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Registered: Dec 2005
Location: St. Thomas, North Dakota
Thanks to Biterbar for setting a line. His odds are too generous by about 1/2, but that's due to his generous nature.
And a good betting line it is...if this was 2005...but it's not...it's 2015.
Hit and Roll know very little about curling and even less about Wisconsin curling and absolutely nothing about Clubs (didn't he piss away Nationals in Superior circa 2006 to Runing and have to settle for National silver? My memory isn't very good anymore) But he lucked out and FINALLY guessed right for once.
Deeren wins this. I'd bet a drink on that with those odds. Heck, I'd bet two drinks.
I will be playing this week, so I won't post any predictions. I will say at the Madison men's bonspiel this past weekend, the Deeren rink outscored their opponents about 50-5 over their four games. It could have been worse but most teams shook early on them. I don't remember all of their opponents, but there were some pretty solid teams at that spiel.
I have to admit that I don't have any knowledge of the Deeren team besides knowing the skip and/or his family. I also admit my math skills and knowledge of pari-mutuel betting is weak at best. Tuck, take the odds and run with it!
Also, I was informed/reminded that Mossberg was second last year and should be higher. The key take away here is bettor beware.
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire" - Winston Churchill
Thanks to ice melter for posting teams. Wow! 12 teams , great turnout for wisconsin , might be the most teams they've ever had for play downs.
Winner of this should be ranked in top three ( medal) of nationals considering the commendable showing of Wisconsin's teams over the past couple of years.
I can't, with any accuracy, place the entire field due to the fact there are a number of names I don't recognize. However, assuming that I don't recognize them means that they are sleepers at best, I can only rank the usual suspects. I'm also guessing since there are twelve teams that they'll be pooling the teams which could work against a strong team that lays an egg early in the round robin.
Anyhow, the top four teams in no particular order on my sheet would be.....
Just missing out , but could place in top four with a break or two
Finals Deeren vs. Kopp, Both former national club champions!
One of my curling "chums" just texted me and asked why I always pick the Madison teams over other clubs?
Hey chum, and I mean that in the true sense of the word........ Deeren & his teammates are from Arlington,I see they are registered as Madison but they are truly from Arlington just curling out of Madison.
unofficial registration numbers for 2017 club nationals
Dakotas: 4 men, 1 women
Great Lakes: 3 men, 2 women
Grand National: 11 men, 4 women
Illinois: 3 men, 0 women
Mid America: 3 men, 1 women
Minnesota: 0 men, 2 women
Mountain Pacific: 10 men, 5 women
Washington: 2 men, 0 women
Wisconsin: 8 men, 0 women
Registered: Aug 2012
Location: Washington, DC
I can only speak for me and other members of my team... But we weren't interested in going again because of the location. Bismarck was rough enough. Fairbanks is like 10 extra hours of travel time each way.