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Jan. 23, 2006
Jan. 23, 2006

Table of Contents
Jan. 23, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
Air and Space
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
NFL Playoffs
Pro Basketball
FIGURE SKATING
  • The U.S. nationals were replete with fine skating, but the show was stolen by the absent Michelle Kwan, who won a controversial berth on the Olympic team, despite not being healthy enough to defend her title

College Basketball
The Big Man
Inside
Life of Reilly
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Disc Jocks

ULTIMATE--THE FIRST FOUR DECADES
by Pasquale Anthony Leonardo and Adam Zagoria
Published by Ultimate History, Inc.
$39.50, 192 pages

This is an article from the Jan. 23, 2006 issue Original Layout

While playing a game of Ultimate in 2002, Cristin Rutzler made a big catch--in more than one sense. On the bottom of the disc she caught was the message, "Will you marry me?" The play resulted not only in her marriage to the disc's tosser, Mark Gandy, but also the couple's inclusion in Ultimate--The First Four Decades, a history of the self-proclaimed antisport.

The book--which comes with a DVD--traces Ultimate from its 1968 start at a New Jersey high school to its growth on college campuses, which have become home to more than 500 club teams. Dozens of articles examine everything from club histories to throwing technique to the Gandy-Rutzler nuptials.

Look for enlightening asides (Wham-O once tried to supplant Ultimate with a soccerlike game called Netbee) and sometimes hilarious minutiae (a graph charts the rise in Ultimate Players Association dues), but the book makes no pretense of being for the nonconverted. Readers who enjoy this book most will have said I do to Ultimate long ago.

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