Monday, January 21, 2013

Curling on TV: The National

What? More curling on tv? Good grief, January sure is busy! Back to regular curling - this time it's The National (or here), another Grand Slam event, this time from Port Hawkesbury, N.S. from Jan. 23-27.

Teams: Balsdon, Cotter, de Cruz, Edin, Epping, Fowler, Gushue, Howard, Jacobs, Kean, Koe, Laycock, Martin, McEwen, Michel, Rumfeldt, Stoughton, Ulsrud

It'll be on Sportsnet again - check out the full schedule.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Curling on TV: Revamped 2013 Skins

If you're suffering from Continental Cup hangover, don't fret - there's more curling on tv this weekend!

It's time for "The Dominion All-Star Curling Skins Game". Quite a mouthful. It will run Saturday Jan. 19 to Sunday Jan. 20 at Casino Rama in Ontario. What's different this year is the way the teams were selected - the public voted on individual players for each position.

Here's who you voted for:
Skips: Kevin Martin, Kevin Koe, Jeff Stoughton, Glenn Howard
Thirds: John Morris, Pat Simmons, Jon Mead, B.J. Neufeld
Seconds: March Kennedy, Carter Ryroft, Reid Carruthers, Brent Laing
Leads: Ben Hebert, Nolan Thiessen, Steve Gould, Craig Savill

Besides B.J. Neufeld at third (Wayne Middaugh had to withdraw) and Steve Gould at lead (yeah that wont be awkward) it's the usual suspects. So really, what was the point of the vote?

What will make it exciting is that the skips will draw names to form a team - which could make for some awesome good fun. Hopefully.

Here's the TSN schedule (all times Eastern):
Thursday Jan. 17 - 7:30pm - Draw for teams
Saturday Jan. 19 - 1:00pm - Semi
Saturday Jan. 19 - 8:00pm - Semi
Sunday Jan. 20 - 1:00pm - Final

(This is where I admit I probably wont watch any of the games beyond the draw on Thursday - I'm helping out with the Alberta Wheelchair Provincial Curling Championship weekend, plus I'm not a huge skins fan. I'm thinking I'll be saving the games for some PVR viewing in the summer!)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Curling on TV: 2013 Continental Cup of Curling

The 2013 Continental Cup of Curling starts this week! It's taking place in Penticton, BC, from January 10-13. It's a super fun event - North America vs The World - and they'll play the men's, women's, skins, mixed doubles and singles (hot shots). I was fortunate to attend in 2011 so can vouch that it's fun to watch. Since the competition is a bit different and the teams are part of bigger teams it's a good time all around. There's more rules and info on wikipedia.

North America: Nedohin, Jones, Pottinger, Howard, Martin, McCormick
Captain: Kelley Law
Coach: Rick Lang

World: Ott, Muirhead, Sigfridsson, Brewster, Ulsrud, Edin
Captain: David Hay
Coach: Peja Lindholm

It'll all be on TSN (or TSN mobile if you're on Bell or Virgin Mobile). All times below are Eastern.

Thursday Jan. 10
11:30am - Women's Team
4:00pm - Mixed Doubles
9:30pm - Men's Teams

Friday Jan. 11
11:30am - Women's Team
4:00pm - Singles
9:30pm - Men's Teams

Saturday Jan. 12
12:00pm - Mixed Doubles
4:30pm - Women's Team
9:30pm  - Men's Team

Sunday Jan. 13
4:00pm - Skins (TSN2 only)
8:00pm - Skins

Also check out the draw schedule for the different events/team match ups. Be sure to watch/PVR some of the action. The World won last year, but North America is leading 5-3 since 2002 - I'm curious to see who will win...