Curling Headlines – Dec. 31, 2014

Curling Headlines for Wednesday, December 31st:

  • The Truro Daily News had this report on the Nova Scotia Junior Championships. The Chronicle Herald had this report. Scores are here, courtesy of LiveCurling.com. Both the men’s and women’s championships will be played this afternoon at 2:00 PM local time.
  • Team Cole Peters qualifies for playoffs in Canola Manitoba Junior Championships. Also, the Winnipeg Free Press has this report on the action. Scores are here and here. Both the men’s and women’s finals will be contested at 4:00 PM local time.
  • Kaitlyn Corbin gets ready for Saskatchewan Junior Championship.
  • The entry deadline for the PEI Scotties Tournament of Hearts Women’s Championship is Friday.
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Curling Headlines – Dec. 30, 2014

Curling Headlines for Tuesday, December 30th:

  • The U.S. Open will be contested at Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minnesota from Friday through Sunday. You can watch the action at 12th End Sports Network.
  • Scores for the Pepsi PEI Junior Curling Championships are here.
  • Women’s standings at Nova Scotia Junior Championships up for grabs. LiveCurling.com has the scores here.
  • Drew Spinney rink in contention at men’s Nova Scotia Junior Championships. Again, LiveCurling.com has the scores here.
  • Playdowns.com has the men’s scores for the Tim Horton’s B.C. Junior Championships here. The women’s scores are here.
  • CurlingZone has the men’s scores for the GNCC Junior Men’s Playdowns here. The women’s scores are here.
  • The Winnipeg Free Press has this report on the Canola Manitoba Junior Championships. Men’s scores are here and women’s scores are here.
  • Rinks are set for the Saskatchewan Junior Curling Championships. It takes place Thursday through Monday in Humboldt.
  • Bob Weeks: Jennifer Jones rink gets no love from Canadian Press team of the year voting.

Jennifer Jones rink dissed by Canadian Press

To the shock of no one, the Canadian Press named the men’s Olympic hockey team as Canada’s Team of the Year for 2014. Undefeated during their stay in Sochi, the gold medal winners received 36 votes for their efforts.

Finishing 32 votes behind them was another undefeated team. The Canadian women’s Olympic curling team, skipped by Jennifer Jones, received just four votes for their gold medal performance.

Four. Four votes. As in, you can count the number of votes the Jones rink received on one hand … without using your thumb.

What did the men’s hockey team have to do to get those 36 votes? Well, for starters, they went undefeated in Group B play. They struck down hockey powerhouse Norway 3-1, destroyed the Austrian hockey juggernaut 6-0, and embarrassed Finland with a 2-1 dismantling.

Did they stop there? Oh no, my friend. Oh no.

In the quarterfinals, they humiliated the Latvians and their NHL-laden roster with a 2-1 smackdown. How important is Olympic hockey in Latvia? Sandis Ozolinsh threw his cane to one side, his oxygen tank to the other, marched out of the old folks retirement community he was living in, and played on the team’s blue line. When my grandfather was a young boy, he used to enjoy watching Ozolinsh play. Yes, in my mind’s ear, I can still hear my grandfather’s voice even today. Such fond memories.

But the Canadian men’s hockey team didn’t stop there. What did they do next? I’ll tell ya!

In the semi-finals, in a move that caused me to throw an absolute fit, Canada beat my star-spangled American team. And they didn’t just beat us. Oh no. They throttled us by a score of 1-0.

It was horrendous. My friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and a whole bunch of other people who spell the word defenseman with an s, and not a c, held their heads in shame for months after that debacle. We stopped caring about football, baseball and basketball altogether – focusing solely on our one-goal loss in hockey. To this day, Prozac flies off the shelves at pharmacies throughout all 50 states … all because of one game.

And then to top it all off, the Canadian men beat Team Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game.

When you think about it, how did this team for the ages receive a mere 36 votes? Don’t the voters within the Canadian Press recognize good hockey when they see it? Wonders never cease.

All the Canadian women’s curling team did was go a spotless 9-0 in round robin play, defeat skipper Eve Muirhead and the rest of Team Great Britain 6-4 in the semifinals, and then go on to win the gold medal with a 6-3 victory over Sweden.

Curling became a medal sport in the 1998 Nagano games. Since that time, no women’s team had ever run the table in Olympic curling before the Jones rink did it in Sochi. The only other Olympic curling team to accomplish the feat was the Canadian men, skipped by Kevin Martin, in the 2010 Vancouver games.

Sarcasm aside, the Canadian men’s hockey team had much to be proud of. Defeating your opponents by a combined score of 17-3 in the Olympics is nothing to sneeze at, to say the least. But the 32-vote spread in the Team of the Year voting is an absolute insult to four women who are the very best at what they do. And they too put on quite a display on the world’s biggest stage.

Four votes? Did I read that right?

Tell me the Canadian Press made a misprint.

Curling Headlines – Dec. 29, 2014

Curling Headlines for Monday, December 29th:

  • The Tim Horton’s B.C. Junior Curling Championships begin today. Men’s scores can be found here and women’s scores can be found here, courtesy of Playdowns.com. The Times Colonist has this preview of the event.
  • The GNCC Junior Playdowns are underway in Rochester, New York. Men’s scores are here and women’s scores are here, courtesy of CurlingZone.
  • The fourth Asham Under 17 Slam of the season is underway in Scotland. Scores are here.
  • Alan Arkilander’s Between the Sheets column is here, courtesy of the Sudbury Star.

Curling Headlines – Dec. 28, 2014

Here are your curling headlines for Sunday, December 28th:

* The fourth Asham Under 17 Slam of the season will be held at Forfar Indoor Sports Centre in Scotland today and tomorrow. Scores can be found here.

* CurlingZone has the scores from the GNCC Junior Playdowns taking place in Rochester, New York. Men’s scores are here and women’s scores are here.

* The Tim Horton’s B.C. Junior Curling Championships begins today. Men’s scores can be found here and women’s scores can be found here, courtesy of Playdowns.com.

* The Canola Manitoba Junior Curling Championships scores are here and here.

* Scores from the Pepsi PEI Junior Curling Championships are here.

* Gary Lawless reflects on the year that was in the Winnipeg Free Press.

* ParaSport and Recreation PEI offering wheelchair and visually impaired curling at Cornwall Curling Club on Thursday nights.

* The Lake Region Curling Club in Devils Lake, North Dakota is is looking for volunteers for the 2015 USA Curling Junior National Championships.

Curling Headlines – Dec. 27, 2014

Here are your curling headlines for Saturday, December 27th:

* The GNCC Junior National Playdowns are this weekend in Rochester, New York. You can watch the action at 12th End Sports Network by clicking here.

* The Canola Manitoba Junior Championships are underway at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club. Men’s scores are here and women’s scores are here. Also, the Winnipeg Free Press had this piece on St. Vital skip Shannon Birchard.

* The Pepsi PEI Junior Championships are underway at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. Scores are here.

* Jeff MacKinnon’s On the Rocks: Aaron Sluchinski looking to topple giants again.

* Ticket information for the Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game at the Banff Centre is here.

Where’s The Love?

Curling fans throughout America were pleased to find out that ESPN acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the Canadian Curling Association’s Season of Champions events. The agreement meant that over 300 hours of curling coverage was going to be accessible to American viewers on ESPN3 through March of 2015.

One ESPN employee, however, would appear to be less than enthused about that development.

Compiling the sports plays that ruled the internet in 2014, Scott T. Miller rightfully puts Mike McEwen’s triple-raise takeout from the Masters in the top five. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that after mentioning the feat was not enough for McEwen to defeat Brad Gushue, he asks:

“Would you rather win the Internet for a day, or win the boring old Masters Grand Slam of Curling? Pretty easy choice, right?”

Aw, man. Where’s the love?

Hopefully, Mr. Miller will tune in to some of ESPN3’s Season of Champions coverage on his smartphone or tablet using his WatchESPN app. He might find out what the ESPN brass already know – that curling is awesome, and it gets more and more popular every day.

Otherwise, why would they broadcast over 300 hours of it in the next few months?