Portland Stags to my students a few times throughout the past year. For those who haven't heard, they are the newest professional sports team in the Portland area. It's also a brand new professional sport: Ultimate!
My love for ultimate (a.k.a. Ultimate Frisbee) grew in college when I played with buddies almost every day. It is definitely my favorite sport (tied with baseball) because of the beauty of the disc flying through the air, the amazing layouts, and the great exercise and athleticism needed to play well.
Major League Ultimate (MLU) was introduced in 2012. There is also a competing professional ultimate league called the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), which originated on the East Coast. The Portland Stags is the only ultimate team in the Portland area, so naturally, the MLU is better than the AUDL in my book. :-) Time will tell which league comes out on top with popularity in the future.
Anyway, back to the Portland Stags. Last year, they were a league-worst with 1 win and 9 losses. This year, however, they have done a complete 180 with 8 wins and 2 losses. This has allowed them to play in the Western Conference Finals this Saturday, against the Vancouver Nighthawks. Read more about the Stags' journey here.
It's definitely going to be a great game. It will be the first time I attend an ultimate game in person that I'm not actually playing in. :-) Usually I play in a weekly pick-up game with other men and women at Duniway Park in downtown Portland. On Saturday, though, I'll be going with my wife, Jen, to see an amazing match up of the best ultimate players in the Northwest!
If you want to join us and come cheer them on, you can buy tickets here. The game is on Saturday, June 28, at 7pm. You can also watch a live stream of the game online at mlultimate.com.