Curling? Well, that would definitely be a first for Nashville.
It looks like former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger might be looking to get into the restaurant business – and bringing a unique concept to his new business. Bulger, who retired from the NFL in 2011, has since settled down just outside of Nashville in Brentwood, Tennessee. And last year, Bulger (doing business as Tee Line LLC) bought a warehouse near Charlotte Park on the west side of Nashville for $2.2 million, so you just know he had something big planned.
According to the Nashville Scene, a building permit for the property references both curling and bowling as part of the plans for the property. Their trademark for “Tee Line,” filed earlier this year, also references the category of “restaurant and bar services,” as well as clothing. Tee Line, is a reference to the line on the ice during curling that splits the target into two halves.
Since retiring from the NFL, Bulger took up curling alongside some other retired football players living in the Nashville area, including former Chiefs and Vikings defensive lineman Jared Allen and former Titans teammates Michael Roos and Keith Bulluck. The team, none of whom had any curling experience prior to 2018, is attempting to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
And why did they choose curling? Well according to Allen:
“We thought about curling. It was chill, and the winners have to buy the losers beer. We thought it was a win-win.”
Now, I know next to nothing about curling. In fact, I had to Google what a “tee line” is. So I’m not sure if this whole “winners have to buy the losers beer” thing is an actual rule or just something that these guys made up to keep it interesting.
But any sport that I can play while drinking is sure to get my attention.