Friday, February 19, 2010

How have I posted twice this week on curling?

With apologies to Jay who also has a post on the same subject today (give it a read if you haven't yet) I simply have to post about curling again this morning. If you haven't met John Shuster yet by all means let me introduce you. Shuster who is the Skip (team captain) for team USA has managed to guide them to a stunningly abhorrent 0-4 record in round robin play. Only a miracle will allow them to continue on in the tournament. The issue that I have with Shuster isn't that they got beat it's his cavalier attitude about it. Last night I watched an interview where he says the reason they lost wasn't his poor shooting ability but in fact "The curling gods were against them." Oh really? Another quote from Skip John "I've always said everything happens for a reason and for some reason it just apparently isn't meant to be," Shuster said. "If it was meant to be we'd be 3-1 right now instead of 0-4" I am sorry John but athletic competitions are won on good performance NOT on the fates of the gods or other mystical entities. I think you are just a choke artist. People who perform in the clutch don't make excuses like this. Your teammates may not be willing to tell you this but I will.
USA curling has had a great opportunity this week to make their case to the country that their sport is relevant and deserves to be followed. It's compelling and has some interesting characters worth following but the teams are a combined 0-7 in Vancouver. Unfortunately I would rate their performances as a gigantic fail.

-Doc

**BTW - Just a caveat here. The social media coordinator from Team USA has been e-mailing me asking me to blog and tweet about Team USA and the Olympics. (and provided me that sweet banner ad above and access to their site) Not sure this was what you wanted Liza... Sorry but I call them like see them.**

14 comments:

3 Men and a Lady said...

So that's what "skip" means. I was wondering.

Four Dinners said...

I'm sure I can see the grass growing....;-)

Doc said...

I guess that skip comes from Skipper... like a boat capatain. Or I could be wrong.

Mandy said...

Hey, pretty cool the social media coordinator reached out to you...

I haven't been able to watch any of the olympics so far, but have kept up with it via you and Jay...

Just me... said...

Liza will get over it.. The truth hurts sometimes, but it's still the truth. i.e. The USA Curling team stinking it up in Vancouver! :(

Doc said...

Hey I agreed to blog about the olympics but I would never sell out my belief system. (unless they were forking over some serious cash... in this case they are asking me for cash instead.)

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I still just don't "get" the Olympics. I guess I'm just weird. No news there! LOL.

Jay said...

I've gotten a couple of emails from Liza too. I decided not to respond. If she reads my blog today, she'll be glad I didn't. LOL

Poor Shuster. I know the game is much harder than it looks, but his opportunities to give the US a win have been pretty straight forward and he flat out choked on them. For him to just shrug it off is infuriating. Man up and take responsibility dude.

Doc said...

Hey Jay... I gave Liza your phone # dude... HAHAHAHAAA!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

My dad curls, and it is interesting to watch, but I don't really get it. I need to figure it out, huh!?

Anndi said...

Thank the Gods of Curling (or whatever mystical creatures run amock under the "sheets") that the women finally pulled it together for a win.

Christine said...

The only curling I know anything about involved a blow drier a round brush and a hair iron. If there were an olympic event about that, I would kick ass.

Kristina P. said...

I literally turned to my husband today and asked why this was even a sport. I just don't understand.

Snuggies unite!

terri said...

I still haven't watched curling, but all your passion about it just might convince me to see what it's all about. Hope there are still some events to catch. My husband is all kinds of fascinated with it already.