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01-25-16 11:10PM
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No one is arguing, about the depth of the Women's field. You blamed the process. The men use the same process, so why doesn't that same program negatively affect them?


My guess is that there's just a larger pool of competitive curlers on the men's side. It's possible the men's pool won't ever be effected in the same way as the women's has, or that the women are the canary in the coal mine that are warning of long term problems with interest in the National Championships.

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So Jimbo, did you ever follow the Brier on the radio? I can remember sitting at a table and placing checkers on a curling house that I had drawn on paper. Wish I could remember who was playing but I am old so...



No, but the Brier used to be covered on the CBC-there was no playoff, the first place team won. The CBC would only show the final draw on Saturday-often the game would mean nothing.

The CBC also had curling shows during the season, including "Cross Canada Curling" and "CBC Championship Curling".

Many people know the late Don Chevrier as Canada's (and later the US's) "Voice of Curling". He also called the first Toronto Blue Jay game in the snow at CNE...

BUT

He wasn't the CBC's first voice of curling. His predecessor was a fellow named Trebek. Among the other voices were Don Duguid (who joined Chevvy at NBC) and Johnny Wayne (as in Wayne & Shuster).

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The draw is up. Time to start posting your bets.

It's also time for all of us to start lobbying the TESN guys for the games we want to be featured. I have their cell numbers if any of you want them.

Good luck with the lobbying. The Godfather and Badass are still sticking to their "feature the center sheet until everybody has had one game featured on the webcast". That will get us through Tuesday afternoon. I realize that we may outgrow that someday soon and feature the most interesting games to get the largest audience, but for now I like it.

(I figure if Gemmell can use the word "badass" in the title of his sweeping book, I can use Anderson's full nickname when I post...I used to get into SO much trouble when I'd use the word "ass" on the webcast)

16 draws this year (instead of the usual 18) because of the short Women's field. Joey C, Badass Anderson and The Punk get off pretty easy. Only two 8am draws. The icemen are going to get fat and lazy. You have to work ice makers hard or they get uppity and surly.

I know that we are Americans and prefer to watch the web stream while at work, but the Sunday match ups are really good. Junior girls v Nina and Junior girls v Jamie...Brady v Heater and Pete v Face and Brownie v Boo Boo. Really good Sunday stuff. Only parts of the Super Bowl I'm going to watch are the commercials.

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I've been too distracted by the Men's Nationals thread. I've been too distracted by Face Team's almost historical season to date.

Team Erika Brown has also reached the stratosphere in the World Curling Tour Order Of Merit on the Year To Date standings.

7 events and 7 cashes. All of them quality events. They won the Stu Sells. Extremely impressive 2nd at the Dekalb (which I didn't go watch and I regret that...stuff came up).

They are a SLAM quality team. They are doing it on their own dime

I was shamed into a return to posting on curlingzone because it has been a fantastic year with some great USA teams doing great things seemingly unnoticed. This is a great team doing great things. Top 20 YTD is no small thing on your own dime. Only 1 of their 7 events was in the USA. Cashing...every...single...time. 100 YTD points is very good. They have 189 so far.

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May 6, 2015-Thread "So who got invites to the Combines?"

"So I see on social media Erika Brown has a new team consisting of:

Erika
Allison P.
Nicole J.
Natalie N.

I assume that most of Erika's team from last year are in the HP program at the moment.

In my opinion this team will be the favorite no matter what comes out of HP, any takes on an early wager" - Biterbar

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Tuck will never give me any credit for being right even though I am spot on most of the time.

I was wrong about the rest of Erika's national champs making the HP, but that is another issue.

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I saw Erika's team put on an impressive display in Toronto...although Jen & Rachel weren't there. I still think that they're the team to beat on the women's side down in Florida.
But (with no disrespect intended), Erika and her rink aren't getting any younger-are there any promising rinks coming out of Junior (both men & women)?
I've said it many times before-the sport will have trouble getting to the next level until American rinks start winning World Championships.

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Team Erika Brown has also reached the stratosphere in the World Curling Tour Order Of Merit on the Year To Date standings.

7 events and 7 cashes. All of them quality events. They won the Stu Sells. Extremely impressive 2nd at the Dekalb (which I didn't go watch and I regret that...stuff came up).

They are a SLAM quality team. They are doing it on their own dime




For anyone interested (since Gerrys site does not sort easily) here is the Womens YTD OOM list. Erika at 13 is in pretty good company
1 Rachel Homan (Ontario) 583.709
2 Jennifer Jones (Manitoba) 359.989
3 Val Sweeting (Alberta) 340.661
4 S. Tirinzoni (Switzerland) 321.021
5 Anna Sidorova (Russia) 290.022
6 Chelsea Carey (Alberta) 254.505
7 Eve Muirhead (Scotland) 236.215
8 Tracy Fleury (N.Ontario) 224.758
9 Kelsey Rocque (Alberta) 218.735
10 Kerri Einarson (Manitoba) 214.271
11 Alina Paetz (Switzerland) 207.478
12 EunJung Kim (Korea) 205.781
13 Erika Brown (Wisconsin) 189.175

34 Jamie Sinclair (United States) 86.962
43 C. Christensen (Minnesota) 77.17
51 Nina Roth (United States) 68.091

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So year to date that puts the USA the 6th ranked country on OOM behind:

1) One of 7 Canadian teams
2) Switzerland (2)
3) Sidorova of Russia
4) Muirhead of Scotland
5) Kim of Korea

Still a tough medal stand to break into.

Cory Christensen and her team are up and comers, the most likely heir apparent. There is a lot of talented gals 18-28 who need the right teammates and coaching to bring out their full potential.

And a curling association with a plan to keep them interested in curling before "life" supersedes it.

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This is a great team doing great things.


Yeah, it is!

Hope they have a great run in Jacksonville and that the other teams play well and give them all they can handle.

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There needs to some caveats added to all other non-Canadian teams in the standings. ALL of them have gotten over half their points outside of Canada. ALL of them have played more events than Brown-Tetley.

It's helpful to scoop up Euro Points and Asian Points (much more so in Men's than in Women's...but still an advantage). It's also helpful to count your top events when you are taking your 8 counters out of 12 weekends (Paetz, but others are the same) rather than taking your 8 counting events out of only 7 weekends (Brown).

So: Yes, other nations are doing well in the YTD OOM standing. Yes, those are good teams and not an easy podium to own. However, there is more underneath the number if you take the time to look. Points Per Outing, our gals are kicking butt. Points only accrued in Canada, our girls are kicking butt.

I'm not trying to start an argument because none exists. We all think this is a very good team. I'm not disagreeing with any of the previous posts. They are all factually correct and insightful. I'm just trying to be even more insightful and suggest that, if you look where the numbers come from, our girls really, really, really rock.

I mean: Seriously? You're allowed to count your top 8 events and Brown sits inside the sweet sixteen with only 7 events entered? That is insanely good.

It makes it tough for me. Next I'm going to tell you that they won't win Nationals.

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is asked earlier but in a poorly worded way

is it mathematically possible for any of these teams to win the nationals and overtake shuster/brown and actually go to worlds?

if so what teams can still got to worlds?i imagine brown and shuster would both have to miss playoffs alltogether

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On the men's side, if Shuster is on the podium then they go to worlds. If Shuster misses and C. Brown makes the podium then C. Brown goes to worlds. If both Shuster and C. Brown miss the podium then the National Champion goes to worlds.

On the women's side, if E. Brown is on the podium then they go to worlds. If E. Brown misses the podium then basically the highest finisher of Sinclair, Christensen or Roth goes to worlds. There's a small chance that Meechai, Anderson or Lindgren can go to worlds. If those three teams make up the medal stand then the National Champion goes to worlds.

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On the men's side, if Shuster is on the podium then they go to worlds. If Shuster misses and C. Brown makes the podium then C. Brown goes to worlds. If both Shuster and C. Brown miss the podium then the National Champion goes to worlds.

On the women's side, if E. Brown is on the podium then they go to worlds. If E. Brown misses the podium then basically the highest finisher of Sinclair, Christensen or Roth goes to worlds. There's a small chance that Meechai, Anderson or Lindgren can go to worlds. If those three teams make up the medal stand then the National Champion goes to worlds.



okay,thank you.

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Now for the hard part:

I've suggested that Team Brown-Tetley is extremely good (cash every time, very high on the WCT OOM YTD despite only playing 7 events while most of those teams have played a dozen). They will, obviously, make the medal stand. They will, obviously, go to Worlds. I think they will do extremely well at Worlds. Homan already lost out in her provence. A couple of more upsets and we're looking at a great chance to medal.

So I'm a huge fan. I've been paying attention. I know they are great. So great that Biterbar will try to claim that they are a Wisconsin team. JHcurl might even try to find an East coast connection. They are, obviously, the most likely winner in Jacksonville.

That being said, I don't think they are going to win Nationals.

This HPP Junior team is a rare collection of talent. Each player draws very well. Each player hits extremely well. Reading ice is no longer a major issue. Strategy is not an issue now that they communicate so well (and they communicate very well...wait until TESN mics them up). This is a team that is just now reaching their stride. They are just now turning talent into results; potential into wins.

I know that Christensen has had good teams before. I know she's won events before. I know that her year-to-date isn't much better than previous years. But I also know what I saw. This team is jelling. This team isn't afraid to get aggressive. This team isn't afraid to play the entire end in the four foot. This team will let the opposition be shotrock for awhile to set things up.

If the Junior team goes to Florida with the attitude and plan to relax while prepping for Junior Worlds, I still think they get bronze. If they go to Florida with the attitude that it is a personal challenge, I don't think anybody can stand in their way. Erika could, but after making the playoffs and securing her spot at Worlds, I don't think she will.

I could be wrong, but at 3 to 1 I'd bet I'm right. I think we have 2 great teams going to Florida and 3 pretty dang good teams (Lindgren is underrated) and 2 good teams. Bet Brown at short-odds even money if you must, but don't bet the rent money.

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7 teams and 4 make the playoffs! 4th team in playoffs will be lucky to have a .500 record. E Brown has pretty much already punched her ticket to worlds. Now this is an exciting championship!!

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E Brown has pretty much already punched her ticket to worlds. Now this is an exciting championship!!


Yes, probably true. Although order will be interesting. E. Brown's next 3 matches will be the toughest, against the HPP teams.

I'm still putting my money on her for winning nationals.

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I must say I was a little surprised by the score of her game against Jamie (another bit of maple syrup in the blood!).

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HUGE game tomorrow (Roth v Brown)! Should Nina win, it would most likely put Erika in the Page 3v4 game and (potentially) keep them off the medal podium. Team Brown would have to lose tomorrow's game AND the Page 3v4, but it would most likely make the Finals into a Winner Goes To Worlds game.

While I dislike the Points system, I find myself not cheering for that scenario. At least, I don't find myself cheering against Brown. They've been too good all year. In recent years, I'd be thrilled for the hope that the last game meant more. Maybe it's not only because they've been so very good all year. Maybe it's also that they formed their own team and curled on their own dime. Or maybe I'm just really hopeful of a Women's World medal this year and have talked myself into believing they are our best chance. That would be odd considering the show that Sinclair is putting on so far.

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Top 4 is set, now it is just a matter of who gets into the 1-2 game. Sinclair, Roth, Brown, Christensen all in. I think if Brown and Sinclair win their last it would be a 3 way tie for the top with Roth. I think all three are 1-1 against each other so would come down DSC for the 1-2 game.

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How dull... Top 4 already set...

Yes, USCA/HPP, this is EXACTLY the way to improve women's competitive curling in the USA. Such brilliance...

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Top 4 was set before this event started. As I posted elsewhere, with only 7 teams competing the playoffs should have been limited to 3 teams. That way the event might have generated at least a little bit of excitement and suspense.

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Ok, so now it's down to four teams. Let the intrigue begin.

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I think we're being a little bit harsh here. This isn't the first time that Women's ended up being Sign Up And Go; that's happened a couple of times before. Nor is it the first time that Women's Nationals has been dominated by a Big Three or Big Four. That's been then norm for the many years I've been watching.

True, the depth of USA Women's had been taking big steps forward and that was really exciting for me. The depth is still there, we just need to add back in that list of names of missing players earlier in this thread.

I think that's were the real pain originates. As fans, we know that this could have been much more exciting and has been in the recent past.

My hope is that we see more teams competing and at a high level. If (like the Points To Worlds policy) the Olympic Trials entry paths are near impossible, I fear really good curlers will not elect to even try to be the Olympic team. That would be a horrible failure in the longterm and, possibly, even in the shortterm.

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Page playoffs set, as all of you probably know by now. Sinclair draws the short straw and is relegated to the Page 3v4 by DSChallenge measurements.

This insures that Team Erika Brown-Tetley will now be our Team USA for Women's Worlds. Congratulations. You went on your own dime and did very well in every event; including this one. Good luck in the playoffs and the very best of luck at Worlds.

It is not truthful nor accurate to say that our World's representative was chosen by the DSC total. That presumes they would have lost the Page 3v4. Regardless of the playoff outcome, this team took the rules as written and excelled and earned their way to Worlds. I believe that, once there, they will have a deep sense of "unfinished business" and do very, very well.

Still, it would be nice if they would kindly win one or two more games so all of us feel great about them going. I already do, but some dislike the Points thing worse than a vodka/pickle juice cocktail served warm.

For the playoffs: I'm not backing off on my Juniors prediction. I believe the Christensen team can turn the tables on the three teams that beat them in the round robin and win this thing. That being said, the Sinclair team has impressed me most during the week. I like how Tabs Peterson has gotten her shoulders lower this year. They still aren't quite as low as when she was a stellar junior, but gone is the arched back and very high shoulders. I like how Lil Miss Hammy is playing and how insightful her strategic comments have been. I especially like how she looks for a Plan B instantly when she knows the weight of the throw is really bad.

So I'm not sure who is going to win this thing. Brown remains the obvious choice, but Worlds can prove to be an awful distraction. Sinclair pretty much dominated every game except the competitive loss to Roth. I think the loser of the Page 1v2 is going to run into a buzz saw when they face the momentum of the Page 3v4 winner in the True Semi. That momentum might keep going right into the Final.

As a sidenote: LOTS of things are now determined by the DSC. A team can miss qualifying for for a major spiel and all the points that come with that just on DSC. Worlds with the "one round for tiebreakers only" rule lean heavily on the DSC. It comes with round robin play.

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Playoffs have not started and we know that team Brown is going to the Worlds. Nothing quite as exciting as a National Championship with nothing on the line.

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W: Tim Hortons Curling Trials
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Draw: CF -- Sun, Nov 28 -- 11:00am CT
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M: Tim Hortons Curling Trials
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Teams | Scores | Standings | Playoffs
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W: Canadian Junior World Qualifier
Saskatoon, SK
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Draw: CF -- Sat, Nov 27 -- 1:00pm CT
Northern Ontario Final
Alberta (10)
M: Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships
Lillehammer, NOR
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Draw: CF -- Sat, Nov 27 -- 5:00pm CET
Scotland Final
Sweden (9)
W: Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships
Lillehammer, NOR
Teams | Scores | Standings | Playoffs
Draw: CF -- Sat, Nov 27 -- 12:30pm CET
Scotland Final
Sweden (10)
M: Le Gruyere AOP European B Curling Championships
Lillehammer, NOR
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Draw: CF -- Sat, Nov 27 -- 11:30am CET
Turkey Final
Russia (EE)
Spain 12  Final
Latvia (EE)
W: Le Gruyere AOP European B Curling Championships
Lillehammer, NOR
Teams | Scores | Standings | Playoffs
Draw: 18 -- Thu, Nov 25 -- 2:00pm CET
Hungary Final
England (10)
Lithuania Final
Austria (10)
Slovakia Final
Spain (EE)
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Jones to Face Fleury in Trials Final

Jones to Face Fleury in Trials Final

SASKATOON - Team Jennifer Jones (Picture: Curling Canada) are just one win away from making a return trip to the Winter Olympics after her team defeated Krista McCarville 8-3 in Saturday night's Olympic Trials semi-final.

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