Curling — our favorite Olympic sport

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Curling is the favorite Olympic sport of us dull men. Compared to the other Olympic sports, there is less — much less — glitz and glam associated with it.

A USA curling team member said, “The nice thing about being curlers is that we don’t look like Olympic athletes. We can walk down the street and no one bothers us for autographs.”

Some say curling is shuffleboard on ice. Another comment I heard was, “It looks like my cleaning lady has entered the Olympics.” Another: “horseshoes coupled with housekeeping.”

But, once you watch it carefully, you realize there is a great deal of thinking, stragegy, and masterful executdion involved. I call it chess on ice.

Wall Street’s love of curling

A front page New York Times article “On Wall Street, a Romance with Curling” talks about traders, after the market closes, winding with by watching curling. “Curling is so slow and drawn out that it becomes mesmerizing.”

Could a reason for Wall Street’s love affair with curling be that they like to watch the women curlers? TV cameras often focus on Cheryl Bernard, the skip from Canada.

Glossary

“House”: the three circles on which points are made — see the above picture.

“Hog Line”: the line at which the stone must be fully releasedb by the thrower.

“Curler” (“Soofter in the U.K.)”: a player on a curling team.

“Skip”: the player who calls the shots and traditionally throws the last two rocks — the “captain” of the team — typically the best player on the team.

“Stone”: a rock.

“Rock”: a stone.

“Wobbler”: a stone that, because it is not resting on its running surface,  rocks from side to side as it travels.

“Kizzle Kazzle”: a stone that is intentionally wobbled to compensate for water, slush, or snow.

“Wickuy Wacky Woo”: this is when a stone, planned or unplanned, bounces off two or more stones causing it to end up at a very advantageous postion.

Norway’s Fancy Pants — too fancy?

What about the Norway team’s pants?

Too fancy for curling? Out of character for Nowegians?

Museum

After the Olympics is over, a good place to visit will be the Turner Curling Museum in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

Television Curling — National Sport of Canada

Click here to get to a Dear DMC email that says watching curling on TV is the national sport of Canada.

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