Calgary Herald columnist Al Cameron has launched a great new blog and today I noticed an interesting post he wrote about Russian skip Liudmila PrivivkovaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team and an alleged (foot wedge) sweeping violation they committed that has caused somewhat of a stir:
Sweeping used to be the one big area where youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d find rulebreakers who used dumping techniques Ã¢â‚¬â€ in essence, moving debris in front of the rock with their brooms in an attempt to either slow it down or adjust its line Ã¢â‚¬â€ to some perceived advantage, although the big problem today, I think, is that nobody really understands the convoluted language of modern sweeping rules, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tough to actually break the rules.
Here is the visual evidence from Youtube:
So, what do you think? We’d like to know.
For the record we think its looks a little suspicious and here is what Al Cameron thought:
First of all, I tip my cap to anyone who can use their foot that precisely to help make a shot, so I have an extremely hard time believing she did it on purpose. I believe it was purely accidental.
But Ã¢â‚¬â€ and this is a Sir Mix-A-Lot big but Ã¢â‚¬â€ I also have an extremely hard time believing she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know her foot had touched the running stone, and therefore, it was up to Ezekh (the sweeper on left) to tell someone sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d done it. And, after a round of oh-so-Euro high-fives all around, she did no such thing. And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reprehensible. In Canada, a player who did that would be, quite rightly, ostracized as a cheat and would have a hard time finding a new team.