Maybe depends on one's nationality and country of origin.
When I was a kid (note: American kid), I thought it was the dumbest thing I'd ever seen. Sweeping ice with a broom? Silliness. I now live with a Canadian. I can now appreciate the skill, although I'll only watch it during the Olympics. If I don't get my Leafs back, I'm going to have to find a favorite Skip, eh?
Dude, I promised myself when I moved to Canada I would learn.
I am now learning.
It is fantastic.
When I was a kid one group I belonged to did indoor curling with wooden pucks on a polished floor. I'd love to try the real thing (even is it is 45 years on)
Funny enough an old episode of The Drew Carey Show was on last night (here in Bangkok) and he won the Olympic Gold Medal for Curling (actually his friend won it in a karaoke contest and Drew won a toss the coin for the medal).
Just though I'd share...
I'd love to have a go, for the slippers alone ;)
Sport? hell yes! One of the only gold medals the UK has one at the winter olympics for years. Womens British team nosed out the Swiss if I remember correctly.
I think it was invented by the Scots, which would make sense, they have very twisted sense of humor.
|Curling. Is it a sport? |
Would love to give it a go.
Lots of skill involved taking years of practice. Skill gains points - points make prizes. Yes, of course it's a sport.
We've not heard from you yet, pmac, and you started it..;-)
I don't see how its a sport.
I don't even recognize how skill is involved. I consider laWebmasterWorlder racing more of a sport.
Looking for a replacement for Hockey pmac? hehehe
In my canadian opinion, it must be a sport, I mean it's played on a sheet of ice right? ;)
In all seriousness, I would not consider curling to be a sport on the same level as say hockey, boxing or triathlon. I mean yes it does take motor skills, hand-eye coordination, but to me the physical condition you need in order to compete in say triathlon versus curling has led me to classify curling with let's say pool or darts. I consider them more like activities that you can play at high competitive level.
I'm not poking fun at curling here, I played it once or twice and it is way harder than first thought.
Again, that's just my opinion. I guess the definition of sport is just to broad to my liking!
>>>replacement for Hockey pmac
Nah, but an acquaintance has made it to the finals of the provincial championship so I am going to spend a part of the weekend at the rink cheering them on.
I fully expect to be on the edge of my seat.
>>>my Leafs back
I thought you were in Vegas?
Hate the Loafs (ooops, I mean the Leafs), gave up on them for life when they brought back Wendel the second time. My family has been a season ticket holders forever, and I am off the bandwagon for life. I still go on occasion but always cheer for the opposition.
Curling, a good drinking binge ruined.
Not a sport, it is a pastime and prelude to a hangover.
Rugles <<I thought you were in Vegas?>>
I am in Vegas, but I live with a Canadian. I was a hockey hater until last year (I'm sure I've jinxed the whole NHL) when we got NHL Center Ice. At first, I watched just to be amused by the Canadian accents on the commercials. Then, I fell in love with Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean, Don Cherry's ugly suits and Tie Domi's grins during fights.
<<Hate the Loafs (ooops, I mean the Leafs), gave up on them for life when they brought back Wendel the second time. My family has been a season ticket holders forever, and I am off the bandwagon for life. I still go on occasion but always cheer for the opposition.>>
I only know current Leafs, so Wendel is just a name from the past for me. I knew when I got started as a Leafs fan that I was supposed to be disappointed by them. I really did have high hopes into the playoffs anyway. Of course, they were all so battered and broken by then that if they'd made it to the Stanley Cup, they probably couldn't have even skated onto the ice. So, I then transferred my love to the Lightning.
And then, this season, my NHL love was crushed like a tiny bug. In the US, I couldn't even get the WorldStars games on tv. By the way, does anyone have them on DVD? I need a fix.
Oh man... Labatt's Hockey Night in Canada...
Growing up on the Canadian border (Northern New York), Saturdays watching CBC at 730pm was a great time for me. I am a big Bruins fan (which fits well, now that I live in Boston) and I used to love to listen to Ronnie MacLean call a game. Coach's Corner with Don Cherry was always a riot.... the John Madden of hockey.
As for curling, I would often find a match on Saturday or Sunday afternoons on CBC. It's always been a fascinating sport to me, but I've never tried. I guess it's just like shuffleboard on ice. I vote: sport.
Hey - Vegas had minor league hockey in the late 60s-early 70s. I don't care for televised hockey, but those "up close and personal" games were a LOT of fun.... and then there was the Reno team.... talk about "blood on the ice" - when Reno came to town, it WAS a bloodbath.
Last year Vegas got another minor league team -- the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. The Suncoast put in an arena for them. It's great! I saw Frozen Fury at the MGM Grand two years ago, but there's nothing like sitting a row away from the glass and seeing smashed faces right in front of you. :)
Regarding rinks...the Santa Fe torn down their ice rink within the last couple of months, but the Texas Station just built a new one. I wonder if they have curling.
Ooooh ooooh - I may have to start getting down there on a reg basis in hockey season!
Friends' kid was on a team that practiced at the Santa Fe gratis the honcho there. Wonder where they are now?
I warms my heart to hear our beloved American friends talking about (not aboot) hockey (never, ever say "ice hockey") with such passion.
Rugles (in case you were serious, and not doing slaunchwise t-o-c....), hockey was one of my passions 30+ years ago, BECAUSE of the local minor league teams. Okay, my brain is also 30+ years down the road, but I believe the LV team was "the Gamblers", and they played at a now 28+ years' defunct rink at Desert Inn and Maryland Pkwy (near an also 28+ years' defunct Von Tobel's hardware).
The Reno team MAY have been the Timberwolves. I honestly don't know now. I worked for the Jaycees in LV, and in a sort of recip, got to know one of the money guys for the Reno team, who got me a job up there when my then-husband and I moved there for a while. I went to the games, Jerry didn't - he was one of those guys who didn't watch sports on tv, or anywhere else for that matter....
The games were STERLING. Yes, there was enough blood to upset the pacifists. But it was nothing like what one sees on televised major league hockey in the last few years - it was blood as a result of doing their damndest to PLAY THE GAME/WIN THE GAME - not just to beat an opposing defenseman into the ice for no reason....
[Edit: I just HAD TO LAUGH - the last 3 times I've got a "new" pic on the little calendar thingie, it's been the speed skaters! Gremlins?]
[edited by: vkaryl at 4:56 am (utc) on Jan. 29, 2005]
You are correct, the hockey is broken at this time. But not forever, it will get better.
Fastest game on earth. The most fun to play, and it may be huge on HDTV if they can fix it.
But... curling is not a sport.
But WHY isn't curling a sport? Inquiring minds want to know....
I LIVE for the day hockey ISN'T broken. I really don't (referencing another thread) WATCH tv, but I do "pay attention behind me" when sports I enjoy are playing - love football, baseball, basketball, horse racing, rodeo.... AND HOCKEY - if it gets fixed....
Curling is an excuse for going drinking :)
The Leafs was s**k. It hasn't had a small cup to drink in 40 or 50 years? We were forced to watch it almost every Saturday.
I used to hate the curling until I played it once. It wasn't that bad. I'm better to watch the curling on TV than the Leafs' playing.
Um. An excuse for "going drinking" HAS TO BE a sport....
I'm NOT going into the mental gyrations that helped me arrive at that conclusion - so DON'T ASK, okay? *laughing*
Curling Swept Up in New Doping Scandal [sports.myway.com]
Drug testing for curling? LOL Although, I suppose those drugs that biathalon'rs take to make their aim steady might work for curling. Then they could dance around the stones with steady feet.
Hey, anyone read the Maclean's article (I should be made an honorary Canadian) about the married skips? Skips is the right word, isn't it? They sure make a lot of money playing ice shuffleboard.
Come on down for a game. The Wranglers aren't as good as they were last year, but nonetheless...great arena, excellent soft pretzels and only $26 two rows from the glass. The glass seats must all be season ticket holders, because I've never been able to get them.
<an aside - I know the difference between tore and torn, yet I don't know enough to proofread old posts (not this one) before the editing time is up>
>>>Hey, anyone read the Maclean's article
There is something I thought I would never read on WebmasterWorld. It might be that last sign before the apocolypse (however you spell it).
You really are a hoser aren't you. Do your cereal boxes at home have french on them too? Did you mourn the passing of Pierre Berton? Do you know what a soaker is? Are you eating a Coffee Crisp right now? Do you use broken hockey sticks as support for your tomato plants? Do you want to change the way we count years to... before the '72 series and after the '72 series? Are Gord Downie and Stompin' Tom your musical heroes?
Not even going to bring up Poutine, as it is a regular discussion here already.
Skip, yes that is correct.
From one Canuk to another ... Curling is as much a sport as bowling! :)
After all, its only bowling on ice with all the same basic principals. The only difference is that with curling, you actually have to work! Any so called sport which requires one to pick up a broom and race down a hunk of ice while sweeping your brains out is not a sport ... it is housekeeping on ice!
It was invented by the Scots. I always wondered why my mother's side of the family were so big on clean floors? They were really just practicing for the big game on Friday nights! ;)
Rugles <<You really are a hoser aren't you. Do your cereal boxes at home have french on them too?>>
No, only my Nanaimo Bars, Cheezies bags and tea.
<<Did you mourn the passing of Pierre Berton?>>
Naw, don't know who he is.
<<Do you know what a soaker is?>>
Don't know what that is either.
<<Are you eating a Coffee Crisp right now?>>
I LOVE Coffee Crisp. The in-laws send them, along with Aero Bars, various Cadbury/Nestle other bars and my favorite, Wunderbars. We got a big box of minis at Xmas, along with full-sized Aeros, Wunderbars and Coffee Crisp. We now have enough chocolate to get us through until next winter.
<<Do you use broken hockey sticks as support for your tomato plants?>>
Egads, have you seen our tomato plant? It's taking over the kitchen and probably all that could hold it would be a hockey stick. Alas, I've never even touched a real one, although we bid on some old Belleville Bulls ones on eBay a couple of weeks ago.
<<Do you want to change the way we count years to... before the '72 series and after the '72 series?>>
I'm just a one season Leafer. On my desk though, I have a Leafs PT Cruiser, a Leafs puck, a Wranglers puck and a Tie Domi mousepad. I know nothin' 'bout no '72 series.
<<Are Gord Downie and Stompin' Tom your musical heroes?>>
I don't know Gord Downie, but I've become a Stompin' Tom fan. I also love the lyrics to The Zambonis songs. Oh, and I saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert in Vegas, right before his big health problems. I have to admit, I enjoyed the Shania & Sarah MacLachlan concerts a lot more.
And get this, I've spent a total of maybe an hour in Canada, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. I'm not even sure that should count as being in Canada, although we had car trouble on the return home and spent over an hour stuck on the Rainbow Bridge with a broken whatsit.
And to finish my completely off the topic of curling post -- I'm wearing a Hockey Night in Canada sweatshirt.
>>>I'm not even sure that should count as being in Canada
It counts.... search google for "War of 1812" and "Battle of Lundys Lane" for details.
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