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The Extra Extra End Curling Podcast
61 minutes | May 20, 2021
E10: 2021 U.S. Nationals Preview, Team Peterson Wins Bronze
We’re on the heels of the 2021 U.S. Curling Nationals starting next week in Wausau, Wisconsin, while the U.S. Mixed Doubles Nationals are underway. “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese, Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Price Atkinson break down what they expect to happen with picks for both the men and women. In addition, they hit on Team Peterson bringing home the world women’s bronze and update Tab Peterson and Joe Polo’s quest for hardware at the World Mixed Doubles Championship going on right now in Aberdeen, Scotland.
47 minutes | May 6, 2021
E9: World Women’s Playoffs, U.S. National Fields
This week we’re checking in on Team USA’s progress at the ongoing women's world championship. USA’s Team Peterson is sitting primed for a playoff spot, while Canada is fighting just to get in.Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s fields have been announced for the upcoming 2021 USA Curling National Championships. Who are the favorites and which could be the surprise teams?
57 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
E8: Men's Worlds debacle; Women's World Championship preview
In episode 8 of this pandemic curling season, hosts Price Atkinson, Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Rebecca Andrew look back at the debacle and failed handling of the false-positive test results involving Team USA at the end of the recent Men’s World Championship.The host and guests also look ahead to the Women’s World Championship starting this weekend at the curling bubble in Calgary.
44 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
E7: Team USA coach Phill Drobnick from the Men's World Championship
After some ups and downs, Team USA led by John Shuster is on a roll at the 2021 Men’s World Championship. USA Curling’s Phill Drobnick joins Specks and Price from the bubble in Calgary to take us inside their round robin journey en route to the playoffs.Price and Specks also discuss exciting on-ice activities coming up on the American curling scene; relief is finally in sight, curling fans!
62 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
E6: Matt Hamilton interview, 2018 Olympic Champions Heading to Worlds
The guys are back together after an extended hiatus and this week “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese, Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti and Price Atkinson dish on what we’ve watched go down in the curling world over the last few weeks. One half of the "Bash Brothers" Matt Hamilton joins Price ahead of the upcoming Men's World Championship to dish on must-have items he's got packed for the bubble, playing for a World title and a spot for Team USA in the upcoming Olympic and more. They debate the COVID interest of sports during the pandemic and focus on the upcoming men’s world championship in Calgary (April 2-11). And they take a look at Team Shuster’s chances against a 14-team field including the favorites in Team Canada.
59 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
E5: Author, Speaker and U.S. Paralympian Steve Emt
Team USA 2018 Paralympic wheelchair curler Steve Emt has been through it all and he joins host Price Atkinson on this week’s episode. A former walk-on basketball player for the UConn Huskies, Emt picked up the sport of curling at age 42 and is now preparing for the upcoming World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Finland later this spring. Besides having more free time during the pandemic, he shares why he decided to write his new book You D.E.C.I.D.E. which is now available on Amazon.In addition, Price and co-host Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti discuss the feedback from their previous episode … and also give their Super Bowl picks!
71 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
E4: Mayfield’s New Club and some issues in/around USA Curling
TESN’s Joe “The Godfather” Calabrese and Price Atkinson team up with curler Rebecca Andrew to talk about some of the things facing the sport in the U.S. Later, Joe catches up with Mayfield Curling Club board member Mike Moore to discuss their brand new facility just outside of Cleveland, OH. And we close with some NFL playoffs and NHL talk!
56 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
E3: Traverse City (MI) Curling Club, Ice Barn And More
We ring in 2021 on the latest episode of The Extra Extra End as Price Atkinson, “The Godfather” Joe Calabrese and Dustin “Specks” Tomasetti catch up on the latest U.S. curling news. We then feature Joe‘s interview with Traverse City (MI) Curling Club founding members and siblings Don Piche and Cara Colburn in the Segment-You-Can‘t-Refuse, as Don and Cara dish on a potential new $7 million, 25,500 square-foot facility for 2022. Finally, we celebrate Joe getting to attend a real, live sporting event at the Buffalo Bills home playoff game!
58 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
E2: New Denver Rock Creek Curling Club opening in 2021
Despite the pandemic and clubs temporarily shutting down, a brand new Denver-area curling facility is opening its doors in 2021. Price Atkinson, Joe Calabrese and Rebecca Andrew discuss along with guests Sean and Mimi Stevenson from the Rock Creek Curling Club.
65 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
E1: U.S. Nationals Postponed, Korey Dropkin
Episode one of season four with "The Extra Extra End" blasts off with the latest U.S. curling news and opinions. Price Atkinson, Joe Calabrese and Dustin Tomasetti also speak with Young Bucks skip Korey Dropkin... and there’s the usual football chatter to wind things up. Thanks to The Curling News and Sports Illutsrated for their partnership this season!
59 minutes | May 30, 2020
E20: Two-time U.S. Olympian Jessica Schultz
A quick break for the Memorial Day holiday and we're back with our guest and new USA Curling Women’s National Team & Juniors Director Jessica Schultz. The two-time U.S. Olympian joined us regarding her new role with the USCA. And co-hosts Price Atkinson, "The Godfather" Joe Calabrese and Dustin "Specs" Tomasetti discuss the big changes announced for the U.S. Junior Program for the upcoming season and also how curling and sports will be different upon returning.
41 minutes | May 8, 2020
E19: Emergency podcast with USA Curling team, staff announcements
Two times in one week? Our Friday emergency podcast thanks to several big moves regarding USA Curling staff and teams, including the "new" Team Sinclair along with Joe Polo staying with the #YoungBucks. TESN's "The Godfather" Joe Calabrese and Price Atkinson plus "Specs" Dustin Tomasetti talked about it all, as well as the hiring of two-time Olympian Jessica Schultz to lead the USCA's women's high performance and junior programs. And will we even have curling this fall with events beginning to get canceled?
53 minutes | May 5, 2020
E18: All-Pro Curling Team's Jared Allen
The top women's teams around USA Curling began to take shape last week with the announcements of Teams Peterson and Christensen. And more team announcements are expected this coming week. TESN's Joe Calabrese and Price Atkinson get into all the latest changes and how the COVID quarantine has played havoc at home. And we welcome our guest former NFL defensive end, future NFL Hall of Fame and founder of the All-Pro Curling Team Jared Allen. He shared in their team's disappointment in coming up short of qualifying for U.S. Nationals this past February, continuing to pursue the highest level of the sport and preparing for next season with skip Jason Smith leading the way again and how dedicated ice in Nashville could help take them to the next level of improvement.
64 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
E17: Comedian, coach and curler Dean Gemmell
Team Ruohonen will no longer be quite so #OldIsGold next season with their new team change and addition plus TESN's Joe Calabrese and Price Atkinson share in the excitement of the newly announced Southern California Curling Center. Joe also catches up with "Brush Like A Badass" himself Dean Gemmell about an array of topics including offseason training, physical fitness, his comedic career and dodging COVID-19 in New Jersey. The guys finish things off by looking forward to the first "sports" event in weeks with the NFL Draft starting tonight...and believe it or not Price (who has trashed the "boring" Draft for years) is actually looking forward to it!
71 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
E16: Two-time Olympian Ann Swisshelm on her championship season, personal COVID-19 battle
Take a curling break with us this week as TESN host Price Atkinson is joined again by The Pickwick executive chef and Duluth Curling Club's Dustin "Specs" Tomasetti. They covered a lot of ground including how much pressure is on Team USA next spring with just one World Championship that will now determine the six guaranteed Olympic spots. And what one U.S. curling "classic" game would they most like see replayed on TV?Our guest this week is two-time U.S. Olympian and World Curling Federation analyst Ann Swisshelm who shared a powerful message opening up about her five-week battle with COVID-19. Ann also talked about what the struggle has been like battling the virus as an asthmatic, not leaving the house for over a month except to go to the doctor, how tough it's been for her family and husband Sean and also the outpouring of support she's received from the curling community. And finally, Price and Specs on Netfix's hit series "Tiger King" and why they simply cannot stop watching the "train wreck."
78 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
E15: Team USA fantasy curling draft
This week we switched things up and held our first-ever Team USA fantasy curling draft! TESN's "The Godfather" Joe Calabrese & Price Atkinson along with CurlingZone's Gerry Geurts and The Wick's executive chef/Duluth Curling Club member Dustin "Specks" Tomasetti each drafted their own women's and men's team. Each women's and men's fantasy team were comprised of four active players plus one wild card/retired player. It was a lot of fun and you can vote at TESN.us on who you think built the best fantasy teams! Price also talked with Specks about the ongoing coronavirus situation and the harsh reality and effect it's having on local small businesses like his restaurant (Pickwick Restaurant & Pub) in downtown Duluth, Minn.
64 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
E14: New USA Curling CEO Jeff Plush
The curling season might be over but we're far from done. "The Godfather" Joe Calabrese returns this week to co-host with Price Atkinson and they get into about the latest and state of things in with the novel coronavirus worsening by the day, including the Summer Olympics now postponed until 2021. Could the start of next season also be in jeopardy? New USA Curling CEO Jeff Plush joins us for the first time, as he's approaching almost two months on the job since starting the week of US Nationals. He shared what he told and heard from Team Peterson and Shuster upon the cancelation of the World Championships, could the WCF be formulating a plan to play both in the fall, his priorities for the coming months and much more.
60 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
E13: Denver Curling Club's Aaron Johnston after winning the 2020 USA Curling Club Nationals
CurlingZone's Gerry Geurts returns to co-host with Price Atkinson and they hop right into the fluid nature of the COVID-19 epidemic that is wreaking havoc across the world. And that includes the curling world with event cancelations, postponements and more.Our guest this week is Denver Curling Club's Aaron Johnston, fresh off winning the 2020 USA Curling Club Nationals men's title last weekend at the Potomac Curling Club outside of Washington, DC. Aaron shares everything about the event and how it compares to past Nationals he has competed in. And he also talks about the positive coronavirus test by a player who played in the event as well as how they were coping last week with everything changing around them in regarding to the crisis. Price and Gerry wrap it up and promise we WILL have more episodes the rest of the season. Just because the curling action may be done on the ice, it doesn't mean we are! Stay safe, healthy and be smart out there. And we're thinking about everybody navigating thru this turbulent and uncertain time.
41 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
E12: Recap of the 2020 U.S. Nationals plus the upcoming Mixed Doubles Championship is this weekend
Co-hosts Jenna Martin and Price Atkinson recap all the action from Spokane and the 2020 USA Curling Nationals, as John Shuster and Tabitha Peterson captured national titles. Plus the fun we had off the ice around the craps and roulette tables. We also preview the 2020 USA Mixed Doubles Curling Nationals this weekend in Bemidji where 12 teams will be competing for the title of Team USA and spot in the upcoming Mixed Doubles World Championship this April in Kelowna, British Columbia!
47 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
E11: 2020 U.S. Curling National Championships Preview
The 2020 U.S. Curling National Championships begin tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 8) at Eastern Washington University's URC Ice Arena. And co-host Price Atkinson welcomes the "Angry Bird" Sean Murray to the podcast for the first time this season, as he'll be delivering color analysis on the webs stream from Nationals.They break down both the women's and men's fields, who could be a dark horse (is there even a dark horse?) and who gets the favorite label on the men's side (Dropkin or Shuster). And don't forget, we'll stream each draw LIVE on TESN from start to finish!
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