Now that Super Bowl fever is over, it’s time to get hyped up for the next sports blowout: curling! The 2010 Winter Olympics are here, and Team USA has their brooms and gigantic granite sliding-thingies at the ready to take down the competition. What’s that? You think curling is boring? Well – la de da – you clearly don’t know much about this sport.
First off, it’s soaked in Scotch. It did always seem like the type of game that drinkers would enjoy (kind of like bocce ball, darts, and flip cup). We checked out a curling demonstration set up by the folks at Laphroaig, one of the official sponsors of the U.S. Curling Association. The game – like their drink – is an essential part of Scottish heritage. The icy sport traces its roots back to 16th century Scotland – perhaps not as old as the area’s fine spirits, but impressive nonetheless.
Upon learning more about the sport, we realized why the curlers save the Scotch for after their match. Curling is also known as chess on ice. While we heave our bowling ball blindly down the alley, professional curlers combine a mix of strategy and skill to place the rock (that stone thingy) in any number of planned out positions. The competition is drawn out and fierce; no wonder why the teams enjoy a nip of single malt together after the games.
Sweet – all the more reason to down some Laphroaig 18 Year Old while watching the games. We wonder when our combination of drink and sport is going to inspire an Olympic event. Think we’ll see Bud Light and Bumper Pool on the docket for London 2012?