Curling, Feb. 11: Couple of Canadian surprises

Early in the week, the shock results started rolling in from the Canadian provincial playdowns, from which the Brier field is assembled. Kevin Koe lost! Oh my! And Reid Carruthers! But, these tournaments being the double- or triple-elimination events that they are, Koe and Carruthers are back where we’d expect. Kirk Muyres won in Saskatchewan ahead of Matt Dunstone, and having seen that game (loved the CurlSask broadcast apart from seeing the same ads about 100 times), I’d say it wasn’t a fluke. So the only change to the rankings is a straight swap — Muyres takes the 11th spot … Continue reading Curling, Feb. 11: Couple of Canadian surprises

Curling power rankings (Jan. 1 update)

It’s fair to say curling is my second-favorite sport behind soccer. It’s also fair to say it’s underappreciated in the United States and that it’s difficult for us to follow. This page aims to change all that. This will help you remember who’s Brad Jacobs and who’s Brad Gushue. It’ll help you see if Nina Roth or Jamie Sinclair will make a John Shuster-style vault into mainstream culture. (No, but read anyway.) It’ll help you follow the season as it progresses. Enjoy. (Abbreviations you really need to know: OOM – Order of Merit, which covers two years. YTD – year-to-date) … Continue reading Curling power rankings (Jan. 1 update)

The curling shuffle: USA Curling’s High Performance makeover

  John Shuster won Olympic gold. Jamie Sinclair made the World Championship semifinals, won a Grand Slam event and stands ninth in the Order of Merit. Then the seniors earned silver (women) and bronze (men) at the World Championships. USA Curling had a big year. But there’s usually a bit of turnover after the Olympics, and so the teams in the High Performance program, which supports the select few who’ve shown an aptitude for winning things, will be shuffling a bit. The full comparison is at the bottom, but I’ll got into a bit more detail than that press release. … Continue reading The curling shuffle: USA Curling’s High Performance makeover

UPDATED — USA in Pyeongchang: How bad is it?

Updates are in italic. Things have taken an upturn. We’re at the middle Sunday of the 2018 Olympics, and the USA has … 10 medals. The Netherlands have 13, perhaps an advantage of picking one sport and getting really, really good at it. They only have four athletes at the Olympics who aren’t speedskaters. Canada has 16 medals in seven different sports, and we haven’t even hit the hockey medal rounds yet. Germany has 18. They slide, shoot and ski jump quite well. Norway has 26. Basically, if it involves skis, the Norwegians have medaled. They’ve already equaled their total … Continue reading UPDATED — USA in Pyeongchang: How bad is it?

2018 Winter Olympics: A concise viewing guide with stars, medals and flags

Each day during the Olympics, I’ll be telling you what to watch and making a few predictions. You can also find my daily previews at Bleacher Report. Time difference and schedule/streaming options: The Pyeongchang schedule is … Eight hours ahead of a … Continue reading 2018 Winter Olympics: A concise viewing guide with stars, medals and flags

Curling: Huge win for U.S. Olympic hopeful

Yes, it’s already curling season. In fact, we’re less than two months away from the Olympic Trials, set for Nov. 11-18. Curling isn’t the most predictable sport in the world, but the four-team (or five, pending an appeal by Todd Birr) men’s competition has a clear favorite. John Shuster has been the skip in the last two Olympics after taking bronze on Pete Fenson’s team in 2006. His current team — Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner — has qualified for the World Championships three straight years and done no worse than fifth, making the playoffs each of the last … Continue reading Curling: Huge win for U.S. Olympic hopeful