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CURL WITH MATH: Grand Slam Season Begins
The days are growing shorter, the trees have gone bare, my golf course has closed, my hammock has gone back in the garage, and the first of the season's Grand Slams has ushered us into another Canadian winter. ;nbsp;Sure, the snow has held off for now, much to my snowboarding son's disappointment, but without baseball playoffs or quality Sunday night TV to distract me, there are no excuses for not producing another CWM article.It will take me some time to get interested in curling again. ;nbsp;Olympic years seem to barrage us with copious amounts of on and off-ice activity. ;nbsp;It's the part of the roller coaster when you've left the highest point and are heading at top speed towards the first double loop. ;nbsp;The year-after-the-Olympic year becomes that point where...
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: The End of the OCR
If you've been a curler in Ontario over the last four decades, you probably know the Ontario Curling Report. At least, I hope you do. It's been a staple at clubs since the '70s.But this month, we printed our last edition. The OCR is hanging it up its broom and throwing its last rock.I've been lucky enough to be the editor of that paper for the last two decades and have thoroughly enjoyed it. We accomplished a lot over the years, and were integral to getting Labatt's to return to the Purple Heart, to getting the Free-Guard zone implemented and to punting a number of officials who simply had to go. Last year, we finally got answers to the "member not in good standing" debacle the CCA put the OCA into and helped change the course of the OCA's leadership....
PLAYDOWNS: Team Jacobs Grand Slam Tickets Available
By kerr Source: http://curlnoca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Team_Jacobs_Slam_tickets.pdf     
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: New curling calendar now on sale
Another fundraising tool for curling facilities Celebrate the Roaring Game – and support some great causes First came the Women of Curling. Then, last season, the Men of Curling. Now for 2015, The Curling News and The Community Fundraiser have announced the Spirit of Curling, the latest installment in their successful series of fundraising wall calendars. The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar retails online for $20.00 each plus taxes, shipping and handling, at
GOLDLINE CURLING: 2014-15 Goldline Catalogue
BELFRY CURLING: Travelers Ontario club champs: Lackie proud to put a women’s provincial banner on Westmount’s wa
FULL GRANITE JACKET: On The USA's Made-For-TV Curling Event
A couple days ago USA Curling announced a “made for TV” event December 5-7, to be shown on NBCSN, and the first thought is “awesome, curling on TV!” And that's true, it's exposure on TV. But there's one question â€;quot; and I'm asking around what the answer is â€;quot; about the nature of the event.I am guessing this isn't a live curling event, given the subhead “National Training Center to host taping of special curling event.” The question is then how much is going to be cut out and shown on television. It's all going to depend on time slots and maybe if the games are good.World Curling TV is going to be involved, and they do good work with European broadcasts. That they were able to land the top teams from China and Japan is very cool. (I imagine,...
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: RCD 2014 Canadian Open: UPDATE!
Sorry for the delay in updating. Team Canada seems to being doing well without their Skip Jim Armstrong, as the lead the bonspiel tied with Russia undefeated!;nbsp;
CCA CURLING: Ottawa named to host 2016 Tim Hortons Brier
Curling's biggest event will return to Ottawa in 2016, it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association. The 2016 Tim Hortons Brier will be staged March 5-13 at TD Place in Ottawa. It'll be the first time the Canadian men's curling championship has been played in the nation's capital since 2001, when Alberta's Randy ...
GRASSROOTS CURLING: Five things I learned from hanging out with Team Glenn Howard
The Team Glenn Howard Fantasy Curling Camp wrapped up at the Guelph Curling Club on Sunday afternoon, ending three days of - of - of what? Learning, laughing, and a fair bit of pain (delivery, after delivery, after delivery....!) Moments of illumination, moments (long ones!) of frustration. Good times with new friends. Lots of failure. A few successes. And a long list of "Things I'm going to do
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ottawa to play host to Brier in 2016
The Brier Patch party zone will be at TD Place arena in March of 2016. The Canadian Curling Association has announced morning that the national men's curling championship is returning to the capital next March 5 to 13, 15 years after it was last held here at what was then called the Ottawa Civic Centre. “Ever since the building renovations started at TD Place, we've been wanting to put a major event there, and the Tim Hortons Brier will be a perfect showcase,” said Canadian Curling Association Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “Ottawa has a great tradition of hosting major championships, including three Briers, and the curling fans in this city are extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We know it will be a great event.” The 12-team round-robin...
CANOE: Brier returning to Ottawa in 2016
The Brier is coming to Ottawa.
BEHIND THE GLASS: Stones of Destiny!
It is 1972 and we are deep into the final of the World Championship in Garmish-Partenkirchen.;nbsp; Orest Meleschuk knows that he has to hit and stick within the eight-foot on tricky, heavy ice to score two and take the game into an extra end.;nbsp; His opponents were team USA, skipped by Bob LaBonte.;nbsp; Their round-robin records were Canada 7-0 and USA 4-3.;nbsp; Never was there such a mismatch, yet here we were - it all depended on the big fellow's last stone. Cigarette dangling from his lips, he threw his fateful stone; the sweepers give it an early bang with their corn brooms, but the stone suddenly sits back and they are called off quickly; contact is made, but the shooter rolls slowly out towards the eight-foot; and further out; and further out - helped on its way by some furious...
COACH BILL: It's About The Spirit As Much As the Letter
I have a left knee that is long past its "best before date" and I've begun the process to have it replaced. Thankfully I live in an age and a location in Canada where "knee replacement surgery" is about as smooth an operation (pun intended) as it could possibly be. The surgery (and its rehabilitation) has improved significantly over the last few years to say nothing of the advances over the last decade or two.I saw my late father get talked out of this type of surgery when he was about my age resulting in his spending his last years confined to a wheelchair. Unfortunately I had no knowledge of this until it was much too late for Dad to do anything about it. Had I known that he was even contemplating the surgery, I would have been his biggest supporter and certainly...
CURLING HISTORY: The Stone Collector
by Bob CowanMost involved in Scottish curling will have come across the name of Andrew Henderson Bishop. The trophy he presented and which bears his name is played for as the premier ladies' event in Scotland each season, aside from the Scottish Championship. That's him above, the rather grainy photograph from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Annual of 1911-12, at which time he was a Vice-president of the Royal Club.Andrew Henderson Bishop was born on May 19, 1874, the son of Thomas George Bishop and Elizabeth Henderson. Young Andrew is described in the census return for 1890 as a 'science student'. He married Mary Gibb McAlpine, daughter of Sir Robert McAlpine, in 1897. In the Edinburgh Evening News of February 16, 1904, it is reported that his father, who had founded...
VIEW FROM THE HACK: The Future...
Brother and Sister curlers, When I first started The View From The Hack a little over two years ago I always knew that the time would come when I could no longer devote as much time to the blog as I would like – one other thing that I was certain of was that I never wanted to walk away from or give up on this project entirely. It is with these two thoughts in mind that I write this post today. As of Monday 17 November I will be starting a new job as a Reporter with the Dunfermline Press – a publication that I am sure many of you will be familiar with and one which you can now expect to feature curling on a regular basis! Working full-time means that I simply won't be able to dedicate as much time and effort to writing for TVFTH as I have enjoyed in the past. But this is not the...
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kevin Koe, Jeff Stoughton advance to Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic semifinals
Kevin Koe stole a point in both the seventh and eighth ends to defeat Saskatoon's Kevin Marsh 9-7 on Sunday night in the quarter-finals of the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic at the Crestwood Curling Club. Koe, whose new Calgary-based team of Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing and Ben Hebert has an 8-2 record this season, plays Aaron Sluchinski of Airdrie in Monday's 10 a.m. semifinals. Sluchinski trounced Matthew Blandford of Cold Lake 8-2 in only six ends in their quarter-final game. Meanwhile, Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton whipped Jamie King of St. Albert 10-4 in six ends while Saskatoon's Steve Laycock doubled up Brendan Bottcher of the Saville Centre 6-3. Koe, Stoughton and Laycock all have perfect 4-0 records this weekend. The final is set for 2 p.m. Monday. At the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold...
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Dear Santa - Don't put me on the naughty curler list
Dear Santa;Once again, I am writing to you with a set of wishes for Christmas for me and some of my fellow curlers. I realize that I was on the "naughty" list last year, which explains the autographed Wayne Middaugh shirt I found under the tree. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a good home for it on eBay yet, but I am still trying. I feel that I have been particularly nice this year; my broom slamming and throwing was limited to but a few thoroughly justifiable occasions (I think even Mrs. Claus would have whammed something if her draw had stopped an inch short of shot in an extra end); hardly enough to warrant inclusion on the infamous "naughty curler" list.So here are some gift suggestions:;nbsp;- For Mark Dacey; a postcard from Charlevoix - saying: Come Back...
CURLINGPIX: ACK! It’s summertime and there is no curling — not true by the way.
You might start to go through withdrawl from following your favorite teams and players and/or your own season.  These days I see a lot more people getting serious about training.  They have conditioning programs, they find ice, they gather and practice, and they review their own video to look for areas to improve.  My home [...]
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