“Is this the slowest, most intense thing you have ever shot?” – Jill Brothers
Five layers of shirts, two pairs of socks, some tights and thermal underwear still couldn’t keep me warm, but if you are patient enough with curling you might not need them, at least not all of it. When Jill turned and said the above to me, I realized that that was a very good way to describe how I was feeling. For me, the more rocks in play, the more interesting it gets. Being at ice level you don’t get the same viewing angles as you would on TV, so each time someone leaves the hack, I find myself holding my breath. As the rock slides toward the house, my heart is pounding wondering if it will crash on the guards or if the sweepers have done enough to squeak it by. I don’t like comparing it to another sport, but it very much reminds me of boxing. Early on, you are trying to feel things out, read the ice, playing the long game. Blanking ends, trying to hold the hammer, you are working to set yourself up for when you want to make a move and score some big points. I have always been a fan of curling, but Team Brothers has really helped me get more into the strategy and really appreciate the nuances of the sport. Thanks for having me around!