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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...
STONECAST: Ep. 8 - John Benton
This week, we speak with John Benton, director of curling operations at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine. Tune in to hear about the Twin Cities Curling Association Metro Club Championship (0:43), the Benton family heritage at the St. Paul Curling Club (3:53), team meltdowns on the ice ("Curling is not a democracy!" 7:35), the definitive picture of how the Four Seasons Club works, is operated, and the challenges and rewards therein (10:00), cribbage and John's "curling family" (18:45), and John's #1 factor that makes a successful team (21:01).
PLAYDOWNS: Curl BC announces 2016 Annual Award winners
By Rebecca Connop Price Two BC curlers who won gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer and a curling insider who was named to the World Curling Hall of Fame are among the athletes and volunteers who will be honoured at an awards ceremony in June. Tyler Tardi and Sterling Middleton became world champions [...]
CURLBC: Curl BC announces 2016 Annual Award winners
Two BC curlers who won gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer and a curling insider who was named to the World Curling Hall of Fame are among the athletes and volunteers who will be honoured at an awards ceremony in June. Tyler Tardi and Sterling Middleton became world champions in 2016, along with Nova Scotia's Mary Fay and Karlee Burgess, at the Youth Olympic Games in Norway. The pair have jointly won Curl BC's Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Tyler, from Surrey, and Sterling, from Fort St John, were also champions at the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Men's Curling Championship. They claimed the bronze medal at the Canadian Juniors. Port Coquitlam resident Warren Hansen, who has an impressive record both as a curling administrator and as an athlete, will also be honoured...
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets w/ Matt Dunstone
#TwineTime talks to the 2x Canadian Junior Champion about leaving juniors, #FreeAgentFrenzy, Self-Reflection and....Skittles?
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...
RANDOM CURLING THOUGHTS: #TBT - 5 Misconceptions of Curling - published on in September
As I sit down to write this blog the sports headlines are littered with racist owners, videos of vile domestic abuse incidents and drug arrests. Outside of the unveiling of the stops on the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour (shout out to my hometown of Brandon, MB which is stop #8) there is not much good out there. I am here to change that. I figured with the lid lifting on the World Curling Tour for the 2014/2015 season this month I would take a few minutes and debunk a few misconceptions about curling and curlers in general. I will try to put a lighter spin on some of these to brighten your day.The majority of the readers here on the GSOC website will already know the ridiculousness of a few of my points, but I am hoping that through social media this information will get to some non-curling aficionados...
CANOE: Busy summer ahead for Reid Carruthers
Quick, how many curlers do you know would get married in summer, then spend their honeymoon time right back on the ice?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Edmonton bowler Matt Dammann getting comfortable with perfection
It was the perfect game in a sport whose place on the planet lies anywhere but Perfectsville. When Edmonton's Matt Dammann rolled a 300 during his most recent frame of the USBC Open championships, it was on one of the grandest stages imaginable in the realm of bowling. And as great a moment as it was for Dammann to stand in Reno, Nevada's National Bowling Stadium with those three perfect numbers on the scoreboard, he certainly wasn't suffering from any delusions of grandeur. But before we delve any further into the intricacies of what's often seen as a fringe sport – whose biggest catch phrase has...
SPORTSNET: Rocque donates to Fort McMurray wildfire relief efforts
Fort McMurray, Alta., is experiencing the worst fire-related evacuation in the province's history with tens of thousands of residents forced to leave their homes and the curling community is doing their part to help out. Kelsey Rocque and her Edmonton-based team have donated $500 to Red Cross to assist those affected by the devastating wildfires and are encouraging other teams to match or surpass their amount. Ok #curling world, lets help #ymm! We are donating $500 to @redcrosscanada. What teams will match or beat us?! @CurlingZone @grandslamcurl ;mdash; Team Rocque (@Team_Rocque) May 5, 2016 Fort McMurray has hosted Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling events in the past, most recently the inaugural Elite 10 event in 2015. Rogers has partnered with Red Cross, pledging a donation of $100,000...
CCA CURLING: The Daly family: A tale of three hearts
(Story by Cathlia Ward) Happy, energetic and active would have been the best way to describe Ottawa's Colton Daly when he was eight years old. Colton, along with his two sisters, Camille and Calissa, enjoyed all sorts of physical activities. From hockey to triathlons, all three kids were always on the move - that is, ...
CURL MANITOBA: Planning Underway for Manitoba's VIRTUAL CURLING MUSEUM
After several years of discussion, the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame ;amp; Museum Inc. (MCHF;amp;M) has taken the first concrete step toward the development of a VIRTUAL CURLING MUSEUM, an on-line display of the vast collection of Manitoba curling artifacts in its possession. LINK HERE to listen to Part 1 of a May 3, 2016 interview by CJOB's Geoff Currier with committee member Resby CouttsLINK HERE to listen to Part 2 of a May 3, 2016 interview by CJOB's Geoff Currier with committee member Resby Coutts;nbsp; The plan was launched May 1 at the annual Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at CanadInns Polo Park. In mid-April, MCHF;amp;M issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to interested Manitoba web-developers to assist with the creation of what we believe will be Canada;'s...
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
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Homan team upset in Grand Slam curling event quarterfinal
There's still no Players' Championship entry on the resume of Rachel Homan's curling foursome. Homan and her Ottawa-based teammates were upset in the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam of Curling event at Toronto on Saturday, giving up four stolen points in the last three ends on the way to a stunning 7-6 defeat against Kerri Einarson's squad from East St. Paul, Man. Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle had already clinched the $75,000 bonus as Rogers Grand Slam Cup overall women's champions after winning three consecutive events earlier in the season, but still have never won the $100,000 Players' Championship title. They led 6-2 after three ends on Saturday, and Einarson's team chipped away at their deficit with single points in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends...
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...
NERDCURL: WMCC2016 Predictions
Phil predicts the outcome of the World Men’s Curling Championship.
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.
CURLING HISTORY: When World Junior Curling Came to Glasgow in 1991
by Bob CowanIn 1991 these eight young curlers had just won the Scottish Junior Curling Championships and were getting ready to represent their country at the Worlds. They were (back, left-right) James Dryburgh, Fraser MacGregor, Alan MacDougall (skip), Colin Beckett, and (front) Anne Laird, Gillian Barr (skip), Claire Milne and Janice Watt. I found myself thinking of them on Sunday as the World Curling Federation's VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 got underway at the Taarnby Curling Club in Denmark. Back in 1991, our Scottish representatives didn't have too far to travel. The event was held in Glasgow. It took place March 9-17, 1991, at the Summit Centre. Twenty-five years ago - how time flies! Sadly the Summit Centre is no more. The rink had a short life, opening...
THE CURLING SHOW: Brad Jacobs as the Tim Hortons Brier nears.
He's got a gold medal, a Brier title, and opinions. So Brad Jacobs makes a great guest and this is an interview I think you'll really enjoy. Of course, there's brushing talk during this interview. And if you want more tips and insight, go ahead and buy Brush Like a Badass? And if your club wants to host a Brush Like a Badass clinic, send an email to and let's see if we can work something out. I'd be happy to share some of the honest feedback from people who have participated in the clinics this year. My debut novel, Escaping Teddy, is also available. Which is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. While it has some small references to my favorite sport, it's most definitely not a curling book. It's a bit dark but if you like stories about flawed friendships...
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! 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 treatedâ€;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; 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; 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; 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.
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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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