- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
There was a moment - more than a fleeting one - last February, when Mike McEwen was certain that the team he had skipped since 2007 was breaking up. In the minutes after their 8-3 loss to Jeff Stoughton in the Manitoba Men's Curling Championship, McEwen and his mates sat in the locker room, denied again. The best team to not reach a Brier was disintegrating.
"At that very moment I would’ve said - and our people around us (coach, sports psychologist) would’ve said - that was it for us,” admitted McEwen. “We had to do something.”
Nine months later, the rink that seemed most assuredly would see its members scattering to find other opportunities, has started the 2014-15 season by winning four competitions and running up a sensational record of 28 wins and 1 loss. As this week's Masters of Curling takes place - the first of the season's majors - Team McEwen has a target on their backs, emerging as one of the early "it" teams of the season.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 mth ago
Jeff Lutz understands the confused looks on the faces of some when he tells them he's a member of the Israeli Men's National Curling Team.
“We get it it," he says, with a lighthearted tone. "It sounds weird. It sounds out of the ordinary. But it’s who we are, it’s who we represent and we’re proud to do that.”
The nation of Israel is, once again, a member of the World Curling Federation. Bonus points to those who knew it had been in the federation before, its membership being revoked in 2007 due to inactivity. Reinstated in time for this season, the 45th-ranked curling power on planet Earth (tied with the likes of Mongolia and the U.S. Virgin Islands - Brazil is ranked 44th) has a men's team that is returning to action this weekend, in Manitoba.
The National Curling Team of Israel is taking part in the Fall Curling Classic, at Winnipeg's famed Granite Club.
Lutz, a native of Bloomfield, Michigan, plays second on the team. He and his mates had just finished their final practice session hours before their first game at The Classic, when he took time out to discuss the rebirth of Israeli curling.