Thursday, February 16, 2006

Curling - A Sport? Or a Joke?

I was in the gym yesterday evening struggling to get past the thirty minute mark on the elliptical when I noticed this sport - Curling...It is a professional sport that is recognized by the Winter Olympics!!! Ok here is the official definition from the official Olympic page:

Curling originated in the 16th century in Scotland, where games were played during winter on frozen ponds, lochs and marshes. The earliest-known curling stones came from the Scottish regions of Stirling and Perth and date back to 1511. The earliest reports of curling came from Paisley Abbey, Scotland, in 1541. In the early days of the sport, stones were taken from river bottoms. In the 1600s, stones with handles were introduced, allowing a delivery style similar to what is used today key developments in the sport in the 20th century have been the standardisation of the stone and the use of indoor, refrigerated ice facilities.Curling for men was included in the programme in 1924

Have any of you seen it? It is like playing shuffle board on ice...Like with big puck and brooms instead of sand!!! I was so amazed...I think Curling should be limited to Dave and Busters and or in your backyard pond and making it an Olympic sport only qualifies Kho-Kho, Running and catching, hide and seek and others as Pro games as they also have their origins in the B.C (I think??).

Other than a few events like, racing, skiing, snowboarding, luge...All other events seem to be fabricated for a sheer need to add events to the Great Sporting Event. And what is funnier...There are two guys who are actually discussing about the nuances of curling!!! It is so hilarious and reminded me of the Dodgeball movie and the dodgeball episode in SouthPark...

2 comments:

Seashells said...

LOL... Curling is closer to a joke than it is to a sport... It could qualify as a "drunk sport" though... meaning that you might think of it as a sport when you are high on scotch during a winter outing...

All the other sports you listed are way more athletic than curling... I'd rather play (with) marbles...

Also, that dodgeball episode on southpark was outrageous.. so was the "American Dodgeball Association of America" LOL...

Anu Russell said...

Haha...ya I am still angry that gilli and goli are not on the Olympic list... ;)