Registered: Nov 2012
During the 70's and 80's was pre-free guard zone. The percentages were nothing like they are today. I played then. Memorably beating Earl Morris in the Quebec playdowns when he took over Ursel's team. I remember watching a final with Eddie and team shooting in the low 70's and winning. There are a ton of reasons for that. A) The ice conditions are so much better today. B) There is less crap on the ice. C) The players at the elite level are in much better shape. D) We understand why rocks curl and how to texture them. E) Brushes are much more efficient than brooms. F) As ever, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.
As golfers are better today than they were thirty years ago. (I used to be a pro) Tennis players. Runners, jumpers, you name it and we're better at it than we were 30 years ago. Curling is no different.
As to every shot being obvious. Before the FGZ true enough. Most offense came from misses and a lot of misses came from the conditions. And how do I know that? Once the conditions improved the players stopped missing and the game became as exciting as watching paint dry. Guard, peel, guard peel, guard peel, blank. Wash rinse repeat. Famously crowds began booing and jeering players for making their shots....you know you have a problem when.
At the elite level today the strategy is anything but simple. The rocks are so reactive, and the players can throw it so hard and so accurately, figuring out how to get the angles just right is exceedingly complex . And how do I know that? Between them Team Koe have 12 Brier titles and they find it complicated.
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