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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. 

Apr 29, 2020

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!

Apr 13, 2020

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!  

Mar 30, 2020

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!

Mar 21, 2020

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!

Mar 16, 2020

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!

Mar 9, 2020

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! 

Mar 3, 2020

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!

Feb 25, 2020

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.

Feb 25, 2020

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!

Feb 11, 2020

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!

Feb 4, 2020

In the 16th Episode (season 5) Mary tells Lori about her first time experience playing Mixed Doubles.  Then the girls break down the Provincial Scotties and Tankard action from the weekend: results from Saskatchewan, Ontario, BC, NFLD, NWT, NO, NB and the province everyone was waiting for - Manitoba!  Congratulations to all the teams for winning their province and territorial.  Thank you to CurlingZone, HardLine and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Jan 28, 2020

In the 15th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary get caught up after a very busy weekend of curling and Lori may be suffering from a little burnout.  The girls break down the results and what happened in the Scotties/Tankard playdowns in NS, NB, Quebec, Alberta and Sask.  Congratulations to all the teams who won their provincials!  Lori and Mary watched so much live streaming of these events that they offer a few tips to the commentators and even throw in a few Dirty Curling Talk phrases they heard.  The girls chat about the Canadian Junior Championships: results, format including inviting 2 provincial runner ups to participate, changing the timing of the National Championships next season and selecting a team who will represent Canada at the Worlds because of it.  Congratulations to Team Zacharias (Manitoba) and Team Gautier (Manitoba2) on winning the Canadian Juniors! Thank you to JetIce, HardLine and CurlingZone for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Jan 21, 2020

In the 14th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary discuss the latest Grand Slam of Curling which was held in Yorkton, Sask: weather affecting ice, triple knockout format, how the Continental Cup teams performed and 60 second recaps.  Congratulations to Team  Hasselbourg and Team Jacobs on winning 3 Grand Slams in a row. The girls talk about the latest Scotties and Tankard results as attention shifts towards Season of Champions events.  Lori and Mary receive feedback about their discussion regarding the mixed scramble game at the Continental Cup and address that in an "Ask The Girls" segement.  Lori and Mary are GIVING AWAY 2 week long passes to the Ontario Scotties and Tankard which will begin in Cornwall next week.  Thank you to HardLine, CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this epsiode.  Please enjoy!

Jan 14, 2020

In the 13th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary discuss their road trip to the Continental Cup which was held in London, Ontario to sold out crowds.  The girls chat about their experiences while they were there, the dominant performance by Team Europe, team dynamics during the mixed scramble game skipped by Rachel Homan, jerseys and nicknames and so much more.  During their time at the Continental Cup, Lori and Mary interview coach Jeff Stoughton regarding Team Canada's performance, preparation, fun questions and even a "curlers confession".  Lori interviews Tracy Fleury about her team, teammates, goals, baby news and her experience at the Continental Cup.  Mary chats to Ben Hebert about his 11th Continental Cup experience, where his nickname "Meat" came from, how much he has paid in fines and a "curlers confession".  Thank you to HardLine, JetIce and CurlingZone for sponsoring this episode.  Please enjoy!

Jan 6, 2020

In the 12th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary get caught up after the holiday break: what they were up to, Christmas holidays and New Years and what some of their favourite curlers did over the break....including which curler has recently announced a new addition to their family?!  Mary filled Lori in on a couple cool opportunities that she was a part of: coaching a Swiss team at the TCA Championships and assisting in a fun filled night at the Whitby curling club.  Lori discusses her top 10 stories of 2019.  And Lori and Mary pick who they feel won the decade challenge in the curling world!  Thank you to the following sponsors for this episode: JetIce, CurlingZone and HardLine.  Please enjoy!

Dec 17, 2019

In the 11th Episode (Season 5), Lori and Mary recap the Boost National Slam which was held in Conception Bay South.  Congratulations to Team Hasselbourg and Team Jacobs on their victories.  Mary absolutely crushes her 60 second recap, there is discussion on both Canada Cup winners (Homan and Epping) not qualifying for playoffs and whether there is a letdown for curlers and the audience after the Canada Cup.  With the cash spiel season winding down before the holidays, Lori and Mary turn their attention to the upcoming play downs and discuss some drama that took place in Ontario.  Rick Lang returns with a follow up conversation about the High Performance Consulting program.  Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Holiday and the girls will be back in the New Year!  Thank you to CurlingZone, JetIce and HardLine for sponsoring this episode!

Dec 2, 2019

In the 10th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary recap the 2019 Canada Cup: their overview of the event, ice and venue, TSN crew, commercials, new additions to teams, fashion, round robin surprises, how the girls picks did, semi final blowouts and the men's and women's finals.  Congratulations to Team Homan and Team Epping on their big victories and claiming the first spot in the 2021 Olympic Trials!  The girls discuss Curling Canada announcing equal prize money for the Scotties and Brier Champions.  And Congratulations to Team Ontario (Moffat) and Team Alberta (Dupont) on winning the Canadian Curling Club Championships!  Thank you to HardLine, CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Nov 26, 2019

In the 9th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary discuss the European Championships including victories by Team Hasselbourg and Team Edin, Eve Muirhead's lingering hip injury, Craig Saville's successful coaching debut and Norway missing the playoffs by 1 game.  The girls are excited for the 2019 Canada Cup to begin this week and make their picks on which teams could claim the win and nab the first Olympic Trial spot.  After their interview with Rick Lang, the girls received some push back and discuss the role of the High Performance Consultants and the impact on Canadian coaching a little further.  And as promised, Lori and Mary end the podcast with another instalment of Dirty Curling Talk!  Thank you to CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Nov 18, 2019

In the 8th Episode (Season 5), Mary takes over the podcast with a special interview with Lori as she has some big news to share.  The girls discuss the recent controversy at the European Championships where Norway was penalized after misinterpreting a rule and subsequently were given the loss because of it.  Lori and Mary share a few fun stories before they interview Rick Lang.  Rick shares exactly how the High Performance Consultant program was formed, the criteria involved and much more.  Of course, the girls couldn't let Rick off the hook and he shares a couple " Curler's Confessions".  Thank you to CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Nov 12, 2019

In the 7th Episode (Season 5), Lori and Mary have barely recovered after they hosted a "Happy Hour With The 2 Girls" at a charity event in Toronto.  They chat about how it felt to be centre stage and about their "Masked Curler" Rich Hart siting in with them.  The girls discuss everything about the Tour Challenge (Tier 1) which was held in Pictou, NS: 60 second recaps, emergence of young teams breaking through and notable moments about the event in general.  Congratulations to Team Hasselbourg and Team Jacobs on winning the event.  There was also the Tier 2 event happening simultaneously which had a burned rock controversy during the final and the girls weigh in on what happened.  Congratulations to Team Kim and Team Dropkin on winning the Tier 2 event.  Lori and Mary chat about the Canadian Mixed Nationals and the Pacific Asian Curling Championships!  Big Congratulations to Team Quebec for their undefeated run at the Mixed Nationals!  Thank you to CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Oct 29, 2019

In this 6th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary get together to record the GSOC Masters Recap.  They discuss the spares who filled in, coaching changes and who might be filling in on the TSN broadcast.  Lori had several "Have You Noticed" observations and many learnings from the Sportsnet Crew from the week.  The girls talk about all the notable results from both the ladies and mens draws, how fun it was to see new teams winning a slam and of course, the 60 second recaps of the final!  Congratulations to Team Fleury and to Team Dunstone on their GSOC Masters victories.  Lori and Mary reached out to the listeners during the week to send "Ask Us Anything" questions (48:55).  And finally Lori talks to Braeden Moskowy (1:03) fresh off of Team Dunstone's big win and he fills her in on the celebration, today's curling culture, what his teammates are like, how their provincial loss may have helped their team,what are their chances to get the last Canada Cup spot and his thoughts on the MOC calendar!  Thank you to CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Oct 22, 2019

in the 5th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary discuss the online streaming of the ladies spiel out in Portage on the weekend where Team Stern upset favourite Team Homan.  The girls look at what teams are in CTRS contention for the last spot in the Canada Cup.  Mary does a Behind the Glass Interview with Michele Gower, an on ice official about her experience doing that job.  Congratulations to Team Canada on winning GOLD at the World Mixed  Curling Championships!  Lori and Mary draw the winners for the Men of Curling calendar contest!  Thank you to CurlingZone and JetIce for sponsoring this episode, please enjoy!

Oct 7, 2019

In the 4th Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary discuss how they are missing TV curling, luckily they were able to watch some live action at the High Park Curling Club at the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard.  The Hot Topic on this episode is the new qualification process for the next Canadian Olympic Trials. The girls are eager to get an eye full with the latest instalment of the Men of Curling Calendar and the men did not disappoint.  There are lots of surprises and the girls share many laughs checking out all the pictures as they see it for the first time.  Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY - Lori and Mary are giving away 2 copies of the calendar.  Send in a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter message about which calendar model you are looking forward to seeing.  Lori was able to chat with Geoff Walker during the High Park spiel and he fills her in on his calendar shoot experience, what happened to playing Mixed Doubles with his wife, Laura Walker and much more.  This episode is sponsored by JetIce and CurlingZone, please enjoy!

Oct 1, 2019

In the 3rd Episode (Season 5) Lori and Mary discuss how it felt to host a live version of the podcast.  The girls release a small snippet of the Hot Seat Interview questions from John Epping, Sherry Middaugh and Danielle Inglis.  Lori and Mary tackle other curling topics this week like the debate over the point system that took place on social media, the newly announced teams that will be attending the Continental Cup which only include teams from Canada and Europe and the change that Curling Canada made to the coaching requirements to allow elite players to be High Performance Consultants.  Lori challenges Mary to some trivia questions to test her curling IQ.  Thank you to JetIce and CurlingZone for sponsoring this episode, Please enjoy!

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