Thursday, February 25, 2010

Curling, Shuffleboard, Horseshoes, Hand Grenades

The Winter Olympics always seems to renew interest in sports that don't normally get a lot of attention. Curling is one of these sports. Let me first say that I think curling is very interesting, and I think it looks like a lot of fun. Having said that, I think what I'm drawn to is the mystery surrounding its exhaustive glossary of jargon that describes sliding a rock on ice...basically shuffleboard. Do people get all lathered up about shuffleboard? Is shuffleboard an Olympic event? Maybe it could've been had it included one more incongruous sharks with laser beams attached to their heads. At any rate, curling wins with its wacky lexicon, and it's possible that I would enjoy barking out terms like kizzle kazzle and hog line more than the actual game play itself.

I could go into the strategy and terms at greater depth, but I'm just reading it on Wikipedia, so I'll save myself the trouble and just focus on some of the better curling images I've found.