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The Curling Fan's Pocket Guide

Key plays and scoring for a surprisingly complex sport.







7. By rotating their stones, players can "curl" shots around guard stones

THE RULES: Four-man teams curl for ten ends (like bowling frames) to position their rocks over the hog line and as close to the button as possible. The team with a stone closest to the button scores, but only those rocks closer than all the opposing team's rocks count. Got it?

SHOUT THIS: "Nice hit-and-roll!"
WHEN: A curler takes out one or more of an opponent's well-placed stones, and his own stops in scoring position in the house
WHICH IS LIKE: Making an end-zone interception

SHOUT THIS: "Blank the end!"
WHEN: A curler needs to clear the house with the hammer, the last rock in an end, to maintain a strategic advantage
WHICH IS LIKE: Bunting to advance the runner

SHOUT THIS: "He's been throwing hoggers all night!"
WHEN: A curler has repeatedly failed to clear the hog line with his shot, causing the errant stone to be removed from play
WHICH IS LIKE: Hucking an air ball

SHOUT THIS: "This guy's totally off the broom."
WHEN: A curler misses the mark set by his skip's broom (similar to a catcher holding his mitt as a target=)
WHICH IS LIKE: A pitcher who's lost his release point

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