Looks every bit the part with long arms (big wingspan) and large hands. Athletic marvel with raw explosive power and rare speed for his size. Is physically tough and will battle through injuries. Can collapse the field with ease and offensively, rag-dolls defenders (see US Open Final, 2012). Highly disruptive — creates a lot of pressure on the offense and flushes production to his teammates. Plays with leverage and power in his hands — converts speed into power and bulls receivers off their cutting lanes. Disrupts a thrower’s vision with long arms and can bat down discs. Seldom leaves the field. Flashes playmaking ability and can produce athletic feats in a category with few others before him. Versatile — lines up against anyone on the line and can win with strength, power, quickness and speed. Has the personality of a pleaser and does not like to disappoint coaches or teammates. Looked like a grown man in high school and has since graduated to a human specimen of mythic proportions. Enjoys speed skating, eating fine cheeses, and hibernating. Snieder will be coming down from the mountaintops to join Bravo in its quest for the double peak.
Outstanding size-speed ratio and athletic ability. Fluid movement skills — makes it look easy flipping his hips and reacting to the thrown disc. Very good transitional quickness and recovery speed. Superb feet and agility to pop out of his breaks and close on the disc — explosively quick. Natural interceptor with very good hand-eye coordination (a la Champ Bailey), leaping ability and has greatly improved overall disc skills. Very good vision, timing, and traffic burst as a cutter. Finds the holes, deep and shallow, and fills them. Excellent drive in the weight room and on the court. Med school is next for this speedster with throwback good looks, but in the meantime he’s been labeled the “Lebron James of serving” by his peers. Line up across from him and he’ll serve you too.
Disruptive first-step quickness. Outstanding instincts — locates the disc quickly and is around it a lot. Very good body control, bend and balance. Developed huck defensive moves which allows him to play way above his height. Very explosive. Excellent pursuit — tracks down offenders from behind. Sacrifices his body and sells out around piles. Strike cuts with authority. Provides a high level of physicality, bangs with the big boys. Highly motivated. Played big vs. better competition. Can cover a large zone with ease. Highly competitive and energetic. Regularly was the focus of defensive game plans and still produced despite facing flat marks to attempt to stop his big hucks. Does not stand up well to the sun. Imposes his will in an argument, can play both sides with ease.
Has a very quick trigger and good wrist snap that translates to a smooth throwing motion and clean, compact delivery (little windup). Lightning release quickness. Urgent decision maker. Sells pump fakes. Athletic enough to slide in the backfield, give and go, and buy time with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Good anticipation — throws his receivers open. Can change ball speeds and drop it in a bucket. Does not take self-deemed unnecessary risks and will dump the ball. Will deliver the ball looking down the barrel of a gun. Tough-minded and poised in zone — can withstand hard contact and pop back up. Highly competitive. Smart and respected. Very durable, experienced, former club champion and Callahan winner. Good Ultimate intelligence. This Georgia Tech product comes with Megaman-like arm strength and virility.
Light on his feet with terrific balance. Sinks his hips with ease and pops out of breaks to separate. Tracks and adjusts. Quick hands with the disc. Good concentration, body control and boundary awareness. Runs like a gazelle, making up ground in a hurry. Shows creativity and vision after the catch. Unafraid to play in the tall trees. Highly productive as a defender before numerous injuries derailed his career. Confident and competitive, he is back and better than ever this season. With Bravo’s influx of talent, Mangan won’t have to assume a heavy workload and can concentrate on making plays when he is on the field and maintaining his health. Expect Mangan to once again be back amongst the premier defenders in Ultimate by season’s end.
Well-versed operating a Krier-style offense and makes USAU-style progression reads. Is comfortable working from under vertical and in the split stack. Competent enough to read past the first wave. Good field vision, timing and anticipation. Very good short-to-intermediate accuracy. Throws with accuracy while being fouled — good wrist snap. Delivers the ball under duress. Has enough arm strength to fit the ball into spots. Consistent throwing mechanics — has a smooth stroke. These talents weren’t natural, displayed a tremendous amount of improvement from college to club as a result of his work ethic. Good caretaker and decision-maker. Smart and articulate; well accomplished despite proclivity for detonating himself and everyone around him. Bravo drafted Padget out of Colorado after a compelling and controversy filled career where he often came in from the offseason overweight, with a nicotine addiction. Despite an offseason skiing injury which caused a late start to his season, Padget is hitting his stride (and maximum velocity) coming into the Worlds Ultimate Club Championships.
Terrific size. Smooth accelerator — jets off the line, eliminates cushion and has speed to stretch the field vertically. Good balance and body control. Can stem his cut and leverage defenders. Drives off defenders and creates separation. Outstanding leaping ability to elevate and pluck throws out of the air. Flashes playmaking ability. Able to sidestep defenders and pick up chunk yards after the first bit of physicality. Can stretch the field with throws to secondary receivers. Predator-like silhouette. True to his Indiana University roots, will flip the script and deny separation on defense or the dance floor.
Instinctive and anticipatory. Advanced understanding from the back end — makes subtle adjustments and diagnoses pull plays. Steps downhill quickly. Outstanding overall production in all facets. Good competitive playing speed — runs as fast as he needs to. Very good Ultimate-playing demeanor — confident and opportunistic. Showed up in big games and made clutch plays (see World Games Final). Times up the bids very well and plays bigger than his size. Has contributed as a cutter and displayed good short-area burst on offense. Exceptional work ethic and leadership traits. Respected, vocal team leader with an infectious attitude that can unite a locker room. Has been extremely durable, especially given his size and playing style. Marriage has helped him shed the lifestyle that led to missing most of 2008 with a smashed hand and countless smashed phones but he is still in the business of smashing an opponent’s spirit. He practices and trains like he plays, just in less clothes.
Quick-twitch athlete with prototypical speed. Can mirror on a cut and shadow possession receivers. Terrific balance, loose-hipped, can spin in both directions confidently. Quick-footed and agile. Smooth transition and change of direction. Flips his hips and has ample speed to carry cutters downfield. Plants and drives in a blink. Quick-handed on the mark. Excellent ball hawk with top notch body control to bid around receivers. Shows recovery speed. Stands up well to physicality and aggression. Feisty, does not hesitate to sacrifice his body. Displays good zone awareness and has experience in off-man. Extremely versatile, will transition from nickname to nickname with ease. Goes by Carrot Tim, Air Tim, Bucket Hat Tim, The Kid, Applejack, etc… Spinning prowess is unrivaled and carries a childlike wonder. Exceptional teammate. Drew criticism at the combine for controversial social media posts, posting queries regarding the viability of future fellatio. Penchant for crispy bacon, acidic wine, and friendly women.
Terrific pivoting ability. Reverse spins, draws contact and buys time with the disc while continuing to scan the field — can still set his feet, alter his throwing motion and manipulate his arm and throwing platform. Houdini-like escapability (uses subtle, nifty sidestep moves) and improvisational ability to pull a rabbit out of his hat and create magic. Sets quickly. Can sling it when he’s in rhythm and has a clean lane. Good zip short-to-intermediate. Can launch deep throws with ease and flashes a slight air bounce to drop it in the bucket. Shows composure in the face of a zone and is willing to put his body on the line to make a play. Makes plays with his feet, rolling downfield, extending plays or throwing on the move (left or right) to get the next pass. Slippery and elusive to escape physicality and is a threat to cut deep. Functional straight-line speed and run strength for a primary handler. Experienced, International player. Terrific character. Has a likable personality. Relentlessly positive. Only knock is he often uses his escapability to elude would-be Ultimate situations in order to engage in the Hangout, however Johnny Bravo GM Ryan Farrell stated this as a primary reason for signing him.
Exceptional Ultimate playing speed — can flat out fly and take the top off a defense. Has world-class track speed. Extends outside his frame and plucks the disc. Outstanding body control and agility. Tracks the disc well over his shoulder and is a natural hands-catcher who can make an average thrower look good. Possesses big-time playmaking ability and is very effective creating in the open field on isolation cuts and quick-hitting endzone strikes. Good burst out of his cuts to separate. Detractors have called him a liability with the disc in the past but has stepped up his game in the past few seasons and really improved his throwing skills. Showed incredible heart this past season playing with a debilitating foot injury. Look for Mr 12 Goal, scoring and mumbling indignities that will have you questioning everything. He’s the one with the sweet smile and sweeter buzz cut.
Has big hands and grips the disc well in all facets. Dynamic athlete. Exceptional game-day competitor — rises to the occasion. Has a passion for the game. Played on the biggest of stages and revels in having his back against the wall. Stepped up against a national championship Pitt defense in 2012 and has proven he can command come-from-behind victories, as he capped his career in the USA Ultimate College National Finals with a superb come from in front victory over North Carolina. Sufficient timing, disc placement and accuracy. Has peripheral, wide-eyed cutting vision (sometimes appears to have eyes in back of his head) and a very good feel for spacing. Catches the disc with a fearless confidence that he will find a way to create and usually gains positive yardage on broken plays when he appears heavily marked. Is mentally and physically tough — will pop back up from hard collisions and respond to a challenge. Record-setting and award-winning production. Has a knack for sustaining possession and carries playmaking ability to create late in the count and in critical situations to keep the offense rolling. Exceptional combine performance, displaying much improved footwork on defense, superb deep-ball accuracy and arm strength and supreme confidence on the big stage. Vacillates between clean cut and long locks, has been seen around town from time to time with facial hair, confusing fans who have come to fall in love with his boyish charm. Possibly the most deserving Callahan winner ever, and definitely the only athlete with 3 consecutive top 5 finishes. The ladies love his winning smile and winning ways.
Possesses prototype size and outstanding stature in the handler set to brush off the mark and keep plays alive. Stands tall and delivers the ball in the face of heavy pressure. Good field vision and release point. Good zip and accuracy on short-to-intermediate throws — can fit the ball into tight windows. Fine touch to drop hammers in the bucket — delivers a catchable disc with good anticipation. Senses pressure and evades the mark. Doesn’t take many unnecessary risks. Can extend plays with his legs downfield when leaving the handler set. Carries a sense of calm in critical situations. Records an 12 inch vertical
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Carries a swagger and plays with confidence. Runs cutting lanes, throwing his weight around. Physical, lights-out defender. Made a highlight-reel, one-handed catch over a tall Doublewide defender in the National Quarterfinals last season to go with his massive layout grab in the Regional Final. Instinctive and aggressive. Defensive tempo-setter. Good play recognition, makes adjustments. Can leverage the field on hucks and cover ground. Good zone recognition. Rangy and athletic enough to play center field. Often carries a chip on his shoulder from his small-school beginnings and practice player background. Will let you know when he has you beat. Has been known to layout an offender with one breathe and layout a good financial plan with the next. Signed a multi-hundred dollar sponsorship deal with Bruegger’s Bagels in his first year with Bravo; has been known to ensnare unwitting coffee enthusiasts with a sub par iced coffee from time to time.
Outstanding size and length. Functionally strong to power through physicality. Boxes out defenders and is a big endzone target. Outstanding leaper with “above-the-rim” skills to go over top of smaller defenders and highpoint throws. Creates late, subtle separation. Tracks and adjusts. Makes contested grabs — attacks throws and outmuscles defenders in a crowd. Nearly unstoppable executing midfield throws in the cutting lanes. Strong, reliable hands. Very strong after the catch – breaks the mark or continues to streaking secondary cutters. Productive playmaker out of Delaware. When not climbing the ladder and sitting on defenders, you’ll find Sean using the ice water that flows through his veins to seek out and fill emotional cracks in the opponent’s psyche, freezing them out until they burst in spectacular fashion.
While the big tournaments of this year’s club ultimate season are fast approaching, right now, it’s World Cup season. In a recent NY Times Magazine story, US Soccer Team President Jurgen Klinsmann bristled at the American habit of rewarding star players for their past achievements with big contracts. He even named names; Kobe disagrees.
Johnny Bravo has finalized it’s 2014 roster, and some of the sport’s onlookers are eager to issue this Bravo team a free pass to the finals against Revolver on the past achievements of it’s component parts. In fact, never mind the regular season, let’s get to work on abolishing every other team and turning nationals into a best-of-seven series between Boulder and the bay.
But I’m with Jurgen; Kobe’s contract is a joke and we deserve nothing that we don’t earn this year. Landon Donovan took three months off, part of it during the qualifying stages. Our out-of-region players will buy more flights to practices than to tournaments. And let’s not forget: it was Boston and Seattle who played the far more polished semi-final in 2013. Given Seattle’s trademark plasticity and Boston’s discipline, I’m not sure that isn’t the match-up we should all want to watch seven times.
All that said, it’d be pretty nice to slot Donovan into Jozi’s spot for 30 minutes a game right now…
Here’s the roster:
Coach: Bob Krier
Jack McShane (C)
Joshua Ackley (C)
Ryan Farrell (C)
*Worlds Roster only
Roy Matthews IV
”Jackson Kloor, a 4th year cutter out of Colorado has game changing speed and explosiveness. Showed inconsistent hands early in his career but has the upper body strength and quick feet to beat pressing man coverage. Will take advantage of a poaching defender, lose him for a second and he’s gone. Long strider with excellent top-end speed and it translates to film. Tracks the deep shot well and can adjust to it without taking his eyes off it. In recent years he’s shown the ability to elevate to get the disc with one hand. The use of gloves have greatly improved his confidence which has made him a very effective club player. He made waves at the Combine with exemplary showings in the 40 yard dash and broad jump as well as coach interviews where I’m told he showed tremendous character and love for the game. He’s truly lived up to his Showtime image, he’ll be that red flash blowing by defenders for the foreseeable future.“
”Jack McShane, a 6’0” 170 lb handler out of Colorado is a rare combination of brash confidence and humble play. One of the more talented players on exceptionally talented teams his entire career, Captain Jack never received the national talk of some of his teammates but quietly has earned enough respect to be named captain of Johnny Bravo in only his 3rd season, his 1st out of college. Intelligent, driven and grounded. Takes well to coaching. Outstanding work ethic. Has developed into a very good leader. Knows when to push teammates and knows when to protect. Well-respected by teammates and a proven winner. Rare grasp of the offense, both micro and macro. Ideal mental and physical toughness. Hangs tough in zone O and unfazed by defender physicality. Can bounce back from mistakes. McShane was named in a number of anonymous magazine polls asking current players for the most frustrating person to guard. On D, he has shown the ability to guard both tall and short, speed and savvy, and despite being relatively young in the sport, is one of the more cerebral players in the game. No significant off the field issues, was reportedly involved in an altercation in a dive bar where he allegedly told a rival pool player to “suck the [expletive]” a number of times. Was recently featured in the Us Weekly “Just Like Us” section wearing sweatpants in a local Boulder restaurant.”
”Jimmy Mickle, a 6’2” 195lb 3rd year handler for Colorado is one of the more versatile talents the program has ever produced. Mickle possesses elite top-end speed and agility for position. Height plays a significant factor in how teams should prepare for him, while he’s widely considered a handler, his speed and jumping ability make him a high end receiving option as well. Mickle carries an average amount of bulk and can continue to get stronger,which he has done every year on Mamabird. He carries a smooth delivery, little bit longer than ideal but not a wind-up delivery. Overall he’s very smooth and relaxed and the disc explodes off his hand. His length also allows him to generate tremendous torque which makes him quite possibly the most prolific puller in the sport. He was the top finisher in this year’s Combine in pull hang time, pull accuracy, and vertical leap and scored high on the Wonderlic. In addition to his tremendous field acumen, Mickle’s reputation in the community is top notch which along with his sure franchise player status, will add to any organizations profit margin through gear sales.”
”Ryan Farrell,a 5’10” handler out of William & Mary who’s been described as a “tweener” has strong passing skills,violent hands and a great motor. Battles and holds up well against physicality. In the Combine, Farrell shined in the 20-yard shuttle and 3 cone drill and his up and under move has been described by many as “ungodly”. After taking just 3 years to graduate, Farrell was drafted early by PoNY before leaving as a free agent to Johnny Bravo. In Farrell,Bravo picked up a dependable handler capable of hitting the big shot or using his superior quickness to weave the disc down the field. Scouts first picked up on Farrell as a freshman on a William & Mary team that made the semifinals in 2002. Farrell’s aggressiveness, which borders on overbearing at times,more than makes up for his small stature. In 2009, Farrell was involved in 2 separate incidents on Boulder’s Pearl Street that had scouts questioning his character, but in recent years, his many community service projects and recent engagement have rehabilitated his image. His teammates respect him enough to have voted him a unanimous captain for the 3rd straight year.”
And we don’t mean “Breaks Down” in the way that Ryan Farrell once broke Evan Padget down during a Bravo vs. Bird scrimmage during Padget’s college days.
”Johnny Bravo selected New Jersey native, Evan El Greco Padget with a mid round pick last season after a compelling and often controversy-filled career at Colorado. Padget goes 5’10″ and anywhere between 145 and 190 depending on the time of year. Padget, began his career as a shaky handler where early on, coaches classified him as a psychological enigma. In his latter seasons, he developed into a rock solid handler in the middle of an ever changing lineup of quality players. A foray with gloves and a penchant for ill-advised anti-prophetic statements earned him headlines in the news over his career but his physical measurements were the best we’ve seen from him at the Combine. Evan led the combine with a 75mph forehand toss and in true Padget style, made headlines over his 0 score on the Wonderlic. Details have since come out that he answered none of the questions and instead left somewhat troubling rebuttals of almost every question with a detailed account of how his [fl]ick and forehand would answer the questions. Despite the many controversies, teammates and coaches have gone out of their way to praise Padget’s leadership and work ethic. Bravo took a risk drafting him but they’ve already realized substantial dividends on their investment, both on and off the field”
”Clark Bishop, a 5’10″ 170 lb cutter out of Colorado by way of Cherry Creek High School in Denver is an explosive deep with outstanding speed and great readability. Clark joined CU as a walk-on out of Cherry Creek and excelled as a defensive specialist before earning a spot as an O line cutter in his 3rd year alongside current and former Bravo greats Beau Kittredge, Jolian Dahl, and Josh Ackley. This coincided with a seemingly overnight increase in muscle mass which had detractors talking steroids, those charges haven’t been substantiated and Bishop supporters have pointed to the fact that his cranial size while big, hasn’t grown with his increased body mass. At the combine, Bishop ran a blazing 4.6 in the 40 and put up 31 reps on the press. Some teams balked at the opportunity to draft him because his unwillingness to participate in throwing drills or the vertical leap but Johnny Bravo jumped at the chance to take him and have been rewarded with a top 10 talent goal scorer as well as a player who can generate Ds and neutralize speedy opponents.”
Thanks to Jackson and his parents for putting together this wonderful video of Bravo’s surreal game in the clouds against ECU at Labor Day.