Canadian Ultimate Showdown
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Canadian Ultimate Showdown

It’s not just for pot-smoking, Cheetos-eating, reluctant-to-bathe college dudes anymore.
Ultimate Frisbee is probably the fastest growing competitive sport in North America (next to Speed Stacking) and the only sport where you can unofficially score “underwear points.” But don’t expect any dropped pants at the Canadian Ultimate Championships this weekend—these guys are playing to win.
Eighty teams from across Canada will be competing for top prize in five divisions: Open (technically co-ed, but almost always just men), Women’s (chicks only!), Mixed (co-ed with a set gender ratio), Juniors’ (under 18) and Masters’ (30-somethings and older). Regular tournament play is being held at Sunnybrook Park from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11, and the championship finals for the Open, Women’s and Mixed divisions are on Sunday, August 12 at Varsity Stadium (277 Bloor Street West).
It should be a tense final game: Toronto’s top-rated Open team, GOAT, has struggled for years to conquer Canada’s strongest team, Vancouver-based Furious George. Although GOAT won the Canadian Ultimate Championships in 2006, Furious didn’t compete in that tournament. With this year’s championship team being selected to represent Canada at the World Ultimate Championships in 2008, the stakes are high and Furious will be bringing their best game. However, GOAT beat Furious for the first time at this year’s Flower Bowl and may be able to claim victory. Barring any major upsets, the Furious/GOAT showdown will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets to the finals at Varsity Stadium are $5 and get you access to the Mixed finals at 10:00 a.m., the Women’s at noon and, of course, the Open finals at 2:00 p.m.

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