Curling in Las Vegas

Before the last Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, the only curling match I ever had witnessed featured John, Paul, George and Ringo in the Beatles’ movie “Help.” After one of the curling stones was rigged with a bomb — George called it a “fiendish thingy” — and Beatles-movie type hilarity ensued, I don’t recall who won, only that the Beatles sang “Ticket to Ride” or one of those songs from the soundtrack.

I think I also might have seen curling on “Wide World of Sports” once, when TV still was shown in black and white. But I was young, and it’s possible I might have mistaken barrel jumping on ice for curling.

During the Vancouver Olympics, MSNBC would show curling matches until the wee hours of the morning. Curling is an ancient game played on ice in which two teams of four players compete in sliding large stones toward a bull’s eye in the center of a circle.

I call it Canadian bowling

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