Curling, Feb. 11: Couple of Canadian surprises

Early in the week, the shock results started rolling in from the Canadian provincial playdowns, from which the Brier field is assembled. Kevin Koe lost! Oh my! And Reid Carruthers! But, these tournaments being the double- or triple-elimination events that they are, Koe and Carruthers are back where we’d expect. Kirk Muyres won in Saskatchewan ahead of Matt Dunstone, and having seen that game (loved the CurlSask broadcast apart from seeing the same ads about 100 times), I’d say it wasn’t a fluke. So the only change to the rankings is a straight swap — Muyres takes the 11th spot … Continue reading Curling, Feb. 11: Couple of Canadian surprises

Fixing the curling calendar

What was the big curling event of the past weekend? Was it the third leg of the Curling World Cup? How about the provincial qualifiers for the Scotties and the Brier? Maybe the made-for-TV Skins Game? If you’re curling in Canada, the Scotties and the Brier take top priority. To explain this to an American audience — this is the equivalent of the U.S. Open Cup or FA Cup in the sense that it’s a national championship in which unheralded entries can beat the big names. Qualification for the national event, which is broadcast on TSN (and therefore to a … Continue reading Fixing the curling calendar