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  • On the Rocks
    March 05, 2013 - 07:05

    So far pleasantly surprised with Gushue's performance at Brier. His newbie team did luck out with a draw schedule that delayed facing the big guys (Howard, Stoughton, Martin). And although he struggled with NB and NO, he has so far resisted his failed trademark tendency toward Hail Mary hero shots. In other Briers and spiels, an immature and mercurial Gushue was easy prey for the more even handed curling veterans. Nor was the old Gushue team helped by the obvious tensions between members. The new members are young enough that even a 32 year old skip seems like an old guy, which has a bit of a stabilizing influence. That said, they still need to handle setbacks, missed shots and losses in a more positive manner. In all likelihood, Howard will be Gushue's biggest obstacle to a first Brier win. Howard's front end is more consistent, he is a better tactician and he demonstrates more patience. Gushue will need his A-game in the play-offs.