Janus 2013: 20th Anniversary edition

January 28th, 2013 No comments

TitleTown Expierence

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!

JordanTitleTown 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.

549864_10103128083721961_1730248504_nSunday, 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!’

- Phil

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The Boo Hags at Janus, January 19-20, 2013

530653_4946765822326_161459291_nWe 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

Chandler wide open vs. Panhandlers

Chandler wide open vs. 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.

-Greathouse

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JEfilms

December 18th, 2012 No comments

Some of the illest ultimate video’s out there right now are coming from JEfilms or better known to us in the Gainesville community as Jacob Evans.  If you haven’t seen his most recent ultimate vid about Doublewide’s National Championship then give it a whirl — you won’t be disappointed:

Jacob Evans with Cole Sullivan @ 2012 Club National Championship

Jacob Evans with Cole Sullivan @ 2012 Club National Championship

How does he do it?

Well, I’ve always been an artist drawings, charcoal, paintings, etc. and I watch a lot of movies.

At a young age I was introduced to all the good movies from my Aunt (a huge movie buff) like Reservoir Dogs and Slumdog Millionaire.  That furthered my interest in filming and the process behind it.  One of my favorite directors is Christopher Nolan because not only does he write and direct his own films, but he really has a way of telling a story in a non-chronological order which is all done in the editing process and I love that.  One of his first films he produced when he got out of college was called Following — it’s so good!

Another one of my favorite directors is Danny Boyle; he makes films an art. From the angles to the editing styles, everything he does is awesome.  The whole style to his films always has some similarities and you just know it’s a Danny Boyle film. One time my Aunt told us to go see Slumdog Millionaire when it was only shown in selected theaters in the United States. My mom and I had to drive an hour for the nearest theater where it was playing. She told me it’s the same director as 28 days later, and I was like Danny Boyle? Well I’m down.

Jacob Evans captures this still shot of Miguel Palaviccini with his camera.

Jacob Evans captures this still shot of Miguel Palaviccini with his camera.

In college, I got a macbook pro and I wasn’t using the laptop for anything artsy. I’m said to myself, I’m an artist and I need to do something with what I have and not let it pass me by. So I grabbed a cheap camera and filmed a little movie with my friend getting on a scooter in iMovie. Then I started to think of a whole story behind this scene I made. It ended up being a little unfinished comedy/action film, but I had to start somewhere.  Once I got Final Cut and After Effects, I got really good at editing, and I had the talent to make really cool stuff but i didn’t have a nice camera.  I knew if I really wanted to get serious about filming, then I needed to get a legit camera so last year I splurged and bought myself a Canon 60D. Best purchase I ever made in my life!

As I continue to get better at editing and filming, I can see myself doing this full time, if not, at least part time. A friend of mine that edits for paintball is who inspired me try my hand at edits for ultimate. It’s a lot of fun editing sports because you have unlimited ways to express yourself and there’s no wrong way. However, the editing is a lot of work because I have to narrow down all the footage I want to use, arrange the order, add the b-roll (lights, sky, etc), choose the music, then label each video. Through this process though I am able to bring my artistic mind and eye to my editing and filming. It was a very easy transition for me and I felt like i had been doing it all my life. I’ve been editing for 2 years and filming with my unbelievable camera for a year now. I’m not sure where editing/filming/art will take me, but I know wherever it does i’ll be happy.

FYI — I’m currently working on a video of a uni-cycler that does tricks like jumping and spinning the uni-cycle and landing back on it. Its like something you’ve never seen. I reckon it’ll be my best video thus far!  Stay Tuned:

Youtube Channel: JEfilms

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Written By: Jacob Evans and Philip Nassoiy

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ECC Recap by Bryan Jones

August 15th, 2012 3 comments

Photo by Ben Beehner

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Speaking of Cole Sullivan – Doublewide

The surprise of the weekend was the play of Cole Sullivan. When we heard of the pick up in the spring, I thought it was a move based purely on past Florida chemistry. While that is a great attribute for a team filled with Florida and Texas players, I did not think the 2010 Sullivan from college would transition this well to the club level.  Regardless, Sullivan’s size and quickness have quickly become a positive attribute that allowed a squad without Brodie Smith, Kurt Gibson, Kevin Richardson, Stephen Presley and Jake Anderson to continue rolling.

The rest of the skeleton squad featured Michael Natenberg, Max Cook, and newly acquired Kiran Thomas from Chain Lightning. Thomas was the featured receiver on the weekend, which is atypical to his former role in Atlanta where he was more of a complimentary receiver. Before the weekend, the question was “Could they get a strength bid without all of their stars?”, the answer is yes, easily yes. Their performance is indicative of a team, not just scaffolding around several studs. Speaking of which, Kurt Gibson was striking fear into the hearts of their opponents by warming up and staying in cleats all weekend. Gibson is still recovering from a torn PCL and will be hitting the end of his recovery time by Labor Day. Don’t expect to see Doublewide’s true colors until the series, when hopefully everyone is healthy.

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Stepping Down, to Step Up

June 12th, 2012 No comments

Joe coaching FUEL at FWC 2012 photo by Alana Hardeman

Coaching the team these past two years has caused me to reflect a lot on my own athletic career.  I’ve thought back on various soccer, ultimate, and other sports teams I have played for and led both as a captain, as a coach, or as something in between.  I’ve thought about the great teammates I’ve had and the great Coaches, and I’ve also thought about some of the ineffective players and disappointing coaches that I have played with and for.

Two years ago, when I accepted the offer to coach FUEL, I didn’t have a lot going on.  I was trying to figure out which direction to take my life and how I hoped to shape my future, but I was a little bit lost in terms of what the next step was.  FUEL for me was the perfect project to focus myself on to give my life a little structure.  It was a challenge and it required me to think and plan and work hard instead of just sitting around and filling the boring parts of my days with useless tasks that didn’t lead to anything constructive.  In the end it helped me finally take real steps towards getting back into school and getting my life back on track.

I won’t say that coaching in that first season was easy because no matter how good the team or how experienced the leaders, the responsibility and commitment that comes with being a coach requires more focus and determination than I could imagine.  However, during that season I had a lot more free time to plan practices and consider strategies while still being able to get away from time to time to relax or enjoy playing ultimate or doing other things to relieve stress.

This past season was different in so many ways.  I was starting my master’s program for one thing, but in addition to that, this year’s team required a completely different kind of coaching.  Unlike 2011, when I came into a program with a cohesive core of players who had been together for a year or two, this year’s team was made up of younger players and players new to the program who needed and wanted to be taught so much more than I was prepared to teach.  Luckily, the team was so attentive and ready to work that we all were able to work together to make this an incredibly successful year.  Not to mention the help we received from a good friend and knowledgeable player in Tim.

Fro Joe coaching in 2011 photo by Bill Bolin

Unfortunately, during this last season I started to notice in myself many of the traits I had seen over the years in coaches who had, in my eyes, let their team down.  There were times when I was unprepared and unenthusiastic because I was stressing out over school and was starting to feel like coaching FUEL was a chore rather than the privilege and honor that it truly is.  I was, for the most part, able to right the ship and reaffirm my commitment to the team, but I couldn’t help but be disappointed in myself for this lapse no matter how brief it was.  Not approaching the job with the attitude necessary to achieve real success was a sin I could not forgive.  Part of the reason I was able to refocus myself was because I saw how hard all you ladies were willing to work.  You all came together and lifted each other up in a way that I have not seen any other team do and it reinvigorated me with the passion to push you further.

I have learned so much from coaching you all these past two years.  It has been an experience that I will never forget and will always look back on with fondness.  However, as I move forward with my life I know that I simply will not be able to dedicate myself to the team in the way that FUEL deserves.  I know I will have a lot on my plate this fall and I do not know if I will be around in the spring because I may be doing an internship out of the state.  I feel that the players sticking around are strong and that the leadership in place for next year is wise and capable.  This makes me feel less guilty about vacating my post, but it is still a tough decision that has not been made lightly.  I tried to think of ways to make it work, but in the end I am afraid of becoming one of those coaches I hated when I was a player, and that is something I am not willing to put any of you through. So, I am stepping down as coach of FUEL.

There are a number of people here in town who I know would make great coaches and leaders of the team.  If there is anything I can do for the team moving forward like helping you find a new coach (or coaches), designing some drills, or anything else really, please do not hesitate to ask.  I want to help you in any way I can to make the transition into next season as smooth as possible.

I don’t think it can be said enough how special this team is.  I know you all are going to shine next season and cannot wait to see how far you make it in next year’s series.  Florida is going to have some very strong teams and the region is going to be intensely competitive, but I know you all will put in the work to be at the top of the pack.  FUEL has never made nationals three times in a row, but before this season, no team from Florida had ever won a spirit award either.  Based on what I saw from you all at the end of this season, I know you’ve got what it takes to go far and win big games.

Like I said, I’ll be around if you need me.  Keep working hard and supporting each other.  Cherish your time on FUEL and never forget that “L” is for the love.  I know I won’t.

Sincerely,

“Coach”
“Fro Joe”
Joe Crinkley
Coach of FUEL 2010-2012

FUEL huddle 2012 photo by Alana Hardeman

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