The Winter Olympics are here and have enthralled this nation (and me) more than I thought it would. I've watched snowboarding, ski jumping, the biathalon, the slalom, luge, and hockey. But, it seems that curling has taken the Olympics by storm this year. It's been featured on NBC on a regular basis, and has been the subject of many sports highlight shows.
And you know what? I'm loving it. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's because it looks like an easy sport ... you know, the one you can play whilst drinking a beer. Maybe it's because it reminds me of that game "shuffleboard" that's played at the bar.
Whatever the reason, it seems that I become a curling expert every 4 years ... right around this time of year. Sure, I ignore it for the remainder of the time (much like most people in the U.S. ignore soccer in non World-Cup years).
I do have some questions, though ... for instance, when does one realize he or she wants to be a curler? Or, how does one train to become a curler? How is a future curler "discovered?" Do curlers receive rock-star status? I'm just askin'.
Anyway ... dope or nope ... Olympic Curling?