Tale of Two Tournaments, Part II

The clamoring cribbage hoards of St. Paul.

After the relative success of the previous night, I wake up hopeful. It’s St. Patrick’s day, March 17, and the luck of the non-Irish (Swede and Italian) is with me. Nonetheless, I don a cheap green t-shirt I’ve had since college that reads “Shamrock Campground – Miles and Miles of Irish Smiles,” and hit the road.

I arrive in Woodbury just a few minutes before the tournament starts. I grab my scorecard from Todd and Ginger, and Todd stands up and takes out an envelope. “I owe you money, sir,” he says, and lays $100 on me. I see Jerry, and he hands me another $80. Friday night, my 13 points and +94 spread was good enough for 6th, and I scored both in the general pool and Jerry’s side-pool of $10. If I had beat Ed–if I hadn’t lost in the stinkhole–it would have been worth at least $30 more. Continue reading


Final Hands

Clarence (left) and Tom (right) throwin' a few bags

Shortly after the Sunday Star Tribune article was published, I’ve enjoyed receiving stories from readers all over the country. If it fits the timbre of the project, I’ll post one story a day for as long as I receive them. Clarence Decker was one of the first to reach me–his story is below.


I saw the article on you in the Sunday Star Tribune.  I love to play cribbage, and enjoyed reading about your endeavors.  I’d like to share a story about a very meaningful cribbage game I had with my friend, Tom, who died of stomach cancer in June, 2009. Continue reading

Cribbageland Featured in Star-Tribune

The print edition ran a better photo. Your guess is as good as mine.

On Sunday, November 27, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper featured a story about this blog and the burgeoning book. In little more than 500 words, Curt Brown did an excellent job summarizing much of what I’ve written about, and where the project is going. The online response has been nothing short of phenomenal, and I’ll be posting anecdotes from readers old and new over the next few days. For any who missed the article, click here to be redirected to Star Trib website, or read the full text below. After getting engaged last weekend and having this article published on my golden birthday (27 on the 27th!), it’s been a pretty good holiday weekend. Hope you like it. Continue reading