Scotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 713 times:
Well if Banco thinks there's not been much on cricket, there's NOTHING on curling.
Curling is a very old Scottish sport and is played on ice. It isn't known, when Scottish people began playing Curling. But in the Smith Institute in Stirling is a curling rock (stone) with the engraved year 1511 exposed. The first report about a Curling match between two monks stems from Paisley Abbey near Glasgow and is dated February 1541. Someone named Mr. James Gall let on his tombstone engrave in Perth, Scotland, that he was a big Curling fan.
The first Curling club was founded in Kinross, Loch Leven in 1668. The first national association was the Grand Caledonian Curling Club (founded in 1838). In 1843, the club got the privilege to be the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. This Club was the World Federation, till 1966, when the ICF (International Curling Federation) was founded. Since 1991 the ICF has been called WCF (World Curling Federation) and has about 40 member countries.
Scotland are the current European mens champions and Sweden are the current European ladies champions. NZ men and Japan ladies are the Pacific Champions.
Canada are the current mens and the USA are the current Ladies World Champions.
And Banco, even England have teams, although they are comprised mainly of expat Scots!
Usairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 698 times:
Curling has to be the most idiotic sport I have ever watched in my life. I mean whats the point of it? A guy pushes the thing down the ice and two people sweep away the excess ice in the front. I dont understand why people play the sport.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 55 Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 663 times:
Ah, you mean as opposed to all those times where an English competitor has won a gold medal and we've called it a "British" win then? When did you ever hear about the 10 English gold medals at the last Olympics? Never.
Honestly, Kirkie, it's a British win whether they are from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. How often do you see the English separating out the Englsih wins from the rest at the Olympics? Never is the answer. I have not heard one instance of Steve Redgrave being talked about as winning gold medals for England. If you can't see that, then the chip on your shoulder has reached truly epic proportions.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 59 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 661 times:
Hey guys, don't knock it until you try it. I curl three times a week and I instruct curling too. A lot of people come out, kinda scoffing at the game, and it is almost a guarantee that after they try it they'll say "wow, this is more fun than it looks, and this is a lot harder than it looks!"
Those rocks are 42 pounds each. You try sliding sixteen of them down the ice. When you are throwing the rocks correctly, all the pushing force comes from your right leg. That builds up some pretty good muscles. We also walk about two miles per game, and most of that is while we sweep. When you are sweeping your a$$ off on a rock going quickly down the ice, that is a hard workout. When you sweep you are pushing down on the broom hard, and making the sweeping motion quickly.
Go visit your local curling club. Go to an open house, and get some instruction, and try it. You will have a great time. And afterwards, visit the bar, because that's an integral part of curling too.
Rochester's curling club is supposed to be a good one. I played a team from there in a national tournament a few years ago, and they were quite nice.
KROC From United States of America, joined May 2000, 19737 posts, RR: 76 Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 650 times:
It's bad enough that Crapchester is a big Soccer town, but now we have a curling club....and its a good one? Christ all mighty, what next? Better yet, I don't want to know, and Jcs, don't hurt yourself trying to think up something asinine to list.
"Never tell anybody outside the family what you're thinking again"
LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 51 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 641 times:
JCS, there's PLENTY to do in Crapchester on a Friday night. For example, we can stand on the shore of Lake Ontario and gaze wistfully in the direction of Toronto, or...or.. we can have a garbage plate, or post to A.net.
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5476 posts, RR: 21 Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 632 times:
I don't curl, playing on a team would seem sorta odd. But I do set up a rock on the ice in my backyard, and I try to see how close I can get a flat piece of ice to the rock. I played and made bets with others, quite fun actually.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 620 times:
Just got back home from a curling game and I find this thread! Anyhoo, I've been playing for a few months in the local high school league and have now progressed to playing as the team's regular skipper. And yes, I can confirm that every curling rink I've been to has a bar.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 604 times:
"I have never enjoyed skipping, it's too much pressure and not enough sweeping!"
I know what you mean, all that standing around at the far end can get pretty boring. Good thing was that tonight's opponent forfeited, so we improvised an exhibition game (which we won) against another team and got to rotate through the different positions a bit.
BTW, how many ends do you guys play in a game (6 for us)?
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 59 Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 588 times:
We generally play eight in a regular league game, ten in competitive (which I don't do often).
It is fun when you get to rotate through the positions. Last year our Monday night team let the lead and second play back end for a couple of games and they won us the game, quite handily!
Skipping shouldn't be boring, you really should never be standing around doing nothing. You should always be watching the ice, watching your opponents' shots, and your players' shots. I find that hard to concentrate on.
I am pleased to say that my Monday night team is in first place in the league! Next week we have playoffs, so we'll see how we do. After that we'll switch teams at the half.
Are you in a junior league? If so, totally keep it up. The people at my club who played as juniors are so much better than the rest of us.