Wall Street’s Love Affair with Curling

Good to know these folks can take a break from destroying this nation’s economy. “It is like drinking merlot,” said one trader. See a video below on what the heck curling is. Eric Dash writes in the New York Times:

Wall Street trading is often described as a blood sport. But inside the great investment houses, the sport of the moment is, of all things, curling — that oddball of the Olympics that is sort of like shuffleboard on ice.

This slow-poke game, which originated in 16th-century Scotland, has captivated the Type-A world of Wall Street almost by accident. CNBC, whose market chatter is the background music on trading floors, switches to curling from Vancouver shortly after the closing bell. And so, after a day of braying for money in the markets, traders are winding down with curling. It is, fans say, a bit of after-market therapy. Curling is so slow and drawn out that it becomes mesmerizing.

“It is like drinking merlot,” said Douglas A. Kass, the president of Seabreeze Partners, who got hooked on Olympic curling a few years ago via CNBC. (Read More: New York Times)

6 Comments on "Wall Street’s Love Affair with Curling"

  1. Seriously, who gives a fuck?

  2. pegasuspanther | Feb 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    Wow, my already ultra-low opinion of curling has just plummeted to the 9th level of hell after reading this.

    • Curling, golf…. what is it with rich people and boring games?

      • tonyviner | Feb 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm |

        Don't forget about poor people and things that are not really sports. NASCAR, Texas Hold 'Em, Cat Kicking…

  3. such an odd odd sport,
    makes you wonder what else you could get declared an Olympic sport.
    mini golf, iron chef, quarters….

    • Nah, now quarters I'd pay to see. Especially if accompanied by a rousing game of Thumper. 🙂

      Just as long as they use German bier.

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