Khalif El-Salaam fires up his Washington Sundodgers at the 2016 College Nationals. Photo by Paul Rutherford of UltiPhotos.com
With the college season starting, it's time for Callahan videos to start making their rounds.
I remember when I was coerced into playing ultimate at the SUNY-Buffalo club orientation fair back in 2009, the laptop that was playing videos on a loop on the club's table had a healthy mix of Callahan videos, among Ultivillage highlights and others. Even now, among the go-to NexGen, AUDL, and Ultiworld highlight videos, Callahan videos are still amongst the best ultimate highlight videos you can find. Every year there are new videos that can enter the rotation.
Before we get into the videos, I implore you to read this piece by Aaron Watson on what it took behind the scenes to help Trent Dillon out along the way to his 2016 victory.
To the videos...
Following up to his 2016 video, this teaser picks right where we all left off watching Khalif. Big plays for Washington and Mixtape, mixed in with Keith Raynor of Ultiworld talking about his big international experience for Team USA. But nothing nothing compares to the rap that starts at 3 minutes 54 seconds. To be frank, if each Callahan nominee had to rap to win, I'm not sure if Khalif would win. I don't know if Trent would win last season either, Wodatch was known to drop some bars to fire-up UConn.
Khafif, at least to start, seems like one of the strongest candidates. Since high school he's been making highlight reel plays. He's always been outspoken advocate for the Mixed game, for women in ultimate, and other issues within the sport. It's a shame he's injured to start the season, but if he's healthy soon we'll have highlights galore as he helps lead Washington to Nationals.
What a choice in music - the instrumental version of Black Skinhead by Kanye West - it really helps set the tone. Aaron Watson made this video as well for his former Pitt teammate, and it shows. The highlights cut up with broadcasters talking about Carl's game is just perfect. The picture of him throwing against
his long lost brother Dalton Smith at the end is a nice touch as well.
Expect Carl to go far in the voting, and to make a bunch of huge plays in Pitt's 2017 tournament season along the way. Plus he did this to Trent, so I mean he wins something, right?
Last updated 2/12/17
Now, a list of College Men's Teams that are good in no particular order! Bye Harvard... and how was UNC not in the last list?
- North Carolina
- UNC Wilmington
- Georgia? Maybe?
Finally, a list of College Women's Teams that are good in no particular order!
- Ohio State
- North Carolina