You’ve got to be kidding me

After I read Jim Bender’s piece in the Winnipeg Sun about the match between the Jill Thurston and Janet Harvey rinks in the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Monsanto, I was irritated. With Team Thurston leading 4-3 after just five ends, the two teams quit the match.

Granted, neither was in playoff contention, causing some to call it a “meaningless” match. But was it really meaningless? People pay money for tickets to these matches. Couldn’t these teams give the fans the show that they paid for?

Seriously, if teams in other sports could quit games prematurely after they’re hopelessly out of playoff contention, the Chicago Cubs would never play another nine-inning baseball game past the month of July. Of course, we shouldn’t be too harsh to the Scrubs: Any team can have a bad century.

But I digress.

One of the things that I like about curling is that when the game is getting out of hand, the two teams are allowed to shake hands and put the losing team out of its misery. A 1-point contest that’s just halfway done is not one of the times when this is appropriate.

Maybe a rule change is needed. Maybe not. Adults should know the difference between a 1-point barnburner and an exercise in futility.

Sixteen teams were in the 2015 Manitoba Scotties. That’s 64 women total … from the entire province. It’s a privilege to participate.

It’s too bad that not everyone recognizes that.

Where to watch curling this week and weekend

Curling Night in America begins this weekend with NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports Network providing coverage of the U.S. Curling Grand Prix. The full schedule is here.

Also, the U.S. Junior National Championships continue until Saturday. The live webstream of that action can be found by clicking here, courtesy of USA Curling.

Finally, Rogers TV is providing coverage of the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. That schedule is available by clicking here.

Headlines – Jan. 19, 2015

Curling Headlines for Monday, January 19th

  • Kenora gears up for the Travelers Men’s Northern Ontario Provincial Championships.

Where to watch curling this weekend

The USA Junior National Championships begin this weekend in Devils Lake, North Dakota. USA Curling has a live webstream you can access by clicking here. The action begins Saturday night at 8:00 PM EST. You can also follow the scoring, courtesy of CurlingZone and USA Curling, by clicking here.

Also, the Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game will be on ESPN3 and TSN this weekend. The action begins at 8:00 PM EST on Friday. You can check ESPN3’s schedule for Friday here. Saturday’s schedule is here, and Sunday’s is here.

So, get your snacks ready, sink into your comfy chair, and be sure to watch great curling action all weekend long!

The media loves curling. Seriously.

The media loves curling. It just doesn’t realize it yet.

How do I know this? Take a look at some recent headlines from media juggernauts ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Huffington Post.

Now, if you click on the links to read the stories, some of the writers mention their limited knowledge of curling. But that’s ok. They seem to appreciate good work.

But take another look at the headlines themselves. And the dates. Over a 10-week span, writers from ESPN and Huffington Post witnessed shots that were either definitely the best or just about the best that they had ever seen.

Wow. That much awesome in just 10 weeks?

Imagine if they watched the Roaring Game regularly. Who knows what would happen then.

ESPN3 and TSN to broadcast Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game

American curling fans can watch the Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game on ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app. The event goes from Friday, January 16 – Sunday, January 18. View ESPN3’s broadcast schedule each day by clicking on the dates below:

Canadian viewers can watch the action on TSN. TSN’s broadcast schedule is here.