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January 22, 2017 | Written by Kevin McCarthy
After a brief one-week hiatus, the WUDi team write-ups are back!
Captain CJ Ouellette and his Boston Tea Cups lost Empire teammate Matt â€śCatâ€ť Stevens to the Anaheim Mighty Hucks, breaking up one of the leagueâ€™s most devastating give-and-go pairs, but it looks like CJ has managed to put together a more balanced roster this time around. Â Expect to see Ashley â€śSmashâ€ť Snyder and Minaqa Quinn behind the disc controlling the offense, allowing CJ to move into a more dangerous cutting role downfield. Â (I donâ€™t know about you, but Iâ€™d rather guard CJ while heâ€™s standing still with the disc than when heâ€™s running up and down the length of the field!) Â Itâ€™s hard to predict what the cutting roles will look like because this team has so many smart cutters who plug in as needed â€“ Tyler Bruno, Chris Cox, Iris Lam, Miranda Moore â€“ the list goes on and on. Â It will be interesting to see if the Tea Cupsâ€™ offense develops specific roles for players or maintains a more free-form offensive style. Â The Tea Cups are 1-3 in the first two weeks, but itâ€™s important to note that those losses all came against teams in the top half of the league, and two of those games were close, decided by 3 points or less.
Captain Jackson Dolan and his Vatican City Popes on a Rope are off to a strong 3-1 start, capitalizing on the backfield presence of Bryan Gulyas and John Stavinga, which allows Jackson the mobility to chew up yards downfield. Â Although these guys donâ€™t quite have the height of the Dallas Ginger Dreamboats, all three of them know how go up strong against taller opponents, while still getting Dâ€™s under alongside the teamâ€™s unofficial spirit guide CJ Bonifati. Â The real story with this team, though, is the powerhouse lineup of women. Â Jess Brand is not only faster than you are now, sheâ€™s faster than you were when you played in college. Â She and Andrea Jones will be main goal scorers for this team, with a number of silky throwing assists coming from Julie Reichling and Elly Sullivan. Â But, wait, thereâ€™s more â€“ Liz Middleton, one of the best players in the league, will be returning from the DL later in the season. Â In the meantime, her sideline presence will lend additional poise and focus to the team as it learns to play together in the early season games.
My former captains Cass Schaffa and Chris Robles knew what they were doing this session when they assembled the Massapequa Throwing Pains â€“ hang onto your best players (Cynthia Jones, Andrew â€śCupsâ€ť Purugganan, and Larissa Wohl), cut the turnover machines (me), and sprinkle in some youthful enthusiasm (Hyosam Jeon and Ryan Peterson), veteran experience (Dan Gwartz, Charley Riggs, and Joe Stadel), and unknown X-factors (Noah Langer). Â After that, just insert honey pass opportunities galore (Cynthiaâ€™s other half Ross Ward, plus Luke Perkins and Natalie Kallhoff), step back, and watch the magic happen. Â Oh, and if you can, then beg, borrow, or steal to get Emma Stoltze, not only because sheâ€™s just an all-around nice person, but also because she knows how to straight-up wreck people. Â The Throwing Pains have struggled a little bit out the gate as the arthritis medicine kicks in, but this will be a fun team to watch develop as the season progresses.
Finally, Paul McDonnellâ€™s Pittsburgh Yinzers have a significantly different roster than last season, returning zero players from its Fall League team. Â (Yes, I know Paul is returning, but that doesnâ€™t count.) Â However, the core of this team played together on Seth Canettiâ€™s summer league team two years ago, including Paul, Seth, Jose Infante, Katrina Krasnansky, and Kevin â€śBirdâ€ť McCarthy, and Paul has added a strong cast of savvy, athletic players (Jake Kaufman, Chris Oâ€™Shea, Matt McGann, Bernadette Boyle, and Kyla Dayer, to name a few). Â Only time will tell if the team can find the chemistry it needs to succeed on the field, but the team could use some wins in the next couple weeks after suffering two universe point losses on the way to its current 1-3 record. Â One long-term concern for this team will be their ability to shut down a game-changing player like Shockey â€“ while Erin Ivers has been racking up Dâ€™s left and right for the Yinzers, itâ€™s unclear who, if anyone, can make that happen on the guysâ€™ side of the roster.*
*Hat tip to captain Paul McDonnell for supplying most of the above text and allowing me to shamelessly copy it.
One last note: if you are on the Anaheim Mighty Hucks or New York Empire Carpet and have been thinking to yourself, â€śhey, where the hellâ€™s OUR write-up?!?â€ť then please ask your captains about it at tonightâ€™s game.
January 22, 2017 | Written by Kevin McCarthy
Winter League 2017 beginsÂ , and we've got some early season coverage of last season's finalists to whet your appetite on your commute to Chelsea Piers.
January 22, 2017 | Written by Brandon Kline
By now, we should be two games into the 2015 WSL season. Instead, we have no official results and some very soggy fields. If you're as mad about this as I am, you're probably looking for someone to blame. Here are some potentially guilty parties:
1) President Barack Obama
People seem to love blaming this dude for all of their problems. So why not put this on him? He's used to it.
So far this season, here's how I see it: I keep checking weather.com, they keep forecasting rain, WUDi games keep getting rained out. Ipso facto, Weather.com keeps canceling WUDi. I'm pretty sure that's how meteorology works.
3) Al Gore
If Al Gore hadn't invented global warming, we wouldn't be having all this rain. I'm pretty sure that's how science works.
4) Ryan Delaney
I'm not sure if he had anything to do with all this rain we've been getting. But in my experience, if you blame Delaney for stuff, people tend to assume he's responsible.
January 22, 2017 | Written by Brandon Kline
Greetings fellow summer leaguers! WUDi on Wayne; WUDi on Garth.
This summer I will be writing preview and recap posts for the Coed Draft League. Before we jump into this year's teams, a couple thoughts:
-As I wrote these up, it occurred to me how few names I actually know in the league. Please feel free to come say hi at some point over the summer.
-One thing I'm going to avoid is making (serious) predictions. I think this could be weird since I'm A) in the league. B) not good at making predictions.
Anyway, here goes. Teams are presented in no particular order, with a few thoughts about each team. I decided that each team needed a better nickname than just a color, so hopefully some of these stick.
Kahn Ache-ademy (Neon Pink)
This team's players will learn a lot...about the recent advances in sports medicine. But also about ultimate. Like Khan Academy, this team will be boring steady and predictable reliable.
Head Instructor: Julie Sussman
Leg Instructor: Rick Kahn
This team will lead the league in: Words per e-mail, positivity, pink mustaches, baggage (I mean that in the sense that Julie's pants are baggy, and also they picked a lot of baggaged players).
This season will be about growing up. Dealing with hardship, change, emotions. I don't think this team is 12 years in the making, but it was (probably) well thought out.
Mason Jr: Gina Stees. You guys are both artists, but most people just don't get it. You both seem to spend a lot of time staring at the clouds.
Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke): Matt Pippin Auletta. When he's around, everything will be great. But can this team hold it together when it only sees its father every other weekend handler every Monday?
Olivia (Patricia Arquette): Collin Bartoldus. When things are getting crazy, it'll be up to Collin to steady the ship. Also, if you've ever seen Collin throw a fake, you know that he too is deserving of an Oscar.
This team will lead the league in: Making opponents look silly in the air.
Shockey Balboa (Red)
This team is a fighter, through and through. Counted out by the insiders, Team Red could very well defeat its steroid-injecting, 1850-PSI punching, communist sympathizing opponents. Or maybe they'll just beat some other teams at ultimate.
Rocky: John Palmer. Not your prototypical fighter, but he has heart and grit. Fact: I have seen Shockey punch frozen cow carcasses.
Micky: Dee Palmer. When this team is down, Dee will probably be the one shouting at it to get back up.
Apollo Creed: Arnold Sanchez. He used to be a rival, but now this capable veteran joins the team for another shot at glory.
This team will lead the league in: Attendance, enthusiasm, decibels.
Wedding Smashers (Silver)
Can they be immature at times? Absolutely. But I'm pretty confident this team will have a blast, and they'll be competitive too.
John and Jeremy: Andrew Bosco and Nick Judson. Dyanmic pair who love having a good time. [Bosco] was first team All-State. [Bosco] can put the ball anywhere [Bosco] want[s] to. [Bosco]'ll make it rain out here.
Sec. Cleary (Christopher Walken): Mike Samuelson. Wise, respected, experienced. The patriarch of this team will have his hands full this summer.
Sack Lodge (Bradley Cooper): Bryan Gulyas. Talented player who sometimes lets his intensity get the better of him.
Chazz Reinhold: Steve Finn. Expert handler. Living the dream.
This team will lead the league in: Height, dance montages.
Avengers: Zag of Ultron (Gold)
OK, the pun here is especially terrible, but the name seems to fit. Most of the gang is back together again for another run at box-office domination/greatness. This movie/team will be full of exciting action sequences, bitter rivalries among teammates, and heart-pounding drama.
Ironman/Tony Stark: Teddy Mason. American billionaire playboy, industrialist, and ingenious engineer. Not sure if any of these things describe Teddy. But they are both good at what they do. And Teddy could use a protective suit like Ironman's.
Thor: Kamil Skwarek. Loves throwing hammers. Can fly. Is Norse (or Polish, or something like that).
The Hulk: Eric Eckelman. Much like Mark Ruffalo, he seems to get better with age. Oh, and like the Hulk, you wouldn't like him when he's angry.
Nick Fury: Mandy Myers. Will have to keep the team of superheroes together, navigating the inevitable clash of personalities.
This team will lead the league in: Age, superpowers, forehand hucks.
Catch me if you Canetti (Kelly Green)
Mostly because I think this team is exciting and sneaky good. Like the cast the movie, this team has a ton of depth and experience.
Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leo DiCaprio): Seth Canetti. OK, so maybe Seth isn't running around the world cutting fake checks, flying airplanes, and pretending to be a doctor (maybe he is). But I do think he, like Frank, has a way of adapting to any situation he's up against.
Steven Spielberg: Becca Canetti. Even though Seth is the one in front of the camera, on draft night it seemed like Becca was running the show. Will be interesting to see how team Canetti works.
This team will lead the league in: Passes completed.
Jeannine Girls (Carolina Blue)
Even though this team's first three picks were male, its success likely hinges on the performance and attendance of its women. Hopefully this team doesn't square off with Rick and Julie's squad on a Wednesday, because on Wednesdays [they] wear pink
Cady Heron: Shimron Brown. New to the league, and he may be correcting people on the pronunciation of his name for a while.
Regina George: Diana DeLeo. Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by [Diana DeLeo].
Gretchen Wieners: Angela Tong. Diana's baggage. Stop trying to make fetch happen.
Karen Smith: Cara Brown. No word yet on whether WUDi's Weather Policy has been revised to reflect her ESPN.
This team will lead the league in: People with the last name Brown.
JurCassic World (Texas Orange)
Summer blockbuster or flop? We'll all have to wait to find out. Like the cast of Jurassic World, this team doesn't have any huge stars (yet). Could this be time for a new star to emerge?
Chris Pratt: Daniel Brubaker. Not a full-fledged superstar yet, but this could be his breakout role. Like Pratt, he turned some heads with last summer's performance.
Velociraptor: Kyla and Brianna Dayer. Wikipedia tells me that velociraptor means "swift seizer." Seems kinda perfect.
Tyrannosaurus: Todd Springer and Evan Blumberg. Tall and fierce.
This team will lead the league in: T-rex points.
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January 22, 2017 | Written by Adam Zagoria
Rafe Steinhauer was hoping he and two of his teammates would miss the WSL playoffs Aug. 11.
Now he expects to be there.
Because the Connecticut Constitution pro team has suspended operations due to its conflict with the AUDL, Steinhauer and pro teammates Andy Bosco and Nick Judson are free and clear to play for a summer league title Aug. 11 instead of in the AUDLÂ championship game in the Pontiac Silverdome.
All three are members of the first-place Royal Blue team (9-1 entering Wednesday's action).
"Andy, Nick and I will be available for finals, but we'll be severely hurtÂ on the ladies side," Steinhauer told ZAG's RAG.
"Kendra Frederick will be with Bent at ECC. MaryÂ Glickman has Slow White practice up in Boston. And Lauren "LD" Doyle, whoÂ has been a stud for us all year, will be on vacation."
Not every WUDI team will have its pros, though.
Kamil Skwarek, featured previously in this space, will head to Seattle to play with PoNY in ECCs instead of playing WUDI.
Steinhauer was my teammate last year on the Charcoal "Charks" team which won it all under co-captains Adam Goff and Kelly "Beezus" Hyland, but he skipped finals to play with D-5.
Now, he plans to be around.
"I'd like to think we are the best team in the league, but the truth is thisÂ title is as wide-open as it is every year," he said. "And by 'wide-open' I mean theÂ ngravers should start practicing the words 'Royal' and 'Blue.'"
As for the future of the AUDL, it remains uncertain.
Both Connecticut and league favorite Philadelphia could bail next year and play in a new pro league of some kind, or they could simply play a series of exhibition games the way NexGen does.
"Everything is still uncertain, including whether or not Connecticut andÂ Philadelphia leave," Steinhauer said. "If the league significantly restructures, we'd love toÂ be a part of what was started this year."
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