CBS’s Schieffer on Curling: ‘I Just Don’t Get it’

CBS’s “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer comes clean during his Sunday morning talk show about how perplexed he is with the Olympic sport of curling. “Is it like darts?” he asks.

SCHIEFFER: “Finally today, I’m going to admit something up front. I’m not very smart. And please hold the applause. I can hear some of you out there already saying, well, he finally got something right.

But here’s the deal. If I were smart, I could figure out curling. If I were even smarter, I could figure out why people would actually watch other people doing it. I have tried. I can’t. I can’t even figure out the object of the game. Is it like darts? I just don’t get it.

But listen to this. Wall Street likes it so much that the New York Times took note of it, put it on the front page, ‘On Wall Street, an After-Hours Romance With the Curling Stone.’

When the market closes, it seems, and the CNBC business channel switches to Olympic curling, ratings go up, as the traders wind down by watching the sport that’s been described as horse shoes combined with housekeeping.

No, I don’t know what those people with squeegees are doing, but one trader said watching it is so relaxing, it is a lot like drinking Merlot.

Now, wait a minute. That makes about as much sense as four years ago, when I heard a TV analyst describe one curler as the Roger Clemens of curling. Whatever the case, we are done with it. They held the championships yesterday. Canada won. We should be happy for them, I guess. I’m just not smart enough to know why.”