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"We had a terrible game," says Newfoundland and Labrador skip after dropping 7-6 decision to Alberta

The 2010 Tim Hortons Brier is starting to evolve as it should with the heavyweights rearing back and throwing some huge punches Sunday at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Ontario's Glenn Howard, the odds-on favourite to claim the national men's curling championship, has taken his place at the top of the heap, recording a pair of victories to leave him at 3-0 after Draws 3 and 4 of the 12-team event in the morning and afternoon. But Alberta's Kevin Koe is nestled beside him after defeating Newfoundland and Labrador's Brad Gushue 7-6 in the first true battle of Brier contenders in the evening tussle.

Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue works hard on sweeping a rock in the house during a game against Saskatchewan Sunday at the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier in Halifax. Gushue and teammates Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab from the Bally Haly Curli

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The 2010 Tim Hortons Brier is starting to evolve as it should with the heavyweights rearing back and throwing some huge punches Sunday at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Ontario's Glenn Howard, the odds-on favourite to claim the national men's curling championship, has taken his place at the top of the heap, recording a pair of victories to leave him at 3-0 after Draws 3 and 4 of the 12-team event in the morning and afternoon. But Alberta's Kevin Koe is nestled beside him after defeating Newfoundland and Labrador's Brad Gushue 7-6 in the first true battle of Brier contenders in the evening tussle.

Koe used a draw for three in the eighth end, after Gushue attempted an in-off, to grab a 7-5 lead on his way to his third straight victory to sit tied for first. Gushue slid back to 2-1, tied with Saskatchewan's Darrell McKee and Quebec's Serge Reid.

"It was huge," Koe said of the eighth end after watching Gushue make steals of two in the fourth and one in the seventh in a topsy-turvy game that featured some big-weight takeouts and narrow misses. "We're a pretty good team at keeping 'er clean when we get up a couple, especially in eight. That's the turning point. In worst case, I think you should be tied up coming home with hammer and we were one better than that."

Koe had Gushue in a mess of trouble early, but flashed on a thin double for the steal of two in the fourth, and the popular Maritime skip admitted to feeling the pressure all night.

"We had a terrible game," said Gushue, who earlier flattened McKee 11-5 in seven ends with a four-ender and two three-enders. "We were hanging on right from the get-go. If Kevin makes a good shot in the fourth end it's over pretty early. It seemed like every shot I had was all or nothing. Unfortunately, I missed one in the eighth end that gave them three and that was the ball game there."

Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton, favoured to make weekend playoffs along with Howard, Kevin Koe and Gushue, is 3-1, while New Brunswick's James Grattan and Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs are 2-2. Jeff Richard of B.C. sits 1-2, while P.E.I.'s Rod MacDonald and Nova Scotia's Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc are 0-3. Jamie Koe of the Yukon/Northwest Territories - Kevin's brother - is 0-4.

In other evening games, Stoughton doubled Grattan 8-4; Jacobs downed Jamie Koe 9-5; and Richard won 9-5 over Fitzner-LeBlanc. Earlier, Howard outlasted Richard 7-6 in the afternoon after a very thorough 9-4 thrashing of Jacobs in the morning. Howard actually trailed Jacobs 3-1 after two before rebounding off the canvas.

"We were a little slow getting started, but we're there now," said Howard's third Richard Hart.

"We're not really precise," suggested Howard. "I don't want to beat the ice up. The ice is solid, it's just a little tricky in spots and you have to be aware of that. We are a little bit rusty, but we seem to be getting a little better. We're getting more adjusted to the ice and more confident and that's what this is, a game of confidence."

Gushue and Kevin Koe got off to fabulous starts in the afternoon with 3-0 advantages after their first ends.

"The key for us is that Ryan (Fry, his second) and Jamie (Korab, the lead) continue to play the way they're playing. They're playing really solid, which gives Mark (Nichols) easy shots, which in turn gives me easy shots," Gushue said of his front end.

Needless to say, they flattened out in the evening.

As for Koe, it was a brilliant bit of scrubbing by lead Nolan Thiessen and second Carter Rycroft that got the Alberta skip's final stone just by the front guard for a tap-back for his three in his opening end in his 9-4 win over P.E.I. in the afternoon.

Howard now relaxes until he faces his nephew Steven Howard - who plays third for Grattan - on Monday afternoon.

Steven's dad, Russ Howard, a 14-time Brier competitor and now a television analyst, will be part of the TSN broadcast for that game.

"It's cool. From the family perspective, it's absolutely surreal to have us all out there, playing and watching and commentating and all that. It's really a neat feeling as a father, an uncle and a brother," said Glenn, whose son Scott, a proficient curler on his own, is also here watching and champing at the bit to join dad down the road.

Organizations: Halifax Metro Centre

Geographic location: Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario Saskatchewan Quebec Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Ontario Nova Scotia Yukon Northwest Territories

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  • jonny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I now can see why gushue dropped Korab, what a clown, play the game kid! Sticking his tongue out at the camera, throwing a wooly at the camera....in a tight game....clown, all i can say....clown. Take it serious....

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Wow. One loss in a long event and everyone is jumping on them. Fintip, I think you are going way too deep into this. Obviously this psychological dysfunctional family didn't have too much trouble beating Koe, Howard, and Martin going onto a win in Ontario earlier this year. Then beating Howard and Ferbey on their way to a Grand Slam championship against the best field in the world. Yes they have their moments when they are not on their game and games like last night happen. But all they need to do is get to the playoffs, then anything can happen.

    They might not have been enjoying themselves last night, but when you are not playing well you can expect that.

    I'm looking forward to a playoff run from them this weekend and hopefully a Brier Tankard!

  • Telling it how Id
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Maybe they need to order some Norweigan curling pants?

    Anything but those stupid white belts.

  • Ban the
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Curling is NOT a sport. It is a game in the same league as Darts, Bowling or Bingo. Next thing we will see the Professional Bingo Tour and the next Olympic sport. All this shows is verbal abuse of co-players and spectators. Proper communication skills were over looked by those that partake in this fooling event. Maybe they should learn to use their indoor voice before stepping onto the ice.

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Maybe if the lead was more focused on curling instead of the tv camera he might play a bit better.

  • Bert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Gee, Brad suffered his first lost yesterday, that's too bad I was hoping it was his third one!!!! Bring back Mike Adam!!!

  • fintip
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Gushue's admission that we had a terrible game is an understatement. Contrary to his assertion, the wheels pretty well fell off his front end. But that's not what up-ended the team with high expectations of winning their first Brier. Like most Newfoundlanders, I have watched a lot of Gushue games and although you like to see him win, you are hardly surprised when he loses. Behind the scenes (sometimes not) the team from the Rock suffers a lot of ridicule from more consistent performers like Martin, Howard and Stoughton. While initially putting it down to Newfoundland bashing, I've come to realize that isn't always the case. A sports psychologist would have a field day. You only need to look at the tapes to understand what's going on. What really does them in is their own arrogance. Curling is a thinking man's game - chess on ice - in which you think well ahead and stay very close to your opponent. Gushue does neither. Gushue himself is a person who thrives not so much on winning, but on coming from behind. It is the cockiness of thinking that no matter how badly the first six rocks are thrown, or how many opportunities were blown, when it comes down to his turn, he can always put things right with a low percentage, crowd pleasing 'Hail Mary' shot. Psychologists might go further. They might say he suffers from a Hero Complex . That's where someone actually contrives - in Gushue's case no doubt subconsciously - to create the very crisis that allows them to step in and play the hero. The problem is that more often than not it doesn't work. But it does make watching his games very painful - like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Last night, for example, there should have been handshakes all around after the fourth when the score should rightly have been 6-1. What should have been a rout with Koe scoring four, instead allowed Gushue to walk away with a steal of two. It all happened because Gushue refused to clean-up a disastrous looking house when he had the chance, relying instead on being able to bury his last rock so deep that Koe couldn't touch it. Gushue's last shot was a bomb but he must have horseshoes you-know-where because Koe's bombed even more. Gushue's main nemesis, Kevin Martin, isn't there this year. It is ironic that even the much less skilled and talented stand-in, Kevin Koe, succeeded in putting the first nail in Gushue's Brier coffin yet another time. You might call it Monday-morning-quarter-backing, but I think it's high time curling's most dysfunctional family went shopping for a head-shrink.

  • Leah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I don't think it's a matter of Korab growing up; that comical image was portrayed of him right from the beginning, which maybe balances out the seriousness of the other three players, especially Brad. I realize that they are in competitive games; however, they do not seem to actually be enjoying themselves also.
    Too much tension.

  • Eli
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    One loss has nothing to do with Korab's attitude. His sticking out his tongue when he knew he was on camera was not only juvenile but disgusting to this Newfoundlander.
    If Korab is to continue playing the half breed perhaps he could complete the costume with a head band and feather, a bow & arrow slung over his shoulder and a tomahawk on the belt. Whatever role he wants to play I just widh he'd get his act together so NL can bring home the bacon.

  • hurry harrrd
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    fintip from NL made some good points Brad is a tad cocky in my estimation (a common trait judging by his kin).

    Success in the game of curling comes from consistency, team Gushue is anything but consistent. I sense that Brad does not always respect the skill of his opponents. I remember a remark he made a few years ago which had him and Ferby trading insults, and more recently a thing between him and Stoughton.

    I believe Brad thinks HIS team is one of the pinnacle teams at the briar, in fact he is more likey in the middle of the pack. I predict a Howard vs Koe final.

  • b
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Gushue is good, however there seems to be a lack of consistency, and when you play teams of the caliber of those from Alberta and Ontario, you cannot afford to be inconsistent and make mistakes.

    I expect an Ontario vs Alberta final this year.

  • Joanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I do not like Brad's NEW LOOK.
    I hope he decides to shave it off.
    As for Jamie's haircut, something such
    as that is expected of him. He's comical, whereas Brad is always so serious and clean-cut.
    However, that's beside the point, I know.
    Good Luck, guys, winning the Brier.

  • Frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Sorry to say,but the Gushue Olympic win was one off the quickest torches i've ever seen burn out.they are not popular,and the way certain player changes have occured just make them look that much more immature.i would go so far to say that the olympic win was a lucky shot,because the team is far from consistent,and certainly not a powerhouse by Canadien curling standards.Maybe after many more years off playing together ,they may develop the maturity and skill to be held in the same company as Martin/Howard/Ferbey,but they are not there yet.I'd also like to offer both condolences and congratulations to Mark Noseworthy,the veteran who basically came out of retirement when he didn't need to to sooth Jamie Korabs ego when he was ditched by Gushue.If Korab was a step higher in morality he would have remained with Mark and formed a true contending team.Instead he ran back to Gushue at the first opportunity and beamed like a chesire cat on television when he and Gushue were interviewed together.I can 't say this team will ever rank up there in true greatness.

  • J
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Korab needs to grow up. He is not focused at all and his ego is robbing him of his curling ability.

  • jonny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    I now can see why gushue dropped Korab, what a clown, play the game kid! Sticking his tongue out at the camera, throwing a wooly at the camera....in a tight game....clown, all i can say....clown. Take it serious....

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Wow. One loss in a long event and everyone is jumping on them. Fintip, I think you are going way too deep into this. Obviously this psychological dysfunctional family didn't have too much trouble beating Koe, Howard, and Martin going onto a win in Ontario earlier this year. Then beating Howard and Ferbey on their way to a Grand Slam championship against the best field in the world. Yes they have their moments when they are not on their game and games like last night happen. But all they need to do is get to the playoffs, then anything can happen.

    They might not have been enjoying themselves last night, but when you are not playing well you can expect that.

    I'm looking forward to a playoff run from them this weekend and hopefully a Brier Tankard!

  • Telling it how Id
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Maybe they need to order some Norweigan curling pants?

    Anything but those stupid white belts.

  • Ban the
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Curling is NOT a sport. It is a game in the same league as Darts, Bowling or Bingo. Next thing we will see the Professional Bingo Tour and the next Olympic sport. All this shows is verbal abuse of co-players and spectators. Proper communication skills were over looked by those that partake in this fooling event. Maybe they should learn to use their indoor voice before stepping onto the ice.

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Maybe if the lead was more focused on curling instead of the tv camera he might play a bit better.

  • Bert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Gee, Brad suffered his first lost yesterday, that's too bad I was hoping it was his third one!!!! Bring back Mike Adam!!!

  • fintip
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Gushue's admission that we had a terrible game is an understatement. Contrary to his assertion, the wheels pretty well fell off his front end. But that's not what up-ended the team with high expectations of winning their first Brier. Like most Newfoundlanders, I have watched a lot of Gushue games and although you like to see him win, you are hardly surprised when he loses. Behind the scenes (sometimes not) the team from the Rock suffers a lot of ridicule from more consistent performers like Martin, Howard and Stoughton. While initially putting it down to Newfoundland bashing, I've come to realize that isn't always the case. A sports psychologist would have a field day. You only need to look at the tapes to understand what's going on. What really does them in is their own arrogance. Curling is a thinking man's game - chess on ice - in which you think well ahead and stay very close to your opponent. Gushue does neither. Gushue himself is a person who thrives not so much on winning, but on coming from behind. It is the cockiness of thinking that no matter how badly the first six rocks are thrown, or how many opportunities were blown, when it comes down to his turn, he can always put things right with a low percentage, crowd pleasing 'Hail Mary' shot. Psychologists might go further. They might say he suffers from a Hero Complex . That's where someone actually contrives - in Gushue's case no doubt subconsciously - to create the very crisis that allows them to step in and play the hero. The problem is that more often than not it doesn't work. But it does make watching his games very painful - like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Last night, for example, there should have been handshakes all around after the fourth when the score should rightly have been 6-1. What should have been a rout with Koe scoring four, instead allowed Gushue to walk away with a steal of two. It all happened because Gushue refused to clean-up a disastrous looking house when he had the chance, relying instead on being able to bury his last rock so deep that Koe couldn't touch it. Gushue's last shot was a bomb but he must have horseshoes you-know-where because Koe's bombed even more. Gushue's main nemesis, Kevin Martin, isn't there this year. It is ironic that even the much less skilled and talented stand-in, Kevin Koe, succeeded in putting the first nail in Gushue's Brier coffin yet another time. You might call it Monday-morning-quarter-backing, but I think it's high time curling's most dysfunctional family went shopping for a head-shrink.

  • Leah
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I don't think it's a matter of Korab growing up; that comical image was portrayed of him right from the beginning, which maybe balances out the seriousness of the other three players, especially Brad. I realize that they are in competitive games; however, they do not seem to actually be enjoying themselves also.
    Too much tension.

  • Eli
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    One loss has nothing to do with Korab's attitude. His sticking out his tongue when he knew he was on camera was not only juvenile but disgusting to this Newfoundlander.
    If Korab is to continue playing the half breed perhaps he could complete the costume with a head band and feather, a bow & arrow slung over his shoulder and a tomahawk on the belt. Whatever role he wants to play I just widh he'd get his act together so NL can bring home the bacon.

  • hurry harrrd
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    fintip from NL made some good points Brad is a tad cocky in my estimation (a common trait judging by his kin).

    Success in the game of curling comes from consistency, team Gushue is anything but consistent. I sense that Brad does not always respect the skill of his opponents. I remember a remark he made a few years ago which had him and Ferby trading insults, and more recently a thing between him and Stoughton.

    I believe Brad thinks HIS team is one of the pinnacle teams at the briar, in fact he is more likey in the middle of the pack. I predict a Howard vs Koe final.

  • b
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Gushue is good, however there seems to be a lack of consistency, and when you play teams of the caliber of those from Alberta and Ontario, you cannot afford to be inconsistent and make mistakes.

    I expect an Ontario vs Alberta final this year.

  • Joanne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    I do not like Brad's NEW LOOK.
    I hope he decides to shave it off.
    As for Jamie's haircut, something such
    as that is expected of him. He's comical, whereas Brad is always so serious and clean-cut.
    However, that's beside the point, I know.
    Good Luck, guys, winning the Brier.

  • Frank
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Sorry to say,but the Gushue Olympic win was one off the quickest torches i've ever seen burn out.they are not popular,and the way certain player changes have occured just make them look that much more immature.i would go so far to say that the olympic win was a lucky shot,because the team is far from consistent,and certainly not a powerhouse by Canadien curling standards.Maybe after many more years off playing together ,they may develop the maturity and skill to be held in the same company as Martin/Howard/Ferbey,but they are not there yet.I'd also like to offer both condolences and congratulations to Mark Noseworthy,the veteran who basically came out of retirement when he didn't need to to sooth Jamie Korabs ego when he was ditched by Gushue.If Korab was a step higher in morality he would have remained with Mark and formed a true contending team.Instead he ran back to Gushue at the first opportunity and beamed like a chesire cat on television when he and Gushue were interviewed together.I can 't say this team will ever rank up there in true greatness.

  • J
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Korab needs to grow up. He is not focused at all and his ego is robbing him of his curling ability.