Today I read that Canada beat Scotland to win the World Curling Championship.
OK Canadians, can you please put this in context for me?
How much do you folks (meaning, the whole country) care about this sport? Rank it in terms of importance against hockey (obviously Number One), football, baseball, and such? Do people know the names of the players, follow their travails in the paper, go out to watch matches? Or is it played in complete obscurity?
Curling kind of cracks me up. It seems like a sport that must have very old roots - pushing an object across a line is about as basic as it gets - but such a limited scope, like, perhaps, fencing. But I love out-of-the-way sports. Hey, you're talking to a girl who wrote about goalball - played by blind people - and sit-volleyball, played by amputees across a 4-foot-high net. No joke.
So fill me in, eh?*
* That may be the first "eh" I've ever used in wmtc, and I'm not being sarcastic. I like it. It works.