"Every time I get a chance to advance it's backwards
No thanks to my very own actions
Get a couple good drinks in the kid
I can flip on a friend, take a drug, fuck a chick that I shouldn't
Oh god, I am one of those mad men"
- El-P, Sea Legs, Run the Jewels
(update at 1:14pm, 11/27/13: Basic links added back in)
I was the Least Effecient Player (per/) Point (LePPr? LePPt? LEP/P?) in PADA MOSH finals.
Possibly in MOSH finals history.
2 points, 2 goals stopped for my team.
The first was a Huck to Void (HckV)
The second was a dropped goal. (DroG)
The Third, and Most Egregious Error was that I OFFended the Ultimate Gods (OFFUG). This is a concept that predates the 10 editions, the observers, the refzervers, the refs and all else. I received this knowledge from the evil defensive genius of funpike.
During MOSH13 finals, a former teammate of mine, toward whom I still harbored animosity at that moment, dropped an easy disc. A disc that all know should be caught easily, (though that player had made mental errors [unforced drops, forced into double-coverage hucks, disc slipping out of fingers, &c] at key points over a long career) is just gacked.
I whisper "Nice drop."
"Leaves are falling all around, It's time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay.
But now it's time for me to go. The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain, and with it pain, and it's headed my way.
Sometimes I grow so tired, but I know I've got one thing I got to do...
And now's the time, the time is now, to sing my song.
I'm goin' 'round the world, I got to find my girl, on my way.
I've been this way ten years to the day,
Gotta find the queen of all my dreams."
- Led Zeppelin, Ramble On, Led Zeppelin II
MOSH was a weekend of celebration of many things. Another breath, another year of not-death, some National Championships (Shout: Scandal!), some additions to families, some continuing friendships. This was a weekend of the continuance of many things. The rituals, the underperforming, the Breakfast Stout (poured into cups before leaving the cars, per regulations), the Wonderful Hospitality of Shelley Su, the continually evolving strangeness that is Johnny Pivotfoot and the Ten Stall Counts.
We began as an NYU alums¤t players team called "Stone Free" back in like... 2003? 2004? So this might be 10 years. It might not. Point is, we were first at this tournament at Chaminoux, back in the day. The current fields (Kennett Square, PA) are way better. Whatever the year that Rickets played Jaegro in the finals at Edgely was our first year. It was fun-- most of that era of Pike 200(3-5) was playing on one of the two teams. Wtk9, Dono, jtf, MJcatch22, Tizzlebuns, Trey, Heckman(?), B-Lo(?)... many who were not in the finals were on the sideline shouting things loudly. Point is, it was fun, good ultimate. There was also a lot of drinking. In part to stay warm, and in part to stave off boredom in the cold. Point is, point is, this was before Bell Crack (Deceptisomethings!) was the coed tournament that good players having fun ruined for everyone else. Point is.
How we got to Breakfast Stouts is unclear (other than "they're delicious"), years later, but I'm reasonably certain it involved "Beer, it's not just for breakfast anymore!"
As usual, starting back when we started with Sussman, Iseman, DJ KLee, SLamm et al (Eileen? Wix? Nelly? and possibly other Princetoners), our women were way better than the other team's women (aka anti-RABS) in near/every(?) game we played. It was just a matter of making our men maximize their VORP or WARP (Value Over Replacement Players or Wins Above Replacement Players). Like me, for instance. I'm still game to try to play. I work hard-ish. I complete passes. I can huck/throw very well in windy conditions. I don't tend to hold onto the disc. I get some blocks here and there. I also get into "hero-mode" (thanks, NPallaver, for originally diagnosing this condition at MARS) without realizing it (out of practice in negating it). I also get into "non-serious-mode" (thanks, watching self while drinking too much and viewing hindsight mental camera) without realizing it. I also lose focus over a weekend of ultimate in a way I never used to. These weekends are so long. 7 games? I had played about 7 games over the 8 to 10 weeks prior to MOSH13. And that's all of the ultimate I've played. Now all of that at once? Dang...Insert Beer into Beerhole. I simply lack the focus for this because I don't practice it any longer.
So, I have to know how to limit my play in a way that puts me in the most positions to do what I do well while mitigating what I do poorly. So the first thing to do is get my team in distinctive colors. This makes it so that I don't wonder who is on my team on the field. Sounds small, but isn't. This is complicated by having folks show up and depart and show up and depart. Knowing that the revolving door is open helps to understand it.
This is why yellow, orange, purple, red are great colors for tournament frisbee. The easier the long-distance discernment of teammate vs opponent, the better the color-sets of teams on the field/Court. Lakers vs Celtics is a prime example. Seahawks vs Niners. Bears vs Packers. Bulls vs Knicks. So we went with Orange and Purple. Since Orange is the new Black, Purple must be the new White. We were part-NYU ("Where all my Purple Haze dogs at?") still anyway.
Worked like a charm. We were easy to spot from anywhere. We had ~40 people in various shades of purple or orange. We were mostly orange on the weekend as more folks had something they wanted to wear that was orange. We also has a giant speaker blasting music all weekend. So... why not match loud color to loud music?
Speaking of which, here is the Johnny Pivotfoot and the Ten Stallcounts 2013 feelgood playlist of the autumn:
Title, Album, Artist, Year, Duration
Bohemiath, Reservoir Dogs, [dialogue], 1992, 0:35
Home of Rock, Reservoir Dogs, [dialogue], 1992, 0:06
Keep on Truckin', Reservoir Dogs, [dialogue], 1992, 0:16
Rock Flock of Five, Reservoir Dogs, [dialogue], 1992, 0:11
Super Sounds, Reservoir Dogs, [dialogue], 1992, 0:19
Brain Sex, WHEN PIGS FLY, A.Dd+, 2011, 3:12
Greedy ft. Mz. Fortune, WHEN PIGS FLY, A.Dd+, 2011, 3:10
Southbound, WHEN PIGS FLY, A.Dd+, 2011, 3:58
Try Again, I Care 4 U, Aaliyah, 2002, 4:44
Standing In The Rain, Lay It Down, Al Green, 2008, 3:09
Penthouse Serenade, The Upper Cuts, Alan Braxe & Fred Falke, 2005, 4:05
You Know I'm No Good [Feat. Ghostface Killah], More Fish, Amy Winehouse, 2006, 4:24
Tangerine (Ft. T.I. & Khujo), Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, Big Boi, 2010, 4:15
The Train Part II (Sir Lucious Left Foot Save The Day) [Ft. Sam Chris], Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, Big Boi, 2010, 5:21
CPU (featuring Phantogram), Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, Big Boi, 2012, 4:12
Lines (featuring A Rocky and Phantogram), Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, Big Boi, 2012, 3:24
Shoes for Running (featuring B.o.B and Wavves), Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, Big Boi, 2012, 3:51
First In Flight, Blazing Arrow, Blackalicious, 2002, 4:33
Swan Lake, Melodica EP, Blackalicious, 1995, 5:44
Weed Song, BTNHResurrection, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 2000, 4:10
1st of tha Month, E 1999 Eternal, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 1995, 5:14
Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles, The Big Lebowski, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, 1972, 2:54
The Art of Noise (feat. Pharrell), Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine, Cee-Lo, 2004, 3:46
Ain't Cha (featuring Re-Up Gang), Hell Hath No Fury, Clipse, 2006, 4:42
Roll With The Winners, We Got It 4 Cheap v.2, Clipse, 2005, 3:13
Dreams Ft. Tunji And BJ The Chicago Kid, Oneirology, Cunninlynguists, 2011, 5:03
Chilled Coughphee (Feat. Devin The Dude), Pilot Talk, Curren$y, 2010, 2:08
Highed Up, Pilot Talk II, Curren$y, 2010, 2:06
Future Shock, Back to the World, Curtis Mayfield, 1973, 5:21
Lights And Music, In Ghost Colours, Cut Copy, 2008, 4:37
Take Me Over, Zonoscope, Cut Copy, 2011, 5:50
Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, "Shut Up, Dude", Das Racist, 2010, 2:58
The Best of What's Around, Under the Table and Dreaming, Dave Matthews Band, 1994, 4:17
Magic Dance, Labyrinth: From The Original Soundtrack Of The Jim Henson Film, David Bowie, 1986, 5:11
City Rising From The Ashes, City Rising from the Ashes EP, Deltron 3030, 3030, 3:32
All You Need, Suite 420, Devin The Dude, 2010, 3:57
Dial 7 (Axion of Creamy Spies), Blowout Comb, Digable Planets, 1994, 5:47
Its Good To Be Here, Reachin (A New Refutation Of Time And Space), Digable Planets, 1993, 5:06
Pacifics, Reachin (A New Refutation Of Time And Space), Digable Planets, 1993, 4:31
Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat), Reachin (A New Refutation Of Time And Space), Digable Planets, 1993, 4:21
Time & Space (A New Refutation Of), Reachin (A New Refutation Of Time And Space), Digable Planets, 1993, 3:33
Where Im From, Reachin (A New Refutation Of Time And Space), Digable Planets, 1993, 4:35
Hydromatic (Feat. Jon B And Gift), The Book Of David, DJ Quik, 2011, 2:58
Watcha Wan Do (Alternate Version), BlaQKout, DJ Quik And Kurupt, 2009, 3:36
Crooked Booty, Even In Darkness, Dungeon Family, 2001, 5:05
On & On & On, Even In Darkness, Dungeon Family, 2001, 4:00
Trans DF Express, Even In Darkness, Dungeon Family, 2001, 4:48
American Science, Notorious, Duran Duran, 1986, 4:43
Notorious, Notorious, Duran Duran, 1986, 4:18
So Misled, Notorious, Duran Duran, 1986, 4:04
Hungry Like The Wolf, Rio, Duran Duran, 1982, 3:43
Last Chance On The Stairway, Rio, Duran Duran, 1982, 4:23
The Weedman (Ft. Stresmatic), Revenue Retrievin: Day Shift, E-40, 2010, 4:42
Banana Clipper feat. Big Boi, Run the Jewels, El-P & Killer Mike, 2013, 2:51
DDFH, Run the Jewels, El-P & Killer Mike, 2013, 3:05
Get It, Run the Jewels, El-P & Killer Mike, 2013, 3:00
Job Well Done feat. Until The Ribbon Breaks, Run the Jewels, El-P & Killer Mike, 2013, 3:00
No Come Down, Run the Jewels, El-P & Killer Mike, 2013, 3:28
Sea Legs, Run the Jewels, El-P & Killer Mike, 2013, 3:40
Mistake, Zombie, Fela Kuti, 1977, 14:47
Mister Follow Follow, Zombie, Fela Kuti, 1977, 12:58
Observation Is No Crime, Zombie, Fela Kuti, 1977, 13:26
Lost, channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean, 2012, 3:54
Monks, channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean, 2012, 3:20
I Get A Kick Out Of You, Sinatra and Swingin' Brass, Frank Sinatra, 1962, 3:16
40', Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand, 2004, 3:24
Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time, Solid Gold [Bonus Tracks], Gang Of Four, 1981, 3:19
To Hell With Poverty!, Solid Gold [Bonus Tracks], Gang Of Four, 1981, 5:00
Muscle For Brains, Songs of the Free, Gang Of Four, 1981, 3:15
Moonshine, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, Gift Of Gab, 2004, 4:02
Crazy, St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley, 2006, 2:58
Go-Go Gadget Gospel, St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley, 2006, 2:19
The Last Time, St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley, 2006, 3:26
Rebuilding, World Party, Goodie Mob, 1999, 4:39
"Knock, Knock", Legend of the Liquid Sword, GZA/Genius, 2002, 3:35
Do It Again, Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost!, 2011, 4:14
Hold My Breath, Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost!, 2011, 3:57
Hold On, Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost!, 2011, 5:57
It's Not Over, Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost!, 2011, 4:11
Say My Name, Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost!, 2011, 6:35
Slow Motion, Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost!, 2011, 3:48
Wait And See, Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost!, 2011, 3:40
Mean Mug, The Good Sun, Homeboy Sandman, 2010, 3:46
The Essence, The Good Sun, Homeboy Sandman, 2010, 2:52
Yeah But I Can Rhyme Though, The Good Sun, Homeboy Sandman, 2010, 3:37
How Do You Do?, In Our Heads, Hot Chip, 2012, 4:45
Ready For The Floor, Made In The Dark, Hot Chip, 2008, 3:52
Shake A Fist, Made In The Dark, Hot Chip, 2008, 5:11
I Feel Better, One Life Stand, Hot Chip, 2010, 4:42
Thieves In The Night, One Life Stand, Hot Chip, 2010, 6:09
We Have Love, One Life Stand, Hot Chip, 2010, 4:28
Tchaparian, The Warning, Hot Chip, 2006, 3:21
I Got the Feelin', Foundations of Funk: A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969, James Brown, 1968, 3:08
Cold War, The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monáe, 2010, 3:24
Dance Or Die (Feat. Saul Williams), The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monáe, 2010, 3:13
Faster, The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monáe, 2010, 3:19
Locked Inside, The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monáe, 2010, 4:17
Make The Bus (Feat. Of Montreal), The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monáe, 2010, 3:19
Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi), The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monáe, 2010, 4:23
Wondaland, The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monáe, 2010, 3:36
Dance Apocalyptic, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe, 2013, 3:25
Electric Lady (feat. Solange), The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe, 2013, 5:09
Ghetto Woman, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe, 2013, 4:46
Givin' Em What They Love (feat. Prince), The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe, 2013, 4:27
Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu), The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe, 2013, 5:10
Victory, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe, 2013, 4:12
We Were Rock & Roll, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe, 2013, 4:20
Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig, Night Falls Over Kortedala, Jens Lekman, 2007, 4:44
Sipping On The Sweet Nectar, Night Falls Over Kortedala, Jens Lekman, 2007, 4:12
The Opposite of Hallelujah, Night Falls Over Kortedala, Jens Lekman, 2007, 4:22
You Can Get It If You Really Want, The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff, 1973, 2:42
Destiny feat. Pional , ƒin, John Talabot, 2012, 4:54
Sam Hall, American IV: The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash, 2002, 2:40
Cocaine Blues, At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash, 1968, 3:01
Mirror In The Sky, Atlantis - Hymns for Disco, K-Os, 2006, 3:22
70 Excuses, "Country, God or the Girl", K'naan, 2012, 4:12
Simple, "Country, God or the Girl", K'naan, 2012, 3:27
The Seed, "Country, God or the Girl", K'naan, 2012, 3:36
Black Skinhead, Yeezus, Kanye West, 2013, 3:08
Now Or Never (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (Bonus Track), Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar, 2012, 4:16
Swimming Pools (Drank) (Extended Version), Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar, 2012, 5:14
A.D.H.D, Section.80, Kendrick Lamar, 2011, 3:36
HiiiPower, Section.80, Kendrick Lamar, 2011, 4:40
Ready Set Go Remix (Feat T.I. & Big Boi), Pl3dge, Killer Mike, 2011, 4:51
"Big Beast (Feat. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble)", R.A.P. Music, Killer Mike, 2012, 3:55
She's My Baby, Sun Ra: The Singles, Lacy Gibson, 1968, 2:10
Wut, , Le1f, 2012, 2:47
Ramble On, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin, 1969, 4:24
Seat Down Low, Da Drought 3, Lil Wayne, 2007, 3:12
Ice Cream Paint Job, No Ceilings, Lil Wayne, 2009, 3:30
Fireman, Tha Carter II, Lil Wayne, 2005, 4:24
Blunt Blowin, Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne, 2011, 5:13
Bad Girls, Bad Girls - Single, M.I.A., 2012, 3:48
Freaking Out the Neighborhood, 2, Mac Demarco, 2012, 2:54
Kids, Oracular Spectacular, MGMT, 2007, 5:03
Animal, Miike Snow, Miike Snow, 2009, 4:24
Cult Logic, Miike Snow, Miike Snow, 2009, 3:56
Plastic Jungle, Miike Snow, Miike Snow, 2009, 3:54
Silvia, Miike Snow, Miike Snow, 2009, 6:26
Song For No One, Miike Snow, Miike Snow, 2009, 4:09
The Rabbit, Miike Snow, Miike Snow, 2009, 4:27
Astral Plane, The Modern Lovers, Modern Lovers, 1976, 3:01
Lasergum, Cache Coeur Naif, Mouse On Mars, 1997, 3:39
As We Enter, Distant Relatives, Nas And Damian Marley, 2010, 2:58
Tribal War (Ft. K'naan), Distant Relatives, Nas And Damian Marley, 2010, 4:30
(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Deluxe Version), Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 2011, 4:03
AKA... What A Life!, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Deluxe Version), Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 2011, 4:24
Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe, The Stage Names, Okkervil River, 2007, 4:25
Operator (Feat. Clipse And Pharrell), A Son Unique, Ol' Dirty Bastard, 2006, 4:02
Brooklyn Zoo, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, Ol' Dirty Bastard, 1995, 3:37
9x's Out Of 10, The Equinox, Organized Konfusion, 1997, 1:49
Soundman, The Equinox, Organized Konfusion, 1997, 5:10
The Whole World (feat. Killer Mike), Greatest Hits, OutKast, 2010, 4:55
Call The Law [Ft. Janelle Monae], Idlewild, OutKast, 2006, 4:52
Player's Ball, More Music From 8 Mile, OutKast, 1993, 4:23
Carried Away, Gossamer, Passion Pit, 2013, 3:42
Cry Like A Ghost, Gossamer, Passion Pit, 2013, 4:23
Love Is Greed, Gossamer, Passion Pit, 2013, 4:20
On My Way, Gossamer, Passion Pit, 2013, 3:47
Take A Walk, Gossamer, Passion Pit, 2013, 4:25
Folds In Your Hands, Manners, Passion Pit, 2009, 3:39
Little Secrets, Manners, Passion Pit, 2009, 3:59
The Reeling, Manners, Passion Pit, 2009, 4:48
To Kingdom Come, Manners, Passion Pit, 2009, 4:04
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 3:15
"Crazy Love, Volume II", Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 4:19
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 5:48
Gumboots, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 2:45
I Know What I Know, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 3:13
That Was Your Mother, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 2:52
The Boy in the Bubble, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 3:59
Under African Skies, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 3:37
You Can Call Me Al, Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986, 4:40
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Paul Simon, Paul Simon, 1972, 2:45
Getting Ready for Christmas Day, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, 2011, 4:07
Love Is Eternal Sacred Light, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, 2011, 4:02
So Beautiful or So What, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, 2011, 4:09
The Afterlife, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, 2011, 3:40
You're the One, You're the One, Paul Simon, 2000, 4:28
Sand, Farmhouse, Phish, 2000, 3:25
If I Ever Feel Better, DJ Kicks: Erlend Oye, Phoenix, 2004, 3:11
War at 33⅓, Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy, 1990, 2:08
Welcome to the Terrordome, Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy, 1990, 5:26
I Still Wanna (feat Rick Ross & Ab Liva), Fear Of God, Pusha-T, 2011, 4:18
Definition of a Rap Flow (Albee 3000) (Feat. Amalie Bruun), Legends Never Die, R.A. The Rugged Man, 2013, 3:30
Still Diggin Wit Buck (Legends Intro), Legends Never Die, R.A. The Rugged Man, 2013, 1:34
Underground Hits (Feat. Hopsin), Legends Never Die, R.A. The Rugged Man, 2013, 2:50
Bye Bye Love, Genius & Soul, Ray Charles, 1962, 2:12
Look What They've Done To My Song Ma, Genius & Soul, Ray Charles, 1972, 3:44
Warlocks, Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2006, 3:26
Hotel Song, Begin To Hope, Regina Spektor, 2006, 3:30
Folding Chair, Far, Regina Spektor, 2009, 3:35
The Calculation, Far, Regina Spektor, 2009, 3:11
Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas), What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, Regina Spektor, 2012, 3:39
Don't Stop the Music, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna, 2008, 4:27
Only Girl (In the World), Loud, Rihanna, 2010, 3:55
S&M, Loud, Rihanna, 2010, 4:04
Pon De Replay, Music Of The Sun, Rihanna, 2005, 3:34
Diamonds, Unapologetic, Rihanna, 2012, 3:45
Time Machine, Body Talk, Robyn, 2010, 3:38
Ruby Blue, Ruby Blue, Róisín Murphy, 2005, 2:48
Sow Into You, Ruby Blue, Róisín Murphy, 2005, 3:57
Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Smash The System: Singles And More, Saint Etienne, 2001, 4:30
#BETiGOTSUMWEED, SetBacks, Schoolboy Q, 2011, 4:56
To The Beat (F'd Up), SetBacks, Schoolboy Q, 2011, 3:47
Down on the Border, Border Wave, Sir Douglas Quintet, 1981, 3:25
Revolutionary Ways, Border Wave, Sir Douglas Quintet, 1981, 2:12
Steel's Apartment, A Dream Deferred, Skyzoo, 2012, 4:12
I'm On It, Cloud 9: The 3 Day High, Skyzoo, 2006, 3:28
Written In The Drums, The Great Debater (Official Mixtape), Skyzoo, 2011, 3:29
My Life (Feat. Cee Lo Green), Welcome To Our House (Deluxe Edition), Slaughterhouse, 2012, 4:21
Beautiful (feat. Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson), Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, Snoop Dogg, 2002, 4:58
From tha Chuuuch to da Palace (feat. Pharrell), Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, Snoop Dogg, 2002, 4:41
Master Blaster (Jammin'), Hotter Than July, Stevie Wonder, 1980, 5:08
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Innervisions, Stevie Wonder, 1973, 4:45
Sir Duke, Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder, 1976, 3:52
Superstition, Talking Book, Stevie Wonder, 1972, 4:26
Get It, King, T.I., 2006, 3:41
What You Know, King, T.I., 2006, 4:34
Take Me to the River, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Talking Heads, 1978, 5:03
Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Remain in Light, Talking Heads, 1980, 5:49
Once in a Lifetime, Remain in Light, Talking Heads, 1980, 4:23
Burning Down the House, Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 4:02
Burning Down the House (alternate version), Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 5:10
Girlfriend Is Better, Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 5:43
I Get Wild/Wild Gravity, Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 5:17
Making Flippy Floppy, Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 5:54
Moon Rocks, Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 5:46
Pull Up the Roots, Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 5:10
Slippery People, Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads, 1983, 5:06
Psycho Killer (acoustic), Talking Heads: 77, Talking Heads, 1977, 4:21
Wild Wild Life, True Stories, Talking Heads, 1986, 3:40
Sie liebt dich, "Past Masters, Volume One", The Beatles, 1964, 2:20
Pressure Drop, Black Market Clash, The Clash, 1983, 3:30
Know Your Rights, Combat Rock, The Clash, 1982, 3:41
Rock The Casbah, Combat Rock, The Clash, 1982, 3:43
London Calling, London Calling, The Clash, 1979, 3:20
The Magnificent Seven, Sandinista!, The Clash, 1980, 5:34
"If You Don't Get It the First Time, Back Up and Try It Again", Funky Good Time: The Anthology, The J.B.'s, 1973, 3:34
Victorious, Droppin' Science Fiction, The Mighty Underdogs, 2008, 4:30
"Warwalk (feat. Chali 2na, Raashan Ahmad, Tash, and Zion)", Droppin' Science Fiction, The Mighty Underdogs, 2008, 4:08
Passing Me By, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, The Pharcyde, 1992, 5:02
Bitch, Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones, 1971, 3:38
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (with band) (feat. Dan Tyminski), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", The Soggy Bottom Boys, 2000, 4:17
Doesn't Make it Alright, The Specials, The Specials, 1979, 3:25
Bugg'n, TNGHT , TNGHT, 2012, 3:26
Higher Ground, TNGHT , TNGHT, 2012, 3:19
Top Floor, TNGHT , TNGHT, 2012, 1:54
Inspector Norse (Original Mix), Beatport T0P 100 March 2012, Todd Terje, 2012, 6:41
Big in Japan, Mule Variations, Tom Waits, 1999, 4:05
Light Up or Leave Me Alone, The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, Traffic, 1971, 4:51
Take It To The House, Thugs Are Us, Trick Daddy, 2001, 3:46
Golden Age, "Dear Science, ", TV on the Radio, 2008, 4:12
Right Now, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, Van Halen, 1991, 5:22
Runnin' With The Devil, Van Halen, Van Halen, 1978, 3:36
Street Theory, The Philosopher's Stone, Van Morrison, 1980, 4:54
Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes, 1983, 2:24
To All D.J.'s, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder (Reality), Warren G, 1998, 3:01
Buddy Holly, Weezer, Weezer, 1994, 2:39
Romance, Wild Flag, Wild Flag, 2011, 3:52
Big Chief Got a Golden Crown, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Wild Tchoupitoulas, 1976, 4:01
Hey Pocky A-Way, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Wild Tchoupitoulas, 1976, 3:59
Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off, The W, Wu-Tang Clan, 2000, 3:59
Redbull (featuring Redman), The W, Wu-Tang Clan, 2000, 3:54
As High As Wu-Tang Can Get, Wu-Tang Forever, Wu-Tang Clan, 1997, 2:38
The City, Wu-Tang Forever, Wu-Tang Clan, 1997, 4:06
Kenny Rogers - Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, Wyclef Jean, 2000, 3:05
My Hood, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, Young Jeezy, 2005, 4:00
Ain't I (Ft Young Dro & T.I.), Ain't I, Yung LA, 2008, 4:17
That team sitting near the assembling tarp&speaker before the first round had no idea what they were in for. Their pup seemed keenly aware as he eyed me suspiciously and deeply considered the possible consequences of going for either the donuts or my jugular.
It all seemed like normal frisbee hijinks as we slowly showed up and delayed putting anyone on the line because we didn't have enough. We saw no games 'round us (the captains meeting did start 15 minutes late though..., and not a soul countermanded me when I shouted "well, we're starting our game 15 minutes late too then." Likely not a strong sign of institutional control. [not?] a good sign) starting on time, so we waited and threw while do intros. It was prolly 9:20 (Fela Kuti, "Observation is No Crime") before we started. We turnt it up on and off the field and jumped out to a 8-0 lead on the first team. By halftime (Paul Simon, "That Was Your Mother"), I think we had 14 people. By the end of the game (Homeboy Sandman, "Mean Mug"), pretty sure we had 30. We had also forgotten the best rule in ultimate: Pick-6 aka Run Back Your Catchblocks.
Fret not, Ken Bemose was on the scene. Near the end of the game, he intercepted a pass near the endzone we were attacking. He stopped, established a pivotfoot, then took off running into the endzone after our sideline (Doc Slocum has the floor!) yelled at him loudly enough. The opponents looked at him like a crazy person. They squirreled away from his vehicular certainty by crossing his paths in an effort to avoid him as he careened toward our first pick-6 of the weekend untouched. They called a travel. We took it from the travel, and birthed fun for the weekend.
We had a second round bye. We finished our first game in a blur and by about 10am. We now had 3 hrs until our next game. Time for a B double E double R U-N.
For the record, the start of that first game was a great random-generate playlist:
Title, Artist, Last Played, Duration
Ramble On, Led Zeppelin, 11/2 8:58, 4:24
Crooked Booty, Dungeon Family, 11/2 9:08, 5:05
Observation Is No Crime, Fela Kuti, 11/2 9:21, 13:26
Definition of a Rap Flow (Albee 3000) (Feat. Amalie Bruun), R.A. The Rugged Man, 11/2 9:25, 3:30
Kenny Rogers - Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate, Wyclef Jean, 11/2 9:28, 3:05
Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu), Janelle Monae, 11/2 9:33, 5:10
Swan Lake, Blackalicious, 11/2 9:42, 5:44
That Was Your Mother, Paul Simon, 11/2 9:49, 2:52
Seat Down Low, Lil Wayne, 11/2 9:52, 3:12
I'm On It, Skyzoo, 11/2 9:55, 3:28
She's My Baby, Lacy Gibson, 11/2 9:58, 2:10
"Knock, Knock", GZA/Genius, 11/2 10:01, 3:35
Sea Legs, El-P & Killer Mike, 11/2 10:05, 3:40
Hey Pocky A-Way, Wild Tchoupitoulas, 11/2 10:09, 3:59
Still Diggin Wit Buck (Legends Intro), R.A. The Rugged Man, 11/2 10:15, 1:34
Lines (featuring A Rocky and Phantogram), Big Boi, 11/2 10:19, 3:24
The Train Part II (Sir Lucious Left Foot Save The Day) [Ft. Sam Chris], Big Boi, 11/2 10:24, 5:21
My Hood, Young Jeezy, 11/2 10:28, 4:00
London Calling, The Clash, 11/2 10:31, 3:20
Slippery People, Talking Heads, 11/2 10:36, 5:06
Mean Mug, Homeboy Sandman, 11/2 10:40, 3:46
Superstition, Stevie Wonder, 11/2 10:45, 4:26
Sipping On The Sweet Nectar, Jens Lekman, 11/2 10:49, 4:12
Really? The first jam we get is "RAMBLE ON"? A first ballot hall-of-famer for "songs which demand to played at the highest available volume"? It simply never slowed from there on. Great tone-setting, Ipod shuffle's shuffle.
Next team we beat pretty handily too. Manzone (Lil Wayne, "Ice Cream Paint Job") and Woman Awesomeness (Aaliyah, "Try Again") were the calling cards for the day. Not too many hucks. Beat up some zones, get a lot of under blocks and short fields. Throw approximately ZERO dump/short yardage turnovers in the first two games as agreed upon pre-tournament.
Report scores. Keep drinking. Keep dancing? Keep moving. Nice long slow jogs to HQ&Pannatrainer as a part of body maintenance. Consume sideline donuts. Stretch because you're older.
No, the sideline cooler is not the *most* magical one I've ever seen [College Nationals 2007] but it was a solid second place. Third is in a lower echelon. These top two are different-- the first was magic and wholly unexpected. This MOSH13 cooler was a plan executed after an understanding of the mysterious beer-generating properties of coolers w/ ice was gleaned from previous experience. We don't want to have to leave the fields for our beer and walk over to the tourney HQ. We're here to hang out with *our team*. We want beverages on-hand for walking off the field and drinking some (more) of. Cold but not over-cold.
To back up for a a second, anyone who says anything negative about Try Again by Aaliyah gets h(er/is) America-card pulled. Just cross the street when you see me.
The last round was a game we were due for. We had reached critical mass, player-wise. We had reached the point where we were pretty sure we were good, and the line (stolen from Mr. Ivan) "We're all wizards here" made more sense to everyone. But the other team expected to win too. We didn't just gorillapimpslap them out of the gate. Those first two teams had no idea what they were in for.
This one seemed to have grasped that we were a competitive bracket team of a different stripe. So they eventually won 13-15 (Traffic, "Light Up or Leave Me Alone"). Not sure I had much to do with it either way, but we were guaranteed to finish either first or second with our other two victories. This team would have to beat us in total points scored, and that would be pretty hard, as we were at 43 out of 45 (or, I suppose, out of 51 if you win 17-15 each time. Did someone think this tiebreak through? I wish we had before the tourney... we would've shot for 17-15 victories... Perhaps we should have, on the grounds of "Pts per Dollar") points scored over 3 games.
So we left after reporting this. Then the real fun began as we all went to Shelley's for Fried Chicken Dinner. With sides. And Beers. And Whiskeys. And Good Beers (incl, but not limited to: Stone Vertical Epics from 07-12, Weyerbacher Riserva '11, St. Bernardus 8, 12, 6 [Maaaaaan did *that* one explode when I opened it-- The others had no such problems, it seemed], Tripel, Watou Tripel,... Point is, there was a lot of beer there from a lot of different sources [RI, CT, NYC, NJ, PA, Philly, MD, DC, VA]). And JP, who was previously the assistant to chef Shelley, sleeping on the floor. Right next to the kitchen table. And more tunes. These not provided by me, but also very loud via the home stereo system (as we recharged the battery for the rented battery-powered speaker) and very danceable. So, eventually, with bellies full, the kids danced. And I went to sleep.
Then JP woke up. Then I woke up. Or, more accurately, stopped lying-down-with-eyes-open-not-quite-conscious and instead sat at the table. The night continued until it didn't.
We estimate 3:00am.
Accounts vary wildly.
Jumper was played.
First round of Breakfast Stouts was 6am.
First breakfast away from Shelley's was at Honey's Sit n Eat at 7:10am. The two dovetail nicely, of course.
Sunday at PADA Mosh has a tradition of being bad for us in the best ways. Honey's is a great breakfast spot at 7am. Any later on weekends and you're risking life and limb. During the week... Usually alright. Be sure to time for the weekday Bargain Breakfast. Worth more than every penny. Even with the applesauce. Don't overlook the fruit preserves.
As we departed breakfast (40min?) a Second Set of StallcountS sauntered in, a mix of the bleary-&wide-eyed seeking "coffee, first of all."
It was cold walking back.
I was cold walking back. Then again, that happens sometimes. Eventually JP cooks breakfast back at Shelley's for those not venturing out before we go to the fields. Of course. The glories of a first round bye mean I can take a nap.
First round was... some other team. I know CJ Kozarski didn't show for us. What a disappointment. We did reunite losFinks on Sunday, however. Which is always good for our Fall League (DURTY LUVERS!) team, from whom we had a nice representation (Kirsten, Kelley, Amy, Me, JFink, TFink, Graham, Owen...). That is a lot of experience, actually. No wonder we do well at Fall League. 'Specially when I think on the rest of the roster. We won this one 15-9 or so (Paul Simon, "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes")
The team we played after that was a Bagger No Reunion? (Gnarls Barkley, "The Last Time") I think we won this 13-11? (Holy Ghost!, "Slow Motion") Or was that the first round? Against Bagger No, I definitively personally violated my team rules for the tourney by throwing a zero-yardage turn. Don't worry, I got my yardage per-turnover stats up on my next throw, which was a roller-punt. No one expects the roller. It's a contract year, what can I say? I think I'll get a reasonable offer from the Pivotfeet for 2014, but you never know.
I don't think we ever took a team picture. Which is too bad. We had too many folks on the team for me to even remember who they all were now... I wonder will they all remember I was there? Will I remember I was there? Was I there?
I could've been a doctor were not fora degree
I could've been a winner were not for defeat
I could've been richer were not for the taxes
I could've been a scholar were not for classes
I could've been a rebel were not for a cause
I could've been employed were not for the boss
I could've been loved
- K'Naan, 70 Excuses, Country, God, or the Girl
I dropped an easy goal on a throw to a creative place. Which is a catch I've never not-made. I know that. Ask around. Like Jalen Rose getting dunked on. I've never dropped something like that in my entire career. Yes, probably in Mini. We all have drops in Mini. The game for big boys and chicks. That's why we play with the minus rule. Because the rate of throws per player per second increases a ton in mini. It makes you do iterations of fast-paced accelerations, throwing and going, decelerations, wide-angle vision... Anyway... it is an "iterations per player" game in a way that ultimate isn't, necessarily.
I OFFUG'D there. I deserved it. My team lost in the finals. Something like 15-10 or 11. I played 2 points, took two sure goals for my team off of the board (13-12) and OFFUGD. The two bad plays were bad enough. I've done worse (Two straight dropped pulls... [leading to two straight 1 throw defensive possessions for my opponent] followed by a turfed first throw [for three straight one-throw-goal possessions for my opponent] I've OFFUGD before [We All Have], but I thought I was through with that. I was not. That action was childish and mean-spirited in a game [I just lost the game, Damnitfurf] that could have finally knocked PADAMOSH off of my "I won, so I never have to go there again" list.
Ah, just another stupid story of a guy playing a sport eventually getting exactly what you get when you play sports or care about sports: Punched in the Face.
And as Mike Tyson'll tell you, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.
"But naw baby you gon' get this here vertical
Every word murderful
Surgical, painful, purposeful
And I'm taking left off your fuck list personal Wooooooo, they done let that fuckin' Mike out
It's like Tyson in the '80s, nigga snap and punch your lights out
It's like Tyson in the '90s, if I'm losing take a bite out"
-Killer Mike, Job Well Done, Run the Jewels
Then again, my whole team OFFUGD by abondoning what brung us there. We had been running back all of our interceptions all weekend for goals. The pick six. Patrick Lindsey stood out as well as Ken Bemose, who gets OriGinator credit this year for being the first of us to remember to enact the rule during our first game. This rule, like any other in ultimate, can be advanced by fiat. AKA: Just try to stop me.
We are all also sure that ultimate should be played this way at the highest level. If you can intercept your opponent and run to the endzone without them tackling/touching you? That's a worthy feat! Wouldn't that be fun?
I know it is. It was the best part about MOSH13. That and all of the rest of it. I think that was the first time I was on the team that wouldn't stop dancing for a whole weekend. Weird. Fun. Ultimate.
I have now remembered my ill-will enough to be able to move on. Like so many other moments in ultimate, it has provided me a way forward. I release myself from the burden of non-forgiveness. I release myself from the weight of imagined sleight. I release myself from thinking I am important enough to be offended. I will work to dispossess the pride careening into hubris which leads one believe he can OFFUG and escape unscathed.
This version of ultimate, this fun one, this is the one that teaches. This is the one that, while my body fails, I'll still play because I am challenged to be a better me. Not because of my success or my failure, but because of trying. I am not the same player I was. I am worse at caring. I am not the same player I was. I am better at letting go.` I am not perfect and I will accept the challenge of trying.
What a funny place to remember that this too shall pass. The worst of it, the best of it, the rest of it.
"But that's when the feeling hits
so just lick your lips
these are the good times that you'll miss
when you are sipping on the sweet nectars of your memories"
- Jens Lekman, Sipping on the Sweet Nectar, Night Falls Over Kortedala
Wednesday, November 27
"Every time I get a chance to advance it's backwards