The Jury Still Out: Is Curling is a true sport?
See for Yourself this Week at Kalamazoo Wings Stadium: Free Tix Available!
The Vancouver winter games were the best ever (U.S. boast 37 medals). Death defying skills…Bobsled and Alpine Skiing at 90 mph’s, Sean White’s immortal, 2-story Double McTwist. Need I mention the Hockey…oh, and the figure skating? Please! And, yet some people couldn’t take their eyes off of Curling. MSNBC, that aired the Curling competition, surprised itself with huge viewer ship numbers. Wow!
I tried it over at Wings Stadium during a preview of this week’s action, and I’ll admit a “Curler” must possess a level of skill and accuracy, but a sport? I dunno?
I really think all the bluster is entirely connected to the fact that it’s one of those “sports” coupled with another well honed activity. You know the 12-ounce curl!
Is it really a sport when tossing a few back is nearly compulsory while participating? You see, the drinking is a back-up sport like in golf or bowling. How often have you had to buy a round for your team for the BEER frame?” During a 9-hole outing, how many times has the beer cart been flagged over your way?
Let’s take slow pitch softball for example. A certain amount of athleticism is required to hit the ball and run around the bases, but that’s pretty much where it begins and ends. I went to watch a game at local Versluis Field last summer, and I had the impression I was at an outdoor bar. The “back-up sport” was in full swing–its own competition of sorts. How many Jell-O shots and beers can one consume during a 7-inning contest and still remain standing?
If your favorite ‘sport’ is bowling or golf, living at Dover Hills has its advantages. There is a bowling alley and golf course within walking distance where you reside. Although you wouldn’t want to lug your clubs a mile or your ball a half mile, it’s nice to know its close. (The Prairies 5303 W. Main 343-3906…Harpos, 4500 Stadium Drive 375-1378).
Also nearby is Wings Stadium, the location for The 2010 USA Curling Nationals, going on now through March 13th. See the Olympic sport that has everybody buzzing. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to Dover Hills residents. Just head over to the office at Dover Hills to claim yours.
I know I don’t need to tell you, but just in case you have a hollow leg, drink responsibly, and as they say, “bring em back alive” !