Kicking Peja’s Ass

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Norberg versus Lindholm.

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Curlingtjejerna versus Peja.

It all goes down tomorrow afternoon in Sweden, live on local TV and also on the internet, in the latest curling battle of the sexes. Both Swedish giants have won their 2007 national titles–earlier this week, in fact–so it makes for a fascinating matchup.

Norberg, in an exclusive interview with The Curling News, had this to say:

“We are very excited about the game and for sure it’s going to be for a lot of prestige. Curlers think that we have nothing to lose, but if you ask non-curlers, they think we should win the game.

“I’m looking forward to a close and aggressive game, ending up with us kicking Peja’s ass. That would be awesome!”

You go, girls.

Coincidentally, AP’s Tim Dahlberg mentions the Norbergs in a fun story on athlete blogging at the Olympic Games. Apparently, the gals haven’t met downhill ski legend Bode Miller, but they did whoop it up with U.S. speedskater Chad Hedrick on their golden night. Or so the story goes.

You’re about to get a big, big dose of Canadian provincial men’s info. First up, however, is a reminder of this weekend’s Canadian Juniors, which are on CBC-TV tomorrow and Sunday.

And now for the provs... 10 out of 12 will be decided by Sunday, and there’s two things you need, both from The Curling News: the list of event websites, located here, and also a hard copy of the February issue, in which our Curling TV Guide lists all the events that are available on the telly.

What? Don’t have the Feb issue? Silly you, you’re just not listening.

Here’s the latest from The Brier trail:

• Dean Joanisse and former world champ Greg MacAulay are on track in B.C. ...

• The Ferb is roaring (not in a good way) in Alberta, both in the Sun and the Journal ...

• Murray M reports on Sask ...

• And Bender is on the scene in MB, of course ...

• A pleasant surprise: Martin Cleary is covering the Quebec shootout ...

• And here’s what’s up in Bluenose country ...

Elsewhere... well, there’s a lot going on. Extreme Grandpa scored just $18,000 on Deal Or No Deal Canada last night, but sure entertained in doing so. This looks like a curling-oriented audition for Jackass. And this guy is absolutely in love with Jennifer Jones. So there ya go ... for now ...