Bonspiels Are More Than Just Curling

Originally published in February 2015 for WindyCityCurling.com. Although I’ve always wanted to, I have never had the opportunity to do much traveling. That is one intriguing thing about curling.  When “The Big Spiel” was announced, I thought this would make a good road trip.  Rounding up a team, Windy City Curling made its way to Minnesota. THE DRIVE We lucked out in terms of weather.  Although, Phil was ready for anything. We left on early on a Thursday and missed a lot of the snow storms that hit the area.  Only a couple bad spots. The drive went pretty quick.  Lots of talk about curling, the hope of expanding our club, and some international curling (which Phil is an expert about).  The first hour of tunes went to Phil, the driver – meaning French country music.  None of us in the car, including Phil, speak French.  Most of the drive, luckly, was dedicated to 80’s and 90’s rap and hip-hop. HOCKEY NIGHT IN MINNESOTA One of the highlights of the trip was heading to the Xcel Energy Center to see the Chicago Blackhawks square off against the Minnesota Wild.  Greg and Phil were in full-blown Chicago regalia … meanwhile yours truly is actually a Detroit fan.  So, I was rooting for Minnesota. For those who didn’t know, Charles Schultz (creator of Peanuts) was born in Minneapolis and grew up in...

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