Rutabaga Madness

With another rutabaga curling season erratically wobbling ever closer to its climax (this year’s culminating event, the International Rutabaga Curling Championship, will be held this Saturday, December 17th),  I thought I’d share this photo essay of my silver-medal winning performance in the 2009 finals.  Fans will be encouraged to know that I still have the original championship rutabaga in the freezer, and will be using that same ‘baga (press reports at the time referred to a possible “paradigm shift” in the sport, due to its unusual size and shape) to make another run for glory in this year’s contest.

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Despite the frigid weather, a huge crowd had gathered early to watch the event.

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The critical moment:  choosing the freakishly outsized rutabaga that is to catapult me to glory just hours later.

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The rutabaga modification station.  While pre-throw-trimming is permitted by tournament rules, I am proud of the fact that I won my medal using a completely unaltered vegetable.

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The 2008 gold medalist throws..

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…and the crowd watches with rapt attention as the ‘baga approaches the target.

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Will it stop in time?

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To chants of “Shred it!” from the crowd, the referee prepares to dole out the ultimate punishment for a  violation of the official rules.

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Another competitor throws…

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…and falls short.
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A nervous referee tries in vain to clear the crowd from getting too close to the courseway before my toss, for their own safety.  No one has ever before thrown such a large rutabaga in an officially sanctioned event.
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Starting my approach in front of a dubious bystander…
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Just look at that form…
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An unprecedentedly accurate toss!  Skeptical Tournament officials verify that it is, in fact, a rutabaga…
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…and the crowd goes wild!
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Only by an unbelievably skillful toss from a woman wearing mustard-colored sweat pants, in the waning moments of the competition…
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…am I kept from claiming the Gold.
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On the victory stand, bowing my head to receive the silver medal.

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Basking in my moment of glory…

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…and talking to the press.  No doubt Nike will be calling with an endorsement offer soon.

 

(Photography credit:  Jerry Feist.

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2 comments on “Rutabaga Madness

  1. […] on the 2009 curl, again featuring much of Jerry’s work, is also available on this blog: www.everydayispoetry.com . *For a more comprehensive analysis of the ways that rutabagas can roll (or not), see Paisley and […]

  2. […] NY, Farmers Market, go to www.rutabagacurl.com.  Also see my other rutabaga curling posts: Rutabaga Madness and The Man with the Huge Oblong Rutabaga, which document the 2009 and 2o11 Ithaca […]

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