"The Reputation" does it help or hurt in a tournament?

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asked Aug 14, 2012 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
edited Aug 14, 2012 by thingles
There has been some disscussion in interviews about the reputation teams and players are establishing. Are other teams intimidated by the rep, or does it put more pressure on the team  that has it ? It amazes me that Team ekeby can continue to dominate the worlds.It seems to me that the pressure is always on them and the competion is top notch. Discuss.
commented Aug 16, 2012 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
Hey Dano. From your look at things (watching videos of matches here in the Midwest), do you have any observations on teams?

I will answer this about Ekeby. This is just my opinion from my experience from playing on the pitch next to them, hearing people talk, and interviewing peopl for the magazine. All teams that play them KNOW/THINK that they have to play their top game, or perhaps a game they did not know they had. Now, are they ever a little below their average, and can a team beat them? Of course, it has happened before. But when you play them in the playoffs, that is where a lot of people are watching (not to mention this year in the Group Play they had a 2.5 hour match, I was told), and that is added stress to a team that is new to that. Not every team has played in front of 50, 100, 200 or more spectators. I know a player on Kubbitz here in town mentioned that when they played on Pitch #1 in the semifinal, he didn't realize there would be that much pressure and there were not 100 people watching that match in the semifinals. OK, back to it. I think the pressure is more on the other teams and not Ekeby. Ekeby wants to play well, and they have as much pressure as they normally would in any match. On the other hand, most of the other teams are experiencing something new. And, with six person teams, all it takes if for one or two people to get too nervous and then 1/6 or 1/3 of your batons are now a lot less. If your inkastare gets too nervous, then the match is over. In the 2012 edition of Kubbnation Magazine, the inkastare from Ekeby mentioned that he did not know if he would be able to handle the pressure of the Final. Our hope, is that as the US Championship gets even a little bigger and more recognition, that pressure/nerves/stress only increases for the top teams, as they will want to take it all. To be honest, we saw a lot of nerves in the round of 16 this year. Teams that would normally be cool as ice somewhere else even in a semifinal of Final, they looked noticably less cool and more shaky and nervous in the Round of 16. We were surprised, but at the same time, I smiled and realized something special is being created here in the Midwest. Sunday morning, it was game on and you could feel it was four boxing matches. Well, perhaps three with Kubbitz and The Ringers being a little less so, as they all know each other and live close to each other here in EC and two players were 8 and 11. What teams will be ready for the pressure, stress, and eyes on them next year? We will find out. Then, will it only increase in other tournaments as well. Perhaps you can come to EC and give it a go and feel the experience.
commented Aug 16, 2012 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
Eric,I have not seen video from the early years of Kubb in the Midwest, but I'm willing to bet that the quality of play amongst the top teams has gone up a ton. It also looks to me that there are more and more teams that have the skill to compete for the championship in any given tournament.What separates the good teams in the Midwest from the great ones is the Inkastare.This was highlighted in the US 2012 finals.A good inkastare can keep you in the game even if the 8 meter shots are not falling.You can tell who's been practicing the drill. The days of a few natural athletes throwing together a team and making a run in a tourney are over. It takes a lot of drilling to become good and even then it's easy to throw back 6 good fields and then throw a flyer that bounces of the pile and rolls into a bad spot. In that regard i was really impressed watching the Inkastare's from Team Knockerheads and the Kubbsickles Drill under pressure. I  feel the nerves playing in my small local tourneys and in a wierd way it's a good feeling. I hope to make it out to the Us Nationals someday(19 hour drive) would love to feel the experience.
commented Aug 16, 2012 by Eric A. Kubblic ❚ (7,810 points)
Awesome. Were you part of the KubbCollective at all? Where do you play? The Rockford tournament cuts that drive down four hours...
commented Aug 16, 2012 by Dano Ironkubb ✭ (2,330 points)
Yep ,Kubb Collective Trumansburg NY a little Village near near Ithaca (home of Cornell U) in the heart of New York's Finger lakes Region. Kubb is not dead in the area, just not as organized. Still lots of Kubb at picnics, family gatherings, parties and such.
commented Aug 17, 2012 by anonymous
The KubbCollective. Kubbnation Magazine 2011. Great stuff!!

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answered Aug 14, 2012 by Evan F Ironkubb ✭ (1,960 points)
I believe intimidation teams are always a factor in sports.  While it is tough to stay on top and that puts added pressure on the reputation team, it can be unnerving going against a team that you know has won a major tournament.  Mentally, it can "break" your spirit when you make a mistake against a team like that and when a team's confidence is shaken it definitely can hurt their performance.

I remember playing high school baseball against a small town team from Iowa that had won 20 or so state titles.  Their reputation going into the game was already unnerving, but for warmups they would do this pregame routine that they had worked on for several years going back to little league and you could feel your confidence decline during the warmup.  I got to know several of their players after high school and they told me their coach believed it gave them a 3-4 run advantage each game just on reputation and watching their warmup.  I had to agree, it was intimidating.

But, on the flipside you should always pay attention in those games, because those are the teams you learn the most from and paying attention and practicing what you saw later will raise your level.  As the saying goes... Iron sharpens iron.
commented Aug 21, 2012 by anonymous
Can anyone tell me anything about these teams that finished in the top four in Appleton?
commented Aug 31, 2012 by Evan F Ironkubb ✭ (1,960 points)
The first place team had Mark (the inkastare) from the 2012 US national champion Kubbsicles and Luke (a very good sniper) that played with them in Decorah.  2nd place was Sons of Sweden which had Eric Anderson and his teammate Paul who has played in past tournaments with him.  3rd place team was Kubbolicious Maximus (sp?) that finished 3rd in Madison... a very solid team from Eau Claire.  4th place team was the Shin Splinters and half of the team was the sniper from the Kubb Snipers that won the Madison tournament.