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Posted: 2/19/2006 1:04:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:06:17 PM EDT
Think of it as the north pole's version of bachi ball.

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:06:52 PM EDT
All I know is when I went to Canada people watched it.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:07:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:12:19 PM EDT
It's only fun if you're drunk.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:13:19 PM EDT
I want a big rockthing with a handle on it
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:14:18 PM EDT
I watched some the other night
I don't think I could sit through a whole match, but I have a little more erspect for it than I used to
definitely has some strategy to it
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:14:56 PM EDT
get your rocks in the middle, knock theirs out
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:15:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
How is this game scored? Hell even I could sweep the ice!



You don't have the stones for curling.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:17:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 1:23:06 PM EDT by Max_Power]
Those two sisters on the American team are hot.




Some of the other teams have a few hotties too.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:19:08 PM EDT
The curlers have their own rink in my town. I have the opportunity to get into it, but guess what? I am not remotely interested.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:26:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
I'm watching the event right now. USA vs Great Britain and it looks like something I could even do but....

What the hell is going on here?



I have been trying to figure it out myself.....
starting to intrigue me....

curling
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:26:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Taxman:
I want a big rockthing with a handle on it





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Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:27:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
How is this game scored? Hell even I could sweep the ice!



if I understand right
the team with the stone closes to the center at the end of the round,gets one point for each stone in the house (bullseye)
only one team can score points per round
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:29:44 PM EDT
The idea is to get the rocks into the bullseye at the other end of the ice. And you get to knock the other teams rocks out of the way.

Think of it as bowling for folks that have lots of ice (and beer). Some of my earliest memories are of watching my dad curling while we were living just outside of Winnipeg. The rink is always warmer than it is outside....
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:33:56 PM EDT
What is the point of the sweeping?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:36:18 PM EDT
The "curling" part of it is the curving that the stone does, primarily as a result of the rotation that is put on the stone when it is released, but also aided by sweeping.

You often see teams trying to curl in behind an existing stone, using it as a guard - or to bounce off another stone and tuck in behind a guard.


I seriously find curling to be one of the best sports to watch on TV. It's one of my favorite "sports" although I've never played it myself
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:37:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:
What is the point of the sweeping?




Sweeping makes the stone move faster and farther. It can also alter the trajectory of the stone, make it turn.

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:37:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
I seriously find curling to be one of the best sports to watch on TV. It's one of my favorite "sports" although I've never played it myself



Are you serious or is that Dutch sarcasm?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:39:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
How is this game scored? Hell even I could sweep the ice!


You get a point for every "rock" that is closer to the center than the opponants' closest rock.
Where is it at? I love watching Curling. And you only really get to see it every four years.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:40:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:44:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
on MSNBC


Thanks.

I really like the sport. There is a lot of strategy involved. It also requires a lot of "touch factors." How hard to you "throw" the rock. What type of spin you put on the rock. How hard you sweep.

Not to mention the hot sisters on the women's team.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:44:16 PM EDT
Curling can only be enjoyed (and understood) while extremely drunk.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:45:25 PM EDT
Beer + rock + brooms = excitement.

Then again:

Beer + anything = excitement and possibly vomit.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:45:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 1:53:04 PM EDT by captainpooby]

Originally Posted By MrsDrFrige:

Originally Posted By Wave:
How is this game scored? Hell even I could sweep the ice!



if I understand right
the team with the stone closes to the center at the end of the round,gets one point for each stone in the house (bullseye)
only one team can score points per round



The house is all the rings, the button is the center. The circles are 4', 8' and 12'. The line down the middle is the centerline. The first line across is the hog line, the back line is the back line and the place you shoot from is called the hack.
All rocks, or stones must pass the hog line to come into play and if it passes the back line its out of play. It cannot touch the sides or its out and a player may not touch a rock or its out. (burning a rock)

The team with rock closest to the button is the only team that can score, it is called shot rock. They only score with rocks closer than all the other teams rocks. eg: Team A has one dead center, shot rock. Team B has a rock in the 4' circle and Team A has five in the 8' circle. Only the rock on the button will score. If Team B's rock was missing, Team A would score six.

The rocks weigh 40lbs and thrown with an "in turn" or "out turn" of about three revolutions for the length of the ice. This makes the rock "curl" much like a curve ball curves only slower.

Sweeping the rock makes it go farther and curl less.

Strategy:

The first four rocks must remain in play and are used as "guards". A good guard is up between the hog line and the house, somewhere close to center. After the four guards are up, you try to curl rocks in behind them where it's harder to knock them out, a "takeout".

Last shot is obviously an advantage, it is called "hammer". Flip a coin for first shot and you lose the hammer if you score a point. That's why sometimes you will see a team intentionally NOT score when they have the hammer.

Each round is called an "end" and ten ends make a game.

Main types of shots: Guard, draw, raise, freeze and takeout. A draw is a shot for position a raise is a carom, freeze touches and sticks to rock, guard sits up front and takeout removes a stone.

Weight is how hard you throw the rock. Guard weight, draw weight, takeout weight, line weight and hack weight are terms you'll hear.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:46:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Strats:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
What is the point of the sweeping?




Sweeping makes the stone move faster and farther. It can also alter the trajectory of the stone, make it turn.





No, it makes a rock go straighter and farther.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:52:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By captainpooby:

Originally Posted By MrsDrFrige:

Originally Posted By Wave:
How is this game scored? Hell even I could sweep the ice!



if I understand right
the team with the stone closes to the center at the end of the round,gets one point for each stone in the house (bullseye)
only one team can score points per round



The house is all the rings, the button is the center. The circles are 4', 8' and 12'. The line down the middle is the centerline. The first line across is the hog line, the back line is the back line and the place you shoot from is called the hack.
All rocks, or stones must pass the hog line to come into play and if it passes the back line its out of play. It cannot touch the sides or its out and a player may not touch a rock or its out. (burning a rock)

The team with rock closest to the button is the only team that can score, it is called shot rock. They only score with rocks closer than all the other teams rocks. eg: Team A has one dead center, shot rock. Team B has a rock in the 4' circle and Team A has five in the 8' circle. Only the rock on the button will score. If Team B's rock was missing, Team A would score six.

The rocks weigh 40lbs and thrown with an "in turn" or "out turn" of about three revolutions for the length of the ice. This makes the rock "curl" much like a curve ball curves only slower.

Sweeping the rock makes it go farther and curl less.

Strategy:

The first four rocks must remain in play and are used as "guards". A good guard is up between the hog line and the house, somewhere close to center. After the four guards are up, you try to curl rocks in behind them where it's harder to knock them out, a "takeout".

Last shot is obviously an advantage, it is called "hammer". Flip a coin for first shot and you lose the hammer if you score a point. That's why sometimes you will see a team intentionally NOT score when they have the hammer.
Each round is called an "end" and ten ends make a game.



eh I tried....

anyone got a good gif of my head exploding?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 1:59:58 PM EDT
shuffleboard on ice?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:04:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 2:06:23 PM EDT by PBIR]
I read through this page on NBC's website today, it was pretty interesting : Curling - Inside The Sport

I actually think it's a pretty cool sport now that I understand the object and the rules. Not intensely athletic like some of the events but it requires some strategy and execution.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:20:51 PM EDT
Canada's answer for a lack of good bowling alleys!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:22:58 PM EDT
I think I'll wait for the womenz naked curling thing to catch on.

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11394967/
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