99 Friendship Episode 34

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · March 21st, 2017 · No comments

Thank you for bearing with this day-late upload of your favourite women’s soccer/curling podcast, 99 Friendship, as Carolyn and your humble author go quietly mad trying to balance work, school, and staying on Beijing time to see Rachel Homan curl questionably on violently bad Chinese ice at the World Women’s, then somehow beat absolutely everybody. Since we recorded Rachel has edged another squeaker over the United States’s Nina Roth then slapped the kilt off of Eve Muirhead, because this tournament is subtitled with whatever is Chinese for “randomness makes things interesting.” There’s a big draw against Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg tonight/tomorrow morning depending on what time zone you’re reading this from, and God knows what will happen.

Also, she’s smiling quite a bit. She seems to be in a good mood. Her high-fives of Joanne and Lisa as she slides up to take her shots seem less perfunctory than usual. At once point against Sidorova she spent a while looking at a house that could have been cleared out with Random Big Weight Madness, mused worriedly to Emma Miskew “I don’t think I have a shot,” then played a glorious high-precision soft-weight tap-back to get a big end. There’s a lot of smog in Beijing and she may be suffering from hypoxia. When Hasselborg inevitably drops Homan like a sack of doorknobs in the final, I’m worried Rachel is going to snap in a way beyond even the reach of a sports psychologist.

Also the Elite 10 happened, and Old Man Curling was a lot of fun, and Kevin Koe tried very hard to go home earlier, and we have some laughs.

Women’s soccer content this week consists of a) “hey Saskatchewan named its players of the year I guess?” and b) “oh the Kent State woso recruiting class.” I mean it’s not a high-content woso week, the fact that we get as many minutes out of it as we do is a tribute to how much we care. You’re welcome.

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99 Friendship Episode 33

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · March 13th, 2017 · 1 comment

There is exactly 4:20 of women’s soccer content in this week’s 99 Friendship. Dank af.

In our defense, there were better-than-usual reasons for skimming over our podcast’s nominal topic. First off: yes, the Canadian women’s soccer team played two games in the last week. But neither was streamed (fuck you, Portugal!) and Canada didn’t score any goals for us to salivate over. So what the hell were we supposed to say? “Losing to Spain is kinda sucky, unless we played really well but it wasn’t our day, which is possible, though it might not be what happened, and anyway it was the Algarve Cup so who actually cares, we lost to Denmark at the last one of these then won an Olympic bronze medal.” The most interesting thing to happen was Nichelle Prince and Jordyn Huitema getting substituted off after only 40 minutes in the final, and the story there is “what happened? I dunno.”

Also, the Brier (Canada’s men’s curling championship) happened. Both Carolyn and my rink lost in awkward ways, but I’m louder so we talk about mine more. Also the women’s world curling championships (sorry, the world women’s curling championships) are happening next weekend at Oh God-o’clock, which gives Carolyn an excuse to recount old stories of Rachel Homan blowing world finals. Also also, Cathy Overton-Clapham is playing with my girl Chelsea Carey next year. Which is excellent.

Solid solid content this week.

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99 Friendship Episode 32

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · March 6th, 2017 · No comments

Our women’s soccer podcast has some women’s soccer in it this week! Yes we spent the last ten minutes talking about the first two games of the Algarve Cup, and made some pessimistic predictions about the third game against Portugal that wound up not being quite pessimistic enough. We’re in the final against Spain, we told you we would be, but instead of squeaking out a narrow 1-0 win we drew 0-0. And the Portuguese didn’t bother broadcasting it. Sad!

But if you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding. And the Brier, Canada’s brocurl championship, is on, so yeah we treat you to twenty minutes talking about curlers we hate (Adam Casey, Brad Jacobs) and curlers we love (Carly Howard, on the basis of her running Team Glenn Howard’s Twitter account and apparently treating the Brier as a week-long party, which is the only way it should be treated if you aren’t competing).

Good episode. If you like our curling talk. And I mean you’ve got to be used to it by now, we’ve been doing it for how many months now? I feel like I should apologize for it but come on.

Anyway, here are the CSA’s Algarve Cup highlights. Especially nice to appreciate that backpass to Sinclair in the Russia game, which was something. And the killer dramatic music. Ooh ah.

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99 Friendship Episode 31

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · February 28th, 2017 · No comments

For the love of spinning granite, we didn’t seriously make our 31st episode of 99 Friendship an hour-long all-curling spectacular, did we?

No! Because there’s the introductory and closing songs, which add up to about 48 seconds combined. On top of that we spend 77.3 seconds of talk time discussing the Algarve Cup and its roster. Carolyn took note of Diana Matheson’s absence, but had we known while recording that she had suffered another debilitating knee injury we would have used considerably more time. Most of it would have been screaming. Perhaps it was for the best.

The rest of the hour (yes, an hour) is given over to curling. Canada’s women’s curling championship, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, had just wrapped up in St. Catharines, and the team Carolyn and I had more-or-less reluctantly decided to cheer for had won. This was no credit to us, since we had deliberately picked by far the best team in a field that had us all a little worried Robyn MacPhee or somebody was accidentally going to the World Championships. But it was nice, especially since the games featured some of the best curling seen in a while, so good that even the faintly-annoying skip and team we were “cheering” for emerged likable from their hard-fought victory.

It was such a marathon podcast that we recorded it over two evenings; that’s my excuse, and not “on Sunday night my wifi wrecked like Marla Mallett trying to draw behind a guard.” Yeah, we ran off at the mouth a little. It was worth it, though. If you have any interest in curling, grab a couple Homan-Englot draws off YouTube, sit down with three hours in booze, and enjoy yourself.

Although the social media prize of the Scotties, which by the way is consistently an excellent category, probably goes to Carolyn’s fellow Toban Michelle Englot for grace in defeat.

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99 Friendship Episode 30

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · February 20th, 2017 · No comments

On this very special thirtieth episode of 99 Friendship:

  • We discuss bread. Now, look, I know you’re thinking “okay this was a Canadian women’s soccer podcast on day one, and I signed up and I indulged when they started talking about curling, and ringette, and other irrelevant things, but now they’re talking about bread and this is a bridge too far.” But the bread is a topic relevant to one of our regular subjects. Admittedly that subject is “curling.”
  • We have two pieces of canwoso news, and dispose of them in about three minutes. It’s February. Deal with it.
  • Canada’s women’s curling championship, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, is beginning. I missed all the opening games so we don’t mention it at all. Ha ha just kidding this is a mostly-curling podcast when we aren’t talking about bread. But we’re very entertaining so listen to it anyway.
  • Carolyn wrote a huge blog post about curling that was very enjoyable, but she didn’t post it publicly, so I read a paragraph from it. I promise I am not mentioning it just to shame her into sharing it with the world.
  • I wrote a short blog post about the Scotties, but I shared it with the world so we don’t mention it at all.

What’s that, it sounds like the same old crap? You’re right it’s not a very special thirtieth episode of 99 Friendship at all. But follow us on Twitter anyway, or I’ll come to your house and yell about Emma Miskew’s outturn while you try to sleep.

99 Friendship Episode 29

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · February 13th, 2017 · No comments

Oh my God I hate writing these blurbs, especially when I have to confess a technical glitch. You see, I recorded this episode on a different computer than usual because I was trying to watch John Morris whip some guy, and maybe that’s why the recording is suffering from what I can only call “missing syllables.” Carolyn and I will be chatting along merrily and then some phoneme which I know we enunciated will just not be there anymore. At one point I say “the house was all Pepsi.” I promise this made sense when I said it but now I’m crazy.

Anyway I tried to cut the worst bits but you’ll still be able to tell. Don’t worry, you’re not having a stroke.

So what did we talk about? Well the provincial men’s curling championships wrapped up this weekend so we talk about that. There wasn’t much Canadian women’s soccer news but we work in a little bit, mostly revolving around a Canadian on trial in Norway. And then we end by seemingly-randomly discussing commercials and accents. Once upon a time there was a segue but there ain’t anymore. This is the 99 Friendship experience.

Also, some errata. At one point I say the woman on the old Macdonald Lassies curling trophy was holding a broom. This was in error. It was actually a broadsword.

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99 Friendship Episode 28

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · February 7th, 2017 · No comments

Carolyn and I rained blows upon young girls being ushered into our seats by their overwhelmed guardians. The Canadian women’s national soccer team rained goals on young Mexico. The Canadian Soccer Association rained flowers on Marie-Ève Nault, Rhian Wilkinson, and Melissa Tancredi to honour their great careers, and rained noticeably fewer flowers on Karina LeBlanc, Carmelina Moscato, and Emily Zurrer because they had also retired and happened to be in the neighbourhood when Peter Montopoli was walking by the flower stall. Then our podcast rains, uh, conditional praise on Nault, because given that she was playing 90 minutes out of position and hasn’t played at all in over a year and we honestly thought she was already retired, she was really decent! We rain no particular scorn on Melissa Tancredi, as we have learned our lesson from Germany. Rhian Wilkinson also played. No new young people did, apart from Sarah Stratigakis who was rained with company in midfield for once. Abby did not get chased, Janine Beckie scored two goals but neither of them were brilliant 90th-minute winners, it was a good, memorable game and we have many things to say about it, and the bronze medal was celebrated.

On the other end of our usual topics, Pinty’s rained money on Jennifer Jones and Kevin Koe. Yes, there was curling! There was so much curling! More than two curlings! We discuss Canada’s legendary wheelchair-curling drug smuggler, who is the same age as the current non-wheelchair curling champion of Ontario and, we hope the, future non-wheelchair curling champion of Northern Ontario.

I liked this episode very much.

Do you… do you like it? Please? If you like it you should follow 99 Friendship on Twitter, not that we care or anything.

99 Friendship Episode 27

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · January 30th, 2017 · No comments

It is the week before Canada’s women’s soccer team meets Mexico in a bronze medal celebration match, whatever that means, but unfortunately for them it is also the week where Canada’s lady-curlers shake out most of the field for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the national lady-curling championship. Even more unfortunately, a lot of very interesting things happened! Both Carolyn and my faves lost to opponents literally nobody on Earth, including the winning curlers themselves, would have predicted before it happened! I mean we don’t break down and cry on the podcast, in my case because I don’t hate the curler Val Sweeting lost to and anyway Shannon Kleibrink played really well and deserved it. In Carolyn’s case it was possibly because Jennifer Jones played so badly she didn’t deserve anything, and possibly because she started drinking at like ten in the morning.

Good episode. Good, curling-focused episode. I mean we find some time to shoot the breeze about woso for, like, the last two minutes of a 28-minute episode; you’ve got that going for you. Skip ahead if you like, we won’t be offended. And I think I can bet that there will be much more soccer-based excitement when we record next week, if we manage it through our crippling hangovers. (Adriana Leon signing with the Boston Breakers, which I’m sure we would have talked about had we known it was coming, came out only after the podcast was recorded because NWSL front offices are wise to our schedule and don’t want to fling us red meat. I’m sure that’s why.)

Obviously, because Carolyn co-hosts this podcast, there are some allusions to the most famous incident of Heather Nedohin’s life. Carolyn gives us the story but if you want the video evidence I got you, fam.

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Parental advisory: I swear a bit more than usual in this one.

99 Friendship Episode 26

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · January 23rd, 2017 · No comments

In honour of the Canadian Soccer Association providing us a stream of a men’s national team game that was impossible to watch, we present you with a podcast on the women’s national team that is impossible to listen to.

Okay, fine, that’s a joke. But Carolyn had bronchitis and I was trying to watch the BC Scotties final until the stream literally cut out in the middle of skip stones in the tenth end, which if anything is worse than what the CSA did. It’s a fun vibe.

So what happened this week? John Herdman called up a most surprising roster for a conditioning and connectedness camp in Los Angeles, which many interesting people are attending and Jessie Fleming is not even though the camp is almost-literally across the street from her dorm. Carolyn has what I insisted was “breaking news” about one of the players who isn’t there, and that wasn’t just a pun. There are, however, many children. So that should be interesting, even though they aren’t playing any games so we won’t ever find out about it.

They are playing a game against Germany, but that’s not for months. I say “Erfurt” a lot. It’s a funny word.

Then there’s the fact that I was watching the BC Scotties, with a few others also finishing their playdowns this past weekend, so of course we discuss curling even though none actually happened. This consists largely of me lamenting the quality of the BC Scotties and us discussing how easily Rachel Homan could secretly replace Chelsea Carey on Team Canada.

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99 Friendship Episode 25

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · January 16th, 2017 · No comments

We tried something a little different this episode. Rather than sit down and discuss the pressing issues of the past week, we shot the breeze while watching curling. This is a perfect episode if you like our trademark CanWNT bantz leavened with the yeast of “oh goddamn it Reid Carruthers” even though Reid would, in fact, easily win the game we were watching. This leads to moments where we randomly interject another thought on the Continental Cup, truly the random interjection of curling’s Season of Champions. It was, as our catchphrase goes, weird.

We have a few words about the NWSL draft, and by “a few words” I mean about this many since we did the hard work last week. We consider FIFA’s THE BEST, where I don’t say anything you won’t have learned by reading my blog post last week but nobody got through that goddamned thing so this may still be informative. We spend literal seconds ruminating on the three retiring CanWNT players, Melissa Tancredi, Rhian Wilkinson, and Marie-Eve Nault, then anticipate their being honoured against Mexico in exactly the way Kara Lang wasn’t.

Also we look at some pornography. Uh, if you’re at work, when we tell you to Google something, don’t Google it. Just… just take that as a principle.

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