Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Collection of Cali Thoughts

Stray dogs in Cali respect and use the lights to cross or not cross the street. Tomas told me this and like magic I saw it happen before my eyes.

Matanga, one of Bogota’s top club teams, translates to "yoinks" from The Simpsons.

Flota Chancle, a Cali open club team translates roughly to: "a stoner slacker dude who doesn’t want to pay for anything."

These name from competitive club teams remind me of American teams like “Burning Couch” or “D’oh” or “Truckstop Glory Hole” or… well, about a thousand of ‘em. it also reminds me that ultimate is universal and its goofy culture isn’t inclusive to any one country.

A group on Flota Chancle are super fans of Deportivo Cali, the local futbol team. They’re like hooligans but not as violent. You can challenge other team fans to fights but you can also turn down a fight if you want to. As long as you don’t have a tattoo of the team — the tattoo means you’re down to fight and pretty much that means it’s on.

Every single Gold, Bronze and Silver medal at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia reads “The Word Games 2013 Cali.”

Some teams in Colombia bend the rules to win and spirit can't stop them because there’s no enforcement policies in place. In other words, it’s the 1990s in the United States.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) made 1000+ green frisbees to give away to athletes who could pass a doping quiz at the catering tent. The discs, made in China by some unknown company, fly quite nicely! (see the rough One Take Crick Shot videos here and here)

Here are my notes from the Opening Ceremony. I walked with Team USA and filmed parts of it with my iPhone and a fisheye lens (see here on facebook)

-- Big crowds all around stadium
-- There’s a corridor for cars outside the entrance and all the teams walk on one side while thousands of Caliuenos line up on the other, separated by those metal police fence-like barriers. The lulls between roars of excitement from the crowd are soon roar-generating when:
-- Dance sport competitors jump into the corridor of asphalt and start dancing, flipping, spinning, whirling and girling.
-- The USA ultimate team jumps in and start throwing hammers and hooking blades
-- A ginormous former USA sumo wrestler climbs the fence and “sumo-charges” to the crowd who roar and giggle in approval. Then he takes his shirt off to expose a juggernaut of bouncy flesh and the crowd roars again.
-- Now we are inside the stadium and circling the track and the 50,000 people there seem to geniunely be loving it. Ryan Farrell jacks a backhand deep into the crowd from the point of view of the television cameras. Sweet action.
-- A politician, the VP of Colombia, has a speech after Jacques Rogge, the soon-to-be-retiring IOC Chairman-Dude. The VP starts off with this rumbly accent and is roundly booed and cheered at the same time leading to some immediate tensions in the air. But he’s a pro. Soon his speech, which mentions “Cali” about thirty times including calling Cali the “new sports capital of South America,” crescendoes into a powerful repetition of Cali this and Cali that and Cali Cali Cali and the crowd has no choice but to approve of the pandering. “Amigos amigas compaƱeros Cali!”
-- A speaker, a karate coach, reads the “coaches oath” which is a lot like ultimate’s Spirit of the Game.
-- He’s followed by a squash coach who delivers a similar speech about the impartiality of the judges and the code of the game.
-- Then an IWGA guy basically praises the spirit of SOTG
-- The ceremony routines are typical: dances, drums, singers, acrobatic routines, etc. But one thing to note: the Colombians are by no means Cirque de Soliel or even Argentinian. They are strictly mediocre when it comes to circus tricks.
-- There is a jump rope segment. Jumping rope is not a Word Games event, FWIW.
-- It's entirely possible Cali will reject the current governor because the world games show was not entertaining.
-- They bring out the circus high chair jump and conveniently the lights to out.
-- Did rugby even walk?!? I couldn’t tell. Maybe.
-- Sumo: 15 countries represented
-- Inline hockey: 8
-- The USA Wakeboarding and Waterskiing dudes and chicas never got the memo to wear something stylish from Ralph Lauren like the other USA teams. The ultimate team, for instance, all wore those Polo jackets we saw at the Olympics. They were originally made for the Paralympic team, according to the inside labels. I think all of the sports here wore hand-me-down duds.
-- The second ginormous American sumo wrestler is clearly the most popular guy at the World Games.
-- Billiard champ Jeanette Lee, aka “The Black Widow” is here. She’s talking to Cara and Tank right now I think.
-- Finally!! One salsa/puente song gets the crowd going. It’s salsa or nothing here in Cali. Forget the silly circus shit.

Robert “Nob” Rauch, the WFDF President who spends a fair amount of time in South America, told me that ten years ago in Cali the (drug-cartel-friendly, leftist-guerilla group) FARC “controlled everything outside centre city. You would be carjacked, period. Bloomberg News had a kidnapping index for Colombia and the reported number was 450 a month in country of 15 million. That’s just the number of reported kidnappings.”

Cricket, Neeley and I pay a visit to Cricket’s Sports Chiropractor friends working the korfball contests. Cricket tells them we are on the wushu team.

Ultimate’s Manifest Destiny is made clear time and time again in every country I visit for ultimate: this sport firmly believes that one day it will be known to every man and woman on the planet and will be well-respected. I will add that ultimate players worldwide have a missionary zealotry that will not be abated any time soon.

If you ask what a cholado is in Cali, a stranger and his daughter will guide you and your friends to a cholado stand and buy each of you a cholado.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Australia Shows their Mettle

Crafty Crocs take down Canada 13-10 in a match that started as a blowout with Australia up 8-2 before five straight scores from Canada made it close. But Rogacki makes two consecutive long-range bombs to Sarah Wentworth for goals and the decision as Australia wins 13-10.

You have to like the Aussies in the gold medal match at this point, having already defeated the Japanese and now Canada. They have Great Britain and Colombia left on the schedule.

The win also gives Colombia some hope for a medal-round appearance. If they can knock of Canada later today that would be huge for them. Either way they have two opportunities left, versus Australia and Canada.

Next round starts at 4:10 with a revitalized Japan vs USA.

its tough to live blog and commentate and worse when you write a bunch of stuff between games and it gets lost by the computer... back at you after the Aus-Canada gme with some thoughts

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chaos Reigns in Colombia!

The technical side of live-streaming in Colombia is a total mess with a bunch of different channels and different things happening. Errr, not happening. Up, down, up, down, Spanish, English -- but I WISH you could see the camera work here and what the TV feed really looks like! It's amazing. Best I've ever seen. 9 cameras. 10 microphones on the field. These guys do huge Futbol matches and they are excellent. The highest production value I have ever seen for ultimate.

They push in to the time-out huddles and we can hear them and they get all of the action right, every time and the replays are spot on. If we get this on demand on the future you have to watch. Simply perfect. This is the future of ultimate.

... when it's actually able to be streamed, of course. At least the local Colombians can watch the games on their TVs at home.

Well that was a crazy game. Colombia goes up a few breaks early. GB storms back, takes half, stretches to a 10-8 advantage late before Colombia scores the next 5 straight. Mosquera catches 7 goals and Cartagena throws 6 assists. Amazing performance in front of a massive home crowd.

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USA takes the game with a strong second half with far fewer errors and miscommunication turns. It's basically one turn by Australia and the point will end in USA's favor. They cruise to a 13-8 win after a 7-6 halftime lead. Beau and Snyder and Stubbs key players for USA in their run. Next game is at 4:10pm GB versus Colombia, followed by Japan-Australia and heavyweight USA-Canada.

Aus with disc to take half. Rogacki from half-field tries to forehand crank one to Wentworth but it goes too far too fast. Stubbs picks up the turnover and jacks it to Beau to advance and Beau finds Mac Taylor who zips an IO in to Cree Howard for the break, score and half, 7-6 USA

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Deep look from Australia goes too far. Ashlin Joye picks up the turnover and works it around to Mac Taylor who puts up an easy deep shot to Beau Kittredge for his second score in 2 points. Aussies finally get in board after sloppy point and finally get it to Rogacki, 2-1.

Boom goes the Beau -- deep shot off the second throw and Beau goes high over 6'5" Rogacki for the score, 1-0 USA over Australia.

Thoughts of Canada-GB game so far is of a total mental and physical switch by Canada in second half that has been hugely successful as what started off slow, ugly, no rhythm anywhere in first half and some huge plays from GB has now resulted in an 8-1 run by Canada with crafty D and precise O.

All the big plays go Canada's way in second half as they pull away easily for the win 13-9. Next up is USA-Australia, should be another great game even if it may not match the electric opening Japan double-game point win over Colombia, 13-12.

Yearwood pretty find on backhand side to Cam Harris finding space across the field and deep and Canada now in comfort zone. GB offense still has not been able to establish any sort of regular play and again turn it over, this time floating a backhand. Canada having fun out there now with the second half-rout. West Coasters on the same line, Menzies places a perfect backhand deep to Furious George teammate. 11-8 now for Canada.

GB's offense completely out of rhythm as Matt Parslow overthrows Gale on a simple swing pass. Canada collects and finally Yearwood sneaks one past a tough D to danielle Fortin for yet another break and now a second half lead of two at 9-7. Grittiness and confidence showing through on Canada side. Finally GB hangs one a bit to Foord in the endzone over Cam Harris for another goal in GB's most effective offense: huck it deep to Foord or Rich Harris. 9-8 is the score, advantage Canada.