If you’re near a TV tomorrow (Sunday March 30th) that gets the CBC, you might want to take in the final of the world women’s curling championship; that’s 10:30 AM Pacific. It’s remarkably good TV, the contrast between the finalists is stark, and it could totally go either way. The semifinal between Canada and Japan this afternoon featured a big comeback and a hairbreadth finish. Wang Bingyu’s China rink has beaten Jennifer Jones’ Canadians twice in the last week, but nobody thinks the final’s a foregone conclusion.
[Update: Well, it was kind of anticlimax; the Chinese switched their strategy from aggressive to defensive and it fizzled, they never really hit their stride, so Ms Jones and her teammates sailed through without much drama.]

Things to like: the women’s unselfconsciously small-town styles, the banshee howls for more or less brushing, the furious synchronized grace of the broom-wielders, the byzantine tactical depths when the house gets full, the skips’ considerable (but very different) charisma, the colours of the clothes and stones bright against the white ice.



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From: J. King (Mar 30 2008, at 05:11)

Yesterday's semi-final was without a doubt the most exciting curling I have ever seen: only Jones and her team's greater experience and composure saved them from a trouncing. The Japanese women were really cute, too. :)

I hope you enjoy the final, Tim. I know I will.

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