The Roaring Game: A Sweeping Saga of Curling

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In what sport can a player be deaf, blind, or semi-mobile? That's right, it's curling. Played on carefully prepared ice and involving sliding heavy, polished granite stones toward a target, curling has captivated audiences from its beginnings in medieval Scotland. This engaging book traces the sport's history and its enduring appeal, the highlights and lowlights, the superstars and eccentrics. Author Doug Clark covers every inch of curling, from Olympic near-scandals and lampooning by late-night talk hosts to ...

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Overview

In what sport can a player be deaf, blind, or semi-mobile? That's right, it's curling. Played on carefully prepared ice and involving sliding heavy, polished granite stones toward a target, curling has captivated audiences from its beginnings in medieval Scotland. This engaging book traces the sport's history and its enduring appeal, the highlights and lowlights, the superstars and eccentrics. Author Doug Clark covers every inch of curling, from Olympic near-scandals and lampooning by late-night talk hosts to tragedies like the death of nine players in the Windsor tornado.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554701186
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 817,334
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Clark is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, Maclean's, and the Toronto Star. He is the author of Unkindest Cut:The Torso Murder of Selina Shen, Billion $$$ High, Heart to Heart, and Dark Paths, Cold Trails, which was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award for best non-fiction. Clark lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     9
Preface     12
Introduction: Casting the First Stone     15
In the Hack: In-Turn, Out-Turn, U-Turn     27
The First End: Haggis, Breakfast of Champions     29
In the Hack: Cottage Country's Ace of Clubs     51
The Second End: From Tee to Shining Tee Line     55
In the Hack: Home Sweep Home     75
The Third End: Rocks of Ages     79
In the Hack: A Sense of Community     95
The Fourth End: A Level Playing Field     97
In the Hack: In the Company of Ice Men     125
The Fifth End: Shorty Jenkins-"The King of Swing"     127
In the Hack: It's Raining Merklingers     143
The Sixth End: Clan Merklinger-Chips off the Shot Rock     147
In the Hack: Twister     165
The Seventh End: Black Ice     167
In the Hack: The Fun House     183
The Eighth End: Is There a Doctor in the House?     185
In the Hack: Holding for the Governor     209
The Ninth End: Tee Line, Hog Line, Bottom Line     213
In the Hack: Olympian Revelations     233
The Tenth End: The Olympics     235
In the Hack: The Ice Man Sippeth     267
Extra End: SilverScreen, Golden Memories     269
In the Hack: The Hammer     285
Acknowledgements     287
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