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Monday, April 14, 2003

A cool win

The American women's team won the World Curling Championships this weekend! I was absolutely hooked on watching curling during the last Winter Olympics, when the US women did better than expected but not as well as hoped. So it's nice to see them pull it out this time.

I love curling. It's such a bizarre-looking sport that it appeals to my sense of the absurd. I got hooked on it as a kid growing up in Detroit where it was aired on the Canadian TV station from Windsor. Back then, they used actual brooms to sweep the ice rather than these high-tech gizmos they use nowadays. Then there was a gap of, oh, 25 years or so before I got to see any more. Clearly, much like soccer, curling is a sport whose time has come in the US. Even NBC thinks so; according to the article, they'll be airing an hour of the Championships at noon next Sunday.

So why did I have to read about this in a Canadian newspaper?

Posted at 2:24 AM

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