No breakout stars in the vein of a Rebecca Sealfon, and nothing as perversely entertaining as the fainting kid last year. But this was the best competition I've seen in years. Samir Patel has "it" and is eligible for three more years. Bet the ranch on him to take it next year.
After the sixth end or so, the losing team can decide to "shake hands" and call it a match. Usually it's when there's a differential of four or more and the losing team doesn't have last rock advantage.