Thanks to everybody at the Lake Region Curling Club for showing us such a good time the other night. Special thanks to Dwight and Rudi for their patience in trying to teach me the basics of the sport. It takes patience with me. The results of their efforts and mine, such as they are, can be seen on the Dullum File Friday on television.
It’s easy to make fun of curling. Making fun of things is part of what I do. But it’s also easy to see how sincere curlers are about their sport. It’s a "gentlemens’ sport" to be sure, and a social one. But curlers also talk about curling as an obsession. Some say they think about the mistakes they make in competition all the time–day and night, winter and SUMMER!
It brought to mind the famous story (in curling circles, anyway) about the Grafton team that went all the way to world championships in Germany in 1972. In the finals, Grafton beat Canada 9 to 8. One of the Grafton curlers jumped up in the air in celebration, touched one of the other team’s stones resulting in necessity for a tie-breaking end which Canada won. I’m told two of the brothers on the Grafton team didn’t speak to each other for ten years.