TSN Skins Curling 2011 Part VII

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Celebratory brooms in the foreground air, Bernard celebrates

Celebratory brooms in the foreground air, Cheryl Bernard celebrates

by George Karrys

RAMA, Ontario – Nice shaaaaat, Cheryl Bernard!

Two shots, actually.

In the beginning, it was just another end of Team Martin mastery, featuring come-around after come-around. All yellow and no red.

Then Bernard, the Calgary skip, zigged past the guards and tapped her Edmonton opponent to the back of the button... almost far enough for shot, but not quite.

Another guard from KMart.

And then, Bernard threw the angle in-off, and zagged her shooter onto the Martin stone, and it was two reds for a skin. The first skin of the match goes to... the ladies. Casino Rama seemed to leap off its foundation as the crowd exploded.

TSN returned from commercial with a pre-game interview with Martin, in which he explained that Bernard is "different" from other women's teams in her ability and interest in throwing high-difficulty shots, like angle raises. Martin reminded us all that Cheryl made "a ton of them" at the Olympic Trials. Cheryl, he declared, has a "skins advantage" over all other women's teams.

Right on the money so far, Old Bear. $1,000 worth of money so far... how much more is in the cards?

Well, make that $2,000. Martin just missed a boomer for a deuce, and a Calgary stone stuck around close enough to count for a steal.

Hmmm...

TCN photo by Anil Mungal