Someone want to send a detailed recap? For those who are curious about results:
Although the men's division of colorado cup is divided into Elite and
Open (we were in open), the ladies is in a single division making for
much more challenging competition. They enter the tournament seeded
dead last (12th).
Mischief XX starts off facing the 1, 2, then 4 seeds in their pool,
and drop to 0-3. Although they have some tough losses, they're
starting to show signs of gelling. The ladies have a squad of 12
facing much larger teams, at altitude, and without byes. In the final
game of the day, they fight exhaustion and defeat the Florida team
Layuma (Dorko plays for them now).
Going into Sunday, they need to beat the three seed Box to make
quarters. Box is a local CO team, with lots of practice with the
altitude. Mischief XX shows heart and wins the "game-to-go" and earns
the right to play the undefeated 1 seed in the tournament Rare Air.
Rare Air is another local CO team, and tied for 3rd at nationals last
Mischief XX pulls the upset of the tournament and knocks the 1 seed
out of the tournament! Although I didn't see the game, the ladies
played exceptionally well, proving that you don't fuck with the
national championship mixed ladies.
Following this upset, the tanks are running a little low and the
ladies lose to safari in the semis.
The men came into the tournament seeded 6th, and are the 3 seed in the
A pool (2 pools of 6). We start the day playing a team Smooth Jazz
(also consisting of the men from 2 mixed teams). I watch us go out to
a 5-0 lead, and head off to watch the ladies. Strangely, after I left
we trade points with them. I later hear awesome stories of Wade
dropping pulls while trying to toe a line (what?!), and other
uncharacteristic mistakes. We end up winning 15-9.
On to the 2 seed in the pool Mamabird+ (colorado universities men's
team/alums). They show up with pretty light numbers, and can't run
with us. I think this is probably our best game of the weekend with
great disc movement, defense, and efficiency. Dan O has a hero point
where he gets a layout D, and then skies the crap out of his guy to
shag a poorly placed scoober. We absolutely crush 15-5. Kevin's hucks
are as accurate as I have ever seen this game, often pulling out 70
yard hucks off of a straight-up mark to connect with a streaking
On to the 1 seed in our pool, Sack Lunch. Apparently, these guys were
talking some crap about us being "just a bunch of mixed dudes". We
start the game firing and go out to a 3-0 lead despite more
uncharacteristic drops. The game starts to tighten up towards half
time, and we begin trading points.
Highlight 1 from the game:
Dave (our 6'5" pickup via Nick) goes for an around break mark
backhand. His marker goes for a foot block, and manages to kick Dave
in the forearm. While the disc is in the air:
Marker: "No contest... Injury. I stubbed my toe.'
Me: "WHAT!!! Dave you are the toughest man alive! Don't kick him in
the nuts, you'll break your foot!"
Highlight 2 from the game:
Doyle chasing a disc that's tailing out of bounds towards the front
cone. He jumps, catches the disc, and throws his toe back to barely
land inbounds. Then he eats shit. Literally. He goes flying out of
bounds into a drainage ditch, where apparently some animal has taken a
shit. As he's sliding, he keeps yelling "NOT WORTH IT!", and then
humps the grass to wipe off.
Mischief XX wins 15-11.
Game 4 against Rawhide, an up and coming club team. They are rolling
deep (probably over 20 guys) and are fairly athletic. We start out the
game fairly well, and earn a 13-8 lead. Then, our deep shots start
getting shut down as they adjust defensively, and we manage to make
things exciting. The game gets to 13-11, when we call a timeout. They
break again to get to 13-12, and we finally score on offense. They
score, then the break, leading to universe point at 14-14. After we
call a timeout to catch our breath, we put in some "fresh legs" and
manage to close the game 15-14.
The next morning, we have Game 5 against the 6 seed in the pool.
Despite only having 9 people show up by the start of the game, we
Quarters against another up and coming club team Saw. Saw is similar
to Rawhide in that they have some athletic and tall guys. The game is
probably our worst looking game so far, and we continue to have
trouble scoring from the red zone. Our deep shots aren't connecting
either, and only exhausting defense is keeping us in the game. We end
up going down 8-10 game to 12. We manage to score on offense, and need
to break to stay in it. We break once to tie at 10's, and we need
We bury them in the end zone with a good pull. Our down field defense
has been tenacious all game. It's something beautiful to see 4
defenders all shut down their guys in a ho-stack for 5 minutes
straight. We end up forcing a bad pass, that Kevin catches for the D,
and then decides to throw a blade to no one in particular. I spike my
Saw again has the disc, but again Kevin poaches off his man to catch
the D. This time, he reluctantly swings the disc to Kyle, who throws a
wide open goal. Mischief up 11-10.
We pull to Saw, and again bury them in the end zone with amazing
defense. Again, they throw up a bad dump pass, which Kevin catches for
the game winning Callahan.
We face Sack Lunch again. The game gets started late, and promises to
be very low scoring as points drag on and on with turnovers and calls.
Sack makes 2 terrible calls this game where there is contact following
the play. We take half 8-5, but manage to make things interesting
again and find ourselves at 9-9 game to 10. Again we call a timeout
for rest, score, and eek out the win 10-9.
We have a rematch against Mamabird+ for the finals. They have picked
up some fresh legs for sunday, and we're looking a little tired. The
game moves quickly, as both teams have several quick scores. We start
the game with a defensive break, but they break back and we take half
8-7 on serve.
In the second half, we go out with 2 breaks to go up 10-7, but they
answer to 10-8 and we're looking very tired on defense. Wade has left
the building to catch his flight.
We continue to struggle, and eventually we find ourselves pulling
13-13 (but Wade has returned). Legs fried, Mischief heart keeps people
on their feet. We need to break back, and fast. We put in some "fresh"
legs, and break that point to take the lead 14-13.
At this point, we're down to 12 folks, who have all played about a
million points this tournament. Our tired legs can't stop their
offense, and it's tied at 14's. We manage to score on offense to go up
15-14. The next point, we get a D, and work the disc up field to
within 5 yards of the end zone. Tyler has the disc, looking to jam it
in the corner. Exhausted cutters can't get open. An exhausted thrower
makes a mental mistake and doesn't look dump early enough. A high
stall backhand is eaten up, and Mamabird+ manages to score 15-15.
We answer on offense, 16-15 Mischief XX, game to 17. Our D is really
dragging, and they score easily to tie at 16s. We call our overtime
timeout, and talk things over. We put in a strong O line. Legs fried,
we take our best shot at a deep throw at Kyle, that just misses the
mark. Again, mamabird marches back up field, and wins the game on a
cross field hammer.
For an idea of how tiring this was:
1) 5000+ feet of altitude
2) 13.4 guys (pickup got injured in game 4).
3) 192 points played.
That's an average of over over 100 points played per player without a
In my mind, mission accomplished. We proved to ourselves and the
ultimate community that mixed ultimate is no joke. Everyone accepted
the challenge to step up their own game and play in different roles
than they were used to.
Good thing I checked before sending my recap! I've written a more detailed
summary that is more XX focused but also has a lot of extraneous on and
Be forewarned, this is long.
Just wanted to send out a summary of Colorado Cup to inform those who were
absent and to remind those who went of all the crazy ridiculous awesome and
flabbergasting things that happened.
Mischief went to Colorado Cup this past weekend as an experiment, playing as
separate women's (XX) and men's (XY) teams in the women's and open
divisions, respectively. Mischief XY had no trouble getting an open bid
(there was an elite men's division as well), but Mischief XX had to work a
bit to snag a bid into the women's division, though this was mostly due to
administrative miscommunication. Nevertheless, with both bids in place, XX
and XY were primed to make some waves in the non-mixed arenas of Ultimate,
and I think it is safe to say that make waves we did.
Thursday night, most of us party plane it to Denver and made our way to
Trollhaven, the mystery of the mysterious disappearing cooler (stupid polar
bears), one van getting lost for 2 hours, and outrage at the Moonlight Diner
being closed at 11pm notwithstanding.
Friday morning, we tramp over to Uncle Joe's cabin and break our fast with
some delicious berry pancakes and bacon while Mark and Will reminisce about
childhood sibling abuse, Wade contemplates such cheery questions as "If you
knew you'd be ok after a month, would you rather be shot or stabbed?" and
"Would you rather die by drowning or by being choked?", and Tyler continues
hibernating back at Trollhaven. Uncle Joe remarks to Beth that we are a very
attractive group, and that we have very interesting conversations. After
breakfast, we go on a hike to Lake Isabelle, which involves a lot of driving
and a lot of elevation gain. From the trailhead, Mark, Will, Adam, Chris,
Wade, and Beth decide to run to the lake, roughly 2 miles over a mix of
wooded and rocky terrain. Lori, Brynne, Tyler, Steffi, and Shwu decide to
take a more leisurely pace. Despite the cloudy sky and brisk air (it is
10,000 ft after all), the view is amazing. Beautiful waterfalls, a river
through the valley, tasty bluebells all over (especially tasty after
breakfast has been burned off and lunch is nowhere in sight). Mark, Will,
Chris, and Wade decide to climb the mountain above the lake. The rest of us
explore some more waterfalls and then head back to the trail head since it
is getting cold and threatening to rain. Luckily, they make it back just as
we're about to leave. We have a late lunch at the Nepalese restaurant in
Nederland where the chai tea is warm and plentiful. Back at Trollhaven, we
amuse ourselves with archery, watch hummingbirds dive bomb each other,
Steffi and Lori kick Will and Brynne's butts at Rapid Recall, we fire up the
hot tub, sing along to some tunes on the guitar, and attempt to make
brownies without eggs (not recommended). Dan O, M3, Heather, Andy, Paul,
Warren?, and Ariel roll in later that night. Paul and Mark proceed to geek
it out downstairs while Ariel wonders why the hell they won't go to sleep.
Water pump alarm then proceeds to wake everyone except Ariel up every hour
the rest of the night. Much grumpiness ensues.
And then we played some Ultimate. On the women's side, Saturday was a little
rough. First game against Zeitgeist (2 seed in pool), formally known as New
Team. Half is 2-8 or some such, final score 6-15 ish. Just not feeling the
groove yet. Next game against Safari (1 seed in pool), which we also tank,
5-15. We are introduced to Shar, perhaps the bitchiest woman in Ultimate.
Brynne flips with her, and is trying to decide which side we want. Shar:
"Oh, do your men usually do this for you?" Brynne thinks many thoughts, but
answers: "No no. I do this all the time. We'll take that side." Oh the high
road. Usually not the most satisfying road. Brynne later is heckled by the
men, who suggest such comebacks as "Do you know something our men usually
don't do for us? Punch bitches in the face - **BAM!!**". Fortunately, Brynne
gets a second chance, a story for another paragraph. Our third game against
Box Lunch (4 seed in pool) finds XX still struggling, though we've had
glimpses all day of potential greatness. We end up falling to them 8-15. Not
looking so good for XX, though we manage to take each game to soft or hard
cap. Our last game that day is against Layuma, from Florida. Astrid
recognizes many of them and does a great job matching us up on defense. She
also introduces the "game to 3" focus strategy. We finally start clicking
and go on a run or two to make it 14-7. Then Mischief tradition takes over
and we give up 4 in a row before winning on the hard cap, 14-12. Yay! but
oops. Good thing we won those first couple games to 3.
On the men's side, XY makes short work of all their opponents and only have
one close game at 15-11ish. As one poster (who played on the Mamabird alum
team) on RSD wrote: "A 15-5 beating at the hands of a freshly turned OPEN
Mischief team demonstrated that this could be a long weekend for us.
Seriously, these guys KILLED us, ran us in and out, D'd our shit up like we
were standing still! Guess we might have expected that from the Coed
National Champs." Nice work, boys! And thanks for coming over to all our
games to cheer us on.
As the last round wraps up and the showcase game gets going, it begins to
rain. Hard. Some might call it a torrential downpour. XX struggles to take
down the shade tent and carry everything across the fields to the parking
lot, only to realize that the men have the car keys (>_<) and by then all of
the available shelter is completely crammed with other Ultimate players.
Shwu and Beth make a run to grab team pizzas, and then wonder where to put
them. 15 min later, the rain lets up and XY, who were all huddling under
their shade tent with the babies in the middle of the fields, slowly make
their way to the parking lot under the shelter of the tent. Many lessons
learned, but one is that Patagonia shorts dry amazingly fast.
Saturday night the team socializes and celebrates Kyle and Emily's wedding
anniversary with cake and champagne. Kyle and Emily receive a very beautiful
and thoughtful bouquet of sunflowers.
Sunday morning, the team gets a late start, with XX not beginning their warm
up until 20 min before the game starts. It's the last pool play game against
the 3 seed in the pool, Showdown, a team from TX. Winner goes on to the
championship bracket and quarterfinals. Taking our winning strategy of games
to 3, we come out strong against Showdown and take the first half 8-4.
Showdown isn't sure what to do - they're athletic and getting D's but then
not connecting and giving the disc right back. XX plays some good O to
maintain the lead, eventually making it 14-9 ish?? with the cap on. The
boys, having just won their game to get to the quarters, come over to watch,
and XX starts another second half slump, giving up a few before finally
pulling through. We rejoiced at advancing, and then realized we had to play
another game in 5 minutes against the 1 seed in the tournament in the
quarters, Rare Air. Rare Air is the top women's team in Colorado, and has
always won this tournament.
Utterly exhausted (did I mention we had the smallest squad at the
tournament?), we nonetheless looked forward, made some concrete goals, and
stepped out on the field to meet them. 6 points later, it's 4-2 XX and Rare
Air is wondering what the hell is happening. They call a time out, try to
regroup and throw a zone. We shred it. They don't throw zone again. Another
7 points later, XX takes half 8-5. XX spends half cheerful and relaxed, just
getting rest, while Rare Air frantically strategizes. In the second half, XX
serves them up more of the same - confident O and high-pressure D - and all
of a sudden it is 12-8 XX. The hard cap comes on during the next point, but
everyone seems oblivious to (or too tired to notice) the fact that the game
is effectively over and XX is going on to semis. A hell point ensues with
multiple turnovers on both sides, but Rare eventually scores to make the
final tally 12-9 XX. The 1 seed Rare Air just lost on their home turf to the
12th seed in the tournament. XX now faces Safari again in the semis.
Before XX gets any chance to rest, Shar comes over to Shwu and Brynne to
flip. Shar sees Brynne, smirks and says something to the effect of "Do you
need to call your boys over to help you with this?" Brynne: "You know, I was
nice to you yesterday, I don't think I can be so nice today." Shar
reiterates her statement. Uh oh, game over. Brynne cocks her head and goes:
"I'm sorry. Do you have a national title? Because I do." Shar: "You don't
have a national title. You play coed. That's not a national title." Brynne:
"Hold on, are we the 12th seed, and now we're playing you in the semis?"
Shar: "Did we just beat you yesterday?" Brynne: "Did you _see_ us play
today?" Shar: "Are you ready to flip?" Brynne: "I'm sorry, I can't flip with
someone with your attitude." And Brynne walks off. Shwu flips and chooses to
pull. Shar says "Ok, so let's get started right now."
So XX gets back on the field, fired up to play. The game is interesting,
with one catty exchange where Shar insists on a re-pull twice in a row on
one point and then XX calls a re-pull on the next. But with players at the
end of their physical abilities, XX couldn't win this one. At 14-6 the soft
cap goes on, and things look grim, but XX defiantly scores the next two
points before Safari closes it out 15-8. Safari goes on to lose to Zeitgeist
in the finals, 15-12.
On the men's side, XY has eked out a semifinal win on universe point against
Sack Lunch and are now playing Mamabird again in the finals. They go up
early but Mamabird has picked up a few guys and begins to battle back until
it is 8-7 XY at half. There is a lot of hucking in this game from both
sides, which is hardly surprising, but the long looks don't seem to be
connecting as much for XY as they did on Saturday. Mamabird takes it to
13-13, at which point they trade points into overtime, and then into double
game point at 16-16. XY turns it over on a long look that was just a touch
too touch-less. Mamabird works it down, XY holds them off in front of the
endzone for a while, but can't get the turn back. Mamabird wins 17-16.
Later that evening, Mark, Megan, Chris, Shwu, and Mirabelle see Kyle and
Emily's car at the gas station. "Hey, it's Kyle and Emily!" We call out,
"Kyle Smith! You suck Kyle Smith!" No answer; they don't seem to have heard.
Then, ".... wait. Did they just throw out the flowers we gave them!?!?
Bastards!!" So we wait for them to leave, and then grab the flowers from the
trash. At the airport, we join 50 other bay area Ultimate players in the
longest security line ever, see Kyle and Emily about 7 snakes ahead of us,
and do a hand off of the flowers to Tyler to Safdie to some random lady to
Warren to Kyle and Emily who laugh, and then promptly dump the flowers in
the TSA trash checkpoint. But we're not bitter, not at all....
So there you have it. XY rolls almost every team on their way to the Open
finals and go to universe point against a who's who of Boulder Ultimate, XX
knocks out the 1 seed home team in the quarters to finish in the top 4 of
the women's division. Huge shout outs to everyone who came, we all played
our hearts out and definitely left everything on the field. It's hard to
remember another tournament where I played that much that hard and felt that
good at the end of Sunday.