Eleven trips to the Brier for Brad Gushue and once again he will leave without the thing he wants most. A national championship.
Wednesday morning's 5-3 loss to British Columbia dropped Newfoundland & Labrador to 3 and 5, ostensibly ending their hopes for this year. Too deep a hole from which to emerge for a playoff spot, as it turned out. Predictably so, according to history.
"I've seen 6 and 5 get into the playoffs," Gushue is quoted as saying in a story this week. No he hasn't, unless he means he's seen it on television. The last time a team made the playoffs with that record at a Brier was in 1996. Won't happen again this year, although credit to Gushue and his team for hanging in to make it interesting right through Friday morning.
Have to feel for the skip from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. It's not that he hasn't had a decent dose of curling success. The gold medal he can whip out at any time - from the 2006 Olympic Games - just happens to be a bauble that most other players atRead More »from Gushue’s dream flames out again at the 2014 Brier but there’s reason for optimism