Every Winter Olympic year, there is a huge upswing in interest in curling. People unfamiliar with the sport are intrigued by its odd means of play, and also by an Olympic Sport that looks like fun for everyone. (It is!)
Curling is the greater of the two well known games invented by the Scots. These games have at least 3 things in common.
- Though you play on a team, you are really competing against yourself, which can be both highly gratifying and incredibly frustrating.
- One can imbibe while playing. “What’s the point of a game without a wee draught?” asked one of the originators, while towing his rocks to the frozen Curling Pond early in the 1500s.
- Aficionados compete in special shoes.