(Originally posted March 2010)
While I don’t claim to understand it, and certainly can’t understand why someone would spend HOURS watching the sport intently, I can absolutely see why someone would enjoy playing this sport. Every four years, it becomes the topic of the day at local water coolers. People are either fascinated by the sport, it’s fashions (those Norwegian pants), or why in the world Canadians hoisted this sport on everyone.
The goalie on my ball hockey team is Sue Mitchell, who you can see pictured here. She was kind enough to invite me out to shoot the Triangle Curling Club in North Raleigh a few months back. She is a sort of spokesman for the group, and tells me they are currently inundated with requests to come out and learn to curl. They’ve had people all the way from Pennsylvania ask to come all the way down to Raleigh just for the opportunity to give it a try.
I think I’ll wait until all the hubbub dies down a bit, but I think I can picture myself throwing a few stones. Just don’t ask me to wear those pants.