Sunday's first draw was filled with fun and frivolity, at least on the telecast. Since then, The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials (Roar Of The Rings) has been a deadly serious endeavour, with tension so thick you could ram a broom handle through it.
The surreal appearance of Will Ferrell in the guise of alter-ego Ron Burgundy meant that the business of getting off to a good start, on Sunday, was contrasted with the hijinks in the booth. Since then, not too many smiles. Not too many casual conversations between competitors sharing the same sheet.
That is absolutely a big time difference between this Olympic qualifier and the Briers and Scotties tournaments we've seen over the years, at least in the round-robin portion.
Little doubt that once the playoffs begin in the annual Canadian Championships, the lighthearted nature of competition quite simply evaporates. Not the good sportsmanship and etiquette, but the cheery back and forth.
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