I 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.