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blacbird
02-18-2010, 12:51 PM
I have paid little attention to the Winter Olympiad in Vancouver this week, although I did watch the snowboard half-pipe competition tonight while having a glass of wine at a local watering hole, and damn, that Shaun White is da dude, dudes.

But I also, for the first time, watched curling analytically (Swedes vs. Brits, women's competition), and got eerily fascinated. So, a minor digressive story:

Me and the wifeperson spent a couple of weeks in July last year motoring around British Columbia, and a great trip it was. We were amused at seeing, in virtually every small town of any substance in the southern portion of the province, a big building housing, by label, a curling club. Now, most of these towns were within fifty miles or so of the U.S. border, but in towns of similar size in Washington, you won't find any damn curling club, that kind of building having been replaced by bowling lanes.

The two activities are considerably similar. And in watching the curling tonight, I saw a level of skill considerably more impressive than I've seen in U.S. style bowling competitions. Not to mention actual strategy and teamwork. I left feeling like we Yanks are really missing something here. Especially us Yanks who live northward of most Canades.

caw

Fran
02-18-2010, 02:04 PM
It's one of the few sports Scotland participate in where we aren't publicly humiliated at every level. Andy Murray, Chris Hoy and the curling team and that's pretty much it. So I should love it, but I don't. And the more people who take it up, the more likely we are to start being publicly humiliated at every level. So thanks, blac. Thanks very much. ;)

Rarri
02-18-2010, 02:23 PM
One of the GB team used to be my parents neighbours. I'd forgotten there's a curling pond where we go to feed the ducks and swans. Weird.

Priene
02-18-2010, 02:45 PM
It's one of the few sports Scotland participate in where we aren't publicly humiliated at every level.

Team GB. Team GB. Not Scotland.

(Actually, curling is a bit pants. You can keep it)

Fran
02-18-2010, 03:04 PM
Team GB. Team GB. Not Scotland.

I meant in general, not specifically the Olympics. I apologise. Although you can bet your arse the teams will be Scottish if/when they lose...


(Actually, curling is a bit pants. You can keep it)

Thanks. Here's your cricket back. Keep it off my telly this time... ;)

Diana Hignutt
02-18-2010, 04:31 PM
The other day I found myself hypnotized by the US Women's vs Japan in curling. I make fun of curling for three years and then on the fourth year, I can't stop watching it.

Don
02-18-2010, 05:09 PM
I've never gotten the whole spectator sports thing... except sex. That's sometimes worth watching, especially the tag-team events. :D

Diana Hignutt
02-18-2010, 05:33 PM
I've never gotten the whole spectator sports thing... except sex. That's sometimes worth watching, especially the tag-team events. :D

In fairness, I don't think you can call curling a sport. It's more like a game. I'm pretty sure that if there are brooms involved it can't be a sport.

Snowstorm
02-18-2010, 06:29 PM
I find curling fascinating. The strategy and the demands of exact placement of the stones draw me in. I'm not sure I classify curling as an athletic sport either. It's more of a game to me. But I'm glad to see it in the Olympics. It's a lot more entertaining than ice dancing.

Shadow_Ferret
02-18-2010, 06:32 PM
Curling is an excuse to wear your bowling clothes.


In fairness, I don't think you can call curling a sport. It's more like a game. I'm pretty sure that if there are brooms involved it can't be a sport.
Yes, makes me wonder why bowling isn't an Olympic sport.

Or jarts.

billythrilly7th
02-18-2010, 06:54 PM
Mod,
Please move this thread to Office Party and give blacbird 5 demerits. Thank you in advance.

Shuffleboard on ice is not a sport. It's a leisure time activity for non-athletes and should have no part in the olympics. Like Tiddlywinks.

Thank you.

Snowstorm
02-18-2010, 07:02 PM
Curling is an excuse to wear your bowling clothes. Yes, makes me wonder why bowling isn't an Olympic sport.

Or jarts.

Bowling IS a summer Olympics sport.

Jcomp
02-18-2010, 08:26 PM
(Actually, curling is a bit pants. You can keep it)

Brits have the oddest, coolest slang ever.

Diana Hignutt
02-18-2010, 08:32 PM
In fairness, I don't think you can call curling a sport. It's more like a game. I'm pretty sure that if there are brooms involved it can't be a sport.

I just realized that by this standard Quiddich is not a sport. OMG. Everything is starting to unravel. Zounds.

Fran
02-18-2010, 08:45 PM
Brits have the oddest, coolest slang ever.

Priene stole that expression off me... ;)

Priene
02-18-2010, 09:23 PM
Priene stole that expression off me... ;)

I was describing Winter Olympics minority sports as "pants" when you were just a slip of a lass.

Cranky
02-18-2010, 10:13 PM
Mod,
Please move this thread to Office Party and give blacbird 5 demerits. Thank you in advance.

Shuffleboard on ice is not a sport. It's a leisure time activity for non-athletes and should have no part in the olympics. Like Tiddlywinks.

Thank you.

Moved. But there will be no demerits, even though I agree curling seems to be more of a game than a sport, and it's inclusion in the Olympics does puzzle me mightily. :D

Zoombie
02-18-2010, 10:19 PM
The REAL question though, which I'm shocked has been ignored so far is...WHY is SEX not an Olympic sport!?

Jersey Chick
02-18-2010, 10:22 PM
I just realized that by this standard Quiddich is not a sport. OMG. Everything is starting to unravel. Zounds.
I think it's different if the brooms in question are flying. :D

I make fun of curling every Olympics - but mostly because my husband is fascinated by it as well. I don't get it.

I've watched it (to humor him), and I just. don't. get. it.

I'll take a pass and watch the sports part of the Olympics instead. ;)

kayleamay
02-18-2010, 10:22 PM
Curling? I like to use a larger iron for nice, loose waves, but usually I just use a straightener. Maybe if I buy enough Aqua Net I can make an Olympic team some day.

*opens bathroom closet to expose glimmering row of irons*

Shadow_Ferret
02-18-2010, 10:55 PM
Bowling IS a summer Olympics sport.

It is? Because I googled it and one source said there were no plans in the future to make this an Olympic sport. Maybe it was just an exhibition?

Figures though. IF synchronized swimming and ball room dancing can be Olympic sports...

...and then baseball eliminated...

anything is possible.

CACTUSWENDY
02-18-2010, 11:07 PM
I am not sure it is really a sport, but I do know that I have been watching it. It takes some real skill and I would love to try it sometime. The team work looks cool.

Snowstorm
02-18-2010, 11:17 PM
Shadow Ferret, I must have screwed that up. I would swear I watched a minute's worth of bowling at the Olympics. I thought it was really stupid. ETA: I even remember joking that the bowling athletes were the only Olympic athletes with beer bellies. I looked just now on the IOC Web site. Not one mention of bowling and there's no demonstration sports link to find out.

Maybe it was a demonstration sport and the IOC elected not to induct it into the regular series of sports. On the 2012 (London) Olympics Web site (http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-sports/index.php), it's NOT on the sports list, and I can't find any link to demonstration sports.

ETA: Back to our regularly scheduled curling debate.

shawkins
02-19-2010, 12:35 AM
Brits have the oddest, coolest slang ever.

Definitely. I think they also tend to be about 10-15% funnier than the rest of the English speaking world.


I meant in general, not specifically the Olympics. I apologise. Although you can bet your arse the teams will be Scottish if/when they lose...

:roll:

Sheryl Nantus
02-19-2010, 12:41 AM
Men with Brooms. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_with_Brooms)

'nuff said.

;)

Seaclusion
02-19-2010, 12:44 AM
Curling isw a sport just as hockey is a sport. The only difference is that in hockey it is expected that the players will hit each other with their sticks and in curling they only do that when the competition is really heated.


Richard

Fran
02-19-2010, 12:48 AM
I was describing Winter Olympics minority sports as "pants" when you were just a slip of a lass.

Yeah, yeah, you remember when all the internet was trees and the curlers were dodging woolly mammoths. Want another blanket for your legs, granddad?

Look! The Budgies just scored a goal!

*runs away and hides*

:wag:

semilargeintestine
02-19-2010, 12:49 AM
You may say it's not a sport, but they got to be in the Olympics, and none of us have (I think). Some of them even have Olympic medals. That's good enough for me.

I'm so jealous Steven Colbert got to go as part of the US Team.