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  • Eric Anderson 8:30 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink  

    All right everyone. I need to get a few things done this evening. Have a great night.

     
  • Garrick van Buren 8:21 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink  

    @swedenssons – you spent the Loppet observing teams, any interesting new game play you witnessed?

     
    • Eric Anderson 8:24 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Tossing at the king to lose on purpose to start game two when time limits are short.
      The rescue play I saw and how it unfolded.
      A lot of young guys with the look in their eyes that they could get into the sport part of it.

  • Chris Hodges 8:07 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink  

    Will the finals be webcast live again?

     
    • Eric Anderson 8:09 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We are hoping to, and have a wider lens/camera to get the whole pitch. It was a little last minute last year, but we think we are the only Championship doing it. VM NEEDS TO DO IT.

  • Chris Hodges 7:52 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink  

    Are there any updates at all to the tournament format this year?

     
    • Eric Anderson 7:58 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great question.

    • Eric Anderson 7:59 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Format will stay the same. If we get to 96 teams, we have already done the bracket, the top 32 teams will get a bye. 24 group winners and 6 #2s. 64 will play in.

      • Garrick 8:01 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The Kubbchucks are planning on back-to-back games again this year. Though instead of just 1 day, we’re hoping for 2 days of continuous play :)

        • Eric Anderson 8:10 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          We say why not the Kubbchucks on Sunday. The red and white kubbs will be waiting for you….

        • Jamie Thingelstad 10:30 am on February 17, 2013 Permalink

          No back-to-back this year Garrick. We are going to shut down the opposite side of the pitch so fast they’ll be wondering when the game even started! :-)

      • Chris Hodges 8:01 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Is there any rhyme or reason to which 6 groups will pass on their #2? Seems like it might be quite an advantage to be in one of those…

        • Eric Anderson 8:03 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Teams in the 2012 1-4 finishers and then 2 from the T5s. The other two will play 4s. Perhaps some would want to keep playing. It will be random, unless we only get six return, etc.

  • Eric Anderson 7:27 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink  

    Let’s get this party started. We will be here until 8pm. Time to talk Kubb and US Championship.

     
    • Garrick 7:34 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      hey eric. this was a great idea. I’ll be in & out as I’m in between bedtime with the kids.

      • Eric Anderson 7:35 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Short notice is probably not the best, but I figured I would give it a try.

        • Eric Anderson 7:39 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          How do I get a picture for my image.

        • Garrick 7:56 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          @swedenssons – set up an account @ gravatar.com. The photo in gravatar.com that you tie to your pitch.planetkubb.com address will automatically display next to your comments here.

        • Eric Anderson 8:01 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Thanks.

    • Eric Anderson 7:47 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just got an email asking who we thought the favorite is for 2013. Great question. We would say both Team Knockerheads and Kubbsicles are even right now. Can either be beat? Sure, but you will have to bring you A+ game and hope for a slip from them. TK at the Loppet was overly impressive at 8 meters and Josh probably still has the advantage on Mark for the inkastare position. That being said, the young kids get it done and have no fear, not saying TK does. If they are both in the Final again, we would not be surprised and would enjoy the show.

    • Eric Anderson 7:52 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Got another question about sleepers. Remember, Leinenkubbels were the only team to beat Kubbsicles last year. They finished 3rd, and we think some teams might think that was a fluke. We don’t. Solid team with very underrated inkastare. Also, Dark Side of the Kubb seems to be upcoming along

      • Eric Anderson 7:55 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        With kubbilicious Maximus and Von trappe family slingers. We say them, as we have played against them since the 2012 Championship and have seen them take some good teams far in a match. We would love to see another top Des Moines team or Twin Cities team come up as well. Heck, we would love to see more teams from all the clubs lie Appleton, Madison, etc.

      • Eric Anderson 7:56 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Then, we think Goofy Kubbers could make a very deep run this year. In one year, their inkastare Evan Fitzgerald has become what we think is a top 10, if not 5 or 6 in the country.

    • Chris Hodges 7:58 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Got an over/under on how many of last year’s quarter finalists will be playing on Sunday this year?

      • Eric Anderson 8:00 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We will say five.

      • Eric Anderson 8:01 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        4.5 should make an interesting Vegas line.

      • Eric Anderson 8:04 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We do think it is going to get a lot harder to get to Sunday. The average teams are getting better and the good teams, some are getting really good.

      • Eric Anderson 8:06 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Do you want to name them?

        • Chris Hodges 8:07 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Not until I see the groups & brackets!!!

        • Chris Hodges 8:09 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          PK will run a few hundred thousand computer simulations and get back to you with the most likely results. :-)

        • Eric Anderson 8:12 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Come on Mr. Hodges, Knockerheads, Kubbsicles, Tad Kubbler, I know you have those three, who are your two or more?

        • Garrick 8:14 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Kubb Snipers & Ringers?

        • Eric Anderson 8:15 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Kubb Snipers did not make it last year. T9.

        • Garrick 8:15 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          @swedenssons – thanks, I didn’t remember.

        • Chris Hodges 8:17 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Kubb Snipers will have an uphill battle without the seeding, but I think they will make it this year. Any team Scott Forster drills for, and Leinies.

        • Chris Hodges 8:19 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          I think the Wolfpack has the talent to make it back too. How long has it been since they didn’t at least make the quarters?

        • Eric Anderson 8:21 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          We think that a lot of people will realize this year that a top 16 seed and top 8 even more so is vital. We love this game!!

        • bricker 8:21 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Hey Guys: I’d like to see the Kubb Snipers in–mostly because of my personal history with them.

        • Chris Hodges 8:22 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          But obviously I can’t pick all of these teams if they will be meeting each other late Saturday! Can’t wait until the live draw – Kubbnation chatter goes off the charts as soon as the groups drop.

        • bricker 8:23 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          But I also think that the game has enough room for a dark horse, a freak, an accident…skill is critical but there is more than just skill happening. With so many good teams it comes down to a few tosses. Anything can happen.

        • Eric Anderson 8:27 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink

          Wolfpack 2010 didn’t make it. Hard not to see five make it back. Love to see a new team come from far away make a run to Sunday. That would be awesome.

      • Eric Anderson 8:14 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We are curious on how many of the Top 16 will come back.

  • Eric Anderson 7:06 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink  

    See you in 30 minutes…

     
  • Eric Anderson 6:36 pm on February 16, 2013 Permalink  

    The U.S. Championship will be live here at 7:30pm to answer any Kubb or US Championship questions. We will be here for 30 minutes. See you in an hour.

     
  • hardcoreleftie 11:19 am on February 6, 2013 Permalink  

    Throw a baton…I will have to wait awhile to do that.

    So our Chaska teams hit some walls this past weekend. THE RINGERS being one of those walls. Had our opportunities to crash through, but couldn’t do it. X Kubbed did well and were taken out by Sukface. Relentless Kastpinners…couldn’t get the ball rolling but ended up 2nd in consolation.

    Were we the only club with 3 teams?

    I handed out a lot of 1page Kubb rules papers. Probably could have handed more out.

    Sold 9 sets. 2-4 of those to random people walking by.

    Had a great time, but too busy to get autographs on my cards I had made.

     
    • jakefreeberg 11:25 am on February 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There were at least 3 Teams that MN Kubb (which is more like Mpls Kubb) could have claimed as it’s own. I’m really looking forward to the Planet Kubb club competition at nationals this summer, although we wouldn’t have been that competitive last weekend.

    • Chris Hodges 9:00 am on February 8, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Kastpinners were in a brutal group. Pitch Slap is a couple of solid players (ranked 6 & 7 in our ladder currently) and they went 0-3 for a 4th seed. Brutal Kubb right out of the gate on those pitches…

    • swedenssons 7:55 pm on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Berserker Kubb had five teams. The Ringers, Team Kubboom, Kubb de Grace, The 3 Kubbateers (T3K), and Hangin’ With Mr. Kubber.

      It was awesome seeing so many people want to buy sets. I am hoping you are going to sit out the US Championship or have someone be at a table full-time. Tough to do both. Aaron tried it in 2011 and he will admit it really impacted his game…and probably could have sold more sets.

    • swedenssons 7:57 pm on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looking back now, I would have liked to see Relentless Kastpinnar put some kubbs back up after the more than a few helicopters from the team they lost to in the group play, I think it was.

  • Jamie 6:50 am on February 3, 2013 Permalink  

    Congrats to Team Knockerheads 

    Team Knockerheads winers of the 2013 Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament!

    Team Knockerheads at 2013 Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament

     
  • hardcoreleftie 9:18 pm on January 6, 2013 Permalink  

    Builder/Player….I’ve got to figure out priorities. Don’t want be like my friend that owes a bike shop but doesn’t have time to bike.

    Sat 7:30 am-8:45 played kubb. 10-4 Made kubb sets.
    Sun 12:30 started working on my kubb pitch( out of town for the holidays)
    1-3 finished cutting 55 sets of kubb. Still working on the kings and waiting for some batons.
    Wed 7:30pm Chaska Kubb practice
    Sat (time to be determined) Chaska kubb practice by the fire.

    My goal is to do something kubb related every night until the Loppet. Most nights will be working on sets, but even if it is tossing a few batons. Chaska guys will be ready :)

     
  • Jamie 6:49 am on December 6, 2012 Permalink
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    I was watching Survivor with the family last night. How fun would it be if Survivor had a reward challenge that was decided via a little Kubb tournament? They could do it when there are 12 players and have 4 teams of three play it out.

     
  • Dano 8:33 am on December 5, 2012 Permalink  

    I found that for me it is hard to throw 45 degrees with accuracy. I missed a lot. I switched to throwing softer when the kubbs were spread, I got more action from the baton after it hit the initial kubb that way

     
    • Jamie Thingelstad 6:50 am on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think a lot of us are playing with different angle techniques and will work on ways to leverage it. It’s going to take some time to get down. Certain throws benefit greatly from an angle. Even in just a little bit of play I found the throw to see who goes first is much easier. You can sort of lay the baton down and let it slide towards the king.

      • Dano 8:17 am on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        My sister will be happy with the new rule. She’s an ex softball pitcher with a angle to her throw. When things get tight in our family tournaments, some one always shouts out “helicopter” after she throws to get her off her game.

  • Dano 7:45 am on December 4, 2012 Permalink  

    the new 45 degree rule = another tool for the blaster. I like it !!

     
    • Garrick 7:48 am on December 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yes, I’m glad that US is now consistent w/ VM on this rule. I’m interested to see how it impacts our game play.

      • Dano 8:06 am on December 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        a blaster can toss the baton a little sloppy to pick up field kubbs that are to spread out for a normal toss. I’m going to try it tonight.

  • Jamie 7:30 am on December 2, 2012 Permalink
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    Email Notification of Mentions 

    I added a new capability on Pitch this morning. Now, if when you post or comment here and you using an @thingles to notify someone they will get an email letting them know. So, @garrick will get an email making sure he knows I mentioned him. This works in comments as well. Kubb on!

     
  • Jamie 7:14 pm on November 25, 2012 Permalink
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    A Kubb enthusiast from Indiana posted on the Planet Kubb Facebook wall today asking about starting his own Kubb club in Indiana. Rather than just answering once, I put together a page on the wiki on Starting a Kubb Club to help him out.

    However, I’ve never actually started a club so this is just what I would do. Several of you on Pitch have indeed started your own clubs and been very successful at it. It would be great if any of you could pitch in and add some more information to that page. Thanks!

     
  • Dobbie 5:44 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink
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  • Garrick van Buren 2:46 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    I’ve been trying to find a stat that helps quantify the value of an advantage line. This time around, I’m comparing first baton blasting with and without an advantage line.

    average difference by # kubbs inkast:
    1: +10.5%
    2: +10.9%
    3: +16.5%
    4: +14.3%
    5: -20%
    6: +4.5%
    7: +13.7%
    8: +16.2%
    9: +2.75%

     
  • hardcoreleftie 11:06 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    I think this is the group. Ayone know how to contact someone via their youtube account?

     
  • hardcoreleftie 10:49 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    Since Thursday I’ve had two interesting experiences with Kubb. I thought this group would like to hear.

    1. Sold a guy a giant jenga set for Thanksgiving weekend. In the process I showed him my kubb set, gave him a direction sheet and thought I may never see him again. Got an email the next day asking for two kubb sets. He then told me about his search on line and then painted his backyard….before even having a set. He went to youtube and watched some videos. I didn’t ask specifically which ones he watched, but I think I could find out.

    2. Sat morning at 7:25 I started playing Kubb with John (partner at DMK and Spring Grove). We battled it out for over an hour. In the process my dog got off his leash as another dog walked by. The lady was like, “Oh, you guys play kubb too.” I think both of our jaws dropped. We talked to her for a few minutes and found out that her husband and friends put on 3-5 kubb tournaments a year. One on a frozen lake and at least one in Chicago. Trying to get more information from this family, but I believe this is a group that plays by the rules “If you take a king shot and miss and have an extra baton the other team gets a shot to steal the victory by knocking the king down”. I’ve seen a few youtube videos of this. Pretty exciting, but how bad would it be to get all the kubbs down on your oppents half of the pitch with more than 2 batons left…miss the king on the first shot…then hand over the baton and lose the game

     
    • jakefreeberg 10:55 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d bet that if he’s doing his own tournaments with that rule, there’s a bunch of other weird aspects of their rule set. Probably kubb elimination… I have also met Kubb players outside of our community playing by other rules. It’d be great to “assimilate” even one of these groups.

  • ringerjr 10:11 pm on November 14, 2012 Permalink  

    Let’s Play Kubb!

     
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