Curling – Romancing the stone: Kizzle Kazzle?
Curling, the novel and very mysterious Scottish sport, created in the 16th century…and Everybody’s talking about the novel sport-on-ice involving great patience and a sweeping technique.
Curling involves four players and simple equipment consisting of a 42-pound stone and brooms. The players, called Sleepers, guide the stone and frantically sweep the ice with brooms. Yes, brooms.
And there’s great slang like kizzle kazzle – what’s not to like about Curling?
Cynics say Curling is like watching the famous TV Yule Log, so popular on Christmas day, because both are mildly entertaining, totally relaxing and a little slow.
Tossing the First Stone
Imagine: Scotland in 1590, freezing temps, a stark and bleak landscape and frozen rivers and ponds all around. So what else would you do after a hearty meal of haggis, laddie? You hit the frozen lake, with a broom and a stone and: play stone!
Thus, the birth of a game.
Curious? The cool history of Curling was written in 1890 by John Kerr. The History of Curling is often regarded as one of the comprehensive histories of the sport. Not considered light reading… few have been swept away.
Party on – Leave No Stone Unturned