Over four days, he went from tragic Olympics figure to pretty much the epitome of why we all watch and love sports. Four rejects steal the trials, win four games in four days against three of the other teams who made it out of the round robin, and have the highest place ever for the USA in Olympic curling. You push his back against the wall and I guess he delivers. He is the only USA men’s curler with two medals now, right?If this keeps up we're not gonna be able to use Shuster as a verb anymore, or at least not in the same way.
Gold medal match: Saturday 1:35AM ET live, and 4PM replay. Both on NBCSNWhen will this be aired? I know live, it's at like 3 AM
Good. Very restrained though. Low key. Much more apt to talk about good shotmaking than to criticize other than to note when something is a mistake.I've now watched the final three ends of USA-Canada live on Eurosport, recorded with OBS commentary, and recorded with BBC commentary. (And enjoyed it every time.) How was the NBC commentary?
Booo, USA should be shooting red, and Sweden should be shooting yellow rocks.
I am having a massive problem with this. The reverse makes so much sense.How are the colors determined, USA as red and Sweden as Yellow would make much more sense.
Yep, that's what Sweden did in this match. They had an easy shot for 1 in the 1st end on the last throw, and instead, he threw it out of the house, and kept the hammer in the 2nd end.After the first end (not sure how it's allocated in the first end) the hammer switches teams if the team with the hammer scores.
Thats why you'll sometimes see the team with the hammer blank the end (no score) rather than score 1 and give up the hammer.
In competitive matches (including the Olympics) they draw to center rather than flip a coin, I believe. Like lagging for the break in poolI believe you get it if a) you had it in the previous end and there was no scoring b) the other team scored in the previous end c) it's the 1st end and you were given it via coin flip.
Another reason why Sweden might've blanked the first end is that you really want to hammer on the even ends so that you can have it on the final end.Yep, that's what Sweden did in this match. They had an easy shot for 1 in the 1st end on the last throw, and instead, he threw it out of the house, and kept the hammer in the 2nd end.
At the Olympics I think the draw to center is 2 rocks for each team. The two have to be thrown with opposing spins by different players, and the team with the smallest total distance wins.In most league games, yes, Hammer is determined by a flip of a coin.
But in high level competitions, befor ethe game starts, each skip throws a single rock, with sweeping, and whoever gets closer to the pin gets hammer in the 1st end.
http://www.worldcurling.org/download/?dl==AFVxIkVWZ1RhxmRWR1aatWVFlVeWxGc3NlRapVUq5UV has the official rules and seems to confirm this. The 2 stones/team (different players/rotations) during round-robin looks correct early on, but it seems as though it can get more complicated in some cases.That makes sense. That's how hammer is determined in the playoffs for our league nights as well.