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Immensely popular in Canada, curling has captured the hearts of millions of diehard enthusiasts around the world

Immensely popular in Canada, curling has captured the hearts of millions of diehard enthusiasts around the world. Full of quirky characters, fascinating facts, intriguing history, and amazing trivia, this unique guide gives curlers (and lovers of the game) a colorful and often amusing look at this singular sport. With odd, funny factoids on every page, the book sheds light on the long-forgotten Downer Disc, a round curling broom, and how Charlie Kerr, a Brier curler of the '40s, was thwarted by the ash from his own cigar.

A lighthearted, fact-filled guide to the roaring game: curling. Immensely popular in Canada, curling has captured the hearts of millions of diehard enthusiasts around the world. Full of quirky characters, fascinating facts, intriguing history, and amazing trivia, this unique guide gives curlers (and lovers of the game) a colorful and often amusing look at this singular sport

An entertaining and fascinating take on the roaring game, Curling, Etcetera is a collection of fun facts, trivia, profiles of personalities in the game, quirky quotes, and other miscellany. Curling trading cards?

An entertaining and fascinating take on the roaring game, Curling, Etcetera is a collection of fun facts, trivia, profiles of personalities in the game, quirky quotes, and other miscellany What curler has the Olympic rings tattooed onto his rear end? (A picture of which appeared on the front page of a Toronto newspaper. A miscellany of curling nicknames. and some of the other unusual national championships up for grabs in Canada

A lighthearted, fact-filled guide to the roaring game: curling Immensely popular in Canada, curling has captured the hearts of millions of diehard enthusiasts around the world.

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A lighthearted, fact-filled guide to the roaring game: curlingImmensely popular in Canada, curling has captured the hearts of millions of diehard enthusiasts around the world. Full of quirky characters, fascinating facts, intriguing history, and amazing trivia, this unique guide gives curlers (and lovers of the game) a colorful and often amusing look at this singular sport. With odd, funny factoids on every page, the book sheds light on the long-forgotten Downer Disc, a round curling broom, and how Charlie Kerr, a Brier curler of the '40s, was thwarted by the ash from his own cigar. This one-of-a-kind volume is the ultimate bonspiel prize for curling fans everywhere.Bob Weeks (Toronto, ON) is the editor of the Ontario Curling Report and the author of three books.

Comments: (5)

Bajinn
We just can't get into major sports, but occasionally we can catch curling on TV, and enjoy that sport--you can hear participants talking because they are miked, they act like ladies and gentlemen, and the games are fun to watch for all ages--coming up in the winter Olympics. However, figuring out the terms and scoring is challenging to those unfamiliar with the sport, so we purchased some books on curling, which helps us enjoy the finer points of the games.
Bys
Great read with many great and interesting background stories from the curling world. Definitely a must have for any curlers collection.
Nekora
Bought as a gift for my grandmother, she always watches the olympics and I thought she would enjoy this. It was very informative and she was delighted! She is now a "curling" expert!
Uriel
I'm not sure what it is that draws me to semi-obscure sports... at least sports that are semi-obscure to the average American. I got hooked on curling during the Olympics a few years back, and now I'll sit and watch a match if it happens to be on (which is rarely). I saw the book Curling, Etcetera: A Whole Bunch of Stuff About the Roaring Game by Bob Weeks and thought it might be a way to learn a bit more about the history and game. While the book is most useful to those who are heavily into the sport, it was still an entertaining read.

Weeks is a journalist/sportswriter who has covered the game for nearly two decades. During that time, he's collected a huge storehouse of trivia and facts about the game that go beyond who won and who lost, where the game was played, and other such statistical information. Rather than continue to sit on all that knowledge, he wrote Curling, Etcetera to get it some of it out on paper. The results is a fast paced book that sheds plenty of color and light on curling, both the history of the sport and the players who give it life.

Curling has its own version of the NFL's "Heidi game", when the network switched to a different program before the end of the match. The CBC never did that again, and in fact put in a new policy that said all curling games would be covered from start to end, regardless of time. When do you retire from curling? Possibly never... the oldest living curler is 93, and there was once a regular competitor who was a spry 102. It used to be that curling had no clocks to regulate play. Matches could take hours (and often did). An experiment to try "speed curling" based on a chess clock was tried in 1983, and again in 1986 during a nationally televised skins game. By 1989, many jurisdictions were using the clock to regulate play, and now it's a regular part of every event. And you know you've made it to the big time when your sport starts to appear in television commercials, sponsored by such companies as Cialis, Labatts, Scotties tissues, and Office Depot...

A fair number of the factoids revolve around legendary names in the sport, but they are not names that would be known much outside of curling circles. Therefore, I think that actual curlers would get more from the book than I did. Still, I enjoyed the stories and history, and Curling, Etcetera did nothing to dampen my enjoyment of the game.
Zeleence
I enjoy reading books on curling, and that's why I have a whole bookshelf of them. Ironically, that's probably why I didn't appreciate "Curling Etcetera" as much as someone with less interest in curling might.

For the casual curling enthusiast with a short attention span, this book is perfect. It boils a wealth of curling factoids down into small vignettes that take up anywhere from a quarter-page to two pages. If you know little about the history of curling or its notable players, this book provides an entertaining (if superficial) foundation of such knowledge.

If, on the other hand, you are well-informed on curling and/or have read a variety of other curling books, you will find this book to be redundant and a bit annoying. Redundant, in that there was rarely a fact in this book that I had not already read or learned elsewhere, and more in-depth. Annoying, in that just when you think you are about to learn something new, the article ends and you are on to the next one. I kept thinking that there would be new ground broken by this book, but it never happened.

Overall, this book reads more like a "pile of facts" that were hastily thrown together, than an in-depth discussion of anything in particular. As noted above, this can be good or bad, depending on your existing level of curling knowledge and interest.

Bottom line: If you are a casual or novice curling fan, this book would be a good starting point to learn some interesting facts about the game. If curling is old hat to you, this book will probably duplicate what you already know.
Curling, Etcetera: A Whole Bunch of Stuff About the Roaring Game download epub
Winter Sports
Author: Bob Weeks
ISBN: 0470156139
Category: Sports & Outdoors
Subcategory: Winter Sports
Language: English
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 15, 2008)
Pages: 208 pages