Mellow Yellow are a Marble League team that has appeared in all five editions of the games. The team was notable in the first two stagings of the Marble League for scoring two podium finishes, 2nd in 2016 and 3rd in 2017. The team won eight medals across the two years.

Team Members

Yellah, Yellow, Yelley and Yellup were the original members of Mellow Yellow and are the current members of the team. Yellim was introduced to the team in 2018. Yellow became team captain in 2019.

2016 Team 2017 Team 2018 Team 2019 Team 2020 Team
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Yelley Yelley Yelley Yelley Yelley
Yellah Yellah Yellah Yellah Yellah
Yellup Yellup Yellup Yellup Yellup
Yellim Yellim Yellim
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

Coaches

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Mellow 25 February 2019[1] present 44 1 1 5 7 Marble League 2020 Lead Cube Award Winner

Note: Events include any kind of events (friendly events, other tournaments, ...).

History

Pre Marble League

Mellow Yellow come from the North American city of Amalanta. The four original members of the team, Yellow, Yellah, Yelley, and Yellup first met while working for The Non-Descript Soda Company within the city's metropolitan area. They had all been working for the company for about ten years and finally met each other taste-testing Non-Descript Yellow Soda. After spending a long night in meetings, drinking a lot of soda, the four all realized they were miserable at their jobs, and all decided to quit.

A view of Marblopolis from above

Afterwards, the four left Amalanta and moved to Marblopolis, a city west of Amalanta, renowned for its high-speed marble racing (and also its lower taxes). They all spent time looking for new jobs, struggling to make ends meet. This led to a lot of worry and doubt about their decision, although the excitement of the city and the enjoyment of the races kept the team going.

After about eight months, the four were getting desperate and they had to start cutting down on bills. One day, Greg Woods arrived at Yellow's home. He had heard they enjoyed marble racing and asked them to join the Fruit Circuit, a now-defunct series of untelevised marble races held throughout North America. The four had caught Woods' attention due to their experience working for The Non-Descript Soda Company, which he thought was close enough to a fruit. The Circuit had been struggling financially and needed new teams to get more funding.

Yellow, Yellah, Yelley, and Yellup agreed to join the Fruit Circuit. Unfortunately, the four lacked experience in marble racing, although Yellah had played dodge-marble in school. They decided to name their team Mellow Yellow to avoid copyright-related issues while staying true to their origin. The Circuit involved minimal training for the four marbles. Once the training was complete, they joined the races in the Fruit Circuit.

The first few months were difficult, with Mellow Yellow struggling to get into the top 25. They particularly struggled with teams such as the Yarble Yellers and the Strawberry Strudels. But every race led to improvement, and the team eventually started to move up the rankings. They eventually started to consistently finish within the top ten, even in the top five. In 2015, the Fruit Circuit's last season, Mellow Yellow finished in second. This meant they prequalified for the new competition, Marble League 2016, along with the Limers and the O'rangers, and Greg Woods also moved to become the commentator for the new tournament.

2016

Mellow Yellow had a strong start to Marble League 2016, earning a silver medal in Event 1, Balancing. Their next medal, a gold, came in Event 4, Sand Rally. Yelley blazed through the qualifying to earn 2nd place, just 1.1 seconds behind the top marble to book a spot in the final. Seven of the top eight teams in the standings were represented in the final, but it was Yelley who came through, overtaking Rojo Uno of the Rojo Rollers to claim the team's first Marble League gold medal, which was enough to put Mellow Yellow into joint first place with the Rojo Rollers.

The next six events were disappointing for Mellow Yellow, as they finished within the top half only once in the stretch, namely a bronze medal in Event 6, Water Race. By the end of Event 9, Team Pursuit, the team were in fourth overall. The team's luck seemed to be reversing in Event 10, Precision Slalom, where they earned a single point, but fell further to sixth in the standings. Event 11, Quartet Diving, saw Mellow Yellow win another gold medal, taking the team into third overall.

With just two points separating Mellow Yellow from standings leaders, the Thunderbolts, a strong finish in the final event, Hurdles, was important. Yellup was selected to take part, and he edged out Sublime of the Limers by 0.03 seconds to move on to the final. In the last race of Marble League 2016, Yellup built a solid lead early, but struggled over the last hurdles as Speedy of the Savage Speeders pushed through by less than 0.01 seconds to win the event and the overall title. Yellup's silver medal was Mellow Yellow's joint-record fifth medal of the games, and it was good enough to bring the team into a second place finish overall, prequalifying them for Marble League 2017.

2017

It took a couple events for Mellow Yellow to get up to speed in Marble League 2017. The team's first three events saw two top 5 finishes, but no medals, and they were stuck in 7th place after the first quarter of the games. Event 4, 5-meter Sprint, saw Mellow Yellow reverse their luck as Yellow won his heat by 0.1 seconds over Sea of the Oceanics. Yellow earned the second spot in the final when he finished just behind Choc of the Chocolatiers in the semifinal. The final saw Mellow Yellow get their revenge for the final event of the 2016 season when Yellow came from behind to edge out Speedy of the Savage Speeders to claim the gold by 0.02 seconds. This took them into first place overall.

Another dry spell ensued as over the next three events the best finish Mellow Yellow could muster was 10th. Yellah, however, rebounded in spectacular fashion for Event 8, High Jump. Yellah successfully cleared each of his first six jumps in just one attempt, before setting a new Marble League record by clearing 38 cm, also in his first attempt. This earned him a gold medal, and the team jumped to third overall.

In Event 9, Steeplechase, Mellow Yellow posted a raw score of 40.66. Despite the success of his teammates, Yellah could not complete the course, and the team also incurred a one-second penalty, which pushed them to 0.09 seconds behind the Savage Speeders, who ended up winning the gold medal. They earned another silver medal and moved into second overall. Unfortunately, the team lost focus and only earned six points in the final three events, finishing in 3rd, one point ahead of the rookie Midnight Wisps. They had once again prequalified for Marble League 2018.

2018

During the offseason, Mellow Yellow recruited Yellim as reserve member as they trained for Marble League 2018. The team headed into the Marble League 2018 Friendly Round, where they managed to come second in all three events, and finished second overall. This established Mellow Yellow as a title contender. Things were looking good for the team, or so it seemed.

However, Mellow Yellow had a terrible season, completely different from the two previous Marble Leagues. The team started out with a ninth place finish in Event 1, 5 Meter Ice Dash, and a sixth place finish in Event 2, Ski Jump, took them into eighth. Unfortunately, their poor performance in the next events saw the team fall to last place by the end of Event 8, Snowboard Cross.

Mellow Yellow did manage to receive double-digit points in three of the last four events, and they moved to 15th place overall. The team were close to earning a medal in the final event, Sand Mogul Race, where Yellow came fourth. They were tied with the Limers on points, but were behind in medal count. Many fans attributed Mellow Yellow's poor performance to the "third place curse", a belief that the team that came in third in the previous Marble League would do poorly in the next Marble League.

2019

Mellow Yellow had a busy offseason, returning to Amalanta to visit their families. There, they also began to work on a new stadium and training facility with their new coach, Mellow. They also had collected enough money to permanently settle in Amalanta. The team were unsure whether they had enough time to take part in the two offseason events, but Mellow said they should take part. Yellup had a mediocre fifteenth place finish in the 100 Meter Water Race, and the team came last in their group in the Amazing Maze Marble Race. They also submitted a bid to host Marble League 2019, but lost out to the Oceanics.

Mellow Yellow had a terrible start to the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers, with Yellup finishing in last place in the first event, Funnel Race. Coach Mellow started to work hard to restore the team's morale. It worked, and the team finished in eleventh in Block Pushing. They also got a second place finish in Relay Race, putting the team into 11th overall, and remained there after a tenth place finish for Yellah in the final event, Underwater Race, enough to qualify for Marble League 2019.

Mellow Yellow had one aim in Marble League 2019: to win back the respect of their fans after last year's poor performance. Unfortunately, Yellow, now the captain of the team, started off poorly for the team the first event of Marble League 2019, Underwater Race, by coming 11th. However, each event saw an improvement as the team moved up the standings. Yellow was selected to take part in Event 5, 5 Meter Sprint, which he had previously won in Marble League 2017. Yellow won the event, the team's first gold in more than a year, bringing the team into 6th place.

Mellow Yellow stayed in sixth overall after a ninth place finish in Event 6, Relay Run, and a bronze medal for the team in Event 7, Block Pushing. Yelley was eliminated in the heats of Event 8, Summer Biathlon. However, she finished in ninth overall, enough for the team to jump to 4th place overall. Unfortunately, the team started to fall back with a fifteenth place finish in Dirt Race and a fourteenth place finish in Rafting, and the team dropped to 7th overall. Now that Mellow Yellow had earned the respect of their fans back, all they had to do was restore their confidence.

Mellow Yellow had a slightly stronger finish to Marble League 2019. Yelley came 5th in Surfing, followed by a bronze medal for the team in Collision, putting the team into 4th overall. The podium positions were unachievable, but the team could remain in fourth with a good enough finish in the final event. Yellow finished the games with a ninth place finish in the Sand Rally, good enough to stay ahead of the Savage Speeders in the standings. Mellow Yellow finished the League in 4th place, finally beating the Savage Speeders and completing one of the most impressive redemptions in Marble League history.

Mellow Yellow returned to Amalanta and were greeted with surprise as they saw their logo gratified around the city, their posters in their favorite pizza shop, and headlines about them in the Amalanta Press. The team once again applied for a hosting bid for Marble League 2020, but were again unsuccessful. However, they were invited to take part in Marbula One Season 1. They accepted the invitation and announced they would be sending Yellow and Yellup, who decided to use the nicknames "The Big Cheese" and "The Golden Boy", respectively.

2020

Yellow debuted in the first Grand Prix at the Savage Speedway, qualifying in fourth, but couldn't keep this up and finished the race in ninth. Yellup debuted at the second Grand Prix, at the O'raceway, qualifying in eighth and finishing in seventh. Yellup did well in the Hivedrive Grand Prix, qualifying in 3rd and finishing in 5th. He followed this up by earning pole position at the Greenstone Grand Prix and finishing in third. Yellow struggled a bit more. He earned ten points at the Short Circuit Grand Prix, but failed to earn any points at the Momotorway Grand Prix and earned only one point at the Razzway Grand Prix.

By the end of the Razzway Grand Prix, Mellow Yellow were no longer able to win the season, but could still finish in the top three. Unfortunately, Yellup finished the Midnight Bay Grand Prix in 13th after qualifying in 9th. Mellow Yellow finished their first Marbula One season in 10th place.[2]

They entered into 2020 Marble League Qualifiers, with a 4th place finish in Balancing. However, after a 17th in Funnel Endurance, the team fell down to 13th. In Block Pushing, the team went up against the event winners, the Midnight Wisps. They still finished a satisfactory 7th and moved into ninth overall. Then they finished sixth in the 5 Meter Sprint, which was enough for them to qualify.

Mellow Yellow qualified for Marble League 2020 in 5th place with 46 points. Once they entered the main tournament however, their form has been appalling as they finished in the bottom three 5 times in 8 events. They did managed to clinch a bronze medal in the Long Jump event, but their form got worse and by the 10th event, despite a 5th place finish, they achieved the lowest point tally after 10 events. In Event 12, Mellow Yellow must get at least a silver to continue their faint hopes of winning the Marble League, they finished 14th, and combined with O'rangers finishing 2nd in the Relay Race, rendered them 109 points adrift off top spot with 4 events left to go. As a result, Mellow Yellow became the first team to mathematically eliminated from winning Marble League 2020, with them chained at the bottom of the Marble League with 51 points, 12 points apart from the Hornets. However, a bronze medal in the High Jump event, and a critical silver medal at the final day of the season, pulled Mellow Yellow out of the "basement", finishing 14th, 8 points clear of the Hornets, who ended in the "basement".

Marble League 2016

Main article: Marble League 2016
Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 312 cm 2nd 7 2nd
Relay Race All 24.13 sec. 10th 0 3rd
Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 8th 1 6th
Sand Rally Yelley 0:55.94 1st 10 1st
Long Jump Yellah 71.8 cm 16th 0 3rd
Water Race Yellow 1:18.84 3rd 5 3rd
High Jump Yelley X 14th 0 4th
10 Meter Sprint Yellup 5.191 sec. 10th 0 4th
Team Pursuit All 25.90 sec. 10th 0 4th
Precision Slalom All 17 pts 7th 1 6th
Quartet Diving All 40.72 pts 1st 10 3rd
Hurdles Yellup 5.34 sec. 2nd 7 2nd

Marble League 2017

Main article: Marble League 2017

Mellow Yellow automatically qualified for Marble League 2017 because of their second place finish in Marble League 2016.

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Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Yellah 1:08.09 10th 6 10th
Long Jump Yellup 70.5 cm 4th 12 9th
Fidget Spinner Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 5th 11 7th
5-meter Sprint Yellow 6.13 sec. 1st 25 1st
Hurdles Yelley 11.26 sec. 14th 2 3rd
Relay Run All 11.93 sec. 11th 5 6th
Block Pushing All 137.6 cm 10th 6 8th
High Jump Yellah 38 cm 1st 25 3rd
Steeplechase All 41.66 sec. 2nd 20 2nd
Archery All 32.5 pts 11th 5 2nd
Underwater Race Yellow 14.34 sec. 15th 1 3rd
Sand Rally Yelley 1:28.69 15th 1 3rd

Marble League 2018

Main article: Marble League 2018

2018 Mellow Yellow logo

Mellow Yellow automatically qualified for the 2018 season because of their third place finish in Marble League 2017.

Friendly Round

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Ice Dash Yellup 4.94 sec. 2nd 3 2nd
Curling All - 2nd 3 3rd
Halfpipe All 38.40 sec. 2nd 3 2nd

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Ice Dash Yellup 5.04 sec. 9th 7 9th
Ski Jump Yellah 115.0 cm 6th 10 8th
Halfpipe All 27.39 sec. 10th 6 9th
Bobsled All 14.81 sec. 10th 6 12th
Speed Skating Yellow 32.48 sec. 16th 0 14th
Team Pursuit All 30.23 sec. 9th 7 14th
Snow Rally Yelley 51.53 sec. 11th 5 15th
Snowboard Cross Yellup 58.60 sec. 16th 0 16th
Curling All Quarterfinal Loss 5th 11 16th
Biathlon All 25.11 sec. 14th 2 16th
Ice Hockey All Quarterfinal Loss 6th 10 15th
Sand Mogul Race Yellow 6.50 sec. 4th 12 15th

Other 2018 Competitions

Mellow Yellow took part in two other competitions in 2018: the 100 Meter Water Race and the Amazing Maze Marble Race.

Event Participant Final Result Place
100 Meter Water Race Yellup 4:07.68 15th
Amazing Maze Marble Race All 24 pts 22nd

Marble League 2019

Main article: Marble League 2019

Mellow Yellow's original logo for the 2019 season, designed by Hersh.

Mellow Yellow logo, designed by Pim Leurs.

Qualifiers

Mellow Yellow Qualified for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Yellup 0:46.24 20th 1 20th
Block Pushing All 98.7 cm 11th 8 17th
Relay Race All 9.54 sec. 2nd 20 11th
Underwater Race Yellah 29.72 sec. 10th 9 11th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Underwater Race Yellow (C) 15.80 sec. 11th 5 11th
Funnel Race Yellah 1:42.06 9th 7 10th
Balancing All 273 cm 6th 10 8th
Gravitrax Slalom All 8.86 sec. 5th 11 8th
5 Meter Sprint Yellow (C) 6.159 sec. 1st 25 6th
Relay Run All 9.063 sec. 9th 7 6th
Block Pushing All 65.1 cm 3rd 15 6th
Summer Biathlon Yelley 31.55 sec. 9th 7 4th
Hurdles Race Yellow (C) 9.133 sec. 8th 8 4th
Hubelino Maze All 26 7th 9 5th
Dirt Race Yellah DNF 15th 1 5th
Rafting All 40.21 sec. 14th 2 7th
Elimination Race Yellup 20.99 sec. 7th 9 6th
Surfing Yelley 49.11 5th 11 5th
Collision All 3rd Place Winner 3rd 15 4th
Sand Rally Yellow (C) 2:02.96 9th 7 4th

Marbula One Season 1

Main article: Marbula One Season 1

Mellow Yellow took part in Marbula One Season 1. Their team consisted of Yellow and Yellup.

Season Entrant SAV ORA MOM HOR GDK TBO RSP MNW Points Total
S1 Yellow (C) 9th 15th 5th 10th 25th (13) 10th (44)
Yellup 7th 5th 3rd 13th 12th (31)
Grand Prix Participant Qualifying
Position
Time Place Points Overall
Standing
Yellow
Standing
Yellup
Standing
Savage Speedway Yellow (C) 4th 5:34.43 9th 2 9th 9th -
O'raceway Yellup 8th 5:25.46 7th 6 11th 17th 13th
Momotorway Yellow (C) 10th 5:50.47 15th 0 12th 20th 15th
Hivedrive Yellup 3rd 5:35.23 5th 10 10th 24th 13th
Greenstone Yellup 1st 6:03.10 3rd 15 6th 25th 4th
Short Circuit Yellow (C) 3rd 5:31.96 5th 10 8th 21st 8th
Razzway Yellow (C) 9th 5:37.51 10th 1 8th 23rd 9th
Midnight Bay Yellup 9th 8:02.88 13th 0 10th 25th 12th

Marble League 2020

Main article: Marble League 2020

Qualifiers

Mellow Yellow qualified for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 353 cm 4th 16 4th
Funnel Endurance Yellow (C) 1:50.20 17th 3 13th
Block Pushing All 61.5 cm 7th 13 9th
5 Meter Sprint Yellup 5.260 sec. 6th 14 5th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 156 cm 16th 0 16th
Halfpipe All 54.70 sec. 11th 5 14th
Funnel Endurance Yellup 1:44.05 15th 1 16th
Newton's Cradle Yellah & Yellow 89.10 cm 16th 0 16th
Long Jump Yelley 82.00 cm 3rd 15 15th
Hurdles Yellup 8.988 sec. 14th 2 16th
Block Pushing All 75.05 cm 10th 6 16th
Triathlon Yellim 35.06 sec. 16th 0 16th
Sand Mogul Race Yellow 9.078 sec. 5th 11 15th
5 Meter Sprint Yellow 6.429 sec. 15th 1 16th
Black Hole Funnel Yellah & Yelley 71.79 sec. 8th 8 16th
Relay Race All 8.880 sec. 14th 2 16th
High Jump Yellah 39.0 cm 3rd 15 16th
Team Aquathlon All 20.15 sec. 16th 0 16th
Collision All Quaterfinal Loss 8th 8 16th
Marble Marathon Yellup 10:40.30 2nd 20 14th

Results

Marble League Results

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2016 12 2 2 1 5 2nd 41
2017 2 1 0 3 3rd 119
2018 0 0 0 0 15th 76
2019 16 1 0 2 3 4th 149
2020 0 1 2 3 14th 94

Marbula One Results

Season Grands
Prix
Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
S1 8 0 0 1 1 10th 44

Team Members' Individual Scores

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Yellah Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Long Jump (2016)
Funnel Race (2017)
High Jump (2017)
Ski Jump (2018)
Funnel Race (2019)
Dirt Race (2019)
Newton's Cradle (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
High Jump (2020)
1 gold medals
0 silver medals
1 bronze medal
72 pts
Yelley Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Sand Rally (2016)
High Jump (2016)
Hurdles (2017)
Sand Race (2017)
Snow Rally (2018)
Summer Biathlon (2019)
Surfing (2019)
Long Jump (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
1 gold medal
0 silver medals
1 bronze medal
59 pts
Yellim Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Triathlon (2020) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Yellow Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Water Race (2016)
5-Meter Sprint (2017)
Underwater Race (2017)
Speed Skating (2018)
Sand Mogul Race (2018)
Underwater Race (2019)
5 Meter Sprint (2019)
Hurdles Race (2019)
Sand Rally (2019)
Newton's Cradle (2020)
Sand Mogul Race (2020)
5 Meter Sprint (2020)
2 gold medals
0 silver medals
1 bronze medals
100 pts
Yellup Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
10 Meter Sprint (2016)
Hurdles (2016)
Long Jump (2017)
5 Meter Ice Dash (2018)
Snowboard Cross (2018)
Elimination Race (2019)
Funnel Endurance (2020)
5 Meter Hurdles (2020)
Marble Marathon (2020)
0 gold medals
2 silver medals
0 bronze medals
58 pts

Italics - As reserve member

Trivia

  • Despite its name sounding the same, Mellow Yellow has nothing to do with the soft drink brand "Mello Yello".
  • The name "Mellow Yellow" was first suggested by a Facebook user in July 2016.[3]
  • Mellow Yellow was one of two teams to have automatically qualified for all of the ML seasons, until they placed fifteenth at the end of ML2018. The Savage Speeders were the only team to hold that distinction until 2019, which it placed 5th, just below Mellow Yellow.
  • Mellow Yellow is one of four active solid color teams. The others are the O'rangers, Snowballs, and Pinkies.
  • Mellow Yellow shares a rivalry with Savage Speeders due to close finishes at the end of ML2016 and ML2017.
  • Mellow Yellow is one of six teams that has been able to qualify for every single Marble League so far.
  • Mellow Yellow also shares a rivalry with Pinkies for their battle in ML2018 to stay out of the "basement", referring to last place in the overall standings.
    • Mellow Yellow ultimately won this battle, finishing in fifteenth place and tying with Limers in points. However, Mellow Yellow remained in fifteenth because they had not medaled, whilst the Limers had earned a gold medal.
  • Mellow Yellow is the first team to place top 3 and bottom 3 in two ML respectively.

Gallery

References

  1. LittleMighty_ (25th February 2019). Captains voting results!. Reddit.
  2. Stynth (10th April 2020). RetRollSpective – Mellow Yellow. Marble Sports.
  3. Jelle's Marble Runs (10th July 2016). Jelle's Marble Runs Facebook. “Here are the participating marbles from the MarbleLympics 2016! (Marble Olympic Games) Now i need good names for the marble teams!”
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