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11-29-20 06:39AM
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What does "Hard for a piece!" and "Hard to stick!" mean?

From what I can tell, it's basically an order for the sweepers to go hard because they're in danger of flashing a hit ("Hard for a piece!'"), or in danger of rolling out after a hit ("Hard to stick!"). How is that different than just a generic "Hard!", though, is what I'm wondering.

It sure adds to the drama when they're being so descriptive in their urgency, but I'm just wondering if there's anything else to it.

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What does "Hard for a piece!" and "Hard to stick!" mean?

From what I can tell, it's basically an order for the sweepers to go hard because they're in danger of flashing a hit ("Hard for a piece!'"), or in danger of rolling out after a hit ("Hard to stick!"). How is that different than just a generic "Hard!", though, is what I'm wondering.

It sure adds to the drama when they're being so descriptive in their urgency, but I'm just wondering if there's anything else to it.



You have this one down to a T.
The shot-caller is basically giving a coded explanation while urging for action on the running stone. When brushers know there's a high risk of flashing or rolling out during a critical shot - the thinking is they'll be more attentive and brush even harder than ever to "save the shot".

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What does it mean to 'baby' a delivery?

Example usage: 2018 Olympics, mixed doubles USA vs OAR, 5th end. Matt Hamilton tries to repeat his previous shot.

Matt: "Feels like a little more [weight than last time]..."
Becca: (checks stop watch) "Yeah it is..."
Matt: "I babied it, though..."

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