Connecticut Pro Ultimate Team Suspends Operations

The Connecticut Constitution of the American Ultimate Disc League has suspended operations indefinitely due to a legal and financial battle with the league over whether the AUDL is contractually permitted to expand into New York and Boston.

Here is the team’s statement, and an email from league president Josh Moore sent to league members follow:

July 5, 2012

Dear Connecticut Constitution family,

It is with great sadness that we are forced to announce the indefinite suspension of all team operations as of 2:00pm EST this afternoon. This decision comes at an inopportune time as we journey through the inaugural season. This has been a journey dotted with success after success for our team and our franchise. The Connecticut team is one of the premiere franchises in the league both in victories To read more of this story, click here

The Ultimate Juggling Act

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Kamil Skwarek is performing the Ultimate juggling act.

A 21-year-old native of Poland, Skwarek is playing for not one, not two, but three Ultimate teams this summer.

The 6-foot-3 Skwarek is balancing playing for the Connecticut Constitution professional team and the New York club team, PoNY (Pride of New York.)

Oh, and (full disclosure) he’s also playing with me on the Burgundy squad in the Westchester Summer League. (Actually, we’re all playing with him.)

“I’m a pretty young player,” Skwarek, who has only been playing Ultimate for thee years, said Wednesday at SUNY Purchase after helping Burgundy down Charcoal, 15-9, to improve to 3-2 on the season.

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Professional Ultimate Coming Your Way

NEW YORK — So I was in the Knicks media room the other day when a conversation with one of my fellow sports writing colleagues turned to Ultimate.

OK, I brought it up, only to get a barrage of the same questions I and other Ultimate players have been answering for decades.

“Is it a real sport?” my colleague asked. “Are there teams? How do you play? I don’t see it anywhere.”

You can’t blame the guy. He doesn’t see Ultimate anywhere, so how’s he expected to know about it?

Yet now that a pro Ultimate league is launching, he and others may finally be To read more of this story, click here

Summer League Champs…Finally

Roger Clemens
played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball before capturing his first World Series title.

Ray Bourque endured 21 campaigns in the National Hockey League before winning the Stanley Cup.

But that’s nothing, really.

I played 23 seasons in the Westchester Ultimate Summer League before tasting glory for the first time in Saturday’s championship game.

Our Charcoal “Charks” team edged White, 15-13, in a highly competitive and tense final at SUNY Purchase.

All I can say is, damn it feels good to get that mad Caeser-like monkey off my back. To read more of this story, click here

40-Somethings Qualify for Ultimate Nationals

There’s only one thing better than spending a sunny day playing Ultimate with your 40-something friends and not getting hurt.

And that’s spending a sunny day playing Ultimate with your 40-something friends, not getting hurt and qualifying for Nationals.

That’s how I spent my Saturday, as our New York Ultimate team qualified in Boston for Grand Masters Nationals in Cincinnati July 9-10. (That’s me in the Gonzaga ‘Zags’ jersey.)

Yeah, we’re old. But we’re still out there having fun. To read more of this story, click here

The Sickest Catch You'll Ever See?

Check out Andrew Fleming of Seattle Sockeye making perhaps the sickest Ultimate catch you’ll ever see during the recent World Championships in Prague.

Watch Fleming make up about 20 yards of ground here as he closes before snagging the trailing edge of the disc in the end zone for a goal. An Ultimate field is 40 yards wide by 70 yards long, plus two 25-yard end zones.

San Francisco Revolver ended up beating Sockeye in the final.

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Team USA Wins Gold, Makes SportsCenter

Team USA won the gold medal in Ultimate at the World Games, beating Japan 13-6…and the final goal of the game made SportsCenter’s Top 10 this morning. More video and stats here if anyone’s interested.

Back here at home, my Black team is riding a 3-game winning streak in the Westchester Summer League and we have a big game tonight against Josh Faust’s Power Blue team. Both squads are 6-5…stay tuned.

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