I love curling, and I’m not ashamed of it.
The game is strategic, complex, and so unusual, I can’t get enough of it.
I started watching it back in 2002 when the Olympics were in Salt Lake City. The over the course of my time in Buffalo I got really into the game because I was occasionally able to watch it on Canadian channels. Now, I have to settle for two weeks every four years… So I’ve been watching every single game. How did we live before DVR?
Curling is by far the geekiest sport in the Summer or Winter Olympics. It’s a game of strategy, precision, and angles; like a large scale team game of bocce ball on ice.
This video explains it a bit better:
Or you can read all of the rules.
Or you can just watch and reference the Wikipedia curling glossary.
Unfortunately both US teams failed to make the semifinals this year. They had the tendency to blow it at the end of a solid match. Very disappointing.
That being said, there are only a couple of days of competition remaining, so the teams that are left are really good. NBC has been airing a lot of curling on USA and CNBC, so check it out while you still can.
I’m hoping for more regular coverage of curling independent of the Olympics.