Nothing makes you feel more Canadian than sitting in an American sports bar and being corralled into your section by multiple televisions all playing the March Madness
basketball games. There I was, surrounded by sixty televisions and not a single one of them showing what really matters: the world curling championships.
Asked who my picks were for the basketball tournament, I had to confess that I was not a basketball fan. In fact, I can not even decipher the abbreviations used for the colleges. I just randomly chose to root for the Minnesota Golden Gophers
on the grounds that their mascot was a gopher, just like the Saskatchewan Roughrider's
, and was feeling a little homesick at the time. My heart lies with curling
and forever will!
There is good news from Paisley, Scotland. The Canadian women's team beat
Switzerland 6-5 in an extra end and then went on to beat Finland 9-2. They are off to an excellent start. Today they will be competing against Scotland and Russia.
Good luck to the ladies as they compete and good luck to this Expat who is hoping that some of the games with be picked up here in the US and is also hoping that if said games are picked up, she can find a television that is not glued to college basketball!A sad update
: Poor ice conditions have been prevalent at this tournament. In fact, the morning draw had to be postponed due to soft ice. When the curling did ensue later in the day, Canada did not fair well against Scotland and was met with their first loss. The score was 10-3.