The Finnish team lost some steam in the middle, and I didn't feel a lot of direction happening from Kauste. It was easy to see the momentum shift. The game between SWE and RUS was much tighter, and, again, Edin just scraped through on a missed last shot from skip Drozdov. I say missed, but I'm sitting in the middle without the best view of a far sheet, and it's possible that it was an impossible situation in which to score. Talk about a nail-biter, though. CHN whipped CZE: they steamed ahead with a 5, which I missed, because I was watching the Japanese team against Scotland. What a contrast in styles: the Japanese were mostly finesse, while Scotland was throwing a lot of weight around. I thought SCO would dominate, but JPN made it close. Tomorrow, I'm going to grab a seat on the ends. There were lots of empty seats today all around the arena. It was in there. If anyone is planning to come for round-robin, especially this weekend or early in the week, bring a lap blanket and gloves I'm no teknik, but these are my observations: Except for the Chinese skip, Rui Liu -- a rock of a skip -- I'm not sure the Chinese and Japanese teams are old enough to drink. The Japanese team had so much product in their hair, they made Takahashi's use of it look conservative. The Japanese men almost never yelled. Thomas Ulsrud made up for it by screaming more than all of the other teams combined. He was, predictably, tan. I'm not so sure the cutie CZE alternate Jakub Bares, is legal, either. They had him play with the Snitil's and Kitzberger in the afternoon and Vydra, who looks like a college professor, in the evening. I hope he gets to play more over the next two days. The Danes also look very young from across the arena, but mid-twenties-young, not need-fake-ID-for-the-bar young. The Finnish team is 3-for-4 hair (head and facial) voidy; the fourth looks like the token yuppie. First Janne Pitko has the most amazing smile. Is it a rule that the Finnish skip has to be a giant? The Canadian team looks like it spends a lot of time in the gym, looking at their upper bodies, but Fry is really annoying throwing things around. Brad Jacobs has lovely eyes. The Russian team has a giant first, Petr Dron, and he's usually waiting around with second Alexey Tselousov, who barely comes to his shoulder. Whenever Tselousov talks to Dron, it looks like he's using Dron's upper arm as a microphone. They make a good team, though: they almost nest when they're sweeping. The skip, Drozdov, looks like Yagudin in profile. They almost took Edin out tonight, and they look serious about Sochi. I spent the afternoon watching the , , , Swedes against the , , , yuppie Finns, because why give up an opportunity to be superficial?