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Slung Blade
Jul 10, 2002

IN STEEL WE TRUST



Yeah they played really well.

Alberta, not so much. Poor loving guys, Moulding looked absolutely despondent

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razak
Apr 13, 2016

Ready for graphing

Ouch, this is what three years in a row for Bottcher? They just can't seem to get that final day done.

FrenzyTheKillbot
Jan 31, 2008

Good Hustle


Yeah I'm pretty disappointed in that final. Bottcher loses one game all week and then has an off day at the championship game. I was at least hoping for a good game, but it wasn't even that.

gret
Dec 12, 2005

goggle-eyed freak



Been a Bottcher fan for a while now and I feel so bad for them to lose the finals again.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair


gret posted:

Been a Bottcher fan for a while now and I feel so bad for them to lose the finals again.

It must be brutal to come just short like this three years in a row, I really thought he was gonna do it this time.

Chicken
Apr 23, 2014



I feel really bad for Bottcher but that final was not great. Pretty wild Brier though. Jacobs starts off 1-3 and goes on an absolute roll until he meets Gushue. Four way tiebreaker after the championship pool. Russ and Cheryl thought there were more great shots than any other Brier and unlike most sports commentary I don't think they were being hyperbolic at all. World's are going to be pretty good!

Curling season is winding down here. Last bonspiel starts Thursday and it should be a good time!

I heard about a bonspiel in Seattle that goes around the clock. Like you could get a 4 AM draw. Sounds awesome, goon meet?

Powershift
Nov 23, 2009




There is a show called “losers” on Netflix and one episode is on the brier.

Botcher is a shoe in for his own episode in season 2.

Chicken
Apr 23, 2014



World women's curling in Prince George has been cancelled/postponed due to covid19. I imagine men's won't be far behind.

Not surprising as there are teams from three of the worst hit countries (China, South Korea, Italy).

Chicken
Apr 23, 2014



Even my bonspiel just got cancelled due to Covid19! Nooooooo that means no more curling for the year. I get it though, apparently a third of teams had cancelled already.

CellBlock
Oct 6, 2005

It just don't stop.


City of Ottawa Mens is still on (for now), but as my team was coming in from the DC area, we're dropping out. Was really looking forward to this for months.

EDIT: And now it's officially cancelled. I guess at least I'm not missing out, now.

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FrenzyTheKillbot
Jan 31, 2008

Good Hustle


Hey curlers, there hasn't really been anything to talk about since everything got cancelled, but Curling Canada just released their Return to Play guidelines and it's kinda crazy. You can read about it here: https://www.curling.ca/blog/2020/07...lay-guidelines/

Highlights are only one sweeper per rock, and that includes the skips/vices in the house so no sweeping the opposing team's rock behind the tee line. They are also mandating specific positions for the players to stand while the other team is throwing, which largely gets rid of the ability to talk strategy or discuss shot options. Now, there's no big deal with my rec league playing this way, but the crazy thing (to me) is that these are expected to be the new rules for competition play for the whole next season. Some type of curling will be better than no curling, but it'll be so weird to see the pros playing this way.

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FrenzyTheKillbot
Jan 31, 2008

Good Hustle


So is anyone else actually curling this year? Our season started yesterday, and its definitely weird. People got used to the new rules and positioning pretty quickly but you have to always be mindful of where you're standing and walking.



My club reduced the number of sheets to 5 instead of 6, so they could have space between them. And you can see the little markers along the side for where to stand.

Chicken
Apr 23, 2014



I'm curling this year too! Similar experience to you, the rules seemed pretty complicated at first but nobody had a problem following them after a few ends.

No extra space at our rink so they placed some circles on the edge of each sheet between the hoglines that you're supposed to stand on when not throwing or sweeping. One sweeper allowed and nobody at all allowed to sweep past the tee line. As a skip I'm getting real cold without those few seconds of sweeping! They've also got staggered start times and each sheet starts on the opposite end of the ice than their two adjacent sheets. Also no scoreboards and no measuring stones. And hand sanitizer all over the place.

It's going to be a weird year. It's definitely a more casual experience. I also cut myself down to one night a week to keep my exposure limited. Maybe not the smartest thing to be curling this year but frankly I need the social aspect and some physical exertion is helpful too.

Good luck and stay healthy!

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016

The magnificent story of Dwayt al-Shrood.



Family back home is giving it up for the season because of general covid concerns. A lot of worry at the moment for the health of clubs going forward because curling was struggling to bring in money at a lot of the local clubs.

Slung Blade
Jul 10, 2002

IN STEEL WE TRUST



I would love to curl this year now that my shoulder is repaired. But I am foregoing it because of covid. I'm hoping to work from home for as long as possible because I have elevated risk due to asthma, so it's only appropriate that I not engage in my favourite winter sport for the same reason.



Please keep us all up to date with how your experience changes through the season, I wish to live vicariously through you folks who are playing.

andy_social
Oct 29, 2008


We don't start for a couple of weeks. Nova Scotia has waived restrictions on sports for up to 50 people so we don't have to learn anything new yet. My group is a rental league so the biggest changes for us are going to be not having rink provided sliders for the new people and the bar being table service only.

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Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair


My season is still up in the air, as far as I know. We're on an outdoor rink but honestly, I don't know if it's even really worth playing if we all have to stand on opposite ends of the rink and can't broomstack.

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