Photos from the 2013 Minnesota Kubb Tournament!
I recently went to
usakubb.com forgetting to use
.org to go to
usakubb.org, the website for the US National Kubb Championship. USA Kubb got this site registered and setup this winter. The domain information shows it was registered on Feb. 26, 2012.
Domain ID:D164823449-LROR Domain Name:USAKUBB.ORG Created On:26-Feb-2012 01:23:56 UTC Last Updated On:26-Apr-2012 03:50:06 UTC Expiration Date:26-Feb-2014 01:23:56 UTC
When I put in usakubb.com though I was surprised that I got redirected to Americoob!
% curl --head http://usakubb.com/ HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:11:49 GMT Server: Apache/2.2.21 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.21 OpenSSL/0.9.7a mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/22.214.171.12435 mod_fcgid/2.3.5 Location: http://www.americoob.com Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
The same happens for usakubb.net.
% curl --head http://usakubb.net/ HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:12:18 GMT Server: Apache/2.2.21 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.21 OpenSSL/0.9.7a mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/126.96.36.19935 mod_fcgid/2.3.5 Location: http://www.americoob.com Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
That seemed super lame. I knew USA Kubb wasn’t sending traffic to Americoob. So I looked up the registration information for usakubb.com:
Domain Name: USAKUBB.COM Registrar: GODADDY.COM, LLC Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com Updated Date: 31-mar-2012 Creation Date: 31-mar-2012 Expiration Date: 31-mar-2014
Domain Name: USAKUBB.NET Registrar: GODADDY.COM, LLC Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com Updated Date: 31-mar-2012 Creation Date: 31-mar-2012 Expiration Date: 31-mar-2013
Americoob registered these domains about a month after USA Kubb registered the proper .org domain name. So Americoob bought these two domains that are completely unrelated to them so that they could siphon traffic away from people who think they are going to the USA Kubb website. Now people that forget to type the domain all the way will be sent to Americoob, the manufacturer of a plastic game similar to Kubb, but isn’t even Kubb! 5 batons and 4 baseline Kubbs? Made of plastic?
This is incredibly lame on Americoob’s part. I think people should clearly communicate to Americoob that they should hand these domains over to USA Kubb as soon as possible. Americoob is owned by Short Productions and can be reached at (215) 699-2328 and you can email them at email@example.com.
To make it easier, here is an email you can copy and paste to them:
Your organization recently registered the domains usakubb.com and usakubb.net and are redirecting visitors to those domains to your website at www.americoob.com. I would like to request that you turn these domains over to USA Kubb, the owners of usakubb.org and the organization behind the US National Kubb Championship.
Your attempt to siphon visitors to USA Kubb that do not put in the full domain is bad for the very sport that you are attempting to be part of and profit in. Please do the right thing and turn the usakubb.com and usakubb.net domains over to USA Kubb.
Please note, I’m purposefully not adding any hyperlinks to Americoob so I don’t send any traffic to them.
I got my package from Old Time Games today with my 2nd Kubb set. The kitchen smells like wood tonight.
I’ve got special plans for this set! I’ll post pictures when I’m done customizing them.
My buddy Garrick came over yesterday and we enjoyed some practice rounds of Kubb across the street at Minnehaha Creek West Park. We played three games. The first one quickly went to him and the last quickly went to me. The one in the middle was an hour long ebb and flow of knights shifting from side to side.