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2015 Worlds: Some ugliness

Team China
Team China in Halifax

By Dean Gemmell

HALIFAX – A reasonable crowd in here for a weekday afternoon and they saw the gamut, from great shotmaking to some Tuesday League ugliness. Some soft ice picks meant there weren’t many teams on the ice without a hair brush in the mix.

The Czech Republic was really never in it against China, even without Rui Liu standing on the tee line. Sources say Liu is now a father and, apparently, that precludes curling. I’ll let my editor try to explain. (Er, no chance – Ed.)
According to the stats of Gerry Geurts and CurlingZone, Scottish skip Ewen McDonald had a 60% chance of winning when he was up one without the hammer playing the 10th against the USA. I think, however, those stats look pretty shaky when you have a bunch of misses in said 10th end. Then, those stats get better again when you make a super wide in-off on your last throw to force John Shuster to try a Red-Yellow-Yellow run. Count it as a win for Scotland.
The Patch is open, it seems, and I’m headed over there. I fear that if I venture outside it will be snowing, this being Nova Scotia and all.
[Curling Canada photo by Michael Burns – click image to increase viewing size]
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2015 Worlds: Tuesday letdown

Look who is on site at the 2015 world men’s championship in Halifax… it’s our pal Den Gemmell, host of the incroyable podcast The Curling Show. And we’ve given him some blogspace!
What’s wrong with our pants, bub?
What’s wrong with our pants, bub?
By Dean Gemmell
HALIFAX – The Tuesday afternoon draw starts the Squish stretch for half the field, including my American colleagues and Canada, playing this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow morning. I can’t claim to understand it but I imagine there’s a reason for it. Draws are often like that. Except when they just don’t make any sense at all and it’s early Spring and you’re ticked because you were hosed when you had a legit chance to win a quality Toaster Oven.
But here at the worlds, Tuesday is tough, especially when you’re in the Squish. The early rush of adrenaline from the start of the event is fading, and if you’re sub-.500, it can look like you’re about to be forced down into the coal mine for a stretch. Teams who make the playoffs figure out how to fight through it.
U.S. skip John Shuster played a solid third end to get a deuce.
Norway’s pants are typically awful.
The Finns have more hair on one team than entire curling clubs do.
The Chinese were a lot more intimidating with Rui Liu.
More after the break. Must relocate here on the bench…
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Vol. 58 Issue 6: April 2015

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