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Matt Dunstone, two-time Canadian Junior champ now finding his way on the World Curling Tour. October 25th, 2016

I’ve thought it would be interesting to talk to this guy ever since I saw this photo of his reaction when he won the 2013 Canadian Juniors. One of the best curling pics ever, but I’m a sucker for a genuine, spontaneous burst of emotion.

Revisions to Brush Like a Badass are imminent. Not substantial, but there will a few tweaks made in light of the equipment rules established by the World Curling Federation. And if your club wants to host a Brush Like a Badass clinic, send an email to dgemmell@thecurlingshow.com and let’s see if we can work something out. I’d be happy to share some of the honest feedback from people who have participated in the clinics this year. It sounds immodest but the clinic seems to be truly appreciated by the people who take it.

My debut novel, Escaping Teddy, is also out there. Not exactly the feel good novel of the year  and while it has a few references to my favorite sport, it’s most definitely not a curling book. It’s a bit dark but if you like stories about flawed friendships and flawed people, you might enjoy it. If you’re interested, it’s available on Amazon.

Finally, there’s some different closing music in this episode. If you want to connect with the guy who writes and sings the song about the tornado that hit a curling club in Windsor years ago, his name is Stephen Robert and you can connect with him on his Twitter feed. 

As always, thanks for listening. If you want to send me a message on curling or maybe just life, my email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.

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What the @#$%&! is Dean up to? July 12th, 2016

Loyal fans of the show may be wondering why I haven’t posted an interview in some time.

Maybe it was burnout. I’ve done about 250 interviews since starting the podcast in 2005. That’s a long time for any venture, and I started to lack the motivation needed to book, record, and post interviews. So I stopped.

I also had a general lack of enthusiasm for the sport at the highest levels last winter. To be honest, I was surprised by how much the changes in brushing  diminished how much I wanted to cover the game.

Finally, I was busy. I’ve started performing stand up and I’m trying to give that an honest shot. I also did a lot of Brush Like a Badass clinics at various clubs last year — and I’m hoping to do even more this year. I enjoy teaching and I think people who took the clinics felt like they got real value.

So what’s next? Well, I still want to do the podcast. I’m planning to relaunch it in September when the new curling season begins. I’m taking the summer to think about how I might reimagine it. Maybe some new formats or new contributors other than me. We’ll see.

If you’ve been a listener over the years, thanks for your support. It’s always been a great motivator. The Curling Show will be baack and I hope you’ll return to it.

Sincerely,
Dean Gemmell

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Brad Jacobs as the Tim Hortons Brier nears. February 24th, 2016

He’s got a gold medal, a Brier title, and opinions. So Brad Jacobs makes a great guest and this is an interview I think you’ll really enjoy.

Of course, there’s brushing talk during this interview. And if you want more tips and insight, go ahead and buy Brush Like a Badass? And if your club wants to host a Brush Like a Badass clinic, send an email to dgemmell@thecurlingshow.com and let’s see if we can work something out. I’d be happy to share some of the honest feedback from people who have participated in the clinics this year.

My debut novel, Escaping Teddy, is also available. Which is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. While it has some small references to my favorite sport, it’s most definitely not a curling book. It’s a bit dark but if you like stories about flawed friendships and flawed people, you might enjoy it. If you’re interested, it’s available as a Kindle book and a paperback will be available shortly.

Finally, during this interview, I mentioned John Cullen and his Magical Question Fun Time series that you can find on the Curling Canada site. In case you don’t know, John is a curler and a comedian. Have a look at his site — he’s also going to be hitting the road and will be performing in Edmonton March 18-19 and in Calgary March 21-26.

As always, thanks for listening. If you want to connect with me, my email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.

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Ontario’s Jake Higgs in a pre-Tankard conversation. February 6th, 2016

Ontario’s Jake Higgs is a savvy player on the ice and great with commentary behind the glass. (I put Jake in my Top Five when ranking funniest curlers behind the glass. I have to figure John Cullen would be in my Top Five as well but I’ve never talked to him from the comfort of a curling lounge.) Few people love the game as much as Higgly or study it quite so closely. He’s also one of those guys who gets the absolute most out of his talent, which I realize sounds crappy but is really intended as a compliment. Hear Jake’s takes on everything from Ontario curling to brushing techniques.

Speaking of brushing, isn’t it time you made an effort to improve what can be 75% of your contribution on the ice? You’ll get tips and insight when you buy and read Brush Like a Badass? And if your club wants to host a Brush Like a Badass clinic, send an email to dgemmell@thecurlingshow.com and let’s see if we can work something. I have lots of great reviews from people who have taken the clinic this season.

Finally, if you’re an American curling fan, make plans to go to the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier in the beautiful city of Ottawa. Get your US-EH tickets today and you can be a part of the American contingent at this storied championship — just visit this page at Rock Solid Productions.

As always, thanks for listening. If you want to connect with me, my email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.

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Derek Brown, Director of High Performance at USA Curling. January 4th, 2016

Since 2011, Scotsman Derek Brown has led the High Performance Program at USA Curling. I spoke to him about the efforts to improve American results on the international stage and the current state of the program. That’s hardly the conversation in a nutshell — the interview is nearly an hour long — but it’s an attempt.

Isn’t it time you made an effort to improve what can be 75% of your contribution on the ice? You’ll get tips and insight when you buy and read Brush Like a Badass?

And if you’re an American curling fan, make a New Year’s resolution you can keep and build plans to go to the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier in the beautiful city of Ottawa. Get your US-EH tickets today and you can be a part of the American contingent at this storied championship — just visit this page at Rock Solid Productions.

As always, thanks for listening. If you want to connect with me, my email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.

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Charley Thomas and more brush talk. December 10th, 2015

Team Charley Thomas has qualified in every spiel they’ve played this year — and they’ve remained at the center of the brush controversy while doing it. I talked to the 2-time World Junior Champion about that and a whole lot more in this interview.

With all this talk about brushing, isn’t it time you picked up Brush Like a Badass? And if you’re an American curling fan, didn’t watching the Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling on ESPN make you want to attend the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier? Get your US-EH tickets today and you can be a part of the American contingent at this storied championship — just visit this page at Rock Solid Productions.

As always, thanks for listening. If you want to connect with me, my email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.

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Glenn Howard and Buck Goodbrand. November 21st, 2015

So the Great Brush Debate continues to be the focus of curling conversation. Tension on the ice, WCF rulings, The New York Times, Stephen Colbert — there’s a lot going on. So I had Glenn Howard on the phone for a conversation and, shockingly enough, we talked a lot about the brush story. I also talked to Buck Goodbrand, the director of the documentary that chronicled the 2010-2011 season of Team Howard, because that film is now available on US cable outlets and in iTunes. If you go here, you can find out all the ways to see it.

With all this talk about brushing, isn’t it time you picked up Brush Like a Badass? And if you’re an American curling fan, doesn’t it all make you you want to go to the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier and see what’s happening there? Get your US-EH tickets today and you can be a part of the American contingent at this storied championship. Just visit this page at Rock Solid Productions.

As always, thanks for listening. If you want to connect with me, my email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.

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Archie Manavian, President of Hardline Curling. October 20th, 2015

Maybe you’ve heard about this little discussion about brushes and brush technology? The one that I discussed with Ben Hebert and Marc Kennedy? The issue that the CBC put on The National, proving that curling matters to Canadians even if Wendy Mesley sort of explained the game in the intro like a newbie? Yes, that little issue is sort of hot right now and one of the people at the center of it is Archie Manavian of Hardline Curling. I spoke with Archie about it and this is that conversation.

After you listen to the show, I’m going to bet you’ll want the link to the U-S-EH Package? Or maybe Brush Like a Badass? There you go. Click away and get in on this great stuff.

As always, thanks for listening. If you want to connect with me, my email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.
 

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Ben Hebert and Marc Kennedy of Team Kevin Koe. October 7th, 2015

After their winning the first Pinty’s Grand Slam of the season — the Tour Challenge — I caught up with two of the most badass brushers ever. And there was a lot of talk about…brushes. Specifically, what’s going on with equipment right now. There’s lots of other good stuff, too, including a conversation between Ben and Marc about the Blue Jays that gave me some time to check Met’s statistics.

Did you listen to the show and want the links to, say, the U-S-EH Package? Or maybe Brush Like a Badass? There you go. Click away and get in on this great stuff.

As always, I welcome feedback. My email is on this site and I’m active on Twitter.
 

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It’s U-S-EH at the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier! September 8th, 2015

U-S-EH BannerIt’s an atmosphere like no other. An event like nothing else in the sport. And this year, Americans have even more reason to go to the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa. It’s the U-S-EH Package! Just $299 USD but supply is limited!

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