This past week, fourteen teams of each gender (28 total) were placed into four pools of seven teams for round robin play. Each team played 6 games within its pool and the top 3 in each pool (12 total) qualified for a playoff. Including tie-breakers, the actual "playoff" became 10 of 14 womens teams and 9 of 14 mens teams. That means after 72 round robin games had been played, only 9 of 28 (32%) of teams had been eliminated! This makes the generous playoff formats of the NBA and NHL look quite stingy in comparison. I could understand the interest to have all of these round robin games for a television audience, but no games were broadcast until the weekend.
I'm not opposed to varying the process that events use to determine victory, but I did like the triple knockout formula for this event and I'm not sure what benefit this new format was supposed to create. With a longer round robin, there's a better chance to weed out teams and reduce tie-breakers, but then again, that 1985 Brier had half the competing teams extending their play into tie-breakers, so nothing is certain. I was looking forward to seeing how (if Fleury had beaten Tippin in the final round robin draw) they would arrange a 7-way tie breaker for the Womens Pool A. Always interesting when those late night games have more people on the ice than in the stands...
I wonder if he's even familiar with the famous TV character from One Day at a Time.
Not sure I agree with Howard's call in the 9th end. Ahead 5-4 without hammer,. and it's third Adam Spencer's last shot of the end.