Way back in 2002, when my wife and I were freshly and madly in love, we decided to move. Our apartment on Capitol Hill had no outdoor space and we were desperate for a porch and a garden. So we started looking, found a place in Beacon Hill with two huge decks and yard and moved in. It sucked.
We had been so focused on what we were missing, that we didn't give any thought to what we might have to give up to get it. The corner apartment with windows facing south and west? Goodbye. The most interesting street in Seattle four blocks away? Goodbye. Walk to downtown? Goodbye. 3 minute bike ride to Pike Place Market? Goodbye. as
It is all too easy to get caught up with what is wrong with ultimate. It's all to easy to say "Refs will fix it." We need to be smarter and more far-sighted than that. The issues around Spirit of the Game and refs and self-officiation are incredibly complicated. How we choose to address them will have profound impacts on the game as we play it today and how it will be played in the future. In this series, I am going to look at these issues and see if it isn't possible to tease them apart and in the process, engender a real conversation.