Steve Laycock of Saskatchewan, 2015 U.S. Open of Curling champion. January 13th, 2015

He showed his savvy ways as a currency trader when he led his team to a win at the U.S. Open of Curling in early January, securing a wad of American cash to spend on a vacation in Palm Springs. But Team Laycock has done more than just win in the USA — they’ve made big strides this year and are consistently in the hunt at major events. A runner-up finish at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Canadian Open indicates that this team has moved into the top tier of elite teams.

I hope you’ll pay attention to the introduction of this podcast and think about making a donation to support web streaming of the US Men’s and Women’s Nationals. If you’ve been a fan of this podcast for a number of years, I would really appreciate your support of this effort. If you don’t want to donate here, you can always send a check/cheque to the United States Curling Association with “Nationals Webcast” in the Memo line.

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Tracy Horgan, 2014 DeKalb Super Spiel and Mesabi Classic champ. January 13th, 2015

This interview was recorded way back in early December, shortly after Team Horgan of Sudbury had the biggest cash spiel win of their career. Since then, they went on to win the Curl Mesabi Classic in late December. Who knows what kind of success they might have now that this interview is finally posted.

I hope you’ll pay attention to the introduction of this podcast and think about making a donation to support web streaming of the US Men’s and Women’s Nationals. If you’ve been a fan of this podcast for a number of years, I would really appreciate your support of this effort. If you don’t want to donate here, you can always send a check/cheque to the United States Curling Association with “Nationals Webcast” in the Memo line.

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Brad Gushue, 2014 Pinty’s Masters Champion. November 13th, 2014

With Mark Nichols back throwing third stones, Team Gushue captured the first event in the Grand Slam of Curling series on Sportsnet by defeating the red-hot Team McEwen in a final game that featured back-to-back four-enders. I talked to Brad shortly after this win.

You can find out more about Team Gushue here. You can find out more about how Newfoundland affected John Carter Cash here. (You’ll understand if you listen to the entire interview.)

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John Cullen from Cullen and a Curler. October 27th, 2014

He may not be the most accomplished curler I’ve had on the show but he’s a decent lead for Team Joanisse and an even better stand-up comedian. Not only does John host the popular Cullen and a Curler but you can find him at comedy clubs across Canada. He also writes and generally carries on.

You can find out more about John on his web site. You can also see some of his Yuk Yuk’s shows on YouTube. Definitely worth checking out.

Naturally, we kind of ramble on in this conversation. But we also manage to talk about ways we can think the game can be improved and compare notes on guests. I know I enjoyed it and laughed pretty hard.

A quick little warning: there’s a bit of cursing in this edition. As most of my listeners know, I don’t swear all that often on my podcast. Not nearly as much as I do in real life because, well, I hardly ever curse on the podcast. But John’s a comedian and a bit of cursing felt kind of right. If you’re really offended by the occasional F-bomb, don’t listen. But really, how many curlers are like that?

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Matt Wozniak of Team McEwen. September 29th, 2014

It’s easy to forget that Team McEwen has been together for eight years. But after a rocky start all those years ago, this team just kept improving and now ranks as one of the very best in the game. I spoke to second Matt Wozniak about the journey and how the team is working to keep things fresh for another run.

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Want to hear more from Team McEwen? Here are links to past interviews with Mike, including one from 2008 when I called his team young.

Lead man Denni Neufeld has also been on the show in the past.

Third BJ Neufeld, however, has been elusive. Perhaps it stems from his cat-like delivery.BJ Neufeld Delivery

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Earle Morris, now behind the sheet of Team Morris/Canada. August 15th, 2014

After an extraordinary run coaching Team Homan, Earle Morris thought he’d take a break. The good news for fans of the game? He changed his mind. I talked to Earle about his decision to take on the role of coaching his son’s veteran lineup this coming season, the evolution of the sport and a whole lot more.

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