Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Media coverage in both City Weekend and the Beijinger

City Weekend (that's my quote):

Ultimate Frisbee

Beijing Ultimate plays every Sunday afternoon at Dulwich or ISB and every Wednesday evening at another outdoor location (TBD). There are also four different expat and local co-ed club teams in various parts of the city, a summer league and lots of competitions around China and Asia. The 2010 China Open, China’s biggest Frisbee competition, will be held in Beijing May 15-16. The Frisbee community also regularly holds social events and is described by one member as “the funnest expat group in the city.”

Beijing Ultimate (Web: www.beijingultimate.com); China Open (Web: www.zhongguofeipan.com)

The Beijinger:

Ultimate Frisbee
Weekly pickup sessions are held at multiple locations at various times during the week. Expats are encouraged to attend Big Brother club team practices on Sundays at Dulwich College (players meet in front of Ginza Mall at Dongzhimen at 11 a.m. to carpool). Currently, Beijing Ultimate Committee leaders are busy organizing China Open, a national tournament to be held in Beijing on May 15-16. Those interested in Ultimate should contact… well, me, anthonytao13@gmail.com.

Monday, March 29, 2010

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Beijing dominates Shenzhen

Beijingers, near-past and current, in Shenzhen for the hat tournament:

Tao: captained team to victory

Alicia: female MVP

Bill: male MVP

Doc: team in finals

Lincoln: had a good time

Tao's team lost three times in the round-robin games by a combined four points (while beating Doc's team 7-3 and Lincoln's team 11-3). Then they beat Amos's team, previously unbeaten, 8-6 in the semis, and won the finals 7-5 vs. Doc's team, which went 0-5 in round robin. (Scores might be slightly off, but it was a two-point victory in both semis and finals.)

Doc getting faked out by backhand:


Facebook album of pictures here, CUPA's write-up here, and more pictures here (from Hong Ly).

Friday, March 26, 2010

WEEK IN REVIEW: Preparing for Shenzhen

Tao's team will win.




HHH, 3/20 (it was a tepid week):

nobody wants to hear about your periods, tao.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RETROSPECTIVE: Shen and Guy at BUSL 2008

Photo by Nick Cheng

It's true, Shen may be leaving us soon. More details to come when (has it already???) happens.

Damn grad schools in the U.S.

Monday, March 22, 2010

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Practice and such

Practiced at ISB, lots of people tweaked muscles... not much else to report.

Friday, March 19, 2010

WEEK IN REVIEW: Gearing up for spring

No pictures, nothing. Here's Betsy, who might as well write this blog (she doesn't because she's a slut):

betsy followers,

if betsy were a food, she’d be the awesome blossom.
if betsy were a crayon color, she’d be hot magenta.
if betsy were an emoticon, she’d be [:|] because robots are awesome
and so is curious george depending on what that looks like to you.

WEEKLY ITEM #1: The Weekly Schedule
Every Wednesday, Pick Up, 7-9, BCIS
Every Sunday, Big Brother Practice, Location and Time TDB

watch google groups for updates.

WEEKLY ITEM #2: Upcoming Tournaments

Mar 27-28: Shenzhen Hat
April 3-4: Ningbo Hat
April 17-18: Tianjin Open
April 24-25: Singapore Women and Open
May 1-2: Jeju Gnarly Nines
May 15-16: China Nationals, Beijing
Jun 5-6: Shanghai
July 4-10: Worlds in Prague

in a statistically significant and comprehensive poll conducted this weekend, betsy determined all the awesome people are going to Ningbo for the hat tournament. the theme is star wars. many excellent suggestions for costumes were discussed. a private viewing of spaceballs has been scheduled at ellen’s. thanks jim. let us know the date and time. may the schwartz be with you.

now is the time in the weekly email when betsy gives her weekly shout outs and call outs. remember, you want to get shouted out, but you don't want to get called out.

a shout out to gareth. he ran a great practice this week. next week: more suicides, now with extra death.

a call out to baby girl, shan and jeff. betsy is not impressed by your ability to skirt beijing’s freak weather, yet again. why, she herself was just basking in the ray’s of jim and kevin’s many bromances.

a shout out to friston kuppernickel. the mere fact of betsy acknowledging you should grant her a spot as future queen of the universe, although she doesn’t technically need your help to achieve that.

a call out to the black widow. betsy is watching your every move. if any men from beijing die in the near future, we all know who to come after.

a shout out to ellen. you are clearly hitting your stride. betsy looks forward to next month when ellens string of debauchery and ludicrousness reaches a climax in taos future video, “drunken aisan princess leia does three boba fetts”.


WEEKLY ITEM #3: Betsy's Corner
since betsy doesn't have enough of a platform to share her views and opinions on how awesome she is, betsy’s corner is a place for her to give everyone another piece of her mind. this week, betsy unlocks the secret lives of beijing ultimate men (and the best woman) through the predictive power of anagrams.

Anthony Tao - A Tan? Oh Tony.
this one should be read with a head-shake at the end. tao has long been trying to recapture his “chinese” heritage and often claims he was born in beijing. he is using a spray-on tan to recover that yellow look he lost while in kansas.

Joe Pellicano - Ciao Jello Pen
little known fact about joe: after pez dispensers became popular, he filled a fountain pen with gelatinized raspberry jello. though marketed well, it never caught on and was an epic failure. eyes filled with tears, he said goodbye to his pen.

Kevin Reitz – Trizine Kev
kevin is special. his pores exude a natural essence that, when used as an ointment and applied liberally to the extremities, makes you boring on friday nights.

James Kirchoff- He Affirms Jock
yes, yes he does.

Jeffery Orcutt - Reject Ruff Toy
he’s really just a soft, fluffy teddy bear. if you approach him with a ruff toy, betsy predicts he will reject it. now the only thing left is to test the theory. any volunteers?

Gareth Marshall - Thermal Gal Rash
sandy doesn’t know about this. don’t tell her.

Andrew Moffat - Def Woman Fart
if you ask him about it, he’ll pretend it is nothing, but betsy knows the truth. baby girl only fears two things: confined spaces and being stuck in one with a deaf woman.

Zahlen Titcomb - Came Hot Blintz
one time, zahlen invited everyone over for breakfast, and he promised to whip up something special, something he made himself. everybody enjoyed it and to this day, he never divulged his secret recipe.

Michael Chaitkin - Iceman Hail Thick
when michael was a wee-tot, he wanted to be a super-hero. his mommy asked who he wanted to be. he replied, “the iceman! because iceman hail thick…” but he fell asleep before he finished his sentence. in his defense, he was pretty tuckered out from watching a pinwheel marathon.

Betsy Beijing - Big Teeny Jibs
all the boys love betsy’s big teeny jibs.

chris boehner has been missing from the beijing ultimate scene recently. he cites a combination of his dedication to music, teaching schedule, and desire to “immerse himself” in chinese. betsy assumed this was all non-hilarious until she re-read the last sentence with the part in quotes. now she knows what he means by “immersing
himself”. watch out, ladies of beijing bang. betsy is looking at you, kelly. you’ve been warned.

Weekly Rumor Disclaimer: The Weekly Rumor is absolutely and one hundred percent true. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.


and finally, your moment of zen…


betsy pities the fool who ain’t got a proxy.

catch you on the field,

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Indoor again, damn snow

Too tired from Sunday practice to write.

Friday, March 12, 2010

WEEK IN REVIEW: Kunming, according to Betsy

Sorry, no time for now to post pictures, but here's what Betsy had to say about the affair:

hey frisbeeholics,

betsy just got back from china's number one frisbee paradise as voted on by frisbee players from beijing that made the right decision this weekend.

for those of you who stayed in beijing, shame on you! you had the chance to get away from the dirty, cold, and traffic congested environs of sandy. instead, you choose to save a few kuai by declaring yourself forever lame. i hope you are happy with yourselves.

now when michael chahtiahohihagioan mentions the swedes, you'll have no idea what he was talking about.

WEEKLY ITEM #1: The Weekly Schedule

Every Wednesday, Pick Up, 7-9, BCIS
Every Sunday, Big Brother Practice, 2-5, Dulwich

if you have questions about where frisbee is, when it happens, how to get there, how to support my frisbee habit when you have three illigetimate children you have to support in wudaokou, or just need a person to talk to, contact alicia at 1371 803 4487, preferably after 11 pm, because she has a very busy work schedule. during this phone call, don't mention tao, an episode in her life she would rather forget, as would the rest of us.


MEGA lunch time poll:

which of the following people had the best excuse for missing the kunming hat tournament:

a) joseph "mini-hulk" pellicano: not allowed back in the province after last year's tournament.

b) hsing-hui: spent weekend in a dark room, wearing all black, listening to the twilight soundtrack

c) ace: if you had to spend most of your time with kevin, you would need a break too

d) sandy: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (edited, because gareth doesn't know)

e) babygirl: he went to boracay instead (a no brainer, really, no matter what doc says)

f) ken su; really wanted to have a chance to play with everyone from beijing on one team, but then at the last minute realized it was a hat tournament

g) patrick li: thought it was the chengdu hat tournament this weekend, but at least got to eat a lot of good sichuan food.

h) mike shyu: busy working on baby number 2

i) matt flynn: you realize i left beijing over five years ago? but if you have any complaints about the way this email is written, please send them to mabfl...@gmail.com

j) aaron goldblatt: too busy crafting a buzz response that wouldn't be shouted down by the entire frisbeee community. spent most of the weekend staring at a blank page

k) michelle tang: you realize doc lives there, right?

l) alicia: was planning on going, but then nads decided not to go, and those two are inseparable now

WEEKLY ITEM #2: Upcoming Tournaments

March 27-28: Shenzhen Hat
April 2-3: Bali Open
April 3-4: Ningbo Hat
April 17-18: Tianjin Open
April 24-25: Singapore
May 1-2: Jeju Gnarly Nines
May 15-16: China Nationals, Beijing
June 5-6: Shanghai
Mid June: Chengdu
July 4-10: World Championship in Prague

now is the time in the weekly email when betsy gives her weekly shout outs, and call outs. remember, you want to get shouted out, but you don't want to get called out.

a shout out to swedish women everywhere, for making michael chahdifhoaitahfiahofan's weekend so fantastic

a call out to kevin, tao, and jim, for ruining michael's fun

a shout out to beijing, for winning the party both friday and saturday night, though to tell the truth, the competition was rather poor.

a call out to beijing, for having such crappy weather and not having free grass fields for pick up three times a week. and a double call out to doc, for living in kunming and preventing betsy from moving there. why does life have to be so unfair.

a shout out to snow, which fell over the weekend while we were all gone. thank you snow.

a call out to donald, who refuses to pay to fly his lovely girlfriend to ultimate tournaments, even though it's the most important thing in the world to her, and she would do anything for him because she loves him and yet he begrudges her even a little bit of fun while he's not there. well, shame on you donald. and btw, helen doesn't have to go all the way to kunming to have fun. she's having plenty of fun in beijing, doing body shots off of michael chaihfgiaohfiaoan's chest.

a call out to shanghai ultimate, for only sending two people from shanghai to the kunming hat, one of whom was not really from shanghai, and the other of whom was alec.


WEEKLY RUMOR THAT MUST BE TRUE: Betsy understands that a certain beijing ultimate veteran held hands all weekend in kunming with a beautiful beijing ultimate newcomer who he is particularly smitten by. the two lovebirds used the excuse of being away from beijing and being extremely inebriated to consummate their affair in what will be remembered by both of them as the most romantic evening of their lives. betsy wishes the two of them many more magical evenings to come. congratulations jim and michael chaifohaifaoifiaoken!


which brings us finally to your moment of zen:

catch you on the field,

Monday, March 8, 2010

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Beijing wins another Ultimate tourney (party)

More news from the 2nd annual Kunming Hat Tourney later, but it was a great weekend of Ultimate and sunshine. And this is what we did for the party (thanks to Jim and Chaitkin for these costumes):

At Speakeasy on Saturday night.

Friday, March 5, 2010

WEEK IN REVIEW: Off to Kunming

That's right, we're leaving in about 2.5 hours for 22-degree Kunming (Celsius, of course). Will be back in five days or so.


City Weekend continues showing us love... these photos are from an online slideshow.


Betsy, 3/4:

beijing ultimate 2.0,

the year of the tiger has always been a good year for bejing ultimate. with revitalized leadership, fresh faces, and a new mantra (beat shanghai), betsy guarantees this will be the best year of the tiger so far.

WEEKLY ITEM #1: The Weekly Schedule

Every Wednesday, Pick Up, 7-9, BCIS
Every Sunday, Big Brother Practice, 2-5, Dulwich

note: no practice or pick-up this weekend, as everybody who’s anybody will be in kunming getting their jungle freak on with doc and his crowd-pleasers. nobody is excited about that, but everybody is excited about seeing what jim will do to get us all kicked out of the city during the party.

in lieu of practice, joe and sandy are coordinating a workout and throwing practice at chaoyang park, followed by disc golf and beer to replenish all those calories wasted during sprints.


WEEKLY ITEM #2: Upcoming Tournaments

March 5-6: Kunming Hat
March 27-28: Shenzhen Hat
April 2-3: Bali Open
April 3-4: Ningbo Hat
April 17-18: Tianjin Open
April 24-25: Singapore
May 1-2: Jeju Gnarly Nines
May 15-16: China Nationals, Beijing
June 5-6: Shanghai
July 4-10: World Championship in Prague

asian ultimate is incredible this year and there is so much ultimate to be played this spring. talk to your friends and captains, coordinate, make great things happen, bring trophies back to beijing. these are orders. do not disappoint betsy. she gives the world’s most devastating grundies.


now is the time in the weekly email when betsy gives her weekly shout outs and call outs. remember, you want to get shouted out, but you don't want to get called out.

a shout out to jim. jim is the new joe. joe is the old jim. doc is still boring. although tao may be the new doc. betsy is reserving judgement until after kunming when they will go head to head in a bland-off to end this once and for all.

a call out to kevin. you’re dangerously close to receiving the title “most likely to probably just chill out at home on a friday instead of partying until you vomit on jeff’s shoes”. betsy hopes you do something stupid in kunming to win everyone’s hearts back. jet lag is not an excuse. get your head out of your ass.

a shout out to shan. you’ve proved you can party. next step: you must pick a mate. betsy would suggest jehan, chaitkin, baby girl, jeff, joe, or jim. she would suggest them, except she’s already had them all, and they are bad. she does not envy you right now.

a call out to alicia. re: the battle for tao’s affections and everlasting adoration. besty wins. it’s probably for the best that you left while you could, before it got ugly. and it always gets ugly where tao and romance are concerned. have you ever seen the guy
dance? it’s like a stork wearing a full back brace with two broken legs. awkward.

a shout out to ellen. congrats on your triumphant return to the non-your-place party scene.

a call out to jeff’s shoes. clean yourselves up. you look and smell awful. betsy knows you are jeff’s shoes and all, but this is bad, even for him.

a shout out to baby girl and his streak of sixteen caps wins. betsy hasn’t seen anyone score that many times in a row since shanghai went exclusively to its “huck to gareth” offense last year.


WEEKLY ITEM #3: Lunch Time Poll

beijing ultimate has always been a place where people find their true selves. previous fan favorites include barbie, robo gabe, ken 2.0, toni with an i, a.k.a. peaches, blinkin, baby girl, mini-hulk, and jeff the mad fluff belly. now the community is divided, and betsy is dedicating this lunch time poll to solve the issue, once and for all. Which of the following will be the official nickname for michael chaitkin?

a) bacon

b) michael “the lactatin” chaitkin

c) the chait

d) michael “frosted flakin” chaitkin

e) the forsaken straight fakin shaken jamaican

as always, write-ins are appreciated.

cast your votes!


and finally, your moment of zen…


catch you on the field,

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

RETROSPECTIVE: First annual Kunming Hat Tourney

Only appropriate to look back to Kunming as we prepare to attend the Second Annual Kunming Hat Tourney this weekend.

More pictures from last year here.

Monday, March 1, 2010


...was awesome.

That is why I am sore.