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W2: Hunger Games: Careers vs. Rookies
2018-07-11
Jazzerskies continues to dominate this league. Is it love at first bite? Captain Travis Rothbloom notes high attendance and constant subbing and sideline support in the development of their team’s flow. Jazz brought out a close W against Nothing Tastes as Good as Mini Feels with Rookie Audrey Goldfarb open on every whim. Nothing keeps the chub lub lub club away like the defense of Sara Toguchi, Brad Hess, and Romer Brito. Rookie Octavio Bruetman sacrificed his body with promise of a stingy shower to get a game saving layout D against Tastes. Miniterranean, hoping to redeem themselves fought back a huge point deficit in their first game against Wholesale30, but to no avail! Whole’s Rookie Cap’n Alec Orgera made a veteran move and called a well placed TO to chill out Whole and pull out the win +4. SlimFastCount joined Mini in the LubLub Club. Zach “Apple Chips” Mills fought hard against Beach, racking up layout-D’s and tossing his cookies. Rookie Zoe Aarons has hands for days, catching some tough throws to keep Slim in it. After losing to Beach by a wide margin, Matt Benjamin HYPED FastCount into a slimmer point deficit, but they weren’t able to get Nothing against Tastes. Rookies continue to dominate the field for Beach. Wholesale30 fought point for point with South Beach. Cameroon Westerberry proved a most reliable handler with “pinpoint precision throws into unguardable sections of the endzone,” noted opposing captain Josie Pratt. Beach’s women pulled out all the stops, including a Callahan for Sarah Zhou. The close game was nearing an end when Whole threw too deep, but Beach turned. It was high tension as Whole worked it back down the field, clock ticking. The end came with a buzzer beater stall out for Sharon Chiu on Josie to win the game 20-19. Looks like they’re on the road to Nationals, but they’re facing off against undefeated Jazz next week. Stay cool out there, I hear ice water helps your metabolism.
W1: How To Start a New Diet
2018-06-23
Rain may be on the forecast for this weekend, but this season of MUD Summer League is heating up! Competitive league welcomed 6 new captains and a sea of rookies to this mini-season at Thomas Jefferson Park. Week one ended with Jazzerskies in the Dub Dub Club, Miniterranean in the Lub Lub Club, and everyone else in between. Jazzerskies fought for their first win, starting out down 10-4 before closing out with a universe win to beat Wholesale30. They won their second as well against Slim Fast Count, crediting their wins to the will of the team to be selfless and sub often. After realizing no one on their team had ever played small-ball before, Miniterranean got off to a slow start, going down 8-4 at one point during the first half. They caught Slim Fast Count taking a siesta and fought to take the lead 12-10. Sadly, the game ended with the Egyptian god of Air, Shu, taking a buzzer beater huck out the back of the endzone and handing the W to Slim Fast Count. Nothing Tastes as Good as Mini Feels proved that women know how to rock more than a pretty face. MUD Veteran Liz Fritz and Rookie Captain Hope Lorah seemed to get more space than was on the mini-fields on their defenders. Dustin Becker and Rookie Tim McPhillips kept the flow going with chilly throws to cool off the field to get the W over South Beach Nationals. Wholesale30 found the new mini format to be interesting, but was excited for new friends and customers for their enduring spirit! After overthrowing players in their first game to a loss, they stopped hitting the Joose and started hitting the Juice to come back for a W against Nothing Tastes. They won with a buzzer beating universe-toe-the-line-throw to veteran Miriam Nielsen. South Beach heard the rumor about quick subbing and faced Miniterranean. Notably, Princeton Rookies Jiwon, Sarah, and Dylan impressed the league with high level throws, decision making, and flow. The play of the week was a huck to the endzone that ended with an almost D by captain Andrew Feierman, but Jordan Sved came down with it after an extreme bobble. While the Miniterraneans took two losses on the day, Captain Jarrett Workman says you won't catch them fraternizing with Anubis, the Egyptian God of Funerals. They're looking to even out their record with victories in Week 2!
W1: How To Start a New Diet
2018-06-23
Rain may be on the forecast for this weekend, but this season of MUD Summer League is heating up! Competitive league welcomed 6 new captains and a sea of rookies to this mini-season at Thomas Jefferson Park. Week one ended with Jazzerskies in the Dub Dub Club, Miniterranean in the Lub Lub Club, and everyone else in between. Jazzerskies fought for their first win, starting out down 10-4 before closing out with a universe win to beat Wholesale30. They won their second as well against Slim Fast Count, crediting their wins to the will of the team to be selfless and sub often. After realizing no one on their team had ever played small-ball before, Miniterranean got off to a slow start, going down 8-4 at one point during the first half. They caught Slim Fast Count taking a siesta and fought to take the lead 12-10. Sadly, the game ended with the Egyptian god of Air, Shu, taking a buzzer beater huck out the back of the endzone and handing the W to Slim Fast Count. Nothing Tastes as Good as Mini Feels proved that women know how to rock more than a pretty face. MUD Veteran Liz Fritz and Rookie Captain Hope Lorah seemed to get more space than was on the mini-fields on their defenders. Dustin Becker and Rookie Tim McPhillips kept the flow going with chilly throws to cool off the field to get the W over South Beach Nationals. Wholesale30 found the new mini format to be interesting, but was excited for new friends and customers for their enduring spirit! After overthrowing players in their first game to a loss, they stopped hitting the Joose and started hitting the Juice to come back for a W against Nothing Tastes. They won with a buzzer beating universe-toe-the-line-throw to veteran Miriam Nielsen. South Beach heard the rumor about quick subbing and faced Miniterranean. Notably, Princeton Rookies Jiwon, Sarah, and Dylan impressed the league with high level throws, decision making, and flow. The play of the week was a huck to the endzone that ended with an almost D by captain Andrew Feierman, but Jordan Sved came down with it after an extreme bobble. While the Miniterraneans took two losses on the day, Captain Jarrett Workman says you won't catch them fraternizing with Anubis, the Egyptian God of Funerals. They're looking to even out their record with victories in Week 2!
W2: Short Games Transfigure Leaderboard
2017-04-07

On Sunday, the league headmasters opened the chamber of secrets and found a basilisk had eaten the bottom half of the permit! Not really. B-teams for Quidditch--a real sport--had practice on the fields at 3pm, so our games had to be shortened.

This meant Ravenclaw, who so far has started their games strong and then let teams back in, had a tactical advantage. Sure enough, both Gryffindor and Slytherin, respectively, battled back to within one against Ravenclaw. But then the bell rang, and Ravenclaw went and drank all the butter beer at the WW Club. They also celebrated the first league trick of the season, though those are reasonably-priced in this skinny spring. Ravenclaw is now in first place.

Hufflepuff upgraded their Club experience in week two, bouncing back and evening their record. They dug a massive hole in their first game against Slytherin, and buried the snake in it. After Slytherin broke to start the game, Hufflepuff scored the next nine. They won it 14 to 9. Hufflepuff may have found a motto in "hard work, team work" as they applied both in their second game to hold out against Gryffindor. The badgers kept wiz-kid John Best bottled up, and fired-up their own new guy Dean Romine. The result was 12 to 11.

Gryffindor took the wrong set of stairs this weekend and ended up at the LL Club. Slytherin was there practicing dark arts in the corner. It seems one of the snakes thought they could reverse the league-licking curse. Fat chance. Those two teams play each other first thing this coming Sunday. Let's hope they both drafted a Herbology prodigy because the losers are going to need to apply ointment.


W1: Quidditch Cuts Find League of Their Own
2017-04-07

In a surprising but tenacious move, the numerous participants cut from Quidditch tryouts on Tuesday the 21st have conjured up an alternative athletic outlet. Deemed "too inexperienced" or "not capable enough [on broomsticks]," these 86 wannabes pooled their powers and, with a flick of their wrists, summoned forth a new and different league. Believe it or not, they're playing ultimate.

The team from Gryffindor got off to the best start. They put up with Hufflepuff's badgering, winning 15 to 7, and then they stamped out Slytherin's smaller sideline, 15 to 10. A week-one trip to the WW Club divines a starry future for Jason Freedman's sophomore leadership effort. First-time prefect Emily Marren co-heads the team with Freedman, and so far Gryffindor is red hot.

Ravenclaw's flock, co-run by eight-time head-boy Sean Petterson and six-time head-girl Josie Pratt, barely lost and then barely won. In the first match, Ravenclaw slipped on Slytherin's comeback, losing on universe point. However, Ravenclaw fended off Hufflepuff's late-game surge in their second bout and won, 15 to 13.

Slytherin went 1 and 1, but its a two-headed snake this season: Emily Grad is head of house again for the third time, and she's joined by Potions Master Emeritus Mateo Mead, who has held 27 administrative roles in the school. We all know EGrad is an ace student, but Prof. Mead has never taken on a co-director. What's gotten into the old man? Perhaps he drank one of his potions. Or she did? Wouldn't put it past Slytherin to use any means to achieve their ends.

Hufflepuff licked its wounds at the LL Club, while one of them looked around for the sorcerer's stone. Hufflepuff has the other sophomore/freshman-captain combination in Christine Thompson and Jacob Anderson. With the dedication of those two, their bound to rebound. Any good Hufflepuff knows it's better to get your goofs out on the first day.


Spring Goes Tiny, Tough, but Still full of Magic
2017-04-07

This spring, The Mudwarts School of Handlers and Cutters is casting four teams onto the fields for an ultra-competitive league. It's been a spell since we've seen each other, so you should know we're a 4/3 league now. Prepare to spend the season haunted by good spirit. Trade your wand for a pair of cleats (and turf shoes starting week 3), and join your squad on Sunday. Who needs flying broomsticks? MUD is back!


Coming to Sm16 Finals?
2016-08-13

Goodness, miss me? What’s The Latest these days? It’s not that we’ve got three new captains this season, none with losing records, and one team that lost its captain, yet again. It’s not that we drafted the most rookies since MUD’s first summer (8 years and 25 seasons ago). It’s not that there are four new centurions, one new centurion captain, and one new double centurion. It’s not that a team set the record for worst start and worst streak in MUD history. It’s not that this season, for the first time, every team either tricked or got licked by the league, and one team almost did both. It’s not that JB’s face is on the disc, though more on all that below. The Latest is that Finals are upon us, and The Wolf isn’t even showing up.

It’s predicted that Finals this Sunday will be hot. However, Wolf captain Mark DQ says his team plans to throw some shade at the proceedings. Absences may determine the victor this weekend, which is a rather poor way for a season, especially one so loaded with new faces, to go out. Let’s hope we get some true games on Sunday, and let’s help DQ encourage his team to show their new and old faces. He is the defending champ from spring after all.

Here’s the schedule.


Rookies Lead the Way
2016-08-13

This season brought us three new captains and they all dominated. Of course, we’re talking about KitKat’s Kevin Hsu, Thanks Obama’s! Aly Martori, and Trapper Keeper’s Stephen Schaffenberger.

Hsu has had a banner season. He led his team, with his co-captain Karina Ray, to a top-seeded regular-season finish. KitKat has the best differential and the best average margin of victory (2.9). KK tricked the league, actually winning six in a row (which was only the third-best streak this season). However, they threw down five victories of ten points or more. While Hsu is a rookie captain, he’s a 15-season veteran player. So he knows how to play this league, and every one does well with Ms. Ray in the huddle.

Aly Martori has dominated marque matchups for four seasons now. She jumped in with Frazer this summer and has led Thanks Obama! to a 13-10, third-seed playoff berth. Obama won a league-best 8 in a row, getting a league trick in the process. That impressive feat was even sweeter considering they were two points away from a league licking at the beginning of the season. Aly just won the finals in the spring. But let’s see if she can get another for Frazer. He hasn’t won in five years.

Stephen Schaffenberger just rolled through his sixth season, and during this one he rode in a captain’s seat. (He and Jeannine might have to fight over who gets the sidecar.) While Schaffenberger wasn’t a losing captain this season, he and J9 didn’t quite bring Trapper Keeper over .500 either (much to Steve Kramer’s heartbreak). Nonetheless, they’ll go into the tournament as the fourth seed, and they’ll remember they had a +7 differential and a positive average margin of victory. They should also recall that time they won seven in a row and tricked the league. And a four-seed won the finals last season.


Frazer Goldberg, 100 Captained Wins
2016-08-13

You may remember Frazer’s story of getting 100 wins as a player: last game of the Sp14 season, 99 wins, 99 loses, several Centurions in attendance, terrible pressure, but he did it. This season Frazer faced similar dramatics as a captain. Frazer has now captained 13 teams, and he began this summer needing to win 10 games before he lost 7 in order to become a Centurion Captain before he became a Mega-Loser Team Leader. This time, the league got the better of him. Nonetheless, Frazer becomes the league’s third 100-win captain. He got there in 202 games, but he finishes this regular season at 103-103. The Phrase has led three teams to the finals so far, but the only one he won, famously, was as a rookie leader.


Kelsey Brooks, 100 well-deserved
2016-08-13

Kelsey has been at this for 15 consecutive seasons now, and that’s the current longest streak for women in this league. When she became a Centurion, she’d played 228 games and 4,959 points, not counting playoffs. Chances are pretty good that Kelsey played every one of those points. She’s got one finals victory in her tenure, which happened four and a half years ago in Sp12. She’s been to two other finals, but the last one was eight seasons ago. Kelsey is due. And if her team, Thanks Obama!, can maintain the winning ways they put together in the end of the season, Kelsey may see another title, which even Obama is rooting for.



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