February 23, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

In 1998, curling was introduced to the Olympics for women, and was re-introduced for men (after a 74-year break from it's first introduction).

Up until 2014, there have been 10 total sets of medals (G/S/B) handed out between the men's teams and the women's teams.

Canada had won 5 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. They've ALWAYS won a medal for each discipline, and half the time they won gold.

Over the last two Olympics, the Canadian men's and women's teams went a combined 40-4 in their matches while winning 3 gold and 1 silver medal.

At the 2018 Olympics, Canada won ZERO curling medals. This will be considered a national disgrace.

If you had bet on that before the Olympics, you would have gotten "Leicester City wins the EPL" kind of odds.

posted by grum@work at 06:46 AM on February 23

Mixed Doubles doesn't count as curling?

posted by deflated at 08:31 AM on February 23

Brother, if you're heading to the North American National Disgrace Field Office, when you get there, you'll find that there's a damn hell of a long line in front of you.

posted by beaverboard at 09:05 AM on February 23

Mixed Doubles doesn't count as curling?

Yeah, it counts, but it was only introduced this Olympics AND the Canadians really didn't take it seriously. The amount of practice time the Canadian team had together before arriving in South Korea was 30 minutes.

That's it.

posted by grum@work at 10:19 AM on February 23

Two things soften the blow about Canada losing in hockey today:

1) No other nation takes a bigger hit talent-wise by the lack of NHL players than Canada. It's a built-in excuse for losing. "Yeah, but if it the real players were here..."

2) Now I can cheer for the "Wunder auf dem Eis 2".


Side note: Are 90% of German words at least 8 characters long?

posted by grum@work at 10:23 AM on February 23

Are 90% of German words at least 8 characters long?

All I know is that outside the locker room, in the current social and cultural climate, any and all mention of a "nationalmannschaft" is now strictly verboten.

Unless you are Clarence Thomas.

posted by beaverboard at 10:43 AM on February 23

Brother, if you're heading to the North American National Disgrace Field Office, when you get there, you'll find that there's a damn hell of a long line in front of you.

And several of those ahead of you in line would relish the opportunity to trade national disgraces. Oh, how I pine for the days of failing to medal in certain events topping the list of our disgrace.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:56 AM on February 23

There is no joy in Canada.

posted by rcade at 01:13 PM on February 23

I want to know why curling is separated into men's and women's disciplines. I would love to see curling become form-your-own-team-of-four. Is there any good reason why that shouldn't be the case? Perhaps we should ask the Russian curler busted for doping?

posted by bender at 03:13 PM on February 23

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