Thursday, February 26, 2009
As some of you know, I'm making an attempt to capture all of squid history in writing. Any alumn (b or a) please contact me if you haven't done so. Every piece of info helps (esp emails of older squid). I know you older squids have more to think about on your minds besides frisbee (unlike me), but your contribution would be greatly appreciated.
<3 eric hsu 'monstro'
in the mean time, check out this clip of our new red head squid
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sat Rd 1 (8:30) - Pacific Lutheran
Rd 2 (10:25) - Washington
Rd 3 (12:20) - British Columbia
Rd 4 (2:15) - BYE
Rd 5 (4:10) - Western Washington
Sun Rd 1 (8:00) - UC-Santa Cruz
Rd 2 (9:55) - BYE
Rd 3 (11:50) - UC-Davis
We also have a fungus to watch out for called Coccidiodiomycosis. Symptoms "range from a minor flu-like illness to life-threatening respiratory conditions and serious disorders outside of the pulmonary system". If it's sunny, we're relatively safe from the so-called "valley-fever". If it's rainy and windy, these buggers will proliferate and release spores into the air.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
After a strong showing at the Santa Barbara Invite, we entered Pres Day this year as the second seed. UC Berkley, who won in
In our first game of Saturday, we faced USC. We started with some hard man defense and a new offense: the horizontal stack. This new offense is run by 3 handlers, rather than the usual Spread offense that is run by the 4 downfield players. This new offense looked nice and crisp and opened up the field for lots of handler initiated swings and hucks. On the final point of the game, Mark “Dibs”
The next game, against UC Berkley’s B-team, was a great chance for the fish to show us their potential. On offense we continued to run the ho-stack, and on defense we ran a vertical stack. All our younger players looked solid. Murphy “Soda” Hitchcock showed great maturity and poise. Borland also had a great layout catch to keep an errant huck alive. We ended up closing this game out, 13-2.
The next game was against USD, where the wind picked up a little. They had a few experienced players and a good zone. We made mistake after mistake and were down by a point at half. In the second half we collected ourselves and were able to convert on offense and create turns with our 4 man cup. We were finally able to end this game with a win, 13-9.
Our final game of the day was against Cal Poly SLO under the lights. This was the first showcase game the Squids have played in 2 years, and we were excited. SLO has had a breakout season so far, with a great showing at Sean Ryan during fall quarter. Rumor has it they didn’t graduate a single person last year. Starting the game, it was evident that their ho-stack offense flowed through 2 solid handlers, who would hit any of their fast young receivers. Great aerial plays from Eric “
Our first game on Sunday was against UCLA. These guys beat us earlier in the year at Sean Ryan, and we’ve been hungry for revenge for 3 months. The game started out terribly. They run a strong man defense on our downfield cutters, but a poachy zone on our handlers, making it hard for us to move it from our handlers to our downfield players. They started with a couple D’s close to our own goal and were able to convert quickly to go up 4-1. It was obvious that our new handler run ho-stack wouldn’t cut it against their D, so we switched to the good ol’ squid spread. Our handlers were able to work it around in the back and eventually get it downfield to our core group of cutters: Guy “Kattan” Hughes, Eric “
The final game of our Power Pool was against
We had a meeting with the coaches/captains of most of the teams and decided that rather than wait for the storm to come on Monday, we should take the top 4 teams into the semi-finals. That set us up against
The final against UC Berkley was a tough game. They move the disc extremely fast on offense and were able to stick extremely close on D. They also had a zone D that was hard for most of our team to break, but Brooks “
Overall, I think this tournament was a success, even though we were unable to break seed. Taking 2nd at our home tournament is something the Squids have not done in a long time. I really want to thank Stephen “Pumba” Hubbard for his time. This tournament was a success because of all his hard work. The next tournament we’re looking forward to is the Stanford Invite, on March 7th and 8th.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
pres day in a week suckas
cheers- giant whale
Monday, February 2, 2009
Here's a quick blurb on the fish in no particular order
Soda: Probably has one of the longest stories for how he got his name. Really fast, former cross country/ track runner in high school. He shows a lot of potential (not to say that any of the other fish don't). He's loudest person on the sidelines, even if he doesn't play a single point. Watch out for this kid in the future, he picks up things fast.
Threeve: Notorious for reciting poetry in trees, and hitting on girls with a box on his head. Played HS ultimate in Burlingham, under the coaching of a former Blacktide (booo) / current Jam player. Has a really smooth around flick. He also does a great chewbaca impression. Also known as BITUSA's friend
BITUSA (born in the USA): Named after Bruce Springsteen. Played HS ultimate with Threeve. He's probably one of the best known fish, because of his promiscuous actions with a psycho's sister (who is still in high school) *on a side note, Duol may have been behind that turn of events. Another thing BITUSA is famous for is his ability to eat an immense amount of food. He almost ate 10 doughnuts in 15 minutes... keep in mind, this was after he ate a California burrito 10 minutes before. BITUSA will be the next Bobble.
Heyzer: Tall guy from Colorado. He somehow has time to play for the squids, even though he's on the UCSD golf team. He's your complete player he will play receiver, he will jack it, he will bid, he will eat your babies. He threw a game winning backhand huck to Balco on DGP against SDSU in so cal warm up. There's talk of him being a possible FOTY. Besides his deadly frisbee skills, his looks are able to cause any psycho to fall in love with him. Watch out for this kid whether it'll be on the PGA tour, frisbee pitch, or the next Zoolander movie.
Scoops: Heyzer's appt mate. Former soccer player turned frisbee fanatic. He has a good field sense, and will learn to pick up the game well. He caught a nice layout bid against SB in sean ryan. He's currently training with the members of squid rice (coppa and myself) to develop low deadly pinpoint throws.
JohnC: Short, fast, white boy from the OC who is infatuated with Lil Wayne and Akon. Like soda, he was a former track stud in HS. He has accelerates very well and is a little ball of energy. Keep an eye out for him (it's going to be hard considering how dam small and fast he is).
Didj: Defensive stud. Basically a white Balco from Texas who can hold his own. He bids with no regard, and will own anyone he marks up on. Unlike Balco, he has a dam good flick. His IO breaks have been known to cut grown in half (wtf do they put in the water in Texas). Fun kid to hang out with, he has mono right now though... probably cuz he won the party from last weekend.
Borland: This kid didn't know he was on A-team until 1 month after the roster was posted. Despite his missed training time, his learning curve is pretty fast. I like the kid's name, because I used to watch home improvement.
Foley/Pebbles/Pubbles: Comes to the Squids having played High School ultimate locally at University City. Like Threeve, he has nice throws for a fish. Once he gets "kill mode" instilled in him, he'll get really dam good. Like scoops, he is being trained by squid rice and will begin to utilize those dirty low IO throws.
- Giant whale