This Thursday, the United States of America celebrates the 237th anniversary of its independence from Great Britain. That got us thinking: how has the United States done against Great Britain in curling over the years?
Another feature of these bonspiels (curling tournaments) that we didn't cover last week is something called "broomstacking". After a game, curlers will stack their brooms aside somewhere, and sit down and socialize with the team they just played against. Curlers are generally pretty nice and sociable, so it's fun! If nothing else, it's a pretty effective way to grow your Facebook friend list.
When we (the Triangle Curling Club) go bonspieling somewhere, and the team we're playing against isn't all that familiar with the concept of curling on arena ice* or hasn't heard of our club before, the broomstacking chats that follow often sound like this:
Traditionally, May through September - give or take a month - is the curling off-season. Most curling clubs that have their own building pack everything up this time of year and close shop until the Fall. However, for those curling clubs who rent hockey ice - that's us, for the time being - our ice is is available all year long! In spite of the weather, that makes the summer the perfect time for arena clubs to host a "bonspiel". (For those new to the sport, "bonspiel" is a fancy word that we curlers made up to mean "curling tournament". Between 25 and 50% of our club membership travels to one or more out-of-town bonspiels each year.)