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Monday, March 10, 2008

Your New Favorite Sport: Ice, Rocks, Beer, and Springsteen

posted by on March 10 at 10:45 AM

I spent my Saturday afternoon in a chilly building at 128th and Aurora. I had never been to the Granite Curling Club, but since there was over an hour and a half long wait to get a crack at sliding 44 lb rocks down a sheet of ice, it obviously wasn’t as much of a secret as I initially thought it was.

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While you wait your turn, you’re sent up to the oservation area where you can watch the action on the ice, graze on veggie and fruit trays, chips, and cookies, and, if you want, hit the bar and throw back a few beers (or a glass of wine) before you play (which many were inclined to do). There’s a huge couch and a big screen TV (which was showing curling), and a pool table, but most people turn their chairs towards the big windows that overlook the ice. Every time someone fell, we’d all let out a big “Ooooh! Ouch!”

One little kid kept yelling “Clean, clean, clean!” instead of “Sweep, sweep, sweep!” at the sweepers. Another kid was wearing a jacket and top hat made entirely out of duct tape. There was a group of really enthusiastic friends—half Canadian, half American—that were dressed in homemade uniforms and ready to kick each others’ asses even though all but one had never tried it before.

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It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. For $10 you get to spend about two hours or so learning the basics of the sport. The instructors are laid back and funny, the folks you’re grouped with are generally the same, and at least one person falls down every time and everyone has a good laugh and his or her expense (luckily, it wasn’t me, but I did suck at the whole “launching” thing).

Besides learning how to sweep the ice, curl the rock, blah, blah, blah, I also learned about a new upcoming reality show called… wait for it…

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Yeah, Rockstar Curling!

At www.rockstarcurling.com it explains:

Rockstar Curling intends to hold nationwide tryouts in 2008 open to participants 18-years and older. A panel of curling coaches will select two teams of athletes - five men and five women - who will spend approximately six months, all expenses paid, in Lake Placid, NY training eight hours a day with professional curling coaches. Both teams will then participate in the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials process for curling with the hopes of making the team, and quite possibly representing their country in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. All tryouts, training and competitions will be filmed for the show, which includes nine 30-minute weekly episodes, and an hour-long season finale.

And where does the rockstar part come in? Well, it’s probably going to be hosted by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and JON BON JOVI.

No fuckin’ joke.

I seriously considered trying out. Then I played my first game… I’m terrible. I’d never make it. I’d be kicked out the first week. But hey, maybe you should try it. You get to drink beer! The next Open House at Granite Curling Center is March 22 between 10 am and 4 pm. I doubt Bon Jovi will be there. But you never know.

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I'd recently been talking with some friends about checking that place out on a weekend sometime, so thanks for the info, Megan!

Posted by Hernandez | March 10, 2008 12:05 PM

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