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Stanford writeup? [message #54188] Tue, 09 March 2010 11:28 Go to next message
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Anybody who was there going to do one? No mens team goes undefeated
or winless. Only Oregon undefeated on women's side. Who looked good,
who has work to do, who didn't deserve to be there (and who did?),
etc?

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Re: Stanford writeup? [message #54199 is a reply to message #54188] Tue, 09 March 2010 13:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mimmo
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I was there on Saturday only...here's what I saw:

-Texas looked unhappy

-Colorado looked like they were missing something. I dunno if Mac is out of eligibility or is hurt, he was in plainclothes on the sideline, but they looked like they were trying to recover from his loss. #13 a littler dude, who handled a lot was a baller, and had some really pretty throws, but at time he forced things too much and those throws resulted in costly turnovers.

-Carleton started out slow on Saturday, but by the last game they looked to have picked things up.

-Wisconsin looks better than they did last year at this tournament (taller too)

-Florida played well before their bye round, beating Stanford, Brown and Colorado, but then ate lunch and really looked lethargic and disjointed after their bye round. Their game against Jojah was ugly, with few points not having at least one turnover, and a lot of points had at least 3 or 4.

On the ladies side:

-Oregon looked really athletic and sharp...their yellow jerseys were almost too bright and made me not want to watch them for long, but they have a very attractive team so I suffered through it.

-I watched about a third or so of the UNC vs. Washington game...UNC looked tired as they only had about 11 people, and their offense would sometimes break down (no dump swing, too many people behind the disc) and it led to costly mistakes...Washington goes as Shannon O'Malley goes. She looked to be getting every other pass and seemed downright uncoverable.

Re: Stanford writeup? [message #54200 is a reply to message #54199] Tue, 09 March 2010 13:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Spappy
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Registered: February 2010
Location: Colorado
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Mac doesnt play college anymore. He was just watching
Re: Stanford writeup? [message #54202 is a reply to message #54199] Tue, 09 March 2010 13:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
fjrhox
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I'm eventually going to put something up on my blog (but as anyone who reads it can tell you, that may be somewhere between this week and never).

In short:

Oregon - Awesome. I guess being undefeated might indicate that. I also agree that there's too much yellow, but I'm just not a monochrome guy. Fugue's darks are sweet. None of this really matters... they could be wearing potato sacks and still look awesome on the field.

Washington - O'Malley's great, but I think they thrive when the rest of the team is featured more heavily. Lindsey Wilson is critical to keeping Team Turbulence on the level.

Wisconsin - Really good. Duh. They clearly have some problems against Oregon, one of the only teams that can match Bella Donna in terms of depth. Of course, the format at Nationals doesn't really reward depth so Element and the Burning Skirts will remain tough matchups for them. Hometown advantage should be nice...

Santa Barbara - Disappointing weekend for them, and it would be really stupid to dismiss them. They'll be in the thick of it, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the finals at Centex. They have a great history in Austin.

Speaking of Centex, that tourney should settle the top four seeds for Nationals (barring upsets at Regionals). Washington, Wisconsin and UCSB will be fighting hard to avoid drawing the four seed and be stuck on the same half of the bracket with Oregon.

The next tier:

USC - The results were very up and down, but the Hellions are emerging as a team that you don't want in your pool or your quarterfinals bracket. I'm biased, but Lindsey Cross is one of the most dominant cutters / defenders in the division. There were times this weekend when she simply obliterated the other team's best player, including some of the really familiar names in the women's game.

Stanford - They were up on Wisconsin 8-3 in the quarters but couldn't hang on. As Bella Donna remembers from last year, you don't want to draw Superfly in the quarterfinals. They are far from a one woman show, but they need Emily Damon to be fresh and healthy. Caitlin Rugg is pure power and fills the same kind of role that Jenny Founds did last year.

Western Washington - Solid bounceback weekend after a disappointing showing at Pres Day. They still rely on Alyssa Weatherford a lot, but a number of younger players are emerging for Chaos. They play to their strengths really well and I was generally impressed with their coaching.

Cal - The Pie Queens remind me of the Hellions last year. They are really good but they often play to the level of their opponent. If they start to realize how good they can be, I think upsets will follow. Everyone knows that Cree Howard is a great player, but pay attention to Palak Shah -- she is a tremendous player on both sides of the disc.

I didn't get to see very much of the Carolina teams, UBC, UCLA, UCSD or Oregon State. The word on both Carolina teams is they are both very good and should be locks to be in Madison. UNC only carried 12 players this weekend, so expect bigger and better things from them. I think they'll likely grab the top spot from the Atlantic Coast and will be dangerous at Nationals.

UBC, UCLA and UCSD are both on the young side this year, but BLU always finds a way to peak at the right time. The really awful news is that Hawkins (Adrienne Baker) suffered a really nasty injury in the Wilmington game and will be out a few weeks. UCSD has a number of good young players and are led by Loryn Kanemaru, who runs the offense for the Psychos. If the Southwest gets four bids, they will be in the mix. If they don't qualify this year, look for them to complete their comeback from suspension next year.

Re: Stanford writeup? [message #54203 is a reply to message #54199] Tue, 09 March 2010 13:53 Go to previous message
fjrhox
Messages: 21
Registered: March 2010
Junior Member
I'm eventually going to put something up on my blog (but as anyone who reads it can tell you, that may be somewhere between this week and never).

In short:

Oregon - Awesome. I guess being undefeated might indicate that. I also agree that there's too much yellow, but I'm just not a monochrome guy. Fugue's darks are sweet. None of this really matters... they could be wearing potato sacks and still look awesome on the field.

Washington - O'Malley's great, but I think they thrive when the rest of the team is featured more heavily. Lindsey Wilson is critical to keeping Team Turbulence on the level.

Wisconsin - Really good. Duh. They clearly have some problems against Oregon, one of the only teams that can match Bella Donna in terms of depth. Of course, the format at Nationals doesn't really reward depth so Element and the Burning Skirts will remain tough matchups for them. Hometown advantage should be nice...

Santa Barbara - Disappointing weekend for them, and it would be really stupid to dismiss them. They'll be in the thick of it, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the finals at Centex. They have a great history in Austin.

Speaking of Centex, that tourney should settle the top four seeds for Nationals (barring upsets at Regionals). Washington, Wisconsin and UCSB will be fighting hard to avoid drawing the four seed and be stuck on the same half of the bracket with Oregon.

The next tier:

USC - The results were very up and down, but the Hellions are emerging as a team that you don't want in your pool or your quarterfinals bracket. I'm biased, but Lindsey Cross is one of the most dominant cutters / defenders in the division. There were times this weekend when she simply obliterated the other team's best player, including some of the really familiar names in the women's game.

Stanford - They were up on Wisconsin 8-3 in the quarters but couldn't hang on. As Bella Donna remembers from last year, you don't want to draw Superfly in the quarterfinals. They are far from a one woman show, but they need Emily Damon to be fresh and healthy. Caitlin Rugg is pure power and fills the same kind of role that Jenny Founds did last year.

Western Washington - Solid bounceback weekend after a disappointing showing at Pres Day. They still rely on Alyssa Weatherford a lot, but a number of younger players are emerging for Chaos. They play to their strengths really well and I was generally impressed with their coaching.

Cal - The Pie Queens remind me of the Hellions last year. They are really good but they often play to the level of their opponent. If they start to realize how good they can be, I think upsets will follow. Everyone knows that Cree Howard is a great player, but pay attention to Palak Shah -- she is a tremendous player on both sides of the disc.

I didn't get to see very much of the Carolina teams, UBC, UCLA, UCSD or Oregon State. The word on both Carolina teams is they are both very good and should be locks to be in Madison. UNC only carried 12 players this weekend, so expect bigger and better things from them. I think they'll likely grab the top spot from the Atlantic Coast and will be dangerous at Nationals.

UBC, UCLA and UCSD are both on the young side this year, but BLU always finds a way to peak at the right time. The really awful news is that Hawkins (Adrienne Baker) suffered a really nasty injury in the Wilmington game and will be out a few weeks. UCSD has a number of good young players and are led by Loryn Kanemaru, who runs the offense for the Psychos. If the Southwest gets four bids, they will be in the mix. If they don't qualify this year, look for them to complete their comeback from suspension next year.
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