Curling finds fan in Vernon Davis

All-Pro tight end finds unlikely parallels with football

Updated: February 16, 2014, 4:47 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- Sitting at my first curling match Sunday night, trying to figure out what exactly was happening on the four sheets of ice below, I turned to the die-hard to my right and humbly asked for some help.

I understood the basics of the sport but wanted to know more. Why do the competitors brush so feverishly? How do they effortlessly glide along the ice? And what about those checkered Norwegian pants?

The guru had flown halfway around the world to be here. Used a few days ...

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