Monday, February 22, 2010

Norwegian King to Model Argyle Curling Pants

Those pants are really popular. Even the King of Norway will sport a pair soon.

The Norwegian team is giving a pair of its trademark eye-popping pants to King Harald, who is slated to be in the audience Tuesday for his country’s final round-robin game at the Olympics. Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud talked to the King over the phone recently.

“I said what if the Norwegian curling team wanted to give you some curling pants? Would you accept them?” Ulsrud explained. “He said ‘Sure, they’re the coolest pants I’ve ever seen.’

“So just because we have some funny pants we get to hang out with the King or Norway and give him some pants and have some laughs with him that would be awesome.” ...

“Of course we knew when we put on these pants it was going to attract some attention,” Ulsrud said.

“We thought this could be good for curling in Norway but I would never dream that we would just hang out with the king and be wearing the same pants and could say — ‘Hey you look cool, King.’”



At 2/23/2010 11:13 a.m., Blogger eric said...

The other day I saw a woman curler throw a lstone and the commentator said she was attempting a 'tic'?? Well, whe tried to hit and get the shooter and the opponent rock out of the house but only managed to get one rock out of play. The team immediately replaced the original rock and cleared the shooter. Whats up with that? What is a 'tic' 'tec' 'tack'??
Anyone? Eric

At 2/23/2010 11:21 a.m., Blogger EclectEcon said...

Eric, this comes from the "free guard" rule that was implemented about 15 years ago to increase the scoring and excitement in curling. It had gotten so that good curlers could remove guards easily and winning scores were often 2-1 or 1-0.

So the ruling federations made a rule that the first three or four (now four) guards could not be removed immediately. If they were removed, they had to be put back.

A tick is just an attempt to move a guard over to the side without having it go out of play. It requires considerable skill and finesse.

At 2/23/2010 11:34 a.m., Blogger eric said...

Thaks for the explanation, I am sure there are a lot watching the olympics that have no idea what a 'tick' is. I think the commentators should explain this rule, as you did, (quick and with rationale), so us mere viewers can better understand.
Go Canada Go !

At 2/24/2010 12:03 a.m., Blogger hooper said...

I will say this about coverage in the States: the announcers really are trying to explain rules to new viewers. I think that they are so used to announcing for curling audiences (i.e. audiences of people who know the rules) that they occasionally lapse into the lingo without explaining it, but I do applaud the effort.

The problem may be a little worse in Canada since it's already fairly mainstream and more people know the rules, but I haven't seen any Canadian coverage so I can't really speak on it.

I've had a marvelous time explaining the game to people, though. And our club in Tennessee had about 150 people show up to an open house (we're a small club of about 50), which is the kind of turnout I've heard about in clubs all over the US. So I'm hoping that we can make some modest inroads in American curling.

At 2/24/2010 12:23 p.m., Blogger eric said...

I think any sport that gets you off the couch and active is a good thing. Seems like there is alot more to curling than first meets the eye. Kind of a chess match on ice, with a lot of finesse and effort attached. Good luck with your local club.


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