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2 Girls and a Game - Curling Podcast

Our show about Curling reflects our insights and observations about our favourite game, the athletes and their stories during the biggest competitions.
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Our show about Curling reflects our insights and observations about our favourite game, the athletes and their stories during the biggest competitions. 

Nov 24, 2021

In the 9th Episode (Season 7) Lori and Mary chat about the opening weekend at the Olympic Trials:  surprises, wacky finishes, who is getting the early breaks and what teams are struggling so far.  The girls discuss the early texturing of the rocks and who benefits and who doesn't and is it really needed.  Lori and Mary talk about the sudden lineup change on team Dunstone and the importance of the 5th player.  The girls take a look at what else is happening in the curling world:  European Championships, USA Olympic Trials, World Jr Qualifier and the Guinness World record is broken!  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay safe!

Nov 9, 2021

In the 8th Episode (season 7) Lori and Mary discuss their weekend in St Thomas at the senior qualifier with Team Rizzo and coach Lori onboard.  Attention turns to the latest Grand Slam: Boost National where the girls look at the results and who performed and didn't preform in the last major competition before the Olympic Trials.  Lori and Mary break down their picks for the trials into 3 categories:  Playoffs, Middle of the Road and Come Have a Drink with us at the Patch.  They also pick who they think will be the ultimate winner.  Warning: these are only guesses and participants and their loved ones are strongly advised not to listen to this episode!  Love and respect to all the teams!

Enjoy the episode, take care and stay safe!

Nov 3, 2021

Time for episode 7 of season 7! After some Halloween social appreciation, the Girls announce they will be attending this month’s Canadian Olympic Trials in Saskatoon.

The Canadian Pre-Trials qualifier is thoroughly discussed, with a look to how the recent qualifiers might fare in Saskatoon.

Then it’s on to the Americas Zone Challenge, the U.S. Mixed Doubles Trials, and the world wheelchair championship.

Lori and Mary also discuss Team Hasselborg’s social media campaign regarding the proposed rule changes.

Enjoy the episode and stay safe! 

 

Oct 26, 2021

In episode 6 of season 7, The Girls start by recounting their fun day trip to the first Grand Slam of Curling event of the season in Oakville, Ont. Following a discussion of the event results, they talk about Jennifer Jones’ turn as a TV colour analyst.

Then it’s on to Headline News items, the start of Canada’s Olympic Pre-Trials competition, and the annual unboxing of the 2022 Curling Cares Fundraising Calendar—once again from a car in a parking lot!

Enjoy the episode and stay safe!

Oct 13, 2021

Girl 1 (Lori) welcomes guest host Daryell Nowlan in episode 4 of season 7 as about a million cashspiel results have poured in. Then hosts also discuss the multitude of streaming options—and new commentary voices—appearing in the sport. 

 

A segment digs into the lineup of athletes appearing in the new 2022 Curling Cares Fundraising Calendar—with many editorial comments, of course! 

 

Enjoy the episode and stay safe

Sep 28, 2021

Episode 3 of Season 7 starts with talk of "The Yips" and the eternal question: What makes a good curling webstream? The context continues with discussions about Canada’s Direct Trials Entry and Direct Pre-Trials Entry events in Ottawa.

After a break to discuss Switzerland’s men's Olympic Trials series and various tour developments, The Girls reconvene to dig into the Ottawa results compared to their pre-event predictions. It all wraps up with Headlines and stuff!

Please enjoy the episode—and stay safe!

Sep 20, 2021

In the 2nd Episode (Season 7) Lori and Mary discuss Lori's first adventures on the curling ice and thoughts about the season with Alberta announcing their health crises and indoor sports being cancelled.  Keeping their optimism level high, the girls predict which teams will come out of the pre Olympic trial events in Ottawa this coming week.  Lori and Mary discuss some spiel results and the prize money that seems to have taken a beating since the pandemic.  Huge news announced by the WCF to look at potentially new rule changes to the sport of curling.  The girls discuss the immediate reactions from some of the players and they conduct an interview with Scott Arnold from the WCF to explain some of the rational that went into this decision.  Finally Lori and Mary announce the 2 prize winners for the Season 7 Giveaway contest!  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode.

Sep 13, 2021

Lori and Mary discuss some summer fun, surprises and an impromptu commentary gig at Oakville CC. Some curling topics include Curling Canada's vaccine mandate and the streaming plans for the lead up events to the Olympic qualifiers. The girls discuss Great Britain approach to selecting their ladies team, the World Men's heading back to Vegas, the Grand Slams announced and a GIVEAWAY!!

Aug 2, 2021

This bonus summer podcast features the girls who have reunited to discuss curling news, what curlers have been up to, Ask the Girls questions, Olympics and Pop Culture moments.

May 24, 2021

In the final episode of the season, Lori and Mary are joined by Daryell Nowlan to recap the World Mixed Doubles Championships and discuss their thoughts on this crazy pandemic curling season. The girls and Daryell discuss the results, how Canada fared and their mutual admiration of the commentators.  Recently Brad Gushue had suggestions which could make Mixed Doubles more equitable.  Other topics in this episode include a debrief on the season, a crystal ball look into the upcoming season and what curlers have been up to.  There may even be a little dirty curling talk to round out the final episode of season 6!

May 11, 2021

Episode 29 of pandemic season six rolls through the final days of the 2021 women’s worlds. 

Lori and Mary start with weird curling podcadt dreams (!) before discussing the #WWCC2021 results, the Olympic berths, Canada’s wild roller-coaster week including missing the medals (women’s and men’s) for the first time ever, and the “Weight of the Maple Leaf” ... which might not even be a real thing. 

Thanks for listening and stay safe! 

May 4, 2021

On to episode 28 of season six. Lori and Mary start with all the discussion points from the first half of the world women’s championship in Calgary—the TV crew positives, the German positives, Canada’s struggles, coaches from different nations, eyeglasses and more. 

The 2 Girls then discuss their first-hand experiences with curling pressure before speaking with multiple STOH and world champion skip Colleen Jones. The legend focusses on her first worlds appearance with her new-at-the-time squad in 1999—which Jones describes as a “failure.” It’s a remarkable segment. 

The gals wrap up with some final notes. 

Enjoy the episode and stay safe!

Apr 27, 2021

In Episode 27 of season six, Lori and Mary power through a week of Players’ Championship new and tidbits–everything from the results to surprises, listener feedback to Homan Wonder Woman, the 60-second recap, Derek’s moustache (!) and more.

The girls also discuss what sells curling to TV viewers and spectators as well as the recent news of positive tests in advance of this weekend’s world women’s championship.

Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode. Stay safe!

Apr 21, 2021

In episode 26 of season six, The Girls dig into the first of two Grand Slam of Curling bubble events—the Champions Cup.

Discussion threads include curling burnout, Sportsnet versus TSN, Johnny Mo with Koe, lots of results and of course, tons of surprises. There’s a 60-second recap followed by Headline News ... and then the ultimate discussion about Wonder Woman aka Rachel Homan—and why Lori and Mary are not like her! 

Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode. Stay safe!

Apr 13, 2021

In the latest episode recorded Monday, there is so much WMCC2021 to unpack. 

In episode 25 of season six, The Girls unpack a wild 2021 world men’s curling championship—one of the weirdest, to be sure but one of the best on-ice displays. 

The COVID-19 positive test scares lead off the discussion but a wide range of topics are hit, including Canada’s performance (and more about 2G super-buddy Darren), RCF, the playoff matches, TSN’s Canadian TV disappearing act, aggressive social media clapbacks and more. 

Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode. Stay safe!

Apr 5, 2021

In Episode 24 of season six, Lori and Mary dissect recent curling headlines—including the midway point of the men’s world championship—before settling in for an in-depth interview with their friend Darren Moulding, third for Brendan Bottcher’s Brier championship squad. 

Darren and the girls run through the Brier and his thoughts on the format before discussing his mixed doubles experience, where he reveals exclusive details on his back injury for the first time.

Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode. Stay safe!

 

Mar 15, 2021

In the 22nd episode of season six, Lori and Mary discuss Brier storylines: Wayne's World and the journey of Team Howard, surprises and upsets, event format and lucky socks. The girls then tackle the Hot Topics of broom slamming and rock texturing before revealing their immediate reactions after the semi and final. Congratulations to Team Bottcher (Alberta) on their first Brier victory!  

 

Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!. Stay safe!

Mar 9, 2021

In the 21st Episode (season 6) Lori and Mary discuss the opening weekend at the Brier.  The girls make their picks for the playoffs and who will win, takeaways and stand out moments, upsets and comebacks and storylines.  The girls discuss the positive and negative sides of the social media content, covid hair and calendar picks.  Lori and Mary are thrilled to hear the latest headline news which is the Women's Worlds being added to the Calgary bubble.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode.  Stay Safe!

Mar 2, 2021

In the 20th Episode (Season 6) Lori and Mary continue their Scotties recap: what the atmosphere was like, ice conditions, should every team be featured, results from the preliminary pool play, uniforms, exposure for the young up and coming teams, the amount of social media (good bad and ugly), should the 18 team format stay and the bubble diary experience.  So many behind the scenes stories!  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay Safe!

Mar 2, 2021

In the 19th Episode (Season 6) Lori and Mary are reunited after Lori's trip to the Scotties to discuss PART 1 of the Scotties recap.  The girls discuss all three of the Playoff games that took place on Championship Sunday, whether the tie breaker could have been played earlier and the results and breakdown of all 3 games.  Lori and Mary discuss the effects Covid had on the post game celebrations and how Team Homan lightened up the moment.  In addition, the girls extend credit to the athletes, volunteers and organizers for running a safe and healthy Scotties!  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay Safe!

Feb 16, 2021

In the 18th Episode (Season 6) Lori and Mary check in one last time before Lori leaves for the Scotties.  The girls predict which team will win and which teams are dark horses, discuss the uniform designs that were unveiled and chat about the latest personnel change on Team Alberta.  Lori and Mary discuss the Brier pools and whether the pools look evenly distributed.  Lori catches Mary up with some international curling competitions and then the girls discuss the teams that will be attending the 2 Grand Slams.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode.  Stay Safe!

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