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TWINE TIME: Between The Sheets: New Season, New Champions?
New champions? New Grand Slam of Curling format? A call out for Fantasy Curling? These topics and much more highlight the #TwineTime curling season preview.
CURLINGZONE: Stoughton to lead Mixed Doubles Program
Jeff Stoughton has been hired by Curling Canada to lead the Mixed Doubles program.
THE EH GAME: YAHOO SPORTS: Nova Scotia's Brier hopes bolstered; Craig Savill heads east to join Mark Dacey, Shawn Adams and And
YORK URBANIST: Curling - It's Our Business
Demand is increasing for experiential facilities – curling centres fit the bill. Where else can one combine recreation, fitness and social activities all in one place, all in one night, during the dullest of weather? I left out competition.
CCA CURLING: Mixed doubles curling added to 2018 Winter Olympics
Canadian curlers will have another chance to win Olympic gold, beginning with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee made the announcement earlier today following Executive Board meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland. This had followed years of lobbying by the World Curling Federation, with Curling Canada adding its support. "We're thrilled ...
BELFRY CURLING: Stremlaw's departure: Parting thoughts from Curling Canada head
COACH BILL: Your Kid ; My Kid Are Not Playing in the Pros
A "thank you" to Cathy King and Cori Bartel Morris for alerting me to this thought provoking article.Your Kid and My Kid Are Not Playing in the Pros- Dr. Louis M. ProfetaI don't care if your eight year old can throw a baseball through six inches;nbsp;of plywood. He is not going to the pros. I don't care if your twelve-year-old scored seven touchdowns last week in Pop Warner. He is not going to the pros. I don't care if your sixteen-year-old made first team all-state in basketball. He is not playing in the pros. I don't care if your freshman in college is a varsity scratch golfer, averaging two under par. He isn't playing in the pros. Now tell me again how good he is. I'll lay you two to one odds right now â€;quot; and I don't even know your kid,...
CURL WITH MATH: A Long Strange Trip and Improving Relegation
Yes, it's the end of the season and I've fallen short once again to write as much as I would like (or promised). ;nbsp;Maybe I'll get to the Brier Part II mentioned here. ;nbsp;The first ever Match Play event provided an opportunity for new strategy and subsequently new analysis, but my first draft still is little more than a title (and not a great one either). ;nbsp;I managed to provide a brief glimpse at the Women's World Championship, but even that wasn't the length or depth of my usual output.Now, with TV watching hitting an entirely new level (Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Veep, Daredevil, Louie, Orphan Black, Broad City, all while still trying to finish Deadwood), the NBA and NHL Play-offs starting, MLB underway, spring yardwork beginning and golf season arriving...
JILL'S HOUSE: Curling on an Olympic-sized hangover
Nobody likes a having a hangover, especially when it is one that lasts for more than a few hours or a day.
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: 2015 Worlds: Did Ping-Pong rocks squish Canada?
A three-image sequence on the attempted “Squish” [Click on image sequence to increase viewing size] Exciting stuff at the world men's championship in Halifax. USA, skipped by John Shuster, scored their first winning record (6-5) since Pete Fenson went 8-3 back at Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, in 2010, but lost in a playoff tiebreaker to colourful Finland. Then, Norway beat Canada for the second time this week, pushing The Pants into Sunday's final for the second year in...
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....
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: JM Menard shares his Brier views
Quebec's Jean-Michel Menard wonders what his friend "The Brier" has become.
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THE CURLING SHOW: Carter Rycroft, 2015 Tim Hortons Brier champion.
So right now, he's lighting it up at second at the 2015 World Men's Curling Championship. But we talked to Carter just before he traveled from Edmonton to Halifax about his team's unlikely run to the Brier title. It's the second time Carter has been on the show â€;quot; the first time was way back in 2006. Advertise on an episode of The Curling Show for just $100. Send me an email at to find out more.
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! 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.
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 [...]
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...
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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