Tuesday, November 28, 2006

We're Curling Team From Sweden

The petition to promote cycling in Canada is here.

Velo News had an interview with Steve Johnson regarding his first six months as President of USA Cycling.
Based on this quote, I think he'd sign our petition:
Johnson believes "the time of the automobile is rapidly drawing to a close, and I see the bike as a wonderful vehicle for transportation, health and fitness, and everything else that is wrong with America."

So I'm curling this year. I grew up curling, but was away from the sport for years. I curled a bit around 1999 / 2000 at the Royal Canadian Curling Club downtown, but then I had another break.
I started the job at UOIT and it turned out that one of my co-workers (who I think was an even bigger high-school curling nerd than I was) was looking for a male curler for her mixed team at the Tam Heather club in north Scarborough.

I was a little bit reluctant to take up curling again. Despite the fun of the game, the friendly, social, boozing aspect of it, the commute from Oshawa to north Scarborough to downtown Toronto on a bike on a late Friday night after work was going to be rough, but in the end I said yes. Because, I have to admit it, I missed the hot dancing/singing Swedish curling babes. Every club has them, see below.

I've put up some good videos before:

But I don't think I'll ever top this one.

P.S., I've been skimming Stephen Brunt's Searching for Bobby Orr because I'm a bit of a Bobby Orr nut (I mean, come on, his 1971 plus minus was +124!).
The book is fairly dry actually, but there is a funny story partly involving recent Leafs coach Pat Quinn. In a 1969 playoff game, playing for the Leafs, Quinn knocked Bobby Orr unconscious in Boston. The crowd freaked and Quinn had to be escorted from the building by the police. In the third period another Leafs tough guy named Forbes Kennedy decided he needed to make a point that the Leafs weren't going to be intimidated by the crowd, so he fought the Bruins goalie, Gerry Cheevers twice, fought another Bruin named Johnny McKenzie, and even punched a linesman. Altogether, from one brawl, Kennedy received four minor penalties, two majors, a ten minute misconduct, a game misconduct, and a match penalty.

Old time hockey?


Anonymous said...

Petition signed!
Thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

Man, that's one interesting video, it makes me blush just thinking about it.