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Curious Cdn
#31
Quote: Originally Posted by LudlowView Post

Fukkin sot.

No, that's "fukkin' shot" but that's essentially what curling is about.
 
Cannuck
#32
At this point it's just us and our competition buying each other tequila shots. The least drunk will win
 
Curious Cdn
#33
The "hammer rock", eh?
 
Hoof Hearted
#34
Cannuck,

Did you win?
 
Blackleaf
+1
#35
Curling stones are made from bits of Ailsa Craig.

 
Mowich
#36
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Curling is a great game. I'm hammered.

Reading your posts about your game, I gather you play in a beer league, Cannuck. Unlike you and your pals, there are serious dedicated Canadian curlers - heck I am watching the Manitoba play-downs right now - Mike McEwen looks to be advancing to the finals. Canada has contributed a lot to the game. Players from all over the world come here to play with our teams to gain experience in the sport and compete with top level players.

Canada leads the World with 35 Gold, 9 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. Sweden is next with 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze. As you can see there are curlers in Canada who take the game very seriously. They are fit, skilled, and highly competitive.

You won't find a single ounce of fat on these guys, Cannuck - and they are representative of the fitness level Canadian teams have embraced in order to be the best in the world.




Hope you had fun, Cannuck - its a great game.
 
Hoof Hearted
#37
I get a kick out of how dressed up the Curlers are in their endorsement gear. They look like NASCAR drivers playing a game which is basically an adult version of Marbles. Not exactly death-defying stuff.
 
Curious Cdn
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#38
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof HeartedView Post

I get a kick out of how dressed up the Curlers are in their endorsement gear. They look like NASCAR drivers playing a game which is basically an adult version of Marbles. Not exactly death-defying stuff.

They look damned fit, to me. No beer bellies, there ...maybe a six pack or two.
 
Kreskin
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#39
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof HeartedView Post

I get a kick out of how dressed up the Curlers are in their endorsement gear. They look like NASCAR drivers playing a game which is basically an adult version of Marbles. Not exactly death-defying stuff.

These guys would kick the snot out of anyone in NASCAR.
 
Mowich
#40
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof HeartedView Post

I get a kick out of how dressed up the Curlers are in their endorsement gear. They look like NASCAR drivers playing a game which is basically an adult version of Marbles. Not exactly death-defying stuff.

LOL! Been awhile since you threw a rock, eh HH? You obviously haven't a clue how skilled the game of curling is when it comes to the Provincial finals, the Brier, the Scotties or any of the Grand Slams - a game of adult marbles it ain't.

Without sponsors, teams would not be able to travel and compete at the highest levels in order to gain a spot in the Worlds or the Olympics. Canada holds the record for the most medals in both the Worlds and the Olympics and they didn't get there without hard work, dedication and the help of sponsors. BTW, that applies to both Canadian Men and Women's teams.

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

They look damned fit, to me. No beer bellies, there ...maybe a six pack or two.

The majority of Canadian curlers are in top shape these days, CC otherwise they would not be competitive.

Team McEwen


 
Hoof Hearted
#41
It's the 10,000 hour principle...

Curling, darts, billiards, poker...put in enough time and you'll do alright at the game.
 
Curious Cdn
#42
Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

LOL! Been awhile since you threw a rock, eh HH? You obviously haven't a clue how skilled the game of curling is when it comes to the Provincial finals, the Brier, the Scotties or any of the Grand Slams - a game of adult marbles it ain't.

Without sponsors, teams would not be able to travel and compete at the highest levels in order to gain a spot in the Worlds or the Olympics. Canada holds the record for the most medals in both the Worlds and the Olympics and they didn't get there without hard work, dedication and the help of sponsors. BTW, that applies to both Canadian Men and Women's teams.



The majority of Canadian curlers are in top shape these days, CC otherwise they would not be competitive.

Team McEwen


It IS an Olympic sport, after all.
 
Hoof Hearted
#43
Curlers aren't athletes. Ed (the wrench) Werenich is in the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and he was an overweight, beer-swilling retired firefighter.
 
Curious Cdn
+1
#44
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof HeartedView Post

Curlers aren't athletes. Ed (the wrench) Werenich is in the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and he was an overweight, beer-swilling retired firefighter.

Times change. The bar is raised.

Guy LaFleur used to smoke a pack of Export"A"s during every game.
 
Hoof Hearted
#45
I bet to a man, every Curler would rather have played in the NHL than win a Brier.

I appreciate the skill level of Curling, but it's a default game. Are Darts Champions athletes? No.
 
Curious Cdn
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#46
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof HeartedView Post

I bet to a man, every Curler would rather have played in the NHL than win a Brier.

I appreciate the skill level of Curling, but it's a default game. Are Darts Champions athletes? No.

Lots of people look at Baseball, that way.
 
Cannuck
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#47
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof HeartedView Post

Cannuck,

Did you win?

No. The other team cheated. We were doing tequila shots during the game and they refused. 9-7 final but it was a fun 3 days
 
Mowich
#48
Rachel Homan overwhelms foes at Scotties, engrosses Ontario teammates with ‘amazing sense of humour’



ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — If you’ve tuned in to any Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling coverage this decade, and more specifically this week, you may have considered Rachel Homan’s serious demeanour.

The Ontario skip’s athletic persona seems so stern. So steely. So stoic. Some folks extrapolate and believe the 27-year-old must be that way away from the rink, too.

They would be wrong.

“People have no idea that she is probably one of the funniest people you will ever meet,” Team Ontario’s first-year coach Adam Kingsbury said.

So, too, say her teammates.

We’ve all seen Homan’s blazing blue eyes burn holes through the stones she stares down from 40 yards away, as she explodes out of the hack — crouched low, sliding statue-still — to destroy the latest faint hope for victory a rival team offers up at the other end.




Homan’s uncloaked, rare, transcendent competitiveness has already placed two Scotties championship trophies (2013, 2014) and world championship bronze and silver medals on her mantle. And it has propelled her rink to an 9-0 start this year.

That in-game intensity belies a compelling aspect of her introverted personality — one that few people outside of her family and close friends know about.

“Rachel is the funniest person on the team,” said Ontario’s lead, 31-year-old Lisa Weagle. “Really. I just think she has an amazing sense of humour.”

Third Emma Miskew, 28, has been best friends with Homan since they were five years old, growing up in Ottawa. Miskew is well aware of Homan’s reputation.

“Everyone always says, ‘Oh, she’s so serious.’ Or, ‘She needs to smile more,’” Miskew said. “And we’re like, ‘If you only knew!’ Because she really has quite a sense of humour.”




Weagle hasn’t known Homan as long as Miskew, but rooms with the skip on the road. At long tournaments such as this, Weagle is with her basically 24/7.

“Rachel is actually very warm, really funny and one of my best friends,” Weagle said. “We have a ton of laughs together. A lot of our time on the road is spent watching funny videos or stuff on YouTube — just trying to keep it light and have a few laughs, because out here (on the rink during the Scotties), it’s stressful.

“It’s a long week. There’s a lot of pressure on all of us, but in particular on her. So I think that’s a good way for all of us to ease some tension.”

For her part, Homan agrees with her teammates, insofar as she’s not ever-serious. But in what specific ways? She wouldn’t tip her Joker cards.

“It’s just stuff you don’t see on TV,” Homan said.

OK, but does her reputation bother her? Homan paused a moment.

“Um, I mean … it’s whatever anyone wants to think of me.”

Homan then defended her on-ice demeanour, even though it was unnecessary to do so.

“I’m probably the one on the team that cracks the most jokes and gets people to laugh,” she said. “But when the team is looking to me to make the next big (shot), it’s not a time to be joking around and laughing. There’s a lot on the line, and we’ve all put in way too much for me to be cracking jokes in the middle of my throw.

“So absolutely, I’m going to be 100 per cent business when it’s time to be. And as soon as we have that three-minute break or whatever, we’re trying to lighten it up and joke with each other and take that mental break that you need. You can’t focus for six hours.

“So we try to take it lighthearted and joke around as much as possible, but when it comes down to the throws — it’s not the time to be doing that.”

So she can be funny. But how exactly does Homan amuse? Is her brand of humour silly? Pranky? Punny? Topical? Raw?

None of those. Her team described it as follows.

Weagle, the lead: “Dry. Very dry.”

Kingsbury, the coach: “She is incredibly observant and will catch you on anything. So you have to be sharp. Always.”




Miskew, the third: “It’s not really pranky. We don’t constantly prank each other, or anything like that. She just picks up on details, and her delivery is everything, in a funny way. I could say the same thing and it wouldn’t be funny. She does and it’s hilarious. A little bit of sarcasm here and there. We all have a pretty good sense of humour.”

Cheryl Kreviazuk, the alternate, who has known Homan since childhood: “It’s a deadpan. Dry, sarcastic. And she’s very, very quick-witted. It’s not mean, just funny. She’ll still have a straight face when she says a joke, and you kind of look at her. And then she’s got this little smirk and you’re like, ‘Oh-oh — gotcha there.’ She’s so quick.”

Joanne Courtney, the second, might have explained the root of Homan’s humour best: “When I joined the team (three years ago), she was the most supportive, the most nurturing and always the most lighthearted. The jokester. She’s always cracking jokes, and they’re not mean-spirited at all. Her one-liners, especially, are great. She’s a bit of an introvert, though. Once you warm up to her a little bit, she’s pretty hilarious.”

Homan’s humour is seldom calculated, her teammates say. Usually just spontaneous.

“Like yesterday,” Courtney said Wednesday. “We were in the middle of our pre-game practice, and this arena musician (Anderson Phillips) was playing some kind of Caribbean tune, and all of a sudden he started playing a (Justin) Bieber song. And Emma wanted to know what specific turn Rachel wanted her to throw in practice.

“And Rachel was just sitting there, bobbing along to the music, and just smiling back at Emma. We all laughed and just went, ‘Whatever, Rachel.’

“And you can’t get much past her. If you say something silly, she’s going to catch it, and you’re going to get made fun of.”

These are high-performance athletes, after all. So Homan’s teammates don’t exactly need encouragement to dish it back as well as take it. Even if that’s often to no avail.

“We all enjoy it, but none of us can deliver it like she can,” Miskew said.

Maybe only in that way is Homan the same off the ice.

Rachel Homan overwhelms foes at Scotties, engrosses Ontario teammates with ‘amazing sense of humour’ | National Post

Rachel hasn't dropped below 98% completion rate on her shots for the entire Scotties so far and just helped her team to their 10th win. The team is alone at the top of the standings.
 
Mokkajava
+1
#49
I don't usually root for Ontario teams in any sport... but I have mad admiration for Rachel Homan. She is a great representative for our country in Curling!
Hope she takes the tournament
 
Mowich
#50
Quote: Originally Posted by MokkajavaView Post

I don't usually root for Ontario teams in any sport... but I have mad admiration for Rachel Homan. She is a great representative for our country in Curling!
Hope she takes the tournament

I've followed Rachel and the ladies since they won their first juniors, Mokka. They've had a few stumbles in some of the draws so far in the Scotties, but have always come out on top in the end. I would like to see them go all the way too but realize that they have some stiff competition and will have to stay on top of their game all the way.

I admire all the teams in the tournament but would truly love to see Team Canada unseated - not at all a fan of Carey.
 
Hoof Hearted
#51
N. Ontario up 7-0 over Team Canada! Rachel plays the winner tonight!
 
Curious Cdn
#52
Quote: Originally Posted by MokkajavaView Post

I don't usually root for Ontario teams in any sport...

Why would that be?
 
Mokkajava
#53
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

Why would that be?

I'm Western Canadian mate... innit.

We intuitively do not root for the east
 
Curious Cdn
+1
#54
Quote: Originally Posted by MokkajavaView Post

I'm Western Canadian mate... innit.

We intuitively do not root for the east

I'm not from Ontario, myself. My mother was. My father was from Saskatchewan. I like teams from all across the country, myself and disliking a region because you don't live there is a little kooky.
 
Mokkajava
#55
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

I'm not from Ontario, myself. My mother was. My father was from Saskatchewan. I like teams from all across the country, myself and disliking a region because you don't live there is a little kooky.

Well then I am kooky as is most of Canada and the world I dare say...since it happens all the time with sports fans.

We are talking sports here... I thought that was clear by the curling thread title and the sports section.
 
Mowich
#56
Rachel and the ladies came storming back in the semi-final last night to beat N Ontario and advance to the final against Team Manitoba tonight. The ladies got 4 in the 2nd after blanking the first and never looked back. Northern Ont was just that little bit off their game and Ont was just that little bit better tonight.

Team Canada - aka Carey and crew were defeated in the 3-4 page play-off and will try for the Bronze this afternoon. This mean that a new Team Canada will emerge tonight after the final rock is thrown. I am so hoping they will be awarded to Team Homan.

Go Ladies, Go.
 
Mokkajava
+1
#57
Come through Homan!
 
Kreskin
+1
#58
Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

Rachel and the ladies came storming back in the semi-final last night to beat N Ontario and advance to the final against Team Manitoba tonight. The ladies got 4 in the 2nd after blanking the first and never looked back. Northern Ont was just that little bit off their game and Ont was just that little bit better tonight.

Team Canada - aka Carey and crew were defeated in the 3-4 page play-off and will try for the Bronze this afternoon. This mean that a new Team Canada will emerge tonight after the final rock is thrown. I am so hoping they will be awarded to Team Homan.

Go Ladies, Go.

Two best teams in the final.
 
Mowich
#59
The former Team Canada, skipped by Chelsea Carey beat Northern Ontario to win the Bronze Medal this afternoon.
 
Mowich
+1
#60
Team Homan are the Scotties Gold Medal Champs!!

And now they have the honor of doning the Team Canada jerseys and will represent Canada in the World Curling Championship. Well done Team Homan, well done ladies and kudos to Team Manitoba for a wonderful game. Yee Haw!!


This is the 3rd time Team Homan has won the Scotties and with this win, Rachel becomes the youngest skip to ever do so.
 

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