I couldn’t fall asleep last night, so I would flick on the TV every once in a while to see what all was on, and I started watching Olympic curling on USA. The United States was playing Norway. Now, I’m by no means a curling enthusiast, but it was interesting enough, and kinda neat to watch, so I left it on for a while. But then something happened that I did not understand at all, and it really confused me. I’ve never formally researched the rules of curling, but after watching for a few seconds the rules seem pretty straight-forward: slide those stone dealies toward a circle, and the closest to the circle gets a point… and if you have the 2 closest you get two, 3 for 3, etc.. Oh, and you prolly have to be touching part of the circle for it to count at all. Everything else was just frosting: scrub the ice with crazy scrubber sticks to keep that stone sliding, knock others out of the way, yada yada.. It’s just frozen Bocce with some housecleaning practice thrown in.. I get it… Well, there were some rules and strategy that I didn’t get.. so here are the simplified rules to curling:
First, here is the court:
- Hack. (It’s the little rubber(?) foot blocks that the slider dude uses to start up his sliding dealie.)
So, the slider guy starts at the Hack, and has to let go by the Hogline, and the scrubbers can scrub or not scrub, and lead the stone to the circle. They go back and forth, knocking the opponets out fo the scoring circle, and setting up their own in a way to block the opponents stones. At the end, the closest to the center while still within the circle scores points. Then the team that scored last goes first, and the cycle continues. Like I said: Just like icy bocce.
So… if you feel like really reading the real rules you can go here. The thing that confused me was this: It was the Americans turn to slide, and they were on their last stone (Norway had already thrown their last one). The whole board was open (nothing on teh circle at all, and no blockers, as far as I can recall). The Americans purposefully just slide the thing right past the circle, and both teams got 0 points for the “round.” So… I read about it and found out why.. but I figured I’d ask the question: Who knows why they did that?