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Goodnight Patrick. Goodnight Ecto Cool Whip.

August 30, 2014

2005-2006 – Freshmen year at SUNY Albany. I was pretty terrible, but I was on a pretty great team. A lot of players on this team went on to play at nationals for various club teams, but we never really practiced as a whole. More interested in having a fun time. Not sleeping the Friday night into pool play of big college tournaments was a staple.

Here’s a quote from the coach of UNCW, summarizing SUNY-Albany at a competitive tournament.

“tell me this….is there a single(mens) team in the country that has a drill
that they do at practice that is something like this….catch a pull,
immediately pull it back to your opponent, run down field and play D?
anyone?
is that a drill that anyone works on?”

2006-2007
Sophomore year. I didn’t get a whole lot better. I started playing with other college teams, cause all I would get to do on SCAM, which was still full of very good players, was mark people in our zone. 
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At a tournament with SUNY-Oneonta, fall of 2006. I threw my first good in game huck to Nick. I got to handle all this tournament, which I loved.

I started working on throws. I came up with a few tricky things.

2007-2008
All of our big guns graduated, except for Adam. I knew I would have to get a lot better, so I took the summer more seriously, well more serious than usual. See below; I am at my first summer club tournament. I assume Del is talking to his bookie.

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For as good as those players were that graduated, most were disinterested in practice, and only a few cared about developing me. Liv upped my ultimate IQ, and Squeegee taught me throws. 

Adam was at club tournaments in the Fall, so I got to be the main guy at tournaments. Remember that quote from the UNCW coach about hucking super early, that’s how I played.

We did poorly at regionals. We had a ton of freshmen that were just kind of feeling out the game. We threw some god awful parties, but everyone was wasted, so they all stuck around.

Adam and I started our co-captaining this year. He would run drills, and practices. I would get us into tournaments that we were not good enough to get into.

2008-2009
This was the year that we finally stared to beat teams. Not many, but more. We moved out of the horrible category and into the mediocre. 

2009-2010
This year was as step back. We got off to a really strong start in the fall. We did well at our first tournament, which wasn’t super competitive, and we were doing well at Buffalo. Beating the alum, and then going up on very good team in Edinboro by a good margin, and then something would happen that would become a staple of my ultimate career. Bizarre and terrible injuries.

We started losing a lot of games, and we had a team meeting before winter break, where we talked about what our goals were in the Spring. The team wanted to do well at regionals. Adam and I came up with things each player would have to improve upon over the winter break in order to get to regionals, and then do well. Something the team hadn’t done since we graduated all of those dudes that would be on ESPN. We took on Squeege as our coach, he was one of the best SCAM players ever produced, he went to natties a few times, and can do backflips. He knows what it takes to get to the next level.

Squeege and I would break into the SUNY Albany gym, during the break, and we would just work.

I showed up an hour before each practice, to just run and try to get my endurance up.

Right from the start, we had attendance problems. All those players that clamored for getting to the next level, didn’t show up to put the work in. I didn’t handle this well. I said some things, in someways, that I shouldn’t have said to my teammates. We had a team meeting to address my attitude, which was nice, because it was the first time I saw all the bozos together, because they weren’t going to practice. They started talking, and the most vocal players, were the laziest ones. This was when I said, “If I’m not captain, I won’t play.” I had no patience.

At sectionals, we were eliminated on Saturday. 

We did notably poor this season, and I didn’t respect my teammates. I had many conversations with Squeegee about this, and I set my sights on club.

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 2010

My first, and only club team. Destructors.

This was a huge year for my development. I talked to one of the captains of this year, Vir, and he had some cool insight a few years ago. I was one of the players they were iffy on, and I ended up being relied upon by the end of the season. My reputation as a guy, that wasn’t serious about improving preceded me. I was driven about improving. More than most.I just was dejected from the whole SCAM experience. Destructors was huge for my development. 

The team had so many handlers that were better than I was. I got to learn from them, while trying to outwork them for playing time.

2011

Destructors again. I played a larger role, and I just started to refine what I thought were my weaknesses. Decision making, fitness, and consistency. We went to regionals, which was an eye opener as to what the next level looks like.

2012

I played more than ever this year. I was a full fledged established starter and was relied on to be a playmaker. This is also the year, I started to see the darker side of ultimate. I quit the team, after one of our teammates committed a disgraceful act, that isn’t ok on or off the field. The team made it to the semis of regionals, which was the best we ever did. Crazy close to going to nationals. Only cost you your soul.

2013

I love this year. I played some of my best ultimate, and I got to form a partnership with Trainwreck. You ever meet this guy, consider yourself lucky. 

2014
I had the opportunity to play in one of those semi-pro ultimate leagues. It was also one of the toughest years for my family. I had to take new roles, and responsibilities, and when it came doing what I had to do for those people vs preparing for the season. It was never a decision I had to think about. I played terribly. I probably should have quit before the season started. I wasn’t fit enough, and I got injured early on. I tried to come back too soon, to try to help out the team, and I just couldn’t play well. I had bigger things to deal with. That’s what’s changed for me. Ultimate used to be a priority, but I don’t have that same drive.

This is the last ECW post. It’s been fun.

I love Chip.

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