Image Credit: GSOC Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

Image Credit: GSOC
Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

Image Credit: GSOC Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

Image Credit: GSOC
Photo Credit: Anil Mungal

 

 

 

Congratulations to Team Gushue & Team Homan, winners of the 2015 Grand Slam of Curling National! This year marks the first time there has been a women’s field at this event, making Team Homan the inaugural champions of this event as well. For Team Gushue, this is their first GSOC title of the season and their second final appearance, while for Team Homan it marks their second title and third final appearance.

Team Gushue went 3-1 in the round-robin, with their only loss coming to Team Kevin Koe. They faced Team Ulsrud in the quarterfinals, Team Epping in the semi-finals, and ultimately Team Carruthers in the final. Team Homan once again went undefeated throughout the entire event. In the playoffs they faced Team Rocque in the quarterfinals, Team Lawton in the semi-finals, and Team Fleury in the final. Both Team Carruthers and Team Fleury were playing in their first GSOC finals games, and in the case of Team Carruthers it was their first time making it past the quarterfinals. As for the victors, both teams are having phenomenal seasons so far, sitting firmly atop the CTRS rankings with five titles each under their belts. For Team Homan, however, their five titles are through six events played (three of which were GSOC events), Overall they have an impressive (to say the least) 40-4 record, 20-1 in GSOC events. In fact, their only loss so far in a slam was to Team Tirinzoni at the Tour Challenge in September. To say that they’re on a hot streak would be to put it mildly.

And now for my favorite part of my recap blogs, hearing the sound of my own voice! Let’s take a look listen to my predictions for this event:

GSOC National Predictions

For the men, I was 5/8 on qualifying teams. I had Team Edin, Team McEwen, and Team Shuster all qualifying; while Team Epping, Team Howard, and Team Simmons qualified instead. Interestingly enough, no teams with a 2-2 record qualified as there were 8 teams with records of 3-1 or 4-0. A definite rarity for a slam event. I goose-egged on final teams and the winners as well, as I had Team Jacobs playing and ultimately defeating Team McEwen in the final. For the women, I did a bit better going 6/8 on qualifying teams. I had Team Einarson and Team Tirinzoni qualifying, while Team Lawton and Team Middaugh qualified instead. There were two tiebreaker games, which interestingly enough saw Team Einarson and Team Tirinzoni lose to Team Rocque and Team McDonald respectively…so, you could say that I correctly predicted 8/10 eligible teams if you want to look at it that way. I did better when it came to the finals, correctly predicting 1/2 teams as I had Team Homan facing Team Sweeting in the final. I correctly predicted Team Homan to win the event, so I was 1/1 in that respect.

 

 

By now if you’re still reading this I assume you’re familiar with the NerdCurl vs Twine-Time Challenge. Coming into this event I had a slight advantage with 32 points to his 30. You can read his predictions for this event here. Now, onto the results:

Twine-Time

Men: 5/8 QF, 0/2 CF, 0/1F – 5 Points

Women: 5/8 QF, 1/2 CF, 1/1 F – 10 Points

Event Total: 15 Points

Season Total: 45 Points

NerdCurl

 Men: 5/8 QF, 0/2 CF, 0/1F – 5 Points

Women: 6/8 QF, 1/2 CF, 1/1 F – 11 Points

Event Total: 16 Points

Season Total: 48 Points

And there it is. I win the event by a single point, regaining the point I lost from The Masters. This makes me 2/3 on events this season and points-wise gives me a 3-point lead. Can I keep this up and ultimately triumph? Will I get my ass handed to me and fall way behind? Stay tuned to this blog to find out, same NerdCurl Time, same NerdCurl channel!

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