I decided right then to go to bed at 9pm and set my alarm for 2am CST to watch.
It begins tomorrow.
I was so pumped to get my curling fix started this morning. I don’t know what it is about this sport that has captured me so. But every four years I am glued to the TV to watch stones being guided across the ice with subtle flicks of wrists and at times frantic brushing of brooms to a scoring bulls eye with a fever usually reserved for hockey.
It’s been described as chess on ice with all the strategic plays of blocking and bumping with the goal of swooping in on the last stone and literally “checkmating” your opponent with one nicely placed stone. It is believed curling started in Scotland and paintings as early as the mid 1500s depict curling games.
Every four years I declare that I am going seek out this sport locally and learn to play. Four years ago I found a curling group on the north side of Chicago. And while it may be only 30 miles away it means a few hours (roundtrip) in the car so close but yet so far.
I have found a great curling game on Wii and so I continue to curl virtually in my own living room. I know that it is a weak substitute but for now it is as close as I can get to gliding my own rock on ice.
I am loving how teams of late are using their attire to stand out and make a statement. Will Team USA make such a fashion statement this year?
Tomorrow at 2am the fun begins. I think I will break out a Castle Wall block kit to celebrate. After all the ring of the block kinda looks like a curling stone.
Go Team USA!
p.s. Oh wait…there was one more image I found when on my quest for this post. Obviously curling has found it’s way into the promotional calendar business. I do so enjoy this sport. Who will be joining me at 2am Monday morning?