Thinking about it, I realized that I'm as bad as the media in focusing on what's wrong with ultimate, rather than what's right. So, in a continuing effort to be fair and balanced, I present you with some good news.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, and began playing ultimate there in 1983 as a high school senior. My first tournament ever was as an illegal ringer for Allderdice in some national high school tournament on the Mall in DC. A six-team summer league formed that summer and was the biggest draw that got me hooked into the game.
This year, there are 18 teams in the Pittsburgh High School league (PHUL). And from what I understand, the kids themselves do most of the organizing for it. They recently decided to host a hat tournament even. Say what you will about hat tournaments, but the fact that these kids love ultimate so much that they're willing to play turnover-laden ultimate with a bunch of kids they don't know is awesome.