I was really pleased to have the 2013 World Champion join me on the show, and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy.
I didn’t know Niklas coming into this season, but we were put in touch by some mutual friends, and he was absolutely incredible and accommodating, considering his tough schedule.
And I think we knocked out a really fun interview. Check it out.
When I started Cullen and a Curler, I did it because curling is full of really great personalities. Because of the lack of mainstream media coverage in curling, when curlers are featured on TV/in interviews, they are often pigeonholed into very brief interviews where they can’t express themselves and are forced into the usual series of post-game quotes about missed opportunities, how well they/their opponent played, etc.
Dean Gemmell started his great podcast, The Curling Show, quite a few years back, and curlers’ personalities began to shine in a longer format. It’s only recently that YouTube has begun to play a role, and it’s about damn time.
I’ve only been able to do 3 Cullen and a Curlers so far, but they’ve amassed almost 6,000 views between the 3, and feedback has been tremendous. There’s no reason why more of this stuff shouldn’t be done by the CCA, CurlingZone(which has just started their own YouTube series, “Far From Home”), and any other curling media outlet. There’s quite clearly a market for this(this Gushue video amassed over 2,000 views overnight), and it only paints our sport in a positive light.
So kudos to Brad, Brett, Adam, and Geoff for putting this together(with what looks like an assist from Al Cameron, CCA Media Director), and let’s see more of this please.
I just had to post this. I’m a huge Aziz fan, and this is a phenomenal interview with him.
He talks a lot about how modern communication is ruining people’s abilities to have relationships with one another. It may be a bit of an obvious/stale topic, but I see it every day in schools and it is a legitimate fear of mine. He addresses it brilliantly. Well worth the read and if you ever doubted Aziz’s intelligence, this should put it to rest.