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What’s our favourite game — hockey or curling?

The Canadian Women’s Curling team’s Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen shown before they left to compete in the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

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The Canadian Women’s Curling team’s Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen shown before they left to compete in the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Photo Store

Naturally, Manitoba and Canada are hugely proud of Skip Jennifer Jones, lead Dawn McEwen, second Jill Officer, and third Kaitlyn Lawes.

Jennifer Jones and her team cause my parents a lot of stress. They don’t know Jennifer or any of the teammates, but they love curling: watching it, playing it, and if there were curling training cards they would most likely collect them.

Canada also won the gold medal in men’s curling, as it should be! Although the team was not based in Manitoba, the third on the team is Ryan Fry, a former Winnipegger.

Of course we have to mention that other team sport of hockey. Everybody knows Canadian women are the best hockey players in the world, although it would have been better for all Canadians’ stress levels if they would just win the game and not tease us by falling behind and coming back with two goals to tie and to win in overtime. This is not Hollywood. It’s Canada, so we just need the results without the drama!

In men’s hockey,  a 5 a.m. wake-up call on a Sunday morning is what everyone needed to start the day. It’s a good thing many of us could go to church afterwards and fall asleep with a good reason. Again, Jonathan Toews stood tall for Manitoba.

The order of the universe has been stabilized with four gold medals for both the women’s and men’s curling and hockey teams.

But I have a question, which sport is more popular in our area? Hockey or curling? Let’s leave the Jets out of this, we all support them. At an amateur level, which sport is played by more people in our community? Which sport is watched by more people? Hockey or curling? The answer is not obvious, therefore I am going to have a poll on my website (www.stevenfletcher.com) with these questions.

Which sport is more popular in our community: curling or hockey?

Which sport is played by more people in our community: curling or hockey?

Which sport is watched on TV the most: curling or hockey? (not including NHL)

You can also mail in your comments.  Just write Steven Fletcher MP on the envelope.  Postage is free and you don’t even need an address. In a future article, I will provide the results.

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