.

Universe point.

Fagin almost drops the pull for everyone to see and wants to make up for it but overshoots Powers. It’s Oregon’s chance for the win now. Janin gets the disc on the right sideline and hucks to Joe Condon who watches the disc as he crosses over the goal line making the grab. But wait! Travel is called on the throw and Eli is livid about the call in an otherwise clean game. Janin tries again but the disc overshoots Joe this time and Kanner hauls it in. He rushes up to the goal line, winds up a big throw and… nearly hits the tent past the endzone. Oregon has to throw up a bailout huck as the count gets high so Carleton has another chance. They tap the disc in quickly and get moving. A huck goes up for Christian Foster and he’s running to the corner and covered up by the mobs of spectators, causing poor line of sight…

But a roar goes up from the CUT sideline and the champions prevail, 13-12.

After this game, its time for lunch so of course I need to find the nearest In n Out Burger. Ecstasy comes in the form of a double double and fries, and hey, there’s a casino right next door. After my meal I decide to press my luck before heading back to the fields and after a circuit of pai gow, roulette and blackjack I recoup some of the previous night’s losses. Success. I feel I should get back to the fields and get so disoriented trying to make it back to my car I end up circling the entire hotel trying to find the right lot. Yet, I don’t feel terrible about it.

Wisconsin Hodags v. Florida Gators

The lights are on now and rain has started to drizzle but Wisconsin and Florida are in the middle of a grudge match oozing with history. The game is tied at 6’s with Baby Blue holding the disc. Cullen Geppert throws behind his dump and Florida looks to fast break hitting Brodie on the right sideline for half, 7-6.

Coming out of half, Florida looks as if they’ve dominated the whole game. They stuff Wisconsin on the brick mark and Alan Baird swirls around till Brodie finds him. 8-6 Florida. Miguel Palavacinni gets in the action to get the next goal causing Wisconsin to call a timeout. If you’ve never seen a Wisconsin huddle, they are the absolute best. Lots of yelling and swearing and simple statements like, “WORK HARD!” but its to no avail. Wisconsin’s goal throw fizzles out and Florida comes the other way with a punt that winds up in Gator hands, 10-6.
Florida closes out the game blanking Wisconsin in the second half to make it 13-6 on the scoresheet.

Whitman Sweets v. Tufts E Men

In the adjacent game, Whitman is taking on last year’s nationals qualifier Tufts. The Sweets are threatening when Ben Strauss gets a hustle layout D to stop the Whitman surge, but as the rain drizzles, play becomes less precise. The Sweets get it back and find an open man after Jeremy Norden is double covered. 10-9 Whitman. Jacob Janin and Jermemy Norden are leading a great effort with a short roster (something like 14 healthy bodies?) against this powerful Tufts team. After getting two breaks in a row, both teams struggle to get the next point. On the other side of the disc Andrew Hollingsworth and Ben Strauss are making plays to keep their team in it especially when Strauss gets a layout D on the mark to prevent a goal line chance for Whitman. Tufts tries to huck it for a goal but its no good so Whitman tries the same move and Jacob catches the disc out of bounds. Hollingsworth thinks Jacob jumped from out of bounds and the disc never came in so they decide to rosham for the call. Hollingsworth takes it running away, 2-0 and the disc goes back to where the throw went off. Adrian Banerji finds Patrick Meyers cutting to the left side and Tufts gets one last goal as the hard cap horn had sounded already. Whitman takes it 12-11.

As I leave the fields, the rain is steady and constant and the forecast is for a fair amount on Saturday. We’ll see how it affects the day’s play while I’m enjoying the night indoors in the Pit.



Jersey Day by Grant
February 4, 2010, 1:58 am
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Is there any better day of the year than getting a fresh new jersey? Sure, you might come up with something that is legitimate beyond the bounds of our ultimate frame of mind, but it doesn’t cheapen that feeling when you get a fresh clean jersey that’s all yours, nobody has seen yet and you now have that formal bond with your teammates.

Last year, I neglected to mention Spin gear very often on purpose. While I didn’t want to shamelessly promote the product, the jerseys did leave something to be desired; they lacked the spandex material of other fabrics, the panels of fabric seemed a little off and at times the screen printing was sub par.

Not any more.

Spin’s new Triumph and Prime lines are absolutely incredible and I love touting the jerseys every chance I get. Being lucky enough to get a chance to sample the new jerseys last fall, I knew it was a no brainer for Georgia State to go with prime jerseys this spring and needless to say I am very impressed. These jerseys are quite possibly the best out there right now for a variety of reasons: They fit very well and are true to size, stretch when you need them to, are very light and the overall quality is very apparent. Did I mention they are made in the USA?

With the jersey product chosen, Korey and I set about coming up with a jersey design that would work. These days sublimation is all the rage, numbers appear in odd places, and you need to walk around somebody to be able to see the full image. Certainly this is a far cry from a decade ago when teams played in the finals of nationals without any jersey numbers on the back. I played my formidable years in the Northwest so I personally love the past decade when jerseys were advancing, but simplicity was in and made for a very clean look. That’s why I pushed for a throwback uniform idea for this year’s team. I thought, we’re a new team, we should start from the beginning. So I was stuck on a dark long sleeve, a light short sleeve, 8″ block numbers, a one color logo on the front and the school name + ultimate above the numbers and that was it. I think the final product met the wants of the new generation while satisfying my ideal of what a jersey should look like. Check out the new threads:

We went with two short sleeve jerseys, a navy and a white, with white printing on the navy jersey and navy printing on the white jersey. The logo is the evolution of last year’s design and several sketches done earlier this by our team. A big thanks goes out to Chris Hatton who took these images and came up with a new image that worked very well as a single color logo. Just having Georgia State across the back worked very well instead of Georgia State Ultimate or GS Ultimate or some other variant and the Atlanta Braves stylized A in “State” is a nice little indicator of our hometown. I convinced the guys that having the option for a black long sleeve jersey would be a good idea so we made an alternate design without numbers on the back available for students and alumni that will be available in a week and a half. I’ll be sure to post that image when I take delivery. As for now, I’ll be sporting one of these babies in Vegas this weekend.



This is the season… for Georgia State by Grant
February 3, 2010, 10:46 am
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Georgia State University is a large research university in downtown Atlanta. It has 28,000+ students in undergraduate and graduate studies. The university has been around for almost 100 years and has boasted some prominent alumni including Ken Lewis the CEO of Bank of America and recording artist/actor Ludacris. Yet the one thing the university has failed to produce is a consistent ultimate program, that is (hopefully) until now. GSU Ultimate is in the 2nd year of the restarted program which has already had incarnations in the past as a dominant team for a short span. In the early part of the 2000 decade, the GSU Thundercats took the Atlanta Coast region by storm with several former and current Chain Lightning players banding together as a misfit outfit with a few years of eligibility left among them. The team made finals of Terminus in 2002 beating Dartmouth, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia before losing to Cornell in the finals. Unfortunately, despite a top 25 year end ranking, this was the beginning of the end for the former GSU team. The Thundercats fizzled at regionals and all but died out by 2004.

Before he was winning titles with Chain Lightning, Jason Simpson was playing Superman for Georgia State


Enter Korek Meek and a group of enterprising freshmen in the fall of 2008 who got enough folks together to make it through a rough 2009 season as an unofficial club team, with a minimal roster and little direction. Yet for all the growing pains of the 2009 season, the seeds of this team were planted and now the program is starting to grow. The roster is now a healthy 20 players and has two coaches in Greg “Bug” Allpow and Malcolm “Milky” Clark. As I returned to school I brought some experience from a seasoned program with me and have also been helping out in a practice player/coaching role.

The team still has a lot of work to do and is a few years away from making heads turn but the effort is there and this new team has the elements of a program that will last a long time. This season will be a chronicle of how a team that didnt win a game until AFTER sectionals last year, has already put a a legitimate W on the board in our first tournament of the year.