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JILL'S HOUSE: Losing sucks. Why do others make it worse?
It’s pretty common knowledge that losing sucks. Our team knows that and so do our fans, which is why all the support we have received both online and in person has been so great and amazing. It's also hard to miss the hateful comments too.
HOGLINE PROSHOP, JOE'S BLOG: Favel rink ready for Masters
BY JOE PAVIA   They hope to master the Masters. Skip Diana Favel, along with her team of Sheila Rogers, Edna Legault and Sue Kollar, are headed for the Canadian Masters Curling Championship March 30 in Whitehorse, YT. Favel has been to five national championships (three times at the Masters, with a 2013 title as [...]
COACH BILL: But At What Expense?
I'm writing this amidst the Canadian Interuniversity Sport curling championships in my hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON and at my home curling facility (The K-W Granite Club although the "new" facility, very near the campus of the University of Waterloo, is not where I played, that was at the original site on Agnes St. in Kitchener). What a delight it is to not only represent "Curling Canada" at this prestigious event but to be "home"!We are well into the "Season of Champions", seeing world class athletes in the sport of curling dazzle us with their skill and what skill it is! But just as it's not the best idea in the curling world to try to learn strategy by watching TV, it can be equally risky to make changes to your curling delivery that...
CCA CURLING: Alberta and Manitoba tied for first at Seniors
Alberta's Glen Hansen and Manitoba's Randy Neufeld are tied for first place at the 2015 Everest Canadian Senior Men's Curling Championship at the Thistle CC in Edmonton. Both rinks are 4-1 in championship pool play after hard fought victories Wednesday night. Hansen was up against 2014 World Senior champion Wayne Tallon of New Brunswick.  Tallon's ...
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
THE EH GAME: YAHOO SPORTS: Curling quarrel: Mark Dacey takes on the Nova Scotia Curling Association
Curling quarrel: Mark Dacey takes on the Nova Scotia Curling Association
YORK URBANIST: Curling Business planning
Remember the 1960’s were golden years for curling. How at $100 a year, curling was an affordable sport and McDonald’s offered a meal that came with change from your dollar. That was then and this is now. Last issue we read about the Technological Adaptation. Pertinent to your application to CCA for that lifesaving $10,000, let’s look at (some of your) Financial Planning: The Expense Side
BELFRY CURLING: The reason we have officials...and they fail
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Old-timers showing a youthful spirit at Diversicare Grand Masters
Have to give a shout-out to the old-timers who are still very much young at heart who will be competing in the Diversicare Grand Masters Ontario championship at Thornhill Country Club. The championship starts on Thursday.Now this event is for players 70 and over but if you watched these folks toss rocks and sweep, you'd never believe they were of that age. They're limber, spry and fit. Some of these guys are curling 70, 80 or even more games in a season! If you're in the area, drop by and check on the curling.You can go here to get the draw and a list of the teams and many of the names will be familiar -- these guys have made their mark in just about every division along the way and will continue to be doing it this week.So hats off to the Diversicare Grand Masters. Good luck...
TWINE TIME:  Sekai ga kite iru / 世界が来ている The World is Coming t
Can Canada end its Championship drought? Can Sweden FINALLY earn that elusive gold medal? What about Bronze medal queens Eve Muirhead (2014 Olympics) or Anna Sidorova (2014 Worlds)? And there just may be an unexpected dark horse to ruin the party.
CURL WITH MATH: A Wild Brier Weekend
Let's not dwell on the evil doings of relegation, the erosion of live attendance, the residency of players, the ;nbsp;transparency of the CCA Curling Canada, a 2 cm tie breaker or whether a Team Canada should be invited. ;nbsp;My upcoming article for The Curling News will cover plenty of that and more. ;nbsp;For now, I'd rather look at the play on the ice.This Brier had great games and fantastic storylines, none perhaps greater than the winning team swicthing their back-end around midway through the event. ;nbsp;The final run by team Canada from the 3-4 game to the semi-final to extra-end victory in the finals, all without hammer, had drama, wild swings, amazing shots, terrible misses and strange decisions.Let's take a look at some of those decisions...Page Play-off 1 vs 2: ;nbsp;...
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Brier Recap
I really wanted to have something to rant about. Relegation, Team Canada, broomgazzi, the CCA (or its new moniker: Curling Canada), TSN dissing the Quebec Team.
CANOE: Saskatchewan ends Brier on high note
Steve Laycock would much rather have spent Sunday morning preparing for the evening's Brier final, but if he had to play in the bronze-medal game he was going to go for the win.
SPORTSNET: Canada defeats Northern Ontario to win 2015 Brier
CALGARY — Team Canada's John Morris defeated Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs 6-5 on Sunday to win the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier. Northern Ontario trailed 5-3 in the 10th end but, with hammer in hand, Jacobs grabbed a deuce to tie the match and force an extra. Morris scored a single in the 11th to claim the men's national curling championship. Morris demoted himself to third and handed skipping duties off to Pat Simmons midway through the preliminary round for Canada, which wrapped up round-robin play at 7-4. Jacobs topped the preliminary round with a 10-1 record. His Sault Ste. Marie team won a Canadian title two years ago and Olympic gold last year. Morris earns an automatic entry into next year's Brier in Ottawa. Earlier, Saskatchewan's Steve Laycock defeated Newfoundland...
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
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!
CURLING HISTORY: The WW1 internees who curled at Murren
by Bob CowanIn the early years of the twentieth century, mountain resorts in Switzerland became popular as winter holiday destinations. There was as yet no downhill skiing, but cross country, skating and curling were much practised. British visitors flocked to the resorts, many of which established curling clubs. St Moritz and Davos had led the way in the late nineteenth century, but other places soon became destinations where keen curlers could be sure of finding excellent ice in January and February each year.In 1905 Sir Henry Lunn established the Public Schools Alpine Sports Club to popularize winter sports. Enthusiasts travelled with Lunn's company to such resorts as Adelboden, Montana, Villars, Wengen, Murren, and Engelberg.;nbsp; By 1914, there were eighteen Swiss curling clubs listed...
FULL GRANITE JACKET: 2015 Brier Playoffs
The Final standings (their win total above or below my prediction in parens)Northern Ontario 10-1 (+1)Newfoundland/Labrador 9-2 (+1)Saskatchewan 7-4 (+1, made playoffs)Team Canada 7-4 (0)Alberta 6-5 (-2, missed playoffs)Quebec 6-5 (0)PEI 5-6 (0)BC 5-6 (+1)Ontario 5-6 (+1)Manitoba 4-7 (-1)New Brunswick 2-9 (+1, not relegated)Northwest Territories 0-11 (-3) (relegated) (frowny face)Various feelings:• If you're looking for the best in-week adjustment, Team Canada nailed it on the head. Had they played longer maybe they'd figure out who should be skipping, but after a 2-3 start John Morris figured out it wasn't him. After stepping back to throw third and Pat Simmons take the house, the team just clicked and they rattled off five straight wins before finishing the week with a Northern Ontario...
AROUND THE HOUSE PODCAST: ATH, 03/05/15: Brier Thoughts (from Thursday)
Jordan, Gerry and Kevin chat during Thursday afternoon of the Tim Horton's Brier.;nbsp; Includes coverage of the first ever Pre-Qualifier, thoughts on new branding for the CCA, controversy between Ontario teams, and results from TSN's two-game-per-draw broadcasts.
THE CURLING SHOW: Mark Kean, 2015 Ontario Men’s Champion.
At the Recharge with Milk Ontario Tankard, it was Team Kean topping Team Epping in an exciting final. I spoke to Mark about the biggest win of his career, a call in the 10th end he wouldn't make again, and the fact that he and John essentially traded teams during the off-season. This episode is sponsored by Kodiak Curling, your source for reviews and insight on curling equipment. Visit to find out what people are saying about curling equipment that could help your game. And couldn't we all use that?
PLAYDOWNS: 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships about to start
By Ellie Lambert Cowichan Lake will host the province's curling stars of the future from March 5-8 when the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships get underway. Eight boy's and eight girl's teams from across BC qualified through regional playdowns and will now compete to be crowned the best in BC. The winners will [...]
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: 2015 Brier: Middaugh makes the call
In the March issue print edition of The Curling News, you'll find Brier predictions from senior columnist Terry Jones. In the digital version of that issue, you'll find Brier predictions from six-time champion and TCN columnist Randy Ferbey. Now, as an added bonus, we present another round of Brier predictions from none other than Wayne Middaugh, a three-time champion (at three different positions) who always has an opinion. Over to you, Wayne! Middaugh at the 2015 ON Tankard By Wayne...
CURLINGZONE: Sad State: Thoughts from a US HPP Athlete
First off, I would like to congratulate John Shuster and team who had a great U.S. National’s week in Kalamazoo, MI.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Olympic curling trials to be in Ottawa in 2017
The Canadian curling teams at 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea will be determined in Ottawa. The Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings team trials will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Dec. 2-10, 2017. Curling Canada also disclosed Monday that the final pre-trials qualifying event would be held in Summerside, P.E.I., on Nov. 6-12, 2017. The process for determining the competing teams and formats for both events will be announced before the end of this curling season, the association added. The eventual winners will wear Canadian colours in the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea. Already qualified for the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials at Summerside are the winning teams from the 2014 Home Hardware Canada Cup skipped by Winnipeg's Mike McEwen...
BEHIND THE GLASS: Pipelines and Things
It is fair to report that our sport has enjoyed great success at recent Olympic, World and European events.;nbsp; You may well argue that it has never been healthier and that we live in a golden age of success.;nbsp; If you look at the international achievements of the likes of Anna Sloan, Greg Drummond, Michael Goodfellow, Scott Andrews, Tom Brewster, Claire Hamilton, Vicky Adams, Lauren Gray, Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch - to name but ten, and in no particular order - well, you cannot really argue.;nbsp; These people have been prepared to commit wholly to their sport; they have given up huge amounts of time and effort and, yes, they are living their dream. But the rest of us should never forget that they didn't achieve this success by accident: they visit the gym regularly; they put...
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...
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