Monday, February 28, 2011

Scotties final

Ouch.  That was ugly.

Don't get me wrong, I'm really happy Saskatchewan won the game, but boy did they ever luck into it.  There were many brutal strategy calls, from the sure force in the first end turning into a gift of three, to the missed blank opportunity in the ninth end, and more in between.  Russ and Linda were charitable, calling these "interesting strategy choices" which translated into English is, "What the f—k were you thinking!?!"  I'd be having a long conversation with our 10-year-old Little Rock skips if they called a game like this.

Saskatchewan certainly did not deserve the win, but good on them for not giving up.  The three in the sixth end and the last draw in the 10th were awesome shots.

Next up on the curling calendar is the Brier, which gets going Saturday.  Look for me in the stands at both draws Saturday.  I'll be the one sitting next to a lady with a huge "GO STOUGHTON!" sign.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Please don't put your wires in my brain

Global News had a story this evening on the use of Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment for depression. The best line in the story (which I haven't been able to find online) was "Doctors aren't sure why it works."

Doesn't that just fill you with confidence?  Your doctor suggests implanting a "brain pacemaker" which might work, but no one knows why.


Who’s the fool who wears the crown?

The honesty, accountability and transparency government fails again.  At least they can claim that they don’t waver from their core values, however out of whack those may be…

If my kids behaved the way this government does, they’d be suspended from school immediately. Lies, bullying, secrecy. It’s all bullshit. I’d be ashamed if my kids grew up to be like these assholes.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

More curling success

V skipped a team for the first time in the Little Rock bonspiel Saturday.  She had three rookies on her team, and I was wondering how they would do together.

The first game did not start well - she was down 4-0 after two ends, and it looked like a blowout in the making.  In the third end V took one, then stole one in the fourth.  In the fifth end she was sitting with two rocks in the four foot, and her vice's guard attempt accidentally raised an opponent's rock onto the button.  Yikes!  The other team missed a guard, and V threw a peel weight hit to take the rock off the button.  A big cheer went up from the crowd, and several people asked me where she gets that weight from, as I clearly don't have it.  After another miss by the opposition, she covered the rocks in the four foot with a perfect guard, and V stole two to tie the game.  In the sixth and final end, guards were hard to come by.  V had a corner guard off to one side, and the opposition had a rock behind it in the eight foot.  V drew behind the guard to lie shot, and the opposing skip missed his draw for the win.  So we went from down 4-0 to stealing the win 5-4.

The second game was almost the reverse of the first.  V went up 5-0 after two ends, and was at 5-4 in the sixth end.  She had two rocks in the eight foot, and the opposing skip tried a hit and roll, which probably would have tied the game.  He was a little inside, and missed the hit.  V wisely threw her last one about a foot over the near hog line, to avoid ruining the win.  The first rule in skipping, as in medicine, is to do no harm.

Not a bad start for a rookie skip - two wins and second place overall!  After my first bonspiel skipping I wanted to burn my curling shoes in the parking lot...

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

That’s gonna leave a mark

A day after playing poorly and suffering a loss to a team that will likely be contending next weekend, Glenn Howard savages poor Jake Higgs.


2011 Best Western Intermediate Men–recap

Game One - the ice was fast, we were not.  Drew the long side of the draw, against the best team in the field, as they would no doubt tell you.  We started ok, with a short tap for three that we just missed, and had to settle for two.  Next end we gave up six.  Ouch.  We staggered off the ice after six ends, down 10-4.

Game Two - against the other Elmira team.  This time we came to play, and they gave up after nine ends, down by five.

Game Three - against a team I was not familiar with, except for one guy.  We struggled with the weight in this one, especially from the fifth end on.  There was no pebble left up the slide path by this point, and we lost several draws that looked great until they slammed on the brakes in the four foot line.  One of the Granite members was bragging about how great their ice was this year, and how much like arena ice it was.  Sorry, but last weekend we played in Fergus and in the 11th end the ice was still lightning quick up the middle.  If you can't keep decent pebble past halfway in a ten end game, you shouldn't be hosting competitive events.

This brings to an end the Zone play for this year’s competitive season.  One more weekend to go, in the Silver Tankard Regional (and hopefully Provincial) in April.

99 bottles of beer

I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that I know (or once upon a time, knew) more than a handful of these.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

One-liner of the day

An SEO expert walks into a bar, grill, pub, drinks, beer, wine, liquor…

2011 Best Western Intermediate Men

The competitive season continues this weekend, with the third (and final) OCA event, the Intermediates.  This is the one for “seasoned” curlers, 40 and over.  I know, you’re thinking that with my boyish good looks and adolescent sense of humour I can’t possibly be 40, but it’s true.  As of yesterday I am well into my 40s.

This is my first time in this event, and I know three of the other four competitors.  I’d love to be on the right side of the draw sheet this time.  This is also the second event in a row where there are more women’s teams than men’s.