Sin The Fields

Sin The Fields

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.

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May 7, 2021 90 min
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, an...
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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.

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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 chall...
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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...
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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 PAI...
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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 fa...
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February 12, 2021 64 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.
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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, thi...
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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.
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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 cho...
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December 11, 2020 42 min
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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November 26, 2020 55 min
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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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, catchi...
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November 5, 2020 4 min
Pat and Tad give a quick update on the 2020 Presidential election.
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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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October 9, 2020 77 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 Godfa...
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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...
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September 18, 2020 59 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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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.
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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 fr...
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