(VIDEO) Saskatchewan skip Steve Laycock pulls off what looks like the shot of the Brier. Then, Brad Gushue one ups himDon Landry at Eh Game17 hrs ago
Saskatchewan's Steve Laycock might just have earned himself 'shot of the week,' at the 2015 Brier.
(UPDATE: Just a few minutes after I posted this blog, Newfoundland & Labrador's Brad Gushue added his own nominee for 'shot of the week,' with an amazing game-winner versus Alberta. You can see that below the video of Laycock's shot)
In the seventh end of Wednesday afternoon's game versus Brad Jacobs and Northern Ontario, Laycock's team was in trouble. His 'get out of jail card' came in the form of a very difficult shot, where he may have been hoping to pull off a double take out. Instead, what he got was a quadruple take out, bringing on an uproarious response from the crowd at Calgary's Saddledome. Have a look:
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game17 hrs ago
Human nature being what it is, TSN will be remembered longer for airing that slanderous tweet than it will for what it accomplished on Monday.
But make no mistake about it. Outside of possibly helping rewrite the online libel and slander laws, TSN accomplished a rather significant feat during its NHL trade deadline day coverage. Despite having no national NHL presence, despite facing the multi-headed hydra that is Rogers, TSN easily dominated the most-watched hockey gabfest in the land. In fact, it wasn't even close.
Over nine hours of coverage on a Monday morning and afternoon, when most people are supposedly working, TSN averaged 206,000 viewers per minute. In itself, that's not a huge number -- but over nine hours at a time of day when getting more than 60,000 viewers is considered success -- that's amazing.
And despite Rogers' all-encompassing NHL presence, it could muster only a 76,000 average in that period.
True, TSN's audience was 13 per cent lower than it was last year, but that can be attributed to a rather dull Monday of dealings. Much of the excitement was sapped by some big blockbusters the previous week. Monday was pretty much an anti-climax.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game20 hrs ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. – It seems there isn’t enough hyperbole when it comes to describing a knuckleball. The elusive pitch is now so rare and so unpredictable that even those who know it best are at a loss to properly describe it, or its actions.
"Have you ever tried to catch a butterfly as it's floating around in the air?" Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin asked recently. "I wish I could put a camera on my mask or something for people to see exactly what the ball's doing.”
Martin, the Blue Jays’ prized free-agent acquisition this offseason, is in the process of learning to catch a knuckleball. Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is the only player left in the major leagues whose bread-and-butter pitch is the knuckler. The trick pitch, as it’s sometimes described, helped revitalize his struggling career in his late 30s and turned him into an All-Star, and 2012 Cy Young Award winner.
- Don Landry at Eh Game21 hrs ago
That there would be a dogfight for a playoff spot was expected. That there would be a dogfight for two playoff spots was not ruled out. There might even be a scrap for three spots, with only one team - Northern Ontario - looking home and cooled out as the 2015 Brier scooches past the midway point.
Brad Jacobs' team from Sault Ste. Marie is the focal point of this Brier, in more than just one way. There's their red-hot performance on the ice and also the little matter of a contact with an opponent (please don't call it "broomgate." In fact, can we all agree that it is long, long past the time where we should have decided that simply adding the suffix 'gate' to a word is lazy and not at all clever any more?).
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game21 hrs ago
Records continue to break at the World Cup. Within the last week we’ve seen South Africa smash a World Cup record of 408 against the West Indies, only to eclipse that effort with a 411 against Ireland. Proteas batsmen AB de Villiers also made a record fastest 150 from 64 balls against the West Indies.
Australia made a record 417 against Afghanistan during their 275-run win Tuesday (a record: highest winning margin for Australia) including Glenn Maxwell’s fastest 50 by an Australian at a World Cup (New Zealand’s McCullum has the record with 18 balls also achieved at this World Cup) and David Warner’s record-breaking 178 (133). It was the fifth highest score by an individual at the World Cup and highest score by an Aussie, also at the World Cup.
That’s a lot of batting records.
The ICC have acknowledged making high scores has been made easier over time with favourable bat technology, fielding restrictions, short boundaries and flat lifeless pitches. It’s something they said they’ll address after the World Cup but until then, records will continue to fall at great rates.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
You had to see it to believe it. Down 1-0 to Pachuca and on the brink of elimination, the Montreal Impact got a goal from Cameron Porter right at the bitter end of stoppage time that tied Tuesday night's game 1-1 and booked the Impact's place in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
On top of being a huge goal for his team, it was Porter's first career professional marker.
From the Canadian Press:
"Sheer ecstasy," was how beaming Porter described the feeling. "I didn't even know how to celebrate so I just started running, basically. And everyone piles on top of you and you find it hard to breathe."
Montreal's chance to progress looked slim after defender Laurent Ciman gave up a penalty in the 80th minute and German Cano converted from the spot to put Pachuca up 1-0. The Impact pushed for a tying goal and saw their dream come true when Porter was able to get on the end of a long ball from Callum Mallace and score four minutes into added time, just seconds before the final whistle.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game1 day ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. – Clint Hurdle knows exactly what the Toronto Blue Jays are getting in new catcher Russell Martin. Hurdle managed Martin the last two seasons when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates and helped them end a long playoff drought.
“He’s a special player. As good a defender as there is in the game,” Hurdle said Tuesday. “Offensively, coming off his finest season. I think he’s worked his way into a very confident hitter. He was very productive with runners in scoring position, two-strike approach… He made a lot of adjustments last year.”
The Blue Jays are hoping Martin will be an integral part of ending their own playoff drought that dates back to 1993. The cerebral Martin is expected to contribute offensively and defensively, of course, but will also be looked to as a clubhouse leader. Martin has been to the postseason in seven of his nine big-league seasons.
Hurdle, himself a former major-league catcher, is well aware of the intangibles Martin brings to a team.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
With three losses in their first five games at The Brier, Team Canada has decided to make a change.
The sort of defending champions - three team members who were a part of the 2014 championship have returned with a new skip - are looking for a spark.
For their sixth game of the tournament, this afternoon, against Northwest Territories, the team decided to tweak the line up, by flipping the positions of skip John Morris and third Pat Simmons.
Morris was coming off his worst game of the Brier, shooting 64% in Monday night's 8-4 loss to Sakatchewan's Steve Laycock. Although he had booked an acceptable 80% for the week so far, the team had not found the results it wanted and was down 7 - nothing to Laycock after four ends. However, as a unit, Team Canada stood fourth in shooting percentage (86%), even after the loss to Saskatchewan.
Simmons, who stood 6th among thirds (shooting 86% after five games) is a former skip, himself, having led Saskatchewan to four straight Brier appearances between 2005 and 2008, before moving to Alberta to play vice for Kevin Koe. Along with lead Nolan Thiessen and second Carter Rycroft, they won the 2014 national championship.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
There are a few touchstone moments observed for every major international athletics get together like the Olympics or the Pan Am Games.
There's the hugging and cheering at the moment a city is awarded the right to host the event - and everyone celebrates with not a single, solitary objection raised by any individuals or organizations in that city (riiiight).
Then comes the unveiling of the games' mascot or mascots. With, often, a major chorus of "what the hell is that?" reverberating through the public's consciousness.
Then, the first reports of massive cost overruns.
After that, the unveiling of just what the athletes will have draped around their necks if they finish first, second or third.
- Don Landry at Eh Game2 days ago
The Background: During Monday night's 7-3 win by Northern Ontario over their provincial brothers from the south, there were some hard feelings about the way Brad Jacobs' rink from Sault Ste. Marie handled an important breach of etiquette by Mark Kean's crew from Fenelon Falls.
With members of Kean's team occasionally keeping knees on the ice after shooting - a big no no when it comes to treatment of the playing surface - Northern Ontario took it upon themselves to deliver more than verbal reminders that you shouldn't do that.
In the wake of a social media argument over who was right and who was wrong, the Northern Ontario team took to Facebook to make sure their side of the story was clearly known: