The Hammer in Curling on the Last End with a 1 point lead

What a great position to be in.  This scenario seemingly ensures victory.  Even if somehow your opponent throws a great round, you will have the position to steal the end and win the game or give up 1 point and go into an extra end with the hammer again.  That’s two opportunities to get shot rock on the last throw.  This is a great position to put up a victory, especially in Olympic competition.

Another situation that is one of my favorite scenarios in Curling.  Two teams are tied going into the last end and the thrower has a clear shot at the button with the hammer.  The thrower just has to make his shot and drop the rock closer to the button than the closest opposing rock.  You make your shot and you win.

I know these are pressure situations, but they are situations that you are in control of the game.  These are situations competitors live for. These are the situations that get people remembered.  These are the situations that, in the Olympics, make people legends. These are situations when champions rise to the occasion, and everyone else falls…

Look, what I’m trying to say here is that if you’re in this position, especially  in the Olympics then you shouldn’t lose EITHER game let alone BOTH.

Come on Shuster! Get your ass in gear! You guys are blowing it on national television!

UPDATE: This was written before the loss to Denmark.  It should now read “…you shouldn’t lose ANY of those games let alone ALL THREE!” because it happened AGAIN!

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3 Comments on “The Hammer in Curling on the Last End with a 1 point lead”

  1. Jan Says:

    well said!


  2. International television.

    And, really, America should ROCK at curling! It’s like a bar game on ice. Maybe Shuster would have done better after a few drinks…

    I’m ashamed to be an American curling fan right now.

    Know what I’m thinking? Very Important Things curling team.

  3. that dude Says:

    i’d love to see curling replace shuffleboard in terms of bar games. also, darts should be an olympic sport


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