By: Jimmy Leppert
This past Monday night, the All-Star Ultimate Tour kicked off its 9-game run through the United States and Canada, with a game against Seattle Riot. Five quick thoughts from that game.
- I missed the camera work from the NGN-based crew. They’re already picking up some fantastic angles and the crew is always ready to hand us a replay of a score, from a few different angles on the field. It was easy to notice right away that, for the most part, the camera angles were far enough back in this game that they could show us cuts as they develop – which makes for great footage. Kinks are to be expected in their first game (such as the graphics not working), but they’ve got 8 more games to figure it out, so I’m not worried. The easiest thing for them to fix would be the silence, especially between points, from the commentators. Again though, first game back. There’s time to work out the kinks.
- Speaking of kinks, the first half (and a bit of the second) was brutal. The teams are obviously working out kinks of their own. Both had some poor drops, and overthrows early in the game. As the game went on though, they became less prevalent – a good sign for the rest of the tour.
- Riot was wreaking havoc with their handler defense this game. Both their marks and dump defense were killer. The marks often sat far enough off of the person with the disc, that they could take away inside breaks, and occasionally hucks. Dump defenders were often poaching in lanes, almost picking off throws to the middle and to the breakside I don’t know how many times, when the marks would let them off.
- Riot was also having a lot of problems with their dumps as well. Seems to be just handler miscommunication more than anything – throws going up too soon so they fall to the ground before the receiver can get there, or too late, so they’re easily knocked away by a member of the All-Stars. In the string of breaks from when Riot was down 12-8, their handler movement had improved and was key in Riot both keeping possession on multiple occasions and (eventually) scoring.
- All-Stars show early on the tour that no matter the defense in front of them, they’re going to score, and do so with some “wow” plays. How awesome was the Alika Johnston inside high-release flick in the second half? Or Lisa P’s huck in the first half? Zone, tight man, loose junk – no problem for the All-Stars against Riot.
Check out the All-Star Ultimate Tour’s Youtube page for each of the future games. While last night’s game against Traffic wasn’t live-streamed, it will be posted, and the stream should be back for tonight’s game against Portland Schwa.