BETWEEN THE SHEETS: JUDGING THE 5TH ANNUAL IRON TAILGATER AT QUALCOMM STADIUM

I must admit our team has had some odd requests since our win last Feb 2010, but I do think this one topped them all! I received and email from Dominic Giammarinaro who is the organizer of the San Diego Chargers Tailgaters. The group consists of roughly 40 or so people who tailgate prior to each of the Chargers games. Dominic said the December 12th was their final tailgater of 2010 and since Terry and I would be in San Diego, would we be interested in being celebrity judges for their final cook-off. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: CURLING (AND GOLFING) IN CALIFORNIA… WHAT A DREAM!

And I live in Calgary….why? As I sit down to write this blog its about -14 in Calgary and snowing… pretty, but cold! Terry and I just arrived back from a fabulous five days in San Diego where we played a couple rounds of golf, judged a cook-off at a San Diego Chargers tailgate party (my next blog) and attended the final play-off night for the Curl San Diego league! How you ask? Well, I received and email from Marychello (Maria) Brown about 2 months back, she had heard we were going to be in San Diego and invited Terry and I to drop by their Fall League Final. So we agreed to come and hand out their year end trophies as well as bring the medal and do some photos with everyone. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: CURLING IN SCOTTSDALE??

I never thought I would curl in Phoenix, but thanks to our friend, Kevin Kerwin, Terry and I headed down to Phoenix a couple weeks ago to conduct a curling clinic at the Ice Den in Scottsdale Arizona (practice facility of the Phoenix Coyotes). Kevin arranged a Learn to Curl clinic with the help of Darryl Horsman, President of the Coyotes Curling Club. The participants ranged in age and experience (most were novice) and were comprised of US and Canadian residents! Terry and I had a little bit of a chuckle as the Zamboni prepared the ice surface! The rings(quite faded) were permanently etched into the hockey ice, and after the Zamboni did its thing, they placed the hacks into the ice by warming the metal pegs with body heat and then pushing them into the ice surface and standing on them for 45 seconds…and voila…we had hacks! They then pebbled AND nipped the ice and the preparation was complete. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN A HUGE SUCCESS!

It’s been an interesting 2 months since we started our search for sponsors to partner with our team. We took a unique approach by promoting ourselves through an outdoor advertising campaign on outdoor billboards around Calgary during October and November. The idea? Well it was born during a team brainstorming session. We wanted to get the message out that we were first of all looking for sponsors, because the majority assumed we had already secured one (or more). And second, we wanted to approach the sponsors partnership differently than we had in the past. We looked seriously at what we could offer them. What community initiatives could we support on their behalf. What could we do for them in return for funding. Its a good thought for any teams looking for sponsors. Yes, you can wear their crests, buy their products and eat at their establishments – but what more can you offer. READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: SOMETIMES LIFE GETS IN THE WAY!

I get asked often. Where did you come from? And they are not asking, where I was born either. But more, how had I, at 44 represented Canada at the 2010 Olympics when I had previously had so little international experience and no major titles to my name. The simple answers? Maybe it wasn’t my time yet. Or, I hadn’t found the right fit for a team. However, I have given it a lot of thought over the last eight months, and all those reason did come to mind – but the truth is, I think during these last four years, we were all at a time in our lives where we could commit to working very hard with the least amount of personal distractions. (The only one that didn’t have the luxury of “no distractions” was Carolyn – who I admire incredibly for her ability to pursue her dreams an continue to be an amazing mother. She is a rarity). READ...

BETWEEN THE SHEETS: DON’T DO COMPLACENCY

As I write this blog Team Bernard has just finished up their 3rd event this season. It began with a win in our small Calgary Curling Club opener on Sept 10th (I had just flown in two days prior, from a two week African safari so I was a bit jet lagged). One thing we had agreed on at the end of last season was to not throw a stone this summer, so that we all had time to recover from a long season last year. So suffice to say – we were all pretty pleased with ourselves, my 10 hour time change and the fact that none of us had hardly thrown before the event didn’t seem to have much of an effect. We pretty much carried on from the end of last season. READ...