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To file in the department of ‘Can this possibly be true?’ – a piece from the New York Times about Wall Street’s fascination with curling.  That’s right, curling, the mesmerically boring sport which is basically bowling on ice with heavy flat stones. After the closing bell in the markets, CNBC switches to showing the curling from Vancouver. Apparently the chilled-out boringness is why the moneymen like it. The guys on the Street say it is ‘like chess on ice’.

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  1. Dunnock says:

    In view of the guys’ remarkable performance over the last few years I wonder which variant they like the best, hair curling or toe curling?

  2. Phil says:

    It’s not bowling on ice, it’s bowls on ice. Bowling is a quick hit, an instant win or lose with no judgment required. Bowls (like curling) is slow and careful, with results that only reveal themselves gradually. What do they know of bowls who only bowling know?

    (Can’t see the ‘chess’ analogy, mind.)

  3. Camus123 says:

    The curlers shout and scream as the stone glides over the ice – behaviour very similar to the brokers earning their living, yelling at somebody off-picture somewhere.

  4. bilejones says:

    Jeeze, you guys know nothing.
    Curling is the only sport in which men and women could compete on a level paying field: Size, strength and speed don’t matter here.
    We know how Wall St. loves a level playing field.

  5. Camus123 says:

    Thanks for the insight, Bilejones. That’s why the curlers (?) all look like brokers in mufti, is it?

  6. adam_burke says:

    The angelic visages of the successful Japanese women’s team do not seem irrelevant to this phenomenon …


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