Curling, Etcetera: A Whole Bunch of Stuff About the Roaring Game

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9780470156131: Curling, Etcetera: A Whole Bunch of Stuff About the Roaring Game

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. 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.

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

There's something on every page to interest and inform curlers everywhere: from amusing and intriguing bits of history, to facts and figures, rules of the game, the evolution of equipment, and hilarious stories of the many characters in the curling world, including:

  • Paul Gowsell, the enfant terrible of curling, who among his many misadventures, once arranged for a pizza to be delivered to him in the middle of a game, in front of over 1,000 fans at a major bonspiel in Winnipeg.
  • Randy Ferbey, who has won more Briers than any other curler, a total of six.
  • Russ Howard, who has played the most Brier games in the history of the Canadian championship with 163, and who's quoted as saying "Blood is thicker than Screech," when asked why he was cheering for his brother, Glenn, over his former Newfoundland teammates, led by Brad Gushue in the 2007 Brier final.
  • Shorty Jenkins, perhaps the greatest ice-maker in the history of the game and the subject of his own Tim Hortons commercial a few years ago.

Generally considered to be a civilized and social game played by gentlemen and women, there have been occasions where the decorum has slipped and, just as in Canada's other great winter ice sport, fights have broken out. Yes, there's even a section that covers fisticuffs on the curling sheets. There are also entries on curling in the movies, curling in television commercials, curling nicknames, and hundreds of other tidbits on the roaring game.

This quirky little book makes the perfect read, the perfect gift, and the perfect bonspiel prize for curlers and curling enthusiasts.

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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? Got 'em, need 'em...

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 curler by any other name...A miscellany of curling nicknames.

Fisticuffs on the curling sheets?

The Canadian Blind Curlers Championship...and some of the other unusual national championships up for grabs in Canada.

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