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LeftyTG

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FWIW, I find that it's a lot easier to screw up a draw to the 12-foot circle than it is to miss a three-foot putt.
I'm just an avid curling fan every four years (hows that for an oxymoron!) and am not trying to lay down authoritative pronouncements. I'm also not one of those people who just thinks that curling is easy and with 6 months practice I could be out there. I compared it to a three foot putt in the sense that the players at the highest level can typically hit that shot as an afterthought, but it isn't so automatic that misses can't and don't happen - especially in pressure situations. By curling standards, the Russian guy had a very large margin of error to land his stone and he ran it through. It wasn't even close.

But I respect yours - or any of the others around here who have played and/or possess a more in depth feel and appreciation for the game - opinion, so if it was a bad comparison I'll acknowledge it.
 

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Same. The game actually looks very difficult to me - I have a hard enough time getting a bocce ball to go within 8 feet of where I'm aiming. That said, it's all relative. I re-watched, and based on his partner/wife's lining up of the shot, I think he was actually going for the home run win. And he was wayyy off. He played well in the Bronze medal game, at least.
 

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But I respect yours - or any of the others around here who have played and/or possess a more in depth feel and appreciation for the game - opinion, so if it was a bad comparison I'll acknowledge it.
No offense taken - just trying to point out that as a 5-handicap golfer and someone who has curled for about 5 years, the number of club curlers (myself included) who can't play a draw into the rings more than 60-70% of the time is surprisingly high. Whereas I think most golfers will make more than 60-70% of their three-foot putts, even the mid-to-high-handicappers.
 

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Can’t wait for a curler to be mentioned in the Mt Rushmore of athletes thread. “You evah swept on ice, bro?”
 

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Wouldn't normal curling be so much more interesting if blank ends resulted in the hammer changing sides, as in the mixed doubles event? It's 0-0 after two ends in the Great Britain v Switzerland game...yawn.
As it happens, I just finished chatting about the propensity of blank ends in high-level curling with Richard Vaughan and Bob Kelly, Eurosport's two curling commentators at the Olympics, and Richard noted that he has only complained about this about 300 times on air over the years. Starting next year the free guard zone will extend to the first five stones instead of just the first four, which will hopefully help, but they both sounded as though they agreed with my suggestion about the hammer changing sides after a blank end.
 

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The Valentine’s Day pants on the Norwegian men’s team are pretty spectacular.

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South korea with a big upset, taking down Canada. Canada had the hammer down 5-4 in the 9th end, korea was lying 3, and Canada missed a risky shot to get 2. The vice tried to talk the skip into a draw for 1 instead. Canada announcers were polite but said skip has to be more open to listening to her teammates.
 

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US gave up 5 to Italy in the 3rd end, but came back and got 3 in the 4th. 6-4 Italy in the 5th end now.
 

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Italy win 10-9 on the last stone. It barely stopped in time, another inch or 2 and the US would have won.
 

Ale Xander

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Shuster lost a lot of weight.

His voice is now even more annoying, didn't know that was possible.

Edit: beaten
 

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Man, Shuster gonna Shuster - Sweden gets 4 in the first end after Shuster sails his final stone through the house and out the back.
My group of friends have been using Shuster as a verb for the last 8 years, as in "the Atlanta Falcons really Shustered the second half of the Superbowl." Dude is a massive, massive choke artist. He looked so smug after they beat SK too.
 

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Incredible finish to the USA vs OAR - extra end and USA has a draw for the win and it's short, but they swept the shit out of it and BARELY got it there to win.
 

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I like the energy Hamilton brings to the men's squad. Shuster on the other hand is already on tilt; shaking his head a bunch and apologizing profusely to his teammates.
 

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He’s also handed back-to-back ones on consecutive ends to the Japanese with his hammer. George should be the next skip - super accurate, seems consistent.
 

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Another Shuster special, leaves the last rock way short in the 6th.

Japan takes advantage, get 2 to go up 6-2.
 

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Incidentally, while you guys were watching Shuster, I saw Switzerland open their game against Canada with 4 in the first end after Koe sailed his final stone through the house on a draw attempt - Switzerland had to battle for the win after that, but win it they did.
 

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Shuster cannot, under any circumstances, come back in 2022. I don't care if he goes 190000000000000000-0 in qualifying. He cannot handle this stage for whatever reason.
 

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Shuster cannot, under any circumstances, come back in 2022. I don't care if he goes 190000000000000000-0 in qualifying. He cannot handle this stage for whatever reason.
USA Curling had it right not to invite him back the first time. I’m happy for him that he got in shape but this guy is the curling equivalent of the Twins going to the Toilet in October.
 

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I think I understand the process that led Shuster to the team, but why does he Skip? Also is there a rule that the Skip has to throw last? There are so many times that his teammates try to point out better shots and he just overrules them. He’s terrible.
 

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Against Norway on the 5th frame Shuster had the Hammer for probably the eastiest shot for 3 you will ever get at the Olympic level and he totally blew it and they got 1 point.
 

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I think I understand the process that led Shuster to the team, but why does he Skip? Also is there a rule that the Skip has to throw last? There are so many times that his teammates try to point out better shots and he just overrules them. He’s terrible.
Skips don't have to go fourth, but nearly all of them do. And if a skip normally goes fourth in a given rink, it would be pretty weird for him or her to trade places for the Olympics - that'd be a bit like lining up your fullback at wide receiver on fourth and goal with your season on the line. [/BitterFalconsFan]
 

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8-4, last shot trying to get 2 in the 9th misses to leave it 8-5 so they they concede. Because Shuster knows only Shuster is capable of giving up 3 with the hammer.
 

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not just misses - Shuster takes out the Norweigen stone but bumps the US stone that had been lying two behind the Norweigen stone, giving the US only one instead of two.

Before that, Shuster allowed Noway back to back steals of a point in the 7th and 8th ends.
 

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not just misses - Shuster takes out the Norweigen stone but bumps the US stone that had been lying two behind the Norweigen stone, giving the US only one instead of two.

Before that, Shuster allowed Noway back to back steals of a point in the 7th and 8th ends.
It's like I was out there, just hucking stones for the first time. He's either awful or choking, either way, his time in the Olympics should be over.
 

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Nice win by the US Ladies. Clutch shot by Roth FTW in the 10th aka the reverse Shuster.

Shuster/USA v. Canada coming up at midnight. Let the self-immolation continue.