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Cortisone shot

Eric got his first ever cortisone shot today. Outside right wrist? Why? One word…Kubb. He injured it in the end of November cross training for the 2013 season. Physical therapy, chiropractor, and rest all helped, but it did not allow for playing kubb.

When he went to a hand doctor on Friday, he brought a Kubb and Kastpinne to show the doctor what he needed to be able to do. When he mentioned the game and asked the doctor if he had heard of the game, the doctor’s response was, “Oh yeah. Of course. I read Volume One.” He gave him his kubb card and will be teaching him soon. He saw the same doctor today. Thanks Mayo!

A New Kubb Love

Back in the day, I worked at a golf practice facility and golf course, actually for nine years. On the side, I could hit the ball around the course ok, but nothing really good. But I had a few friends that could really play, and I would caddy for them in the Rockford City Open, and I also dabbled in caddying for a couple of club professionals in the IL PGA events. I loved it. I often thought, would I rather win a major golf tournament as a player or a caddy? Nine out of 10 times it was as a caddy. I loved being that person to carry the bag, get their head up, and focus.

Then, while living in Sweden, I got the opportunity to coach a high school girls basketball team, the Karlskrona Marines. Again, I could play a little hoops back in the day, but nothing that would get me in the starting lineup for Rockford East. I loved the coaching of it. I was not good enough to make too many plays for them, but I was much more into the strategy, preparation, physical and mental training, and helping them on gameday. The path the girls and I took together from them initially asking me to them taking me, Erin, and Maja out to dinner before we left the land of all my grandparents, it was literally one of the best experiences in my life.

Well, the Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament was this past weekend, and I couldn’t play. Before the games started, to be honest, I really didn’t know what I should be doing. It felt very strange. No reason to warm up, no tournament organization to do. I found myself explaining my wrist injury several times and then all of a sudden, 26 pitches had games on them.

After I found out that we were not going to be able to play with me playing left handed, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to walk around and promote the game, but at the same time, I wanted to stand next to my Eau Claire brothers and sisters and improve their game just that next level. That level from not being able to compete against a team to competing against a team. And perhaps, even help a team in a match from just competing against the other team to getting in a position to win. And also, of course, to help lighten any sort of situation and help them have fun.

So, that is what I did, and I fell in love with it. I have been working with Aaron Ellringer from The Ringers on a new 8 meter throw a couple of times over the past 10 days at his house, and we focused on that. I pretty much jumped on 10 year old Sam and gave him a concussion from Team Kubboom after he hit a king shot to beat a good Pitch Slap team and move on to the round of 16. I found my way over to Kubb de Grace and The 3 Kubbateers and (I think their team started as) Team Dynasty. All five are just a portion of the little Berserker Kubb thing we have going on. I also made my way over to Eau Claire’s Kubby Doo, which is an off-shoot of Kubbsicles.

When the day started, was I a little disappointed that I could not play? Yes, I actually felt a tear in my eyes. At the end of the day, was I at all disappointed that I could not play. NO. Not at all. And, to be honest, (in addition to passing out Kubbnation Magazines, US Championship shirts, and tournament information) I felt like I had the opportunity to play with six different teams, and that was a blast. What more can a person ask for? On Saturday, nothing. I had a blast.

New kubb loves keep on coming, and I am really enjoying it.

Eric Anderson

One last push to play in Minnesota

We are hungry for three weeks at The Loppet. The thought of playing the defending champs, Kubb Snipers, the new Team Knockerheads, 2/3 of Kubbsicles with another EC player, Team Kubboom (with little Sam), The Ringers, the Kubbchucks, and the host of other teams, well we cannot sleep. Going toe to toe with the best in the U.S., that is what we want. Also, meeting new teams and being Kubb Ambassadors, that is what we want. We live for both.

The only problem is Eric’s right wrist. Therapy has gone well, but not well enough to throw batons and for sure kubbs. Tomorrow we will see what the chiropractor can do. If it does not get better, well he will have to play left handed or we will have to be spectators at the world’s largest winter kubb tournament.

It is Life. It is Kubb.

2.5 kubbs of snow in Eau Claire

Well, I guess it doesn’t matter if I have a bad wrist or not, as Eau Claire just got 14.7 inches of snow, which comes out to be 37.3cm, or 2.5 kubbs high. My kubb playing was put on hold due to my right wrist, now 1.2 kings high of snow will make sure that if/when this wrist comes around, that it will only be indoor training.

Thanks for all the support and comments Sweden’s Sons have gotten from our friends, family, supporters. We will do our best to get back into playing form for the Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament (I am hoping Paul will practice at least once before the largest winter tournament on planet Earth). I am in full therapy mode, and luckily, Erin does not mind shoveling, and my mom and stepdad are here as well, and they were able to push a little snow as well.

I thought I would post a picture what the front of my house looks like right now.

Tendinitis, in the right wrist?!?!

Eric here. I hurt my right wrist a couple weeks ago. Feels like a sprain. I am not sure how I did it. Perhaps picking up one of my daughters, playing football with them in the house, or working out at the Y. Not sure. I tried to rest it the best I could for a little more than a week. Bought a little brace for it. Nothing would help. Finally, I realized that I have to have this thing working before the Minnesota Kubb Tournament in February (and I had not played since probably the Dallas Tournament two months ago). I decided to go to the doctor yesterday. Well, as it is happening more and more, the doctor told me that things like this happen when you get older. According to the doctor, I have tendinitis. WHAT?!!!? Rest, ice, rest and ice. No kubb for me for awhile. (I am not going to complain, because I could be in Steve Feathers’s shoes and be resting from a new knee.) As I left the office, I could not help but laugh. Does he not know that I have a kubb tournament, heck the largest winter kubb tournament in the world, in two months.

From a sunny and actually sort of warm Eau Claire, Wisconsin, have a wonderful day.

Ready for the largest winter kubb tournament in the world.

Just signed up for the Minnesota Kubb City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation Loppet Kubb Tournament. We are wondering how many other teams will have played in all three of the Winter Tournaments. Is it really only just over two months away? We better get that drilling wrist healed, as it is bandaged right now. Looking forward to seeing Team Knockerheads, Kubb Snipers and more. Also, we are looking forward to making the trip with Team Kubboom, The Ringers, Kubb de Grace, and hopefully some other Eau Claire, Wisconsin teams. We just heard that the 2012 National Champions from Eau Claire, Kubbsicles, are joining forces with another local team Dark Side of the Kubb.