Curling rocks on TV

JOE PAVIA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

When your normally timid opponent attempts a circus shot, you know that televised curling has begun.

Whether it's CBC, TSN, Rogers or even NBC, curling is the envy of many other winter sports with almost 200 hours of mostly live coverage on the horizon.

The two main TV properties are the CCA's Season's of Champions (SOC) and the Asham World Curling Tour's Capital One Grand Slam of Curling.

The Grand Slam packages four big money events (prize purse is $100,000 per event) that showcase the top 16 men's money earners.

The semi-finals and final of the BDO Canadian Classic Open from Quebec City airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on Country Canada, with CBC showing the final on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Wayne Middaugh will win this event.

Look out for the televised moustache shaveoffs during the coverage.

Many Tour players are sporting moustaches in support of MOVEMBER -- prostate cancer awareness month.

The initial Season of Champion's event is the Continental Cup that pits Europe against North America.

The new world got clobbered last year, but this year's Glenn Howard/Jennifer Jones combination will prevail.

CBC airs the last two games.

CBC also has the semi-finals and finals for the M&M Meat Shops Juniors, Scott Tournament of Hearts, Tim Hortons Brier and Ford Worlds Women's.

TSN, which takes over the entire Seasons of Champions starting next season, will continue to broadcast two round-robin draws daily except for thejuniors.

TSN has revived television's best curling event. The Casino Rama Skins will air Dec. 8-9, with Kevin Martin, Howard, Brad Gushue and Middaugh gunning for $100.000.

Rogers has the Ontario's men's championship twice daily draws from the TSC Stores Tankard in February.

Rogers may also televise the Dec. 16 championship of the JSI Canada Cup Qualifier.

Even NBC will air a taped event called the Korbel Challenge on Dec. 23.

New York City's Rockefeller Center was the location of this U.S. vs. Sweden exhibition game.

NBC experienced a 700% viewer increase it its curling coverage from the Turin Olympics over Salt Lake City.

Check the batteries in the remote control.

OCA PLAYDOWNS: In Pepsi Junior regional action, local teams advancing to the January provincials are: A-side: Rachel Homan and Christian Tolusso; B-side: Katie Morrissey and Neil Sinclair. The Dominion of Canada Senior zone results are: 1A: Bryan Cochrane and Betty Venning; B: Wally Morris and Raja Wysocki; 2A: Bruce Delaney and Joyce Potter; B: Layne Noble and Judy Tulloch; 3A:Dick Stoddart and Susan Schmidt; B: Warren Reddick and Jennifer Langley; 4A: Jim Marshall and Dianne Wylie; B: Alex Tosh and Nan MacDougall. The regionals are this weekend.

CAPITAL GAIN: Western Quebec players earned cash at the Challenge Casino de Charlevoix last weekend. While Sarnia's Raymond James (Pete Steski) took the $10,000 first-place prize, Gatineau's Jean-Sebastien Roy (third for Robert Desjardins) fell shy of winning $6,000 by one point. Thurso's Simon Dupuis got by Buckingham's Pierre Charette in the quarter-finals before losing to Steski. Dupuis and the other semi-finalist, Gatineau's Jean-Michel Menard, each earned $4,000. Charette left with $2,500.

HITTING THE WALL: Australia, coached by Ottawa's Earle Morris, lost the men's Pacific championships last week to China, which also won the women's title. China will soon be a curling powerhouse.


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