Cannabis, Curling and You-Coming to Your Club This Fall!

I thought it might be nice to let Curl BC off the hook for a bit and delve into something in a lighter, more humorous vein yet still dealing with the roaring game.  So without further adieu, let’s look into the future.  The near future.  October 17th, 2018 to be precise.

That’s right. Pot, Ganja, Reefer, Mary-Jane, Maui-Wowee, Grass, Weed, Thai Stick or whatever name you want to use, is about to become legal across the Great White North on October 17th, 2018. With that comes a whole bunch of questions and concerns. And, guess what? it’s going to have an impact at your friendly neighborhood curling club as well.

Full disclosure: Unlike old Billy Clinton, I actually have inhaled. I’ve enjoyed the green stuff in limited amounts and on rare occasions. Mainly because I’m a non-smoker and one puff usually reduces me to a fit of coughing that never ceases to amuse my more frequently imbibing friends-there’s more than a few readers of this blog who’ve witnessed this. Yet I have to admit that the notion of legal edibles is indeed an intriguing one. I find the idea of less coughing and no stink very appealing. Continue reading “Cannabis, Curling and You-Coming to Your Club This Fall!”


When is a BC Curling Tour Not a BC Curling Tour?

Apologies and thank you. You’ve been patient. As a reward, there’s a Merklinger update within. But you’ll have to read the blog to find it.

Two entries back I mentioned how Curl BC announced long overdue tours for BC Men’s and Women’s athletes and events. You might also recall they had yet to release any details on how the tours were going to work. So I chose to reserve judgment. Continue reading “When is a BC Curling Tour Not a BC Curling Tour?”

When is Enough, Enough?

I’m at my wits end with those who seek continually to change the game purely to suit their own selfish needs and ambitions.

Not that I’m against change. Far from it, I’m highly in favor of it. But only when its for the good of the sport and all those who play and are involved . Too much lately hasn’t been for the good-although it gets slickly packaged and promoted as such-but for the benefit of a very small group. Continue reading “When is Enough, Enough?”

Curl BC Comes Close, But Misses the Broom, Again…sigh

I had dreams that this blog entry might be full of optimism and hope to coincide with the arrival of Spring. Why? because I had heard that changes were in the wind to my home province’s playdowns. Changes that were positive and addressing the issues raised by last year’s format.

Visions of BC curlers all joining hands on a sun-drenched hillside, wearing hippy clothing and dancing in a big circle while singing REM’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ sprung to mind. That image and catchy little tune was playing in my head when I saw the latest newsletter arrive in my email. And then came the sound of the needle being dragged across the entire album when I read it. Continue reading “Curl BC Comes Close, But Misses the Broom, Again…sigh”

Dumb Moves Galore, Mojitos and Why John Schuster is the Best Thing to Happen to Curling in a Long Time…

First off, apologies. I have been in blog hibernation since the last entry. Call it too busy with Christmas, two jobs and enduring 6 weeks straight of mixed graveyard and evening shifts. To paraphrase Danny Glover: ‘I might be getting too old for this shit…’

What has roused me from my slumber to once again regale you with wit and wisdom regarding the roaring game? Well, not one thing in particular. Oh no, there’s a veritable plethora of stuff that has the hair on the back of my neck standing up. Continue reading “Dumb Moves Galore, Mojitos and Why John Schuster is the Best Thing to Happen to Curling in a Long Time…”

The Great Olympic Pre-Trail Swindle (or How Glen Howard and Charlie Thomas Got The Shaft)

One of the great things about this blog is just when I think, for the briefest of moments, that I’ll have nothing to write about, a topic just falls into my laptop-if you’ll pardon the pun.

Case in point: there I was minding my own business, trying-in vain I might add-to balance the divorced single dad budget while wondering: what I should write about for the next blog? when out of the sky, like the proverbial gift from the Gods, drops the Olympic Pre-trials. Continue reading “The Great Olympic Pre-Trail Swindle (or How Glen Howard and Charlie Thomas Got The Shaft)”

Why a BC Team Rating System (BCTRS) Instead of a Tour?

Two blog entries in 2 days? What gives? Is the author on Speed?

No, not at all. If you recall my post yesterday, I did mention that I would follow up-in slightly greater detail-with my argument supporting a BCTRS instead of a tour. Call it Merk Part 2-the Icemaker Strikes Back, if it makes you happier. Although Dave doesn’t get really any screen time in this sequel, not even a cameo.

What you’re about to read is kind of a Reader’s Digest Condensed Version of the two files that I sent to all the recipients of Merk’s original email and the host clubs of the 7 BC Cashspiels listed in the Curl BC Yearbook for this season. Continue reading “Why a BC Team Rating System (BCTRS) Instead of a Tour?”

Dave Merklinger is an Unhappy Camper

If you thought I’d disappeared or given up the blogging gig, wrongo. I’ve actually been busy with a side job that’s a crucial part of this little entry.

As the title suggests, all is not joyful in Merkville these days. But before I go into the ‘why’ let me just say a few things about Dave. The best way to describe him is this; ‘Merk is Merk’. What you see is what you get and you’ll either love him or hate him, but one thing for certain; once you meet him you’re not likely to ever forget him. Continue reading “Dave Merklinger is an Unhappy Camper”

So, What if the Slams Didn’t Exist?

First off you have Gerry Guerts, the wizard of Curling Zone, to blame for this edition of the blog. It was, after all, his idea.

A few weeks back Gerry was on Facebook trumpeting the fifth anniversary of the Slams being saved from oblivion by Sportsnet. Who stepped in and bought them after financial miss-management and ineptitude almost ended them for good. (remember how all of sudden it was revealed that a certain TV network wasn’t getting paid and was about to pull its coverage? We never did find out what happened to the money, did we?) Continue reading “So, What if the Slams Didn’t Exist?”