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TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets: Champions Cup Closes the Curling Season
Will we see #TeamCanada, #TeamWorld or #TeamUpset claim the final grand slam of the 2016/17 season. Plus the penultimate Power Rankings are released!
BRITISH CURLING: Team Muirhead and Team Brewster Compete in Last Slam of the Season
Team Muirhead and Team Brewster Compete in Last Slam of the Season Team Muirhead and Team Brewster will compete in the Grand Slam of Curling;'s Humpty;'s Champions Cup at WinSport Arena in Canada Olympic Park this week, which will mark the end of their 2016-17 season. The newest competition on the Grand Slam circuit is invitation only to teams who have won Tour ranking events or select tournaments during this season and therefore has an impressive line-up providing stiff opposition for the title, with valuable World Curling Tour Order of Merit Points also up for grabs. Team Brewster won the Perth Masters earlier this year to qualify and skip Tom Brewster hopes his team can carry the form that saw them finish third at last weekend;'s European Masters into the tournament this week. ...
PLAYDOWNS: Teams invited to apply for High Performance Program
By Rebecca Connop Price Curl BC is now accepting team applications for the upcoming 2017-18 High Performance (HP) Program. There will be two levels of programming - High Performance Elite/Next Generation (HPE/NG) and High Performance Development (HPD). Curl BC is excited about this new undertaking and we want to partner with teams committed to achieving [...]
SPORTSNET: Einarson edges Sweeting in extra to open GSOC Champions Cup
CALGARY — Boost National winner Kerri Einarson of Winnipeg drew for an 8-7 win in the extra end to edge Tour Challenge Tier 1 victor Val Sweeting of Edmonton during Tuesday's opening draw of the Humpty's Champions Cup at WinSport Arena. Teams had to win a high-profile tournament in order to qualify for the season-ending Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling tournament. TV coverage begins Thursday on Sportsnet One, online at Sportsnet NOW (Canada) or gsoc.yaretv.com (international). Sweeting made a great double takeout in the first end to score a single. After Sweeting wrecked on a guard in the second, Einarson capitalized to score a deuce to pull ahead 2-1. Another double takeout in the third gave Sweeting two points right back to retake the lead. Sweeting pulled off a runback double...
CURLBC: Teams invited to apply for High Performance Program
Curl BC is now accepting team applications for the upcoming 2017-18 High Performance (HP) Program. There will be two levels of programming - High Performance Elite/Next Generation (HPE/NG) and High Performance Development (HPD). Curl BC is excited about this new undertaking and we want to partner with teams committed to achieving excellence. More importantly, we want to affiliate with teams who are willing to invest in themselves. In order to be the best, teams must be willing to train and compete at the same level or higher than the top teams in Canada. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2017. For the second year in a row, Curl BC will be offering performance incentive funding to teams involved in the program. The top two men's and the top two women's teams in the program will receive...
CURLING CANADA: Quebec and Ontario take the lead at Canadian Wheelchair Championship
Quebec's Benoit Lessard and Ontario's Mike Munro have taken over first place after two days of competition at the 14th Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship at the Club de curling Boucherville in the Complexe sportif Duval Auto in Boucherville, Que. Lessard and his Magog Curling Club team of third Carl Marquis, second Johanne Mathieu, lead Christine ...
FROM THE HACK: Weekly Curling Report
This week, a recap of Week 36 and an interview with Val Sweeting.
WINNIPEG SUN:  Celebrating a curling legend
The life of a legend of Manitoba curling will be celebrated on Saturday at the Granite Curling Club.
KARWACKI: quick 5 with carruthers
Reid Carruthers is a Canadian curler. He skips his own team based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Carruthers has won the 2016 Canada Cup of Curling, 2017 WFG Continental Cup of Curling as part of Team North America, and the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. He is currently representing Canada at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta with Joanne Courtney.
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Road Trip to the Players
The girls take a road trip to the Players Championship in Toronto.  They were able to ask some rapid fire questions with Ben Hebert, Cathy Overton Clapham, Jim Cotter and Pete Steski.  Lots of observations about the behind the scenes shenanigans and their very late night.  They discuss the latest "Sheet Show" and decided to do their own impersonations of some of their favourite players.  Also ran into a fan of our show and did a fun interview with her!
CURLING HISTORY: One problem of growing old
Back in the eighteenth century, when it was not possible to travel far, curlers would only have had the opportunity to play against those from the neighbouring parish. These were the days before railways, and even getting to a neutral venue for a bonspiel involving players from two or more parishes would involve considerable effort. Later, when the train allowed curlers to travel further, horse and cart still provided the assistance to get the stones to the ponds, see here.In some cases it is known that curlers walked considerable distances to take part in matches. Some reports describe players wrapping their stone in their plaids and walking to the pond to meet the opposition. The reference to plaids is just romantic nonsense, I would suggest. But just how would you carry your curling stone...
CURL MANITOBA: Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame 30th Annual Induction Ceremony ; Dinner
HELP SALUTE THE LEGENDS OF MANITOBA CURLING!;nbsp; Join us Sunday, May 7th, 2017 as Manitoba Curling Honours this year's Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame Inductees at an annual banquet at CanadInns Polo Park.;nbsp; This year's banquet, featuring TSN Commentator, Cathy Gauthier, and GoldenWest Radio Sports Director, Clayton Dreger, will honour teams from three generations of champions, a pair of builders of the sport in Manitoba, and six-time Manitoba Champion curler.;nbsp; The Teams include Braden Calvert's 2015 World Junior Champion team, Hugh McFadyen'd 1986 Canadian Champion and 1987 World Silver Medallist team, and Dr. Bill McTavish's 1973 Canadian Senior Champion team. Curler Linda Van Daele of Brandon who won Six Manitoba titles, including four consecutive wins from...
CANOE: Gushue wins gold at world men's curling championship
Canada's Gushue wins world championship
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Gushue reaches perfection on way to gold at worlds
Before the largest curling crowd in the world this season, Canada's Brad Gushue made a few of the biggest shots of his career to win his first Ford World Men's Curling championship. When the Newfoundland skip and his team won the St. John's Brier, the worry was that the Edmonton worlds would be anti-climatic. And when he went through the round robin like a runaway train, the concern was that he'd be overconfident like so many Canadian teams before him. Like Rachel Homan before him in Beijing, becoming the first to win the women's worlds with a perfect 13-0 record, Gushue became the first men's team to turn the trick with a 4-2 win over Niklas Edin on Sunday to go 13-0 as well. “It's awesome. Boy, oh boy, that was a stressful game,” said Gushue. “This is right up there. This...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: Ontario Curling Council seeking Host Clubs for Ontario 150 Celebration – The Great Ontario Bonspie
The Ontario Curling Council has received a Celebration Grant as part of the Ontario 150 Program! ;nbsp;Our grant will be used to celebrate the rich history, past successes and joy of curling in Ontario! ;nbsp;We're seeking 20 clubs to partner with and host an Ontario 150 Themed one-day bonspiel on November 18, 2017. ;nbsp;Join us and our Member Associations (Curl On and Northern Ontario Curling Association) as a host club for the “Great Ontario Bonspiel” and be part of this great event celebrating Ontario's contribution to Curling and Curling's contribution to Ontario! ;nbsp;Only 20 clubs will be accepted into our “Great Ontario Bonspiel” – applications are now being accepted. ;nbsp;Application deadline is May 15, 2017, and all successful clubs will be notified...
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: The WCT. After 20 Years Are Things Better or Worse?
After the last blog about the non-existence of Professional Curling, the next, and most natural step, was to take a look at the organization governing non-playdown, competitive curling: the World Curling Tour. Why? well, first off the WCT has a big say, perhaps too big, in how the game is run today (Broomgate is an excellent example-and the jury is still out on that one). Second, the WCT has been doing a lot of horn blowing lately. Primarily about the Slams and what a great job they do in developing the 'professional' side of the sport.
YORK URBANIST: TOTAL SUM GAIN
Adapting to changes in the sport of curling will reduce the threat that is posited by doomsayers. Curling has emerged as both a sport and a recreation, but it is the recreation side that attracts 95% of your market.
STONECAST: Ep. 21 - Amanda Clore and Jessica Erickson
Buck buck buck! This week, we speak with curlers, bowlers, golfers, and chicken raisers extraordinaire Amanda Clore and Jessica Erickson at the Frogtown Curling Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. We'll hear a little about the Brier crowd this year (too loud? Not loud enough?); get a tour of the exclusive Sheet E bar (say it fast); hear a little about bowling, chickens, and Pete Westberg's advice on the proper laying age of chicks; and finally look ahead to the future of "the fun club."
JILL'S HOUSE: Inconsiderate People
I was trying to read my book to relax, and wait for the heaviness in my eyes so I could easily go to sleep, but there was a distraction, a noisy hotel hallway.
CURLING LEGENDS PODCAST: Episode 23 - Paul Savage, Part 2
In Part 2 of my conversation with Paul Savage, we'll cover the 1987 Olympic Curling Trials and the controversy surrounding the qualification process.   We talk about the early days of the Skins format, the Battle of the Sexes and Paul's experience as fifth man with the Mike Harris Rink during their run to a Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.  There are a few extras after our talk as well.  Paul shares stories from the Kurl for Kids Celebrity Bonspiel, Men With Brooms, the World Lefthanders Curling Championship and explains how to perform the plate dance.  At the very end is an excerpt from Episode 8 where Warren Hansen discusses his version of the 1987 Trials, which I reference with Paul at the beginning of the show.
CURL WITH MATH: Episode 23 - Paul Savage, Part 2
In Part 2 of my conversation with Paul Savage, we'll cover the 1987 Olympic Curling Trials and the controversy surrounding the qualification process. ;nbsp; We talk about the early days of the Skins format, the Battle of the Sexes and Paul's experience as fifth man with the Mike Harris Rink during their run to a Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. ;nbsp;There are a few extras after our talk as well. ;nbsp;Paul shares stories from the Kurl for Kids Celebrity Bonspiel, Men With Brooms, the World Lefthanders Curling Championship;nbsp;and explains how to perform the plate dance.;nbsp; At the very end is an excerpt from Episode 8 where Warren Hansen discusses his version of the 1987 Trials, which I;nbsp;reference;nbsp;with Paul at the;nbsp;beginning;nbsp;of the show.Check...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Support from home felt all the way to China by world champs
They beamed as;nbsp;they came down the escalator at Ottawa International Airport. Emma Miskew and Lisa Weagle said they hadn't expected the large crowd that greeted them at the airport Monday evening after helping Rachel Homan's team win a;nbsp;world women's curling championship in Beijing. “It's hard to describe the feeling,” said Weagle, the team's lead. “We knew a few people were going to be here and see our families, but we had no idea that the reception was going to be quite as big as it is, so we are really thrilled to see so many people.”;nbsp; Miskew agreed.;nbsp; “It's very moving,” the team's third;nbsp;said. “I know we had support from far away even though we were on the complete other side of the world, so we were in a little bit of a bubble...
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Cloning, Double Rye and Coke and Investing with a Porpoise
Okay…have not blogged in forever, My apologies, but watching the Brier on TV, and playing at the Club has gotten me back in it, so here goes.
DON LANDRY: Edmonton Eskimo Sean Whyte is all over that thing called curling
Included: That time Rachel Homan beat him in a FG kicking contest...
CURLINGZONE: Cheating Controversy in Switzerland
Swiss Mixed Doubles champions Martin Rios and Jenny Perret under fire after video shows possible cheating in important round-robin game.
COACH BILL: The Art of the Time Out
Yes, I know, it's been more than awhile since I've put fingers to keyboard on my blog site. Thank you to the many who have sent emails and made telephone calls to inquire if I was, well, OK! I doubt I've never been fully OK, but thanks, I'm fine!;nbsp;So what's the reason for the no blogs for several months? I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't write just for the sake of writing. If there wasn't something to say, I wasn't going to say it! But now there is and it's time to reach into the electronic mailbag to answer an email sent from someone for whom I have great respect. His name is John Newhook from one of my favourite cities in Canada, Halifax. I had the joy of spending an afternoon with John at the iconic Mayflower CC as he walked me through...
BLOG: Michelle Englot on Hustler & Lawless
Team Manitoba skip Michelle Englot joins Hustler & Lawless to discuss her team’s run to the gold medal round of the 2017 Scotties, joining the team from Regina, and the plans to stick with the team for Olympic qualification.
NERDCURL: Twitter Predicts A McCormick Steamroller In Day 2 2017 USA Nationals Results
In case you have missed what is going on, Twitter has predicted the outcome of the February 12 Mens and Womens Round Robin games two days early in our completely scientific NerdCurl US Curling Twitter National Championships.
THE SCOTCH: The 2017 WFG Continental Cup cont..
Team North America's lead heading into this final day seems insurmountable but don't tell that to the mostly European Team World supporters. They remember the "Meltdown at Medina" and are hoping for the curling equivalent upset. Fortunately for the North American's there isn't really a disastrous alliterative term I can think of that works with Vegas. However, much to the liking of TSN and the Orleans ticket gate there is still plenty to play for. Pride is always good, especially with so many fans still cheering (sans Packer fans). But more importantly each game and end has some cash money tied to it which could seem pretty useful if you curl for a living and spending your last night in Vegas.
BACKSEAT GAFFER: US Curling Power Rankings - January 3, 2017
The back half of the 2016-2017 curling season kicks off this week with the Meridian Canadian Open on the World Curling Tour and the USA Nationals Challenge Rounds taking place closer to home. A preview of the challenge rounds, highlights from an interview with Thomas Howell (lead for the top-ranked Heath McCormick rink) as their team embarks on its first Grand Slam of Curling event, and the updated rankings are on-tap in this week’s edition.
BELFRY CURLING: Juniors (U21) entries down but in other events revamped curling playdowns appear solid
FLYING V: Curling Canada Club Curler corruption
e premise of this article is to vocalize my disdain for the current format, not necessarily the structure for which the bonspiel is set up but more precisely the flawed qualification process that has been implemented to secure a spot in this event.
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.
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....
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...
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...
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.
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,...
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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