- The goal of curling is to deliver a rock down a sheet into the house. The rocks closest to the button get the points....WTF does this mean??
- It is played on a long strip of ice 146 ft long called a sheet.
- Each end of the sheet has a play area called the 'house'.
- The house consists of concentric rings, each named for their diameter.
- There is the four foot, the eight foot, and the twelve foot ring.
- The very centre of the house is called the button.
- Two teams, called 'rinks', each made of 4 players play
- Each player throws, or delivers by sliding, a 'rock' to the other end of the sheet of ice.
- Players each throw two rocks for a total of eight rocks per team
- A rock is a smoothly polished piece of granite weighing in between 38 to 44 lbs a piece with a handle fixed to the top.
- A curler can control the rock by adjusting the speed, or weight, of the rock as well as by the direction and amount of spin placed on the rock
- A rock 'curls' as it travels down the ice. That is it has movement from left to right or from right to left.
- A rock in motion can also be helped by sweeping the ice directly in front of it as it travels.
- Sweeping reduces the friction between the rock and the ice helping the rock to keep moving straight. Sometimes it seems as though the sweepers are dragging the rock behind them.
- Sweeping also helps keep the rock from curling too much. (moving left or right)
- Sweeping is hard work.
- The rocks closest to the button score points. If there is a rock of another colour placing second closest it does not score, only the first rock scores. On the other hand, if there are 3 rocks of the same colour closest, that team scores 3 points.
king here. It can be confusing. The easiest way to get past the confusion is to get out there and play! Click here to see another neat site about curling. Of course I must add the link to for the Canadian Curling Association Currently the Continental Cup is playing. This is a tournament that pits North America vs the World in curling and is currently being played is St. Albert, Alberta. Today is an absolutely frigid day, perfect for
- Ground beef (or turkey, chicken, bison.....any ground meat....but stewing meat also works wonders)
- large onion, diced
- green pepper, diced
- red pepper, diced
- yellow pepper, diced
- celery, with leafy green parts, diced
- jalapeno, diced (remove veins and seeds to reduce heat, if desired)
- chili powder or spice mix of your choice
- frozen corn
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes (use low salt if you can find it)
- can of beans in tomato sauce
- can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed (today I used white kidney beans but I was looking for the soy beans.)
- can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- a healthy pinch of dried chilies
- Anything else in your fridge you can think of.... I have added diced potatoes before.
- This is a great opportunity to empty your fridge of all those items left over from other recipes!
pretzel rolls go well with chili.
The Boy's chili cheese dogs
Now it is time to kick back with a spicy bowl of chili and watch some curling! (Or any sport really) It is just too darned cold outside for anything else!