Sunday, February 28, 2010

Curling Mnemonica

Here is the USA -- and particularly here in the southeastern part of the USA -- curling is a sport that one sees briefly during the coverage of the Winter Olympics, idly wondering "what's with the brooms?" and forgetting altogether for another four years. In these parts, most people are almost as vague about curling as they are about the game of cricket, but unlike cricket, it is safe to ask about curling if you run into a fan. A cricket match can run several days, and the average explanation of how the game is played can seem much longer and leave the idle questioner with only one new fact: he shouldn't have asked. Curling, on the other hand, seems to be about having fun and drinking beer although the Olympic media coverage of the latter aspect seems spotty.

John J Miller, of the Corner at National Review Online suggests visiting a page with ten great curling songs to listen to while we wait for the next Winter Olympics. They are more entertaining than one might suppose. I've promoted a couple of favorites to this posting but by all means click through to check out the rest.

I'll close with some lyrics from The Curling Song by the Arrogant Worms:

Curlers, underneath your two feet
the whole yin/yang of life comes to pass.
For there's a slippy side to make you go real quickly
and a grippy side so you don't fall on your ass.