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The Extra Extra End Curling Podcast


Host Price Atkinson & the TESN.US crew profiles USA Curling teams & players, the Olympic Trials, World and Olympic Competitions.


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Host Price Atkinson & the TESN.US crew profiles USA Curling teams & players, the Olympic Trials, World and Olympic Competitions.






S5:E7: Return From Beijing

The boys are back—in the same time zone. Price Atkinson has returned from Beijing and wraps the four-player Olympic Winter Games tournament with co-hosts Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Joe “The Godfather” Calabrese. The Team USA entries skipped by John Shuster and Tabitha Peterson are discussed, as are the medalists, the competition and more. More USA curling tournaments and teams are then discussed, with an eye to both the immediate future and the following 2023-26 quadrennial.


S5:E6 – Mixed Doubles Recap, Team Events Begin and Ed Scimia on Online Betting on Curling

Specks and Joe are back with the latest episode of the Extra Extra End. They guys talk about the conclusion of the mixed doubles event at the Olympics, and with the team events just underway they discuss the starts by Teams Peterson and Shuster. Price checks in from Beijing and Joe has an interview with Ed Scimia of the Nutmeg Curling Club about curling and online wagering in the USA. Hear it all as part of the "Extra Extra End Podcast" and make sure to follow/subscribe here or Apple...


S5:E5 - Olympics in full swing and Peachtree Curling

Joe and Specks are back for their second podcast this week. The mixed doubles action is about half over at the Olympics and the guys have thoughts about the ice and Team USA's first four games. Plus, Joe talks with Stacey Rice from the Peachtree Curling Association about the growth of curling in Georgia and how clubs can be more inclusive of wheelchair curlers? And finally, Specks and Joe talk about the chances of Team USA to make the playoffs in the Men's and Women's Team events at the...


S5:E4 – Olympics about to Begin and Kenya Curling

Joe Calabrese and Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti get together on the eve of the 2022 Olympics and talk a little Mixed Doubles Curling. Also, are we ready as a curling country for all the media attention curling is about to receive? And Joe talks with representatives from the Kenya Curling Federation about their trip to Plainfield Curling Club for their first real curling training.


S5:E3: Wings Up For Beijing Mixed Doubles Curling

Price Atkinson and Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti deliver an American-lensed Olympic mixed doubles primer as Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys fly to Beijing. Atkinson is embedded with the team and coaching staff, and he’ll serve in a media attaché role in China. This episode provides access to the team’s training sessions in Los Angeles and an exclusive sit-down with Persinger, one of the last interviews she gave before departing for Beijing. The guys also discuss the mixed doubles field Team USA...


S5:E2: Beijing 2022 and and Diversity, Inclusiveness

The guys are back together as they catch up on everything happening in and around U.S. curling including the cancellation of the 2022 U.S. Nationals and more, including a look back on the U.S. Olympic Trials. “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese also talks with Laura Yee and Courtney Shaw of the Potomac CC and JayCee Cooper (Four Seasons CC) about increasing diversity in the sport and the how-tos of creating an inclusive environment.


S5:E1: 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Preview

The No. 1 U.S. curling podcast is back for the start of season five—and just in time for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials beginning this weekend at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska! TESN co-founder “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese along with Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti take your through a quick recap of everything that’s happened so far this fall, including the U.S. Olympic Trials for Mixed Doubles and the U.S. wheelchair curlers securing Team USA a coveted spot at the 2022 Paralympic Winter...


E11: U.S. Nationals and 2021 Season Finale

One more show before the summer break, as the Extra Extra End podcast look back at the 2021 U.S. National Curling Championships in Wausau, Wisconsin. Teams Christensen and Dropkin each captured their first national championships while Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys teamed to win the Mixed Doubles title. “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese, Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Price Atkinson recap it all, with a deep dive into the Dropkin-Ruohonen hogged stone controversy from round-robin play. Catch up...


E10: 2021 U.S. Nationals Preview, Team Peterson Wins Bronze

We’re on the heels of the 2021 U.S. Curling Nationals starting next week in Wausau, Wisconsin, while the U.S. Mixed Doubles Nationals are underway. “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese, Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Price Atkinson break down what they expect to happen with picks for both the men and women. In addition, they hit on Team Peterson bringing home the world women’s bronze and update Tab Peterson and Joe Polo’s quest for hardware at the World Mixed Doubles Championship going on right now...


E9: World Women’s Playoffs, U.S. National Fields

This week we’re checking in on Team USA’s progress at the ongoing women's world championship. USA’s Team Peterson is sitting primed for a playoff spot, while Canada is fighting just to get in. Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s fields have been announced for the upcoming 2021 USA Curling National Championships. Who are the favorites and which could be the surprise teams?


E8: Men's Worlds debacle; Women's World Championship preview

In episode 8 of this pandemic curling season, hosts Price Atkinson, Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Rebecca Andrew look back at the debacle and failed handling of the false-positive test results involving Team USA at the end of the recent Men’s World Championship. The host and guests also look ahead to the Women’s World Championship starting this weekend at the curling bubble in Calgary.


E7: Team USA coach Phill Drobnick from the Men's World Championship

After some ups and downs, Team USA led by John Shuster is on a roll at the 2021 Men’s World Championship. USA Curling’s Phill Drobnick joins Specks and Price from the bubble in Calgary to take us inside their round robin journey en route to the playoffs. Price and Specks also discuss exciting on-ice activities coming up on the American curling scene; relief is finally in sight, curling fans!


E6: Matt Hamilton interview, 2018 Olympic Champions Heading to Worlds

The guys are back together after an extended hiatus and this week “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese, Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Price Atkinson dish on what we’ve watched go down in the curling world over the last few weeks. One half of the "Bash Brothers" Matt Hamilton joins Price ahead of the upcoming Men's World Championship to dish on must-have items he's got packed for the bubble, playing for a World title and a spot for Team USA in the upcoming Olympic and more. They debate the COVID...


E5: Author, Speaker and U.S. Paralympian Steve Emt

Team USA 2018 Paralympic wheelchair curler Steve Emt has been through it all and he joins host Price Atkinson on this week’s episode. A former walk-on basketball player for the UConn Huskies, Emt picked up the sport of curling at age 42 and is now preparing for the upcoming World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Finland later this spring. Besides having more free time during the pandemic, he shares why he decided to write his new book You D.E.C.I.D.E. which is now available on Amazon. In...


E4: Mayfield’s New Club and some issues in/around USA Curling

TESN’s Joe “The Godfather” Calabrese and Price Atkinson team up with curler Rebecca Andrew to talk about some of the things facing the sport in the U.S. Later, Joe catches up with Mayfield Curling Club board member Mike Moore to discuss their brand new facility just outside of Cleveland, OH. And we close with some NFL playoffs and NHL talk!


E3: Traverse City (MI) Curling Club, Ice Barn And More

We ring in 2021 on the latest episode of The Extra Extra End as Price Atkinson, “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese and Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti catch up on the latest U.S. curling news. We then feature Joe‘s interview with Traverse City (MI) Curling Club founding members and siblings Don Piche and Cara Colburn in the Segment-You-Can‘t-Refuse, as Don and Cara dish on a potential new $7 million, 25,500 square-foot facility for 2022. Finally, we celebrate Joe getting to attend a real, live...


E2: New Denver Rock Creek Curling Club opening in 2021

Despite the pandemic and clubs temporarily shutting down, a brand new Denver-area curling facility is opening its doors in 2021. Price Atkinson, Joe Calabrese and Rebecca Andrew discuss along with guests Sean and Mimi Stevenson from the Rock Creek Curling Club.


E1: U.S. Nationals Postponed, Korey Dropkin

Episode one of season four with "The Extra Extra End" blasts off with the latest U.S. curling news and opinions. Price Atkinson, Joe Calabrese and Dustin Tomasetti also speak with Young Bucks skip Korey Dropkin... and there’s the usual football chatter to wind things up. Thanks to The Curling News and Sports Illutsrated for their partnership this season!


E20: Two-time U.S. Olympian Jessica Schultz

A quick break for the Memorial Day holiday and we're back with our guest and new USA Curling Women’s National Team & Juniors Director Jessica Schultz. The two-time U.S. Olympian joined us regarding her new role with the USCA. And co-hosts Price Atkinson, "The Godfather" Joe Calabrese and Dustin "Specs" Tomasetti discuss the big changes announced for the U.S. Junior Program for the upcoming season and also how curling and sports will be different upon returning.


E19: Emergency podcast with USA Curling team, staff announcements

Two times in one week? Our Friday emergency podcast thanks to several big moves regarding USA Curling staff and teams, including the "new" Team Sinclair along with Joe Polo staying with the #YoungBucks. TESN's "The Godfather" Joe Calabrese and Price Atkinson plus "Specs" Dustin Tomasetti talked about it all, as well as the hiring of two-time Olympian Jessica Schultz to lead the USCA's women's high performance and junior programs. And will we even have curling this fall with events beginning...