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Every four years a sport comes along that combines the elements of excitement, strategy, hard-hitting in-your-face violence and finesse. Okay, maybe not hard-hitting violence, but I think drinking beer is part of the game, so it’s okay by me.

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I am of course speaking of the ancient sport of curling now being showcased at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

The sport of curling comes from medieval Scotland in the early 16th century along with the exciting and hard-hitting Scottish sport of golf.

I’m still not very up on the rules or scoring or the technique but I do know that women’s curling has some of the hottest babes on the sports planet, and that includes the Swedish diving team and beach volleyball. They even have a “Women of Curling” calendar. Sweet.

Eight stones, ten ends, brooms, it’s all quite complicated. I have tried this sport a few times and I am here to tell you that curling is harder than it looks. During my last outing at a the local curling arena & exposition centre and right after I tossed my first stone a Zamboni came out and smoothed the ice before my sweepers had a chance to brush it in to the ring. Another time I released the rock and my sweepers all burst out in to laughter. I finally decided to convert my old air-hockey table in to a curling rink and now I enjoy a Scotch on the rocks while curling on my miniature table in the rec room. I find that using small water-color paint brushes as a substitute for brooms works nicely, and I can even watch Rizzoli & Isles while I’m playing! Sweet.

Anyway, when I invite the guys over for some basement curling I also came up with a genuine curling snack recipe.

Sochi Curls

2 Bags Cheetos, (Not the extra crunchy ones)

½ Lb. Butter

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar

½ Cup White Karo Syrup

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Empty the Cheetos into a strainer and shake all of the excess orange crap off. Spray a disposable roasting pan with Pam. If Pam or her sister are not available the bargain brand will do. Empty the Cheetos in the roaster. In a saucepot combine the butter, sugar and syrup over a medium high until it comes to a boil. Add the baking soda and stir until mixture foams up. Pour mixture over Cheetos and stir until coated.

Bake 40 minutes, stirring often. Serve this stuff on a granite tray.

Catch the video for some exciting highlights of this year’s competition.

I’ll have another Scotch on the rocks everybody.

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