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Give Me My Medal Already!

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So Canada has a whopping 5 Olympic medals to date, with 2 of them being gold.  Historic, seeing as Canada has never won a gold medal on home turf, so to speak.

Needless to say, this has caused quite a stir amongst Canucks.  It’s been the office water cooler conversation all week.  Personally, I’ve never really followed the Olympics.  Don’t get me wrong, I like sports.  Well, certain sports.  OK, football.  I also enjoy hockey when it is a real competitive match between serious rivals who passionately hate each other.

Today’s conversation was about curling.  It would appear the Canadian men’s curling team is in first place, at the moment.  The Canadian women’s team is tied for first.  The excitement is palpable.  I guess.

When asked, I had to admit to not getting it.  I admitted I don’t understand the basic principles behind this sport.  When pressed, I admitted I don’t understand that this is even considered a sport.  You can imagine the bedlam that ensued.  I was told in no uncertain terms “Curling is challenging and very strategic”.  My response “Somebody throws something while someone else sweeps.  Sounds like what I go through every Saturday morning.  Nobody’s ever given me a medal for it.”  One would think I said I perform ritual animal sacrifices for Satan every weekend by the dismayed looks I received.  I tried to end the conversation by reiterating that I just don’t get it and probably never would.  This did not end the conversation.  My Farmville colleague replied “You know what sport I never got?  Rugby.  I just don’t understand rugby.  I don’t like it at all”.  It was my turn to be amazed.  “What’s not to understand?!  It’s a GREAT game!  You try to kill the guy with the ball because he has the ball!  It’s really very simple”.

That ended the conversation.  Finally.

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  • Curling — yeah, what’s up with that? And luge! Really? Who would do such as stupid thing? I mean, I feel really bad about the kid who died. That was tragic. But luge? Seriously…?
    .-= injaynesworld´s last blog ..injaynesworld it’s "Blast From the Past Day…" =-.

  • Curling — yeah, what’s up with that? And luge! Really? Who would do such as stupid thing? I mean, I feel really bad about the kid who died. That was tragic. But luge? Seriously…?
    .-= injaynesworld´s last blog ..injaynesworld it’s "Blast From the Past Day…" =-.

  • Jen

    I don’t “get” curling either but then it is far more entertaining than say golf.

    “My Farmville colleague” that made me laugh!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Tell Me About Yourself =-.

  • Jayne – I always have the overwhelming urge to pronounce luge with a hard “g” and a “y” at the end! It’s childish, I know, but we are talking about sledding here.

    Jen – Golf! The sport of walking around in ugly pants! Right up there with those other awesome sports: curling, luge, pole dancing and Farmville!

    Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  • Why curling rocks? Because it’s all about the stones.

  • Okay, I understand must sports. I really like curling. I have posted the somewhat basic of the game in my terms on the site I linked to you. I am happy about Canada’s curling teams. Ours (US team) are not living up to our expectations. So let’s look at curling, think of Pool, do you play? Curling is like a game of pool if you look at how the rocks have to be hit. To get around a rock and not give them a point, one has to really know how to guide the rock. To guide the rock one need to create a smooth surface for speed and direction. The Sweepers cause a thin water trail for the rock to follow. Really the sweepers are the key to placement of the rock. I hope Canada take home a medal. I know we will not.
    .-= Auntie E´s last blog ..Ruby Tuesday- Valentine Rubies =-.

  • I do play pool. Quite a bit of my misspent youth was misspent in seedy pool halls. Ahh, the good ole days! But, I digress! When you put it in those terms, it seems to make quite a bit of sense. I still don’t think I’ll ever be a fan, but at least now I have context. Thanks! And the US is certainly “cleaning up” even without curling Sweepers! Groan 🙂

    Sorry, couldn’t resist!

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