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Curling tours partner for the future

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND AND LONDON, CANADA
JUNE 28, 2017

The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 250 championship curling events.

Based in North America since 1992, the WCT has long been the ultimate competition circuit for all high-performance curling teams. Founded in 2005, the Europe-based CCT has grown rapidly and now boasts all the trademarks of traditional WCT events, attracting larger sponsors and delivering professional webstreamed or televised coverage.

Both tours have also recently expanded into the Pacific region, with high-powered curling championships now hosted in China, Korea and Japan.

“This is a great day for the Roaring Game,” said the WCT’s Gerry Geurts from London, Ontario, Canada. “As we begin another Olympic curling season, the official merger of the WCT and CCT into one organization clearly proves, once again, that curling is one of the fastest-growing winter sports in the world.”

“From the beginning, the CCT and WCT have worked closely together,” said CCT’s Armin Harder from Zurich, Switzerland. “CCT events have been incorporated and counted on the Order Of Merit points list. And the CCT’s beginnings have been largely based on the same ideas and principles as that of its close relative tour in North America.

“To the fans it has always seemed like one Tour, but in terms of operations they have been quite different. CCT has found it necessary to take a new business approach in order to face the challenges of forging into new curling markets. Today both organizations officially share that vision, and curling fans will benefit most.”

The combined Tour will bear the name of the World Curling Tour and feature new branding reminiscent of the Curling Champions Tour. A new website at the URL worldcurl.com will be launched shortly.

The World Curling Tour events will now be divided into two categories, a “WCT Masters Series” and a “WCT Challenger Series.” On top of that a “Champions Series” aka “Majors” will be created over the next few years, outside of Canada, to complement the popular Grand Slam of Curling series.

In the past two seasons a CCT World Mixed Doubles Tour has experienced explosive growth and popularity. Now poised to lead the development of more Mixed Doubles events in North America and Asia, the new World Curling Tour can better manage the fastest growing segment of the sport.

Mixed Doubles will make its Olympic debut as a full-medal sport at February’s 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

Additional growth is planned for the Asia-Pacific Curling Tour, an expected World Junior Curling Tour and even a global Tour for Wheelchair Curling, an official Paralympic Games medal sport at Korea next year.

“The World Curling Tour now counts some 250 champion events taking place in 2017-18,” said Geurts. “We will work to increase the amount of streaming and TV coverage worldwide to showcase the Tour and its increasing number of events.”

“We will also continue expanding into new regions in hopes of developing new young teams, and providing them with a place to enjoy the sport and hone their skills,” said Harder. “These new athletes will be the engine for the future growth of our sport.”

For inquiries on the WCT scoring system, World Team Ranking (former OOM), draws and other IT-related matters, please contact Gerry Geurts at: gerry-at-curlingzone-dot-com

For inquiries on WCT Tour development, new events, marketing, sponsorship opportunities, television and internet streaming, please contact Armin Harder at: info-at-curlingchampionstour-dot-org

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Harder leaves SWISSCURLING, ready for new challenges

Armin Harder (left) with National Coach Al Moore and the WWCC Trophy
Armin Harder (left) with National Coach Al Moore and the WWCC Trophy

Armin Harder, the High Performance Director of the Swiss Curling Association, has announced his resignation after eight years of successful involvement with the national association.

“I have enjoyed serving the interests of SWISSCURLING and I know I am leaving with the organization in excellent shape,” said Harder. “The future of Swiss curling is as bright as the present.”

Harder served a total of eight years with SWISSCURLING; two years as a delegate, and six years as Sports Department Chief which included four years as a delegate to the World Curling Federation.

He first made waves by fighting for an open and fair (but challenging) qualification system, thus averting the plan of SWISSCURLING’s then-leaders to embrace a new selection system for the national teams. As the architect of the current system, he completely changed the elite program and introduced a major overhaul of the junior program, which required the hiring of new personnel and budget streamlining to divert more funds to development, coaching and athletes.

The results have been spectacular, as Harder leaves as the most successful High Performance leader in Switzerland’s curling history. Since 2010, a total of 25 medals have been won by SWISSCURLING teams: 14 gold, three silver and eight bronze. Furthermore, gold medals have been won across varied disciplines: Youth Olympic Games, Women’s Worlds, World Mixed Doubles, World Mixed, European Men’s and Women’s, and World Junior Men.

Currently, Swiss Women are ranked No. 1 in the world, only the second time time a country other than Canada has held this position (World Curling Rankings, WCF).

“Armin had a clear vision when he started and six years later we are definitely on a very good path,” said Andreas Schwaller, Head Coach for SWISSCURLING and a 2002 Olympic bronze medallist. “With our system we gave athletes transparency and encouraged them to tour, so they gained experience and became stronger. When Mirjam Ott won the worlds in 2012 and Sven Michel won the 2013 Euros, it was a big message to all Swiss teams, and it made them believe.

“It’s hard to prove, but SCA would never have reached the latest successes without Armin. He will be missed and I wish him nothing but the best.”

“I want to thank the staff at SWISSCURLING for a great eight years,” said Armin Harder. “Also particular thanks to Andi Schwaller, Al Moore and Marco Battilana, as well as my EC members in particular SCA President Louis Moser, whose leadership made all the positive changes even possible. Finally, great thanks to all the athletes, coaches and support staff I have worked with and represented so proudly over the years.”

Harder plans to consider new challenges, but expects to continue his key role with the Curling Champions Tour, which recently announced new championship events taking place in Korea and China.

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Morris announces curling sabbatical – perhaps

No Mo Johnny… unless…

John Morris has spoken.

The finalist from both the Brier and the Canadian Olympic Trials has issued a statement today on his immediate curling future, and here it is:

This ad appears in our April issue

After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided to take a step back from the game of curling next year.

I had the tremendous pleasure of playing with three great, genuine teammates in Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky as we made it farther than I think anyone would have predicted for a team playing its first year together. You were all amazing, as was our coach, Pat Ryan, and our alternates Jody Epp and Jason Gunnlaugson.

I am extremely proud of our squad for what we accomplished, and would like to thank my guys for helping me recover my passion and heart for the game of curling, and for providing me with one of the most memorable years in my career.

I will be taking some time off to pursue an educational course that I’ve been wanting to take for a few years now, as well as to secure a career in the fire service. If our team happens to be awarded the default Team Canada berth at the Brier next year, then I will consider coming back to play a light schedule.

Thank you to all our true fans, friends, sponsors and to all of our families for being there every inch of the way and showing us the support we needed to almost make the improbable happen!

 

[This Team Morris advertisement appears in the April 2014 issue of The Curling News; click on the image to increase viewing size]
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RIP Neil Harrison, Legend of Curling

Joy for life, love of the game

Too young, too soon

By George Karrys

TORONTO – Just back from the amazing spectacle that was the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and I get a call from Peter Steski: Harry has died.

Neil “Harry” Harrison had been in poor health for some time now, and to be frank, the man they called the World’s Greatest Lead – to no dissent, by the way – wasn’t expected to survive much past Christmas in December. This was a bitter pill to swallow, given how well he recovered from his first bout with illness back in early 2007.

However, repeat visits from friends including fellow 1983 world champion teammates Ed “The Wrench” Werenich and Paul Savage – plus curling firefighter buddies like Frank McCourt – clearly lifted his spirits and kept him fighting through to the end of the Games. That’s a great way to think about this tragedy, at any rate.

Harry was the prototype for the perfect team player, and a model to all who aspire to “carry the brooms” for the other three guys (okay, no one aspires to do that). He was also the secret weapon for Savage and Werenich’s pioneering approach to the game, which involved attacking opponents with corner guards, a strategy that shocked opponents who were still following scripture in the curling bible – western Canada’s bang-bang hitting game. Harry zipped his stones behind those guards with a millimetre to spare, every time, always above the tee-line and regardless of the ice conditions.

An artist, rather than a technician? You’re darned right… and Harry was one of the best.

The icing on the Harry curling cake was his joy for life and his sheer love of the sport, and love for his fellow curling men and women. If you couldn’t find him in a crowded Patch or hospitality suite, you just listened for that laugh – a howling cackle – and followed the bursts of laughter that followed. There would be Harry, holding court around a crowded table, standing-room only.

Before his health struggles, Harry was giving back to the game as a coach, and this came after he showed off some serious journo skills as a columnist for the late SWEEP! Magazine. We blogged about one of his columns back in 2008 because Harry, God bless him, really told it like it was.

There will be many, many Harry curling stories told today, tomorrow and in the weeks and months to come, for his passing is sure to cause emotional tremors just like those that occurred last year, when his good friend Shorty Jenkins took his pebble can into the skies.

And just as we did then, we invite one and all to type away below this space, in the Comments section, and tell us your stories involving Harry. These are stories that deserve to be told and remembered among all those who love The Roaring Game.

We miss you already, Harry.

[Graphic by George Elliott courtesy of Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame. Used by permission.]

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Sochi 2014: Outside the Ice Cube

Extended curling family tales

by Mike McEwen

The cute couple, oot and aboot

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Curling takes up a big part of the Olympics. In fact, it’s a competition that spans 12 days… starting three days after opening ceremonies and ending only two days before the closing! That means a lot of our time is spent inside the Olympic Park, Canada Olympic House and consumed along the transportation routes within the Adler and Sochi areas. Unless you like Khosta (north along the coast from Adler), where taking the wrong bus home will take you there.

Sorry to those who followed my lead that night… oops!

However, we’ve actually been able to experience a heck of a lot outside of the Ice Cube (curling venue) and a significant portion, I’m delighted to say, with Team Jennifer Jones. Speaking of ice cubes, it’s a make-your-own-ice kind of world here (don’t worry, we’re surviving)!

I initially thought the Team Canada curling ladies could be on “lockdown” so I’m glad we get to do some of this stuff together. Canada Olympic House is a great place to hang out with the added bonus of a dedicated concierge for purchasing tickets – because beer, food, and snacks are not enough! As well, lucky family and friends sometimes snag last minute freebie event tickets should you be lounging around at the right times!

Zzzzzz… sort of

Quality lounging and napping? See the Team Jacobs girls in the photo at left (I warned ’em this was coming!)…

We’ve managed to hit up a few hockey games, some of us taking in all three of the Canadian men’s hockey round-robin games. The girls joined us for the Canada vs Finland game, and because of them I’m sure the cameras found us in the crowd!

Despite how good our seats were, don’t you think Anil Mungal, curling’s photog superstar, has the best seat? (third pic).

Last night, Trevor Wall and I escaped quickly after the awkward Canada/Korea curling handshakes. And I say awkward because there was a significant delay before shaking, when Korea was down five with one end to go and looked to be playing until they were run out of rocks! I actually think they might of been unsure whether they could concede early or not. Gotta love curling for being able to say “I’m beat” and ready to throw in the towel!

So, Trevor and I caught the last two periods of the women’s hockey semifinals, Canada vs. Switzerland. How good was the Swiss goalie to keep that one close (3-1)… impressive! Thanks also to the friendly Americans who stopped by COH to see if anyone would like to accompany them that night!

(How’d he get that spot?! – Ed.)

On one of the many warm sunny days we’ve had here in Sochi, we hopped on the train up to the mountains. On the one hour smooth ride up you get an appreciation for the amount of money sunk into roadworkand other infrastructure… a highway up to the mountain cluster, pretty much all bridged – suspended – in the air. Seriously. There’s eight of your $52 billion right there!

Met up with Team Jones, did a quick tour of the Rosa Khutor mountain village, and stopped in at a smaller version of COH for the mountain cluster. Two long streets of shops, restaurants, hotels, and cafes line the Mzymta River. Pretty unbelievable what they’ve built up here… now they just need the snow! So, to get to some of that white stuff, we needed to climb higher…

We hopped on a gondola ride up the mountain and then had a decent-sized hike to the Extreme Park. Not really an easy jaunt! A lot of stairs, slush, and loose rock paths and that meant another day of sore calves and feet the following day. The husbands (myself, Brent, Devlin and Trevor) stayed for many hours and caught most of the snowboard half-pipe action. Except for Brent… we’ll go with “he was cold” or something and left early… haha!

I take lots of front end pics, eh?

Next up for us “off” the curling beat? Well, it was tiebreaker day and none to speak of in the women’s bracket. Somewhat surprising that 5-4 got you straight into the playoffs, don’t you think?

Haven’t yet seen the shot GBR’s David Murdoch made to beat The Pants in the sole men’s tiebreaker, but I hear it was a beauty (and here you go – Ed.)

Three days of exciting curling playoff action is coming up, along with a few tickets to the last day of short-track speed skating.

Today, all of the Team Canada curling supporters have a chill day off. Many will probably be walking the Adler boardwalk, stop for a scenic bevy along the Black Sea (if you’re lucky, see some dolphins swimming… or unlucky and catch a big man in a little suit taking a cold dip) and get some souvenir shopping done. Among other things.

Also, I simply cannot forget tonight’s birthday dinner for my mother-in-law, Jane Askin… Happy Birthday!!!

[Photos by Mike McEwen – click on images to increase size]

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Vegas 2014: An amazing curling sight

4,300 watch Mixed Doubles curling. In Vegas.

by Sam Corea

Amazing scenes – they’re curling in Las Vegas!

LAS VEGAS – Okay, I’ll admit it… this isn’t my first visit to Vegas. In fact, I am sort of a Vegas veteran. But this is definitely the first time I’ve seen the Roaring Game played in the desert.

A few years ago, sport folks in Nevada and California had an idea that curling may be a good fit for the land of casinos, showgirls and mega buffets. Even earlier than that, U.S. curling honchos were thinking the same thing.

After all, it had been a while – some 15 years-plus – since the first-ever Vegas curling venture (see our November 2012 print edition).

Anyway, both groups took a gamble and voila, here we have the 10th edition of the Continental Cup of Curling, contested in the 5,000-seat Orleans Arena.

The unique event features six teams from Canada and the U.S.A. (Team North America) competing against six World teams (from Scotland/GBR, Sweden, Norway and Japan) in various formats including traditional curling, mixed doubles, singles and both skins and mixed skins play.

Adding to the uniqueness of this particular event is that it is a partial preview of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next month; nine out of the 12 teams here will be going for Olympic gold.

‘Nuff said!

Last year, event organizers were happy with the sale of 500 event passes. That figure has jumped to about 3,400, with about 80 per cent of tickets snapped up by Canadians.

The place is filled, the fans are rocking, and it’s wild stuff.

“Obviously, we’re delighted with ticket sales and delighted with the Canadian fans who have come down to the desert in the heart of a really bad winter,” said local organizing committee co-chair Anne Warner Cribbs. “I think it’s great for curling as a sport and it’s great for curling in the U.S.”

Cribbs, by the way, won a gold medal in swimming for Team U.S.A. at the 1960 Olympic Games.

My plan to come to Vegas for this event was formulated over the past year. Once we heard that curling was coming to Vegas, the talk at the Vancouver Curling Club (where I used to curl before moving to Toronto last fall) questioned how the sport would work as a showcase event in the ultimate showcase town of Sin City.

Well, we found out during Thursday night’s draw – I’m here with former Van teammates – that curling is working out just fine, thank you, and it’s doing so just a few blocks away from the glittering lights and marquees of the Vegas Strip.

The 1960 Olympian hard at work

Most of the fans are knowledgeable and applaud the great shots (from both teams), although I did hear someone in the stands behind me ask the ultimate novice question: “Why are they sweeping the ice?”

In the concourse there are some curling table-top activities. One thing I noticed about the merchandise – it’s selling fast!

As for the athletes, Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones said, “I think it’s great for curling to have it in such a big city like Las Vegas, and any exposure we can get is fantastic.”

Debbie McCormick of Rio, Wisconsin said “The crowds here are great and it’s great training for us heading into Sochi. It is just so much fun playing in this atmosphere.”

I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend, which also includes something called the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) “Road to Sochi” event.

For more on how the news of this event exploded onto the curling scene last fall, check out this archived blog post from October 2013, which features a great photo montage of Niklas Edin plus the requisite Hangover film reference!

[Top photo by Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative – click on images to increase viewing size]

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Winnipeg 2013: Olympic Team Jacobs

Our team can beat up your team(s)

by George Karrys

WINNIPEG – What a show in Winterpeg. Great crowds, great curling, and two great champions headed to Sochi – no doot aboot it.

Team Brad Jacobs never lost a game

It was a tough week for many on the ice, and for some off-ice, too.

Our blogstar Colin Hodgson lost his hair, although that was long overdue – and charity was the beneficial end game.

Good buddy Geurtez of CurlingZone went to the hospital for a test, just to ensure he’s going to make it past seven odd weeks of curling travels. Slow down, fella.

And new CCA communications boss Al Cameron probably lost his mind over the Ron Burgundy chaos, and that was just to start the week.

We think our Photo Editor made it home alive, but we haven’t debriefed with him yet.

As Hodgy hinted, be sure to check out the upcoming January issue of The Curling News for amazing behind-the-scenes stuff you didn’t see on television, plus our predictions moving forward, as we ramp up our all-star coverage of curling at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. You can subscribe here.

[The Curling News photo copyright ® by Anil Mungal – click on image to increase viewing size]

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Winnipeg 2013: Olympic Team Jones

Quick bursts from women’s final

by Colin Hodgson

First the on ice celly…

WINNIPEG – I’ve been doing triple duty this week in the ‘Peg, and although my head feels many pounds lighter, it’s tough to continue emoting in written prose. Everything else these days come in quick digital bursts – 140 character-tweets, live score comments, etc.

So here’s a Quick Digital Burst-like summary of the 2013 Canadian Olympic Trials women’s final. For all kinds of gorgeous written prose, be sure to devour the upcoming January print edition of The Curling News by clicking on the SUBSCRIBE tab above.

• Crowd is obviously behind hometown skip Jennifer Jones and her team. Call me Captain Obvious.

Sherry Middaugh drew in on her first stone, of course, but Jones didn’t hit it. She froze. Not bad. Didn’t work out but second Jill Officer was there for the triple.

• Jones’ shot for three was freaking ape**it in the hurr. [Er, we don’t know what any of that means – Ed.]

• Sorry, Ed.

• Jones really does need to work on her celebrations, though. Maybe a School of #celly instructed by Brad Jacobs? If he wins this afternoon’s men’s final versus John Morris, the two of them will be spending some time together over the next three months…

• Middaugh not sharp early. Making unforced errors to lighten the load on JJ.

• The arena music at the break was ridiculous, with the MTS Centre turned into a German discotek club. Hell of a subwoofer they have here. I was contemplating doing The Windmill and The Worm on the bench.

• Jones made a strange call in the fifth end, against three she decided to hit instead of draw. Front end changed the call, to the delightful cheering of the crowd. Pretty comical.

• Middaugh gets fortunate for a deuce in sixth end. Can’t believe they measured. Good thing they measured the yellow first before the red or else they would have broken the dial.

• Crowd went from silent to losing their minds during the measurement. I thought the umpire was going to have a heart attack.

• When it rains it pours. In the ninth end, Leigh Armstrong‘s guard picked and stopped halfway down the sheet. My Lord, what timing.

… then the podium!

• Time out on her last in the ninth? Seriously?

• 10th end is one long celebration because of the improbability of a four-ender. Jones has been smiling for a few end in a row now. That will either infuriate her haters, or melt their hardened hearts.

• Crowd is smart and cheered at the right times. Especially for the losing teams. Great reception for Middaugh and third-place finishers Team  Rachel Homan.

• Sherry very classy in defeat. Heck, she’s been classy her entire career. Obviously it wasn’t her day but she gave the volunteers and media the time of day, even on her worst.

• Amazing to be here to experience the excitement of the Olympic Trials. Heartbreak and despair contrasting joy and celebration – both on display simultaneously. Such a chilling thing.

[CCA photos copyright ® by Michael Burns – click on images to increase viewing size]

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Winnipeg 2013: Sitting with Sven

Get your mitts off my gloves

by Colin Hodgson

Jacobs is all fired up for The Bear

WINNIPEG – Eight teams, three playoff spots, one champion.

The Phone Booth (MTS Centre) here in the downtown core is becoming quite the pressure cooker. As the week presses on, the playoff teams are becoming more and more focussed and the pressure to not miss out – well, that is now monumental.

You can see it on faces and hear it in their voices. Urgent cries of motivation hint at the level of desperation going through the minds of the competitors at the Roar of the Rings. After all, this is the make or break event, the culmination of years of hard work and countless hours of preparation.

New kids on the block Team Brad Jacobs are taking it in stride, off to a perfect 5-0 record. I’m not sure they feed off the crowd intensity or cause it – probably both – but it’s great to see Jacobs and Co. share their agony after misses as well as the thrill of the big makes with curling fans. They seem to have a symbiotic relationship with the spectators.

Does this team have the cajones to win a throw-down with The Bear, Kevin Martin, on his own turf? Martin is the defending Trials and Olympic champion, after all, and he’ll bring a calm, veteran discipline and experience to this challenge of youthful intensity.

I will be glad to be in the building for this heavyweight horn-lock, tonight at 6:30pm Central time. The winner goes straight into Sunday’s men’s final to take a shot at representing Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Meanwhile, the loser still has some work to do.

Other thoughts:

• I spent some time in the stands last night, and those fans were intensely pro-Jennifer Jones. Half the crowd left (briefly) during that game’s fifth-end break while the other three sheets were still in play; I had to ask people in people in front of us to sit down and stop blocking our view.

• Jones is into the women’s final at 5-1, while Rachel Homan – who missed a simple draw to beat Jones – is at 3-3 with a few others. And I notice I just wrote “simple draw”… but there’s nothing simple at the Canadian Olympic Trials.

• Jonesy had missed a few opportunities to end that game early.

• I have a pair of the limited-edition CCA gloves and 3,495 people have tried to steal them.

Chelsea Carey is now at 4-2 and seems to be gaining momentum and confidence. Another plus for these ‘Toba fans. If Carey makes it to the final, this place might explode.

Big, happy Swiss guys are here. Soon, they will be Olympians

• The seats here at the MTS Centre are super-small. And the Swiss guys I was sitting with are huge – they looked like praying mantises crammed into their spaces. I’m talking about Team Sven Michel, the new European men’s champions who are also heading to Sochi for the Olympics in February.

• Here are some awesome flash quotes from the Svenner. His team are kind of a big deal here. They were approached and congratulated all day yesterday by Swiss-Canadians, plus a few savvy purebreds who know their curling:

This event is crazy. It’s the biggest event we’ve ever seen. So many people are here. It’s unbelievable. If we were to do this in Switzerland we may have 100 people show up. Including coaches.

We are hoping (this) many people can come out for the Olympics in Russia. The ice conditions will be similar and great. We just hope to get these kinds of crowds.

Everybody in Switzerland is jealous of us right now, that we can come here to watch. They have playdowns this week. We are happy to be here instead.

[The Curling News photos copyright ® by Anil Mungal. Click on images to increase viewing size]

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Winnipeg 2013: Game of the week

Jacobs versus Morris is bigger than you know

by George Karrys

“They all want us to lose, right?”   “That’s right.”

At 2:30pm ET today, less than an hour from this time of posting, defending Brier champ and world silverado Brad Jacobs (4-0) takes on defending Olympic champion third John Morris John Morris (3-1) at the Canadian Olympic Trials.

You should know the storylines.

Both came out of the last-gasp Trials qualifier in Kitchener a couple of weeks ago.

Both are in the top men’s three, and there are only three teams that will make the playoffs.

Both squads scream youth and vitality, and represent a continuing and definitive changing of the guard from the legendary Kevin Martin – Glenn Howard – Jeff Stoughton power trio.

Three of these eight guys – Jacobs, his second E.J. Harnden and Morris – are super-hunk models in the hottest curling product in the world right now, the 2014 Men of Curling Calendar.

Morris, the veteran, has been filling the curling souls of his British Columbia teammates with unprecedented confidence.

Jacobs’ 2012 lineup changes – Ryan Fry in from Newfoundland to play third, Harnden now at second – have driven the Soo squad into the stratosphere.

This should be a great show, which Canadian fans can watch live on TSN. But there is far more at play here, enough to arguably make this clash the official Game Of The Week… even acknowledging the upcoming Martin/Morris tilt in the final round-robin draw.

If Morris loses, a number of things happen:

• Jacobs is guaranteed a spot in any tiebreakers or the semifinal…

• The fallen titans of last night’s heartbreakers, Howard and Stoughton, are still alive…

• Even Kevin Koe, 0-4 and widely written off with Olympic dreams dashed, ain’t out of it.

Now just let that sink in for a moment.

Oh, my. Oh, my.

[The Curling News photo copyright ® by Anil Mungal – click on image to increase viewing size]