Now, this is bound to be a shocker for those who know me: I'm posting SPORTS photos! (and no, pigs are not flying!) But stones are. Curling stones, that is.
In Grand Forks from Apr 5-13th is the Men's World Curling Championship. This has caused quite a stir in the local curling community, and my good friend, Claudette, went with me today to the local GF Curling Club to get some photos of the non-professional curlers, at what is called the "Transoceanic Event."
These (above) are the 40 lb rocks or "stones."
To get the rocks to move on the ice, the players sweep in front of the rocks with brooms. I'm not kidding! It makes the stones move! This is serious stuff!
Here's Wikipedia's explanation of this: Curling is a team sport with similarities to bowls and bocce, played on a rectangular sheet of carefully prepared ice by two teams of four players each. Teams take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones down the ice towards the target (which is called the house). Two sweepers with brooms accompany each rock and use timing equipment and their best judgment along with direction from their other teammates to help direct the stones to their resting place. The complex nature of stone placement and shot selection has led some to refer to curling as "chess on ice".
"Chess on ice;" doesn't that have a nice sound to it?
Tomorrow, I'll post a few photos from the actual Men's World Curling Championship.