You Pick a US Dream Team to Take to Worlds

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asked Feb 3, 2013 by THansenite Ironkubb ✭ (2,660 points)
It is a pleasant evening and you are just winding up honing your kubb skills in the back yard.  As your arm goes back for your final practice throw, your phone rings.  A number you haven't seen before pops up on the phone and you answer it.  The caller is brief, but to the point.  Several big name companies are interested in sending a six player kubb team to Gotland for the worlds and due to your extensive knowledge of players, have asked for you to pick those players.

Who are the six players you would chose to represent the US at the kubb world championship and why would you chose each person?

 

(Sidenote: You cannot chose yourself because you will be coaching this dream team.)

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answered Feb 4, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
Looks like nobody wants to touch this. This is tough as teams have so many different styles. But with 6 players, I think that would be minimized. Personalities aside, as I will not look into that and if certain players could mesh with others players, etc, as I think that would be half of it, especially if you are on vacation/business trip with each other for a solid week.

If we wanted to win the whole thing, I think one could make an argument in sending our best two teams. So, at this time I would send Team Knockerheads and Kubbsicles. I think one important part of it would be the team captain, especially as not many possible teams would all know each other, which then gets me to a whole DM team, or a Kubbsicles/Dark Side Of The Kubb team, etc. i think this as both have really solid and great players and they would mesh 100 percent with each other. But, I would be more than happy to take someone's place, if they could not make it. But to be honest, after the Minnesota tournament, I would love coaching the team. I have found another new love of Kubb. I knew it was there, but doing it, made me realize it even more.
commented Feb 4, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
I'd play on that team anytime Coach!
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answered Feb 4, 2013 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Feathers

Ellringer

Ellringer

Sebesta

Barnes

Blazel

 

 

Send Champions.
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answered Feb 4, 2013 by Great Scott Kubbnoob (160 points)
Give me knockerheads, Marc blazel, chad bevers, and Dave ellringer, and Eric Anderson as the alternate since he is currently on the dl. I'd take this group up against any 6. There are other players I would enjoy playing with, but I already pushed my list to seven. Anyone that is on this list or know the guys on this list know why these guys made the list.
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answered Feb 6, 2013 by Dobbie Kubblic ❚ (6,450 points)

Why only six, I say? I'll base my decision based off the PlanetKubb annals, and what I have seen in tournament play. Obviously the teams may change based on chemistry, as you could have the best stats on record, but not mesh well with the team. So here it goes:

My 8-meter specialists

 

Aaron Ellringer currently has the highest percent of players that don't throw first at 63.9 percent. And these are not all stats from a 2 person team. Aaron has many 3-person games logged that some other "Franchise Players". Either way, he is accurate.
 
Grant Scott is at 60% - and he generally goes last. Grant has stats from Nationals going 2nd, and stats from Loppet going 3rd. Maybe a few 2-person Los Padres in there as well. Grant is a competitor, and will do everything he can to help his team win.
 
Mid-thrower
Goplin is at 60% on baton hits, having 3 2-person team games recorded, 3 3-person team games recorded, and 2 SIX person team games recorded. He can hit 8 meter, and he is no slacker in the field, especially clutch. I do not believe I have seen Goplin miss 1 field kubb with the last baton.
 
Blasters
Dave Ellringer edges Mark Blazel out in my mind at blasting.....barely. Dave is at 75.9 percent and generally goes first. Mark is at 74.4%. Dave goes first, and Mark cleans the rest up.
 
Middle Thrower/Driller
Scott Forster - Whether he knows it or not, he is my nemesis. In a good way. He is the guy I want to play at Nationals. Precision, lofty, flat drills. He can make groups that can get blasted. Not much cut left to right last year, but rest assured, he is working on it this Spring. Scott's the driller for Team USA, and don't forget about his 8 meter shot.
 
King Toss/Team Coordinator:
Chris Hodges will perfect his King Toss throw in a few months, and when he does, not only will you do a double-take, you will also lose. Chris also has the logic, strategy, and the drive to make the best decisions for the team. He will help with spotting the driller, entry point for blasts, opponent rules violations, and determining throwing order.
 
Coach:
Eric Anderson has the ability to say the right things at the right times to his team. He knows the game, he knows Swedish, he has coaching experience, and he has experience playing at Worlds. He has everything Team USA would need to make a run for the title in Gotland
 
 
 
 
P.S. - If I didn't pick you, you should be horribly offended or something.
commented Feb 6, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
Since I am the coach, and no disrespect to Scott, he will have to be on the B Team (which will be very good and could compete against this team). We are taking Josh Feathers to be our inkastare. Also, I will have to sit him one game, so I can drill at the VM again, even if it is just one game on Friday.
commented Feb 6, 2013 by thingles Kubblic ❚ (6,110 points)
Nice to see the data coming into play here! As the PK Wiki gets more and more data on teams and players, the smart teams are going to be looking at it very closely the Saturday night before the finals on Sunday in Eau Claire. :-)
commented Feb 7, 2013 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
Will Kubbchucks be looking at it on Saturday evening while they are preparing for sunday?
commented Feb 7, 2013 by thingles Kubblic ❚ (6,110 points)
We'll have a real time dashboard monitored by an analyst on a wireless connection next to the pitch. :-)
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