I am looking forward to seeing some Curling during the coverage of the Winter Olympics.

I will have to follow the coverage ex longinquo in more than one way.  Here at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ, as I reported elsewhere, the extreme abundance of snow caved in part of the roof of the rectory.  Thus, there is no TV available for the watching of the Curling.   And for some reason the Comcast broadband in the area is struggling.  

I am mostly using my iPhone’s 3G connection which, compared to Comcast, has blazing speed!

Therefore, I am going to have to get creative to follow the best sport of the Winter Olympics: Curling.


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  1. r.j.sciurus says:

    I’m sure there is a deep and profound spiritual and liturgical lesson somewhere in Curling. Unless the Canadians win of course.

  2. I am not sure if the video is blocked in the states, but here in Canada our CTV network is offering everything online for free. It is really great for those who don’t have access to a TV to watch any of the Olympic sporting events.

  3. Harrison: That’s a great suggestion… for those who have a good, fast broadband connection!

  4. Bryan says:

    I’ll offer my widescreen and directv if you want to drive north about an hour…

  5. ljc says:

    go Canada!

  6. yatzer says:

    I’m so glad you brought this up. I got hooked on curling during the last Olympics. ;)

  7. Thomas G. says:

    I thought Curling was condemned at Lateran IV. Or was that Hurling? Churling?

  8. Thomas G: Quod Deus avertat! That would have made Lateran IV a useless Council for sure!

  9. irishgirl says:

    There is a curling club in my hometown. It’s one of the oldest in New York state, if not in the whole US.

    My former boss from the Catholic bookstore I used to work at was a curler. There were many times when he would growl as he went by us from his back office to the front of the store, ‘I’m going to curl.’ I even remember the pants he wore!

    Sadly, he stopped because he got macular degeneration and couldn’t drive anymore, and he got a hip replacement.

    Hey, Harrison-I’m going to try the CTV link! I have no TV at home, and I can go online only when I’m in the library or at Barnes & Noble. Thanks!

  10. Matthew in Vancouver says:

    I’m really looking forward to the Men’s Downhill this morning, and the start of the Men’s hockey tournament tomorrow afternoon!

  11. Curling, eh? Must be from Minnesota.

  12. emily13 says:

    I’m so disappointed that curling will not be on the regular NBC network at all. I have just the most basic cable and don’t get any other channels. And I love to watch curling….tried it once…was face first on the ice….

  13. Roland de Chanson says:

    Curling? Quid est?

    Ah, saxorum ludus glacialis! Luditur libenter potando.

  14. Ralph says:

    “Therefore, I am going to have to get creative to follow the best sport of the Winter Olympics: Curling”

    Curling?? Really? Curling?

    It must be an aquired taste. As a native of sunny sourthern Arizona, the only curling I’ve done has been with a bar bell or an iron.

    Now, that biathlon on the other hand. THAT looks like one heck of a fun olympic sport. Watched it all day yesterday on NBC. But Curling? Not so sure ’bout that one.

  15. Emilio III says:

    All the curling and hockey games (and all other events) are available on (both live and replays). You need to login to your cable or satellite provider account for authentication, which seems odd. So, in the worst case you can watch the replays when you get back to civilization.

    At least so far, the full replays are completely unedited, so you get to watch many minutes of the “we’ll be back in a moment” slide that they use in commercial breaks. Or try to guess where the commercial will end on an unmarked line…

  16. Emilio III says:

    I should have included the direct URL for those wanting to watch replays without seeing the results first. (Fairly good bet for curling in the US.)

  17. Frank H says:

    When I lived in Madison and Milwaukee a number of years ago I curled for three seasons. It’s great fun and great camaraderie. It cracked me up that some of the really avid curlers curled six nights a week, and complained all the time about how much they were curling. But I don’t believe anyone forced them into it! Those guys had great sweaters, great hats with all sorts of pins from various bonspiels, great venison sausage and beer. Makes me want to move back to that part of the world!

  18. Widukind says:

    I too have respect for curling. Over forty years ago, my father and some friends in a small German town in Ohio, started a local curling group. They named their group the Flying Dutchman Curling Club, and imported stones, I believe from Canada. For several years there was great interest in it, but it gradually faded, and about ten years ago I believe they attempted to restart it.
    So curling is part of my childhood memories, and has a spot yet in my heart.

  19. Navarricano says:

    Curling? “Hey! It’s a thingy! A fiendish thingy! Run, Ringo!”

    Sorry, Father! ;-)

  20. Supertradmom says:

    Curling is a great sport to watch. The guys with the brooms are amazing.

  21. Mike Morrow says:

    I would watch, with less than fanatical devotion, Canadian curling on TV coming across Lake Erie when I lived near Cleveland, OH.

    Then there’s the 2002 movie “Men With Brooms.” It did for curling what “Blades of Glory” did for figure skating in 2007.

  22. medievalist says:

    r.j. sciurus: I’m sure there is a deep and profound spiritual and liturgical lesson somewhere in Curling. Unless the Canadians win of course.

    You’re right. There’s no deep lesson if Canada wins…it’s simply the will of Almighty God providing a little Lenten humility to our American neighbours! Maple leaf forever!

  23. Rachel says:

    These dang Canadians– you can never tell who they are until they reveal themselves! ;)

  24. RuariJM says:

    Curling? Go Scotland!

    Er…sorry…I meant UK.


  25. TundraMN says:

    Curling is the best part of the Winter Olympics, hands down! The precision and skill that these men and women have to have is insane. GO TEAM USA!!!

  26. Nathan says:

    Harrison Ayre: Thanks for the link! We lived for three years by Watertown, NY, and would watch the Olympics on CTV and the CBC. Not only could you watch curling, but you would see more than just the US and one other team on any event.

    I remember the Lillehammer Winter Olympics particularly well. Both Canadian networks showed the sporting event from beginning to end, cheering on athletes from all countries. The US network showing the games would alternate between essentially US-only coverage of the events and fluff stories such as how to shop for sweaters in Norway.

    Kudos to our Canadian friends!

    In Christ,

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