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Ep32: Is Curling Declining in Saskatchewan?

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 the optimism that’s been inspired by Robyn Silvernagle. Editor’s note: 30 minutes after the recording of this podcast, Ryan realized that Brady and Jonathan were saying “Ski-Doo.”

Ep31: Oh No, It’s an Etiquette Episode

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 of the Curling World Cup.

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

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 2 a.m. with a newborn. If you enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review and let your friends know to give us a listen.

Ep29: An Enormous USA Curling Arena Nationals Tribute & Preview

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, please leave a review and tell your friends to check out the show. Good curling to everyone in West Chester!

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

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. Also: Big names at this year’s championship, how mixed doubles grows the sport and how the discipline is evolving now that it’s part of the Olympic program.

Ep27: Recapping the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship

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.

Ep26: Previewing the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship

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:

Ep25: Recapping the 2019 Women’s World Curling Championship

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:

Ep24: Previewing the 2019 Women’s World Curling Championship

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:

Ep23: 2019 Brier & Scotties Recap

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: