Curling on the rise in Detroit

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 23:09:59-05
For 130 years, people in Detroit have been battling for the glory, the prestige, and the hardware in one of the worlds oldest winter sports. 
The game takes skill, stamina, stout shouting and specialized shoes to stabilize the slipping. 
No it's not hockey, it's curling that taking center stage. 
"Some people say it's just shuffle board in ice, it's way more than that," Detroit Curling Club Vice President Jim Morris said. "It's chess, it's ice skating because you have to have your balance out here and then you have the camaraderie and the friendships that you build, we've got guys here that have been curling in this event for 40-plus years."
The game may seem simple, If you think throwing a 40-pound rock with pin-point accuracy while teammates scramble to smooth the way to stop the rock in the exact spot you had lined up 150 feet away, is simple. It's not and I struggled to find a player who isn't grinning from ear to ear. 
"It is one of the greatest adventures I've ever been on. I started about 7 years ago and it's by far the hardest sport I've ever played, my background is baseball and soccer and this puts it to shame," Morris added. 
"This is a great game, I love those people from Scotland, they created great scotch, golf and curling," avid curler Ronald Gargasz said. 
The Detroit Curling Club is always looking for new members and if you want to get your winter fix in, they'd welcome you to join in on the fun.