Hey Mr. T Won’t You Curl With Me?

15 Feb

I am someone who is a sucker for people achieving their goals, especially those who overcome their obstacles to get there.

So it is beyond me that why every time an Olympics draws near I only think of reasons I am not excited for them to come. I reluctantly watch the Opening Ceremonies and scoff at the fact that our TV is constantly on (even though I am an avid TV watcher).

Within 24 hours of the games beginning I without fail am sobbing at the commercials and can’t get enough of people celebrating their success. Their families overcome with emotion at the finish lines. GAH! I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

This year however, we’ve had the added benefit of an unexpected cheerleader warm up to an unexpected sport.

Mr. T has become obsessed with curling. For some reason the idea of this former Wrestler and “I Pity the Fool” tough guy celebrating a sport that *shouldn’t* cause bodily harm really fascinating. He’s even trying to make curling “cool” again. Count me in.

See here’s the thing. I am not sporty. I am however quite active, but I grew up as a dancer and team sports were never my jam. I was always jealous of people coming back with medals from their latest tournament, or hearing stories from the road as they ate pizza and snuck around hotels. It was a sporty life, not a dancers life.

When Mr. T started talking about curling on Twitter I thought, maybe this is my chance! Maybe, if I just ask nicely enough, we could team up and learn a thing or two about challenging ourselves to try new things and tackle a sport we’re both unfamiliar with.

So, Mr T if you’re listening, here is my list of reasons why this outlandish idea may just be the intro to curling you’ve been looking for:

  1. While I’ve established I am not sporty, I am an athletic supporter. With pep and enthusiasm I get sports, I just don’t play them (yet).
  2. I’m a communicator. In curling being able to yell things like “hurry hard” and “good sweep” matters. I will not be a meek and mild teammate. I’m chatty and can make my voice carry. We won’t fail because of poor communication.
  3. I’m a quick study. In late November I learned how to knit. I knit 10 headbands for Christmas presents. Dedication, practice, execution. These are transferable skills. (I could also make us matching headbands as an added perk!)
  4. Canadians make for some damn good curlers. As you’ve seen in the Olympics already this year, John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes took home gold in Mixed Doubles. Colleen Jones is one of Canada’s curling sweethearts. We host the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Horton’s Brier Cup every year, drawing the best Curlers from across Canada. These are big deals here up North.
  5. We can both try something new and crush some stereotypes about ourselves. You can practice grace and elegance “on the sheet”. I can show people that sports are not out of my bailiwick. Heck, I might get invited to play on that Summer baseball league that keeps passing me over due to my lack of sports aptitude.

Don’t get me wrong, this won’t be easy. The pro’s we are watching make this look SO effortless. We will need to train and train hard. But I pity the fool who doesn’t at least give it a shot!

See you on the sheet!

Yours in Curling,

Sylvia

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