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New drinking game Stump hits the Bay Area: watch for blood

Setting up a classy stump

San Francisco park rangers could not be reached for comment, but Article Four of the city's Park Code — under the heading "Disorderly Conduct" — contains at least three sections that might apply, including injunctions against "throw[ing] or propel[ling] objects of a potentially dangerous nature," damaging or removing existing wood, and, crucially, "consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Panhandle, Stanyan Meadow, and Sharon Meadow."

When I've watched people playing Stump, I've been struck by how often the word "respect" comes up. If a player flubs a throw and graciously declines to take his shot, it's traditional for his opponents to say "respect" and drink. Unlike other drinking games, though, correct technique is emphasized and style is rewarded. "It's chaotic but intellectual," says Ullman. "It's like physical chess."

If you're interested in playing Stump, e-mail David Liefert at


Bay area Plays like pussies. NH roots.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

This is a joke, right? The kid in the picture isn't even holding a beer, which is a crucial component to the game. While I understand there are regional variants to the game, this is inexcusable. To see the real rules of the game, check out this link:

Posted by Guest on Mar. 03, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

he was just demonstrating the throw -- not engaged in play. Sorry if that didn't come through.

Posted by marke on Mar. 03, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

Stump is in no way a matter of chance. Stump is a way of life. It doesn't appear that David Liefert or Rowan McCallister take Stump or Life very seriously. To be an ambassador of the sport, you should display it in the correct light... with a beer in your hand. Hell, even Frodo figured that one out.

If you actually care about Stump, you do not live in "Nail Cities" because your nails are driven straight and true. Also, the first rule of bleeding during a game of Stump is not that you have to bleed on the stump... the first rule of blood is that it is a social beer chug. However, Liefert and McCallister look too busy growing their sideburns to notice that it is 2011 OR that they should drink more beer and date less women with armpit hair.

I hope that they do go to Golden Gate Park and get arrested. The cops should charge them with indecent hammer tosses, bent nails without being under the influence, and impersonating a man.

Posted by Stump Anger on Mar. 03, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

Now Terry you're repeating yourself
But that's okay drunk people can't help that.
A chemical reaction happening inside your brain causes you to forget what you're saying.

Posted by Sarah TS on Mar. 11, 2011 @ 9:26 am

Dear Stump--I'm writing here about an approach to the game that takes it beyond a drinking game. So as it's being played by the people the article is about, holding a beer isn't really as crucial as playing the game well. The game as it's played according to the wikipedia rules is much easier than the versions that Rowan and David play.


Posted by Marianne Moore on Mar. 05, 2011 @ 12:46 am


I agree that Stump can be more than a drinking game. In fact, I believe that my post states that Stump can be a way of life. However, to play Stump without a beer in your hand is like playing stump without a hammer. Perhaps you'd like to give Stump a go without nails. What's next? Stump with no stump?

Your tag line reads, "New drinking game Stump hits the Bay Area: watch for blood". I do not mean to attack your journalistic integrity, but your follow up post sounds a bit to me like backpedaling. Yes, it can be more than a drinking game, but at it's core, it is a drinking game. Therefore, a beer in your hand is a requirement.

Respectfully, you unfortunately chose to profile two non-drinking hippies that have no clue what it means to be a competitor. Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure Rowan and David have fine qualities that would serve you well at a Widespread Panic show, but please keep them away from the game that I love.


Stump Anger

Posted by Stump Anger on Mar. 06, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

We have been playing Stump in SF since 1999 at the Pershing apartments. It was taught to us by a guy from the East Coast. But it aint new kids, just popular with wimps now i guess.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2011 @ 12:21 pm
Posted by Guest on Sep. 05, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

F-, now that stump is in the Bay area, it is surely souless. What's next, organic free-range fair trade stumps that didn't require harming any trees? Like fixed gear bikes and PBR, anything else the hipsters glom onto has clearly become a fad to be religiously pursued by the herd. My new vision of hell is standing around a backyard in SF with a bunch of tight jean, chuck taylor-wearing mop heads, munching on vegan snacks and acting backwoods playing stump while sipping organic, local lager (from within my 50 mile foodshed), or even worse, wine.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 8:12 am

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