Tony Leonardo

Tony Leonardo has been writing about Ultimate since 1996 and is the co-author of Ultimate: The First Four Decades (2005) and author of Ultimate: The Greatest Sport Ever Invented By Man (2008). He founded the University of Notre Dame team in 1991 and and won a gold medal playing for Team USA Masters at the 2011 World Championships of Beach Ultimate. He is also known as a broadcast commentator for Paganello (2004-7, 2009), Club Worlds in Prague (2010) the World Games in Cali, Colombia (2013) and as the color commentator for the MLU’s Eastern Conference (2013, 2014).

The Misguided Hope of Hacktivism

by September 12, 2016, 7:00am 1

In April, Tony published a poorly-worded and poorly-researched piece about transgender issues in ultimate. He learned a lot from the backlash.

Identity Matchups

by April 26, 2016, 7:30am 30

Tony Leonardo remembers “Luke” and “Mary” and ponders the impact a male-to-female trans player would have on the game.

A New Way To Play

by May 6, 2014, 9:00am 0

The mid-90s gave way to Boston’s Death or Glory, whose calm and collected play represented a sharp divergence from the messy, aggressive game ultimate knew a decade earlier.

The Cuervo Years

by April 17, 2014, 6:55am 5

Skyd looks back to the early 90s, when a bold Jose Cuervo sponsored series brought serious prize money, two point lines, and a vision that sought to change ultimate’s future.

Winning, New York Style

by April 10, 2014, 8:00am 7

From cocaine laced parties to unmatched intensity on the field, the infamous NYNY was one team you didn’t want to cross.

2014 Mock Draft: Team Devolver

by March 27, 2014, 8:00am 1

Tony Leonardo drafted with a noticeable East Coast bent, with several international players in the mix as well. Read about his strategy going into the draft and how he thinks his team will fare.

Nob’s UPA

by March 25, 2014, 7:00am 0

In the late 80’s, Robert “Nob” Rauch transformed USA Ultimate (then UPA) from a grassroots organization to a working business.

World Games Info And Links

by July 27, 2013, 8:25pm 5

Finally ultimate is ready to begin at The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia! Six countries have qualified: Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, Great Britain and Colombia and they have each…

World Games Preview: Colombia

by July 24, 2013, 1:30pm 2

The following piece is part of a series of profiles prepared for the World Flying Disc Federation. Having the World Games come home is an awesome opportunity for the ultimate…

World Games 2013: Seeding

by July 22, 2013, 3:49pm 4

The seeding for WG came from the results of Open, Women and Mixed Divisions at WUGC 2012. Teams were awarded points based on their finishing position, with the max #…