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FIXING THE CLOCK RULE WOULD BALANCE THE GAME

Steve Buist
Source: The Hamilton Spectator; Date: March 25, 2004

We have seen the arrival of the four-rock rule, and we sing its praises.

We have seen the advent of technologically-advanced stones that take the guesswork out of calling hogline violations, and we say: This, too, is good.

Now, there's one small bit of tinkering left that the Canadian Curling Association should do to make a great game even better.


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IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER: Curling’s greatest comebacks

Alex Roberts
Source: Sweep Magazine; Date: October, 2004

There is nothing more exciting in sports than a great comeback. From Team Canada’s dramatic rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the ‘72 Summit Series against the Soviets, to Simon Whitfield’s astonishing sprint to the finish to win the 2000 Olympic triathlon gold medal – come-from-behind victories keep fans on the edges of their seats.

God bless TSN and Sportsnet for their efforts to promote the sport of curling, but both networks have fallen into the trap of using player statistics as a crutch during broadcasts. Take the recent Scott Tournament of Hearts, for example. On several occasions, TSN kept harping away at the importance of statistics, but it was the winning team that had the lower percentages. In the final round-robin game between Ontario and Saskatchewan, the Ontario vice was clearly struggling and really putting skip Anne Dunn in some tough spots. She was obviously being outplayed by her Saskatchewan counterpart, yet when TSN flashed up the stats around the seventh end, the Ontario vice was shown with a higher percentage and it was up near 80 per cent. How she could have been scored that high was beyond comprehension.


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KEEPING STATISTICS IN CURLING IS A WASTE OF TIME

Steve Buist
Source: The Hamilton Spectator; Date: March 06, 2003

Indulge me for a moment while I go off on a small rant. This obsession that curling has developed with statistics has gotten out of hand. In fact, I'll go a step further: statistics are essentially meaningless in curling.

God bless TSN and Sportsnet for their efforts to promote the sport of curling, but both networks have fallen into the trap of using player statistics as a crutch during broadcasts. Take the recent Scott Tournament of Hearts, for example. On several occasions, TSN kept harping away at the importance of statistics, but it was the winning team that had the lower percentages. In the final round-robin game between Ontario and Saskatchewan, the Ontario vice was clearly struggling and really putting skip Anne Dunn in some tough spots. She was obviously being outplayed by her Saskatchewan counterpart, yet when TSN flashed up the stats around the seventh end, the Ontario vice was shown with a higher percentage and it was up near 80 per cent. How she could have been scored that high was beyond comprehension.


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