Week 1 Matchups

Was that the fastest summer ever or what? It’s time to curl again, so clean off your shoes, get a new pad for your broom (or better yet, just get a new broom), and hit the ice. It’s time to curl.

This season has just one rink turning over, we have the departure of Erickson and the arrival of Hoven, who we won’t get to see in action until next week. Rumor has it that they can draw with the best of them. Time will tell.

Here are the matches for the week:

Match Score
October 12, 2011 12:00 am on sheet 2
Jansen Stanek

0 - 1

October 12, 2011 12:00 am on sheet 3
Lawrence Dubois

0 - 1

October 12, 2011 12:00 am on sheet 4
Beranek Lichty

1 - 0

October 12, 2011 12:00 am on sheet 5
Rohde Arndt

1 - 0

October 12, 2011 12:00 am on sheet 6
Anderson Lockwood

1 - 0

October 12, 2011 12:00 am on sheet 7
Dveris McGovern

1 - 0

October 12, 2011 12:00 am on sheet 8
Gabrio Sonnabend

0 - 1

October 12, 2012 12:00 am on sheet 1
McLaughlin McLellan

0 - 1

Please accept these humble picks to kick off the season:

  • McLaughlin – McLellan: Some of you may argue that McLaughlin is a new rink this year, but readers who pay close attention to this phenomenal blog will know that McLaughlin is just the Kruse rink getting their proper dues. Now on with the prediction. McLaughlin took their share of defeats, but McLellan more so. Both come into the season with renewed vigor, but McLaughlin will take the win and do their new name proud.
  • Jansen – Stanek: I feel that both teams were better than their record last year and oddly enough I don’t have a result from their clash last year. Even though Jansen had the better record, I think Stanek will bring over some mojo from Fern’s and take the win.
  • Lawrence – Dubois: Both rinks in this one are capable of crushing the best of them, or imploding under their own powers. Much like a supernova, implosions are often more exciting. I see Lawrence flirting with total collapse only to pull it together in the 7th and 8th for the win.
  • Beranek – Lichty: Lichty has had a summer to retool while Beranek has promised to stay the course this season. Look for the rust to shake loose for Lichty after a few ends, just in time to make it exciting even though Beranek will buy the beer.
  • Rohde – Arndt: Rohde did better than most last year and hope to start strong this season. Arndt wants to be taken seriously so watch for extreme focus during the coin flip. A close first half will tax the Arndt sweepers, and give the edge to Rohde.
  • Anderson – Lockwood: Usually the main event is put on the center sheet, but the Lockwood rink wanted some benches, so we moved it to sheet 6. Keep your eyes on this one as it will prove to be the nail biter of the evening.  A few mistakes early could sink either one, but I see Lockwood finishing strong with a victory.
  • Dveris – McGovern: There are rumors afoot concerning the McGovern rink’s inability to practice in the off season. Let me clear those up right now – they are totally true. But they have been doing some group visualizations by way of a G+ Hangout, and feel that they are well prepared. Dveris, on the other hand, has been in the gym and on the ice all summer and don’t want to be caught unawares. I really want Dveris to win, but I (contractually) can’t go against McGovern.
  • Wangensteen – Sonnabend: What can I say, Sonnabend won the league last year, they’ll probably take the victory this week too, but I overheard a juicy conversation at Costello’s last week, that Sonnabend may have a new player or two. This changes everything, can Wangensteen pull it together and quiet the critics? Oh they’ll pull it together all right, just not enough for a victory, Sonnabend will win it but not without some hardships along the way.

For those interested, I’ve made a “The Vault” page under the “Metro League” heading. You can go there to look at the results and schedule from last season. Have fun reminiscing, but keep your eyes on the future.

Good Curling



  1. Lockwood-Anderson is mos-def the game of the night. Jarett usually has his rink ready to play for big matches.

    I heard Lichty’s priorities have changed since he had a kid, but I fully expect him to throw out a loud “Come On!” or “Are You Serious!?!?” tonight.