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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
In the 5th Episode (Season 6) "Is Covid Making People Lose it?" Lori and Mary discuss the recent survey that Dr. Luethy conducted with the participants of the USA Club Nationals which showed how Covid spreads at a curling event. The girls chat about the various events that have taken place around Canada and the emergence and success of the younger teams. Lori and Mary then talk about the events that were shut down in Saskatchewan and the social media storm that took place. Team McCarville shared a letter they received from a former curling "fan" and the girls talk about the unfair criticism women receive in sport. Thank you for listening and please enjoy the episode! Stay safe!
In the 4th Episode (Season 6) Lori and Mary discuss the Covid numbers climbing in Ontario and how that forced teams to withdraw from the latest spiel held in KW. The event was held with a decreased field and on the ladies side Team Mann defeated Team Jones in the final and on the men’s side Team Epping defeated Team Howard. The girls were able to commentate a game during the live streaming on CurlingZone so they discuss the experience and some of the guest commentators. Team Koe made their debut this weekend at a spiel out in Alberta, losing in the quarters. The girls review the new calendar picks for the 2021 version of the curling calendar! Then Lori and Mary discuss new restrictions in and around Canada and the impact it will make on curling and the players. Thank you for listening, please enjoy the episode and stay safe!!
In the 2nd Episode (Season 6) there are curling events beginning to happen here in Canada in the midst of a second wave of Covid. Some clubs are deferring their openings, some are choosing not to open and some regions are faring quite well though the pandemic. Lori and Mary discuss the events, some of the results and how teams are handling travel restrictions and quarantines. Lori invites Darren Moulding to join her on the podcast to discuss the extended off season and what he has been up to, what he learned from the Brier final and how Team Bottcher will approach this season. Darren reminisces about their trip to Hollywood, Covid talents and the cancellation of Brenden's wedding. Thank you for listening, please enjoy the episode and stay safe everyone!
In the Season 6 Premiere episode Lori and Mary get together to figure out how to proceed with a curling podcast when there isn't much curling taking place. Luckily, they never seem to run out of topics and crazy stories to share! The girls discuss all the recent announcements and cancellations of curling events worldwide and how each country is handling travel restrictions and quarantining differently. Lori and Mary chat about all the epic events and moments they will miss about this shortened and different season and what some of the curlers have been up too. They share a ton of laughs and even wrote a song about this pandemic curling season! Welcome back to the podcast and please enjoy the episode!
In this summer bonus episode, Lori and Mary get to know more about one of their favourite players - Kate Cameron! The girls find out what life has been like for Kate during Covid and how it affected her wedding plans. They find out more about the ups and downs in Kate's curling career before she finally broke through and made it to the Scotties in 2017. Lori and Mary chat with Kate about that experience and what it was like playing in the final against Team Homan. Kate discusses how it felt wearing the Team Canada jersey after Team Homan was unable to go back to the Scotties the following year with the Olympic conflict. The girls find out more about Team Walker, their experience in Moosejaw, how she feels about the current Scotties format and what is happening with the team moving forward. Then Lori and Mary ask some fun questions about Kate modelling in the Women of Curling Calendar, her signature look and get a curler's confession! Please enjoy and stay safe and healthy everyone!
It's a Summer Bonus episode! Lori and Mary finally get together after not seeing each other since the Brier! The girls catch up on what's been happening in the curling world: return to play guidelines, the Grand Slams being postponed until April, will regional events happen with no points on the line until November, who is having babies, who has had to postpone weddings and which curlers have discovered hidden talents during COVID. Of course the girls have some fun and laughs too after being apart for so long!
In the 26th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary catch up with what has been happening in the curling world during the pandemic. They discuss the classic curling games being shown on TSN: Scotties 2011 Jones vs Overton Clapham, 2009 Brier Howard vs Martin and 2015 Brier Simmons vs Jacobs. The curlers have been hitting the social media circuits hard lately which created many great stories for the girls to chat about. Lori and Mary discuss a few more team changes that have taken place since the off season began, zoom curling watch parties and the coaching courses that Lori has been taking online. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times! Thank you to CurlingZone, HardLine and JetIce for sponsoring the podcast this season, please enjoy the episode!
In the 25th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary find a way to create a curling podcast when no curling is taking place. In this episode they discuss the recent announcement that the World Championships for 2020 will not be played and how that impacts the calculation of the Olympic points going forward. The girls enjoyed watching some classic curling on TSN from 2013 and note many of the differences they observed. There has been more team changes here in Canada so Lori and Mary provide the updates. The girls discuss the content the curlers are producing on social media these days, the benefits of being a low maintenance person during the pandemic, what TV programs are keeping them sane and much more. Thank you to CurlingZone, HardLine and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!
In the 24th Episode (Season 5) Mary beings with a "Did you Notice" segment which focuses on what has been happening since the social distancing and Pandemic concerns began. Lori and Mary discuss all the latest new team formations that have been announced. The girls chat about what everyone is doing to pass the time and still get a curling fix including watching old curling games online and Mary observes the many changes. Lori and Mary run through a team building exercise: Start, Stop and Continue to see if they should continue with the podcast. Lori challenges Mary to a musical game with songs that have a theme based on what's happening in the world right now. Wishing everyone good health and safety. Thank you to HardLine, CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!
In the 23rd Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary catch up on COVID-19, self isolation, the impacts it is causing and how the curlers are dealing with it. With all the teams storming and forming during the last week, the girls break down the biggest changes in the curling world: Wilkes moving to Homan, Weagle moving to Jones as a 5th player, Morris in and Flasch out on Team Koe, Forrest stepping back from Gunnlaughson and Carey still a free agent. Hoping this episode finds all the listeners safe and healthy. It is sponsored by JetIce, HardLine and CurlingZone, please enjoy!
In the 22nd Episode (Season 5) Mary and Lori are joined by journalists Gregory Strong and Ted Wyman who both cover curling here in Canada. The four do a round table conversation about all of latest curling topics: impact of COVID-19, late cancellation of the Women's World Championship, Team Homan taking Lisa Weagle out of the lineup moving forward, Brier and Scotties format and favourite moments, 8 vs 10 ends, how curling scandals stack up to the other sports they cover and the state of the game here in Canada. Thank you to HardLine, CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!
In the 21st Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary make a road trip to Kingston to watch the final 4 days at the Brier. The girls discuss the final game where Team Gushue (NFLD) won their 3rd Brier title, Team Bottcher's (Alberta) 3rd silver medal performance, Team Dunstone's (Sask) great run, how only 1 team was eliminated after the round robin and all the tiebreakers. They also discuss the great job Kingston did hosting the Brier, the famous Patch, morning classes and so many great stories from their time there. The girls also do a "Behind the Glass" interview with TSN legend Vic Rauter. Thank you to HardLine, CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring their episode, please enjoy!
In the 20th episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary discuss the opening weekend at the Brier in Kingston. Some of the topics include: the wildcard game and result, the girls make their picks on who will win the Brier, are the pools more equally distributed than at the Scotties, TSN featuring more than only the elite teams and some wild finishes in the games. The girls have some fun with "have you noticed" and a new calendar pick. On a somber note, Lori and Mary discuss the plane crash and the 20th anniversary of Sandra Schmirler's passing. Thank you to JetIce, HardLine and CurlingZone for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!
In the 19th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary continue their conversation about the Scotties: including more behind the scenes with Lori, the incident with Dan Carey and the official, superlatives from within the Scotties field and a couple of Lori's big takeaway moments from Moosejaw.
In the 18th Episode (Season 5) Lori returns from the Scotties to recap the playoff games with Mary. Congratulations to Team Manitoba (Team Einarson) on the extra end victory over Team Ontario (Team Homan). Then Mary and Lori discuss the Scotties journey for Lori (Part 1) Thank you to CurlingZone, HardLine and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!
In the 17th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary chat about their "secret project" which continued over the weekend, the Oscars and Lori's send off party. Then the girls discuss the results from the Manitoba and Alberta Tankards: more talent arising in Alberta, Gunner's first purple heart and more. With Brendan Bottcher winning in Alberta, it opens the door to Team Glenn Howard claiming the spot in the Wildcard game against Team Mike McEwen. Lori and Mary break down the Scotties pools, pick a winner for the Wildcard game and predict who will win the Scotties. "Mother Mary" makes an appearance during the episode with advice for Lori. Thank you to CurlingZone, JetIce and HardLine for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!