Originally posted by Itsjustagame
Curlky. You are right when you say that two people can analyze the same information in different ways. That being said, here is my take on what I saw last year.
After three years of using the IcePad and once the season was well underway, HL teams were being called cheaters(coincidently they were winning...)and bullied. This charge was led by BP teams making personal phone calls to have HL banned. The infamous agreement amongst elite curler was written by BP and GL players. It was said that HL IcePad had directional fabric, that they were the problem. Like any new company that has limited cash flows, HL had to come up with a new fabric and take the loss.
On the other side, we have other manufacturers who have financial ties with the curling authorities. How convenient! BP came out with super abrasive Blackhead pads, apparently to prove a point... but they are still selling it. Apparently, false accusations and corporate bullying were not enough.
Now, everyone will have to use the same fabric and pay up a fee to the WCF to do so. I am ready to bet the house that this fee will favor companies such as BP and GL comparatively to HL.
This is a free country so you can buy your equipment from who ever you want. If you are going to come out with a statement on how badly HL handled the broomgate, go ahead and explain. I have.
Just saw this now, and I have stated much of this before. My quick response is this. I thought that Archie lied. He tried to say that he submitted brooms for testing and that they passed all of the testing. However, he then went on to say that CCA never actually gave him any results. You cannot argue both ways, that it did pass, and that they never told you the results. I dont care for liars, no need for them. Further, I thought Archie tried to make his problems my problems. I don't care if his company loses money because a fabric he invested in got outlawed. HL never did anything for me, so I had no reason to feel compassion for them, so as he tried to win me to his side I was turned off. Maybe BP bullied them, maybe they didnt, we can haev that discussion over a beer, but quite frankly I dont care. I didnt like that he lied, I felt he was whiny, and I felt like he was trying to make his problems my problems and draw sympathy from that. Maybe none of these are good reasons to root against them, but HL will never see a dime of my money in the future