Curling has taken on a new dimension

The sport of curling has taken on a new dimension brought on by a higher degree of strategy in the placement of stones on the extreme perimeter of the rings (house).
With the three-guard zone regulation now in effect, and with the four-guard one almost a certainty down the road, this strategic practice is a must otherwise having the hammer would not hardly be an advantage any more.
The angle shot from the outside into the centre of the house, made famous by the likes of Hackner and Schmirler, is being duplicated by many of the same calibre—and now is a thing of the past.
This high performance can be credited to the professional aspect of the game created by the McCain’s skins game as well as other large cash ’spiels that came into existence shortly afterwards.
The sport of curling, in its early stages, proved boring to the fans and, in due time, it could have become obsolete as far as attendance was concerned. Lower scores meant boring games, to say the least, and in time a drop in attendance and the demise of the sport.
The women’s Tournament of Hearts used to be a garbage game with many rocks in play, which created more interest to the fans. But recently, they have changed to the boring, straight simple take-out strategy for the first half of the game, or if they fell behind three or more points.
The present men’s Brier has been played offensively right from the start, and now they are filling the vacant seats more than ever before. The ladies have to follow suit if they want to survive, especially with the possibility of losing their major sponsor, Scott Paper.
The skins game has brought offence back into the game by curling greats like the Howards, Werenichs, Savages, Middoughs, etc., on specialties of drawing, guarding, and tap backs, added by the dominating force of the Martin and Ferbey foursomes known for their heavy, long-angle take-outs and stick to a perfection.
Unless other teams change their strategic format to this new dimension of curling, there will be a dynasty coming from the province of Alberta.
Without question, professionalism has brought excitement into the game of curling—otherwise another winter sport would be going down the tubes.

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