While I was busy running a variety of errands last weekend, I was able to watch parts of several games in the USA College Curling Championship from Rochester Curling Club, courtesy of the webstream provided by 12th End Sports Network and USA Curling. (And when I wasn’t able to actually watch the action, CurlingZone provided the linescores.)
As much as I enjoy watching curling, I had never really watched it at the collegiate level. Sure, it would be easy to wax poetic about students, representing 16 of the finest colleges and universities in the country, playing their sport for the love of the game. They don’t play for money, fame, or the hope of being a lottery pick in a future draft. They don’t get lured during high school to curl for one college over another by boosters with more money than morals. Instead, they play for their schools, their teammates, and the sheer joy of the Roaring Game.
But here’s the thing. You can forget all that poetic, flowery mumbo jumbo. These kids can curl!
I have to tell you, if you missed out on last weekend’s action, you seriously missed out. Perhaps it was just the games I was watching, but there were rocks in play constantly. None of this blank end, one-takeout-after-another, defensive stuff. It was action, action, action, great shot, great shot, and more action. Granted, these young people made a few more mistakes than what a seasoned Olympian would make. But, really, that just made many of the games closer and more entertaining.
It was good stuff. I’m not kidding.
In fact, it got me thinking that I need to improve my coverage of college curling around here for next season. (Not hard, since it was close to zero this season.)
As a result, I’ve added a new College Curling feature to the Curling Report. You can access it by clicking here.
And if you are a member of a college curling club, please keep me posted on news and information about your club, your team, and college bonspiels. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help me help you help me help you. That way, we can all help each other.
And we need more webstreams of college curling. The action is great, and growing curling at the collegiate level can only help grow curling overall.
Tons of people like college sports. Exhibit A of this phenomenon begins on Thursday. After all, it’s not called March Rational. It’s called March Madness, and it’s great to see so many people from all over the country cheer for young athletes playing the game they love.
If we grow college curling, over time – who knows – we just might create a little madness ourselves.