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Ultimate: The Greatest Sport Ever Invented by Man

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  14 reviews

Some say that Ultimate is the most misunderstood team flying disc field running sport on the planet. Most people think it’s Frisbee football played barefoot and without boundaries. Those people are wrong. Ultimate is a sport played by 824,000 people a year in North America—more than korfball, lawn darts, lacrosse, and curling combined. Ultimate is so popular that it even
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Breakaway Books
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Jake Cooper
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Hilarious. The whole thing is one long in-joke for those in the ultimate community.
James Howald
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Not sure about this cult your friend belongs to that devotes itself to a 170g piece of plastic? Just catch yourself asking, "it's 170g?" This may be the book to read.

It does a great job of highlighting the things that make this sport the "Greatest Sport Ever Invented by Man." It also does a good job laughing at some of the things that make the sports participants worth laughing at. As if that wasn't good enough, it also gives you an overview of the game across the world, how it's communities are
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
There is a fundamental problem here. I think anyone would agree that this book borders on nonsense to a non-ultimate player. Still, this is not necessarily a problem, as there is a fine tradition of niche writing. However, if you are an ultimate player, then you've heard all of this shit before and you're sick of it. Well, I am anyway. The writing is smarmy college-writing, intended to be witty and ironic. If you ever want to know what it's like to stand on the sidelines at an Ultimate tournamen ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, nonfiction
Pretty much the greatest book ever written on Ultimate, including truth and entertainment and so much more. If you want a good feel for Ultimate Frisbee and its adherents, read this book. If you already play, this book is double dogged for you for sure. Counter-culture sport, go!

Disclaimer: I play Ultimate as a rec-leaguer/engineer.
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is very fun in small doses over a long period of time.
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very funny book!! A good read if you're an Ultimate player. ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Hilarious and informative- every aspiring or seasoned ultimate player should read this little guide to the greatest sport ever invented by man.
Rachel Jackson
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought Ultimate: The Greatest Sport Ever Invented By Man for a friend who is quite the Ultimate Frisbee aficionado, hoping that, as an amateur player himself, he would be able to find some humor in this book beyond the basic rules and concepts of the game. Through him, I am also inundated with Ultimate terms and stories, and although I don't play the sport myself, I was not disappointed by Pasquale Anthony Leonardo's snarky and vibrant take on Ultimate Frisbee. A nice balance between basic rul ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ultimate the Greatest Sport Ever Invented by Man written by Pasquale Anthony Leonardo with art by Cade Beaulieu presents the many aspects of our sport — its athleticism, inclusiveness, sense of community, base silliness, notorious soirees and, most importantly, its spirit. The book progresses over a series of short chapters, covering topics like “What is Ultimate?”, “Cheers: How to Tell the World Your Weird”, “Training: Can it Happen to You”, and is interspersed with profiles of “Player Types”, ...more
Dec 09, 2007 rated it liked it
I am amazed that so much of the Ultimate experience is so common. I don't know what a non-Ultimate player would get out of this, maybe a glimpse into the world of an Ultimate player. For the player it's well worth taking 90 minutes to dip into the wacky world of Ultimate to stir up fond (and even a few not so fond) memories. The author does a nice job of mixing the serious with the ridiculous aspects of Ultimate. The only section that didn't ring true to me was the section on nicknames. I hardly ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A bit silly and tongue in cheek to be really good. But still, good for killing a boring evening.

Do not recommend unless you're an ultimate player or know anything about the sport, or it'll be entirely lost on you.

At least I now know what skying someone is.
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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I'm not a big fan of this book. It was entertaining enough, but it was a strange mix of informative and parody. One or the other would have been fine, but combination of the two put me off. That said, I liked it enough to read it all the way to the end. ...more
Dave Peticolas
A fairly humorous account of my favorite sport.
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This is probably the best or second-best book I have written. Two thumbs up!
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