Sin The Fields

Ultiworld

The richest, most compelling podcast about ultimate to date, giving center stage to the attitude, extraordinary stories, and peripheral weirdness that makes ultimate its own. Hosted by Tad Wissel and Patrick Stegemoeller.

All Episodes

Pat and Tad welcome STF All Star Kristen Pojunis back onto the program to talk about the upcoming Club Nationals and launch a new segment, "Things to do in San Diego, if you're an a******." You won't want to miss it, especially if you're an a******. You know who you are.

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Oct 21

55 min 10 sec

Another Regionals come and gone, another chance for Pat and Tad to stare into the abyss and see if this time it stares back. They catalogue a few of the notable results from the first weekend of Regionals, neg people who actually made Nationals, and try to find some meaning in all of this. Also, the Sprout “wet disc puller” identifies himself, and the guys talk about upcoming fall college alumni tournaments.

Oct 1

1 hr 4 min

Fall is in the air as club Sectionals makes its triumphant return to the calendar. Pat and Tad appreciate a retro, "everyone has to do it," Sectionals and look back at their first ever Sectionals experiences. Important questions get asked: is club Sectionals the purest version of the sport? What is an appropriate amount to freak out about losing on a bad call? And who holds the moral high ground in the classic Sectionals showdown of bad bid-earning real club team vs. good team of series-only ringers?

Sep 17

47 min 23 sec

Pat and Tad peel back the onion on one of ultimate's little known "what ifs," the time in 2012 when the elite tier of the men's club division almost left USAU for a NexGen league. How did it happen, what shady cabal was deciding the sport's future, and what impacts did accidentally unionizing elite club teams have on the club division today? Those tears you hear aren't from the onion, they are tears of righteous anger over the injustices of the TCT.Turning to the present, the guys reflect on a relatively quaint Mars tournament from the past weekend and welcome back a fan favorite to explore all the possibilities that betting on the AUDL with Draft Kings provides.

Sep 3

1 hr 7 min

Pat reports back from a whirlwind Wildwood/Ow My Knee tournament doubleheader that featured triumph, failure, dubious marriage planning, and ultimately the way of nature asserting its dominance. The guys also discuss how to settle jersey number disputes, the U.S. Open's scheduling elitism, and which single drink has the greatest potential to heal this broken world.

Aug 13

1 hr 14 min

Pat and Tad return to where it all started with their annual Wildwood episode. As they gear up for a weekend that no one's body is in any way ready for, they break down some important questions: is warming up for a beach tournament lame? What is the drink of the Wildwood going to be this year? And most importantly, what is the best team name?An exciting new sponsor joins the team this week, the guys celebrate the show's sixth birthday, and T/T/F somehow avoids the beach altogether.

Jul 30

1 hr 5 min

STF is back, as Pat and Tad examine the rumors swirling around a fight during a Roughnecks-Cascades game and discuss ultimate's history of pretending that fights don't happen. They also talk about the ideal weeknight to play summer league, an out-there idea to make disc golf more like ultimate, and give a salute to everyone both playing and being forced to miss Masters Nationals.

Jul 16

58 min 20 sec

It’s a wild time right now, with league starting up, club tryouts coming to a head, pickup going full steam, and mostly all of it being played by people whose bodies aren’t quite ready.As ultimate comes back to a wider community that might not be as ready to play as they think, Pat and Tad try to reconcile the joy of playing with the oncoming injury crisis.

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Jun 25

26 min 24 sec

After a week off, STF is back with hard hitting updates on the Pittsburgh Summer League Draft, the thirsty jokers of Co Cup, and how to perfect the ideal cut off T. It’s all a prelude to the main event - breaking down the ultimate player’s scheduling nightmare: Tournaments v Weddings.

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Jun 11

1 hr 10 min

Pat and Tad are getting ready to re-enter the world of pickup as the rest of ultimate comes back to life. They have a few questions, comments, and concerns for everyone getting back out onto the field, mostly involving dudes from New Jersey making up for lost time when it comes to big timing people. All that, plus some talk about whether the AUDL matters, what going back to bars is like, and the confusing history of chimp fighting.

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May 21

57 min 56 sec

STF welcomes back to the program Dr. David Geier to answer all of your burning questions about return to play injury prevention, sketchy supplements, and the medical virtue of tequila on rocks. If you're frantically formulating a plan to get back in playing shape for this summer, this is the show for you.The guys also talk about how to boost your section's size bid numbers, what the ideal alumni tournament would be like, and answer other listener questions in a long overdue #askSTF segment.

May 7

1 hr 30 min

STF welcomes podcasting guru and PoNY partisan Jody Avirgan back to the program to unveil a new segment: This Day In Esoteric Ultimate History. On the 5th anniversary of MLU commissioner Jeff Snader tweeting a picture of his shoes at the airport, the crew dives into how these pictures explain the rise and fall of the MLU, and what we can learn about the history and future of semi-pro ultimate as a result. It's a guest packed show this week, as Scotti D and Pockets from Ultiworld's new podcast Laying It Out stop by the show to talk about their college ultimate focused show, talk about playing for a club team whose name got blacklisted by USAU, and shame Pat and Tad for being old as fuck. All that, plus a TTF featuring the European Super League and a child who straight up sucks.

Apr 23

1 hr 22 min

As the return of ultimate appears imminent, STF turns toward summer league. To get an edge, they welcome former NFL player and current Pittsburgh sports media guru Dorin Dickerson to the program, and pitch him on baggage-ing with Tad this summer. His answer was genuinely surprising. Dorin talks about his experience as a pro athlete, predicts how some top ultimate players might measure up with NFL pros, and lays down a special challenge to a member of the ultimate community.All that plus some talk about the Richmond Cup, best ever league draft picks, and TTF.

Apr 9

1 hr 14 min

USAU has a plan for the club season: Make it 2009 again by science or magic. Join STF as they go back to a pre-Triple Crown Tour era. No rankings, no requirements, no spirit! Is this truly the way god intended the sport to be played? And with Masters Nationals now bid-only, what lengths is Tad willing to go to in order to lock up a bid?STF also welcomes Felix Shardlow to the program, giving the Englishman a chance to defend himself and the Hex after some recent slander on the program.All that, plus mascot drama and the perils of meeting new people post-vaccination in an impassioned TTF.

Mar 26

1 hr 8 min

After receiving a mountain of responses, Pat and Tad sift through the worst ever tournament experiences from listeners and give their own personal bottom three. If you're nostalgic for ultimate despite horrible weather, incompetent TDs, and weird disqualification scandals, this is the show for you.The guys also welcome Leah Tsinajinnie onto the program to discuss her meteoric rise from notable ultimate player to notable and PAID disc golf player, and try to to answer the question everyone has been asking this year: did ultimate players choose the wrong god?

Mar 12

1 hr 38 min

On the week that would have seen Pat and Tad convalescing after Nocturnal Decisions instead sees the STF guys get into the hottest not-so-new thing in ultimate: The Hex Offense. Is it the way of the future or just some trumped up European hipster bullshit? Pat and Tad look to both sides of the Atlantic for answers, and weigh in themselves. All that plus deciding the stakes of the ten year bet, introducing a new member of the STF family, and bringing some heat on T/T/F.

Feb 26

1 hr 9 min

It’s an intercontinental pod crossover spectacular as STF welcomes Ravi and Liam from Eurozone to the program. They discuss the differences between European and American party tournaments, and give recommendations for tournaments that post-COVID American ultimate players should check out.All that, plus a very special Eurocentric T/T/F.

Feb 12

1 hr 4 min

It's an all Metro East show this week as Pat and Tad peel back the layers on one of the defining questions of their lives: Is there a method to the madness of the Metro East? To get to the bottom of this, they bring in two heavy hitter guests from the annals of Metro East lore: coach Bryan Jones and the Metro East's lone Callahan winner Lindsey Goldsmith-Markey. There may be no bottom to the Metro East, but if there is, this is the group to find it. There is all that plus a 10 year bet, some dad content, and an all Metro East TTF.

Jan 22

1 hr 50 min

Isaac Saul -- PoNY Captain, Pitt alum, notable heckler -- bet Frank Huguenard $15,000 in gold that Joe Biden will get inaugurated. He comes on STF to fill Pat and Tad in on all the details of this somehow real wager (and a possibly weirder almost bet that nearly went down). Check out Isaac's daily politics newsletter Tangle News. You can follow him at Twitter @Ike_Saul.

Jan 6

44 min 49 sec

Pat and Tad are snowed in at the STF Subscribers Only Lounge over the holidays. Luckily, several friends are on the way to save their lives, and more importantly, the life of the STF Holiday Party.Ingredients for Katie's cocktails- Rum- Peppermint tea bag- Lime juice- Simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water, boiled until sugar is dissolved)- Amaretto- Flavored creamer (like for coffee), flavor is your choice- Whiskey of choice- Earl grey tea

Dec 2020

49 min 31 sec

Following USAU's big announcement, Pat and Tad take a break from staring into the void of Christmas this year to look forward to some actual ultimate that might be played at some point, specifically college ultimate that might be played by 25 year old adults in their seventh year of eligibility. They also discuss the distressing state of online ultimate culture and react to the breaking vaccine news.

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Dec 2020

42 min 52 sec

It’s like the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special, but for the worst Thanksgiving ever. Pat and Tad go over the Thanksgiving dinner table topics you would have to awkwardly navigate if there wasn’t a pandemic, try to replace Turkey Bowl pickup, and feature some special guest stars who are also going through it. The perfect accompaniment for eating your frozen TV dinner alone on Thursday!

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Nov 2020

55 min 14 sec

The election is over and STF has the scoop live from the ground in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Tad gives his professional opinion on every angle of the Four Seasons Landscaping debacle, before Preston Thompson - Georgia political organizer and member of the Ultiworld family - comes on the program to bask in Georgia's blue state status and send a message out to the haters. All that plus an update on the STF Skill Challenge, catching up on actual frisbee news we missed, and some important lessons on friendship in T/T/Fb.

Nov 2020

1 hr 10 min

Pat and Tad give a quick update on the 2020 Presidential election.

Nov 2020

4 min 48 sec

There's no Nationals this weekend, but at least we have this new skills challenge which is just as good! Right! Right? Pat and Tad put their own spin on a skills contest, before bringing Frank Sarbones back on the show to talk about what Club Nationals was like in 1994. All of that plus beer elitism, the frisbee to frat pipeline, and some Staten Island Ferry talk. Just feel that briny air!

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Oct 2020

1 hr 14 min

We’ve all had them. Ghosts from our old dreams, unicorns roaming the grassy fields of what could have been, avatars of different lives we could have lived. This week Pat and Tad look back at the ones that got away - the best ultimate players from their past who didn't stick with this dumb sport. It's a weird one.All that plus STF tackles the tricky subject of dying at the fields, spends too much time talking about The Godfather, and addresses the latest conflict in the Ultimate/Disc Golf culture war.

Oct 2020

1 hr 17 min

The summer of 2020 is finally over. Fall may not be much better, but at least we made it. With autumn in the air, the STF guys look at the magic of fall college tournaments and all of the important lessons one can learn from unsanctioned play. Fall isn't just tournament parties and going X/Y, it's also when Canadian teams come down over the border and pillage bids at Sectionals and Regionals. Seriously, what is up with that? Later, Tad gives insight into his diplomatic summit with Brodie and the role "Toxic Ultimate Twitter" has in the culture.

Sep 2020

1 hr 4 min

Tad is on vacation this week, but as everyone starts to feel the ghost pangs of a lost postseason, STF offers a look back at some sectionals and regionals of the past with a compilation of the best tales of winning and losing (mostly losing. Just lots and lots of soul wrenching losing) in the postseason that the show has covered over the past five years.

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Sep 2020

59 min 39 sec

Pat and Tad are back, and after catching up on some light Brodie fanfic, pour one out for Masters Nationals and speculate on what college would have been like with no ultimate for a semester. All that plus an important anniversary and a petty but justified (?) T/T/FB.

Sep 2020

46 min 17 sec

As some parts of the country start toying with the idea of playing ultimate again, Pat and Tad talk about what a return to play should feel like. How much can you change the rules of the game and have it still be worth playing?Tad reports on his continued dalliances with the world of disc golf, and the guys mull over theories on why Brodie refuses to take him on at Schenley. Is it cowardice? Something worse?All this plus a story from Uzbekistan, a braggadocious X-Ray tech, and a T/T/F we can all get on board with.

Aug 2020

1 hr 8 min

It’s a somber tone for the fifth anniversary episode of Sin The Fields, because when there isn’t a Wildwood did the year even happen?Things cheer up with a set of incredible guests. First, Max Charles and Lili Gu come by to talk about the massive BIPOC highlight reel to be released next week and delve into the details of how these things get made and how they hope this will help the ultimate community rise to the current moment. Then the guys welcome a very special guest: mid-Atlantic ultimate legend Frank Sarbones, who was at the first ever Wildwood 28 years ago. Time earned wisdom not to be missed. 

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Jul 2020

1 hr 10 min

The madness of a long, hot summer without ultimate is really setting in, as Pat and Tad ponder whether not having tournaments to play this year is an opportunity for personal growth, or like being forsaken by an uncaring god. Maybe both?The guys take stock of everyone’s chosen ultimate methadone, Disc Golf. Does it scratch the itch for ultimate die hards? Also, Pat commits to eating a lot of eggs for a good cause and weirdo Redskins name defenders get lit up in T/T/F.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 10 min

To commemorate the loss of the 2020 summer league season, the STF guys wind back the clock and reminisce on some of their best and worst summer league experiences. Plenty of great listener emails about favorite league moments, team names, and weird stories make a surprisingly cogent argument about the importance of summer league to us all.

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Jun 2020

1 hr 7 min

With the club regular season officially canceled, the STF guys look back on their first-ever club seasons. Did they suck? Have they learned anything? Why did they do it in the first place?This weekend would have been Poultry Days, so in memoriam the show runs back Mags Colvett's epic report from last year's P-Days. Must listen material, even a year later. It's not all looking backwards, though, as the guys celebrate the return of ultimate to New Zealand and roll out the week's TTF.

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Jun 2020

1 hr 20 min

Pat and Tad had to spend a Memorial Day Weekend at home for the first time in about six years and quite frankly they aren't having it. They revisit some of their favorite memories from college Nationals past, and after a lot of long winding digressions, settle on what their favorite college Nationals was.The guys go over some listener messages, have plenty of candidates for T/T/F, and start a new "COVID Progress" segment , celebrating a country that is progressive in more ways than one.

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May 2020

57 min 38 sec

Wildwouldn't you take a 6th year? Pat and Tad catch up on some of the recent COVID related developments in ultimate as USAU offers an unprecedented sixth year of eligibility to some college students and Wildwood is... happening? What could go wrong with either!All the cool kids are doing the 6/12/18/24 challenge while in isolation so Pat fields a few questions on it from his experience with the challenge back in October. The guys muse on what an STF All Star Tour would actually look like, and the winner of the PUL Jersey Auction sends in his own T/T/F.

May 2020

1 hr 15 min

It took over four years, multiple instances of bodily harm, and at least one irate parent threatening to fight them, but Sin The Fields gets to episode 100. Pat and Tad pull out all the stops literally and figuratively in this deluxe sized two part extravaganza. Looking back on the history of the show Pat and Tad's sins of the past are revisited, promises are made, secrets are revealed, shame is given and taken in equal measure, and maybe, just maybe, a deeper truth emerges.

May 2020

51 min 48 sec

It took over four years, multiple instances of bodily harm, and at least one irate parent threatening to fight them, but Sin The Fields gets to episode 100. Pat and Tad pull out all the stops literally and figuratively in this deluxe sized two part extravaganza. Looking back on the history of the show Pat and Tad's sins of the past are revisited, promises are made, secrets are revealed, shame is given and taken in equal measure, and maybe, just maybe, a deeper truth emerges.

May 2020

1 hr 5 min

Sin The Fields drops a mini-pod to announce the final four STF All Stars from the class of 2020 and pitch what an STF All Star Tour might look like.2020 STF All-StarsQuinn Finer - ColoradoRachel Hess - OregonEddie Scott - UMassKyra Khoroujnikova - UtahKenneth Xuan - NorthwesternGrace Alston - DartmouthMatthew Armour - Texas

Apr 2020

22 min 50 sec

Pat and Tad break down the Weird Injury Bracket voting as we reach the semifinal round -- make sure to vote on Ultiworld.com!

Apr 2020

19 min 3 sec

Pat and Tad introduce the Weird Injury Bracket -- make sure to vote on Ultiworld.com!

Mar 2020

15 min 24 sec

The STF guys come to you from the frontlines of social distancing to answer you pressing questions on quarantine life, give some important lifestyle advice, and break down the best frisbee documentary that has nothing to do with frisbee: Netflix’s Cheer.

Mar 2020

1 hr 2 min

The STF guys celebrate St. Patrick's Day by doing the previously unthinkable: recording a podcast before noon. Checking in with everyone from their social distanced dwellings, Pat and Tad offer consolation to college kids whose seasons are over, mull the future of graduating seniors, and tease some new projects they'll be doing while we're all stuck at home.

Mar 2020

14 min 45 sec

With college season in full swing, the STF guys get on their low horses and program-shame anyone who had the luxury to play on a team with O and D-lines or travel cross country for tournaments. A question over calling offside in an unobserved game goes directly to the very heart of the sport, and the first three STF All-Stars of 2020 are announced. All that, plus an announcement about an auction and an update on the injury bracket.

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Mar 2020

54 min 19 sec

College season is underway, as Pat returns from sun-soaked Florida Warm Up and Tad has takes about a well known program who, actually, are cowards. Tone deaf sideline parent hijinks, rookies trying to make horrible cheers stick, and sketchy fifth year academic recruitment. College ultimate baby! Plus, some wrap up thoughts on the Beach of Dreams and weird cat guys at the gym.

Feb 2020

58 min 18 sec

Megan and Meghan from the world’s finest online frisbee comic, Contested Strip, come by to talk about Lei Out/Throwback, the merits of beach ultimate, going to college with Tad, and their new book “One More Year.” Later, Pat and Tad get into the perils of child rearing and try to figure out how much weight they could gain in a single day.

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Jan 2020

59 min 11 sec

STF comes hot out of the gates in the new decade, assessing the populist rage that sprung up over USAU's "Beach of Dreams" and answering the question: "Does ultimate deserve to be in the Olympics?" Tad reports back from his first ever disc golf tournament, and Pat describes the wackiest winter league format he's ever seen.

Jan 2020

1 hr 7 min

It’s the 2019 Busties! (Gender Neutral Golden Busts) STF looks back at the best, and mostly worst, of the year that was. Who will take home the hardware for Worst Play or Moment of #legitimacy? Tune in to find out!

Dec 2019

1 hr 17 min

Tis the season for sitting around and bitching, as Pat and Tad go over the upcoming USAU Board Election despite the fact that no one ever votes in them. Will that change? Should it? They then react to the breaking news of the PUL/WUL expansion, and talk about the best and worst team names + logos. Also, make sure to get in your submissions for the "weird injury bracket" and for the year end Gender Neutral Golden Bust Awards.

Dec 2019

1 hr 9 min

The STF guys had a real show planned, but the madness of the offseason took hold and things went off the rails pretty quickly. They touch on winter league, the unwritten rules of playing in gloves, and how to #liveultimate on Thanksgiving in between deep introspection on barbershop masculinity, waiting in line for the bathroom at bars, guys who bring their own weights to the gym, and "not getting punked" as a lifestyle.

Nov 2019

1 hr 6 min