It was shortly after midnight last Saturday, and Jadon Scullion was sitting on a bench at Keva Sports Center in Middleton swigging coffee. He, along with more than 60 other guys, were resting up after running sprints and having their vertical leaps measured. In a few minutes they'd divide into teams and play ultimate Frisbee for three hours before staggering home at dawn.
"I wanna be a pro!" jokes Scullion. He, like the others, is trying out for the Radicals, Madison's new professional ultimate team. It begins play in the American Ultimate Disc League this spring with a 16-game schedule, including a May 3 home opener at Breese Stevens Field.
Ultimate has traditionally been a grassroots sport run by the players, even at the competitive college and club levels. Athletes pick up the cost for everything, including uniforms and field space. The AUDL,