KMart in a box

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What, you thought we were lying?

Or just using some sort of analogy?

Like we said, that’s world champion curling skip Kevin Martin, above, in a box – well, just out of a box, anyway – as portrayed in a new Capital One commercial spot airing this weekend on CBC.

It’s all part of the latest Capital One Grand Slam event, the 2009 BDO Classic Canadian Open, which we highlighted on Wednesday.

You’ll want to check out the upcoming February issue of The Curling News, in which we expose all the details behind the new TV spot.

On the Slam ice, Winnipeg’s Mike McEwenapparently shot 100 per cent in besting Glenn Howard on his final stone last night. Impressive, young Skywalker... but you are not a Jedi. Yet.

And Jet Boots is back online... and he’s doing some live chatting from the MTS Centre. Just head to CurlingZone and click on Live Curling Chat in the upper right hand corner, in the USER CENTRE.

But make sure your surfing corresponds with the draw times... eh?

Meanwhile...

• Two more STOH provincials are wrapping up this weekend, in British Columbia and also in PEI... meanwhile, the veterans are up on the kids in Nova Scotia and here’s a preview of next week’s Saskabush shootout ...

• The host club of the B.C. STOH – Parksville Curling Club – is an unusual beast. You can cheak out the story here ...

• On the B.C. men’s side, there’s a cool pic of Vanouver’s Sean Geall featured with this story ...

• It’s the Last Chance weekend for Northern Alberta men ...

• Apparently some people in Medicine Hat, Alberta are somewhat cheesed that the 2010 Ford World Women’s went to Swift Current, Saskatchewan ...

• Following a disappointing Skins game and a super-comeback weekend in Scotland, world champ Jennifer Jones will be in the Golden Horseshoe – that’s just outside the southwestern edge of Toronto – for two appearances on February 7, to help raise funds for local youth leagues ...

• Speaking of Jones, is Toronto FC’s new soccer hero Dwayne de Rosariothe next JJ – or CJ? Um, talk about comparing apples and oranges ...

• Canada’s national magazine, Macleans, has a rare offering on curling in its latest issue ...

• DID YOU KNOW: that a Canadian Idol finalist will be singing at the Saskatchewan men’s Tankard? Woot!

• DID YOU KNOW II: that curling is “sort of like playing golf with Tiger Woods”? Well, now you do ...

• Anyone want to buy a 10-foot long, 1950s-era tabletop curling game?

• Howard lead Craig Savill received an Ottawa sports award on Wednesday night ...

• For the first time since 1989, there will be no live men’s Tankard coverage on TV in Saskatchewan. As a consolation, sponsor SaskTel and a local on-demand channel have teamed up and stepped up... but it’s just not the same ...

• Speaking of Sask men, look at this team: Glen Despins, Brian Derbowka and Chris Haichert are back, and rather suddenly ...

• We finally have evidence of a coach entering a game, after an injury. It happened in Scotland; check it out here (fifth paragraph onward) ...

• Belleview, Ontario curling scribe Alex McNaught takes us through the old virtues of curling, from 1956 ...

• This fall’s Prince George Canadian Olympic Pre-Trials qualifier has received a $15,000 grant ...

• And finally, yet another former curling “hater” has decided that curling “doesn’t suck”. Gee, thanks for the enthusiasm ...