The Winter Olympics are in full swing and curling is this iteration’s darling.
Since most folks in our readership don’t know a lot about curling, TheKySportsGuys is, as always, at the ready to help you out.
Here are some facts about the beautiful game of curling.
1. Curling was invented by Erik the Red (known for his, you guessed it, CURLY hair.) Erik was also famous amongst the Vikings for grabbing a broom and a few rocks any time his explorations led him to a frozen lake or stream, which seemed to be always.
2. Curling first became an Olympic sport in 1770 after King George III of England declared the Olympics needed more sports that you can “play whilst hoisting a pint.”
3. There are only three major rules in Olympic curling. Professional curling—often known as “dark curling”—permits use of the broom as a weapon which technically catapults curling into the category of “blood sport.”
4. Canadians like curling because they’re better at it than football.
5. Noted sweeper, Mr. Clean was banned from the 1980 Lake Placid Games for “brushing too vigorously.”
6. Curling is basically darts with giant rocks and a playing field only slightly more slippery than pub-vomit hardwood.
7. The favorite curling insult is to tell a fellow curler to “kick rocks.”
8. If you don’t like curling, then I’m not sure we can be friends.