Another Carolina Classic is in the books. From what we could gather, it sounds like everyone had a great time! Here were the big winners:
Nostrand (1st) Event: The 51905s (Kingsville, Ont.) - Frank Willoughby, Debbie Willoughby, Hugh McLeod, Julia McLeod
Hartman (2nd) Event: The Expats (Ancaster, Ont.) - Tony Westermann, Brandon Corbett, Jake Baillie, Greg Fidler
Macartney (3rd) Event: Pittsburgh - Brian Stuart, Al Tarkka, Jacki Temple, Neill Turner
Greensboro (4th) Event: New Pond/Pittsburgh - Rich Ashford, Keith Scott, Ian Webb, Derek Satterfield
For the Triangle Curling Club, this is the most exciting week of the year: Carolina Classic week. Can't wait!
Now, when we've discussing bonspiels (curling tournaments) before, we've ignored the on-ice events and talked about what curlers do between games. But here, we're going to do just the opposite. Everyone is bound to have a good time off the ice this weekend, and that is (we think) the main reason people keep coming back year after year. But on the other hand, we thought it'd be fun to try and write up a good "Carolina Classic Preview" that focuses strictly on the on-ice action. ESPN.com isn't going to cover the events of the Carolina Classic, so we may as well do it ourselves. Because, I mean, the Carolina Classic is a really important curling event!
So, who are the favorites this weekend?
Great news for those of you who have been longing for some live curling to watch, even though it's July: there's live curling coming up this weekend! Live from Fort Wayne, Indiana, the inaugural United States Arena Curling Championships are being webcast by America's Leader In American Curling Webcasts, the 12th End Sports Network (TESN). Tune in starting this Thursday!
Let's imagine the sport of curling without sweeping for a second. The shooter lets go of the rock, and then everyone just stands there silently, watching it go down the ice. No yelling of the "hurry hard" variety, nothing. Pretty uninteresting, right?
So, that begs the question: does sweeping really do anything, or is it just something we made up in order to make the sport look more exciting?