Commissioner’s Note: Please note we will be off Easter weekend. Also Casey Burrows is planning some beach/party shenanigans this weekend. BUL will be contributing mimosas Iain Forgey will be picking up a gallon of OJ and 2 bottles of champagne from me this week. If said items go missing, blame him.
I Like Turtles 14, I Blue Myself 13
The conditions were ideal for some good ultimate, and that is exactly what we got Sunday morning. After trading points early, Blue went on a complete tear on green. Frank looking for redemption after getting shut out of the stat sheet last in week 5, kept the offense flowing. They took advantage of the Turtles bend don’t break defense early with with easy inside breaks and even easier force side unders. Frank and Giulian kept the offense going at a frenetic pace while Green still had no answer for both Pitts and Elijah downfield. The Turtles conversely just had problems connecting on offense. Playing primarily out of the vert stack, the cutters were just jammed and impatient. Whenever their offense did get moving, it was just a one off poorly thrown reset, or a hammer/huck going a tad too far that would put the brakes on green’s flow. I Blue Myself took this opportunity to jump ahead taking half 8-4 in only 40 min of play.
If there’s one thing about the green team, its their ability to wear down an opponent and refocus; the 2nd half was a completely different ball game. While the stats sheets don’t reflect this, Green leaned heavily on the play of Joe Cutrono and Megan Reeves. While their cutters still had timing issues downfield and cutting out of turn; Joe, Megan, and Adam would literally march up the field with an impressive array of break swings into upline J cuts to will green to the endzone. Green’s women had been playing great defense on blue’s dominant female cutters in Stacy and Bock; in the 2nd half they took it beyond shutdown D, to Reeves and Lari wrecking havoc in open space with some great poach D’s; the latter netting her own hat trick of blocks. While struggling early on offensively, Peter Freystaetter would come up with a huge defensive play out of a timeout that would turn the tide and find Green tying the game at 10-10.
Every point after were traded in hotly contested battles. An irrelevant softcap would sound with the game being 13-12 in green’s favor. Highlights include Frank making an incredible toe the line snag just over the outstretched arms of the 6’7 Freystaetter and Charlie chasing down a wide open deep cutter to make a last second tip D to save the easy score. Hard cap would sound with the game at 13-13 indicating that there would be no universe point. It was a hotly contested defensive battle with both teams being at the doorstep of the endzone but unable to punch it in. The final few plays were controversial as they were pivotal; pick calls negated a potential green score, while 2 controversial foul on the throw calls let green keep with possession at the doorstep, close to the win. A legitimate hand block from Frank would end up being in vain as Charlie managed to hop forward catching his own disc in the endzone for the 14-13 win.
Plain White D’s 15, Red Hot Cherry Poppers 9
Hello and welcome to the week 16 recap of Small White D’s vs the Red Hot Cherry Poppers. Fun fact: The band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, was actually originally named Red Hot Cherry Poppers. They had to change their name, along with some song lyrics to “Give it Away”, when they appeared on the Krusty the Clown show back in the early 1990’s, due to network pressure to make the band more family friendly. The name stuck, but the lyrics were only changed for the night. Ok, now that you’re all a little smarter….back to the recap.
Sunday could quite possibly have been one of the nicest days ever for a game of Ultimate! A very light breeze wafted across the field on a partly cloudy morning as the teams took the fields. At first pull SWD’s was savage, but for mercenary (and your humble narrator) Corey Whittaker. RHCP (who will be sued for copyright infringement once the use of these initials gets out) was at nearly full strength, including Rocco’s Taco’s legend and first round draft pick Edwin “Eddie” Sanchez. Loaded with ladies, (Allison, Lian, Darly, Katie) and with long time teammates Tim “I’m to sick for beach ultimate” Elfrink, and Mike “the Bone Crusher” Sanders Red looked to get off to a Hot start! That they did!! Within mere minutes they had a two nothing lead and seemed in control and confident. Unfortunately for the poopers, this was not to last. Unlike the last time these two teams met, white maintained composure, and with the arrival of some reinforcements (Including the likes of Gentry and McKelvey), white took 6 of the next 7 points to open a comfortable 6 – 3 lead. Notable highlights were Matt “the Misha Massacring Master” Bristol getting a seriously athletic D, and later a catch, against his much taller and widely renowned opponent. Also of note: Rie, Misha’s beautiful and Ultimately talented wife, kept pace with her husband’s legendary family name by being a one woman red wrecking crew. She was catching everything on offense, even when it wasn’t thrown to her (Thanks for that by the way), and flying all over on D. When she eventually went down, she just rubbed on some dirt and got back up! It was a truly an inspirational performance. While the game felt good spirited and fun for both teams, white acted like they knew how to win, and did so with little to no drama.
I should mention that Misha and McKelvey had very nice games for white, but when you set the bar so high, exceptional performances often become expected… Bar = Lowered. Next time I’ll take notes. I’m drinking Yuengling this time…
Ok fuck it. Red, you lost because BMO wasn’t there. There I said it, it needed to be said.
Written by: Corey Whittaker with Yuengling