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.

Shaun Doherty’s Upwind Callahan After a Midfield Pull

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.

Field-level view of Bryant’s assist to Martin.

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!

Throwing both backhands.

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.

Nice timeout usage!

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.


Getting into the end zone with this (And this. And this too.) Unlike the last time we went to Boston when on three separate occasions the Whitecaps tried to hop on into the end zone and failed. 

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.

Great Zone Defense

Good zone structure from the Dogfish here. Variable and connected. Good transition into man defense.
Xander Max (#21) on the close sideline does very good work.

Brownlee to Mott

Brownlee bombs a backhand to Mott.

Brownlee bombs a backhand 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.

Philly Pre-Play Motion

This is a nice twist on a somewhat standard set. 

Sense of Size

That pull is one size too big for this field, Hatchett.

This travel should be a turnover.

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.

The Rumble steady trying to make this a game.

But the Dogfish are willling to give it back immediately. So ultimate. 

Nice first pass and second reset defense here.

First reset defender is bodying the receiver to take away the easy around reset and flush the first reset from the backfield.

Second reset defender is maintaining visual contact with first reset, and then closes aggressively to pressure the throw to his man. Which forces a Dogfish punt. Which leads into a…

Midfield Heave as Time Expires

~30 seconds on clock (the clock on the screen is inaccurate). The Dogfish punt out of their own end zone, then run away from their own end zone to play defense, and then get beat back to their own end zone in less than 30 seconds. That’s gotta smart.

About The Author

Dusty played college ultimate for New York University from 1998-2002, captaining for his final three years. From 2003-2009 he filled various roles for New Jersey's Pike from deepest bench to O-line cutter, D-line handler, O-line handler, and captain before concluding his club career with an opportunity in 2010 to represent New York City on PoNY's D-line. While never qualifying for college regionals, Rhodes played at six Club Nationals in the Open Division (finishing from dead last to tied for third) and coached Drew University to a fifth place college regional finish in 2005. Dusty earned a degree in English and American Literature from NYU and spent all of his remaining energy playing pickup basketball and writing for NYU's Washington Square News.

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