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Don Landry is a blogger for Yahoo Canada Sports.

  • Curling’s 2013 Continental Cup filled with intrigue, pressure

    Jennifer Jones has returned to action at the Continental Cup (CP file photo)

    Extra pressure. The return of big stars after a layoff. Mixing up the rules of engagement.

    It doesn't have the same cache as a Brier or Scotties. It's not as important as the Olympics or the Worlds (at least not to the average curling fan).

    The Continental Cup has its allure, though, and part of that attraction comes from the variety of game types played and, of course, good ol' "us versus them" pride and bragging rights.

    The 2013 Continental Cup of Curling is underway, in Penticton, British Columbia. It's the ninth edition of pro curling's international funspiel (If you don't think the players have some fun, I'll have proof of that in an upcoming blog).

    There is a difference, though, between your run of the mill beef and booze bonspiel at the local club and the high skills shoot out at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

    Extra pressure? Plenty.

    Take Heather Nedohin's last rock draw against SIX in the second end of her opening game against Team World's Eve Muirhead. Already down 3 -

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  • The late Tom Cheek, seen at ceremonies honouring him in 2004. (CP)

    You may have heard it dozens of times already since that October night in 1993. You may have heard it hundreds of times.

    Tell me, though, that when you listened again to the biggest call of the iconic Tom Cheek's sterling play by play career, that it wasn't different for you today.

    Two on, bottom of the ninth, Joe Carter at the plate. I knew exactly what was coming and exactly when. When that entirely predictable moment arrived, I felt something that I hadn't before. I got slightly choked up and, yes, a tiny bit of water glazed my eyes. I'd never felt that way about "the call" before. First time I'd heard it, it was sensationally electric. Many, many times after that, it still carried its voltage, albeit a slowly diminishing amount as time passed by. Always, first as a young broadcaster and then later as an experienced one, that call filled me with an inspired awe.

    But choked up? Tearing up? Never. Not until today.

    Today, with the announcement that the late Tom Cheek had finally,

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