A whole new curling world

Author:
Publish date:
Image placeholder title

VERNON – Quite a show, that Worlds was (CCA photo by Michael Burns – click to enlarge).

Once again, as we declared following Canada’s championship, the women of curling put on a fine show. Play was generally aggressive and miles ahead of what we saw even a year ago. And if China were half as aggressive in the final as they had been during the week, they just might have gone all the way.

But there is nothing to take away from the new world champions. Rarely has the curling world seen a display of gutsy, never-say-die performance... and not over just one nine-day tournament, but two.

But the real story was China and Japan, and what lies ahead for the future. As WCF President Les Harrisonopined a couple of days ago:

“Regardless of how this championship develops, the world curling landscape has been redefined, possibly forever. What we have seen this week confirms the global growth of our sport, certainly at the high-performance level.

“China was the number one team all week. Japan is in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Canada lost twice, the U.S. is out and Scotland was knocked out very early.

“It’s a whole new world of curling out there.”

Here’s a few links to wrap up the Ford Worlds, starting with Jim Bender and moving to Paul Wiecek, and then not just one but two from Cookie Gilchrist... to this Canwest cleanup, which includes updates on the Scottish mayhem and the good-news ending to the bad-news theft ... plus, TV ratings in Canada were big, and now wonder... the Prime Minister was watching, too!

Oh, and ya just gotta love Bingyu ...

And more ...

• Here’s yet another anti-CBC, pro-TSN curling complainer – of course, TSN doesn’t run commercials, right?

• Upon reading this column’s mention of a gold-medal shootout between Jennifer Jones and Bingyu Wang, we are guessing Laurie Mustard is a humour writer ...

This would seem to be a techno-geek gone wild for curling ...

• Did any Yanks watch WCSN’s debut curling coverage? Here’s a summary posted to YouTube ...

• They were watching in Portugal, of all places, and more than one ...

• Eugene beat Russ Howard and Pat beat Anne at the Canadian Seniors ...

• Paul Webster, who blogged for us during the World Mixed Doubles in Finland, has been whirling through New Zealand (here and here), which also hosts next November’s Pacific Curling Championships ...

• A great post here from Curling Today (hint: note the date) ...

• Benny Heebz might write a football column, eh? He already wrote a pretty good one on curling... and here he is spotlighted in a World Men’s preview from Miss Vicki Hall ...

• Bigfish is selling a curling video game here – or you can download to play for one hour for free ... wonder which game this is?

• Our weird foto of the day is located here. Far out ...

• And the runner-up photos are all located here ...

• We agree, Arctic Curling would’ve been a natural ...

• Here’s some curling Reactions from a design studio in Queens, New York City ...

This is a VERY interesting thought, considering the inevitability of HDTV curling coverage ...

Wonder whatPaul and Yuki thought of Japan’s performance in Vernon?

• Some amazing curling wipeouts captured on this page ...

Here was WCSN producer Pete, teching some curling last week ...

• Eurorsport Sweden commentator and WCF Records and Results statistician Paul Ahlgrenexplains why German curling teams get the bulk of the coverage on the Eurosport network ...

• Once again... and this time, we’ll speak slowly: You. Are. Not. Funny. At. All.

• SongMonk looked up some old curling patents ...

• Face it, folks, some of you are simply going to suck!

• And finally, it turns out the Prime Minister wasn’t the only Canadian politician to congratulate the Jones team. It’s no surprise that Stephane Dion’s release reads exactly like what it is: something thrown together by someone who has no clue about the sport, unlike Stephen Harper, who is a genuine fan.