A made for TV showcase goes again this weekend at Casino Rama outside Orillia, Ontario as four of curling's name teams are invited to battle for $75,000 in cash in the TSN Skins Curling Game. You can follow the action this weekend on TSN.
While it does have many great teams on the ice in Jeff Stoughton, Glenn Howard, Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe, it will be missing curling's #1 ranked team as brought up in the comments section. A very good question indeed.
McEwen will be working on extending his points lead on the Order of Merit and CTRS this weekend playing (and getting in a little golf?) in the Mecure Perth Masters in Scotland, while the only incentive for Martin, Howard, Koe and Stoughton will be the cold hard cash at Rama. McEwen might be missing out on potential notoriety, but with the all important Olympic Trials berth on the line, McEwen might be happy to see these guys (Howard, Stoughton, Koe) "wasting" a weekend playing for cash.
Goldline Curling's Team Martin has already got his Olympic Trials berth, and make the points chase irrelevant to them, so a little cash never hurts the pocket book.
Some Quick Hitters:
Make good on those New Year’s resolutions — get a copy of Fit to Curl: A Sport-Specific Guide to Training for the World’s Greatest Game by Olympic Gold Medalist John Morris. You can buy it at fittocurl.com and at your favourite pro shop.
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