Team VPN and News from Around the Curling World

First up we review women’s worlds, the slams and men’s worlds and learn why Jonathan has started calling Russia “Team VPN.” This leads to debates about live streams, Olympic expansion and rugby codes. Then we give quick previews of mixed doubles worlds and US nationals. Finally, we have curling news from Lithuania to LA and points in between.

2021 World Women’s Curling Championship Preview

Get ready for the 2021 World Women’s Curling Championship with our in-depth preview. We go team-by-team and give you what to watch for during the tournament. Plus, we get to know three of the teams thanks to interviews with China’s coach, Marco Mariani, Japan’s coach, Connor Njegovan, and Korea’s coach, Lim Myung-sup.

Estonian Curling with Fred Randver of Curling Tallinn
Danish Curling with President Henrik Christoffersen
Korea’s Team Kim with Coach Peter Gallant and Consultant Melvin Lee
USA Curling with CEO Jeff Plush

Exploring Ed Lukowich’s Sci-Fi Novel, The Trillionist, with Andrew Heaton

And now for something completely different. We dive into Canadian curling champion Ed Lukowich’s sci-fi novel, The Trillionist and Ed’s Trillion Theory. Joining us to explore the concepts in the novel is Andrew Heaton. Heaton is a comedian, author, political satirist and host of the sci-fi podcast “Alienating the Audience.”

Trillion Theory
Andrew Heaton
Andrew on Twitter

Run it Back: 2009 World Men’s Curling Championship Final w/ Kerr Alexander

“Run it Back” is our continuing series looking at important games from curling’s Olympic age. In this edition, we talk to Actual Scotsman Kerr Alexander about the 2009 men’s Worlds final between David Murdoch and Kevin Martin. This game includes the most infamous strategic decision in curling history. Other Topics: Scottish sporting shortcomings, acoustic guitar bros, Moncton.

Full game replay

2021 World Men’s Curling Championship Preview

We have all you need to know for the 2021 World Men’s Curling Championship. First, we preview each team, including an interview with China’s coach, Sören Grahn. Then, we break the teams down into tiers and discuss the possible scenarios that will impact qualification for the 2022 Olympic Games. As many as six teams will punch their ticket to the Olympics so there is a lot on the line in Calgary.

Worlds TV Schedule
Our Interview with Danish Skip Mads Nørgaard
USA Curling CEO Jeff Plush
Inside the Calgary Bubble with Amanda Gates

How effective is your curling club’s onboarding?

Previously, we discussed how to utilize inexpensive marketing efforts to bring people into our curling organizations and then how to convert them into new curlers. Now, we’ll focus on what I would consider the most important aspect of new curler recruitment: Welcoming and onboarding new curlers into curling leagues.

We noted the importance of turning current curlers into boosters and enthusiasts when we discussed the concept of the curling sales funnel. The effectiveness of new curler onboarding goes a long way to determining not only if your new curlers will feel committed and connected to your organization, but if they’ll be retained at all.

Continue reading How effective is your curling club’s onboarding?

How to Watch the Brier and Scotties in the United States


How do you watch the Tim Horton’s Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts in the United States? What’s the difference between ESPN+ and ESPN3? We have the answers for you in this brief video explainer. The answer is that if you’re viewing this webpage in the U.S. you very likely have access to live streams of the Brier and the Scotties. If you enjoyed this content, consider checking out our podcast episodes!