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Game of Stones explores the world of curling. In each episode we'll dive into the major issues in the sport, from previewing and recapping major events to discussing team lineups. If you're a longtime fan or just getting into curling, we'll break down the biggest news in the greatest sport on earth.
 
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In this episode, Sean and Scott look back at the week that was at the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. They start by talking about the women's final, the missed opportunities in that game, and a couple technical issues spotted during the late ends. Then the discuss the men's final, the cause of the low score, and Brad Jacobs' final shot. They also …
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott are joined by Jonathan & Ryan from Rocks Across the Pond for their annual Bad Beer Bet. They talk about the fields for the European Championship and the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, both of which start on Saturday, before making their picks for the week. Whichever show loses has to drink some terrible beer live o…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott preview the 2021 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials.. They talk about all 18 teams in the field and chart a path for how each of them can stand tall at the end of the week. They also talk about the schedule, the expected crowds, and their Broomstacking plans for the week. To join us for our daily Broomstacking following…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about this week's Pacific Asia Curling Championship before welcoming in Team Hong Kong Skip Jason Chang. Jason talks about the new-look field this year, adding new players to the team, and his expectations for the week. We also discuss the women's field, world championship qualification, and the legacy of the Pa…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about a busy weekend in the world of curling. They discuss a couple crazy comebacks for Krista McCarville, the tough spot facing Mackzenzie Zacharias, and teams Horgan and Gunnlaugson qualifying at the Pre-Trials before looking ahead to how the four teams who got through this weekend may fare during the Olympic …
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about this week's Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trial event in Liverpool, Nova Scotia and give 1 key stat for each of the 28 teams in the field. They talk about how teams can use the stats to their advantage, how they stack up with regards to Hammer Factor, and who is playing well going into the event. They wrap …
 
In this episode, Sean flies solo to talk about the 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship, which kicks off Saturday in Beijing. He goes through the Paralympic Games qualification process and talks about who is in, who is out, and who has to perform this week to earn a spot. He then goes through all 12 teams in the field, breaking down lineup ch…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about the return of the Grand Slam of Curling by talking about next week's Masters. With this being an Olympic year, they look back at how the Olympic teams from 2018 fared in the Slams leading up to the Games to try to determine if there is a correlation between success in the Slams and success in the Olympics.…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about their first games back on the ice with their teammate Maegan Hough. They talk about the Covid protocols in place for this season, the difference from last year, and their level of comfort being back in the arena. They also chat about the new developments that have come to rec curling, including changes to …
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott recap the Pre-Pre-Trials. They talk about the teams that qualified for the Trials, the format of the Trials Direct Entry Event, and what to expect from the teams that didn't punch their tickets to Saskatoon. They then discuss the Pre-Pre-Trials, remarkable weeks for Sean Grassie and Jill Brothers, and Kerry Galusha e…
 
In this week's episode, Sean and Scott talk about this week's Pre-Pre-Trials event being held in Ottawa. In one of the two concurrent events, 2 men's and 3 women's teams will qualify for the Olympic Trials in Saskatoon, with the other teams heading to the Pre-Trials in Liverpool, Nova Scotia in October. In the other event, the Pre-Pre-Trials, 2 men…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott are joined by Nevin Demiliano, who runs Team Brendan Bottcher's social media accounts. Nevin talks about how he got involved with the team, their use of train GIFs, and how Brendan's socks became a thing during the World Championship. He also discusses interacting with fans without encouraging trolls, the epps and fl…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott are joined by Kirk Muyres, second for Team Dunstone, to talk about how television coverage can influence fans' perceptions of players. Kirk talks about learning to play with cameras and fans, how teams are interacting with fans in an age of social media, and how TV games can shape that engagement. He also offers some…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott welcome former Team Switzerland skip Elena Stern to discuss the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage. We talk about the backgrounmd to the referendum, the state of the campaign, and how the curling community can support the LGBTQ2+ community. You can find more information about the campaign to support marriage eq…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott continue their series looking at the best players by decade. Today, it's pop music and big clothes as they look back at the 1990s. They go through the decade and talk about the best performances from national, world, and Olympic championships to rank the top 10 players of the decade. Be sure to let us know what you t…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about some of the key skills needed to succeed in curling and how they may be useful in some of the sports we've been watching as part of Tokyo 2020. They talk about balance, strategy, teamwork, and yelling, among others, and debate in which summer sports those skills would be most useful. From Beach Volleyball …
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott look back on the 1980s in curling to rank the top 10 players from the decade. The first decade with a full complement of Women's World Championships and the first time curling was in the Olympics (as a demonstration sport) was full of some of the best players to ever take to the ice. Do you agree with our rankings? B…
 
This week we kick off a new series of episodes ranking the top players by decade and we're starting with the 1970s. Who topped the world of curling in the era of bell-bottoms and platform shoes? The 1970s brought us the first women's world championship & some of the best players the sport has ever seen. Let us know if you agree with our rankings an…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about some of the biggest innovations in the history of curling and how they were received within the Spirit of Curling. Some were deemed perfectly acceptable while others prompted accusations of cheating and going against the sport's integrity. These include the advent of turns, long slides, broom technology, a…
 
With Wimbledon in full swing, Sean and Scott offer up their curling comparisons for the top 5 players on the WTA and ATP tours. The break down each players' strengths and weaknesses in order to determine which top curling team has the most similar profile. Let us know if you agree with our picks. Be sure to check out one of our favourite episodes o…
 
In this episode, we play another round of Canada's fastest growing game show, Name That Shot! This time it's shots from the 2021 Calgary Bubble. Play along as Sean plays clips of some of the season's best shots and Scott tries to Name That Shot! If you missed them, be sure to check out our past Name That Shot! episodes: https://www.gameofstonespod.…
 
In this episode, Sean talks with Greg Smith, skip of Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2021 Brier, about LGBTQ2+ representation in curling. They talk about the importance of Pride Month, inclusion at the highest level of the sport, Greg playing John Epping in the first ever Brier game between two out skips, and the impact on young athletes. Be …
 
In this episode, we re-visit the most prominent curling commercials from the Bubble. We talk about all the overplayed ads to which we were subjected: Bad Coffee, Everybody Poops, 40 Years of Scotties and so many more and see how they stack up against each other. Agree with our picks? Think we're way off? Did we miss an ad? Be sure to let us know @g…
 
In this episode, Sean offers up his power rankings of women's teams following the 2021 World Championship. Using the results from the Bubble and the eye test, Sean goes through his top 10 teams while Scott chims in with his thoughts. Let us know if you agree with these rankings or if you think Sean is way off. Be sure to subscribe to Game of Stones…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott recap the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. They talk about Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds' win, a great week for Norway, and some missed opportunities in the gold medal game. They also talk about the teams that qualified for the Olympics, relegation, and the struggles of the specialists. Join us at GameofSto…
 
In this episode, we dish out some superlatives from the curling bubble. We talk about the best team, best shot, best game, plus some fun categories included Strangest Oddity and Most Fun Character. Let us know if we got these awards right or if we missed some categories. Visit us at GameofStonesPod.com for a full list of nominees and winners. Be su…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott look ahead to the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland. They talk about Olympic qualificaition, potential bubble hangovers, and the advantage of mixed doubles specialists. They also talk about some of the less known teams, the countries who haven't been represented at a world championsh…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott look back 2021 Women's World Curling Championship. They talk about back to back wins for Switzerland and Silvana Tirinzoni, a strong performance for the Russian Curling Federation, and the first American medal in 15 years. They also talk about Anna Hasselborg's week, Denmark qualifying for the Olympics, and Kerri Ein…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott briefly talk about the final Grand Slam (1:37) before discussing which teams they think will punch their tickets to the 2022 Winter Olympics (4:35). They then go through the field team by team (12:00) and finish off by talking about the positive Covid tests for one of the incoming teams (1:04:34). Be sure to head to …
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about an outstanding win for Rachel Homan at the Champions Cup, Bruce Mouat bouncing back after the World Championship final, & all the other stories coming out of the Champions Cup, including a tough week Anna Hasselborg & a terrific run for Tracy Fleury. They also discuss the pros and cons of 'around the rings…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott are joined by Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson to talk about the new diversity and inclusivity initiatives announced last month. They talk about the program's background, the consultation process, and efforts to diversify curling and both the rec and elite levels. You can find more info on the initiatives here:…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott preview the 2021 Men's World Curling Championship. They talk about all 14 teams heading to Calgary, the format, and the importance of this event to the 2022 Olympics. They also talk about the TV coverage, who they expect to punch their tickets to Beijing 2022, and what they're looking forward to this week. Visit us a…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. They talk about Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue's win, the divide between mixed doubles specialists and players from 4-person teams, and the future of mixed doubles. They also talk about some of the communication issues we saw, the debate around the playoff forma…
 
Sean and Scott are back to talk about the next event heading to the Calgary Curling Bubble: the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship! They talk about the qualification process, the very convoluted playoff system, and which pool looks the strongest. They also debate whether players who participated in the Scotties and Brier have an advantage over tho…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scot break down the week that was in the Brier bubble. They talk about Brendan Bottcher finally breaking through, Kevin Koe's incredible shotmaking, and another step forward for Matt Dunstone. They also go through the field and talk about Wayne Middaugh's fun week, a great run for Mike Fournier, and tough weeks for Mike Mc…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about all 18 teams heading the Brier Bubble in Edmonton. They discuss which pool is stronger, the depth of the field, and look ahead to what some of the TV games could be. They also go team by team to look at rosters, expectations, and make their picks for who will stand tall with the Tankard at the end of the w…
 
In this episode, we revisit some of our favourite moments from our week of Broomstacking over on Facebook during the Round Robin of the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. We talk everything from commercials to the uniforms to etiquette to rec leagues to tie-breakers. Join us after each afternoon draw over at facebook.com/gameofstonespod where you …
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about Curling Canada's new Olympic Trial qualification process and how teams will get into the Trials. They also talk about the cancellation of the Women's World Curling Championship and the impact on how country's will qualify for the Olympics. They wrap up by talking about the mixed doubles situation and debat…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about this weekend's provincial championships, the full fields for the Scotties and Brier, and some of the significant roster shakeups, including Chelsea Carey skipping Team Fleury. They also talk about some of the international news in the world of curling and look forward to the bubble.…
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott break down Season 21 Episode 13 of The Simpsons, where Homer and Marge win Olympic Gold. We talk about what was realistic in the show, what wasn't, and where this episode ranks among the curling TV/movies we've reviewed. We also end the show (1:11:37) with a brief update on the teams that have been announced for the …
 
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk about all the latest news in the world of curling, including Curling Canada's announcement of a new Brier & Scotties format, the status of each provincial/territorial playdown, and the teams that have already booked their trips into the Curling Canada bubble.By Wascana Group
 
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