Do yourself a favor and get one of these awesome new Planet Kubb t-shirts!
Most of the time when I see people playing Kubb around Minneapolis they are folks I know from Minnesota Kubb. It was fun today to stop on a bike ride around Lake Harriet and right by the bandshell were 6 women having a nice game of Kubb. They were playing with a Bex set, the pitch was a bit small and they were doing that weird thing where you stack field kubbs on top of each other. But, they were having a blast throwing wood!
I didn’t get much time to take photos at the 2013 US Nationals Kubb Championship. Saturday was a day focused my team the Kubbchucks progressing through the bracket, and hoping that our club, Minnesota Kubb, did really well. Sunday I was mostly focused on scoring games for Planet Kubb and running the final parts of the Planet Kubb Club Championship. I did get my camera out for about an hour and get some shots in, but only from Sunday.
Photos from the 2013 Minnesota Kubb Tournament!
A Kubb comic… and my first comic attempt ever.
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/184.108.40.20635 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/220.127.116.1135 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.