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A Hummel Report Investigation

Chess on Ice

This week we take a break from government waste and corruption - for something a little different. With the Winter Olympics right around the corner Jim Hummel profiles the Ocean State Curling Club for a look at the sport that has become a fan favorite. We’ll give you a rundown on all of the terminology and why it’s become so popular.  And what’s up with all of that sweeping?

To learn more about the Ocean State Curling Club click here.

SCRIPT

Hummel: ``This week we take a brief break from government waste and corruption to bring you something…completely different. With the Winter Olympics right around the corner, we came here to the Cranston Ice Rink for a primer on as fan favorite: the sport of curling.
It is a polite sport for the most part. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of yelling.
And plotting.
Brady: ``I love the strategy behind it.’’
Kathy Brady helped found the Ocean State Curling Club five years ago after watching lifelong curlers in action on a vacation to Quebec.
Brady: ``There’s a lot of thinking and it’s chess on ice, so I like the strategy, but I also liked that you got exercise. ‘’
That you do. And after spending a couple of nights here it’s more like aerobic chess on ice. The club, which has grown to about 70 member, takes over the Cranston Ice Rink for two hours every Thursday and Friday between October and March.
``Who’s new? Put your hand up.’’
There is also a smattering of newcomers on any given night.
Brady: ``Anyone can learn it. The first time I was on a team I was on a team with an 85-year-old man who still got down on the hack and delivered a normal stone.’’
As you just heard - you can’t get too far into the conversation without learning the curling lingo.
So here we go:  the heavy round thing that takes center stage in a match is called a stone or a rock. It’s made of granite and weighs 42 pounds.

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