Ice, rocks, brooms… be still my heart!

There is snow on the ground and the Winter Olympics are coming up.

We all, I am sure, are beginning to sense the beginnings of the heart-pounding adrenaline rush that comes from the action-jammed sport of…


I had this exchange via iMessage with a friend in Europe.

And I found a way to watch curling LIVE!  Online!

Oh, the excitement!  The drama!  The emotion!


This is going to be great!

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  1. Legisperitus says:

    Curling is God’s favorite sport. Remember the part about “The stone rejected by the builders has become the curling stone”?

  2. wmeyer says:

    Light on adrenaline, perhaps, but not so light on skill in its practitioners.

  3. Supertradmum says:

    Hmm, at first, when I saw your headline, I thought you were going to write about hockey. But, then brooms are only used before and after that game.

    Curling is nice and quiet and people can keep their teeth.

    Sigh, would rather watch the Ashes.

  4. LarryW2LJ says:

    There’s actually a curling club located in my town:

  5. Scott W. says:

    Curling is fine when heavy-metal groups do it:

  6. Nathan says:

    We were fortunate to find on TV the other weekend the qualifiers for the US olympic curling team. Of course, there went the rest of the afternoon. Don’t you think there’s an eschatological element to curling? After all, you need to know who has the hammer if you want to keep your shot rock in the final end.

    In Christ,

  7. catholiccomelately says:

    I grew up in New England where Curling was a fiercely competitive sport in some places. It’s subtlety is a wonder!

  8. teomatteo says:

    why are those people sliding those 1984 Renault torque convertors down the ice? When they could be used tohelp transport the pope!

  9. ghp95134 says:

    Ya’d THINK the IOC would have removed curling before ever thinking of taking wrestling off the agenda. Sheesh. Either remove curling or …. dare I think it: synchronized swimming! But keep the original combat-oriented “sports.” I used to watch the people of Garmisch-Partenkirchen play their version of curling called eisstockshießen [ice-stick shooting]. Heck … even Tirolers can’t make it look exciting. Curling is just as exciting as eisstockschießen, lawn bowls, or shuffleboard — nice games on their own … but “Olympic”? I.Think.Not!

    I see now that wrestling will return in the Summer 2020 games.

    [old geezer getting off his soapbox]

    [P.S. I dare guess someone, somewhere, will show the ancient Picts slid heavy stones down glaciers towards Roman invaders … thereby establishing curling’s combat antecedent.]

  10. Andkaras says:

    Joke all you want, but these athletes are never embroiled in scandal ,and the fans never riot.

  11. JohnE says:

    I wonder why curling never made the intro to ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I’m sure the human drama of athletic competition must be extremely high, not to mention the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Perhaps its just too hard to clip the excitement down to just a few seconds for an intro. And why isn’t there a Wii Curling game? Oops, not so fast!: Click HERE

  12. Sword40 says:

    Sounds about as exciting as watching slug races in Seattle.

  13. I’m with Supertradmum, only more so!
    I’ll even take a good T20ODI over curling any day.

    Although both curling and cricket are each far more interesting than American baseball (and I am an American).

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  14. Darren says:

    I rather enjoy curling. Overall, I do not like the Olympics… but curling is something different to view.

    Plus, the Olympics interrupts the NHL schedule and the best players get the opportunity for additional injury. They also scrunch the schedule rather than extend the season two weeks. Boo hiss!

  15. thefeds says:

    If they like sweeping that much, I’d be more than happy to give them my address!

  16. RafqasRoad says:

    Supertrad Mum,

    HERE HERE!!!

    Australia is back!!!!! Pohms watch out!!!! We’ve been in the Ashes duldrums for some time and are ready for a comprehensive win/thrashing/walk over??? :-) Some would argue that my enthusiasm is ‘just not cricket’ as it were…it is merely my Aussie Larykin side surfacing for a moment. As for prefering T20 cricket over curling… I object, good sir!! :-) Test cricket is simply sublime! I would add curling as a second. Leaf tea properly brewed, Test Cricket and good, solid liturgy In my thinking, feed body, mind and soul. I know these may be seen as fighting words, but T20?? it is the ‘clown mass’ of the cricketting world.

    I shall now very carefully back out of the room …quietly…facing the audience at all times…Fr. Z., please forgive my boldness…all meant in good humour of course.


    Aussie Maronite, soon to be South Coast Catholic.
    PS: a ‘Fr Z’s commenters’ cricket world cup?? I’d be game!

  17. ocleirbj says:

    To my mind, not knowing too much about either of these, curling is rather like darts on ice; but it has its courtesies. The winners always stand the losers a drink afterwards!

  18. Darren says:

    Re: ocleirbj curling is rather like darts on ice

    I see it more like bocce ball on ice. :)

  19. curling, rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming have to go…synchronized genuflecting though….should be allowed.

  20. OrthodoxChick says:

    How does one go about watching curling without being lulled to sleep? I’m sure it requires a great deal of skill and physics, but I’m afraid that I don’t yet appreciate it as a spectator sport.

    catholicomelately, I’ve lived in southern New England all of my life and I’ve never seen curling. Where’d you grow up? Caribou??

  21. Nan says:

    @OrthodoxChick, probably caffeine. I’ve seen part of one bonspiel in person, only because I was there, it was there and we were watching my cousin. A couple of olympics ago, his dad’s team was in the olympic tryouts.

  22. Mariana2 says:

    Civilised game, no arguments with the umpire, no rioting fans. AND you can hear the competitors discussing strategy! Love it!

  23. A.D. says:

    At the last Winter Olympics, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the curling competitions. I was intrigued with it. It’s graceful, quiet, safe, and just tension-producing enough to keep one’s attention without that gut-wrenching fear that someone will be killed or maimed for life. It certainly makes more sense than some darn fool trying to break the sound barrier flying down the side of a mountain or expecting to land gracefully after doing a Wiley Coyote off a steep incline into thin air. I hope curling continues as an Olympic sport and gets as much or more TV coverage as it had before.

  24. Devo35 says:

    Love curling, but biathlon RULES!

  25. rbbadger says:

    As an Arizona native, this is one sport I never saw live. Strangely enough, I encountered it while watching the Winter Olympics with a classmate at the major seminary near sunny Los Angeles. It looked to us like they were janitors on speed.

  26. Hans says:

    Curling requires great skill, teamwork, and finesse. Given modern attitudes toward each of those, I’m surprised it’s not even less popular than it is. It’s also one of the few reasons to bother watching the Winter Olympics.

  27. acricketchirps says:

    ditto Hans.

  28. colospgs says:

    I can never tell if Father is being sarcastic in his comments about this or not. I suspect he likes to watch curling, but also likes to make fun of it.

  29. AgricolaDeHammo says:

    Aha! You’ve found First Row Sports… It has served me the best in international tennis when ESPN has failed me. The ads are numerous though and very tricky.

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