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Agony of Defeat

Canada Drills United States 11-5
[Note: If you don't want to know that the United States lost to Canada 11-5 in the men's curling semifinal today, too bad.]

Blame Canada for ruining your Wednesday night.

I'm sure Dave will expand on this very brief note, but to give up a five point ninth end is totally unacceptable. Especially when victory was within grasp.

Having cut the Canadian lead to 6-5 after eight ends, the United States was poised to pull out a huge upset. Holding the hammer in the ninth end, the Americans could have mounted a charge. However, the United States' hope for at least a silver medal disappeared when Canada, by and large the favorite in this tournament, blitzed the United States with a five-pointer in the ninth end, forcing the Americans to concede the match.

The story of the match ultimately turned on the Canadians ability to take-out American stones. Holding a 37-19 advantage in take-outs, the Canadians were ability to maximize their draws. It's tough to win when you're getting outdrawn (80%-75%) and you can't keep any stones on the sheet.

There is no word at this time whether Canada will annex Minnesota due to the United States' poor play.

On Friday, the United States will play Great Britain for the bronze, while Finland will play Canada for the gold. This matchup for the Americans will settle, once and for all, whether beer should be consumed cold or piss warm.

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