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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Take Plastic? Lawyer discovers calling, makes cornhole kit with beer compartments

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2007 at 4:04 PM

Most men treat their cornhole kits like antique sports cars – we love to build and customize them ourselves, and it’d kill us to ever think about getting rid of them (hands off, wifey!). And some prissy store-bought kit? Fuhgeddaboutit! But this is exactly the mindset Randy Digges is betting against. He’s a patent attorney, so he fancies himself hip to what people might buy, and he’s learned to dodge those quacks pushing pimped out DeLoreans. “I’ll turn down things that are electrical,” he says. But few Fourths of July back, Digges had his own flux-capacitor moment. He’d become a cornhole fanatic after being introduced to the game by some college-aged friends, but he was weary of toting plywood, carriage bolts, and 2x4s every time he wanted to play. Why not go lighter, he thought? A year later, the King Toss was born. It’s not entirely synthetic – the decks are still wooden, but they’re coated in a durable composite material that makes them look plastic. They’re a hair smaller, too, than the rules snobs at the American Cornhole Association will permit. But the deck rests right on top of the base, so each kit comes apart easily – and in two light and manageable pieces. (Everything’s Ohio-made, too, so buying one won’t piss off Sherrod Brown.) And if you’re like us, the game’s always better if you warm up with a couple brews, to loosen up the old liver for the subsequent 17 brews. That’s the genius of the plastic base, which features two molded “beverage holders” on the back, space for an entire case of suds in the back, plus a five-pound bag of ice. Naturally, Digges is jazzed about his kits’ potential, but he’s not quite ready to quit his day job. “It’s kind of hard to throw your whole career after a beanbag game,” he says. They’re available, too, with logos of five Mid-American Conference teams: Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green, Ohio University and Miami. For more information, visit the King Toss website http://www.kingtoss.com, e-mail the company info@kingtoss.com or call 877-548-4867. – Jason Nedley

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