Norwegian TV

This morning I found myself drawn into the Norway-New Zealand curling game, which was being shown on what I think was Norwegian TV in my dorm room. This is why it was compelling:

1) I know the Kiwi Curlers.

2) Hans again had his hair in a spiky 'do that I believe is in honor of Joel mit der nicknames und other stuff, and at one point the commentators were clearly talking about his hair, although I obviously didn't understand what they were saying. Still, I felt like it was possible that this was my Olympic moment, that Hans might hot have spiked his hair without my blog, and that the Norwegian commentators therefore would have filled those five seconds with analysis of the composition of curling stones instead of analysis of Hans's hair, and that world history would have changed.

3) If you think Joel and Hans have awesome hair, check out Norwegian skip Paal Trulsen, whom NBC calls "one of the comedians of the elite curling circuit." It's like, what's up, Jack Torrance? (Note the use of two Norwegian links in one paragraph.)

4) Not only can you hear Hans telling jokes when you watch the sport on television, but you can see the house (target) a lot more clearly with that fancy overhead view than you can from the rink.

5) It's just fun to listen to people speak Norwegian.

In honor of all those reasons, and the fact that it's been raining and snowing all day and I don't much feel like leaving the office, I'm going to watch all of our various European Olympic television stations and see if anything funny happens.

By the way, is this e-mail from reader Kristin the greatest ever, or what?

i went to spend saturday with my father in annapolis to watch the olympics, etc., and decided that we should do a cheese tasting of our own, in honor of your olympic/cheese spirit. i purchased three cheeses from whole foods in annapolis. they were very much lacking in the pie(d)montese cheeses, so instead i went for the trifecta: goat, sheep and cow. not to put too fine a point on it, but:

dear cows,
your cheeses are decidedly less exciting than those of your partners in livestocking, the goat and the sheep.

Has anyone else mixed cheese tasting and the Olympics yet? Could I get one newspaper to write a trend story about this trend? Three is a trend, I believe. Send any cheese-tasting Olympic-watching stories here.

By Dan Steinberg |  February 19, 2006; 12:48 PM ET
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The best thing about watching Curling on tv here in the USA (which I only did because of your blog) is the awesome accent of the Canadian commentator. It is so strong it is almost a parody! But, he doesn't say "eh" all that much.

Posted by: Natalie | February 19, 2006 01:11 PM

Dan: Workman like GW win at Richmond. LARGE contingent of GW students there. Eought "highlight moves" by Pops and Reec to keep even the Spider fans awed.

Have not followed all of your curling blogs, but I have been following the OL via, since there is probably no country more focused on the Winter Games than Norway. Just wish you had made a few things clear, eg, Trulsen is almost 44 yrs old and he was part of Norway's Salt Lake OL gold medal curling team - which I believe also won a recent World Championship.

Anything to keep the Norwegians in the sports spotlight once every four years!

And, you should comment on Norwegian geitost (sweet brown goat cheese!) that serves as the nation's substitute for peanut butter!

Heia Norge!

Posted by: Mickey East | February 19, 2006 01:23 PM

Did Hans use Kiwi curlers to get his hair in a spiky 'do?

Posted by: jhorstma | February 19, 2006 01:41 PM

I wish you would cover the story of the Norwegian cross-country coach who without hesitation gave a ski-pole to a Canadian skier whose pole had just broken. The Canadians took silver. He is a hero all across Canada, but to Norway this is just "the Norwegian Way." But there's nary a word about this true Olympian-spirit act in the American press!I am very disappointed in this and the failure of NBC and the Post to focus on athletes OTHER than the good ole USA. This so over-the-top "USA all the time" borders on xenophobia. See what you can do to remedy it!

Posted by: Ellen Scott | February 19, 2006 10:36 PM

How about Olympic Ice Diving??

Posted by: Gizard the Wizard | February 20, 2006 04:46 PM

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