Championship Week Day 6, 7, and 8

July 14, 2013
Day 6:
Saturday. The big day. The party. Sprinkles in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, and enough wind to keep the pesky bugs away. Perfect kubb weather. The day started as it had for years before, some warmups, a captains meeting, some swag purchases and a general milling about meeting old friends and learning new names. That is what the round robins are for. Saturday had a Sunday matchup atmosphere for two teams. KingPin and Leinenkubbels Light was a round robin match that could have easily been a Sunday battle. It went to 3 games, with both teams doing what they do.

The eliminations began after lunch, and the much anticipated match at the end of the day was Tad Kubbler vs. Dark Side of the Kubb. These two teams are evenly matched, and the crowd wanted to see a "for Sunday" battle. The winner would go on to Sunday, and the loser would be eliminated. In the end, Tad Kubbler squeezed out of the grip of the Dark Side, but dodged a bullet when going 0 for 6 on one lone kubb in the field.

So here is how the Sunday matchups lined up, and a little blurb about what I think of them:

Torpedos v. Kubbitz
2 teams that proved that you don't have to be a 'household' name to make it in this tournament. No offense to any team here, but I would say Kubb Country had maybe a little doubt as to how this new Kubbitz team would fare in the tournament. They lost Scott Forster, and their go-to guy simply did his homework and started picking up where Scott left off. Should be a good, evenly played match.

Tad Kubbler v. Team Knockerheads
Another brutal Sunday game. A repeat quarter-final match from 2012. Another team that deserves a medal that won't get one. Who will it be this year?

KingPin v. Pack of Snipers
Chaska Seriousness v. Appleton focus and Shafer goofiness. Someone better grab this one on video for the audio alone.

Kubbsicles v. Leinenkubbels Light
This could have been the finals, but a nail-biter in the Round Robin threw Leines right into the fire. Another matchup of 2 hometown EAU teams expected to get a medal.

Saturday night resulted in a DMK dinner, and a walk down to the Firehouse. Some beers, bubble hockey, foos ball, and some more beers we all part of the plan. And the plan went according to schedule. The best night of Firehouse to date thanks to all the friends, rivals, and family that were there.

Day 7:
Sunday. Funday? Nope, for the teams playing, it was a workday. 8:00 a.m. the practice fields were buzzing with uncertainty and anticipation. Some were throwing groups, other practicing 8 meter....some were laying in the grass listening to their tunes. Passion was heavier than the humidity that morning. I cannot remember anything from the games as my team got Georgia Dental'd all over again. I recall a few things from the 3rd place game; a successful rescue and some unsuccessful other things, but it was a blur, and the game for 3rd place just had me watching the Finals during my opponents turn.

Kubbsicles (Eau Claire, WI)  2-0 King Pin (Chaska, MN)
Team Knockerheads (Des Moines, IA) 2-0 Kubbitz (Eau Claire, WI) 
Kubbsicles 2-0 Kubbitz
King Pin 2-0 Team Knockerheads
Kubbsicles (Eau Claire, WI) 2-0 Leinenkubbels Light (Eau Claire, WI)
Kubbitz (Eau Claire, WI) 2-1 The Torpedoes (Minneapolis, MN)
Team Knockerheads (Des Moines, IA) 2-0 Tad Kubbler (Minneapolis, MN)
King Pin (Chaska, MN) 2-0 Pack of Snipers (Appleton, WI / Shafer, MN)

After the finals, hugs from friends and family, goodbye's and "see ya in Decorah's" we made the quiet and solemn ride to Madison to put an endcap on the biggest kubb party in North America. We met Dave from Rhymes with Tube over a beer and a pizza at Ale Asylum. Sometimes when you meet someone new, you have to kind of work at the conversation. Not the case with Dave. We talked about beer, kubb, stories of kubb games of the past, strategy, beer, chess, Sculpture Gardens, local breweries, mobile apps, you name it. It was a great time, and the Belgian IPA was one of the best beers I have had on the entire trip. Checkout Dave leading the cover on a local EAU story. The BEST co-ed team in the country; I'd put them up against any other co-ed team.

(Asylum: n. A place of refuge)

Day 8:

Belgian IPA for dinner. Belgian Waffles for lunch. And a short trip to New Glarus. And wow, what a place. This place is shiny; new Cat6 wiring to all their systems. State of the art brewery applications, amazing copper tuns, and a state of the art bottling process. The walk through the self-guided tour takes about 15 minutes, but we ended up taking more than 30 just looking at all the bits and bobs. The difference in tours between Valkyrie and New Glarus is like the difference between a Stout and a Pilsner. Both are great, but they are different. New Glarus was institutional, ostentatious, mechanical, and very Brave New World. Valkyrie was very intimate, knowledgeable, modest, and cozy.

(the bottling process)

After New Glarus we made our way home through some picturesque Wisconsin farmland, passing through highway towns and hilly fields. The trip back was quiet, with little to no kubb talk. The disappointment of having to check emails the next day could be sensed. But an urgency to check the social media between emails kept us awake. Until next year.


Championship Week 2013: Day 5

July 13, 2013
Sardines. That's what we were. And we will blame JP Larson. That's how we spent the hour and a half drive to Eau Claire this morning. But we did it for the cause. Eau Claire had a waiting list (yes, a WAITING LIST) for kubb sets, and we decided to help a friend and deliver some much needed sets to the Local Store. The Subaru was low, and six sets somehow fit with all our stuff. Slightly uncomfortable, we trekked over to the big EAU.

(I think someone owes the girls a beer (hint: It's JP)

We drov...
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Championship Week 2013: Day 4

July 12, 2013
Breakfast, coffee, Hockey Giant, Ikea. That's how you start a morning in the Twin Cities. When you play beer league it goes without saying that you are going to stop at Hockey Giant and browse. Swag, sticks, skates, gear bags, and even hockey goals. The boys looked at it all. We bought nothing, but looked at everything, and the only shirts we really wanted were sold out. Stupid hockey.

(Tony trying on some $1,500.00 pads.)

Next was Ikea. What a workout! I felt like we walked 5 miles. That place...
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Championship Week 2013: Day 3

July 11, 2013
We got off to a bright and early start heading north on I-35. Somehow, we were able to fit all our stuff into the back of the Subaru. I would have lost the bet if any one would have said "10 bucks says we can fit it all in the back of the Subaru." Luckily, nobody said that, because I would have lost. It fit. Gas saved: $50.00 a couple. BAM!

Dexter rode with us for half the trip. Dexter is Tony and Amy's little dog, and he was excited to be a part of our trip. Normally, Dexter drools everywhere...
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Championship Week 2013: Day 2

July 10, 2013
Today was all about the swag. I got a sneak peek at the R2-Kubb2 shirts and they are pretty badass. I also got the first proof on the Fall Kubb Klassic shirts and we intend to release the design shortly after Nationals. I cannot say enough about this year's design; I think it is top 1 or 2 that we have done so far. Mary keeps finding ways to kill it on the Fall tournament shirts. Additionally, Jaime and I made some shirts today using some pretty high quality transfer paper. And I had to choos...
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Championship Week Begins

July 8, 2013
As some of you know, and more will find out, I did a daily blog last year all during Championship Week. You can see last year's daily blog right here, and it's actually fun to look back and see all the stuff we did. Some may know that we generally go up early and stay late for the U.S. National Kubb Championship. It just seems appropriate to make one of the biggest kubb parties in the country a week-long event. There are plenty of breweries to hit along the way. Jaime and I coordinate an annu...
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SKAL!!! (Season 3 Results)

June 9, 2013

Congratulations Grant Scott - our 2013 SKAL season champion!

Final Standings:

1. Grant : 59
2. Steve : 54
3. Doug : 49
4. Chris : 38
5. Dobbie : 36
6. Jaime : 24
7. Melissa : 21
8. Mary : 16
8. John : 16
10. Sandy : 15
11. Tony : 11
12. Dana : 7
13. Ross : 6
14. Sue : 5
14. Abbey : 5

...we look forward to seeing you all again next year, and we have been discussing some possible changes to put into effect next season to keep things a little more interesting for everyone in the final weeks. The Spring league h...
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Mad City Kubb

June 4, 2013

What an amazing day of kubb in Madison, WI. 32 teams taking the pitches right off the shore; probably the same type of venue the Vikings would be playing in, with a longboat perched off the bay. The Norse God Njord kept the wind gusting for Loki and his Shenanigans, all to see championship talent blow away with the gale.

Two teams with Des Moines players took the pitch in their respective round robins at 9:00 a.m. Team Fjadrar, the uncle/nephew tag-team, had some stutters in the Round Robin, b...

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SKAL!!! (Week 7 Results)

May 25, 2013

Another overcast and slightly chilly day meant another low turnout. With his 5th weekly win of the year Grant has been able to put the season all but out of reach...

Week 7 Results:

1. Grant : 9
2. Steve : 8
3. Dobbie : 7
4. Chris : 6
5. Doug : 5

Standings After Week 7:

1. Grant : 59
2. Doug : 49
3. Steve : 48
4. Dobbie : 36
5. Chris : 31
6. Jaime : 24
7. Melissa : 21
8. Mary : 16
8. John : 16
10. Sandy : 15
11. Tony : 11
12. Dana : 7
13. Ross : 6
14. Abbey : 5

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Chicks With Sticks (and new shirts)

May 21, 2013

(New shirt? You'll find out in a month or two)

What an experience the 2013 U.S. Midwest Kubb Championship was for Chicks with Sticks, and it wasn't all necessarily good. In all honestly, we had high hopes coming into the tournament. We had been practicing for weeks, individually, in groups and as a team. We thought we had a good strategy and felt fairly confident we had all of the areas covered from king toss to 8 meter to drilling to short game. One of our team members was not able to attend,...

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