Curling is one of my favorite sports. But the way the U.S. team is playing I am sure I could do a better job at it, and I have never played before. I saw 3 U.S. team members miss easy shots. They are on there way to lose 3 games in a row. I wish there were more curling facilities in the U.S.
U.S. mens curling team
is getting THROTTLED in curling, both on the mens' and womens' sides. Fortunately, we're kicking some serious ass in basically everything else.
I was just watching the match against the Swiss and the men are choking badly. I agree, it seems like I (we) could do a better job. I'm sure it's tough, but don't these guys practice for years to get better at this? It's not like the Swiss were extremely strategic or anything. I really want to put together a team and see how we could do.
USA with 2 in the 4th End and they steal a point in the 5th end as the match hits halftime. I sense a rally.
Switzerland 4, USA 3
call it a comeback!! USA!
Or just a Switzerland epic fail?
USA steals a point in the 6th and 7th ends to take the lead 5-4
Tied 4-4 as the US steals a point!
just stole another point; its now 5-4 US at he end of the 7th.
I was thinking the same thing. What I like about curling is that all of those guys have regular jobs and yet there they are representing the United States at the Olympics. That's awesome. I wish there were more curling facilities. It's one of the few sports that you can pick up later in life and you don't need to be in shape for. I'm sure it is harder than it looks. I have been surprised by how much I actually like watching it.
This is why I am so fascinated by this game. Those guys are probably drinking buddies with normal jobs, who just happen to be really really good at sliding rocks across an ice rink. Nobody knows who they are, except for one week every four years when they get to represent the entire country in the one thing that they are better at than everyone else. I love it.
In Canada, every little town has a club (basically every town with more than 2500 people) and at my club the kids start playing at 5 years old in a junior program. It is true you can take it up later in life but it is, in the same way as golf, damn easy to watch and understand but damn hard to play consistently well. The variables in the game are incredible (changing ice conditions, rocks curling or not so much, stone to stone variances in performance). I hope you find a club near where you are and give it a shot, you'll have a great time.
You are absolutely right that nobody knows who those guys are except every 4 years. That said, the quality at the top end of the US program is quite good although some significant distance behind the Canadians. that's mostly due to volume of curlers/high level curlers. As an example, I played an event at the Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale a couple years ago against some of the better rated teams in America and they were pretty solid. We had good games. In Canada our team wouldn't be good enough to get close to even the top teams in just Ontario.
I hope you try it out. Good luck.
You are so wise. +1
Dude...don't be lame.
I need a rule clarification on curling. What happens if someone slips and falls on a stone and it slides away?
I'm 90% sure you forfeit the end, not sure the points though.
you answered me twice now. +1 for you
In WCF play, if such a violation occurs prior to the delivered stone crossing the far hog line, the touched stone may only be redelivered. If the violation occurs after the delivered stone crosses the far hog line, the skip of the non-offending team may only place the stones where he believes they would have stopped had the infraction not occurred.
Under both CCA and WCF rules, if a stationary stone is touched in a way that would have affected the result of a moving stone, the skip of the non-offending team may choose to leave the touched stone and any affected stones where they end up, put the affected stones in their original position and remove the stone whose course would have been altered from play (not necessarily the touched stone), or place all affected stones where he believes they would have stopped had the infraction not occurred. If a touched stationary stone would not have affected the result of a moving stone, the touched stone is simply returned to where it was before being touched.
Okay, so that 10% I was talking about...
Yeah thought I'd post it there for you, here for those who saw the question.
Curling almost makes me want to be Canadian
that and the free healthcare...
And the ridiculously high taxes and long wait times for health care procedures.
Oh wait, nevermind, I meant:
I'm watching this on my computer while I'm in class, so I can't hear the commentary. That last throw seemed to me to be a fail - a little more touch, it gets in there for the point and the win, right?
Announcer seems to think it was a sweeping fail, as opposed to a throwing fail.
Good point. It's probably easier to adjust the sweeping for those last few inches than the throw.
They said they thought he should have had maybe 5 more sweeps and it'd gone into the button.
Dammit. The NBC Olympic website feed went from the curling to other stuff once the match hit overtime, then the video feed went back to the beginning of the match.
Can the skip retire mid olympics? Two straight matches the USA should've won
Can they switch up the order? Shuster just has no touch on his draws right now. Smith, the vice-skip, has been near perfect... can they do a 3-4 swap?
Yup, there's no reason the skip has to throw the last two rocks. Randy Ferbey is his team's skip, but throws third. If it's good enough for one of the best curlers in Canada (and a 4 time World Champion), it just might be good enough for the US team.
Where all other sports must wait for the Curling to finish.
I have a buddy in his early thirties in Minneapolis who is in a Curling League. He says its so much fun because they drink during the match and afterwards, they sit with their opponents and have beers! How great would that be?
You have to buy your opponent a drink after the game; if you did not do this at our club you would be removed.
Does the winner buy? Or does each person buy a drink for the other? (That would seem to defeat the purpose.)
If you win you ask your opponent what he's drinking on the way off the ice or in the locker room afterwards. You buy the first round. He reciprocates.
are you curling out of roseland???
but I am playing out of St. Thomas these days.
The US men's curling team are a bunch of choke artists. 3 missed game winning shots....
If Reggie Miller played the curling team, it would look like this...
I got back my 3 hours of sleep I lost last night!
The first curling club in the US was located in Orchard Lake, MI, and the Detroit Curling Club, located in Ferndale, MI, is an extension of that particular locale.
Three game winning shots. Three FAILS. This IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
(In case anyone forgot what ALL CAPS RAGE looks like)
anyone else watch him choke again today???