10 Days of Curling…Meet the American Team


The pinnacle of athletic achievement, besides the Super Bowl, World Series, and anything Kobe touches, the Olympics used to inspire me as a kid.  I barely watched the Summer Olympics 2004, as running, swimming, and cycling never surprise me anymore.  The problem lies with a continual lack of character build-up.  Much hype is given to the games and countries, but since the Dan vs Dave advertising blunder pre-qualifying round hype has disappeared. 

In order to recapture my childhood awe, and hopefully that of the Ministers and Rabbi, I give to you the 2006 Men’s American Curling Team:


(From left to right: John Shuster, Joseph Polo, Pete Fenson, Scott Baird, Shawn Rojeski)

Now we have someone to root for, and you don’t need to know their real backstorys because their resemblance to every boy band, the chubby/ sensitive one, the dark/ mysterious one, the young/ rebellious one, the old/ responsible one, and the smart/ financially sound one, allows for endless new nicknames and insight into their strengths and weaknesses on the ice.  The financially sound one was worried about his taxes, and that’s why he didn’t sweep the ice correctly, or the group’s picking on the chubby one for not adhering to the enforced diet and exercise regimen.  The possibilities are endless.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the sport of curling, here are the basic rules/guidelines to a curling match:

"Curling is a team sport, with a team, or rink, made up of four
players headed by a "skip." The skip, usually the fourth person to
play, directs team members as to the kind of shot wanted, the path it
should take, the amount of spin and force that should go into it, and
so on.

Each player delivers two stones, alternately with an opponent. The
delivery is similar to that used in bowling; the "sweeping score"
represents the foul line. A player is assisted by teammates, who use
their brooms to sweep ice dust, snow, and moisture from in front of the
delivered stone, as it moves, to help guide it.

The basic purpose is to get a stone as close to the tee as possible.
However, many types of strategic shots are also used, to knock an
opponent’s stone out of position, to guard a teammate’s scoring stone,
or to knock a teammate’s stone into better position.

When all 16 stones have been thrown, an "end" has been completed.
Only one team can score on each end: the team that has a stone lying
nearest to the tee. The team gets 1 point for each stone that is nearer
to the tee than any of the opposition’s stones. In order to count, a
stone must be at least partly within the house.

Play then continues from the other end. A game is usually made up of
10 complete ends; sometimes, however, the first team to get 21 points
is the winner."

(via Hickoksports.com)


Here is a link to the official schedule of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino. (pdf)

With ten days of curling fast approaching, set your tivo, the energy will be crazy!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Minister of C. & R.
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 16:13:21

    OMG! LOL!!!

  2. Baumondo
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 15:36:34


  3. frickoso
    Feb 10, 2006 @ 13:42:47

    I like the old responsible one, he looks like he has been throwin rocks for a long time. And i think we all know curling is not of game of youthful exuberance, but rather a precise calculated game where experience reigns supreme. USA all the way!