Are curlers athletes?

Published: February 11, 2014, 10:25 am, by Dena Rosenberry

Curling - Winter Olympics Day 3

Are they? Are curlers real athletes? And do they deserve a spot at the Olympics?

This well-known and well-respected sports columnist says yep. Yep, yep.

(Full disclosure: We’re former co-workers but I didn’t curl when I live in SoCal.)

By Bill Plaschke

SOCHI, Russia — The Canadian guy with bulging tattooed biceps is pumping his fist and glaring. Two Norwegian guys with colorfully checkered pants are hunched over and shimmying. A Swiss woman is screaming at her friends with a mouth so wide one can examine her pierced tongue.

This is not some funky corner bar at the Olympic village or some hip Olympic reality show.

This is cool, cool curling.

Here’s the full column. It’s not long. And it’s a good read. Let me know what you think!