Regardless of who I play with, Janus always brings back good memories. My first ever away tournament was Janus. My first time ever seeing or hearing of a showcase game (Gnomes vs. Giants) was Janus. The first time ever getting food after Saturday was Janus. The first time playing on epic fields (Lakewood Ranch High School) you guessed it Janus. The 20th Anniversary was no different except the food was ice cream, and the showcase game was Republicans vs Democrats which by the way brought epic heckles!
TitleTown is run by the one and only Legendary TK. If you haven’t played on a TK team then all I can tell you is it’s the wildest ride you’ve ever been a part of. I have nothing but respect for TK because ever since I’ve been playing he’s been a living legend in the Gainesville area. This years team was surprisingly a little light on numbers from years past with only 13 players, but brought with it great chemistry and unity. Low numbers don’t bother me because there is more playing time for me, and we picked up a couple darkhorses named Brodie Smith and Tommie Rruusshh? Saturday felt like I was on the Bulls when Michael Jordan hit 6 three pointers in a half. Brodie was on FIRE… not warmed up 60 yard flick huck: SCORE, point to flick space 50 yard hammer: SCORE. It was raining!!! We went 5-0 and set us up for the easy ride to the finals.
Sunday, games didn’t start til 11:00 and we were still short a couple players at game time. We played down a couple points til we got numbers. Once everyone arrived we stepped it up and took care of Riff Raff out of Melbourne. Next up was a rematch with Greathouse. We pushed out to a large lead then they fought back a little and we finished it 15-11. Going into the finals the injury bug was biting and starting to take a toll: TK got hurt when some noob ran through his backhand huck hyper extending his left arm on Saturday, Brodie laid out and needed a few points off, and my wrist got a little shaken up in the Riff Raff game. This added with the lack of players made it tough to compete with UCF. We had a few miscues out the gate and UCF played like a well oiled machine. They always knew where to cut, when to cut, and got the reset off when they got in trouble. Was very frustrating, but keep your head up Gainesville they aren’t that tough!
All in all it was a terrific weekend seeing friends, beautiful weather, and continuing to push my game to a new level! As TK said ‘TitleTown forever!’
The Boo Hags at Janus, January 19-20, 2013
We came into this tournament a little on the short side. It looked like we might have as many as 17, then we dropped to 13, then 12 and then back to 13 with the addition of Tom Brown which made one thing very clear: we were paper thin. Let’s meet the Boo Hags: Scott Tran (handler), Greg Feldman (quarterback), Matt Chandler (cutter), Lyle Brenner (cutter, deep), David Goldsmith (whatever was needed of him) Adam Torrey (defensive specialist) Mike Taylor (cutter), Alek Hartzog (cutter, deep threat), Tom Brown (handler), Matt Villa (cutter, handler), Dan Barrow (cutter, worker), Corey McCall (jack of all trades, and a master at each) and then finally myself.
We started off against TitleTown, and my car was a little late- people were waiting outside when I opened my eyes 40 minutes later than planned. Anyway, we headed down, the rounds had started, but TT was in no mood to start and neither were we. We then proceeded to play our worst game of the tournament. For some reason, hucks 4 feet off the ground through the middle of a loose zone just weren’t working for us. However, there are a few highlights: for example, Alek Hartzog beat Brodie Smith for a goal! Did I say a few highlights? I meant just the one. We managed to get 4 points before they kicked us to the curb- our second half though, did show marked improvement.
After that, I didn’t know whether we were good or bad. In the middle of the day, we had 3 games that I thought were going to be tough, including the FIT alums, FIT itself, and USF. I was especially concerned when I watched FIT lose to the alums on universe.
My fears, though, proved to be unfounded. In the next three games we went on a 33-2 point run. My goal was to get through games as quickly as we could so that we could rest up and play the Panhandlers (Tallahassee) with really good players like Matt Childs and Jimmy Price.
Boo Hags v. Panhandlers
In what might have been one of the best games at Janus, we fell behind and gave up half, 3-6. I won’t lie: I personally played like a rookie and had two ugly turns as a result. For some reason, I forgot that you were allowed to call foul when somebody (Price) is violently slapping at your arms. Good defense for him, stupidity for me. Mike Taylor, though, had a beautiful, super man layout D against him later as we fought back and took the game to 10-10. Oh, and there is also the famous “pick” incident, but I’d rather not go into that. Let’s just call it another rookie mistake on me.
Out of the T/O, I called a D line, we got the turn, gave the disc back at midfield and then got another defense. Unfortunately, unlike me, Price played like a veteran and made a “veteran” call (aka bullshit). So, because of the peculiarities of our game, the Panhandlers retained possession, scored and won.
In the middle of the night, the playoff pairs were announced, and as the 3 seed, we had to play the 2 seed from the other pool. I was nervous, since it was the Sailors, and the Sailors had crushed our team in the Semis the previous year, with players like Rook, Joel Crandall, Kevin Switzer, and Zach Floyd. But still, I wanted to make the semis, so I was jacked and pestered the likes of Alek and Chandler to be at the field and ready to go. This one, I knew would be a hard one.
As it turns out, though, I was wrong. We pretty much annihilated the Sailors and were up 14-4 with great play from everyone. We then goofed around and let them have a 4 point run before we finally ended the game.
From there, we had a chance to meet TitleTown again and played a respectable game before going down 11-15. All in all, it was a great tournament for the Boo Hags, though it felt weird not having my boys Lee Raney and Scotty Hopkins with us.
I don’t want to bore you guys with the details, but our team played really well and we had a great time doing it. Who knew that being sober during a tournament could be enjoyable? Cheers.