James Comey: Ultimate Frisbee Player

Adam ZagoriaContributor IJune 8, 2017

Mar 20, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; FBI Director James Comey testifies during The House Intelligence Committee public hearing on the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY
Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Call James Comey the "Ultimate" insider.

The man who may hold the fate of President Donald Trump in his hands also played Ultimate Frisbee, along with intramural basketball and football, while in college at William and Mary.

Once the former FBI Director is through testifying before Congress about potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, Comey could choose to pursue a second career on the Ultimate pitch.

Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

At 56, he's too old to strut his stuff in college (where the USA Ultimate Division 1 finals were recently shown on ESPNU) or professional Ultimate (where ESPN regularly puts plays from the American Ultimate Disc League on its Top 10). But there is a division in which Comey could showcase his Frisbee skills: USA Ultimate now features a Great Grand Masters division for players over 50.

"He's tall," says Matt Jefferson, who won several national championships with the New York, New York, Ultimate dynasty in the late 1980s and early '90s and helped co-found the Great Grand Masters division.

"All I'm thinking is, at 6'8" we'd put out the welcome mat for him. We'd have to have an initiation. He'd have to drink a disc of beer and swear an oath of loyalty to us."

Ultimate, which combines elements of football, basketball and soccer, was recognized by the International Olympics Committee in 2015. There's hope the sport could debut in the Olympics as early as 2024.

If there's ever a Great Grand Masters division in the Olympics, who knows? Comey could have a second act competing on the international sports stage.

"He would be our end-zone weapon," Jefferson says. "We would just loft passes up to James, who would be able to rise above the others and score point after point.

"On defense he could go into stealth mode, luring our opponent to throw passes to the end zone where James would be lurking to swat away, towering over most players. In addition, with his espionage and investigative expertise, he could uncover our opponent's strategies no matter how they encrypt them."

Alex Brandon/Associated Press

"In fact, our playbook is tailor-made for him, as we have three end-zone plays that we call FBI, CIA and KGB. He'll have no problem keeping them straight."

Jefferson adds, "In order to make the team, however, Mr. Comey would have to agree to a set of rules and would have to take an oath of loyalty to the team."

Those rules include:

1. Apologize to the great Fairfield/Westchester icon Martha Stewart for locking her up not for insider trading but for a simple little lie.

2. Now that he is no longer a registered Republican, he must remain apolitical as politics and Frisbee don't mix.

3. Sportsmanship and honor are far greater than winning. The spirit of the game must remain intact and you must play fair.

4. No leaking of information outside of the team.

5. Remember, love trumps hate.

Whether Comey D-blocks Trump in his testimony remains to be seen, but the Ultimate insider may have a second act ahead.

Across an Ultimate career that has spanned 30 years, Adam Zagoria has competed in College, Open, Mixed, Masters and Grandmasters Nationals. In 2013, he captained the Westchester Ultimate Summer League championship Gold team. His team also won the WSL title in 2011. Zagoria is the co-author, along with Tony Leonardo, of “ULTIMATE – The First Four Decades.” You can follow him on Twitter at @adamzagoria


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.