And I'm totally laughing as I read the recap/prediction article. Here are some of my fave comments: "Mischief lives long. Sometimes that living isn't so grand, as their offense isn't exactly all about control." "Mischief and Salsa looks like a good game as Salsa has a lot of former Open players who match up well with Mischief's guys. Not surprisingly, turns abound." "Mischief continues to rely on the huck, losing a lot of discs to turns, but then forcing the turn back and eventually scoring." Heh. Sounds about right. But then despite those comments, we still get some votes of confidence: "It's not clear that the Gendors have the staying power to get through two tough games and will be in big trouble as the Mischief game will probably go long, and take a lot out of them (per turnovers galore, and Mischief pulling away at the end)." "Slow White has not, however, had to play a team with the consistent firepower of Mischief." Damn straight! Mischief nation loves you!! -LT
Here are some other good ones (all courtesy Bil Elsinger): "Slow White seems like an unstoppable force. Mischief seems like a force that could only be stopped by itself." My favorite: "Mischief has an interesting upwind strategy. Whenever a turn happens, one of their men sprints to the disc and jacks it. In most cases, the throw blades, floats, and almost always falls short of its mark. In the first half, this works against Mischief. In the second half, however, the chips start to fall into Mischief's knapsack, as errant throws get macked, blades get caught, and Mischief's men start to make the plays. Tyler Grant, in a fairly typical upwind point, lays out for the D, then takes off upfield. Whichever Smith brother is closest runs to the disc, grabs it, and lets off an upwinder that often, Grant has to lay out for." "Mischief is the team that Tandem would be if they could." "In a windy day, Mischief might go to the well (of luck) one time too many. " "Mischief definitely stepped up today with great focus on maintaining control of the disc. They've gotten better all tournament and it seems that they peaked at the right time." And, of course: "Kevin Smith puts up a high throw from the 20 over the top of the stack and Paul Youn brings in the game winner. Mischief wins. Mischief wins." Wes.
And another from Wes:
Who is playing well? Just about everyone! But some specific shoutouts: - To Kevie, who made more and more short throws as the tournament went on, in direct violation of his personal philosophy, yet managed to connect on several big hucks in the finals. - To Will and Dan, who were smothering on the mark all weekend. In the first half of finals, Slow White actually looked their main handler off several times because of how he'd played in semis, tag-teamed by these guys. - To Brynne, who got a HUGE layout D (finally!) in the finals that probably saved an upwind break. - To Pickett, who was a stabilizing force on offense and managed some spectacular layout D's, including an absurd, twisting, backwards layout to save an upwind break in the finals. - To Tyler, who played both ways in the biggest games, and forced Slow White to play Teddy on D because nobody else came close to covering him. Oh yeah, and for his ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS grab, skying the crap out of two Gendors inclduing their best receiver and toeing the line on the landing to win semis. - To Mark, who got our semis and finals opponents wrong, but otherwise laid out our road quite nicely. - To Lori Eich. All she does is score (over half her catches for goals). It says something that our finals opponent was her old team and yet she still managed to score a billion times. - To Wade, who consistently shut down his guy, got huge D's, ran the D line's offense, fired us up, and managed to find time in between for calling efficient, effective lines on D. - To Crystal and Beth, who stepped up big-time on offense, made tough catches in traffic, moved the disc efficiently, and embarassed male markers in the zone early and often. - To Jess, who caught a 74 mph, 50 yard, cross field, downwind hammer, then turned upfield and calmly swung the disc for a score. - To Adam Fagin, who managed to D up his NUTC counselor on a sick upline layout, and has the picture to prove it. - To Shwu and the D line ladies, who kept other teams' women very, very quiet all tournament. - Double true for Kyle, who often took the other team's biggest offensive threat, and as you can see in the clip Roshan sent out, made them rue. - To Adam Brown, who jogged halfway down the field before realizing a huck went up and STILL beat his guy by five steps, and showed huge heart by playing like a superstar despite not sleeping and almost dying. - To Paul, who picked the last point of the season to finally be 6'3", getting up in the upwind endzone over an old MIT teammate, tipping the disc to himself, and laying out to pancake the Nationals winner. (I'm sure I've left out a lot of notable shoutouts; please feel free to add your own.) Also, some good quotes: "Jasper is officially having a bad game...I'm telling you, that guy is in his head. He's totally flustered by his mark right now." -- Slow White captain Mike Miller, watching his main offensive handler being guarded by Will "I'm giving you ten seconds. Ten seconds, to be afraid, to be nervous, to be timid, to be scared. That's all you get." -- Wade, firing us up before semis "Holy crap, that girl's got a cannon!" -- Slow White sideline, after watching Crystal jack a 60 yard backhand "Listen, we're not gonna do anything special. Run our offense, trust our athletes, let them make plays. That's it." -- Mark "THROWER! THROWER! THROWER! THROWER!" -- Slow White sideline as the disc swung from Mark to Beth to Crystal to Tyler "Who is covering that guy? You have to get on!" -- AMP sideline, watching Tyler carve up their D "Nothing hurts in the finals, baby." -- Kris "The last thing I thought about before I went to sleep last night was going into the UPA office, stopping at the entranceway, and rubbing my finger over the Nationals plaque where it says, 'Mischief 2006'." -- Kitt "Last night I dreamt that Nord was playing with us. And all my swilly hammers were MONEY! He got to stuff Tyler NEVER would have!" -- Mark "I swear, that's like, I don't know, four deflections they've caught for scores. How do they keep doing that? It's ridiculous!" -- Sven from Brass Monkey, watching our pool play games "bayba." -- Mirabelle, kinda sorta maybe saying her first word "Because I'm working my ass off. And I want to win." -- Paul, earlier this season, getting his wish Thanks to everyone for their encouragement, excitement, and energy! It was awesome getting back and having dozens of e-mails chronicling your emotions and ending in joyous congratulations! Double thanks to all the practice players who came out and pushed us this season. We couldn't have done it without you. Wes.
And trophy talk on the way home, Kyle relayed the story:
Just to add to some of my favorite post tourney quotes/moments: 1. On Adam B, Kevie and my flight home, one of the woman flight attendants asks to wear Kevie's medal and makes an announcement (interrupting the FAA required safety orientation instuctions) explaining how there are 3 very special people on the plane, that we are "frisbee champions" and that "Southwest is now the official airline of champions." 2. The same woman proceeds to wear the medal for half the flight while bringing us free alcohol courtesy of Southwest. 3. We find out that the pilots would have been happy to fly the trophy in the cockpit. P.S. How did we get the trophy home? -Kyle
And more from Kyle and Lori:
Here's a direct quote I just got from my boss's boss after seeing the clip of the day that was being sent around at work....and I quote: "You should have put flying on your resume." Best work ever. -Kyle On 10/30/06, Lori Eich
wrote: > > Dear Mischief, > > You rock my face. Thanks for playing such a clean and good-spirited game > against my Boston buddies, and thanks for rubbing it in their faces, twice, > that we're better than them, twice. They effing deserve it for not hucking > to me enough last year. > > Kevin, thanks for hucking to me so I could spike it on Teddy. I should > have waggled it in front of him before I spiked it. > > Speaking of spiking it, thanks to whoever thought it was a good idea to > give me the Spirit of the Game award. I wore my new pink fuzzy hat all the > way home. > > Anti-thanks to the Tampa Airport security officers, who made me throw away > inocuous hair supplies. Now I'm at work and my hair looks like poo. I hate > you, 4-oz. bottles. Good thing I have my new pink fuzzy hat. > > Extra special thanks to all the superfans who supported us from all over > the country. Thanks for all your help this season, you were a huge part of > this win. > > And thanks to Linnea, who is still undefeated. Best sideline EVER. > > I heart Mischief. > > -L