As was well chronicled this past training camp, San Francisco 49ers‘ rookie defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye hails from Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic squad, when he competed in the discus throw, but the 49ers have another Olympian: honorary U.S. Curling Captain Vernon Davis.
Yes, Vernon Davis is going to his second straight Olympics as honorary captain for his second favorite sport. Often noted for his love of painting and political campaigning, Davis’ passion for curling is perhaps the most intriguing thing about him. Few follow the sport–and it receives more than its fair share of jokes reserved for punters, golfers, and others that some do not consider true athletes. After a 49ers’ beat writer convinced Davis to give it a try, however, he fell in love with the challenge of the game. He now has the task of helping raise the profile of the game and explaining what the heck it is to people, as he attempted to do on Arsenio last night.
It is great to see 49ers doing exciting and productive things off the field as well as on it. With this in mind, however, what is curling? How does it work? How can one understand what is going on so that watching it during the Olympics can actually be enjoyable?
Fortunately, this writer just so happens to be a pretty big curling fan himself! This beautiful sport, immortalized in an off-color Canadian comedy with Leslie Nielsen (of Airplane! fame) titled Men with Brooms, is filled with strategy, pressure, talent, hard work, and dedication. For those of you interested in a quick breakdown of the game, just click this link. Vernon Davis says you should.