This weekend sounds a bit like a club Ultimate weekend.

Staying up late, traveling all night, running around midday against an undefeated team from Boston that thinks it knows what’s what. A game against a win-starved New York team intent to prove its worth as the coherent collection of individuals they demand to be.

But there’s also something else: A game under the lights at home.

Largely unique to the MLU experience, the games take on a different feel under the lights. Not the all-day sun-baked experiences of club Ultimate, but one game under the lights against the best.

Just like everything else with the MLU in 2013, this is something old, with some slight changes molding into something new. Something bigger.

As the pundits say: Look at the schedule. There is an advantage in playing two games in a weekend. When you establish a strong presence, you can be the same team all weekend. This is the downside too, of course. So what will that home game be like?

Will the DC Current fans come out and support the team like they have so far? Every opponent has taken note that the fans have established favorites and are displaying a knowledge of the game. Next, after attendance records are steadier and not so fascinating, the actual home-field advantage will take over — which crowds will figure out how to affect the outcome of the game and be a true 8th man presence?

The echoes of the DC crowd and the results of the first-ever matchup against the NY Rumble will be the memories the team drifts to sleep with on the Saturday night trip Boston. At the end of the weekend, the Current can be above .500. At the end of Saturday’s game, they’ll know how high Sunday’s game can take them.

Something new: A balanced regular season. One game per day. Each vital to the chances at a title.

Then, something familiar: Travel all night. Eat breakfast. Warm up. Full-tilt against Boston.

This is ultimate.

About The Author

Dusty played college ultimate for New York University from 1998-2002, captaining for his final three years. From 2003-2009 he filled various roles for New Jersey's Pike from deepest bench to O-line cutter, D-line handler, O-line handler, and captain before concluding his club career with an opportunity in 2010 to represent New York City on PoNY's D-line. While never qualifying for college regionals, Rhodes played at six Club Nationals in the Open Division (finishing from dead last to tied for third) and coached Drew University to a fifth place college regional finish in 2005. Dusty earned a degree in English and American Literature from NYU and spent all of his remaining energy playing pickup basketball and writing for NYU's Washington Square News.

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