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Nashville Sports Loses Nightwatch gains Power

nightwatch.pngPowerMost people won’t hear about it on the local news but the more obscure sports in the Music City has lost one franchise but gained another recently.

The Nashville Nightwatch professional ultimate frisbee team announced this week that they will no longer field a team in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).  The Nightwatch played four seasons in the AUDL’s Southern Division but never had a winning season.  They showed a lot of promise at times but could only post an 8-44 record and finished last place each season.  In their Facebook announcement this week the team posted:

“We would like to thank our players and supporters from the last 4 years. Going forward we will not be playing in the AUDL. We are going to turn our efforts into building our community through club efforts and focusing on our Professional Women’s team, Nashville NightShade. We will be forming a club team with the goal of competing at the highest level. Our experiences learned in the AUDL will allow us to give our club team a pro experience and grow with our community. More information to come, and thank you for your support.”

The Nightwatch organization has been one of the more influential franchises in promoting women’s ultimate so it appears that the Nightwatch could live on through their female counterparts.  I’m not sure how the club team will work out and competing at the “highest level” will look like but with the AUDL being the only professional ultimate league, this announcement will leave a void.

The Nightwatch could never get the following necessary to sustain a start-up professional franchise, especially in a non-major sport.  The press never really helped the Nightwatch plus the fact that they could not field a competitive team on the field.  The team also could never find a good home as they began at Tennessee State University in their inaugural season then moved to Overton High School in their second season and then a terrible move to Hunter’s Lane High School in North Nashville the following season and finally to an awkward field at Vanderbilt University.  The move to the Vanderbilt area was one I thought would help but the home field was not really a spectator-friendly venue.

With the demise of the Nightwatch, another team has moved into the void as the Nashville Power brings the city their first indoor football team since the Nashville Venom played in 2014-2015 at the Municipal City Auditorium.  The Power will also call the Auditorium home when they kick off their season in the spring of 2019.  The Power will play in the Elite Indoor Football League which is basically a semi-pro type league in comparison to the bigger leagues.  The Power will join 12 other teams located throughout the East and Southeast.

Although they are playing in an obscure league, they will have a local favorite involved.  One of the greatest arena league players of all-time, Cory Fleming, is the Power’s defensive coordinator. Fleming played for the Kats (1997-2001, 2006), Carolina (2002) and Orlando (2003-05). The former Stratford and Tennessee star was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Will this new indoor team make it?  I doubt it.  The league looks pretty weak.  There had been rumors of the return of the Nashville Kats franchise in the National Arena League (NAL) or even a new team in the Arena Football League (AFL) but nothing has been made public.

Don’t be surprised if the Power doesn’t last any longer than the Nightwatch.

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Nashville Nightwatch, Luggage Shopping And Pizza

052918You won’t see it on the local sports news or the Tennessean but the Nashville Nightwatch (3-3)  stunned the Austin Sol (4-4) on Saturday 27-21 for their third straight win.  If I’m not mistaken this is the first time the team has won three straight games in their four-year history.  The Nightwatch have climbed out of the South Division cellar in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).   The Nightwatch had an amazing 95% completion rate in the game and took advantage of 21 turnovers by the Sol.  The next home game is this Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Nightwatch host division-leading Dallas (5-1).  If you haven’t seen this sport of ultimate Frisbee, you really need to try it.

I never thought it would be such a task to purchase luggage for an upcoming trip.  My wife and I know a lot more about luggage now than we did before.  Part of the task was finding the appropriate luggage that meets carry-on requirements so that we won’t have to check a bag.  The magic number this weekend was 45″ linear inches which is the carry-on limitations for Delta.  Now I know the terms such as “spinner” and “retractable handles”.  Just because they say the luggage is carry-on doesn’t exactly mean it meets requirements.   I’m learning a lot on how to be a minimal packer.  I don’t like it.  I tend to carry lots of stuff with me.  This will be an adventure for sure.

My wife and I love pizza.  We will often try different pizza places.  This weekend we tried a new Five Points Pizza which opened in West Nashville.  I took one bite and waited for my wife to take hers and we both agreed that we loved it.  It was the perfect blend of sauce and cheese.  Too many places just blob the cheese on top.  Not a fan of that.  Five Points was a hit with us.  We usually base our pizza on a place we loved when we lived in Tampa, Florida.  There was a place we loved called “Flippers” in St. Petersburg.  When we tasted the one this weekend, we both said it reminded us of Flippers.  I still haven’t found a pizza that compares to Ingleside Pizza in Macon, Georgia.  That one is my favorite so far.

President Trump is in Nashville today for a rally to support a local politician running for office.  If you have ever had a President visit your city, you can’t fully understand what a pain in the arse it can be.  It doesn’t matter if you like the President or not.  When he visits, it disrupts traffic and the entire infrastructure around where he’s visiting.  Several streets are already closed and many others will be closed temporarily around the time he rolls into downtown.  Probably right around the time for the evening rush hour.  We also have some storms headed our way about the same time.  The commute home may take a while.

We visited a couple of new places over the Memorial Day weekend which popped up on Facebook lately as places to visit.  The first one was Dunbar Cave State Park near Clarkesville, Tennessee.  Dunbar Cave is the 280th largest cave complex in the world.  During the Big Band era they used to have dances, concerts and festivals that cave’s entrance where they constructed a bandstand and dance floor.  They say it stays a constant 58 degrees year-round.  The park offers tours in the cave but we didn’t join in because we aren’t big fans of tight places.  The other place we visited was Marrowbone Lake near Joelton, Tennessee which had a large lake and featured a dam with some falls.  If you like fishing, it might be the place for you but not exactly a place to relax and enjoy the lake.  I’m not so sure I didn’t hear banjos playing in the distance.  We drove down a road and saw a Pirate’s Ship and some sort of resort complex which was gated.  Over the gate it advised that they do not call 911 they shoot.  We immediately turned around and got out of there.

For the fourth straight year, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals.  I read an article that says this is the first championship series in North America to repeat four straight years.  Other than Cleveland and San Francisco Bay area, will anyone be watching? Will viewers be burnt out on this matchup?  Most people give Golden State the overwhelming nod to win the title but Cleveland has Lebron James.  Anything is possible.  I think people will watch because this is going to be a classic rivalry that people will look back on.

In the Stanley Cup final, it’s hard to watch without the Nashville Predators being there.  I find myself pulling for Vegas.  After watching Game 1 last night, it looks like it’s going to be an exciting series.

 

 

Nightwatch Finishes Season Winless

nightwatchI did NOT think I would be writing that headline.

The Nightwatch closed out their 2017 season with a 33-24 loss to the Jacksonville Cannons on Saturday in Jacksonville.

At the end of last season, the Nashville Nightwatch rallied to win their final two games as well as their best performance in team history when they topped Jacksonville in their regular season finale 30-26 and scored the most goals in team history.  The future looked bright.

Then came the 2017 season.  A new home field.  A slow start.

The Nightwatch finished their third season at 0-14 and had -141 in goal differential which was the worst in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).  In three seasons, the Nightwatch is 5-37.

I would be surprised to see the Nightwatch return next season.  When a team shows no signs of improvement, it is very difficult to keep a team.  The surprising thing is the Nightwatch gets hundreds of players at their tryouts every year but they never seem to be able to get the right mix of talent to be truly competitive in the AUDL.  There may need to be some coaching changes in order to put a better team on the field.

Speaking of the field…..

Worst decision ever to move home games from Overton High School in Franklin to Hunter Lane High School in North Nashville.  The field is terrible.  For day games, the sun is shining directly into the fans’ eyes and just not a good game experience.   Obviously, the team isn’t going to play in Nissan Stadium but a location closer to more fans would be ideal such as closer to Vanderbilt.  A practice field at Vanderbilt?  Find a better location that’s CLOSER to Nashville.  I have always told my wife that if we were to ever win the lottery that we would buy the team and build them a stadium.

I’m not going to be down on the players.  They played hard this season.  It is frustrating for them as well to play an uphill battle the entire season.  The closest game was a 14-11 loss to Jacksonville on April 23rd.

I didn’t cover much of the Nightwatch this season because, well, there wasn’t much to cover.   When you are going through a winless season, it is difficult to write positive things.   The excitement over the Nashville Predators’ Stanley Cup playoff run was a difficult shadow to play in.  The Nightwatch is already invisible to the media.  No coverage.  No support.  That makes a winless season even more difficult.

Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting game to watch and lots of action.  If you have never been to a game, you need to make the effort to go to one if you have an AUDL team near you.  There are some very talented players.

I really hope the Nightwatch will return but if they don’t improve their quality of play on the field – on a good home field – I don’t know how much longer they can survive.

 

Dallas Roughnecks Remain Unbeaten In AUDL

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The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) defending champions remain undefeated so far in the 2017 season.   The Dallas Roughnecks are 6-0 and alone at the top of the Southern Division.  This past weekend they beat the Nashville Nightwatch 32-23.  Jay Froude had eight goals in the game followed by Dylan Freechild with six.   The Nightwatch had a rough Texas two-step this weekend.  After losing to the Roughnecks on Saturday, they were soundly defeated by the Austin Sol 31-11 on Sunday to drop to 0-6.

The DC Breeze, Toronto Rush, New York Empire and Montreal Royals are all crowding the top of the East Division.  The Breeze cling to a slight lead at 3-1 after a thrilling 22-21 over New York on Saturday.

The Minnesota Wind Chill are 3-0 and lead the Midwest Division.  The Wind Chill defeated the Indianapolis Alley Cats on Saturday, 28-25.

The West Division has four teams tied for first place and all have only one loss so far.  The San Francisco Flamethrowers, San Jose Spiders, Seattle Cascades and Los Angeles Aviators are fighting for control of the division.  Seattle won a cross-country matchup with the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds, 26-24.  The Los Angeles Aviators topped the Vancouver Riptide 23-18 on Sunday.

Current AUDL Standings:

  • East Division
    • DC Breeze 3-1
    • Toronto Rush 3-2
    • New York Empire 2-2
    • Montreal Royal 2-2
    • Ottawa Outlaws 1-2
    • Philadelphia Phoenix 0-3
  • Midwest Division
    • Minnesota Wind Chill 3-0
    • Pittsburgh Thunderbirds 2-1
    • Madison Radicals 2-1
    • Detroit Mechanix 1-1
    • Indianapolis Alley Cats 1-4
    • Chicago Wildfire 0-3
  • West Division
    • San Francisco Flamethrowers 4-1
    • San Jose Spiders 4-1
    • Seattle Cascades 3-1
    • Los Angeles Aviators 3-1
    • San Diego Growlers 1-4
    • Vancouver Riptide 0-6
  • South Division
    • Dallas Roughnecks 6-0
    • Raleigh Flyers 5-1
    • Jacksonville Cannons 4-1
    • Atlanta Hustle 1-3
    • Austin Sol 1-5
    • Nashville Nightwatch 0-6

 

 

Nightwatch Drop Home Opener To Atlanta


The Nashville Nightwatch hosted the Atlanta Hustle in their American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) home opener on Saturday night at Hunter Lane High School in front of over 175 fans.  After playing even in the first quarter, 9-9, the Nightwatch had some key turnovers to allow the Hustle to open up an 18-14 lead at halftime which the Nightwatch could never overcome.  The Nightwatch fall to 0-2 on the season.  

The Nightwatch looked promising in the first quarter with some tight play but was unable to sustain it throughout all four quarters in the loss.  The team also looked out-of-synch at times and not the fluid play they had at the end of the 2016 season.

The Nightwatch will host the Jacksonville Cannons next Sunday at noon.

I’m not really a fan of the move to Hunter Lane High School in North Nashville.  The field is awful and the home side must deal with looking directly into the sun until the sun sets.  We ended up moving over to the shade on the visitors side.  It also seems a lot further away from downtown.  Last years’ Overton High School location was better but still too close to the interstate.  Let’s just say that I am glad I didn’t get season tickets.

Also, I was totally not a fan of the announcer and the music.  The music was almost unbearable and a terrible selection to play.  The Mario Brothers and Simpsons sound effects are totally outdated and would do better to calm it down.  Honestly, I almost left before the game even started because of the annoying loudness of the music.  

My observation after the first home game is that much improvement is needed on and off the field.  

Obscure Sports Report

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The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) took flight for its’ sixth season with 24 teams.   The Dallas Roughnecks began their title defense on Saturday when they opened with a 21-17 win over their in-state rivals, Austin Sol.  The Jacksonville Cannons scored 40 goals in their 40-23 win over the Nashville Nightwatch.   The Nightwatch made history in the game as Jesse Shofner became the first woman to score a goal in the AUDL.

Game one of the Ron Newman Cup Championship in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) will be played on Friday night at Royal Farms Arena when the Baltimore Blast will host Soles de Sonora.  The series will shift to Hermosillo, Mexico on Sunday.   The Blast will be gunning for their second consecutive title.

Here are the current standings of the Indoor Football League (IFL):

United Conference

  • Sioux Falls Storm (5-0)
  • Wichita Falls Nighthawks (5-1)
  • Iowa Barnstormers (3-2)
  • Green Bay Blizzard (2-4)
  • Cedar Rapids Titans (1-5)

Intense Conference

  • Nebraska Danger (4-2)
  • Spokane Empire (4-2)
  • Arizona Rattlers (2-3)
  • Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (1-4)
  • Colorado Crush (1-5)

The Florida Tarpons are 2-0 in the Arena Pro Football (APF) league after defeating the Coastal Outlaws, 70-26.  They will travel to St. Louis this weekend to play the River City Raiders.

Stephen Panasuk (High Country) leads the National Arena League (NAL) in total offense with 19 touchdowns scored in three games.  The Grizzlies destroyed the Dayton Wolfpack 94-6 last weekend.  High Country (2-1) will host the Jacksonville Sharks (3-0) this Sunday.

The Fort Wayne Flite leads the Central Basketball Association (CBA) standings with a 2-0 record.   The Flite are led by Ronald Lucas III who is averaging 16 points per game.   They will host the Middle Tennessee Storm (1-2) this Sunday.

Tyler Poythress from Wilson, North Carolina is the Top Ranked Cornhole player in the world.  He finished first with 25 points in the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Cornhole Madness tournament in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.   Poythress has won 23 and lost 9 games in Cornhole Singles.

 

 

 

 

 

Nashville Nightwatch Release 2017 Schedule

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The Nashville Nightwatch will be back for the 2017 season in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).   The Nightwatch will open their third season at Jacksonville then opens at home two weeks later against Atlanta.  The defending AUDL champions, Dallas Roughnecks, will come to Nashville on April 29th.  Here is the complete schedule (home games in bold):

  • April 1 – at Jacksonville
  • April 15 – Atlanta
  • April 23 – Jacksonville
  • April 29 – Dallas
  • May 6 – at Dallas
  • May 7 – at Austin
  • May 13 – at Atlanta
  • June 3 – Austin
  • June 10 – at Raleigh
  • June 18 – Raleigh
  • July 1 – Austin
  • July 8 – Raleigh
  • July 14 – at Atlanta
  • July 15 – at Jacksonville

The Nightwatch finished 3-11 last season to exceed their win total from 2015.  They closed out the season with an impressive 30-26 win over the Jacksonville Cannons.  They scored a franchise-high with 30 goals in the game.

If you have not attended a Nightwatch game and live in the Nashville area, please mark your calendar and at least try one game.  The sport is very exciting to watch and usually lots of scoring.  This could be a break-out year for the team.