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So far this season, my Ultimate team, East Van Halen, as an unbroken record.

Of losses:
4-17 (and it was 2-16 until the last three points. Go team!)

The first week was a great game.  The 7-17 week felt pretty good, too.

But otherwise, we’re sucking eggs.

The problem is, in previous years, there were divisions above and below ours. So if we rocked, we moved up, and if we sucked—sorry, I mean, if we did poorly—we’d go down.

This year, though, we tried a single-header division, which plays one long game a night to 17 points, instead of two short games to 13 points.  And there’s only one division, and we’re stuck in it.

My team has been getting more and more spirited as the season has gone on, actually—because if you know you’re going to lose, you might as well have fun doing it. I’m really proud of them.

But I like to win sometimes, to score points and not get blocked, I like to have exciting close games. I don’t like the walk of shame you do when you blow a point and head all the way down to the far end of the field to await another huck in your direction.

And I hate that the games are short, and I have to go home by 8:15 on my ultimate night.

Next season, no single headers for East Van Halen, that’s for sure. For sure: Things are better when there’s two.


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