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!
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."
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.
So who had the best drafts. Vote below...
Rules of the draft
- Each team is made up of 4 active players (players who played either the challenge round, USA Curing Nationals or on tour), and one "retired" player who did not play 4 person teams this year.
- Each player must be eligible to play in the US.
- Draft was serpentine #1 pick gets #8 pick, #2 pick gets #7 pick, etc.
- Don't have to pick by position
- Next game is played soon (no time for long development of a player)
Full Draft Order
Price Atkinson, Host
Price hosts The Extra Extra End Podcast for TESN.US. Episodes drop every Friday during the curling season.
If you have an interest in sponsoring the podcast, click here!