Good for a laugh:
Hodags at Vegas
Brilliant editing work.
Mammel and Jerome pointed me towards this article in the NYTimes Magazine. An interesting piece on basketball statistics and some of the cutting edge ideas being implemented.
I remind myself of Shane Battier, mostly just his athletic ability (not his being an invaluable asset to the team, especially on defense) which is way above mine, but relative to the sports we play, I think we fall roughly into the same demographic.
Before people start touting Florida as the 2009 champions and back their claims up with Florida's results the last 3 years, please take a moment to think.
As a player: Florida is my least favorite team to play, in the history of my frisbee experience. I will also say that Wisconsin is my favorite team to play (and I have only beat them twice). When you play Florida you prepare yourself for defunct, frankensteinish hybrid of Ultimate Frisbee. You prepare yourself for the obnoxiously high amount of calls (partially your fault), you prepare to be frustrated at the pace of the game, you prepare yourself to play a frisbee game you have never played before. You know that maybe only 7 UF players will touch the disc all game, and maybe only 3 on offense. You know that athletic 6-whateverers will snag that bailout huck on stall 8 maybe 8 times. You know that 50 percent of Florida would rather be playing for UCF. I get little satisfaction beating Florida (3-3 lifetime). You know you won't run hard for an entire point, you know that you will either score easily or become bogged down in the stoppages. Flow does not exist for Florida or their oppenents.
As a spectator: Florida is my least favorite team to watch. The worst game of mens ultimate I've ever seen - 2008 college finals. People say frisbee is a players sport, I disagree, but watching Florida play, I see where they are coming from. There is no excitment in watching 3 UF players throw "the dad" backhand, back and forth for 5 yards until the downfield defense is lulled into sleep and a huck goes up (Usually a good throw so not even an exciting catch). Nobody on Florida makes spectacular plays, unless you are a diehard 500 fan. 1 of their players simply jogs from the handler set, stands in the endzone, and calls for it, standing for as long as it takes. And don't get me started on the way certain UF players conduct themselves in the public eye (RSD).
If I were a highschool kid introduced to Ultimate at a Florida game, I would never - ever - want to play frisbee. There is no sense of team, no sense of commraderie, no fun, no sportsmanship. People will say, "Well, Florida wins so quit your whinning", but I will continue to protest. Florida is ruining the sport I love.