July 13, 2016
Since Philadelphia's four major sports teams are all going through rebuilds of sorts, it'll probably be a few seasons before we see any of them in championship contention. While the Philadelphia Union's stellar season has been giving fans a nice taste of a potential title run this year (all about that here), there's another local squad that's already made a championship game, which is taking place in Philly this weekend.
Say hello to the Philadelphia Spinners, your professional ultimate Frisbee team.
The Spinners will be playing in the Major League Ultimate (one of two semi-professional leagues in the country) title game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Franklin Field on Penn's campus. Now, I suspect you probably haven't been following the Spinners all season. Which is why the league has cut up this nice video detailing the team's journey to this point to help you jump on the bandwagon for Saturday's game.
Here's the gist of what you need to know:
• The team was apparently comically bad all the way back in 2013 — like, corny sports movie bad, where in the beginning of the film they literally can't even catch a Frisbee despite, you know, being a professional ultimate Frisbee team.
• The Boston Whitecaps are the big bad villains in the Eastern Conference (that only consists of four teams, just to be clear). The Spinners got all the way to the conference championship game last year but fell to Boston.
• 2016: Hey, look! Everything's coming together! Not only did the team go 9-1, but it's having uber amounts of fun tackling and kissing each other on the cheek during postgame interviews. The sports movie narrative has come full circle. Now, the Spinners will play the Portland Stags on their home turf for the whole kit and caboodle.
You can watch the whole video below:
Tickets for Saturday's game are on sale starting at $22 for adults and $15 for students. There are also discounted tickets for kids at $8 and discounted rates for groups of four or more.