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The medal standings tell only part of the sports story of what's happening at the Games. For the rest, check out the latest dispatches from The Seattle Times' sports crew of columnists, reporters and producers.

February 17, 2010 at 1:08 PM

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Norwegian curling pants: If you can't beat 'em, blind 'em

Posted by Jerry Brewer

Norwegiancurlers.jpgSince I'm The Seattle Times' new Olympic trousers columnist, it's time I investigate the latest bottoms that people can't stop talking about -- or making fun of -- at these Games.

They're the Norwegian curling pants.

Nothing says "I'm An Olympian, Take Me Seriously" quite like red, white and blue argyle pants. I'd never wear them, but I kind of like them, mostly because they're adding spice to the normally blah curling outfits.

Naturally, those poor, fashion-forward Norway curlers are being ridiculed.

"We saw four clowns coming up and down the ice -- that's a fun thing to do," Sweden's Niklas Edin told reporters Tuesday.

Said Norway curler Thomas Ulsrud: "I didn't expect this fuss about the pants."

The best comment actually came via Twitter. While the United States men's team was playing Germany on Tuesday, alternate Chris Plys tweeted: "Norway has crazy pants. Kickin it retro I guess."

Later on Tuesday, Norway -- crazy, retro pants and all -- beat the United States 6-5. Distraction? Maybe. Or perhaps there's more to the Norwegian curlers than their funny fits.

And just to add one more twist to those bottoms: The team uniform was made by Loudmouth Golf, a California company that dresses a famous golfer often known for things other than his ability to play golf.

His name: John Daly.

Photo credit: Larry Wong, McClatchy Newspapers

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