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Old 02-13-06, 06:57 PM   #1
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Curling...just don't get it

The brushes, the scoring, the point (of it). Confusing.
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Old 02-13-06, 07:00 PM   #2
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Gets pretty boring up in Canada in the winters. They'll do anything to keep themselves entertained.
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Old 02-13-06, 07:11 PM   #3
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ok
ready here is my view on it...


-You take over an ice skating rink, come with a broom from the closet and a tea kettle.
-Push the teak kettle on the ice
-Sweep in front of the tea kettle to I guess make it move "smooth"


In the end. its all just a bunch of lameness...
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Old 02-13-06, 07:25 PM   #4
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I thought the scoring was a bit like bowls. The player who has the most ...umm... curls (pucks?) closest to the centre gets the points. I found a great online version once

Personally i think it looks sort of like fun but i have never seen it played in real life but i would give it a go
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If Curling can be an Olympic sport, so can Bush Jumping/Diving!

http://media.putfile.com/636-bush-divers
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I'm tellin ya, it's the next big thing!
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Old 02-13-06, 07:56 PM   #6
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Hahaha at least it beats curling.
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Old 02-13-06, 08:07 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure that BGSU has a club/team and I know that there have to be clubs in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. You guys should give curling a try. If there was a club closer than 1 hour away from me, I'd curl from October to March. As it stands, I've only been to an open house at a club near Rutgers University.

Scoring: Aus MTB was on the right track. Only one teams scores during each "end" (there are 10 ends in a game, "extra ends" if there's a tie after 10). The team whose "rock" is closest to the "button" (bulls-eye) scores. They get a point for each rock that is closer to the button than their opponents' closest rock (rocks outside of the rings don't count for points). The team who throws the last rock of the end has "the hammer". When points are scored in an end, the team who did not have the hammer in that end gets it in the next end. If points are not scored, the team with the hammer keeps it for the next end.

The brooms are used to clean the ice. The rocks move less on clean ice, which can be good or bad depending on the shot.

That should sum the basics up. If you have any more questions, just ask.

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http://www.usacurl.org and http://personal.bgsu.edu/~rmmckay/BGCC2.html
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curling is cool. it's a pity you don't appreciate it.

and it's a stone with a handle, not a teakettle. teakettes don't weigh fourty pounds.
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Old 02-13-06, 08:13 PM   #9
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Cool? A pity? How CAN you appriciate it? Its like shuffleboard, except more lame (if that's possible).
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I can't stand it. And I have played it and I do understand the rules. I still don't like it.

For me its like bowling, lawn bowling, bocci ball and other drunk old man "sports". Give me enough beer and I will play. Otherwise it just isn't worth my time.
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Cool? A pity? How CAN you appriciate it? Its like shuffleboard, except more lame (if that's possible).
Try playing it, its a fun time with some beer in you, launching the rock is just damn enjoyable (even better, launch the rock and hold on for a good time), until the old guy comes flying accross the rinks to boot you out of the arena ...

I just had a weird visual of some old dude with a tiny brush on the shuffleboard being yelled at "SWEEP SWEEP...SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP"
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Give me enough beer and I will play. Otherwise it just isn't worth my time.
There's beer? Okay, I'm in.
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Old 02-13-06, 08:30 PM   #13
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uuuuuuuuuu, where? Where's the beer?

lol, I can see how you can get quite a few laughs out of that game, playing while you're buzzed but an Olympic sport?! How come curling is a discipline and telemark isn't?!
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uuuuuuuuuu, where? Where's the beer?

lol, I can see how you can get quite a few laughs out of that game, playing while you're buzzed but an Olympic sport?! How come curling is a discipline and telemark isn't?!
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Poker...

Seriously...8 years?
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Old 02-13-06, 11:24 PM   #15
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in the words of my little brother "if curling can be an olympic sport why can't snowball fighting be one."
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i went curling at bg for a class once, it was really fun
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Old 02-14-06, 09:58 AM   #17
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The brooms are used to clean the ice. The rocks move less on clean ice, which can be good or bad depending on the shot.
the brooms actually warm up the little bumps in the ice, which causes the stone to curl less and tavel further.
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Old 02-14-06, 10:38 AM   #18
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in the words of my little brother "if curling can be an olympic sport why can't snowball fighting be one."
because snowball fighting isn't standardised. come up with a regulation snowball and scoring system, make your standard game popular enough that the IOC selects it (bumping another sport), and you have an Olympic Snowball Event.

it could happen; tug-of-war was an event from 1900 to 1920.

but please! no judges. remember the figure skating fiasco in Salt Lake.

i, personally, would love to see a snowball fight event at the Olympics. but i have an over-developed sense of whimsy.
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Old 02-14-06, 10:45 AM   #19
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Hmmm....

& i thought this was going to be a "how-to" thread on hair curling & setting.
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No more lame than baseball, IMO.

Ice climbing should be at the olympics. Wall of ice, first one up wins. Simple. They could even line up eight climbers like on a track. They could have snowshoe races too.

Love the snowball fight idea.
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Poker...

Seriously...8 years?
Now now, Maelstrom, you know that because that dude ran his little heart out hundreds of years ago, only physically demanding games, and not intellectual ones, are allowed on the Olympics... So I'm thinking, playing strip poker should fix that problem!
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the brooms actually warm up the little bumps in the ice, which causes the stone to curl less and tavel further.
That's right. It's a game of great skill, obviously not one of great endurance. It's actually enjoying a world-wide surge in popularity. The good curlers can slide the rock (or stone) at just the right speed to make it stop in "the house" (fine-tuned by the sweepers, who, by scrubbing ice to warm it up, can extend the travel of the rock). They can curve their shots in behind guard rocks to hide in their cover, or to knock out an opponent's sheltered rocks. They can caroom one rock off another, like a billiard player, at just the right angle to take out a third rock.
Like any sport, the more knowledgeable you are, and the more you watch it, the more you appreciate it, and you appreciate it most when you actually play it yourself. If you've never watched or played it of course it seems weird, but nowhere near as weird as baseball or cricket seem to the uninformed. Now those are bizarre sports!
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its a pretty fun game to play, but i find it tough to watch on tv.
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Love the snowball fight idea.
It might have been flattering propaganda, but according to his friend Bourrienne's memoirs, Napoleon Bonaparte first distinguished himself at the military academy at age 14, by organizing a military style snowball fight. Perhaps only his defeat at Waterloo prevented snowball fighting from eventually becoming an Olympic Sport.
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I know what would make the perfect Olympic sport...Live Action Role Playing!

http://media.putfile.com/larp

Oh no! The entire French LARP team was just destroyed by the Jamaicans' Level 3 Lightning Bolt!
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