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Old 02-21-2010, 06:01 AM   #21
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Thanks for the overview, Dan.

I can't really say I enjoy watching it on TV, but it looks like it would be a blast on a winter afternoon. Is typically played indoors or out?
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:48 PM   #22
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SWMBO and I are going to the Nutmeg Curling Club next weekend for one of the open curl days. I'm pretty stoked.

We're actually having a little curling gettogether with a few friends tonight. We're having curly fries, burgers, and canadian bacon. And homebrew....
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I have been watching it for the last couple days and I am still trying to figure out the scoring. The announcers really do a terrible job of explaining things. I think my understanding right now is that whoever is closest to the middle gets a point and another point for every other rock they have that is still closer than the other teams closest. Is that right?

Do the different rings mean anything other than judging distances?
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:27 PM   #24
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well this thread and the Olympics have totally piqued my interest. I did a quick google and found there is an actual curling league in San Diego. SAN DIEGO of all places!!! they have a learn to curl event on the 27th for only 20 dollars. I think I'm going to have to go check it out.

EDIT: it's actually in Escondido so after I get done throwing some stones I can just head on over to stone and throw back a few more stones. oh I crack myself up.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:15 PM   #25
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I have been wanting to try curling for a while. It looks fun. Quick question, for the new player what are the costs associated with starting?

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:48 PM   #26
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The women curling teams from Denmark and Germany are HOT! Got my interest in the game.

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:55 PM   #27
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Thanks for the overview, Dan.

I can't really say I enjoy watching it on TV, but it looks like it would be a blast on a winter afternoon. Is typically played indoors or out?
To be honest, I rarely enjoy watching myself. Playing is definitely better.

Like hockey, it could be played outdoors but to extend the season it is nearly always played indoors. PLus in the modern era, ice is kept at very exact conditions that couldn't be achieved/maintained outdoors. For example at our club, we try to keep the ice temp between 20 and 22 degrees, the air between 38 and 43F and the relative humidity between 30 and 35%. That way the throws and curls are pretty consistent.

 
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I have been watching it for the last couple days and I am still trying to figure out the scoring. The announcers really do a terrible job of explaining things. I think my understanding right now is that whoever is closest to the middle gets a point and another point for every other rock they have that is still closer than the other teams closest. Is that right?

Do the different rings mean anything other than judging distances?
That is exactly correct. You get 1 point for every stone closer to the center than your opponents closest stone. There is not point difference between the inside and outside circle.

 
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That is exactly correct. You get 1 point for every stone closer to the center than your opponents closest stone. There is not point difference between the inside and outside circle.
Ok, so it is the bastard child of shuffleboard and bocce ball on ice.
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bastard child? BASTARD CHILD?

Dude, the first written recording of curling was ice conditions in 1541. The first evidence was a curling stone pulled from the bottom of a pond in Scotland with "1511" scrawled on it.

Shuffleboard was around in the 16th century, but more as a table top game. Its current form didn't really take off until the 1900's. It was invented by the English. Curling, like golf, was invented by the Scots.

Bocce Ball...who knows when the Italians came up with that.

That said, most Curlers will often spend their summers playing golf or Bocce. in fact our curling club is building 7 regulation Bocce courts out back this spring.

The only time I ever played shuffleboard was on a cruise. I would meet up on deck in the morning with some Canadians. We would tape off a curling circle over the shuffleboard triangle and use the roll of the ship to get the curl to our shots. No true curler would ever admit to playing shuffleboard.

 
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