Wednesday, February 22, 2006 :::
The Potomac Curling Club in Laurel, Maryland, is, like clubs across the country, hosting open days this weekend so newcomers can "try the sport that's sweeping the nation". I think they?ll be busy.There's an open house in Wayland on Saturday. Unfortunately, I already have other plans.
After all, curling?s advantages are many and great. It is a sport for normal people, not freaks of nature. Physical fitness is not of paramount importance ? nerve, poise, and judgment count for much more. There?s no recourse to performance-enhancing drugs, unless you count a pre-match shot of whisky. And I'd like to think maturity helps.
On that note, curling is a sport in which character counts. Yes, you need courage and skill, but it's considered poor form not to buy drinks for your vanquished opponents. Showboating is frowned upon. There's no trash-talking. And apart from the beer, it is a sport for eight and eighty-year-olds alike.
::: posted by Steven at 10:38 PM