February 25, 2013 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire with 1 comments
You’ve likely already seen this opinion piece from the New York Times about Ultimate. NYU Film professor Jason Lucero describes Ultimate as a part of a series, Games People Play.
The piece is short; this part stood out:
[quote]Because Frisbees float as they arc through the air, the game feels as if it’s playing out in slow motion. (How unexpected that we often experience this sensation only when moving at top speed.) You run down a long throw, catch it with your fingertips only inches before it touches the grass. Scoring yields a burst of elation, an instant of incontrovertible victory. This sense of glory lasts until play resumes. Once it does, the past is forgotten.[/quote]
There’s something really poignant about this description, which I think is right on. That feeling of slowness, even as you sprint towards a disc in the endzone, isn’t something you often feel playing other sports.
It’s always nice to see Ultimate get some positive recognition in the mainstream press. I do look forward to the day that the lead doesn’t have to be about how everyone thinks ultimate players are potheads.