It's my Parting Shot for some Thursday curling Thoughts...
Before you think to yourself, what does a hockey guy know about curling?...consider that there are a lot of people affiliated with my former life in Winnipeg who would ask, what does a curling guy know about hockey?
Yes, I'm a media "jack of all trades!"
Good for Michelle Englot for responding with dismay to the media attitude in Penticton at this week's Canadian Scotties with regards to the lop-sided scores against the teams from Nunavut and Yukon territories. Many have panned Curling Canada for allowing inferior teams, talent-wise, into a national championship. This uproar is sure to intensify at the Brier!
My appreciation for Steve Laycock grew significantly from our phone conversation while he and his team were driving out to Estevan for this week's Provincial Tankard. Laycock prefers the current 16-team, modified triple knock-out forward because, as he puts, as long as you are in the draw...you have a chance to win. A round-robin competition can have you knocked out of contention and playing meaningless games, with little to no motivation, only bcause you have to play them. He is so right!
Steve also says the Tankard and Brier are right up there amongst his favourite events to play in. This from a guy who regularly skips his team in big-money World Curling Tour events and has done quite well on the circuit. To me, the curling season doesn't start until playdowns towards national and World events get going!