Month: April 2016

NerdCurl vs Twine-Time Challenge Update

NerdCurl vs Twine-Time Challenge: Handshakes       If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware that Twine-Time and myself have been engaged in a friendly competition throughout the year in terms of who could better predict the outcome of curling events. With two events left to go this season, I am officially conceding to Twine-Time as I am not going to be predicting the currently-ongoing Players’ Championship or the season-ending Champions’ Cup. To be perfectly honest, I did not have the time to make any predictions until today (Friday), well after the event had started. I started a new career this past week and an unfortunate side effect is that it has given me very little free time of any substance. Not that I’m complaining at all mind you, just stating a fact. Previously, I have always made it a point to get my predictions out prior to or shortly after the start of the event, lest any results impact or influence my judgment. Unfortunately I was unable to stay in the dark regarding the outcomes of the games so far, and given that and the fact that as I type this several teams have already been eliminated from playoff contention and several others have qualified, I could not in good conscience claim that any predictions I make for the remainder of the event were made without being influenced...

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World Men’s Curling Championships Recap

  Congratulations to Canada, Denmark, and USA on your gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2016 World Men’s Curling Championship! For Canada, this is their first gold medal since 2012 and their thirty-fifth overall. This was Denmark’s first silver medal (and highest finish, their first medal since winning bronze in 1990, and their third medal overall. For the USA, this was their first medal since winning bronze in 2007, and their thirteenth bronze overall. As for my predictions going into the event, I correctly predicted two of the four playoff teams. I incorrectly predicted Norway (skipped by Thomas Ulsrud) and Sweden (skipped by Niklas Edin) to make the playoffs, while they finished fifth and sixth and Denmark (skipped by Rasmus Stjerne) and Japan (skipped by Yusuke Morozumi) made the playoffs instead. I was correct with one of my medal/placing predictions, as I had Sweden winning gold, Canada silver, the USA winning bronze, and Norway finishing fourth.     And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the update to the NerdCurl vs Twine-Time challenge. Coming into this event. Twine-Time had a 1-point lead of 123 points to my 119. For this event, we used to the  same scoring as World Women’s…1 point for each correct qualifying team, and then an additional 2/3/4/5 points for fourth/Bronze/Silver/Gold. You can read his predictions here, now let’s look at the results. Twine-Time...

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