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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. 

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!

Feb 9, 2021

In the 17th Episode (Season 6) Mary returns to the mic as co host! The girls discuss the Super Bowl, the half-time show and Tom Brady's success.  Lori and Mary turn to the biggest curling headline: the World Women's Championship being canceled a second year in a row.  There were a few curling events played over the weekend including the Swiss Championships, Elite Finals in Britain and a game between Team Hasselbourg and Team Edin (battle of the sexes style).  Lori and Mary discuss the Scotties pools and Lori has some good news and bad news to share.  Curling Canada released the revised Olympic Trials process and award more spots directly to the trials.  The girls end with a discussion over a tweet that may create a rivalry at the Brier and end with a 60 second Bachelor recap.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay safe!

Feb 2, 2021

In the 16th Episode (Season 6) Lori is joined with Daryell Nowlan, who is "sparing" for Mary while she is away.  Lori and Daryell discuss some of the live curling provincials and territorials that were played over the weekend, the final Wildcard teams were officially announced and Team Fleury will be adding Chelsea Carey as skip to replace Tracy, who will be attending to her daughter who has medical issues.  Daryell spills a couple secrets about who will be added to a couple teams in the bubble!  Lori and Daryell compare notes about their team meetings with Curling Canada , discuss the 35 team field for the Mixed Doubles Nationals, get caught up with some curlers news and squeeze in a 60 second Bachelor recap!  Thank you for listening, please enjoy the episode!

Jan 25, 2021

In the 15th Episode (Season 6) Daryell Nowlan joins Lori again this week as co host.  They discuss Daryell's experience being on the podcast the previous week, the inauguration and the latest Covid concerns.  Daryell will be joining the bubble in Calgary as a coach for Team NS and Lori encourages their skip Jill Brothers, a hair stylist, to bring along her equipment to help players out!  Alberta finally announces their reps for the Scotties and Brier and Curling Canada announces the criteria they will use to determine the final Wild Card spots.  There is plenty of reaction!  Hot Topic: should Curling Canada award hearts to this years participants if they did not win a title?  Lori and Daryell discuss what they are looking forward to and what they will miss at the Scotties this year, Kim Kelly joining Team NS as their fifth, what job Daryell had when coaching Russ Howard and scare sweaters!  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode.  Stay Safe!

Jan 18, 2021

In the 14th Episode (Season 6) Lori is joined by '97 Brier Bronze medalist, Daryell Nowlan as co host.  They discuss all the latest cancellations and announcements from the provinces/territories and who is headed to the Scotties and Brier bubble.  Lori and Daryell discuss Curling Canada's decision to add 3 more teams to the fields and who they think those teams will be.  They chat about the role social media has had on curling this season and what has been the "play of the day".  Then Lori and Daryell chat about Vic Rauter joining Memmo and Lori treats Daryell to a 60 second Bachelor recap.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay Safe!

Jan 11, 2021

In the 13th Episode (Season 6) Lori and Mary catch up on their very Covid Christmas and what shows got them through the holidays when curling news was scarce.  Lori challenges Mary to a game to see what can be left behind and what they'll bring into 2021.  Lori checks in with what curlers have been up to and even attempts a 60 second recap of the Bachelor!  The girls chat about the latest teams to be added to the Scotties and Brier bubble.  Then they discuss all the latest curling headlines including Alberta canceling their provincials play downs, what Team Homan plans to do at the Scotties/Worlds and Einerson/Gushue team up for the mixed doubles Nationals.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode.  Stay safe!

Dec 21, 2020

In Episode 12 (Season 6) Lori and Mary are ready to say goodbye to the year 2020!  They discuss a media zoom call, surprise calendar submission and more curlers on memmo!  Other topics include Team McCarville declining the Northern Ontario Scotties berth, what's happening in Ontario and very strict  protocols for breaking the curling bubble in Calgary.  Lori interviews Jimmy the Kid, James Grattan: his experiences at the Brier, what the Brier means to the smaller associations, not participating in the Boycott and valuable lessons learned from Russ Howard and Ed Werenich! Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Happy Holidays and Stay Safe!

Dec 8, 2020

In Episode 11 (Season 6) Lori and Mary discuss the aftermath of the "bubble" announcement last week and what this will mean for provincial and territories moving forward as they try and declare who will represent.  Norther Ontario is sending their defending champions back to these National events and Team McCarville is deliberating whether or not they will return.

In a Hot Topic on social media, the girls discuss if the Brier and Scotties format is broken, what else may be preventing fans from attending these events or is it the quality of the teams that is causing the decrease.

Lori and Mary check in with curling headlines and chat about their past interview with Cheryl Bernard and what they learned from it 

Thank you for listening, Please enjoy the episode and stay safe!

Dec 3, 2020

In episode 10 (season 6) Lori and Mary are joined by Gregory Strong, a sports reporter with the Canadian Press, to discuss Curling Canada’s event “bubble” announcement – the Scotties, Brier, Mixed Doubles and men’s worlds are now aimed for Calgary.

Thank you for listening!  Please enjoy the episode and stay safe!

 

Nov 25, 2020

In the 9th Episode (Season 6) "Getting to Know Cheryl Bernard, Olympic Silver Medallist" Lori and Mary discuss the state of curling, including the restrictions causing many clubs to pause, close or cancel their seasons.

Then it’s on to Cheryl Bernard – Olympic Medallist, TV analyst, book author, Ted Talker, charity worker, sport administrator, Kilimanjaro climber – what hasn’t she done? Cheryl is full of inspiration, self-reflective moments and life lessons, making this is a must-listen interview.

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

 

Nov 18, 2020

In the 8th Episode (Season 6) "Ladies Event Cancelled During First Draw" Lori and Mary discuss the exciting news that the 2 Girls And A Game curling podcast will now be part of The Curling News and the Sports Illustrated partnership.  The girls chat about their evening at the Toronto Hope Charity Event and what they did for their contribution.  After much anticipation over the ladies event in Okotoks, the tournament was cancelled midway through the first draw.  The girls discuss the game between Team Homan and Team Jones as they squared off against each other for the first time since the team switches.   Some media is suggesting that curling should be exempt from Covid restrictions due to it being a professional sport and the girls weigh in on that topic.  Finally could the Penticton spiel be the last for awhile?  Lori and Mary discuss the results.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay Safe!

Nov 11, 2020

In the 7th Episode (Season 6) "Unboxing the 2021 Curling Calendar" This is one of the most highly anticipated segments of the season where Lori and Mary get their first look at the calendar!  The girls love to see what the curling models put together for their photo shoots.  Other topics on the episode include regional events that took place over the weekend, Covid numbers surging in some areas of the country and its impact on curling and what curlers have been up to.  The girls discuss the hub city concept for the Canadian National Championships and how Team Homan are all living in Alberta in order to put a spiel schedule together.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay Safe!

Nov 3, 2020

In Episode 6 (Season 6) Lori and Mary check in on each other to see how they are managing with all the turmoil in the world.  They get caught up with what curling events took place on the weekend and some Covid scares that have hit clubs in Canada.  Lori talks with Canadian Scotties Champion, Val Sweeting.  They discuss Val's successful skipping career, her transition to playing third with Team Einerson, winning the Scotties and being so close to playing the World Championships only to have everything cancelled with 2 days to go.  Val reflects on what she has learned during her curling career and what she has taken away from this uncertain season.  Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode!  Stay Safe!

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