By: Jimmy Leppert
Hello and welcome to ‘The Spectator’. Talking the newly announced All-Star Ultimate Tour, and some awesome new music.
The All-Star Ultimate Tour 2015: to promote women in ultimate. Announced just earlier this week, the All-Star Ultimate Tour – or the women’s version of the NexGen Tour – is off to a great start. In only three days, they’re only a few thousand dollars away from their goal, and putting together an amazing series of events to showcase just how great women’s ultimate is reaches reality.
Much like the NexGen Tour before them, the All-Star Ultimate Tour will be traveling to 9+ cities to match a group of women college all-stars against some of the top club women’s teams in the nation. From July 17th to August 14th, the team will travel to play these games, while also live-streaming each of the games (for free, by the way). As they put it on their website and fundraising page, the tour ” is an opportunity to show the world how powerful and skilled female athletes are.” A tour like this has often been talked about as impossible, or without enough interest, on various online ultimate forums. In no time at all, the ultimate community has responded with a resounding “NOPE”, as the funding has almost reached its goal, and buzz for the tour reached sky-high levels.
It’s a great time for women’s ultimate right now. Aside from the tour, there are the two great awards announced on Ultiworld from Mike Lawler – Emily Bacher won the 2015 Michelle Ng Inspiration Award, and Rachel Habbert won the 2015 True Veteran Award. The awards themselves are a great honor to two of the ultimate communities finest, and pay tribute to three tremendous voices within the women’s ultimate community in Michelle Ng, Sara Jacobi, and Jenny Fey.
I’m especially excited for the tour to kick-off though. It helps to fill two separate ultimate related voids. The first by filling in for the NexGen Tour, which closed down in 2013. That tour was something I remember getting together with college and club teammates late at night to watch games. That’s something I will without a doubt be doing for each of these games. It also helps fill in some week and weekend nights with ultimate that we may be lacking in late-July and early-August. Yes there are some Triple Crown tournaments, and U-23’s in London will have just ended, but more ultimate is never a bad thing. It’s that void you didn’t know you had until something comes to replace it. This is what’s replacing it!
Help fund the tour by clicking here to go to the IndieGoGo page. In just 3 days they’ve raised over 80% of their $35,000 goal. Lets make sure they get there. With perks ranging from a joke, to a disc, jersey, or even naming a van, they’re offering something you want.
- There are a whole bunch of Master’s Regional tournaments going on this weekend. San Diego Slammer gets the season started for many Southwest region club teams – Madison Club is also in attendance. Word is NY’s PoNY is taking on Team Great Britain before the U.S. Open next week during the weekend, and that Ultiworld is filming it too.
- It’s the final weekend of the MLU regular season! See their schedule here and get to a game if you can.
- Ultiworld’s club video subscriptions are still available at the cheaper prices. Go buy it.
- If the ‘one thing’ wasn’t clear, go fund the All-Star Ultimate Tour on IndieGoGo. The pro-leagues have teams and players joining in by donating their paycheck(s). Why not donate yours too?
Listen to This
- The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam – Thundercat is just phenomenal. If you were a fan of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, or follow Flying Lotus, you may be familiar with the funk and jazz-tastic bass player. His latest release keeps it going, and while it may be short, it certainly packs the same smooth jam. Here’s a review if you’re feeling skeptical.
- A few artists you may recognize from years past have recently released albums, and I thought they were at least worth a listen. The first is a more recent band, Franz Ferdinand, who teamed up with Sparks (a British 70s band) for the band ‘FFS’, where they released… FFS. If weird vocal stylings with electro-noises and guitars are your thing, you may enjoy this album a lot. In the other corner, you have Neil Young. Yes, Neil Young is still making music at 69 years old. Together with the Promise of Real, they’ve released the environmentally and politically charged The Monsanto Years. It’s an anti-GMOs and corporation album, featuring Young’s trademark creaky voice.
- From Winston Cook-Wilson of Grantland, 10-Up: The Best 2015 Rap Mixtapes You Haven’t Heard. A great variety of sound, with 10 solid mixtape selections. I particularly enjoyed Oddisee’s The Good Fight.
- Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito Suddenly Realize They Will Be Villains In Oscar-Winning Movie One Day by the Onion. Plus this apparently happened. #LoveWins
- What’s the Deal with Translating Seinfeld? by Jennifer Armstrong on The Verge. With Friends binge-watching at an all-time high, its a great reminder that Seinfeld is the best 90’s-sitcom.
- What This Cruel War Was Over by Ta-Nehsi Coates of The Atlantic. In case you had any doubts. “The Confederate flag should come down because it is embarrassing to all Americans. The embarrassment is not limited to the flag, itself. The fact that it still flies, that one must debate its meaning in 2015, reflects an incredible ignorance.”
- ‘She’d be Hella Proud’ by Jonathan Abrams of Grantland tells the story NBA prospect Terran Petteway, and how he remembers his mother – who passed away in April due to cancer – as he enters the league from the NCAA. He wasn’t drafted last night, but the latest rumors circling the internet are that he was added to the Atlanta Hawks summer league team.
- Tonight! Friday (June 26th), the USWNT takes on China in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup at 7:30pm EST on Fox. Big game for Team USA. They are without Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday (due to each of the players receiving their second yellow cards), who have quickly become household names from their stellar play in the tournament thus far, and that may be a problem. Also playing this weekend is Canada, who take the field against England on Saturday (6/27) at 7:30pm EST on Fox.
- Trying to get people to watch the NHL draft (tonight, Friday 6/26, at 7:00pm EST on NBCSN) may be impossible. But at least watch this hilarious video from Grantland, “Can Liam Nesson Save Connor McDavid from Edmonton? | ‘TAK4N'”.
- Be on the lookout for game film from Ultiworld, as they’re filming Team Great Britain versus NYC’s PoNY this weekend. If you are an Ultiworld club video subscriber, keep your eyes peeled to your email.
- If you weren’t living under a rock this week, the AUDL has shared some sick-nasty highlights you should have watched. AJ Nelson of the Windy City Wildfire with the layout grab. Jeff Silverman of the LA Aviators with the weird (but completed) grab. Husayn Carnegie had another great grab for the Aviators. There’s even more on their Youtube page if you’re hungry for more and/or bored at work.
- Speaking of the AUDL, they are livestreaming the Ottawa Outlaws versus the Montreal Royal this Saturday (6/27) at 7pm EST. It’s an Eastern division playoff battle. A win helps the Royal’s chances a lot, while a loss deflates the 18% playoff chance the Outlaws have. Ultiworld will also livestream the Philadelphia Phoenix at New York Empire game – stay tuned to their website and Twitter feed for updates.
- As for Major League Ultimate, they are streaming the Philadelphia Spinners against the Boston Whitecaps on Saturday (6/27) as well, at 5pm EST. This is a preview of the Eastern Conference Championship, which will also feature these two teams. The real battle is for home-field advantage, as both teams sit at 6-3 overall.
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