The weirdest night of my life, No. 11, Part IV

Anyhow, back to the ceremony. If you can watch the video below, please do. If you can't watch the video, the Kiwis entered waving their flag, the fans cheered, some guy spoke for a long time in Italian and they all got plaques. When Sean Becker's name was announced someone shouted "Sean Connery," and when Warren Dobson's name was announced, his sister and Sean's fiance sang the "He likes to curl, drink and hurl" song to the tune of "Winter Wonderland." Then Hans thanked everyone in Italian. Then the Kiwis performed the Haka.

Then the band took the stage and launched into the Dire Straits set. The second song was "Walk of Life," which started with the band members clapping their hands and the audience members responding in kind, and continued with friends of the Kiwis leading a dance line through the auditorium. That song has been in my head for nearly 24 hours. I've watched the video several times to make sure this actually happened.

"How is the Washington Post going to react to this?" Kiwi Curler Lorne DePape asked me. "What the heck?"

I've never been to a weirder rock show. There were older people sitting in the front, entirely still, and younger people dancing in the back. I believe the band's name was "Simple Point," if I'm reading the "That's a Party" Pinerolo guidebook correctly.

After the Dire Straits stuff came the endlessly long Italian power ballad, which Hans dubbed "Piedmontese Classic Rock." Warren and I waived our cell phones in the air. Then Hans and I provided the inevitable "Freebird" and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" chants. Then the tempo quickened and the Kiwi Curlers and their family members started picking out members of the crowd to join them in some more dancing.

"The people here have been great," Hans said. "I'm reading all these things about the people being reserved [pause to sign autographs], about the people being reserved, and all we've met all week is warmth."

"This is the end of the world, man, but at the same time it's the center of the universe," Kiwi Curling Technical Advisor Bob Edmondson said as his players signed more autographs. "I don't know how we got here, but it's great being here."

By Dan Steinberg |  February 21, 2006; 2:59 PM ET
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