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FROM THE HACK: Week 6 Recap
Results, Honourable Mention Performance and Hot Takes for Week 6 and a preview of Week 7 action on the World Curling Tour.
SPORTSNET: Homan, Gushue headline field for season-opening GSOC Masters
Ottawa's Rachel Homan and Brad Gushue of St. John's lead the field set to compete at the 2016 WFG Masters. The Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling released the list of 15 men's teams and 15 women's teams for their first event of the season running Oct. 25-30 in Okotoks, Alta. Team Homan and Team Gushue, last season's Rogers Grand Slam Cup winners, hold the No. 1 rankings on the World Curling Tour's Order of Merit (OOM). Team Gushue has maintained the top men's spot despite missing skip Brad Gushue for two tour events to start 2016-17. The 2006 Olympic gold medallist has been sidelined for the start of the season with a hip/groin issue. Also headlining the field are reigning world champions Binia Feltscher of Switzerland and Calgary's Kevin Koe. Scotties Tournament...
PLAYDOWNS: BC in the spotlight for three major national curling events
By Rebecca Connop Price The start of the 2016-17 curling season is here and it's an exciting one. The national curling spotlight will be shining on BC for three major events this season, including the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in Cranbrook from November 8-13 and the Travelers Curling Club Championship in Kelowna from [...]
CURLBC: BC in the spotlight for three major national curling events
The start of the 2016-17 curling season is here and it's an exciting one. The national curling spotlight will be shining on BC for three major events this season, including the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in Cranbrook from November 8-13 and the Travelers Curling Club Championship in Kelowna from November 20-26. Our juniors will also be in the spotlight this season when the 2017 Canadian Junior Men's and Women's Curling Championships are staged in Esquimalt. The event takes place from January 21-29. The call for volunteers for this event is still out there, so please consider signing up. Visit http://www.curling.ca/2017juniors/volunteers/ to lend a hand. The post BC in the spotlight for three major national curling events appeared first on Curl BC.
CCA CURLING: Survey responses will help Season of Champions
You talked, we're listening, and you'll see the results at future Curling Canada championship events! Our recent survey of curling fans about our Season of Champions events drew an overwhelming response from across the country, and we were thrilled to take it all in â€;quot; the positive, the negative and everything in between. "It was ...
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Mike Harris Interview
Two Girls and a Game includes Mike Harris in their first guest interview.
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: Cloverdale Cash
Playing in a cashspiel is usually a 3-4 day experience. As such your whole focus shifts away from the reality of the world to 2 things: first, obviously, the games you play, second-what to do in the stretches between the games.
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: Dalhousie students develop new smartbroom prototype
This past week, on September 15 2016, Dalhousie University engineering students Alex Landry, Devon Hartlen, Emile Feniyanos, and Katherine Adye, under the supervision of Civil Engineering professor John Newhook, presented their design for a sophisticated curling “smart broom” to the 2016 Engineers Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting in Halifax, by invitation after the students' presentation at the CEEA annual student design competition. The students' design improves on existing smart brooms, both commercial and prototypes, in a number of ways. These design improvements include: The broom's design includes an interchangeable brush-head assembly, so that an athlete can exchange different brush heads of varying constructions. The smart broom is self-calibrating, so the interchange...
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets: World Domination Continues
The early theme of the 2016/17 curling season has been World Domination! But can it continue? Full preview of this week's action & updated Power Rankings.
STONECAST: Ep. 15 Jim Dexter
Jim Dexter of the Saint Paul Curling Club is our guest on StoneCast. We introduce new theme music (00:00) and have our first mailbag segment(1:30); Dex tells us about how he learned to curl (7:16); demystifies the term Hobber Dobber (9:20); talks about sweeping with a Rink Rat (10:41); how he started coaching (16:01); midwest ice makers (19:00); and heaps on the praise of Kettle Moraine Bonspiel (24:30).
CURL MANITOBA: Thompson Burntwood Curling Club Hosts CurlManitoba AGM
CurlManitoba Release, September 17, 2016 The CurlManitoba Annual General Meeting was hosted Saturday, September 17 by Thompson;'s Burntwood Curling Club ;ndash; the first time in its nearly 130 year history that the provincial sport organization has held its AGM in a northern Manitoba community. President Sam Antila of Thompson, the first ever President from the Norman region, pronounced the year to have been a very successful one. In particular, he acknowledged the efforts of the volunteer Board members in an initiative defined as CurlManitoba Connects in which the Directors collectively connected with most of the curling clubs in the province to talk about concerns and issues and to explain CurlManitoba;'s club services and programs. A positive financial report says Antila, and Finance Chair...
GOLDLINE: The Brushing Controversy
Never in that period of time have I witnessed the tumult in the sport that we have seen in the past few years. In the eye of this tornado has been the pads we curlers use on our brushes.
KARWACKI: Q&A with Cathy Overton-Clapham
Cathy Overton-Clapham is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the 2008 World Champion, and a 5-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champion.
CURLING HISTORY: The Bonspiel at Lochwinnoch: Fact or Fiction?
The photo above is from 2010, when I paid a visit to Lochwinnoch to see the Erskine Curling Club on outside ice on Castle Semple Loch. The loch has seen many bonspiels over the years.The old Annuals of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club contain much information about the game as played in years past. The editor of the 1895-96 volume thought fit to reprint a rather unusual story from the Winnipeg Daily Tribune, of February 17, 1894. I've set this out below. True, or a piece of romantic fiction? You decide. Here's the story:THE BONSPIEL AND BRIDAL. Reminiscences of a Great Game at Lochwinnoch in Olden Times. How a Gallant Curler Won the County Match and the Skip's Daughter. It was the 25th of January 1892, the anniversary of the birth of the immortal Burns, that a large concourse...
CANOE: Gushue's return on ice due to lingering hip problem
The timeframe for veteran skip Brad Gushue's return to the curling tour remains uncertain due to a lingering left hip injury that has forced him to miss the first two events of the season.
WINNIPEG SUN:  Gushue’s return on ice due to lingering hip problem
The timeframe for veteran skip Brad Gushue's return to the curling tour remains uncertain due to a lingering left hip injury that has forced him to miss the first two events of the season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Lethbridge skip turns thief to take HDF Insurance Shoot-Out
Casey Scheidegger has won a provincial junior championship and has been competing on the World Curling Tour for over a decade, but on Sunday afternoon she captured the biggest win of her career. Lethbridge-based Scheidegger came through with a stunning 6-5 upset victory over Scotland's Eve Muirhead to capture the 2016 HDF Insurance Shoot-Out at the Saville Community Sports Centre. “This is definitely the biggest win of my career,” said Scheidegger. “We were down by the fourth, and we just said, ‘Let's try to make a game of it, and if we can keep it close at the end, we may have a chance.' We just stayed positive.” Playing Muirhead for the first time in her career, Scheidegger fell behind big early. Muirhead came out aggressively in the opening end and got her deuce,...
THE EH GAME: YAHOO SPORTS: Curling's broom drama formally ends: World Curling Federation adopts new rules
Curling's broom drama formally ends: World Curling Federation adopts new rules
ROARING GAME: Team Smith triumph at Oakville OCT Fall Classic
Team Smith claimed the Oakville OCT Fall Classic men’s title and $3,000 prize money by defeating Team McCormick of the USA 7-2 in the final.
FULL GRANITE JACKET: 2018 Olympic curling women’s team predictions
Just for fun, since the Summer Olympics are over and life is all about finding something to fill the void.Here's the qualification table. So far only Korea is qualified as the host nation.Canada - Rachel Homan - They were on the cusp of making it to Sochi, but as fate turned out it was actually Jennifer Jones' turn to represent Canada on the podium. This is a hard one to gauge, as I could also see Jones could repeat as the country, or Chelsea Carey or Val Sweeting or someone else having a hot run at the Roar to wear the maple leaf. Homan's the best on paper in any given tournament. Little has changed this century: politics are better, phones keep improving, and Canada will be the curling gold medal favorite.Korea - EunJung Kim - The host nation's top ranked team is #11....
NERDCURL: Episode 20 - Sweeping Summit Video Podcast
Dan & Phil go live on video to talk about the sweeping summit.
THE CURLING SHOW: What the @#$%;! 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...
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...
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...
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.
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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