Danimal posted a sweet notebook to Facebook so I decided I would put it on the blog. My comments are in italics. – David
We had a great season this year. Your commitment to this team made playing ultimate a fun and enjoyable experience. Everyone who played with or against Full Tilt this year knows how hard we worked to develop our skills. I really want to thank everyone who dedicated so much of their time to Tilt this year:
To our dedicated rookies…
AJ: Your spirit is outstanding. Even when we get down on ourselves you encourage us on the fields and on the sideline. You should continue to keep your composure on the field; it has affected everyone in a positive way. Your friendliness will help this team a lot in the future as our team rebuilds in the fall.
Compton: I’ve never seen you get as pumped as you were this weekend. You played really hard, even against Chicago when some of us had given up. Keep that aggressive mentality in your game and it will pay off. I know many times this year you wanted more playing time then you got, but you still kept your head cool and proved to everyone that you deserve it.
Goggin: You came out to this team with the kind of mentality we usually don’t see until spring. You set the bar high for everyone and expected more for this team than we were able to accomplish. You worked hard to try to bring us to regionals and we came close. Keep your aggressive play up next year and I’m sure you will be able to lead Full Tilt to regionals.
Ben Schott: I remember some of your first practices this year when you had some of the quickest and best timed cuts but couldn’t seem to get a grip on the disc. You stuck with it and improved your game. Your commitment in going to practice and tournaments shows what it takes to minimize our mistakes and make plays. Drops happen; the only way to work on that is practice reading that disc. I hope you continue to burn any defense thrown at us next year.
Mike Krohn: You are a great addition to this team. You came out wanting to play some casual ultimate and have a good time with the team. I’m glad you were willing to put in a serious effort and learned to play at our level. You really kept with us and helped us to work to make a more competitive and serious team. Your skills really developed this year and you have quickly become one of our most versatile players. You have good spirit on the field and play the game respectfully and with humility.
Liz: You came out to support us in almost every practice and tournament. You were really encouraging on the sidelines and kept our spirits up. Hopefully your dedication brings in more girls who want to play and maybe start a women’s team. Thanks for all the up calls.
Michelle: I know there weren’t many opportunities for you to play in the spring, but you still came out to practice when you could and played. Hopefully you’ll be able to play more in the fall next year and stay with the team. We appreciate the time you gave to us.
Amber: For the first month I knew you in the fall I did not like you because you would come over on weekends and eat all of my ramen noodles. In retrospect I laugh because I know you’re really funny. I’m glad you played this year with us and came out to support us at practice and tournaments.
Megan: I know you couldn’t come out to practice or tournaments in the spring because you are taking so many classes. It’s still nice of you to come out to party with us on weekends and keep in touch with the team. I hope you stay with the team next year and go to some fun tournaments in the fall.
Emily: You didn’t come out to practice until spring semester, so you didn’t really get a chance to play much. You still came out to chill with us at practice and in Alabama and we appreciate the support. You do a good job keeping a camera on you so we always have memorable Full Tilt moments. We had a fun time partying with you this year and we’ll miss you in the fall.
Iago, O’Dell: You came out last year, but this is the year you finally came around to the team more. You have some great athleticism and are pretty good in the air too. If you continue to work hard and come out to practice you could be an absolute beast. Also you have an uncanny ability to fall asleep for an entire car ride.
Our committed vets…
Danimal: I know once in a while we butted heads, but it’s because you have such great potential. It makes me sad that you are not coming back to the team, your presence will be sorely missed. So come back next spring! You have great hucks and you cut your hair like bozo the clown as a freshman which is funny as hell.
Flounder: You are the brain of this team. We wouldn’t have gone to a tournament this year if you didn’t keep us organized and focused on our goals. I want to thank you for finally getting an order in for jerseys…they are beautiful. Even though you were sidelined with an injury in the last few weeks of the season you still supported and encouraged us to play hard.
Mojo: It’s too bad you were so motivated to graduate, find a job, and get a head start on a career. Even though you couldn’t join us this spring, you helped us develop into a team in the fall. Your injury sidelined you for the end of fall and that sucks. I know you are going to come out on fire next year and push Full Tilt to be the best we can be.
Yash: You’re a baller and you know it. I’m not sure what you are made out of that allows you to play through 23 fresh stitches, while wearing a dress, and whatever else you put yourself through, but you make it work. You are selfless. Whenever we need a car to go to a tournament it’s your car. You are an outstanding member of Full Tilt and a great friend to everyone you know.
Blake Brown: You’re passion for physical fitness and nutrition made our team strong this year. Even though we had a good number of injuries, we had players that were willing to go all day without giving up at a tournament. You influenced me to eat healthier when preparing for tournaments and to exercise smarter. Even when you had other things going on that interfered with Frisbee, you would show up to practice ready to play. You pushed this team to be more than I thought we could be this year.
K-Tan: You have great awareness on the field. You are patient with your throws, and tight on defense. Your layouts always inspire me to go after a disc even when it looks out of reach. Your leadership and focus on the line makes our team organized and ready to play. You choose your words wisely when telling people what they need to do differently. You are a great team member and I’m sure you will continue to keep this team strong next year.
Curtis: You’re game-play is aggressive. You’re not afraid to lay out for a D, be the first to jump up for a disc, or be the only one to rush down the field on a pull. You stay in the game mentally too; you’re always anticipating where a disc will be on both offense and defense. You don’t make it to practice much because you work so much, but when you are out on the field you give your best effort every time. You show spirit even when it is tough, and our team is better off because of that.
Chris: You are a silent but deadly player on the team. You know your responsibilities on and off the field. You always give your best effort on the field and it has made a great impact on the team this year. You always seem to catch a disc when it hits you in the hands and it’s because you have spent so much time playing. Your chilly throws keep our offense flowing, and your awareness on defense forces turns. You play the game humbly and with spirit and it helped Full Tilt develop into a competitive club. You always offer to drive to tournaments and we appreciate it.
Danger: I know you worked a lot this year and didn’t play as much as you had hoped. When you did play this year, you played well. You gave the team your best effort every point you played. I always see you making up for your mistakes when you make one; you don’t let any turnover keep you from getting the disc back on defense. You always know how to have a good time with the team and we have had a lot of fun these past two years.
Kirsten: You have been mom for our team this year. You always give us good support from the sidelines. You’re massages give us fresh legs every time, and your puppy chow and trail mix are the best carb loading snacks. When you play you can make us look like girls, you are always running your ass off. Keep supporting and playing with Tilt like you do, it has been much appreciated.
Those leaving us…
Keller: You are an awesome player and a great friend. You always have encouraging words for people when they need them. You play a shutdown defense; you are one of our best cup players and we are going to need to work hard to try and find a replacement for you in that cup. You make quick cuts and make great continuations. You’ve dedicated a lot of time to this team outside of practice as well. You challenge us to consume ludicrous amounts of alcohol while keeping composure and playing ultimate. Thanks for your all your commitment.
David Benda: You took on a role this year that was new to full tilt this year, coach. We all know it was difficult for you to have to sit out your last season with the team. You were dedicated enough to stay with the team and help us pull our shit together. Your coaching helped bring Full Tilt to a shot at making regionals. You brought our team together and led with example how to play competitively with good spirit. Thank you for your 5 (6?) years with Full Tilt and for your leadership this season.
Ted: It has been fun playing and partying with you the last two years. We know you were busy this spring and couldn’t join us at practice or tournaments. I know you wish you could have been playing but you had other responsibilities. We missed your height and long cuts in our tournaments this spring. Your personality and sense of humor made for some good times at practice and tournaments. We appreciate the hospitality at the Western Classic the last 2 years as well. Thanks for all your time playing with Full Tilt.
Condor: You are my favorite person to huck to. You can read a disc and get sky people better than anyone we played this weekend. You always play your heart out and come up with big points. You have committed your time and best effort to Full Tilt. I know we came within reach of regionals and came up short, but your playtime this weekend was phenomenal. We are all going to miss playing and partying with you next year. Thanks for being such a dedicated member of Full Tilt.
Kendall: It’s been awesome having you as a friend and teammate the past 2 years. You are a great player and you have been committed to this team. You’re playing with us in practice helped condition us and improve our game. I don’t remember playing D on anyone who could toast me as often as you do. You’ve always been a great person to party with and have late night conversations about how we could play Frisbee better. We’re going to miss your legs at practice in the fall. Thanks for coming out to play consistently.
Steve Caulkins: You’re fast, really fast. You are a great player in spirit and performance. You’re effort on the field is splendid (sometimes the thesaurus fails). You are a friendly guy and you’re great at encouraging us on the sidelines and field to keep our heads up and play hard. We’ll miss your mismatched socks and stylin’ suits next year. It’s always a fun time partying with you. Thanks for your commitment this year.
I also want to say that I’m not going to be attending SIU this fall. I’m probably going to be working and taking classes back home. I can’t say it’s likely that I’m going to be attending SIU for the spring semester, but that is what I’m hoping to do. I want to thank all of you for a great year. We had some fun times, and I’m sure we’ll have many more to come.
Thanks for a great year Tilt. I loved every minute of it, even if I do look like the apocalypse is coming in every single tournament picture. I was just worried. Optimus Prime: Terrorize!!!!!