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TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets: Points, Rankings, Multipliers & More
Could a ranking system be more confusing than curling? #TwineTime hits the ice with a proposed change to the current system.
STONECAST: Ep. 14 Dennis And Meg Abraham
Today, we visit with Meg and Dennis Abraham at their bookstore, Once Upon a Crime (www.onceuponacrimebooks.com). We cover their curling beginnings (1:47); good times at Costello's (3:30); their time on the board (5:00); the story about the bookstore (8:40); grocery stores and meat departments (13:13); singing at the Saint Paul Curling Club (18:30); our first wrap-up (20:00); how we met Jordan (20:30); Chuck's pants (22:00); Abraham v. Lysne 2016 (27:17); the 2nd wrap-up; and ask a few existential questions (29:15).
PLAYDOWNS: Registration is now open for 2016-17 playdowns
By Rebecca Connop Price Take the first step on your way to a provincial championship by signing up for Curl BC playdowns. Registration for all of our 2016-17 playdown events is now open. Simply visit http://www.curlbc.ca/playdowns/ and click on your desired category. New for this year, Curl BC will be running its first-ever BC U18 [...]
CANOE: Canada readying for mixed doubles curling's Olympic debut
Curling Canada has announced its qualifying process for the first mixed doubles entry into the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea where the event will make its debut as an Olympic medal sport.
WINNIPEG SUN:  Jennifer Jones delivers second daughter
Reigning Olympic curling gold medallist Jennifer Jones has given birth to her second daughter.
CURLBC: Registration is now open for 2016-17 playdowns
Take the first step on your way to a provincial championship by signing up for Curl BC playdowns. Registration for all of our 2016-17 playdown events is now open. Simply visit http://www.curlbc.ca/playdowns/ and click on your desired category. New for this year, Curl BC will be running its first-ever BC U18 Curling Championship, instead of a U17 event. This is to bring our event in line with the new national U18 event. Eligibility, berth allocation and the qualification process defers for each category. Anyone with any questions can contact Shannon Aleksic at saleksic@curlbc.ca. The post Registration is now open for 2016-17 playdowns appeared first on Curl BC.
CCA CURLING: 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship returns to Nutana Club in Saskatoon
Canada's top mixed doubles curling teams will head to Saskatoon next April, hoping to get a step closer to a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship will pay a return visit to the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon from April 5-9, it was announced today by ...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: Curling, university, and the student-athlete
Come September many active U18 curlers will make their way to Universities and Colleges across Ontario to begin their university careers as student-athletes. The majority of these student-athletes are already experienced players, many with several seasons of competitive play behind them and looking forward to continuing their pursuit of high-performance play by trying out for their respective school teams. And that is the subject of this post: what to expect from your school's curling program when you arrive on campus as a freshman student on Labour Day. University curling in Canada is very competitive, and the calibre of play is high. At the university level, teams must consistently shoot in the 80-85% range in order to be successful. This past season, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's...
CURL MANITOBA: Camp Carruthers Adult Day Curling Camp
NERDCURL: Episode 20 - Sweeping Summit Video Podcast
Dan & Phil go live on video to talk about the sweeping summit.
THE CURLING SHOW: What the @#$%;! is Dean up to?
Loyal fans of the show may be wondering why I haven't posted an interview in some time. Maybe it was burnout. I've done about 250 interviews since starting the podcast in 2005. That's a long time for any venture, and I started to lack the motivation needed to book, record, and post interviews. So I stopped. I also had a general lack of enthusiasm for the sport at the highest levels last winter. To be honest, I was surprised by how much the changes in brushing  diminished how much I wanted to cover the game. Finally, I was busy. I've started performing stand up and I'm trying to give that an honest shot. I also did a lot of Brush Like a Badass clinics at various clubs last year â€;quot; and I'm hoping to do even more this year. I enjoy teaching and I think people who took the clinics...
BLOG: Kirk Muyres on Bidsy Podcast
Kirk Muyres shares his experience as a pro athlete & how it translates into success in business
RANDOM CURLING THOUGHTS: The Short House
I wanted to have a forum to discuss minor notes from in and around the curling world. Short House will do that for me, from time to time when I have quick thoughts about goings on you can find them here. Often it is a tall task for me to keep my writing brief but I will try.Sweeping Summit releaseThis past week the World Curling Federation released a statement updating the process of the Sweeping Summit that was held in Kemptville earlier this spring. The statement outlines initial findings and recommendations.As is the norm with the current "instant information" world that we live in, many are craving the full NRC results and data. Patience is not a virtue that sports fans let alone curling fans hold. Although we all would have loved the information to be released in real time in...
CURLING HISTORY: The Curlers at Rawyards
'The Curlers at Rawyards' is a nineteenth century painting that shows the sport of curling. It was painted by John Levack in 1857 and deserves to be better known than it is at present. It is a large oil on canvas, in the care of North Lanarkshire Council and CultureNL, and is currently on display at the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge, Scotland. It can be found online here where a larger image can be studied in more detail than the small one above.I knew of the painting but, until recently, I had not realised just how big it is. It is one thing to see the image on screen, or in a book, but it is quite another to see it 'in the flesh'! It is around twelve feet by six feet, with the frame. It's huge. At Summerlee, it is is contained in a large...
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee Warren Hansen still working to grow curling
For the last 40 years, Warren Hansen has been one of the most important figures in Canadian curling – which makes him one of the most important figures in world curling. He's done all there is to do in the game, and has an unparalleled resume to prove it, but his greatest accomplishment will always be taking a campy slice of Canadiana and growing it into a full-fledged Olympic event;nbsp; “The work that that I did with Ray Kingsmith to get curling as a demonstration sport in Calgary in '88, which led to a full inclusion sport in 1992, stands head and shoulders above everything else,” said Hansen, who will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder on Friday. “Then in 2000-2001, putting together the Continental Cup and developing a game known as mixed...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Brush-head testing in Kemptville key to future of curling
Say you're a curling brush. Do you have a future in the sport? You may not know that today, but you should know by September, when World Curling Federation members meeting in Stockholm are expected to vote on rules based on data being collected during this week's “Sweeping Summit” in Kemptville, just south of Ottawa. Some brands will receive the thumbs-up, but others undoubtedly will fall short of approval. Their fate lies to a large extent in the hands of 11 of the world's best curlers and National Research Council experts;nbsp;who are using laser technology and even a “robot” rock-thrower to measure the impact of more than 50 different brushes on the path of rocks as they slide down the ice. Participating athletes on Wednesday sounded a chorus of support for not only...
FROM THE HACK: Hugh Milliken at the Sweeping Summit
Interview with Hugh Millikin, VP of the World Curling Federation and Chair of the Rules and Regulations committee.
THE EH GAME: YAHOO SPORTS: A Broom Summit? A Broom Summit!
Curling's broom summit: We've come a long way from corn and cocktails
GAME OF STONES: What's going on at the Sweeping Summit?
DISCLAIMER! – I sometimes work for Curling Canada, but have little to no idea what’s going on at the Summit. I’m not at all involved in it. These are my musings, thoughts, and opinions. There is nothing official about any of this… Cheers – Brian Chick Hey… you know what we haven’t talked about lately? SWEEPING! Of course, this year’s buzz topic has already been beaten into the ground. We’ve seen a million articles (some of which I wrote), blog posts, videos, and heard a million more anecdotes about what is possible with brush X vs. what you can do with brush Y. There were about 143 different rule changes, depending on which level(s) of competition you played, and endless debates about what sweeping can do, should do, shouldn’t do, and what “they” – the associations – should...
COACH BILL: From Behind That Pane In The Glass
As you can see by the title, what follows is my two cents on what arguably is the hotest topic in the curling world, brushing! And, once again borrowing a line from one of my favourite movies, "The Sound of Music", let's "start at the very beginning"!But even before returning to yesteryear, I want to put on my "Conan the Grammarian" hat in stating that for the purpose of this blog, I'm drawing the distinction between sweeping ;amp; brushing as well as broom versus brush. Note to sport governing bodies, we no longer sweep with a broom (and have not done so for quite some time). We brush with, ahem, a brush! To use the terms "sweep" and "broom" is embarrassing! We should know better! With that off my chest, let's return to those...
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Season Wrap-up
The Girls cover the Champions Cup, special skips, the World Mixed Doubles and Season ending awards!
CURLINGZONE: Pat Simmons joins Team Bottcher
As reported on Sportsnet during the Women's Final of the Champions Cup, Pat Simmons will be joining Team Bottcher of Edmonton for the 2016/17 season.
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: John Morris returns to BC
John Morris headed back to British Columbia for 2016/17 curling season rejoining with Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky
CURL WITH MATH: Match Play Math
I know the Womens Worlds just finished and the men are getting underway to decide the global champion of 2016, but I want to talk about the Elite 10 and match play.Let me begin by stating I really like match play. I enjoy competing in match play golf. In fact, given my propensity to spray a drive and balloon to a triple bogey on occasion, it's always nice to pick-up your ball and move to the next hole knowing you are still in contention. I enjoy watching the WGC World Match Play (with PVR) along with the Ryder and President Cups. Suggestion for those fathers out there, a great idea to plan your vasectomy around a Ryder Cup weekend so you can nestle into a couch with a bag of pees and watch it all without interruption.When I heard of the idea to put a match play event in curling's...
ANDREWJBERGMAN: Something Rotten in The State of...Curling
There’s something a little odd about the sport of curling, and I don’t mean the design of Team Norway’s pants.
JILL'S HOUSE: Grief
I put my head down and swept as hard and as fast as I could. I knew the rock was light. My eyes were half closed and I swept that rock until it stopped.
FLYING V: 2016 Brier Preview
A hopefully informative look into the 2016 Brier in Ottawa,Ontario.
YORK URBANIST: Corn Broom - Curling Fallback
NOW, WHERE DO WE STAND ON CORN BROOMS? lawsuits....manufacturing...inserts...
THE SCOTCH: The Nationals Continued...
The Scotch has learned that this lively and robust crowd includes the Tim Tebow Fan Club and the remaining supporters of former Florida Governor/ presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.
BELFRY CURLING: Dip into Tankard spare pool is rare.. really
THE CURLING LOBBY: What's your Brier Prediction?
Don Landry of Yahoo Sports wrote a great preview of the Tim Hortons Brier today and we'd love to hear your thoughts on his choices and your own predictions!https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/brier-2015--contenders--challengers-and-long-shots-184308457.htmlTell his bosses at Yahoo that curling matters by posting them to his blog. Click on the link above, read and/or scroll down to the View Comments link and VERY IMPORTANT, post something in the comments section!Something positive about the Brier, about curling that may show Yahoo that they should be investing more into our great sport!Sharing is caring!
BEHIND THE GLASS: Some Reflections on the Scottish Curling Championships
Sadly, I was only able to make the Saturday sessions.;nbsp; See travelling on business?;nbsp; Nightmare!;nbsp; Anyhow, up we went to Perth, there to watch things and dream of times past.I don't know about anyone else, but I always find it very difficult to support one team.;nbsp; It was easier in olden times when teams represented ice rinks and comprised typically local players.;nbsp; The Torrance rink was from Hamilton and the Hay rink from Perth; if the skips name was Adam or Horton, chances were that they were from Glasgow and the Hendersons were Aberdeen born and bred.;nbsp; So, if you went to Dundee or Perth or Kirkcaldy, there to watch the Scottish Championship finals in February, you had "your" team.Now - it's a nightmare!;nbsp; Four of us decided to sit in the bleachers...
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Menard's column rubs one athlete the wrong way
Jean-Michel Menard's guest blog the other day has seemingly rubbed at least one fellow athlete the wrong way. Speedskater Ivanie Blondin sent out a Tweet saying that she felt he was acting a bit spoiled.Feeling embarrassed for this guy. I'd count myself extremely lucky to be treated half as good as how he is treated http://t.co/mztiwkzzmuâ€;quot; Ivanie Blondin (@IvanieB) April 2, 2015Menard said that he was bothered by the constant erosion of perks and accessibility given to the curlers at the Brier. Of course everything is relative. If you haven't had any of that stuff, you don't know what you're missing. And certainly most other athletes don't get treated as the men curlers do at the Brier. Even the women at the Scotties never had it quite as good as the men....
BURNED STONE: Nova Scotia headed in right direction
After many years of complaining about poorly run Provincial Championships and poor runs at the Scotties and Brier, the Nova Scotia Curling Association has finally listened to its Elite Curlers and have stepped in the right direction for this year’s display of the NS Tankard and NS Scotties.
FULL GRANITE JACKET: 2016 US Curling Championship Challenge Round Results
It was really too bad that this qualifier spiel didn't have any coverage other than online webscores, but let's run through our five winners nonetheless:(1) Brady Clark, Greg Persinger, Colin Hufman, Phil Tilker: No surprise here. They did play three close games (and were close to dropping the first one) but a 3-0 run got them into Jacksonville.(3) Todd Birr, Doug Pottinger, John Benton Tom O'Connor, : Based on the scores this was the best team in Madison this weekend, winning all their games by at least five points.(5) Brandon Corbett, Derek Corbett, Paul Lyttle, Jared Wydysh: They had a chance at winning the A-Qualifier against Clark, but got in through the B-Qualifier against Hunter Clawson. This team just keeps showing up in all the good places.(7) Alex Leichter, Martin...
CURLINGPIX: 2015-2016 Curling Season Photos by Rich Harmer
Hello everyone. ;nbsp;This year has been busy with a new 'regular' job for me. ;nbsp;Over the summer I was at the Arena Nationals in Cedar Rapids. ;nbsp;You can see the pictures here:;nbsp;http://www.rhphoto.net/arenanatsIn the fall I was at the St Paul Cash Spiel. ;nbsp;The pictures aren't totally done yet. ;nbsp;You can see the pictures which are done here:;nbsp;http://www.rhphoto.net/stpaulcash2015I shot the Junior Olympic Trials Finals in Blaine this fall. ;nbsp;This photo set is pretty much done. You can see the pictures here:;nbsp;http://www.rhphoto.net/p713273371 The events I'm scheduled to shoot coming up are: ;nbsp;US Open of Curling 2016 in Blaine, Mixed Nationals 2016 in Blaine, US Junior Nationals 2016 (playoffs) in Wilmar, ;nbsp;and US Nationals in Jacksonville,...
AROUND THE HOUSE PODCAST: Curling Brooms and Stephen Colbert
Jordan, Gerry and Kevin bring you up to date on broom technology and the media buzz around it.  Gerry shares his thoughts following a taped appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The panel discuss the physics of curling, debating what impact sweeping should have on shot-making.  Talk then turns to recent events including the success of Team Gushue and how Rachel Homan might fare playing on the mens side of a Grand Slam.
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: WWW.WCBLOG2.COM
We have developed a NEW website for the blog 2.You will still have everything you like including the ability for you to submit comments.We would like to thank you for using this site to tell your stories and submit your ideas!As the sport grows so do we! We hope you like our new site!www.wcblog2.com
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
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