Adding a-peel to curling

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Jill Officer would never completely peel for a calendar of any kind.

But people in Brandon believe she already has posed naked for a new international calendar of 12 female curlers -- including two Canadians -- that is being sold by The Curling News.

"It's fun that everybody's talking about it," Officer, second for Team Canada's Jennifer Jones, said yesterday. "People have been coming up to me all day asking if I had posed nude. After seeing the stories about the calendar, they seem to think they were (photos) of the Canadian champion, I guess because it said Canadians were involved and Jen was quoted."

But would she be willing to doff it all for a curling, or any other, cause?

"I can't say that I would," Officer replied. "I would never be completely nude. I mean, you would really have to twist my arm."

But Officer raised no objection.

Classy

"As long as the image of the sport is being portrayed in a classy way, I'm OK with it," she said. "And I agree that it could maybe bring a little publicity to the sport."

Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton concurred.

"It's brought a little excitement to our game," he said. "It's unique. For some reason, there's no men's one yet. But we'd have to keep more of our clothes on. I mean, look at us."

Ana Arce, a photographer who once skipped the Andorran women's team, started the project and shot the pics.

TCN editor George Karrys lucked into the rights to sell the calendar because he knew Arce after coaching Andorra at the 2002 world championships. Karrys, who won an Olympic silver medal as lead for Mike Harris in 1998, has been flooded with orders since the story came out Monday, and that includes calls from the U.S.

"They haven't stopped since," Karrys said from Port Hawkesbury, N.S., where he is serving as media director for this weekend's Slam.

Orders can be made through the TCN site, www.thecurlingnews.com, for $29.25 each.

Norway's Pal Trulsen was already planning to place his order.

"It's about time!" he told the Edmonton Sun. "It's a fun thing. We want curling to be like other sports. We have the doping thing. Now we have the calendar. All I know is that I'm buying it."

But don't expect Alberta legend Randy Ferbey to pose nude for any men's curling calendar.

"I don't know," he said. "It took me 25 years to take off my moustache."

BITERS: The MCT's inaugural Skins Game in Grand Marais is still seeking foursomes to fill out its 16-team roster. Contact Chris Jensen at gcjensen@mts.net or call 204-754-3058 ... The MCA advises that the deadlines for entries into the junior, women's and masters berth bonspiels is tomorrow ... Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton has been invited to Sportsnet's $100,000 M&M Meat Shops Skins Game in Waterloo, Ont., Dec. 28-30.

HOUSECLEANING: Morden's Ian Beavis earned $4,000 as the winner of the MCT's Hamiota Men's Cash Spiel last weekend ... Pembina's Lionel Walz and Starbuck's Chris Scalena won their respective events at the Lloyd Gunnlaugson Memorial Senior Bonspiel.

COMING UP: Valour Road's Ryan Fry, who just pocketed $9,000 as the runner-up at a W/MCT spiel in Portage, will be one of 32 teams competing at the Safeway Select Southern Berth Bonspiel in Morden this weekend ... MCT spiels on tap this weekend are the Ken Kurbis Memorial Galaxy Bonspiel at the Rossmere Curling Club and the Lake of the Woods Days Inn Cash Spiel in Kenora ... The $20,000 DEKALB Super League opens its fifth season in Morris tomorrow.


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