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FROM THE HACK: Week 22 Recap
A recap of Week 22 of the 2016-17 curling season and a preview of Week 23.
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.
CURLING CANADA: Team Carey helps North American sweep at 2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup
LAS VEGAS â€;quot; As far as Chelsea Carey is concerned, the timing couldn't be better for her team to be rounding into championship form. It's been a struggle so far this season for the reigning Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion skip and her Calgary team â€;quot; third Amy Nixon, second Jocelyn Peterman, lead Laine Peters ...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: Free Agents Listing Service Now Available
The Ontario Curling Council is launching a free service to connect coaches, teams and individuals to each other in the hopes of creating more opportunities for teams to form. We've listened to parents, coaches and individuals who were seeking a means of finding other interested individuals to curl with.  The OCC now has a means of collecting that information and posting it so that people may contact each other. The OCC is simply sharing information, we will not be involved with the team's formation in any other way.  Interested players, coaches or teams simply complete an online form, submit it and within a week or so the OCC will post their name to their free agents list.  The posts will remain there until the poster tells us to remove it, if not, we'll clear the list at the end of...
YORK URBANIST: Sustainable Curling - The 40-60 demographic
They are the leading edge of the technology generation. If they did not pick up on the computer in the 1980’s, then they quickly learned about the internet to maintain a connection with their children. And they can afford the technology after spending twenty and more years in their careers. These are parents. Their children are millennials and Generation X, many of whom are in their Connected Cocoons.
CURLINGZONE: 2 Girls: Canadian Open Recap, Top Stories, Breakups
The girls discuss their thoughts on the Meridian Canadian Open, the top 5 stories so far this season, Bottcher and Simmons parting ways and some upcoming events - the juniors and the Continental Cup.
BRITISH CURLING: Teams Muirhead and Fleming Back To Competitive Action In Berne
Teams Muirhead and Fleming Back To Competitive Action In BerneEuropean bronze medallists Team Muirhead get back into competitive action this week competing in the Bernese Ladies Cup in Switzerland (12-15 January 2017). The globe-trotting Scottish champions finished last year with a third place finish in the Karuizawa International, having previously reached the finals of the HDF Insurance Shoot Out and the Colonial Square Ladies Classic in Canada, as well as claiming the Women;'s Masters title in Basel. The Olympic bronze medallists will now be looking to consolidate the form which also saw them beat the entire field during the qualifying stages of the European Championships as they build towards the Scottish Championships next month where they will hope to earn qualification for the...
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets w/ Catlin Schneider
Schneider is synonymous with curling success. Catlin Schneider is a multi-sport athlete ready to turn up the heat on the ice...and ban the tick shot?!
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: Canadian Open Recap, top stories of the season so far, break ups
The girls discuss their thoughts on the Meridian Canadian Open, the top 5 stories so far this season, Bottcher and Simmons parting ways and some upcoming events - the juniors and the Continental Cup.
PLAYDOWNS: First teams qualify for 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships
By Rebecca Connop Price Salmon Arm will be playing host to the province's best senior curlers from February 20-26 when the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships roll into town. Sixteen teams from across the province will be vying for the opportunity to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick. [...]
CANOE: Brad Gushue roars back after battling various injury issues
Brad Gushue's on-ice face plant - and the resulting concussion - made national headlines in 2015 with the Olympic champion needing seven stitches to close a gaping wound over his swollen right eye.
WINNIPEG SUN:  Brad Gushue roars back after battling various injury issues
Brad Gushue's on-ice face plant - and the resulting concussion - made national headlines in 2015 with the Olympic champion needing seven stitches to close a gaping wound over his swollen right eye.
CURLBC: First teams qualify for 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships
Salmon Arm will be playing host to the province's best senior curlers from February 20-26 when the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships roll into town. Sixteen teams from across the province will be vying for the opportunity to represent BC at the 2017 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Senior Women's Lower Mainland playdowns took place at Peace Arch Curling Centre in Surrey this weekend (Jan 6-8) in order to decide which Senior Women's teams will be competing at provincials. The remaining berths will be decided at playdowns across BC, including the Senior Men's Lower Mainland playdowns at Tunnel Town, Tsawwassen, and the regional playdowns for both genders in Invermere, Kelowna, Quesnel and Nanaimo. The four Lower Mainland teams who...
CURL MANITOBA: CurlManitoba's 2018 Viterra Championship to Winkler
CurlManitoba has announced the 2018 Viterra Men;'s Curling Championship will be played in Winkler;'s Centennial Arena, January 31-February 4, 2018. The timing of the event is two weeks earlier than usual as part of the Olympic year championship curling schedule. The champion of Winkler;'s Viterra Championship will earn the opportunity to compete as Team Manitoba at the Tim Hortons Brier in Regina, SK in March 2018. Speaking for CurlManitoba, Executive Director Craig Baker said ;'this will be the first ever Manitoba Men;'s Curling Championship played in Winkler. CurlManitoba is pleased to be able to bring the Viterra Championship to another ;lsquo;new;' community and to give the community;'s dedicated curling fans a close-to-home opportunity to watch championship curling.;rdquo; ;'We are delighted...
CURLING LEGENDS PODCAST: Episode 10 - Mike Riley
Mike Riley had a passion for curling, but it never fully consumed him.  Mike reached his greatest success when he found balance in pursuing business and travel along with his curling aspirations.  As a high school curler, Mike remembers anticipating Christmas more for the Winnipeg Junior Bonspiel than the presents under the tree.  As a young skip, he recalls testing his mettle against the legendary Don Duguid rink in the early 70s, and gaining confidence from the experience.  Don's teammates Rod Hunter and Bryan Wood later recruited Mike to play third and were rewarded with a Purple Heart in 1975.  After being dropped from the squad, Mike was back to skipping, trying to build his own winning team.  In 1983, he found the magic ingredients with lead Russ Wookey, second...
CURL WITH MATH: Episode 10 - Mike Riley
Mike Riley had a passion for curling, but it never fully consumed him.;nbsp; Mike reached his greatest success when he found balance in pursuing business and travel along with his curling aspirations.;nbsp; As a high school curler, Mike remembers anticipating Christmas more for the Winnipeg Junior Bonspiel than the presents under the tree.;nbsp; As a young skip, he recalls testing his mettle against the legendary Don Duguid rink in the early 70s, and gaining confidence from the experience.;nbsp; Don's teammates Rod Hunter and Bryan Wood later recruited Mike to play third and were rewarded with a Purple Heart in 1975.;nbsp; After being dropped from the squad, Mike was back to skipping, trying to build his own winning team.;nbsp; In 1983, he found the magic ingredients with lead Russ Wookey,...
DON LANDRY: Gushue thrives, Scheidegger arrives at the Canadian Open
Gushue thrives, Scheidegger arrives at the Canadian Open
CURLING HISTORY: Curling at the Prince's Skating Club in London
The Prince's Skating Club in Knightsbridge, London, opened on November 7, 1896. The artificial ice rink was installed in a refurbished building, the new interior by JM Boekbinder, a well known decorator of the time. The large ice surface was rectangular, in contrast to other ice skating rinks in London which were circular in shape, according to the Morning Post newspaper. The Princes Skating Club was a private club, and was a great success. Membership in the early years was ten guineas - around £1000 today. Two years after opening, the interior of the building was renovated, and the artwork redone by M Picat with an Egyptian theme throughout. In charge of the ice was WW Nightingale who had been manager of the Southport Glaciarium some years previously.Although curling had been mentioned...
THE CURLING SHOW: Heath McCormick from The Meridian Canadian Open.
He was my teammate and skipped our rink to the US Men's title in 2012. He's also a good friend and now skipping the top-ranked US team in the Year-to-Date Order of Merit rankings on the World Curling Tour, with a young front end that includes Thomas Howell, who grew up curling at my home club here in New Jersey. So there's some history between us, and I was glad to have a chance to catch up with Heater before he took to the ice in the first appearance at a Grand Slam for his 2016-17  lineup. If you wanted Fit to Curl in paperback but couldn't get it because it every last copy has been sold, then check out the  Kindle version. Yes, the Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World's Greatest Game, written by John Morris, is now available in a version that...
THE ROCK STOPS HERE: December 20, 2014
If you’re wondering why you’re reading an entry titled December 20th, 2014 on January 3rd, 2017 you’ll just have to read until the end. And if you recall my very first post, I warned you this blog was about more than just curling. This entry is neither happy nor funny and, other than a brief mention at the end, has almost nothing to do with curling.
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.
STONECAST: Ep. 18 - John Bauer
We speak with a John Bauer, one of the founding members of Fogerty Arena and the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine. First we hit the mail bag and answer a listener's challenge (1:53), then we discuss the weight room at Fogerty Arena, named after our guest (7:10). John tells us the origins of the facility, we talk a little smelt fry, and discuss how Four Seasons got built (8:40 - 24:30). We talk a little curling in the high schools (29:00) as well as effective additive ingredients for cement block (32:00).
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Terry Jones: Men's world curling championship Coliseum's 'Last Hurrah'
Welcome to ‘The Last Hurrah.' After months of work, organizers of the 2017 Ford World Curling Championships Wednesday revealed a celebration beyond anything previously planned for an Edmonton rock concert. The final event major curling event at the Northlands Coliseum will be the curling version of the Oilers' Farewell to Rexall Place. The April 1-9 event will be a celebration of the most ballistic events in the entire history of the sport — the largest crowds ever in Brier, Worlds and Olympic Trials history — and the curlers that helped make them happen. It was funny the way it worked as the details were being revealed at a podium set up in the building that has reverted to its original Northlands Coliseum name. Various officials and dignitaries took turns to explain that...
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Mustard Yellow couches and other suff
As we approach the holidays –that magical time of year when competitive curlers try to reintroduce themselves into their family lives from which they have been absent for a few months (“Uhh kids – this is your Dad.
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.
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KARWACKI: Q&A with Jill Officer
Jill Officer is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a 5-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champion, 2008 World Champion, and 2014 Olympic gold medallist. Check out my interview with her below!
JILL'S HOUSE: Participation Medals
What do participation medals teach our children?
NERDCURL: NerdCurl - Make A Rule Change
The NFL changed the extra point in 2015. What if curling did something similar?
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...
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...
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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