Week 3 – Previews

Red Hot Cherry Poppers vs Plain White D’s aka the Battle of the Bands

While not a song by the Plain White T’s whites anthem has definitely been “All I Do is Win“. The Red Hot Cherry Poppers come in looking to change their tune and inflict some “Scar Tissue” on the undefeated white team. While their season so far has been categorized as a “Natural Disaster“, Red adds Mike Sanders to the mix hoping his experience and skills with the disc will allow Red to make more than “1, 2, 3, 4” consecutive passes. “By the Way” white is looking to be missing Connor, Looney, Misha and Mckelvey this weekend. White is still a plenty deep team with a “Can’t Stop” mentality, but this is literally red’s game to “Give It Away“. I “Hate” to say it but I’m giving Red the advantage this week in a close battle which should give “Pause” to every team in the league.

Prediction: Red Hot Cherry Poppers 15, Plain White D’s 14

I Blue Myself vs I Like Turtles

This should be another extremely close game. I Like Turtles thrives on making zero mistakes on the field. They are the most evenly balanced team in the league with an equal distribution of steady handlers, aggressive cutters, and lock down defenders (if you know they show up… ahem kobe). The only team looking to match that ying and yang is I Blue Myself. Blue will be hungry to redeem themselves always blowing a sizable lead to lose on universe against white last week. Both teams will lose important role players on their O and D lines this weekend but it still looks to be one hell of a game. I think green will have a tough time containing Pitts, and Blue’s dominant women cutters giving them the slight advantage in another great game where everyone down the roster will have to step up.

Prediction: I Blue Myself 15, I Like Turtles 14

Week 2 Recap!

Plain White D’s 12, I Blue Myself 11

[Game Stats]

Week two was a battle of weather and will. Blue’s goal was to come out swinging, and the frisbee gods smiled upon Iain and Jonnie as they threw caution and discs to the wind. Luckily Mischa was out carrying Rie, licking his wounds over recent Mario Cart losses. It also helped that Pitts showed up and made stud defenders McKelvey and Connor look like children losing their kites up a tree in the end zone. Blue’s women played like goddesses of consistency, forcing Gentry to go savage (possibly even through injury) until some friendless homeless woman who looked vaguely like Andrea showed up to play. Things were looking great for the Bluth Chickens, but the gods of wind and plastic be fickle. Blue hit a brick wall as White made some adjustments to their zone, forcing nearly twice the D’s of their opposition and taking half. And yes, Garcia, we know about your D, you got a bunch, shut up. Neither team was willing to back down in the second half, even Elijah when he broke something and kept playing. In the end, White was able to spread stats a little more evenly throughout their impressive rooster… er, roster* to take the game 12-11 at hard cap.

Written by: Sam Pietrzak

I Like Turtles 11, Red Hot Cherry Poppers 5

[Game Stats]

To start, I should note that the weather was less than ideal for ultimate with 25-30 mph winds gusting out of the ENE. Unfortunately for the handful of spectators (thanks for coming out Catie’s mom and boyfriend), these conditions reduced even the strongest throwers to inconsistent at best.  The line on Red this season has been, “a collection of strong defenders lacking any true handlers”, and today’s conditions would add an exclamation point to that characterization.  

As expected, Red began the game on defense and after a flurry of turnovers by both teams, found the end zone for their first break and only lead of the game 1-0.  Green would answer back, despite the play of Jeremy who had more throw-aways than blocks today (just another day at the office for this 1st round pick), with a score tying the game and then adding two breaks for a 3-1 lead. Green was energized by the return of 2017 Masters National’s veteran Joe Cutrono to the lineup. Cutrono silenced critics of his seven figure salary by consistently finding open spaces in the zone with pin point throws keeping Red off balance all game long.   Both teams traded points until Red answered with a break to narrow Green’s lead to 5-4. Green, led by workhorses Lari and Tim Struz, would run the table the rest of the way taking half 8-4.  With the solid handler play of Megan Reeves (this woman does not make mistakes), Charlie, and Eric, Green put on a good old fashioned “dump and swing” clinic using Red as the patient.  Only 20 minutes remained until cap as the second half started and Red was still trying to find its offensive footing.  Tim Elfrink (a/k/a Tim the Hammer) tried repeatedly to spark the offense to no avail – clearly, he is far more valuable to us with a pen in hand (buy your copy of Bloodsport today on Amazon!). Anish and Matt B took their respective turns at the controls, and neither could generate much more than a few completions before turning the disc back over to Green.  In the time capped second half, Green added 3 scores to Red’s 1 for a final of 11-5 and Green’s first W of the season.

Highlights for Red included some great catches by the “sure handed” Catie Linton, super cup defense from Rica and solid play on both O and D from Tony.  On the other side, Green saw some great catches by Misha and another solid all-around performance out of Jerimiah.  After the game, ESPN’s Evan Lepler noted, “Red must get Edwin some offensive help and should consider trading Anish and Matt for the KOD offensive machine Steve Kobrin”.

Written by: Adam Smith

 

Week 2 – Previews

Commissioner’s Note

Please arrive early as we will start on time, no excuses. Captains will be given the green light to assess points or have teams play without 7 on the line. We have cricket coming onto the fields at 12:30 so we MUST be done by noon. I will blow soft cap at 11:40, and hard cap at 11:55. It will be incredibly windy so expect some low scoring games, so please lets keep it moving. I will be at the fields at 9:20 to set up and distribute jerseys. So please show up on time. If you did not purchase a jersey, you will be required to wear a shirt in your team color. No more lights vs darks.

Plain White D’s vs I Blue Myself

#BringOnTheHuckus. On paper Plain White D’s are tall, fast, athletic, and have all the throws… What they don’t have… heart and jorts; specifically jorts. Real talk with Carlito, Z-Monet, and Andrea running point, and Misha, McKelvey, Connor, and Gentry downfield, that is a tough line up to beat. Ultimate is a team sport though, and I Blue Myself will look to go toe to toe with the early on favorites. Frank the Tank and Iain Forgey look to run point with the rest of Blue playing up their faceless army mentality, with a deep cache of players adept at cutting and/or handling to give White’s defense all they can handle. On the defensive front both teams are pretty evenly matched in terms of bigs and speedsters. It’s going to be a yuge battle of bigly proportions. With all things being equal the deciding factor is going to come down to cut off blue denim jorts. Advantage I Blue Myself.

Prediction: I Blue Myself 11, Plain White D’s 10

I Like Turtles vs Red Hot Cherry Poppers

Both teams look hungry and searching for their 1st win. The weather will look to be extremely windy (20-30 mph). While the Red Hot Cherry Popper’s trademark is generating turns, they will certainly have mother nature looking to help them out. I Like Turtles, however, will have an ample amount of possession based handlers adept at handling (pun intended) such conditions. I think this game will be closer than most believe but I will still give the advantage to green as I’ve yet to see anyone handle in the wind as well as Adam Smith.

Prediction: I Like Turtles 9, Red Hot Cherry Poppers 7

Week 1 Recap!

I Blue Myself 15, Red Hot Cherry Poppers 12

[Game Stats]

Red vs Blue started off the season trying to figure out how their rosters would mesh and what pieces worked where. Blue started strong with an early break as the team was gelling early. Red got their footing shortly after as teams were trading points until Blue took half 8-5. Red’s athleticism and effort really is unparalleled; generating turn after turn by getting horizontal. They punished Blue if they ever took their foot off the gas on an in cut. Red was just unable to find their footing with their touch passes especially near the endzone. For a team with this many athletes, they did not look to huck downwind, even with blue missing their 2 bigs in Pitts and Elijah. The first half was also riddled with drops and throwaways with the wind playing a factor more than anticipated. Red threw some zone and it was shredded by the likes of Frank, Iain, and Stacey. Blue decided to return the favor out of half with a zone of their own and it worked to perfection. Guilian and Roosevelt harassed handlers as Jonnie and Megan Wilke patrolled the throwing lanes. This strategy did not work for too long with late arrival of Tim Elfrink, who along with Tony and Shaun started finding the holes and working through the Blue defense. Both teams played with great spirit and it was a very good game despite the 15-12 outcome. Blue takes the early 1st place spot with a win and point differential but both teams were missing top players so look out for either of these teams as the season goes on. Also it should be noted that Frank is not Blue’s assist leader!

Written by: Jonnie Lancaster

Plain White D’s 15, I Like Turtles 14

[Game Stats]

Nothing like a super close game to start Broward League off with a bang. We learned two things from this game, never get too comfortable with any sort of lead and Tim Vo is clearly clairvoyant. He called the score of the game 15-14 advantage Plain White D’s. While it wasn’t exactly how he said it would be because Mischa, McKelvey and Jeremy weren’t there, so there were no shots fired (lame Jacksonville Cannons joke), the competition was still very strong. As far as chemistry goes it did seem as I Like Turtles was running like a well-oiled green machine. The father son tandem of Adam & Charlie were cool as cucumbers as always,Reeves was stellar. We all know Kumi is an all star and it showed, but Lari seemed like she was the fastest person on earth out there, making dime cuts and being the best deep threat they had. They were breaking their marks left and right, getting anything they wanted and it seriously felt like white could not stop them. While the D’s were making their own mistakes on offense and playing great white D, they could only do so much when they had a stagnant offense. This all lead to the Turtles going into half time with an 8-5 advantage, Kowabunga! At half time I’m sure the White team said something along the lines of Hey There Garcia what’s it like to be so shitty, as a captain of course. That seemed to pump them up if that was the case, as they fought point by point to get back into the game and get the breaks back. They stopped cutting each other off while making their deeps and unders. Nathan Cook was an unknown in this draft but man whoever passed on this guy didn’t know what they were missing, he got every under cut he wanted and moved the disc constantly for this team. Connor Smith was by far the Catalyst of this comeback with his solid play on offense and his phenomenal defense pumping up all of his teammates. With the awesome leadership and poise of Andrea, along with Sofie and Rie absolutely killing it and giving it their all on the field, white took the game on universe to win 15-14. Vo called it, it was exciting to watch and be a part of. Remember kids no matter how much you are down or up by, it’s not over til’ it’s over so try your asses off until then. Oh Zack “Z-Monet” Marks was there and he did things. Seriously does anyone know any other Plain White T’s songs?

Written by: Brandon Garcia

Week 1 – Previews

I Like Turtles vs Plain White D’s

Kicking off spring league Green takes on early favorite White in this week 1 match up! While a Freystaetter sibling rivalry sounds great on paper, it will likely be a Langdon vs Mischa match up and y’all better get your popcorn ready. Unlike in the fall, I Like Turtles gives Langdon a supporting cast of adept handers, expect to see many aerial battles between these two giants as the weather is supposed to be beautiful and relatively windless. Speed kills and Plain White D’s will have that in spades with speedsters McKelvey, Garcia, and Connor Smith who are almost uncoverable in open space. Green will look to be extremely solid with the disc with Adam Smith, Cutrono, Kumi and Gonot being more than capable handlers. We’re going to have to call the female match ups a dead tie as each team has their own counterpoint in the other Andrea/Kumi, Lari/Gentry, Reeves/Rie, etc… This will likely be one of the more exciting games this season but I’m going to give the slight advantage to team with Mischa as any team with Langdon runs the risk of him missing a game due to 4 wheeling, being hungover, or flying.

Prediction: Plain White D’s 15, I Like Turtles 14

Red Hot Cherry Poppers vs I Blue Myself

Lets just get this out of the way because I Blue Myself wins on team name alone… Blue will debut collegiate star Christian Pitts to the south Florida ultimate scene. He’s verifiably very good (I’ve filmed him before while working for Ultiworld). Down the roster blue is very evenly balanced with capable handlers and cutters to fill out every spot the roster. Red comes in as layout city. Literally every person on their roster is known for getting hortizontal: Catie, New Spazz, Anish, Schmiel, BMo, Shain, Edwin, etc… While Blue on paper will be the more balanced team, Red will challenge every throw and cut emphatically. When they have the disc, they will lean heavily on Tony, Elf and Rocco to manage the game. Blue’s women are peerless cutters who will also wreck havoc downfield. In a game of consistency vs reckless abandonment, I’m going to give the edge to Blue.

Prediction: I Blue Myself 15, Red Hot Cherry Poppers 13

Fall Playoffs

Mills Pond Park | South Side Multipurpose Fields (by fire station and RC park)
2201 Northwest 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
https://goo.gl/maps/WoyurbLMYZ62

10:00 AM – Semi’s
Noon – Superlatives/Pizza’s Delivered
12:15 PM – Finals/3rd Place Game
2:15 PM – BUL Gift Exchange, Hang and Eat

Week 7 Recap!

Discs Out for Harambe 15, MoneyDisc 13

[Game Stats]

FINALLYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! THE END OF THE SEASON HAS COME AROUND!!!! It was the third match up between MoneyDisc and Disc Out For Harambe. This week the games were plagued by late arrivals because the people in charge of I-95 hate people who live in Miami and therefore we hate them. The Haram Bae’s started out with 9 people because of the whole Miami sucks thing. Without both captains at the game for the second game in a row, they just went for it. Andrea gave the team a much needed boost after the 3rd point of the game and we all know Rica was thankful because she did not want to run savage the whole game, I mean who would. The game got away from MoneyDisc in the first half but they climbed back and played a heck of a second half to bring it within 2 at one point. There bigs Peter and Morrison were really bringing it while Edwin was their do everything man. Mix that all in with Stacy tearing it up and Cox at the helm of the team and their defense and that spelled trouble for the Gorilla Tribute team. Harambe’s Silverback (this is a metaphor for leadership) eventually showed up to lead her team to victory, Casey gave the team a much needed boost of morale and strategy after the half when they had to fight off a surging White squad. It all came down to defense for the game, both teams had a litany of drops, miscues and throwaways but the smothering defense of Adam Smith, with 7 D’s, and the rest of the troop (that’s what the call a group of gorillas, look it up nerds.) was too much for DiscoMoneda to overcome. So lets say 15-11 advantage goes to the Go Go Power Harambe’s. Neither team should be taken lightly in the playoffs come the 10th.

Written by: Brandon Garcia

Blackholes 15, RedBUL 7

[Game Stats]

RedBUL lost, played savage. Waiting on recap from Giulian Jauregui.

Week 7 – Previews

PLAYOFFS

Please be advised that playoffs will be on SATURDAY, Dec 10th from 10 am to 2 pm at Mills Pond Park.

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Blackholes vs RedBUL

In the penultimate game of league, the top 2 seeds will be facing off. Not much on the line as RedBUL has solidified their place as regular season champs. Both teams though have come to play with Blackholes looking to stop a regular season sweep. Conditions are expected to be… yup you guessed it… windy, which playing into RedBUL’s strength in consistent low turnover play.

Prediction: RedBUL 15, Blackholes 13

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MoneyDisc vs Discs Out for Harambe

Plagued by attendance issues all season, MoneyDisc needs more than 1 game with a full roster in order to get their bearings on their team chemistry in time for playoffs. They face a hot handed Harambe team looking to carry their momentum into the playoffs. I’m having faith that MoneyDisc finally gets a full turnout and heads into playoff week with a win.

Prediction: MoneyDisc 13, Discs Out for Harambe 10

Week 6 Recap!

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Discs Out for Harambe 15, Blackholes 8

[Game Stats]

The outlook was bleak for Blue before the game when it seemed like they might have to play nearly savage. Fortunately, some key late comers evened the playing field and the game was on. Black came out swinging, stealing an early break to take the lead 2-1. I was compelled to heed the call of nature as Blue scored to make it 2-2. Imagine my disappointment as I returned to the field, feeling light as a feather, to find that Blue had taken their break back plus a second one, taking a 2 point lead and starting some serious momentum. Despite some hilariously classic Garcia moves, including taking a pull in the foot for a turn (which Black promptly gave back) and trying to greatest a still in bounds disc, Blue continued to pound Black, taking a 7-2 lead. One shining ray of offense in a dark cloud of drops and miscues afforded Black one more score before Blue took half 8-3. Halftime talks on Black’s side were mostly focused on red zone offense, which was a major issue for us all game. If I had to guess what Blue was saying, I’d say it was along the lines of “keep winning.” The start of the second half seemed like it would be more of the same until Black got our collective shit together and started a bit of a run. The score got as close as 9-7, but the wind that briefly filled our sails died as quickly as it came. Harambe finished the job quickly, only allowing 1 more score for Black. The absence of such key players as Jeremy Langdon, Tony Lopez and Megan Reeves hurt Black’s chances, but it’s no excuse considering Blue was without Alton Gaines, Gentry Maddox and Andrew McKelvey. This game really came down to a series of errors on Black’s part and Blue’s ability to capitalize on these errors with experienced handlers and smart offense. Hopefully the next meeting between these teams is the competitive matchup we know it should be.

Written by: Giulian Jauregui

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RedBUL 15, MoneyDisc 11

[Game Stats]

The conditions started out calm, but as the day progressed the wind picked up playing into RedBUL’s advantage. MoneyDisc with their twin towers of Petyr Freystaetter and Brandon Morrison looked to take over the sky with RedBUL missing their bigs in Travis Catron and captain Corey Whittaker. Luckily Jordan Taheri came to the teams defense (pun intended). It was a battle between Morrison and Taheri in the air, with Jordan racking up 4 D’s in the 1st half alone. MoneyDisc was able to keep pace with Andrew and Roosevelt running point, with the latter making a series of athletic grabs to save the point. RedBUL uncharacteristically looked to the huck often in the 1st half, showcasing quite a few unforced turnovers for the normally steady team. Luckily the veteran handlers on the team steadied the offense, re-emphasizing patient decision making. Megan Wilke and Sam Pietrzak were also an unsung heros, consistently moving the chains when the offense started to sputter. Both teams in the 2nd half transitioned to zone defense to capitalize on the increasing wind, however, MoneyDisc lacked the depth of capable handlers which RedBUL had in spades eventually pulling away for a convincing win.

Field Change and Week 6 – Previews

GAMES AT STEVENS FIELD

It’s literally across the street from Wimberly

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https://goo.gl/maps/MENnHHYByMy

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BlackHoles vs Discs Out for Harambe

The winds are back this weekend. With that I’m going to give the edge to BlackHoles as someone who will be unnamed on their team complained that I’ve yet to pick them to win in any of the previews. So there I picked BlackHoles.

Prediction: BlackHoles 15, Discs Out for Harambe 0

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MoneyDisc vs RedBUL

Heavy is the head that wears the crown… RedBUL finally stumbled for the 1st time this season. With the heavy wind, the advantage will definitely be back in their favor. MoneyDisc does have a lot of height to caused problems but their attendance issues has been trouble for them all season. Regardless this will be another tight match up and its really anyones game.

Prediction: RedBUL 13, Money Disc 12 (totally not biased at all)