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Week 20 Details: The End Is Here

All the practice, all the studying, all the late nights, they have all come down to this.  Week 20.  We have all won, and we have all lost and here we are.  As tradition states, the first place rink will buy the first pitcher for each table so we have that going for us.  Now on to the match ups.

Match Score
March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 2
Boomer McLellan

1 - 0

March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 6
Anderson Arndt

1 - 0

March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 8
Lawrence Rohde

1 - 0

March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 5
Stanek Erickson

0 - 1

March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 1
Lichty Beranek

1 - 0

March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 4
Dveris Sonnabend

0 - 1

March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 3
Kruse Dubois

0 - 1

March 9, 2011 9:00 pm Sheet 7
Jansen McGovern

0 - 1

  • Boomer – McLellan:  Two relative newcomers square off this week, both plagued by playing under the wrong name on the schedule sheets, both trying to carve out their niche in the league.  I’d like to see McLellan win one more, but Boomer has played well against many of the teams in the league.  I see them in the winners circle this week.
  • Anderson – Arndt:  Their record are the inverse of each other, with Anderson ranked slightly above Arndt, but something (I’m not sure what) is telling me to pick Arndt, so I will.
  • Lawrence – Rohde:  This one is easy.  Lawrence hasn’t been fit to be picked in many weeks.  Rohde will have no problem beating these clowns into an icy pulp.  “Cleanup on sheet 8.”
  • Stanek – Erickson:  I have seen both of these rinks play well and beat good teams.  Don’t let their records fool you, this will be a good match to watch and it should come down to the wire.  I’m calling this one the coin flip of the week.  Whoever has the hammer first will win it.
  • Lichty – Beranek:  Both rinks have a real desire to win this week.  Lichty is looking to end a bumpy season on a high note while Beranek would like to separate from the pack.  Play will be slow and well orchestrated by both sides.  Both of these skips can hit shots so expect a nail biter but in the end, Lichty will stage a win and take the upset of the week title.
  • Dveris – Sonnabend:  It’s lonely on top and the pressure has been getting to the Sonnabend collective lately.  Three byes not only screw up the stats a bit, but create unnatural breaks in the season.  Dveris will be looking to take advantage of those factors but will ultimately fall to a rusty Sonnabend who will take their time getting on track.
  • Kruse – Dubois:  Dubois has been playing well this year and has established a firm spot in the top half of the league, a win this week would affirm that position.  While Kruse is ranked lower than their adversary, they have already beat them earlier in the season, this gives them a mental advantage that can go a long way in this game.  However, Dubois has a slight edge and will take the win this week.
  • Jansen – McGovern:  A few factors come into play with this match.  McGovern’s will is unmatched in the league, but their performance occasionally falls short.  Jansen has had a few big wins and has already defeated McGovern once.  McGovern had a bump in the road last week but will end the season strong, look for a win around the 11:11 mark.

This will do it for the ’10-’11 season.  Playdowns will follow and it looks like the Metro League will have hearty representation.  Let’s all have some fun this week and we’ll see you in the post season.

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Super Subs?

We’ve all been there, trying to get a sub to play for us last minute. But what is the etiquette on subs?

When you have a newb subbing, it is usually pretty clear cut. They throw lead, and you go about your business. But what if you get a sub from the club list who is experienced, or a skip on another team?

I realize it is sometimes hard to ask an experienced curler to throw lead in a relatively less competitive league. But having them skip or vice skip can also be unfair to your opponent.

We’ve all played teams where a really good skip can win a game on his own. If I put a team of Pete Fenson and 3 first-time curlers out on the ice, I’d bet $100 Fenson’s team beats any team in our league if he’s allowed to skip. Same team with him throwing lead probably loses every game.

In asking around, it would seem that the etiquette of subs is that they really should not throw anything other than lead or 2nd. This way they can affect the game, but it still comes down to the team’s skip and vice to close out the end.

Agree? Disagree?

Good curling.

Experienced sub (Nick) and newb sub (Joel) both throw lead or 2nd on team McGovern.

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Week 12 Details

Everyone have a good week off?  Here are the games for the week.

Match Score
January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 8
Anderson Wainberg

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January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 7
Haga McLaughlin

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January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 5
Boomer Jansen

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January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 6
Allendorph Lickteig

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January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 4
Sauro Rohde

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January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 3
Dubois Trygstad

-:-

January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 2
Hammes Tolzmann

-:-

January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 1
Lichty McGovern

-:-

January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 0
Perpich BYE

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January 16, 2019 8:30 pm sheet 0
Eisfelder BYE

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  • Boomer – Beranek:  I’d love to pick Boomer this week, they sweep well, dress really well, and help old ladies across the street, but recent losses indicate that they aren’t quite ready to take on the well-rounded Beranek rink.
  • Arndt – McLellan: Arndt is part of the big jumble of teams vying for 3rd place, but McLellan is coming off a huge win before the break.  Steady play will give Arndt the edge this week.
  • Lawrence – Jansen:  Lawrence has established themselves as a force to be reckoned with logging wins against 3 of the top 4 teams but Doppler radar analysis has shown that they don’t perform well in the cold.  Jansen will take this match if the temp at 9:00 is below 5.
  • Wangensteen-Dubois:  These two rinks are seemingly identical, same record, very similar schedule, how does one choose?  I’m going to read the beans in my turkey soup….Dubois it is.
  • Stanek-Kruse:  Stanek has peppered a few wins across the league but Kruse appears to have the advantage here.  Look for a Stanek to take the first two ends but Kruse taking the victory.
  • Lichty-Erickson:  Lichty is on the rise and really looking to prove themselves in the second half of the season.  Erickson won’t go down without a fight however, look for this one to come down to the last shot with Lichty buying the first round.
  • Dveris-Rohde:   While the standings make it look like a clear case, the schedule tells a different story.  Dveris has played a lopsided first half of the season, but has shown that they can beat a top team.  Rohde’s schedule hasn’t been a picnic either, but I’m going to give the upset of the week to Dveris.
  • Sonnabend-Anderson:  Sure I could just pick Sonnabend every week.  They have only lost once, but now that we’re in the second half of the season, they’re going to have to work harder for their wins.  Anderson isn’t going to go easy either, they are another team looking to pull away from the pack and a win against Sonnabend would go a long way in proving themselves.  It’s fitting that this match take place on center ice.  I predict a 11:15 finish time with Sonnabend winning by 1.

My own rink has a bye this week, so there’s a decent chance that I won’t make it to the club.  If anyone can snap a picture of the standings sheet and send it to me I would really appreciate it.  Stay warm.

Good Curling.