The Winter 2012 edition of our newsletter, The Extra End, is available for download now. You won’t find it on newsstands, so you’d better just click the picture.
Over the weekend, be sure to check out some of the rare opportunities for us Stateside folks to view some live curling. The Continental Cup is underway — it’s kind of like the Davis Cup in golf — in Langley, British Columbia, and the World Curling Federation is helping to bring TSN’s coverage of the event to an audience outside of Canada. Teams from North America are squaring off against teams comprised of players from the rest of the world.
One event that you may want to keep an eye on is the Mixed Doubles curling. In this event teams of two square off against one another in an event that is quite interesting — once you get past the oddities. Two stones are placed in play prior to the start of each end. The teams then throw 5 stones, with one player throwing the first and last stone of an end, and the other player throwing stones 2, 3 and 4. Each player then sweeps their own stones… it’s something to behold.
The World team is making some news off the ice as well. They have banned their players from indulging in alcohol until the last stone of the cup has been thrown. One reporter from Winnipeg has let it be known that the event in the past has been the “most beer-soaked and philandering curling event” that he’s covered. The Godfather of Kalamazoo curling, and host of The Curling Show, Dean Gemmell, Tweeted about the controversy: “I’m not saying an in-comp booze ban is wrong. But a weird event for it. And I don’t like the inference that curlers always overdo it.” He goes on: “I mean, hockey players?Basketball players? Or skiers? I’m pretty sure those men and women leave a mark on some scenic Alpine villages.”
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Join us from 7 to 9 p.m. on January 20th for on-ice instruction in the wonderful sport of curling. All you need is $10 per person, clean athletic shoes, warm & comfortable clothing (avoid jeans), and the willingness to try something new! It won’t hurt you to bring a friend to share the experience with! Show up by 6:30 for some informal, off-ice instruction and background information. That extra time will help to get you familiar with some of the concepts and terminology BEFORE you get on the ice. If the demand is high enough, the time may be split into two one hour sessions.
If you know for sure that you’d like to join a league, NOW is the time. Our Friday night Winter league will get underway on January 27, but the deadline for signing up is January 13. There is still time for newcomers to SIGN UP this week, get some instruction next week, and enjoy 8 weeks of league play into March. To sign up, click here.