These Don’t Lie
That disc is down (not that Dave Baer necessarily had any clue that it was down. In fact, I’m still not entirely certain how he caught this on the bounce.). Keep an eye on the next two passes for a perfect encapsulation of what we mean when we say “Disc Don’t Lie”. One of them is a scoober. The other is ugly.
Last Weekend’s Games
With that wonderful clip out of the way, we’ll tackle the weekend in general: This was my favorite weekend of games so far! Sure there were only two matchups, but both the Rumble (12-6 at half) and the Spinners (13-8) jumped out to sizable early leads only to see the Dogfish (13-10 second half, within two points with 1:03 to play) and Whitecaps (12-6 in the second half and overtime) respectively climb back into the games. Further: The Whitecaps won their game without ever having lead in regulation.
This is, in many ways, precisely what makes frisbee so ultimate: The ability for teams to climb back into the contest despite all odds.
The results on the weekend put the East back into play rather than leaving Philly with a clear inside track. Also, the East sits at 4-0 all-time versus the West (3-0 in MLU Title games, 1-0 in regular season) and now there are nothing but questions for the Dogfish.
In fact, all midfield pulls in the Spinners loss to the Whitecaps were upwind. While in hindsight this seems obvious, I for one, had not given much thought to this use of the midfield pull. A midfield pull, to a degree, balances out the wind-advantage in a given game. So much of the battle for field position during a windy game is determined by the inability of the pulling team to get the disc near the other end of the field. Pulling from midfield turns this around for a handful of moments. Not only does the downwind team now need to start from their own endzone, there is a chance for a callahan which, in MLU, is not only a goal, it lets the callahan-ing team start on offense for the next point. In the case of an upwind callahan this results in a downwind offensive point.
In the case of Boston callahan, Philly broke upwind after a Patrick Lindsey goal-line block to negate this advantage, but the opportunity for a two-point swing was created.
Sure, it is a late stall count bail out, but the space was there the whole time. It was just a matter of waiting until the correct moment. Watch closely to see to see Martin’s cut develop with finger-pointing and all. Watch closely to see the Boston defender (Sam Kittross-Schnell, I believe) jump up into the throwing lane and nearly register a block. This view reveals such a wonderful perspective!
When Bo Li gets this pass off to Scott Xu’s right side, the mark needed to close down the around break, which then led to the mark over-committing while Xu used the defender’s momentum against him to run all the way across the field for the goal. Give go go get!
Without two backhands, this throw would not have been on-time and on-target. If it was not on-time and on-target, then Xu would been unable to manipulate his defender.
The goal reception was harder than it needed to be, as Brownlee’s backhand dove down near the turf, but the play design created an ample window for Brownlee’s assist.
THAT is the definition of bookends for Williams. Nice toss by Lasseter on the assist.
THAT is the definition of bookends for Pineda! Nice trust in the process from Cascino to reward Pineda.
Throwing Your Receiver Open
This is a lovely throw from Inselmann using the outside-in to the inside-out side. Sit it out for the Nick Thompson and David Bloodgood, the Spinners defender, has no chance for the block.
Great traditional use of the outside-in here from Weintraub to Xu. Xu was aware and in a dangerous area, but the key is the throw out in front for Xu to read and get to early despite the attempt at help defense from the top of the stack.
Brownlee to Mott
Mott is so good in the air he’s got commentators giving him credit for using his height. Brownlee is so good as a thrower he’s hardly making Mott get airborne in the first place.
These Do Lie
Dave Baer’s Anti-Celebration
Don’t let him fool you. He likes scoring.
This is a nice twist on a somewhat standard set.
Sense of Size
Also, throwers who acknowledge their own travel can just start walking backward rather than asking ref for permission. If you don’t ask permission, they’ll just call a travel. Which will get you to the place you’re trying to go.
But the Dogfish are willling to give it back immediately. So ultimate.
First reset defender is bodying the receiver to take away the easy around reset and flush the first reset from the backfield.