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Colleen Jones - Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014 19:27

Brad Jacobs and men's curling: No panic

Slow start suits men's rink just fine

Canada's Brad Jacobs leads team to win over Germany
Canada's Brad Jacobs releases a stone during the 2014 Sochi winter olympics men's curling round robin session 1 match against Germany at the Ice Cube curling centre in Sochi on February 10, 2014. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

While Jennifer Jones’s rink has been perfectly perfect so far here in Sochi for Team Canada, the men's team skipped by Brad Jacobs has been rather surprisingly slow out of the gate at two and two.

Considering the Canadian men's curling team has delivered gold medals in 2006 and 2010, this might have you biting your nails. There are, after all, still tough games ahead for Team Canada against Norway and their fancy pants, and Great Britain.

But fear not, and everyone exhale.

If there was ever a team whose modus operandi is “scrappy” and where having one’s back against the wall only makes them play better, it's Team Jacobs.

Consider this: to win the 2013 Brier they were the last team to fight their way into the playoffs. To get to the Olympics, they had to win the last-chance event where they were the very last team to get into the Canadian Olympic qualifier.

Sure, once there, they waltzed through the Olympic qualifier (or Roar of the Rings, as it's known) but for whatever reason, they seem to thrive in the do-or-die scenario.

Canada's two losses weren't so random. They lost to the reigning world champion, Sweden's Niklas Edin, and the 2013 European champ from Switzerland, Sven Michel. Both teams, along with Canada, are medal contenders.

Still, it's time to get moving.

Time for more fist pumps and shouts of "Come on!" from Team Canada. When that is there, the team is firing on all cylinders.

Against Russia, we saw our first fist pump when Jacobs hit for four and took the life out of the pro-Russian crowd. Tough tests for this team are still ahead with Norway on Friday and Great Britain on Saturday.

But this team has laid low, and under the radar, plenty of times in their short time together. They know how to win, and more importantly, when to win. 

Stop biting your nails. Team Jacobs will be just fine.

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