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2-23-2010 @ 7:24PM
Curling is actually a pretty interesting sport. At the elite level, it requires the same amount of skill and dedication as any other sport. It's a shame it's often the target of ridicule.
2-23-2010 @ 7:34PM
Yep, the captain stays in there and in that position, because from there he/she has the best angle to call the play: whether to scrub, how hard and on which side. If you scrub faster on one side, that side will be more slippery and the stone will curve off towards the other side possibly even by several degrees. The captain calls on the team when such correction is needed. And the scrubbers cann't know that themselves, because they are too close to the stone and in front of it, so they cann't actually see the trajectory directly.
2-23-2010 @ 9:39PM
Thanks, it's been good to hear from both of the world's curling fans.
2-24-2010 @ 1:44AM
@ Gundera I think I just sprayed my entire desk with tea. It was that funny.
2-24-2010 @ 5:41AM
OK, the problem with curling is that it just looks ridiculous. When you get down to it, every sport has rather arbitrary objectives (e.g., hit a thrown ball with a stick and run around a large diamond), but usually the athletes LOOK impressive doing it. I can appreciate the skill and athleticism required, but I just can't muster more excitement than an approving nod to bocce ball on ice with brooms. Plus, it fails the Carlin Test due to not using a ball -- http://www.boredatuni.com/stuff.php?stuffId=11
2-24-2010 @ 6:19AM
Hurry HAAAAARRRRD! (Works best with Saskatoon or Ottawa Valley accent. Newfie accent will also do.)
2-24-2010 @ 11:35AM
Hey, check out the fans at the Olympics there are tons of them watching curling, or drinking lots of beer and singing... By the way brushing is athletic, I've done it once. Also staying on your feet while doing it also requires skill.
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