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Ep36: Retchless & Jonathan-less

10/13/2019
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We have two special guest hosts this episode: Ontario-turned-England curler Rob Retchless and English junior curler Felix Price. Rob talks changing affiliations to England, Ontario’s curling scene and prioritizing life and family over curling. You may remember Felix from our etiquette episode. He’s back to help Ryan make fun of Jonathan, preview the World Mixed … Continue reading Ep36: Retchless & Jonathan-less →

Duration:00:42:14

Ep35: Around the World at Curling Night in America

9/22/2019
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We take you around the curling world in interviews with Trevor Gau of Triangle Curling Club, Joël Retornaz of Team Italy and J.D. Lind of Team Japan. Find out how Triangle went from curling on hockey ice to their own dedicated facility and the get a taste of the state of the sport in Italy … Continue reading Ep35: Around the World at Curling Night in America →

Duration:00:32:52

Ep34: Team USA Interviews from Curling Night in America

9/5/2019
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A spoiler-free batch of interviews from the taping of Curling Night in America in Raleigh, including USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke, Cory Christensen and Sarah Anderson of Team Sinclair and John Landsteiner of Team Shuster. Topics include gearing up for the 2019-20 season, mixing in mixed doubles to an already crowded season and the role … Continue reading Ep34: Team USA Interviews from Curling Night in America →

Duration:00:43:45

Ep33: Eight is Enough

8/19/2019
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We debate eight ends vs. 10 ends and how eight-end curling would have changed some of the best games from the last decade. Also, the curling season is upon us. We find out how Jonathan’s new team came together with skip Rob Retchless, talk early season results in the Pacific Asia region and Ryan gets … Continue reading Ep33: Eight is Enough →

Duration:01:02:27

Ep32: Is Curling Declining in Saskatchewan?

7/17/2019
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Saskatchewan has long been one of curling’s hotbeds. But is the sport in trouble at the grassroots level there? Brady Lang from 650 CKOM in Saskatoon joins us to talk about the state of curling in Saskatchewan, what’s contributed to the decline in number of curlers there, what’s being done to reverse those trends and … Continue reading Ep32: Is Curling Declining in Saskatchewan? →

Duration:01:28:01

Ep31: Oh No, It’s an Etiquette Episode

6/26/2019
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We are joined by Felix Price from Team Sugden (the junior team Jonathan coaches) to talk about curling etiquette. Three generations of curlers discuss when and how to teach it to new curlers with in-depth discussions on pace of play and the burned rock rule. All this plus the latest curling news, including the end … Continue reading Ep31: Oh No, It’s an Etiquette Episode →

Duration:01:52:26

Ep30: 2018-19 Curling Year in Review & You Should Get Rachel Homan a Tranquil Turtle

5/15/2019
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We review the most interesting stories and most interesting teams from the 2018-19 curling season. Topics include the impact of the five-rock rule, the Curling World Cup, people getting mad on social media, Korean women’s curling, new teams that worked & didn’t, this year’s break out stars and the best toys for watching curling at … Continue reading Ep30: 2018-19 Curling Year in Review & You Should Get Rachel Homan a Tranquil Turtle →

Duration:01:19:06

Ep29: An Enormous USA Curling Arena Nationals Tribute & Preview

4/28/2019
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We give a lot of love to the USA Curling Arena Nationals and recount all of our previous failures at it. We then preview every team at this year’s event and interview Travis Geiser of the Chester County CVB and Dave Rosler & Dave Kolibaba of Ocean State Curling Club. If you enjoy this podcast, … Continue reading Ep29: An Enormous USA Curling Arena Nationals Tribute & Preview →

Duration:01:12:39

Ep28: Mixed Doubles Curling w/ Anna Fowler of Team GB

4/16/2019
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Topics: We preview the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship with England’s Anna Fowler. Anna and her brother, Ben, are the first English team to be accepted to the British Curling program. She talks about how she got into curling, what she likes about mixed doubles and what it took to become part of Team GB. … Continue reading Ep28: Mixed Doubles Curling w/ Anna Fowler of Team GB →

Duration:01:11:23

Ep27: Recapping the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship

4/9/2019
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Topics: A Swedish win makes this the Edin Decade; Kevin Koe: Good at curling; Japan’s ‘hello, world’ tournament; a frustrating finish for the USA; a near breakthrough for Italy; effects of the five-rock free guard zone; the USA-Canada cheering kerfuffle; the political philosophies of Stanley Cavell.

Duration:02:47:49

Ep26: Previewing the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship

3/27/2019
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Topics: A team-by-team breakdown of the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship; what John Shuster & Kevin Koe have left to prove; the youth movement in Europe; Joël Retornaz’s renaissance; why China & Japan will be the surprise teams. Music: Tournament of Hearts by the Weakerthans: https://open.spotify.com/track/1pkH2oFavgoVpxmXO9ylze

Duration:01:14:28

Ep25: Recapping the 2019 Women’s World Curling Championship

3/24/2019
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Topics: A wild extra end gives Switzerland gold; a recap of each team’s performance and what it means going forward; the bright future for Korea, Japan & China; tough luck for the USA; a new reality for Canada; the tweak we would make to the format. Music: Tournament of Hearts by the Weakerthans: https://open.spotify.com/track/1pkH2oFavgoVpxmXO9ylze

Duration:00:55:34

Ep24: Previewing the 2019 Women’s World Curling Championship

3/12/2019
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Topics: Everything you want to know about all 13 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Curling Championships, from Latvia to Canada. Does the event being in Denmark benefit anyone? What teams will outperform expectations? Music: Tournament of Hearts by the Weakerthans: http://open.spotify.com/track/1pkH2oFavgoVpxmXO9ylze

Duration:00:43:06

Ep23: 2019 Brier & Scotties Recap

3/11/2019
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Topics: Quick hitters on the most interesting teams from the 2019 Scotties & Brier; the new “actually, the format is good” narrative; the expectations that get set for Team Homan; Kevin Koe and global warming are the two things that can stop Brendan Bottcher. Music: Tournament of Hearts by the Weakerthans: http://open.spotify.com/track/1pkH2oFavgoVpxmXO9ylze

Duration:01:16:56

Ep22: College Curling w/ Gordon Maclean

3/3/2019
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Topics: We talk to USCA College Curling Committee Chair Gordon Maclean about the growth of college curling in the United States, the difference between the sport in the US & the rest of the world, how clubs can start college programs and the future of US college curling. Plus how curling statistics took him all … Continue reading Ep22: College Curling w/ Gordon Maclean →

Duration:00:53:33

Ep21: We Fix the Scotties & Brier

2/17/2019
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Topics: Quick recaps of the championships in the US, Scotland, Switzerland & Japan; the controversy surrounding Scotland’s Worlds rep; the delicate balance between selecting your country’s best team for Worlds and encouraging grassroots growth; the residency rules debate at the Scotties & Brier; pratfalls at the English men’s curling championship. Music: Tournament of Hearts by … Continue reading Ep21: We Fix the Scotties & Brier →

Duration:01:07:20

Ep20: Rocks Across the World

2/4/2019
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Topics: We preview the 2019 curling championships in the USA, Scotland, Switzerland and Japan. Get info on how to watch and who to watch for as teams vie for World Championship berths. Music: Tournament of Hearts by the Weakerthans: https://open.spotify.com/track/1pkH2oFavgoVpxmXO9ylze

Duration:01:27:34

Ep19: Watch and Learn

1/28/2019
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Topics: Jonathan’s mixed doubles abilities will result in Ryan eating haggis; Break-downs of the World Qualification Event & Continental Cup; Our Curling World Cup preview leads to a discussion of what European curling needs to promote growth; Jonathan on how curling beginners can advance their knowledge by watching the pros on TV. Links: Jonathan’s TV … Continue reading Ep19: Watch and Learn →

Duration:01:37:51

Ep18: The Kids are Alright

1/13/2019
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Topics: Recaps of the World Junior B tournament where Jonathan’s England team made playoffs, the USA Challenger Round and the Canadian Open. Previews of the Continental Cup and the World Qualifier in New Zealand. Plus Ryan tries to get Jonathan to talk trash about all the teams he played against in juniors who are at … Continue reading Ep18: The Kids are Alright →

Duration:01:39:09

Ep17: Merry Curlmas from the Family

12/23/2018
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Topics: The best curling Christmas gifts, what to watch for in curling in 2019, an in-depth discussion of the upcoming World Junior B tournament and our Professor of Peel lets us know what a bench coach actually does. Links Jonathan’s blog on Bench Coaching: https://www.jonathanhavercroft.com/curling/how-to-bench-coach-curling Music Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earl Keen: … Continue reading Ep17: Merry Curlmas from the Family →

Duration:01:36:30