Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Olympic Curling?

(by R.P.Edwards)

A sheet of ice
A granite stone
A days respite
Away from home
Me and the guys
A pint…or three
Olympics bound?
How can it be?

I suppose a brief word about the winter Olympics.  We’ve been watching off and on and one “sport” that has caught our attention…is curling.  You know, the forty-four pound granite stone with the handle thrown into the “yea, distant circle”?  Kind of like shuffleboard for polar bears.

Now, I don’t question that there’s skill necessary to position, block, score.  But really…the Olympics?  Then why not “bowling,” or “darts,” or “billiards,” or for us Midwesterners… “washers?”  All games requiring a certain degree of proficiency.

I believe the answer is…the schedule.  They had to fill the schedule with something.  The summer Olympics is crammed full, but there’s only so much you can do on snow or ice.  So…curling.

As an aside:  I actually like this “sport.”  It’s laid back, and even old timers (like myself) have a chance.  Perhaps part of the Stimulus can be put to good use by building a few hundred “curling alleys.”

That’s what I think.  How about you?  Click comments below…and say.

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