Spike Friedman

Spike Friedman is a Seattle based writer and playwright. Spike’s written work can be found at Grantland, The Stranger, Paste, Deadspin and Mental Floss.

Will Pro Ultimate Make It?

by April 8, 2016, 8:00am 6

Sportswriter Spike Friedman looks back at the 2015 Pro Season and ponders its future.

The Pro Leagues: Making a Comparison

by July 28, 2015, 8:39am 11

Spike checks out an AUDL game, and he concludes that the difference between the two pro leagues depends on who’s watching. To some, there isn’t much of one.

Ultimate is a Game of Inches

by July 15, 2015, 9:53am 3

Grantland writer Spike Friedman muses on the Seattle Rainmakers’ cruel victory over the Portland Stags in the MLU Western Conference Final.

Is Video King?

by June 10, 2015, 8:46am 4

The nature of sports broadcasting is constant flux. Is streaming every single game worth the MLU’s resources?

The Two-Pointer

by June 5, 2015, 9:50am 37

Spike proposes a two-point interception drive, as the Rainmakers pass the midway point in their season.

On Tactics and Progress

by May 20, 2015, 6:03am 6

Spike Friedman talks about space for tactical innovation in ultimate and wonders where the women’s game factors into the sport’s growth.

Finding the Perfect Ultimate Player

by May 6, 2015, 10:58am 14

After attending his first game, Spike doesn’t think he could hang– he’s tall enough, but not quick. Tim Tebow, though? It’s painful to say it, but he’d dominate.

More Watching, More Questions

by May 1, 2015, 9:49am 22

A newcomer’s takes on ultimate using a clock, how weather affects the game, Jimmy Graham spikes, and Skippy being a funny sponsor.

First Impressions

by April 21, 2015, 6:05am 24

Spike just watched opening week in Major League Ultimate. Portland’s offense made him think of the Shaq-era Lakers and Henry Phan’s throws prompted a bad word or two. He’s still not sure how much scoring actually matters, though.

I’m Going to be an Ultimate Fan

by April 13, 2015, 7:00am 30

Grantland sportswriter Spike Friedman is on a mission to become an ultimate fan.