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'Purely a chemistry thing,' Gushue says of letting lead go

It's been just over a year since the Brad Gushue curling team won Olympic gold at the 2006 Torino Winter Games, yet only two members of that historical team - Gushue and third Mark Nichols - are left standing.

The latest casualty is lead Jamie Korab, who was informed last night he's out as a member of the St. John's-based team that came within a win of taking home Newfoundland and Labrador's second Brier championship last month in Hamilton, Ont.

Jamie Korab delivers a lead rock for the Brad Gushue rink in this file photo. Skip Brad Gushue confirmed Wednesday Korab part of the gold medal team Olympic team has been let go. File photo

It's been just over a year since the Brad Gushue curling team won Olympic gold at the 2006 Torino Winter Games, yet only two members of that historical team - Gushue and third Mark Nichols - are left standing.

The latest casualty is lead Jamie Korab, who was informed last night he's out as a member of the St. John's-based team that came within a win of taking home Newfoundland and Labrador's second Brier championship last month in Hamilton, Ont.

Korab now joins Mike Adam, who was cut loose prior to Christmas, on the outside looking in. Adam was the team's fifth man in Torino and had been relegated to fifth again this year after Chris Schille was brought in from Alberta to curl second.

Gushue's second in Torino, Russ Howard, resides in New Brunswick and there was never a plan for the 51-year-old Hall of Famer to curl in Newfoundland. The team's coach in Torino, Toby McDonald, called it quits after the Olympics and was replaced by Glenn Goss.

The decision to can Korab - which Gushue said had been discussed the last couple of weeks - is nothing less than stunning. Besides the Brier final, a 10-6 loss to Ontario's Glenn Howard, Gushue has semifinal and quarter-final placings in his last two events - the Canada Cup in Kamloops, B.C., and The National in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., the latter a World Curling Tour Grand Slam event.

Gushue is seventh on the Tour's money list with $38,000 in earnings and fifth on the Canadian team ranking system. And this despite playing fewer Tour events than most of the other teams.

Major event coming up

Even more puzzling is the fact the move comes six days before the start of the Players Championship in Calgary, the final Grand Slam event on the Tour.

Kind of like the contending New Jersey Devils putting the boots to coach Claude Julien with only a handful of games left before the playoffs.

"I understand the thinking," Gushue said when reminded of the aforementioned facts.

"But the team chemistry was not there, not the way it has been in the past.

"We didn't seem to have that harmony. We didn't seem to have that 'it' thing. Chemistry is the only way I can describe it."

Gushue said it wasn't solely his decision. Rather, it was a team resolution involving himself, Nichols, Schille and Goss.

Ironically, it was Korab who was usually relied upon to keep the others loose.

"It's not so much him curling 95 per cent," Gushue said at the Halifax Olympic Trials two years ago, "but his attitude that makes me and Mark play better. He makes us feel loose and confident."

Korab, from Harbour Grace, had been curling with Gushue off and on for the better part of 10 years.

He was the fifth on the team which won the 2001 world juniors in Ogden, Utah.

He was unavailable for comment Wednesday evening.

When asked if the chemistry imbalance may be the result of Schille's presence - if only because he's the new guy - Gushue admitted it's a possibility.

"But we don't believe it is," he said. "We've been together so long maybe it's time to move in a different direction. Sometimes it's good to have a shakeup and get new blood.

"Jamie's play has nothing to do with this. He's proven he's one of the top leads in the country. It's purely a chemistry thing. We've proven we can win when we're at our best and get to the next level. Now we have to prove we can win when we're not at our best."

As for the Players, Gushue will use Nova Scotia's Andrew Gibson, the lead for Mark Dacey's Halifax rink, at the Corral in Calgary.

"I honestly feel this was the right time," Gushue said.

"Once the decision was made, it was unfair to go to Calgary and continue as a team under false pretenses, knowing a change was going to be made. And it would be unfair to Jamie to do that. With our friendship, that would be putting things at risk."

Search on

So now the search is on for another lead. There are talented curlers within the province, but take it to the bank Gushue will be looking outside Newfoundland and Labrador for an all-mainland front end.

"The problem with getting someone from Newfoundland is commitment, the time and money," he said. "We travel an awful lot, so there's a big sacrifice. I don't know how many people are willing to do that.

"And when we go into an event, let's just say the attention we receive is a lot different than an event in Newfoundland. It takes some adjustment."

Gushue said he is not concerned about any potential public backlash as a result of his latest move.

"I hope people would understand it's in the best interest of the team," he said, "and about getting to the next Olympics.

"I think we're the most qualified to make the decision and it's for the betterment of the team. It's not a personal attack. It's about making a step forward to Vancouver and 2010 (Winter Olympics)."

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: New Jersey Devils, Halifax Olympic Trials, Corral

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Torino, Calgary St. John's Hamilton Alberta New Brunswick Ontario Canada Kamloops Port Hawkesbury Ogden, Utah Nova Scotia Vancouver

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  • JD
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    WOW - Shocked
    My observations after attending several games at the Brier recently, was that it was Jamie who was happy to meet the crowds and sign autographys, Brad seemed to do it but from an obligation rather than a pleasure. Jamie talked with people and was a fan favourite. His curling ability was never in doubt so who is the problem with this team ....It might be time to look inward Brad.

  • Lori
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    I have to voice my disappointment with the decision to drop one of the sensational four that brought home gold from the Olympics. I think this is a very wrong decision. Jamie has brought so much to this team and I think Team Gushue will go down even further now that they are cutting and changing for so called team chemistry . I think Brad needs to take a closer look at all the tapes of recent events which they have curled in and note that most of the losses came from bad shots by him, the skip. Therefore, I will not be supporting this team because I think they have sold out one of the most talented players that a NL curling team has ever seen. Push on Jamie. Brad must realize that in order to get to the next Olympics, team dynamics not only must rely on skill but friendship and trust as well! So long Team Gushue...

  • JustaFan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Quote from Jamie KORAB March 15th, 2007 (Evening Telegram): Subject Canada Cup

    Coming in our motivation levels.you can see it in our body language. None of us seem to have any motivation. We are just going through the motions.

    Does this sound like a player interested in competing for an Olympic Trial spot for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver? Not to me! Would GUSHUE or NICHOLS say something like this? I highly doubt it.

    It is a team game with team decisions. GUSHUE is the skip/leader of the team and as a result takes most of the criticism. I bet however, If you asked NICHOLS, SCHILLE or GOSS what they think they would share the same feelings as GUSHUE.


    The goal of any four curlers who call themselves a competitive team is to become greater than the sum of their parts. To do this they must learn how to work together toward a common goal. Most of the distractions with which a team deals come from within the team.

    Maybe KORAB was the distraction?

    Well its time to get back to our own lives and stop living through someone elses.

    KORAB..It has been a absolute pleasure watching you over the years. You are a great curler and person. The time has come however to move on and watch someone else try and do what you have already accomplished.

    All hold you heads high and good curling.

  • Ward
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    This deeply saddens me, and I have to agree with many of the comments posted above.

    You cannot burn bridges in life and expect success, you cannot treat people as disposable and expect your integrity to remain intact. I will withold the urge to cite several specific and deeply disappointing examples.

    Where once humility stood, megalomania has risen to take its place, it would seem.

    Newfoundland and Labrador has had many heroes without highways named after them. Perhaps it's time to reconsider and re-name the two examples of unwarranted hero worship cited above.

  • Newfoundlander
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Its a private team. Yes Gushue is a public figure and people will comment on all he does . . .. but this is a team of volunteers. If Nicholl wanted to play with Adam and Korab or anyone else, they are all adults and could do so. Nobody is forced to play with anyone.

    So even if the entire problem is Guishue and his monsterous ego, fine . .. lets say it is. So for whatever reason he doesn't want to play with Korab. Then the rest of the team has a choice to make and at the moment it appears they are sticking with Gushue.

    Can anyone assert that Gushue and team do not have the right to choose to stop playing with someone?

    I didn't think so

    Does anyone assert that the remainder of the team couldn't freely leave and join KOrab or whomever?

    I didn't think so.

    Whether I think the decision is right is irrelevent. Its not my decision to make

  • Proud Gushue Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Olympic Teams Do Not Stay together forever!!!

    For example Olympic silver medalist Mike Harris's team split after the Olympics.

    Kevin Martin's Olympic silver medal team is no longer together.

    Get over it.

  • Anonymous
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I think most of the people writing on this are completely ignorant to what is actually happening. If you do not personally know Brad Gushue, then do not make comments about his ego when you have nothing to back it up. The shot at the Brier is a stupid example; the team decided to take that shot. If Brad had made it, everyone would have thought he was a hero/the best curler and would have said it was a great descision. But he missed, so he has a huge ego and it is all his fault. Get a life people, you cannot win the Olympics without being extremely talented no matter what people think. It is a team game, a team decision. I wish Korab luck in everything and think people need to stop judging based on what they read in the paper.

  • Jay
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Too bad there is no one else committed enough to represent NFLD from this provience! And the fame! Well, Brad, you better clear the stars from you eyes, and glance over your shoulder. Only then, can you see where you started out from and who you left behind.
    Will it still be TEAM GUSHUE HIGHWAY ?

  • Stacy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I love the attitude of Newfoundlanders.... Brad Gushue was your idol last year, and has done amazing things for NL curling in the past year.... way to turn your back on someone you used to worship.

  • Long time curler
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    For those of you who have been blinded yet again by Brad's ability to sweet talk his way out of public criticism, I would like you all to realize that although the skip's name is the one in lights, it is a common misconception that they are the sole decidion maker of the team! On a team of four, everyone generally contributes equally - until three gang up on one. For posting #61, You obviously were fooled by the fluff , because Mike Adam did NOT leave the team to further his education , that was actually set up so that Brad didn't look bad to his fans, and because Mike did not want to ruin the reputation of the team, he went along with this. The truth was that he too was dropped mid-season. I have known for many years that Brad and his attitude are not worth supporting, and am sort of glad in a way that the whole world is now able to see what St. John's curlers have known for a LONG time. As for those who HAVE supported him finanically - I hope that you have realized now, how ungrateful he is. Remember Highways don't pay for your trips! (Good luck getting anymore sponsors Dr. Gushue!) As for the comment made earlier about signing a contract - they DID sign a contract, a FOUR YEAR contract to be specific, and obviously he can break those as easily as the millions of brooms that I have seen fly from his ices. I am actually quite surprised that Mark and Jamie have lasted with Brad as long as they have! Most of you didn't have a clue who BRAD GUSHUE was until he made it to the olympic final - truth be told, Brad has a LONG history of disposing of teammates, seconds mostly, when he isnt getting his way in competitions, of course it's never ever HIS fault, so he picks someone else and calls it a move for the best . The difference this year, is that he is now known world wide, and is representing all of us as Newfoundlanders (this being the driving force behind most of the comments made here today - he has permenantly tarnished his, and our reputation). However, he is representing us, only because he knows that it is easy to get out of Newfoundland to a National! He talks about needing to find curlers from outside of Newfoundland, what he doesnt tell you is that there are very few newfoundland men who have not been dumped by Brad in the past, or who would have any inclination to say yes to an offer from the all mighty. It surprises me that Schille wasnt the first to go this year being as he's the rookie. Jamie is simply Brad's newest casualty, and he is now free to do what he wishes. Jamie is the first of the World Junior Championship team to get the chance to grow into himself without Brad telling him when to go to bed. Jamie will be fine, his brilliant personality will have him on the top once again - I am sure of it! If only Mark could see that Brad has kept him around for one reason only - and that certainly isn't their friendship. Brad is just another no good newfoundland curler without Mark, and he would never have any of the titles that he carries without him. I hope that someday Mark realizes that he can have the same success with ANY other team. Only when Brad cuts the team down to one will he be content.
    All the best Jamie.

  • Disappointed Gushue fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I am very disappointed to hear this news tonite and I can see it is making alot of people very upset. We have to accept that this was a group decision done for the team even though I don't agree with it and I feel that Korab was done wrong. All the best to you Korab.

    Disappointed Team Gushue Fan

  • CLS
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    You all need to leave the guy alone. how can any of you pass judgement on someone none of you know personally? I agree that all team members were what helped win the medal, and yes it is too insane and sort of embarassing to have part of a subdivision named after them but its not their fault that it was. Many Newfoundlanders cheered them on in Italy and now you turn your backs because of a decision that has nothing to do with anyone but those on the team. Good grief there are better things to complain and moan about.

  • Enough
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    People - read what you're writing. It's insane. All of you. On both sides. It's never about who's the better curler, but who's the better Newfoundlander. Who's the most loyal, who backstabbed who, who betrayed the glory of Newfoundland, blah blah blah.
    Get a grip.

  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    It's a game of skill and luck. Jamie has the skill and Brad has the luck. I would like to see the two on opposite ends of the hack to see if skill or luck wins the hammer, last rock and the game.

  • Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Did it ever occur to any of you outraged posters that the courage to make such decisions, knowing full well the how the fans would react, is exactly what makes Brad great? Notes for Brad to get over himself? Please. Its those of you who think that a team captain, a professional, a lifelong student of a sport, should kowtow to the publics opinion of the best thing for the team that need to get over yourselves. The public can have zero insight into the workings of any closed group. You were desperate to shake the mans hand when he carried home Gold, now you wish to shun him for doing his job. Whose loyalty is really in question here folks?

  • Krista
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    You have lost another team Gushue fan. We loved the team because it was Newfoundlanders achieving their best, now it a mainlander team. Why don't ya call Stoughton and see if he is looking for someone Gushue? Or better yet, call Ferby. If ya walk the walk, talk the talk. I'm disgusted.

  • maria
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    hold on everyone,hard decisions have to be made everyday whether it be in sports,business,whatever.i,m sure this wasn,t an easy decision or made mainly by brad.martin,stoughton,howard have all changed members,did they get this backlash!i am also amazed at the. personal attack on brad.i wish jamie the best of luck

  • Doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Gushue's ego has been out of control since the Olympics but that is not entirely his fault. The way much of the province went berserk and turned him into a hero would probably distort anyone's attitude and perspective. Perhaps the Olympics was the pinnacle of his career and he just happened to capture lightning in a bottle that one time.

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    My friend told me a few years back at the provincials before Team Gushue made it big that Brad was a very poor sportsman, throwing his broom around the rink, cursing loudly in front of young spectators and acting all cocky and arrogrant.

    This doesn't really surprise me. Friendship doesn't appear to matter to Brad...it's winning. Shame to see such a talented team come apart, likely because Brad's insatiable appetite for the spotlight gets in the way of teamwork.

    Nichols is the one who got that team to where they are. Leave Mark while you can and help guide a new Newfoundland team.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Even here in Halifax we hear about how big his ego has become. How much National corporate sponsorship has he signed since the Olympic Gold Medal ? I believe the answer is $ 0.00 What have you done lately Brad ?

  • Troy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Nichols has always been the only real talent on that team. I don't know why he doesn't dump Gushue and join with someone else. Since the story rightly suggests that Gushue doesn't figure anyone in Newfoundland is good enough, I think Nichols should realize the same thing and go find a skip elsewhere who has the skills and experience more in keeping with his own abilities.

  • Brian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Gushue's is playing checkers when he competition are playing chess. I think Mark Nichols should grab Adama and Korab and start his own team minus Gushue. Its only a matter of time before Nichols is the problem and has to go, Gushue's ego won't be able to handle not winning.

  • Tiffany
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Did anyone mention that Jamie Korab is an AWSOME sweeper. He made a big difference on some of the shitty shots thrown by Mr.Gushue... Now that he's gone Brad will have to find a good replacement to help him cover up his mistakes like Jamie did.!

  • Curling Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Come on people!!! I'm sure it wasn't easy for Brad (and let's not forget the rest of the team were involved in the decision) to make this change. These things happen all the time!! Kevin Martin has a brand new team this year, Jeff Stoughton lost two of his team, Russ Howard played his Glory Years for Ontario, then played for New Brunswick and then on a Newfoundland Team, Ferby used to play for Pat Ryan, etc. The list goes on and on. As skip you have to do whatever is best for the team. If Team Gushue had not won the the olympic trials and the gold medal, nobody would even comment on him cutting Jamie now. Curling is a profession now, and people have to realize that teams have to make tough decisions to better the team!! Let's remember that Mike Adams left the team to further his education, and Russ decided to concentrate on winning the Brier with his son. Stop dumping on Brad!! He is doing exactly what any other great skip would do to succeed!!!

  • wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    How can Brad even call his team a Newfoundland team now? I don't believe he should be allowed to represent our province when only half the team will be from here. I totally dissagree with his decision to knife Jamie in the back. Brad is the guy missing the big shots ( which he attemps to make because one point apparently is never an option in an end ( The Brier) .) so maybe he should just quit himself and let the real Newfoundlander's carry on to battle. I hope Jamie all the best in his future curling endevours.

  • Oh my
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    For the olympic trial, it IS the best teams that compete - the Olympic trial spots are won when you win a designated tournament (i.e. the Brier for the next three years etc..) As a side note to that, Brad has yet to gain a spot in the 2010 Olympic trials. The part that gets me the most about all of this is that Jamie actually has no idea WHY he was kicked off of the team, he is assuming that it was something that was said when they were away, however Brad didn't even have the decency to give him a real reason. (for those of you who are going to say how do you know - you cant see what's going on inside? , yes I can, believe me.) This is a very childish way of handling such a situation.

  • Frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    WOW!, It's amazing the amount of interest this has shown. Brad, admit you made a mistake and apologize to your teammates and to fellow Nflders.

    Suck it up bud and move on. Your better than that.

  • pp
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    they say all good things must come to an end... well i think brad gushues thoughts of returning to the olympics may have just happened... number one he had one of the best teams in the country!!!!! number 2 he has been giving mike adam the toss around for a few years!!!! number 3 jamie korab is the meat of the team!!! every team needs a guy like jamie. number 4, chris schille AIN'T ALL THAT!!! the curling that he showed at the brier , anyone could have done the same.. NUMBER 5 i think it is time for brad to realize that mark nichols is the reason that the team is and was where it was!!! wake up and smell the coffee mark.... you can do so much better!!!!!

  • Jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    GO Korab GO...Brad you stink man. Anyone watching a match can tell Jamie is the heart and sole. From rumors around everyone knows Brad is just another guy with an Ego and needs someone to blame.

    Nichols should leave and join Korab and Adams and form a new team and let Gushue keep flip flopping teams mates or just play all positions himself. Team Brad..Wait it is a team sport isn't it. Doh...Brad forgot that.

  • Scott
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Whoa folks, let's tone it down a bit. Just because a team wins the Stanley Cup, it doesn't mean that the powers that be won't continue to evaluate the team and make changes. This might be a bad analogy with respects to the Carolina Hurricanes and their season but the fact remains that Gushue is the leader of this team and these are mainly his decisions to make. We'll have to wait and see how successful this moves proves to be.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    How refreshing to read comments from someone who knows what their talking about, I just hope the truth comes out and look forward to reading the comments then.

  • louise
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    It is too bad for Jamie I really do enjoy watching them play together , although I feel that Mark is the Glue Maybe you should reconsider.

  • mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Brad gushue showed his loyslty to his friends and to nfld once again .he got his due in hamilton amd it was his stupid mistake that lost that game.i guess it's win at all costs .we wish you the same luck as you had in hamilton or maybe
    we should say the same stupidity on your part .

  • Troy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    I have to disagree with most of the comments here. Being a captain of a team, you got to have the talent to see where changes have to be made to stay at the top. Because you win with a team once doesnt mean you will ever win again with that same team. Changes have to be made from time to time to keep things fresh. You might see these cut guys skip teams in the future, that said, they will never be NL's top team as long as Brad is playing. Brad was not put skip at that young of an age because they had no one else, they put him there because he was the best at that time. As we all know, in curling the best players don't come into their own until a later age. So if that is the case, the rest of Canada and the World better look out. Anyone can become a good rock thrower, even curl at 95%, but the ability to see the shots and the game before it happens is a skill that is not learned, it's natural. Vision is the trait that separates the great from the good and Brad has that vision.

  • gordon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    you can,t sale a big ship without a trusted crew in stormay waters..
    Seems Brad,s ego since winning the Olympics has really gone to his head.Im a Nflder and I followed The Gushue team since winning the Juniors,but Im afraid that would not happen any more.
    Im really dissapointed for what he did that young man.Jamie I will follow your curling and wish you all the best,you deserve it.Good luck

  • Pete
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Mike, learn to read ! The blog clearly states Schille was dispatched by his skip to talk to the media, that's how he knew Brad waqs getting attacked back east. Never saw such a poor attempt at damage cotrol in my life. Korab negative ? give me a break. Plethora of garbage, I didn't believe a word of it.

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Well I have to say I'm completely disappointed as many here are. Jamie Korab was a huge asset to that team and Brad Gushue needs to get his head on straight. Burn your bridges my son and you'll never get back. There is no I in Team and when things don't go right sometimes you don't get rid of your longtime friends/teammates and people who helped get the Team where they did. As far as what I saw on NTV news this evening, Jamie truly believes that it has to do with some word exchanges they had at a game and that Brad really took it to heart and shouldn't have. Was just regular things that all teammates may share and what Brad's said to his teammates before as well... So Brad, all I have to say to you is I feel sorry for you that your head is so huge that you can't see past yourself. It's a sin and you all should've been a team and worked on the mistakes made on that game to improve yourself like everyone else does. I'm proud that Team did well in the Olympics and was sooo nice to have a highway built for you guys and I'm still proud, but I regret that now we're permanently marked with Gushue on it all... Sorry Brad, but for the last year you have definately let it all go to your head and I feel bad for you! Good Luck to you Jamie and don't let this get you down!!! We're here for you and look forward to seeing you in the future... Cheers!!

  • Curling Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    I am very very saddened by what has happened.I enjoyed the team because of how well they played together and because they were such close friends. I feel that winning has become more important than friendship with some members of this team and that is too bad.I think that Gushue will regret this decision and that we will see Korab in the future with another team.Good Luck Korab!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Hey, the New Jersey Devils justed canned their coach before the playoffs...and they are 1st in their division. Curling is a sport and a business, just like hockey (although on a smaller money scale of course). So why is everyone so surprised?

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Pete,

    I can read quite well thank you.

    The article on TSN didn't reference Schille being dispatched to talk to the media. This is the article that was referenced in comment 119 and that I was responding to.

    It is stated on the curling news blog. Seeing Schille was attending the World's, it would make sense that he talk to the media there. Of note, he confirmed it was a team decision and he Mark and Jeff were all involved as well as Brad.

    Again, the bottom line is that we don't know the whole story and likely never will. Let it be.

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I will not be supporting the Gushue team again. Jamie was an excellent curler and I think it was wrong to let him go from the team. I agree with some of the other writers who say it's time Nichols, Korab & Adams got together and iced a team. If Gushue wants to curl with the mainlanders let him go and live there. I think it's time the CCA put a rule in place that if you are going to repressent a province then the players should live and curl in it.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Having just seen the TV interview the BS is over. Korab had the nerve to answer back. Gushue looked uneasy and came across totaly false. God help Nichols, cause he's next.

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    If Brad has the ego problem and is such a bad person why is Nichols staying and not going with Korab?. I am sure Nichols is free to go whenver he pleases. Just a thought.

  • Cassie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    If Brad and the other fellas felt that Jamie had to go then so be it, even though I am disappointed. What's eating me up is the fact that Brad is going to the 'mainland' to look for a new lead. So now his team will consist of two Newfoundlanders and two Mainlanders. I don't/won't consider that a team that can be called 'from Newfoundland and Labrador.' That new team will not get my support nor respect.

  • Peg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Brad needs a good kick you know where. Brad how about looking up the word loyalty in the dictionary. For the life of me I can't see why Adams still plays 5th on a team that seems to have no confidence in him. As for Korab, hold your head high because Brad is the one that can't.

    Team Gushue just lost another supporter.

  • Nicole
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I've got to say that I'm really disappointed. No, magic doesn't last forever a team that Won once, might not win big again, and the success and pressure put on a teams shoulders to continue winning after winning BIG like a Gold medal can be stressful. Perhaps even more pressure put on themselves then the fans ever could. However Mike Adam seemed to be cut Post-Olympics before really being given the chance to come together and gel as a team again. I don't think it's fair to place blame on Brad Gushue for the Brier loss because the Risky shot that, Yes he did miss, was a TEAM decision. His Teammates Jamie included had faith in Brad's ability to make that shot. I think that the whole team made small mistakes that cost the game. The disappointing thing is that on the ice they SEEMED to have good communication, confidence in each other and respect and understanding for each teammates ability, Good Chemistry if you will. I also disagree with comments saying that they didn't deserve all the attention after their win. These guys all worked hard for many years and despite all criticism and naysayers, WON and Olympic Gold Medal. I'm still in awe when I say that out loud. Four young Men, from a small province who takes such pride in its history and its people won an Olympic Gold Medal. There is no one in this province that can't tell you where they were or how loud the screamed, or how many tears were shed in sheer Joy and Pride for this team. The WHOLE Team. They made a whole province and a whole country believe in Dreams. In todays world I think we all need to dream a little more, I know myself I can't help but smile and believe in the power of dreams when I drive down Team Gushue Highway, to think back to where I was or, how loud I screamed, or how many tear were shed in Pride for these Guys. They only gave us one more reason, in an endless list, of reasons to be proud to be a Newfoundlander and Labradorean.
    I'm very sad that Jamie has been cut; he is a very good curler who brought a lot of skill and experience to an already experienced team, of such a young age. I have to admit there were a few games I watched simply for him. He seemed to bring a fun atmosphere to even the most stressful situations. So I think the saddest thing about his removal to better the team in an effort to get to Vancouver, is that it's No longer a Newfoundland team. Even if Team Gushue starts winning all the Big games and ends up in Vancouver I'm not sure, without the Guy from Harbour Grace with the Fun Hair and the Cool Shoes!! , Where I will be, or how loud I will scream, and how much I believe in the power of Dreams.

    !!!Go Jamie Go!!!

  • sweeper
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    NICHOLS.....If you are reading this, I think its time to come forward and tell the whole truth on the decision. Talking about friends.....Stop letting GUSHUE be the fall guy and speak up. You know in your heart of hearts that you would be gone if GUSHUE was the problem. Lets face the facts....KORAB was the problem and he was dropped because of it. Do the right thing!

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Hmm,one of the top front end players in the world dropped bcause of team chemistry.Will be interesting to see how they play here in Calgary in a few weeks.Guess this means Mark Noseworthy will have to come out of retirement and hook up with K Ryan,J Korak,M Adams and T Mcdonald as 5th man/coach,the BBQ season should be hot stuff in NL.
    Come on Mark N time to get on the phone.

  • Gerry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Well I dont know what the hell happened with Gushue and Korab. I know I wouldnt have let him on the ice in Hamilton with those red shoes he had on lol

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    It's amazing how many of you people hurl accusations without knowing the full story. I think it's too bad that Jamie is no longer a part of this team, but maybe there is a very good reason for that.

    Comment #119, Brad didn't send Chris Schille to talk to the press. Schille was interviewed while he was attending the World Championships in Edmonton. Get your facts straight before you speak.

    Bottom line, don't jump to conclusions. None of us will ever know the full story. I wish all these guys the best and will continue to root for them in the future.

  • ELIZABETH
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    it is find for us to have an opinion about this matter, but we are not playing the game at this level. brad gushue and team made a decision that they thinks is best for the team. we were all there to take alittle credit for the GOLD medal and become part of a celebration we had nothing at all to do with. then as soon as something happens that we don't agree with, us newfoundlanders and labradorians are there to put the nails in the coffin instead of giving the team OUR full support. Good luck to Jamie and Good Luck to the Team.

  • Brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Brad Gushue and his ego just lost my support. He has clearly crossed the line. I would rather stay loyal to people than win at all costs. Sickening display.

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Ok, well I love the fact that people can get on here and have great debates about this situation. We complain, you complain, etc... oh my oh my... Anyways, facts are... Newfoundlanders are proud of what Team Canada accomplished in the Olympics and we celebrated and are still proud. There has been long going crap with the team since they got back. It's like that with everything. ok, so over many years, other skips make decisions/changes, etc... So what! It's considered a business in a way, yessss, but that's what's wrong with this world... No consideration for long time friendships, etc... Everyone knows that Brad has a big Ego. Good for him... he has goals he wants to meet and do good things for himself, but don't stomp on people on the way up. That's what's wrong with this world. People are picking on people for speaking their minds, but isn't this a free country? Or is it the, Shut Up and do your own thing ??? Really! We are Newfoundlanders and we know who we are and people who represent us (I don't care if you're from China representing us) You're suppose to represent us for who we are. And when people are ignorant, rude, cocky, whatever... You're not representing us. Everything I do and everyone else I know represents Newfoundlanders for what and who we are (which is not ignorant, rude, cocky, etc... :) and are darn proud of it.

    Good Luck to Jamie in your future and I hope that Team Gushue can get themselves together with whomever they bring into the team. Cheers!!

  • tina
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I can't believe that Brad Gushue dumped Korab. The halo is finally shattered. Jamie has enough 'chemistry' to make up for what others in the team lacked. He was also extremely talented. Brad's good little boy smile hides a lot of flaws, but at least some are finally being revealed to his 'adoring' fans.

  • Brutal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    @CLS

    How do you know that none of him know him personally? I know I do and I have no problem being critical of him. And I certainly cheered the Gushue rink but I think its disgusting the way he went about this.

  • Tood
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Gushue's ego has finally got the better of him. He has to gone to far getting rid of maybe the best lead in Newfoundland and labrador if not one of the best in Canada. This is the end of this team, I hope Mike and Jamie put a team together and win the championship next year. Best of luck Jamie and Brad get over your ego it's a tem sport not all about you.

  • East End
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I am a big curling fan, like most of
    Newfoundland and Labrador, but,
    put the physical game aside for a
    second!! It's bad politics...you have the
    big boss (BRAD) playing a Harper
    type and waving his wand, be gone
    Korab, be gone Adams. He states and
    overstates that it was a TEAM decision.
    Remember the old saying we were all taught in grade school...THERE IS NO
    I IN TEAM.....How can the 2 newest
    members of the Gushue rink really add
    comments on Korab or Adams, when they don't know them, they don't know their games, or the committment that both of these men have give to the Newfoundland team over the past
    many years. At what point do we say
    enough..is winning really that important
    to the BRAD GUSHUE RINK? Just look at
    what this decision has done already to
    demean so much of what they worked so hard to accompolish over the past few years. Eventually Brad Gushue Team won't be remembered for the wins, they'll
    be remembered for the way, they turned their backs on their friends and in some
    way on Newfoundlanders.
    I really think the actions of the BRAD GUSHUE TEAM, (beitall, only 2 of the original fab 5) will end up biting them in
    the preverbial butt in the end. You guys were on top, you got greedy, you sought
    fame and fortune, at what cost???

    Kinda sad but true of our generation!!

  • Yikes...
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Yikes guys!! Calm down! calm down!! Everybody is entitled to their opinion, and there are definately differences of opinions here. I'm pretty sure everyone reads more than just this article and all kinds of information have been on the news, papers, etc... Nobody should be ashamed of their fellow Newfoundlanders by posting their opinions. It's a debate page... Relax! It's not just the people who have written on this page, it's A LOT OF PEOPLE... so something has to tell you there, there's something up. In time, it will all come out and then people can say, well I was right or I was wrong... So RELAX PEOPLE!! Don't take others words so seriously towards yourself and stop baggering people for voicing their opinions....My oh My oh My.... I'm sure that people are angry/disappointed, but aren't we allowed to express what we think? Maybe we should all just keep our little mouths shut before we offend someone.... YIKES!!!

  • Fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    #163 Peter,,,,,that's how Gushue treated Korab, you reap what you sow.

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Let's understand curling is not much different than any other sport, players get traded all the time so its not shocking to see Gushue make a move with the team. Good things don't last forever. Team Gushue will survive.

  • Linda
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    While I think Gushue is making a HUGE mistake, it's HIS team and he has to do what he feels is best.

  • Michael
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    In February 2006 it was a delight to have a TOP curling championship come to the ROCK . Although I was 3007 kilometers from my home town of Spaniards Bay, my heart was to say the least, with the Brad Gushue Olympic Team for winning the Gold Medal! As much as the team being so referred to as Gushue's team, Jamie Korab was a member of the TEAM. I was only proud of one other winner in the curling world, that of Jack McDuff in 1976 when Newfoundland won the Brier! My heart was set on seeing Newfoundland being tops in the Briers again. If with Jamie's help they could win the OLYMPIC Gold IN
    Torino, then surely then was reason for me to think that great expectations were on the horizon for Newfoundland having a SECOND Brier winner in Canada's GOD's COUNTRY ! Now like the old adage, IF IT AIN'T BROKEN WHY FIX IT? Then that is my question to Brad (and the powers that be behind curling in the province)??????? Brad allegedly stated in the story that it was not Jamie's play that caused the separation! Then do me the courtesy of having Jamie Korab and any others that had different reasons for leaving the team as to why they left? Maybe then this will convince me that Mr. Brad Gushue and the powers that be behind the team are not holders of the degrees ( B.S., M. S., Ph.D) in the sport of curling. That is to say holders of Bull S..t, More S..t, Piled Higher and Deeper!!!!! This Newfoundlander and Labrador or Newfoundland Labrador ---ian was so looking forward to more Brier Championships coming our way and it is now ruined! Only in Newfoundland eh! PERHAPS THE POWERS THAT BE can rescind the naming of that street because the team behind Brad in Torino was the cause of it be named after the BRAD GUSHUE TEAM and not BRAD GUSHUE, the individual? By the way I wonder if the Brian from Bay Roberts is my cousin?

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Korab-Gushue, Bayman- Townie: Need we say more. Relax--Herder Finals Tonight--Two Teams of real men ! Either team from St. John's.

    Korabs a man and Gushue is a mouse.

    Curling is not a sport anyway --tiddly winks Anyone to qualify for the olympics.
    I convulsed laughing when you see Door knob Robin Short Talking about Gushues 30,000.00 winnnings on tour, what a Tour, HA,HA,Ha!

    The national media were on to Gushue a long time ago , overated and no class. Small fish small pond.

  • Gloria
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I just lost any interest I had in watching team Gushue curl-it's no longer a Newfoundland & Labrador team.

  • Nicole
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    It is hard to comment on this kind of situation because we do not know what goes on behind closed doors. There are definite rumors about the extent of Brad Gushues ego before and after the Olympics, but rumors have to be taken with a grain of salt! I've never personally witness his ego, or lack there of, so I can't really take that into consideration! However it does come across like Jamie is speculating on why he was removed. That BY FAR is the worse thing about all this. If Brad had (or HAS) so much respect for Jamie as a person and a curler!! Someone who he has considered a friend for 10 years he should give him an honest reason to why he was let go. The thing that made Newfoundland take notice was how nice all these guys were and how close they all seemed. I feel so sad for him; he genuinely seems like a really nice guy, someone who doesn't deserve this!

    Dont give up Jamie, YOU have got more fans then you know!

  • louise
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    It is too bad for Jamie I really do enjoy watching them play together , although I feel that Mark is the Glue Maybe you should reconsider.

  • Shawn
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I agree with other reader's. I think his ego has grown so much since winning Gold. In my opinion, they could have won the Brier final only for Gushue making his own decision and blowing it.
    Good luck to you Jamie Korab, You don't need somebody like him. What goes around Comes around!!!

  • Anon.
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I 100% agree with EVERYTHING that is said by Danny in comment 147! No matter the politics of the sport, there is NO reason what so ever for a long-time friend (MORE than the 10 years that they have curled together) to be stabbed in the back as we have just seen. From what I have experienced, what makes a GREAT team on-ice may not always be what makes a great team off-ice. In general, there is one strong personality, there is one weak personality, and there are two who have a great relationship. When the strong personality decides that a change is needed, the weak personality will go along with whatever, and the friend is left to make a decision of whether to betray the friendship or to continue on with a team that has and most likely will be successful in the future. Unfortunately these actions are usually chalked up to the saying it's not personal - it's just a game . For the one who was cut, however, a lot more than the game is lost.

  • RPM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    They don't erect statues to the critics! They erect statues to the criticized!! You do what you feel is right Brad.

  • Alex
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Brad, gotta go to the washroom, so if there's no answer call back in a few minutes.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    If you'd seen the shots Brad missed on curl tv when they played in Kamloops, you would understand Korabs comments.

  • Newfoundlander
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Wow!!

    I never expected this level of hostility. While this may be a Gushue ego thing , it may not, and frankly its really none of our business. Curling teams come together voluntarily and they decide among themselves how they will govern themselves.

    Do any of you ACTUALLY have knowledge of how this team is getting along? Do any of you actually KNOW that this was Gushue alone, other than vague ramblings about his ego? They are all adults now and if the other team members wanted to continue to play with Korab, it would be easy enough for them to do that as well.

    Bottom line . .. the team had a good run but things change.

    Get over it.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    All this hype about the Gushue team. First of all, Brad you have to step back and give credit to your team. It just goes to show you that his ego has grown and become bigger then he is. To cut guys like he has, shows that he doesn't know what to do. Here's an idea Brad Gushue, take the blame for your own faults, not onto your team. New team name: The All Brad Gushue Team.

  • The Curling News
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Chris Schille met the media at the Ford Worlds here in Edmonton, and we have an exclusive at The Curling News Blog:

    curlnews.blogspot.com

  • Parker
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Gushue said it wasn't solely his decision. Rather, it was a team resolution involving himself, Nichols, Schille and Goss.

    Did any of you fail to read the above sentence in the article? It was a TEAM decision. It was all of you praising Brad and the team's glory when they won gold. But now when things are rough, blame Brad. This decision was not made lightly by any of those involved. They were well aware the choice they made would be controversial. But lets just respect their decision and not make it personal. There is no need for personal attacks of character. Those guys spend countless hours together during the curling season and if the chemistry is not there, it's makes it frustrating for everybody. It was time for a change. Change is not always a bad thing. Time will tell if it was a good decision.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Gushue has a long history of cutting people on a whim and Korab has been stung by him before. I'm disgusted by the lengths at which Gushue will go to win. He may be a good curler, but he does not embody the spirit of the game; the camaraderie and sportsmanship that the game is supposed to be about. Korab now joins a group of people who have supported Gushue and contributed to his success, only to be disappointed: I suggest this group includes Keith Ryan (who contributed to Gushue making the Olympic Trials, only to be cut and replaced by Howard), Mike Adam (who was asked to take a seat so that the team would have a better shot), Russ Howard (who was not pleased with Brad's not permitting him to take part in invitational bonspiels post Olympics), and countless others. It's shameful.

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Brads not worried about the potential of public backlash because Brad doesn't care. We all know what Brad wants, Brad gets. I know Jamie personally and he is a top notch guy. He would never say or do anything to intentionally hurt anyones feelings. Maybe the incident
    ( between him & Brad ) Jamie refered to during a recent interview on NTV put a dent in Brads giant ego. When it's all said and done I bet it's Brads behaviour that disrupts team chemistry. Watch your Ps & Qs Mark you could be next. Don't hurt Bards feelings. Jamie was # 4 to go you could be # 5.

  • Shannon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Gushue's ego has run amok, and like most people responding to this story, I am disappointed and frankly disgusted that Gushue, the big star, has dropped Adam and Korab for curlers who'll bring more chemistry . You can create any more chemistry than a team, which those two were part of, that wins the Olympic Gold Medal. The fame and hero worship have gone to Gushue's head, and it's embarrassing. It will come back to bite him in the you know what.

  • Sarah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I can't believe the amount of vitriol directed at Gushue here. First, the comments made by the other players have been that cutting Korab was a team decision. Second, the botched shot of Gushue's in the Brier that so many people like to bring up was totally a team decision -- how many of you actually watched the game? They took a time out and talked about it and they all decided on it. Gushue's the one that missed it, yes, but it wasn't his ego calling that shot. Third, would you rather watch a team playing together that didn't get along? A Jamie Korab who wasn't the happy-go-lucky one we're used to? Like the rest of you, I wish him all the best, but honestly. Gushue and his team brought home a gold medal (disagree with the decisions or not, that's still what happened) and this is the thanks he gets? It looks more like Newfoundlanders can't stand having someone successful in their midst than anything else. Shame on you.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Where this team is from is irrelevant. Apparently at the Brier they were suddenly representing the Corner Brook curling club. I wish they would get rid of the provincial teams in the olympic playdowns and just let the best teams compete, no matter where they come from. What other sport operates this way?

  • Gee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I am in total shock upon hearing that Brad dumped Jamie. Had he dumped Schille I would have been much happier. And now Brad may be going to the 'mainland' to look for another lead. Way to go Brad, keep getting mainlanders to join you, if you can. Who, in their right mind, would take a chance joining you when they know they could disappear at any time. Wow. I'll never never support or respect Brad Gushue again. Sad to say, but his ego and actions has finally turned my stomach. I have a suggestion Brad - you move to the mainland and join another team!!!

  • Arlene
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I am a big curling fan and I was shocked and disappointed when I heard the news about Jamie. First Mike and then Jamie.Is Brad's ego
    that huge that he feels he doesn't need one of the best leads in Canada on his side? I'd like to see Jamie and Mike team up with other Nfld players and that would be the team I would cheer for.A NFLD team from NFLD.Keep up the good decision making Brad,and you'll soon have Ferby and Stoughton as you re biggest fans.

  • Fr. William
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Brad, the people have spoken. On this Good Friday, turn your cheek, make amends to Jamie and welcome him back. And in an act of humilty, say you are sorry to Nfld. Shame on you!!
    Personally, I am stunned by your action. I am angry and I need you to hear me say that.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I wish people would drop the analogy of traded NHL'ers. To start with you don't trade your top scorer, so why dump one of the best leads in the country. Don't understand the term courage for stabbing someone in the back, spineless is more fitting. Gushue will never reverse his decision, he is after all a legend in his own mind. Wonder where the next import will be from ?

  • Chad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Now we know why Brad didn't become a golfer, there'd be no one else to blame for your own mistakes.

  • NR
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    What is with all the hostility here?! Are any of you actually considering that a team has a right to tinker with its lineup if they think that will help them in the long run? I agree with an earlier comment about how some NFLDers want to complain, just for the sake of complaining. It's really getting old though. I'm a fan, always will be, I will always remember the day they won the gold medal. I wish Jamie Korab every success in his life, I'm sure he'll be fine, as well the team. Lighten up, people. Really.

  • Brutal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Another classless move like joining the Corner Brook Curling Club this past year figuring they could get a free ride to the Tankard. Snap a few more brooms when the cameras aren't watching Mr. Nice Guy.

  • eric
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    If Gushue is looking at advancing his career, why doesn't he join the Stephen Harper team. They seem to be cut from the same cloth.

  • Jamie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I am completely shocked by the chlidish comments posted and I am embarrassed that my fellow Newfoundlanders would stoop to such levels of immaturity (unless there are 4 year olds posting here, then it is my mistake).

    You really should not criticize Gushue or the rest of the team without knowing all of the details of what had happened. The only people who truly know are the team members. It's like any relationship that breaks up. Everyone loves to point fingers and say it was his or her fault-without knowing the details.

    I really doubt that Gushue would drop Korab because of a single squabble (and I doubt Nichols would let him). I'm sure it was hard for Gushue too- considering they have been friends for several years. I'm also sure that there must have been a good reason- and that the rest of the team is not disclosing, to avoid pouring salt in Korab's wounds.

    Just stop this childish Gushue-bashing. It is stupid to criticize when none of us really know the details.

  • Fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I have to weigh in on the discussion to voice my opinion..

    I am a fan of Korab but you cannot call the skip to task in the fashion he did. There is a time and place for everything but Jamie overlooked this. You also don't call your skip a hypocrit!!

    Brad asking the team not to give up is a good thing. Jamie obviously over reacted and the end result is not good

    Such behaviour would cause tensions for the best of teams and that is what happened here.

    I agree, Brad has issues to that may cause tensions but they have to work through it and that is what builds great teams.

    It is too bad that it came to this and hopefully Jamie and Brad can work this out over the summer and get this great team back on track to the next olympics.

    Common fellas. build a bridge and get over this.. There is a lot of work to get done and you need each other to succeeed.

  • SF
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I am not gonna say this was a good or a bad move for the Gushue Team. But the fact of the matter is that it is Gushue's Team. Everyone appears to be hung up on another Newfoundlander being dropped from the team.

    Curling has become a professional sport. For which they play for money and sponsorships. I don't know if you could earn a living entirely off curling but there is still money on the line. And as with other professional sports, players are traded and/or dropped to make room for another that fits that team's chemistry, on or off the ice.

    Again, I don't know if this was a good or bad move. Only time will tell.

    Good Luck Gushue Team

  • wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    were looking at the fall of an icon. a team decision he calls it? will it looks like he's controlling the team and from what i saw on the news he's got one hell of an ego. for a while i actually thought he was a sportsman,a gentleman and a hero.

  • trouty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    dear brutal it anit a grammar contest and in my many years of posting i refuse to use grammar,why cause people would think its a fake me.

    New NHL and Leafs fans jesus why would i argue with you

    should critize yourself for looking at that garbage they call hockey

  • Pete
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    GUSHUE GOOFS.

    After reading all the news reports and watching all the interviews, I'm begining to believe that Korab was right all the time. Time after time chemistry was quoted as the reason given both by Gushue and his lapdog Schille. Todays revelation by Gushue is that the weak link was let go. The article also states that Gushue was the trigger man as opposed to team decision. If that's not being a hypocrit I don't know what is !!

    Also interesting that emails of support to Gushue come from Jenifer Jones ( another tyrant by all accounts) and Overton-Clapham, probably the worst 3rd stone in the country of any elite team. ( who lost their 1st round game at the Players Championship )

    Mark Nichols silence is deafening.

  • Ira
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I believe that alot of the team's popularity came from korab's personality. Yes the olympic win was huge which bring people to watch the team over and over again. But Jamie Korab is the Dennis Rodman of curling. His hair styles and RED SHOES , have shown curling fans a different breed of curler. I watch to see what he is going to wear next. Letting Korab go, i believe was a mistake. He will find another team no doubt, and will make an impact on the game. If not by his shots, then by his personaluty. I wont knock Brad for the decision he made, but i will only be watching the games that Korab will play.

  • sandi
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Leave it to Brad to make another stupid call. Just like the call he made (and missed) in the 9th that lost his TEAM the brier this year. It's time to get over yourself Brad... wouldn't it be easier for you to just move away and get yourself a good team?

    If Mark Nichols had any sense, he'd join Korab and Adamnext year. Now that would be a great team and Brad could go play with his mainland friends.... Poohey on You BRAD!

  • Gimmieabreak
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I have never seen such a display of ignorance in my entire life. The majority of people posting comments on this site are observing the turmoil within the team ranks from the outside. They are quick to pass judgement on what they think has happened but really do not know the true story. Remember, just because KORAB wears flashy shoes and colors his hair red doesnt mean he is the glue that kept the team together. These are professional athletics that make tough decisions on and off the ice all the time. Does anyone really feel that this was easy on the team. Gushue, Nichols and KORAB have been curling and practically living together for almost 10 years. These guys were more than friends were they are practically family. Unfortunately, lives change and people change. ITS LIFE. How about taking a step back and give them a break on this blessed Easter Weekend. They are all human and do have feelings.

  • Jay
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Pretty sad....from my pov...Korab was the personality of the Gushue team! Hopefully Korab re-surfaces with his own team and faces Gushue down the road...watch out Brad....your ego is growing out of control!

  • Wendy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    What's truly unbelievable is the fact that the ones who held him in such high regard are now ready to hang him, and for what, a decision to further the teams chances to make it to the next Olympics? I don't believe for a second that it was easy for him cut Jamie? Do you think that Brad didn't know THIS was going to happen? No sane person would want to have to go through what's sure to take place over the next couple of weeks, so I'm sure it's not something that he wanted to do, but something he thought necessarry to do. I'm even more positive if Brad starts winning, this angry mob will go away, and he'll once again be the hero and all of you angry sheep will be back singing his praises.

    This is so typical of NL'ers, to try to knock him down a peg or two when he's already down. It makes me sick that anyone thinks this is an ego move. Brad has always worn his heart on his sleeve and made no bones about who he is. He's a man who's determined to win, and some time tough decisions HAVE to be made, in business, in sports, and in life. People need to get off their high horses. Nothing lasts forever and it is naive to think otherwise.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I think this is a bad move Gushue. This guy helped win the Gold metal and now your kickiing him aside . I'm shocked.

  • Anne Mrie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Mr. Gushue seems to be suffering from a swollen ego ... Time to get over yourself Brad. For one second have you ever thought that just maybe you could be the chemistry problem you seem to think exists. Savor your wins to date because it might be some time before you win again!! Good luck to the guys you dropped along the way - may they rise to be your greatest opponents!

  • Dan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    The God like status given to Gushue has really driven his own sense of self worth through the ceiling ... that was easy to see at the Brier ... although being portrayed as a great guy in the media and in Newfoundland, that is not the case in the curling circles here in PEI and around the country ... word is Brad is quickly running out of friends ... get a hold of yourself Brad...

  • Q
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    This is the quote that floored me:

    And when we go into an event, let's just say the attention we receive is a lot different than an event in Newfoundland. It takes some adjustment.

    Ironically, by trying to distance himself from the Island, he comes off as incredibly 'small-town'.
    How petty. Whether it's the right decision or not, Gushue comes out of this, sounding like an ass.

  • Maggie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Ok.... so dude thinks that he can can one of the best leads in the country because the chemsitry aint right? Grow a set of balls man, god forbid you work through something. How many people is he going to cut before he gets his mix . Korab, Adam, and Nichols need a skip, not a little bitch.

  • NL Curler
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    A lot of people, not only here in NL, only know of Brad since the Olympic win. I have curled alongside each member of this entire team for years as a Junior curler. BELIEVE ME, this Use-em and Dump-em action is almost as consistent as Brad's game play. It has become so much so that he is entirely predictable and has exhausted the male curlers through both NL and Labrador... hence a second who has to travel to and from Alberta to meet them for competitions. I have noticed through reading some comments that many feel that Mark Nichols is the reason for this team's success and I couldn't agree more. This province has done very well in recent years and the wins in both Mens and Mixed all have had one common feature.... Mark Nichols. For those of you who have lost interest, welcome to my world, my interest was lost years ago. I will always cheer for any local team that does well, but I have not cheered for Brad in many, many years.

  • Randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    It was almost like Ihad disowned my Nfld.heritage when short months age I stated Iwas not a Brad Gushue fan .But now I have to say that I probably owe the likes of Randy Ferbey , Kevin Martin and Glenn Howard an apology ,they are obiviously a lot wiser than we Newfoundlanders gave them credit for .

  • SHERI
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I am so disappointed with this new update, I will no longer support Team Gushue because I think Brad is only in it for himself, his EGO with get the best of him. I wish Korab all the success with curling and I hope he whips Brad ASS! I think that Brad will lose a lot of fans over this recent move, it shows the type of person he really is. BAD MOVE...you don't do that to FRIENDS..

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    hey Brad, I hear there's a polar bear looking for a sheet of ice to play on.

  • K
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Man this really bites the Big One.....this is crazy!!!!!so so so SAD!!!!! Why do things have to change!!!!! Everything happens for a reason I guess. Jamie man you'll do ok...kept on curling....

  • Scott
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Disgusted. Looks like Brad wants to fill his team with mainlanders. I guess there is no Newfoundlander worthy of playing with his highness. I would like to see Nicoles skip his own team, take Jamie and a couple of other Newfoundlanders and show Brad why he won the Olymipics. It is time for him to get off his high horse and realize Nicoles is the true talent and he was just along for the ride. I hope you never win again, you just lost a fan. Nobody likes someone with an attitude of win at all costs . Problem with chemistry, ya, its a mainlander wanna-be named Brad Gushue. Come on Mark, drop Brad and then we may see a true winning team made up of Newfoundlanders representing Newfoundland like it used to be.. I think the Olympics proved the problem Brad can't make good decisions , he needed Howard to make the decisions and Mark to make the shots. I think it is obvious now where the problem with team chemistry lies. Are you sure you are from Newfoundland Brad? Another brilliant decision by Brad, is this what we want representing Newfoundland? Not me.

  • Wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Well I have to concur with at least some of the comments posted here. How qucikly do we turn our backs on our heros . It wasn't only Brad's decision to cut Jamie from the line up!! Like most sports changes are made so why should curling be any different.
    Although I feel that Jamie added to this team if there is a chemistry issue on the team,is it not better to deal with it. Those of us who are sitting on the outside looking in are very quick to criticise. I guess that the truth of this situation is that it was that many of us had visions of the Gold Medalists staying together for ever. Much like a marriage when there is a split people take sides and the knives come out.
    I personally will continue to support any rink which has the privilege to represent our province at any national or world event. Good luck to Brad,Chris, Mark and Jamie!

  • NL Curling Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    How can anyone in their right mind say yes to playing with this idiot. Keith Ryan blows a line call against Wayne Middaugh , result= YOU RE DONE. Jamie suggests in the 7th end of the Brier final to go for it , if we give up one we still have hammer in 8 and 10. Brad listens , result = misses shot , JAMIE YOU'RE DONE . How can anyone play their best with a gun pointed at their head?? MARK , watch out , you're next.

  • Anonymous
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I hope Brad Gushue remembers that even though it is Team 'Gushue', that medal was won out of a joint effort of all the team members. It was the team that made HIS name known.

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Wow,dropping Jamie K will be a huge downfall for Gushue,but a huge plus if he signs on with young Skanes and company.Could be a changing of the GUARD,if Adams,Ryan and combination unite.
    On a brighter side it can only make the NL curling scene more competitive for Provincial play and the future.
    If Gushue was in Alberta,he would have no walk in the park,he would be medioacre at best.

  • Ha Ha
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Ha ha... the people who HAVE met Brad really get to pass on judgement. That concensus is very negative. The people who don't know him, are the one's defending him. He is not liked by the curlers of Canada. The media says one thing, what really happened is another. Jamie was known for his chemistry, and was great friends with the entire team. That's BS. He is a fabulous thrower, and sweeper. He is committed, and has proved himself constantly. Brad will not find anyone to replace him. Yes, teams change... Yes, at this level the number one goal is winning... Yes, team chemistry plays a key factor. Look at the Ferbey rink?! They show the benefits of sticking together. Brad is only looking forward, his new goals are the Brier, and the NEXT Olympics. He wants these two things very badly. He strictly wants the best on his team. Whether he should have kicked him off the team or not morally speaking, is not an issue... because Brad Gushue just lost the best lead in the world. All the best with your new team! Whomever it will be!

  • Janice
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Jamie Korab WAS the reason that the Gushue team was my favourite and curling is my new favourite sport. Another team will be quick to pick Jamie up as one of the best leads out there. As for Brad, have fun watching the next Olympics on TV like the rest of us. Jamie, best of luck to you - maybe it will be your new team we will be cheering on in 2010.

  • louise
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    It is too bad for Jamie I really do enjoy watching them play together , although I feel that Mark is the Glue Maybe you should reconsider.

  • Susan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    That team will implode without Jamie. What I cant believe is that if their reason for canning him was lack of 'chemistry', why in the hell didn't Chris Schille get booted instead? I sure don't see a lot of chemistry there, maybe its just because he's still new to the team, but I hear that he and Brad hardly speak to each other off the ice. Why would you ever keep someone like that over an incredible personality and shot-maker like Jamie?

    This is Brad's way and it always will be. Switching up players is what he thinks of as the best way to get the best team - how about sticking together and BUILDING team chemistry over time? That's what a championship team is in my opinion, not bringing in new blood every year. I can tell you one thing though.. Brad will NEVER can Mark Nichols. He knows as well as the rest of us that every bit of his success is because of Mark.. Brad would be nothing without him, just another mediocre NL skip without a decent team behind him.

    I wonder if Mark will ever get sick of Brad's bull**** and leave? I'd sure love to see that happen.. someone needs a taste of his own medicine, and its pretty damn sour.

  • KAREN
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Brad you should lose your attitude not 2 of the best players on your team. Our team (team gushue) Newfoundlands pride is simply becomming a laughing stock. We need not seek talent from other provinces but within our own. Shame on you Brad!!!!! You lost a fan. I hope that Jamie and Mike join forces and blow your team right out of the water.

  • Russ
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    If Brad would like an all mainland team, perhaps it would be best if he moved to the mainland to represent another province. Good luck even getting to the Brier if he was curling out of Alberta or Ontario.

  • Trouty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    only reason people care is cause he cut a newfoundlander,if he cut Bob from Alberta no one would care at all

    The local pride in this province is good,but sometimes its a tad bit anonying and over the top

  • CurlingFan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Great article on tsn.ca by Alex J. Walling about this situation. Very informative.

    I am surprised that such a decision was made at this time of the year but I guess the team did what they thought was best.

    Good luck to you Jamie!

  • Paula
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Gushue says Jamie's top skills have nothing to do with him being let go?! It's all about the bad chemistry?! Seems like the skip has been watching too much of America's Next Top Model ! How diva-like! Perhaps he just wants an all-mainlander Newfoundland team. Questioning the dedication of Newfoundland athletes is a diss to say the least!

  • Susan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Brad, people will always complain! We prove it day after day in these comments. I'm sure you all had your reasons and those reasons are none of our business. Keep up the excellent work and good luck with the future games.

  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    When naming a new highway (reffering to Team Gushue Highway), it would probably be safer to go with someone who has a much longer legacy in the public spotlight. It is risky to name it after someone who very well could become a controversial figure for years to come. There are a lot of Memorial highways around, why couldn't this be one be as well. To me, this kind of personifies how increasing self-centred and self-gratifying we are.

  • Big Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    SHOCKED, to say the least. I have lost all interest in this team. Another move like this & it certainly won't be team NL, it will be team mainland.

  • NLer living abroad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Curling really seems to resemble Wall Street where trust and loyalty and left at the door and replaced with double-crossing and defections to competitors.
    But as in the world of Business, I'm sure Jamie was told, Its nothing personal, its just business .

    What was the reason(s) behind Korab getting canned? We'll probably never know... The same happened with the Chris Pronger trade out of Edmonton last year. People are still whispering that he knocked up someone (other than his wife) and that's why he wanted a trade, but who knows, we can only conclude on a situation based on what we are told and hear.

    Bottom line is, at the moment, the lusture on the Team Gushue reputation has been tarnished a slight bit (for now). It will be up to him and his new found teammates to prove us all wrong with his performance in upcoming curling events and possibly in the 2010 Olympics.

    However, if he falls flat on his face over the next few seasons, I'll be the first to nominate Brad for the next Season of the Surreal Lilfe where he will be able to share his past glory days and stories with Ex-Singers, Wrinkled Models, Doped up Actors and Actresses and talk about their time at the top.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    If curling has turned into a sport that's all about getting the win at any cost, I suggest that whoever comes along next ought to sign a contract with the team. Players should know that they are protected against any eventualities that may arise; if we're going to compare curling to hockey (if it comes down to money over sportsmanship), then contracts are the best way to go.

  • Sue
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I am watching this with great interest. Not so much the obvious stabbing given to Korab - but the political potential for Gushue. The right stuff - roll on over anything in your way real or otherwise.
    The sad part is this - we have people in our province who have committed their lives to bettering society - with true Olympic spirit - who do not even receive a thank you let alone a highway.
    There is no question excellence should be celebrated - but that should not be restricted to pushing rocks down the ice or a rubber disc in a net.
    When your children grow up - they would like a stable job - a clean environment - and a healthy educated family. Those who remember this and contribute to its being accomplished should be celebrated.
    Enjoy the medal Jamie and remember the tremendous dedication you gave to the sport - then realize that Brad has given you an opportunity to be selfless - while he wallows in his 15 minutes of fame.

  • Not a fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    This makes me so mad. I wish the media would stop portraying Gushue as the nicest guy in the world (see the Brian Williams story). Gushue has taken two bites out of the hand that's been feeding him, and next year I really hope whatever team Korab and Adam join take him down at the Tankard.

    And as a side note, I was as happy as any other Newfoundlander when they won the Olympic gold, so I'm not randomly putting down a fellow Newfoundlander, I just think the way he's treated two integral parts of his core team is embarassing.

  • Ha Ha
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Thank You. This is OUR business as well. We can post comments here, so we will vent our concerns. We aren't all going up to Brad and expressing our professional opinions. I wouldn't mind doing it though! We are here to discuss it amongst ourselves. I can guarantee you that Mike Adam did not leave for educational purposes. He was canned as well. If Brad's team moved to Japan to curl, Mike would have followed (just an example). Kevin Martin's team changed, Jeff Stoughton's team changed... and so on. After curling together for over a decade! Each team has been on top for the entire time, and they broke up due to blatent chemistry issues. Which again, is BS with this issue. Anyone who met Brad in person, and anyone who has met Jamie in person, can explain to you the difference in their pesonalities. Brad has an ego (earned it though), but I think for even his own goals (whatever they may be), Brad made the wrong decision. So let's all take our comments, watch closely over the next few years, and see how the cookie crumbles!

  • NL Curler
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    To CLS: Some of us DO know each of these members personally, and some of us have even had Brad's love'em and leave'em tactics used on a personal level. Through all of this, I find myself somewhat relieved that the adoring public that has flocked to any autograph session or other event are finally now seeing what us competitive curlers have known for years. His ego didn't grow following the Gold medal, that began YEARS AGO!

  • Gordon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Stop all the whining. Why does a team have to stay together? Why does the team HAVE to be made up of Newfoundlanders?

    Brad Gushue had to make a tough decision, and that is that. Team chemistry changes over time. This is true for companies, sports teams, music bands, etc. Sometimes, change is necessary in order for a team to stay on top. Without knowing all the details, its impossible for everyone to make the conclusion that Brad made a bad decision.

    And please, sometimes the best replacements are not always Newfoundlanders. How do you think Brad won the Olympic Gold medal? Russ Howard is from New Brunswick. Don't think for one minute that his inclusion on Team Gushue did not contribute to the team's Olympic success.

  • Brutal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Dear Trouty, I would like to introduce you to a period. Try to use one from time to time when lecturing about utter B.S. The basis of people cheering for a team is to voice their opinion. When I criticize the Leafs for a hundred different personnel moves, there aren't many Newfoundlanders involved. Stop assuming, it makes you sound like a fool.

  • Sven
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I love Brad, and he loves me.

  • Stephanie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Brad lost my support years ago, but I still supported the guys who were left on the team. I was stunned when I heard that Mike had been dumped and now Jamie, I'm speechless. To hear that Jamie had turned negative in the past few months is very hard to believe. Clearly its the guys picking apart a great guy with an awesome personality and curling talent to boot and looking for something just to get rid of him. Jamie, get your own team and kick his sorry behind into shape. Nichols, I hope you wake up soon and get out! Brad, good ridden, get off the island are curl out west, where it seems the rest of your team will be from. Let some real honest Newfie blood go to the Brier.

  • Robbie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Gushue is too immature for the role he plays, which is why Russ Howard called the shots at the Olympics. Do you think if Russ Howard was calling the shots in Hamilton, Gushue would have tried that shot? The cameras showed Russ shaking his head in the stands! In my opinion, Gushue hasnt won since the Olympics and will not succumb to the fact that that it's his fault. So because of this he is blaming everyone else! Team chemistry??? How can you have team chemistry when everyone is walking on egg shells? I would like to see Mark Nichols drop Gushue and see where Gushue ends up then. What goes around comes around.

  • Disappointed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I was disappointed with Brad Gushue when he did what he did to Mike Adam, but to do this to Jamie Korab is just beyond belief.

    I just finished reading the articles on TSN, and why would Brad Gushue send Schille to talk to the press and not do it himself. What does Schille know about the chemistry between the Newfoundland team?

    Brad insists that is has nothing to do with Jamie, well who was cut from the team?

    Again, I repeat what has been said before in these postings, Brad move to the mainland and see how far you get without your Newfie buddies. Mark watch your back, you only be there for as long as you are good for Brad.

  • Lynn
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    UNBELIEVABLE~It is amazing what an overactive EGO can do to someone.~Did the almighty Gushue even stop to consider that the problem with the CHEMISTRY may not lie with those BENEATH him. His strategy certainly hasn't worked so far.. and if he continues on with these unbelieveable changes he is going to really fall from his almighty tower...Hard!..Maybe it will be just what the doctor ordered to get him grounded again!.
    GO KARAB GO!

  • June
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I was very disappointed to read of Jamie being cut from the team. It seems like the team needs a public relations person to handle communications with the media. Is it true that the team, including the coach, talked for weeks behind Jamie's back, before including Jamie in the decision? If that's the case, then it will be difficult to build team camaraderie. Everyone will be walking on eggshells, wondering if they're next to be cut. Who can curl their best with that kind of atmosphere? With such negative press, how can there be positive energy on the new team?

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Who cares? Curling is a sport? Your shitting me! Old fat men with brooms. Yeah, that's athletic!!

  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Well did we ever see Brad make a good decision (except adding Russ-The real winning skip off the Olympics). Brad in my opion has never really called a good game. Now I guess he can't make a good decision of ice either. I hope Jamie catches on with another and shows him. Has the press interviewed Jamie.

    Tom

  • Shawn
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Just a quick question. If Mark was the real leader on the team why is he keeping his mouth shut regarding this entire incident. Schille was a man and stepped up to defend the team decision. Where is Nichols now? My guess is sitting at home letting Gushue take the blame so that he can come out smelling like a rose. Not cool Nichols!!!!!!!

  • Observer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    @Parker...yes Brad said it was a team decision. We should absolutely believe him seeing as how the golden boy could never lie to the media. God forbid he not tell the truth.

  • J
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Teams have to make difficult and unpopular decisions in order to grow and improve.

    Only Brad Gushue knows if this is the best for the team.

    I think he is showing he is a strong leader by making the unpopular decision.

  • A Let Down Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Jamie,
    as an older junior curler in St. John's Newfoundland and having an Idol, you, offer to share your locker with me was one of my highlights of my curling career...


    Brad,
    As for the recent decision by Team Gushue , I will no longer be supporting BRAD's team , because of his poor dicision as a SKIP. But not to worry I'm sure there will be more...

  • Trouty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    question is would any of you even give a damn if it was not a newfoundlander he dumped the answer is NO it dont matter if he was the worst curler in the world to most of you,cause your to busy looking at where hes from to see anything else I garentee if he was from Ontario their would be no mention of it at all and zero fuss everytime a local boy gets cut the whole city cries give it a rest

  • another curler
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Let's just say that everyone is finally seeing what competitve curlers from coast to coast have know for years. Brad is not the nice guy everyone sees on TV, he is shameless in his pursuit of success. He often acts like a spoiled brat. If he weren't successful (due in part to his team) he would have a very tough time finding anyone to curl with, because he is so difficult. He will very soon end up lke Colleen Jones- his team will dump him and reform without him.

    Good luck to Jamie. He attitude and approach will take him far in curling and in life. He is the one who demonstrates good sportsmanship and team work, not Brad.

  • Update...
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=21351&sc=83

  • curler
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    First of all, I don't know how a comment that it is best for the team can be made when the team is no more. Two people left from 6 gold medals doesn't make the team .
    Secondly, if chemistry is the reason, the decision is even more disappointing. Chemistry doesn't happen over night, it doesn't stay at it's peak all the time. It is like a marriage, it has to be continuously worked on and not taken for granted. Do you think the Ferbey or Glen Howard rink have had chemistry all the time? I'm sure they have had their ups and downs, but they stayed together and worked on it. Without bashing anyone in particular, I am disappointed the team didn't work on it!

  • Kevin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Like many, I felt that the win in Torino was a Canadian win but not by a true NL team. Too bad that he's lost the last bit of respect from most people.

  • Brutal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    @Newfoundlander In-Calgary

    No one's saying its our business and I'm not certainly going to try to but into their team business, but we're certainly within our right to criticize him publicly for his choice. He's a public figure, so he's open to public criticism. I'm sure it wasn't Jamie decision to leave the team and he's always been close with Nichols from what I hear. So he can blame it on chemistry all he wants, but in my opinion the truth of the matter is Gushue wants someone who he thinks is better at lead. Good luck with finding someone who's a) better than Jamie and b) who'll want to relocate to Newfoundland to play with a skip who's got quite the ego.

    Anyways, if Gushue chooses to be a public figure than he's open to public critism and I'm sure Jamie will land on his feet.

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    I believe anyone who has ever played competitive team sports would realize that a team cant stay on top forever and change is sometimes a good thing. Don't underestimate the challenges of being a leader for an important team and the tough decisions that go with it. I think people are being unfairly harsh on Gushue ..... then again these people have never been in that position so they dont understand it.

  • melissa
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    To start off with, congrats to Team Gushue for winning the gold medal in Torrino.
    Now, you can sit here all day and talk about who's right and who's wrong in decisions that are making people go crazy and all the controversy but I'll say this, Jamie Korab was one of the strongest links on this team in keeping the boys together. It doesn't matter if Brad wants all mainlanders on his team or if he decides to move to Hong Kong because as far as I'm concerned, Brad is losing a lot of fans because of this move. But hear this, Jamie has made all of us very proud beyond words and I garentee you, I won't be watching Brad Gushue anymore, wherever Jamie goes, my remove will follow. Good luck Jamie!

  • Clayton
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    a true winning team made up of Newfoundlanders representing Newfoundland like it used to be...

    Hmmm - like it used to be? It happened once.

  • Brutal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    @Wendy Snelgrove

    How typical of a Newfoundlander to post this type of response when we (rightly) criticize another. In the past couple of years, they've won an Olympic Gold medal and came within a shot of winning the Brier. Don't give me that BS about Brad just wants to win. They have been winning.

    Come up with some a bit more original than that. Its one thing to want to win, but you should also be committed to the team that got you where you are.

  • ron
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    i would like a nfld & labrador team to represent us at the olympics not two nflders and the others from god knows where.just keep your fingers crossed that
    you don't loose mark because if you do i don't think you are going very far brad.

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Well, I have to comment on Stacy's comment... #123. First and for most, we supported the Team , We were proud of the Team honey, not just Brad Gushue... Everyone has always known him to be arrogant and cocky sweetheart, so maybe you should stop and read some of the articles again. It's the Media who promoted Brad and the team here is Team Gushue. Again, we were proud of the Team !! :) Cheers!!

  • Gary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    persontalities clash, people grow up, team dynamics change, people move on. what felt good 10 years ago when they started or even last year may not feel right now. i wish jamie korab AND brad gushue continued success in curling. i'm also hoping they face-off a time or two. it would make for some great curling.

  • Devils Advocate
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Would it make a difference if Gushue & Team had said Korab was let go because he was not good enough anymore? He may be one of the best leads in the country but consistently at the bottom of stats at major bonspiels. Something to think about...

  • Lindsay
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    I have to say I was completely shocked when I read about Korab. I am a huge fan of his and hes an incredible curler. I believe Gushue is going to regret kicking him off the team in the future. As some of the above posts say, it wasnt just his amazing curling ability but his personally that drew people to the Gushue team. I doubt that Gushue will find someone as skilled and as personable as Korab to replace him. I met the team at the Brier this year and he was by far the friendliest of them all. Its hard to believe that it was Korabs fault for chemistry issues. I wish Korab and the remaining members Team Gushue the best of luck!

  • Brutal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    @Newfoundlander IN-Calgary...you're missing the point. No one on this board is telling Gushue to put Korab back on the team asap. We're voicing our opinion that Gushue made a poor choice. Since when has that been against the law. In the same breath, when was the law passed that we couldn't criticize another Newfoundlander? Does that make me less of a Newfoundlander? Absolutely not! A good guy got booted from a team and probably lost a lot of funding that he rightfully earned. And if I want to say Gushue you're an ass for doing what you did you glory hog, then I certainly will.

  • Doreen & KC
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! Cannot understand the reasoning behind this move, other than it is win at all costs for Brad. First Mike and now Jamie. Who's next? Mark! Brad should not forget THE TEAM that got him the Gold Medal at the Olympics. He should look at his performance in the Men's Brier last month. Maybe he is the one who should be replaced. ( Just a thought. )

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Simmer down folks. Brad is just continuing a curling tradition mastered by all the top curling skips. They are constantly changing the make-up on their teams in order to get to the next level. Wiernich, Martin, Stoughton, Colleen & Jennifer Jones, et al have all done it. Brad's original team, before Russ & after Russ, was not going to get to the next level. Replacing Adams was a no-brainer as both he and Korab were leads. As for the replacement, Schille, he was the one that gassed the big shot in the 6th end of the Brier that got Howard back into the game. It looks from afar that Korab ( who was a vocal advocate of the 7th end circus shot) is taking the blame for Gushue's gaffe in the 7th end of the Brier when he tried a circus shot instead of taking the sure 1 pt. So instead of replacing the 2nd who curled poorly in the finals, he has gotten rid of his lead.

    Curling before the big cash spiels used to be a fun sport. Now it is big business for the elite curlers and like any corporation employees can be replaced at the whim of the CEO or in this case the skip.

    If this move leads to a couple of Brier titles, people will forgive and forget.

  • Danny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Well, the knee jerk reactions are finally over. Time for a recap of the comments made.

    1st. Team Gushue did NOT win Olympic gold. It was TEAM Canada.

    2nd. Many teams have broken up but let's analize the ones mentioned.

    Martin, Don Bartlet's marriage was on the line, which would you choose?

    Ed Werenich, stated numerous times that only one team should come from the Atlantic Provinces, and more that two from Ontario. Go figure.

    Colleen Jones team left her to fend on her own.

    The reasons go on. What is totally unclear, is WHY one of the best leads in the World has been let go?

    Schille talks about team chemistry, negativity and different direction. Schille has been with the team less than 3 months, actuall team time, what the hell does he know?
    Chemistry, the TEAM stated many times how Korab kept the team loose when the pressure was on.
    Negativity, anyone who know's Korab know he never made a negative comment in his life.
    Direction, does anyone believe that Korab want's to miss 2010 Vancouver?


    If it was a TEAM decision, how is it that Korab was floored by the news?

    Maybe it's time for the CCA to iron out residency rules to allow Provincial qualification preventing imports?

    Hopefully curling will not go the way of NHL NBA ect, competative curlers may train as hard as the aformentioned but their not in it for the money, as nice as it is it's not the B all and end all of the game. Curling has always been about comraderie, love of the game and the passion to excell. Even more so since the acceptance of full Olmypic recognition. Betrayal does not play a part in any sport.

  • Dale
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I suppose it was the bad chemistry generated by Korab that caused Gushue botch the Brier right? Perhaps he should spend more time working on his own game rather than stabbing team mates in the back and whining about sponsors.

  • Corey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Team decision: Jamie goes
    Newfoundland's decision: Brad goes
    Your passion is not curling but the money, the fame and the glory. Eventually Newfoundland's team will only consist of Mainlanders. Mark leave Brad and join Mike and Jamie. Leave while you can still hold you head high.

  • peter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Face the facts folks......NICHOLS wants to remain with GUSHUE and thats that. Most people need to get a life and stop treating people like dirt.

  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Can't understand Gushue's thinking. Jamie was the better curler of this team. Russ Howards shot-calling, and the teams ability to make those shots won them the Gold, especially Jamie's high shot percentage. Brad shot calling cost them the Brier.

    Not to late to reverse your decision, Brad. Admit your wrong and move on. You'll be a bigger man for it.

    Otherwise, Jamie, start looking for another skip. You, Mike and a good skip could be the nucleus of a great team. I'm sure there's at least one other NL'er that can manage to play third!!!!!!!!!

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Brad Gushue should get in tune with Team Chemistry . If it were not for Russ Howard calling the shots and Jamie Korab making them he would have never won the olympics. We watched him make the calls in Hamiliton and where did that get him?

    Have he won an event since the olympics?

  • Ron
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    I have to agree with Doug, I mean the olympic accomplishment was fantastic and Gushue is a great curler, but I believe its a bit much to be driving on the Gushue Highway in St. John's and who in their right mind would want to build a brand new home on Brad Gushue Cr.? I saw a listing for this location on the real estate channel the other day and almost fell off my chair! Let's get real people!!

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Well, ok. Maybe calling Brad Gushue EGO whatever is being harsh in ways, but it's just our words of how we feel he's been acting this past year and prior. I don't see anything wrong with that. If the way he appears in the public is not the way he is in life, then oh my! pick another face for the public Brad is all I have to say. There's something not right with this situation of the Gushue Team and if some people can't see that, oh well. People's opinion on the matter is all it is. Some funny how these comments can turn around some quick.

  • JD
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    WOW - Shocked
    My observations after attending several games at the Brier recently, was that it was Jamie who was happy to meet the crowds and sign autographys, Brad seemed to do it but from an obligation rather than a pleasure. Jamie talked with people and was a fan favourite. His curling ability was never in doubt so who is the problem with this team ....It might be time to look inward Brad.

  • Lori
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    I have to voice my disappointment with the decision to drop one of the sensational four that brought home gold from the Olympics. I think this is a very wrong decision. Jamie has brought so much to this team and I think Team Gushue will go down even further now that they are cutting and changing for so called team chemistry . I think Brad needs to take a closer look at all the tapes of recent events which they have curled in and note that most of the losses came from bad shots by him, the skip. Therefore, I will not be supporting this team because I think they have sold out one of the most talented players that a NL curling team has ever seen. Push on Jamie. Brad must realize that in order to get to the next Olympics, team dynamics not only must rely on skill but friendship and trust as well! So long Team Gushue...

  • JustaFan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Quote from Jamie KORAB March 15th, 2007 (Evening Telegram): Subject Canada Cup

    Coming in our motivation levels.you can see it in our body language. None of us seem to have any motivation. We are just going through the motions.

    Does this sound like a player interested in competing for an Olympic Trial spot for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver? Not to me! Would GUSHUE or NICHOLS say something like this? I highly doubt it.

    It is a team game with team decisions. GUSHUE is the skip/leader of the team and as a result takes most of the criticism. I bet however, If you asked NICHOLS, SCHILLE or GOSS what they think they would share the same feelings as GUSHUE.


    The goal of any four curlers who call themselves a competitive team is to become greater than the sum of their parts. To do this they must learn how to work together toward a common goal. Most of the distractions with which a team deals come from within the team.

    Maybe KORAB was the distraction?

    Well its time to get back to our own lives and stop living through someone elses.

    KORAB..It has been a absolute pleasure watching you over the years. You are a great curler and person. The time has come however to move on and watch someone else try and do what you have already accomplished.

    All hold you heads high and good curling.

  • Ward
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    This deeply saddens me, and I have to agree with many of the comments posted above.

    You cannot burn bridges in life and expect success, you cannot treat people as disposable and expect your integrity to remain intact. I will withold the urge to cite several specific and deeply disappointing examples.

    Where once humility stood, megalomania has risen to take its place, it would seem.

    Newfoundland and Labrador has had many heroes without highways named after them. Perhaps it's time to reconsider and re-name the two examples of unwarranted hero worship cited above.

  • Newfoundlander
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Its a private team. Yes Gushue is a public figure and people will comment on all he does . . .. but this is a team of volunteers. If Nicholl wanted to play with Adam and Korab or anyone else, they are all adults and could do so. Nobody is forced to play with anyone.

    So even if the entire problem is Guishue and his monsterous ego, fine . .. lets say it is. So for whatever reason he doesn't want to play with Korab. Then the rest of the team has a choice to make and at the moment it appears they are sticking with Gushue.

    Can anyone assert that Gushue and team do not have the right to choose to stop playing with someone?

    I didn't think so

    Does anyone assert that the remainder of the team couldn't freely leave and join KOrab or whomever?

    I didn't think so.

    Whether I think the decision is right is irrelevent. Its not my decision to make

  • Proud Gushue Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Olympic Teams Do Not Stay together forever!!!

    For example Olympic silver medalist Mike Harris's team split after the Olympics.

    Kevin Martin's Olympic silver medal team is no longer together.

    Get over it.

  • Anonymous
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    I think most of the people writing on this are completely ignorant to what is actually happening. If you do not personally know Brad Gushue, then do not make comments about his ego when you have nothing to back it up. The shot at the Brier is a stupid example; the team decided to take that shot. If Brad had made it, everyone would have thought he was a hero/the best curler and would have said it was a great descision. But he missed, so he has a huge ego and it is all his fault. Get a life people, you cannot win the Olympics without being extremely talented no matter what people think. It is a team game, a team decision. I wish Korab luck in everything and think people need to stop judging based on what they read in the paper.

  • Jay
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Too bad there is no one else committed enough to represent NFLD from this provience! And the fame! Well, Brad, you better clear the stars from you eyes, and glance over your shoulder. Only then, can you see where you started out from and who you left behind.
    Will it still be TEAM GUSHUE HIGHWAY ?

  • Stacy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    I love the attitude of Newfoundlanders.... Brad Gushue was your idol last year, and has done amazing things for NL curling in the past year.... way to turn your back on someone you used to worship.

  • Long time curler
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    For those of you who have been blinded yet again by Brad's ability to sweet talk his way out of public criticism, I would like you all to realize that although the skip's name is the one in lights, it is a common misconception that they are the sole decidion maker of the team! On a team of four, everyone generally contributes equally - until three gang up on one. For posting #61, You obviously were fooled by the fluff , because Mike Adam did NOT leave the team to further his education , that was actually set up so that Brad didn't look bad to his fans, and because Mike did not want to ruin the reputation of the team, he went along with this. The truth was that he too was dropped mid-season. I have known for many years that Brad and his attitude are not worth supporting, and am sort of glad in a way that the whole world is now able to see what St. John's curlers have known for a LONG time. As for those who HAVE supported him finanically - I hope that you have realized now, how ungrateful he is. Remember Highways don't pay for your trips! (Good luck getting anymore sponsors Dr. Gushue!) As for the comment made earlier about signing a contract - they DID sign a contract, a FOUR YEAR contract to be specific, and obviously he can break those as easily as the millions of brooms that I have seen fly from his ices. I am actually quite surprised that Mark and Jamie have lasted with Brad as long as they have! Most of you didn't have a clue who BRAD GUSHUE was until he made it to the olympic final - truth be told, Brad has a LONG history of disposing of teammates, seconds mostly, when he isnt getting his way in competitions, of course it's never ever HIS fault, so he picks someone else and calls it a move for the best . The difference this year, is that he is now known world wide, and is representing all of us as Newfoundlanders (this being the driving force behind most of the comments made here today - he has permenantly tarnished his, and our reputation). However, he is representing us, only because he knows that it is easy to get out of Newfoundland to a National! He talks about needing to find curlers from outside of Newfoundland, what he doesnt tell you is that there are very few newfoundland men who have not been dumped by Brad in the past, or who would have any inclination to say yes to an offer from the all mighty. It surprises me that Schille wasnt the first to go this year being as he's the rookie. Jamie is simply Brad's newest casualty, and he is now free to do what he wishes. Jamie is the first of the World Junior Championship team to get the chance to grow into himself without Brad telling him when to go to bed. Jamie will be fine, his brilliant personality will have him on the top once again - I am sure of it! If only Mark could see that Brad has kept him around for one reason only - and that certainly isn't their friendship. Brad is just another no good newfoundland curler without Mark, and he would never have any of the titles that he carries without him. I hope that someday Mark realizes that he can have the same success with ANY other team. Only when Brad cuts the team down to one will he be content.
    All the best Jamie.

  • Disappointed Gushue fan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    I am very disappointed to hear this news tonite and I can see it is making alot of people very upset. We have to accept that this was a group decision done for the team even though I don't agree with it and I feel that Korab was done wrong. All the best to you Korab.

    Disappointed Team Gushue Fan

  • CLS
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    You all need to leave the guy alone. how can any of you pass judgement on someone none of you know personally? I agree that all team members were what helped win the medal, and yes it is too insane and sort of embarassing to have part of a subdivision named after them but its not their fault that it was. Many Newfoundlanders cheered them on in Italy and now you turn your backs because of a decision that has nothing to do with anyone but those on the team. Good grief there are better things to complain and moan about.

  • Enough
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    People - read what you're writing. It's insane. All of you. On both sides. It's never about who's the better curler, but who's the better Newfoundlander. Who's the most loyal, who backstabbed who, who betrayed the glory of Newfoundland, blah blah blah.
    Get a grip.

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    It's a game of skill and luck. Jamie has the skill and Brad has the luck. I would like to see the two on opposite ends of the hack to see if skill or luck wins the hammer, last rock and the game.

  • Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Did it ever occur to any of you outraged posters that the courage to make such decisions, knowing full well the how the fans would react, is exactly what makes Brad great? Notes for Brad to get over himself? Please. Its those of you who think that a team captain, a professional, a lifelong student of a sport, should kowtow to the publics opinion of the best thing for the team that need to get over yourselves. The public can have zero insight into the workings of any closed group. You were desperate to shake the mans hand when he carried home Gold, now you wish to shun him for doing his job. Whose loyalty is really in question here folks?

  • Krista
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    You have lost another team Gushue fan. We loved the team because it was Newfoundlanders achieving their best, now it a mainlander team. Why don't ya call Stoughton and see if he is looking for someone Gushue? Or better yet, call Ferby. If ya walk the walk, talk the talk. I'm disgusted.

  • maria
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    hold on everyone,hard decisions have to be made everyday whether it be in sports,business,whatever.i,m sure this wasn,t an easy decision or made mainly by brad.martin,stoughton,howard have all changed members,did they get this backlash!i am also amazed at the. personal attack on brad.i wish jamie the best of luck

  • Doug
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Gushue's ego has been out of control since the Olympics but that is not entirely his fault. The way much of the province went berserk and turned him into a hero would probably distort anyone's attitude and perspective. Perhaps the Olympics was the pinnacle of his career and he just happened to capture lightning in a bottle that one time.

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    My friend told me a few years back at the provincials before Team Gushue made it big that Brad was a very poor sportsman, throwing his broom around the rink, cursing loudly in front of young spectators and acting all cocky and arrogrant.

    This doesn't really surprise me. Friendship doesn't appear to matter to Brad...it's winning. Shame to see such a talented team come apart, likely because Brad's insatiable appetite for the spotlight gets in the way of teamwork.

    Nichols is the one who got that team to where they are. Leave Mark while you can and help guide a new Newfoundland team.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Even here in Halifax we hear about how big his ego has become. How much National corporate sponsorship has he signed since the Olympic Gold Medal ? I believe the answer is $ 0.00 What have you done lately Brad ?

  • Troy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Nichols has always been the only real talent on that team. I don't know why he doesn't dump Gushue and join with someone else. Since the story rightly suggests that Gushue doesn't figure anyone in Newfoundland is good enough, I think Nichols should realize the same thing and go find a skip elsewhere who has the skills and experience more in keeping with his own abilities.

  • Brian
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Gushue's is playing checkers when he competition are playing chess. I think Mark Nichols should grab Adama and Korab and start his own team minus Gushue. Its only a matter of time before Nichols is the problem and has to go, Gushue's ego won't be able to handle not winning.

  • Tiffany
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Did anyone mention that Jamie Korab is an AWSOME sweeper. He made a big difference on some of the shitty shots thrown by Mr.Gushue... Now that he's gone Brad will have to find a good replacement to help him cover up his mistakes like Jamie did.!

  • Curling Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Come on people!!! I'm sure it wasn't easy for Brad (and let's not forget the rest of the team were involved in the decision) to make this change. These things happen all the time!! Kevin Martin has a brand new team this year, Jeff Stoughton lost two of his team, Russ Howard played his Glory Years for Ontario, then played for New Brunswick and then on a Newfoundland Team, Ferby used to play for Pat Ryan, etc. The list goes on and on. As skip you have to do whatever is best for the team. If Team Gushue had not won the the olympic trials and the gold medal, nobody would even comment on him cutting Jamie now. Curling is a profession now, and people have to realize that teams have to make tough decisions to better the team!! Let's remember that Mike Adams left the team to further his education, and Russ decided to concentrate on winning the Brier with his son. Stop dumping on Brad!! He is doing exactly what any other great skip would do to succeed!!!

  • wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    How can Brad even call his team a Newfoundland team now? I don't believe he should be allowed to represent our province when only half the team will be from here. I totally dissagree with his decision to knife Jamie in the back. Brad is the guy missing the big shots ( which he attemps to make because one point apparently is never an option in an end ( The Brier) .) so maybe he should just quit himself and let the real Newfoundlander's carry on to battle. I hope Jamie all the best in his future curling endevours.

  • Oh my
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    For the olympic trial, it IS the best teams that compete - the Olympic trial spots are won when you win a designated tournament (i.e. the Brier for the next three years etc..) As a side note to that, Brad has yet to gain a spot in the 2010 Olympic trials. The part that gets me the most about all of this is that Jamie actually has no idea WHY he was kicked off of the team, he is assuming that it was something that was said when they were away, however Brad didn't even have the decency to give him a real reason. (for those of you who are going to say how do you know - you cant see what's going on inside? , yes I can, believe me.) This is a very childish way of handling such a situation.

  • Frank
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    WOW!, It's amazing the amount of interest this has shown. Brad, admit you made a mistake and apologize to your teammates and to fellow Nflders.

    Suck it up bud and move on. Your better than that.

  • pp
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    they say all good things must come to an end... well i think brad gushues thoughts of returning to the olympics may have just happened... number one he had one of the best teams in the country!!!!! number 2 he has been giving mike adam the toss around for a few years!!!! number 3 jamie korab is the meat of the team!!! every team needs a guy like jamie. number 4, chris schille AIN'T ALL THAT!!! the curling that he showed at the brier , anyone could have done the same.. NUMBER 5 i think it is time for brad to realize that mark nichols is the reason that the team is and was where it was!!! wake up and smell the coffee mark.... you can do so much better!!!!!

  • Jason
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    GO Korab GO...Brad you stink man. Anyone watching a match can tell Jamie is the heart and sole. From rumors around everyone knows Brad is just another guy with an Ego and needs someone to blame.

    Nichols should leave and join Korab and Adams and form a new team and let Gushue keep flip flopping teams mates or just play all positions himself. Team Brad..Wait it is a team sport isn't it. Doh...Brad forgot that.

  • Scott
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Whoa folks, let's tone it down a bit. Just because a team wins the Stanley Cup, it doesn't mean that the powers that be won't continue to evaluate the team and make changes. This might be a bad analogy with respects to the Carolina Hurricanes and their season but the fact remains that Gushue is the leader of this team and these are mainly his decisions to make. We'll have to wait and see how successful this moves proves to be.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    How refreshing to read comments from someone who knows what their talking about, I just hope the truth comes out and look forward to reading the comments then.

  • louise
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    It is too bad for Jamie I really do enjoy watching them play together , although I feel that Mark is the Glue Maybe you should reconsider.

  • mary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Brad gushue showed his loyslty to his friends and to nfld once again .he got his due in hamilton amd it was his stupid mistake that lost that game.i guess it's win at all costs .we wish you the same luck as you had in hamilton or maybe
    we should say the same stupidity on your part .

  • Troy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    I have to disagree with most of the comments here. Being a captain of a team, you got to have the talent to see where changes have to be made to stay at the top. Because you win with a team once doesnt mean you will ever win again with that same team. Changes have to be made from time to time to keep things fresh. You might see these cut guys skip teams in the future, that said, they will never be NL's top team as long as Brad is playing. Brad was not put skip at that young of an age because they had no one else, they put him there because he was the best at that time. As we all know, in curling the best players don't come into their own until a later age. So if that is the case, the rest of Canada and the World better look out. Anyone can become a good rock thrower, even curl at 95%, but the ability to see the shots and the game before it happens is a skill that is not learned, it's natural. Vision is the trait that separates the great from the good and Brad has that vision.

  • gordon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    you can,t sale a big ship without a trusted crew in stormay waters..
    Seems Brad,s ego since winning the Olympics has really gone to his head.Im a Nflder and I followed The Gushue team since winning the Juniors,but Im afraid that would not happen any more.
    Im really dissapointed for what he did that young man.Jamie I will follow your curling and wish you all the best,you deserve it.Good luck

  • Pete
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Mike, learn to read ! The blog clearly states Schille was dispatched by his skip to talk to the media, that's how he knew Brad waqs getting attacked back east. Never saw such a poor attempt at damage cotrol in my life. Korab negative ? give me a break. Plethora of garbage, I didn't believe a word of it.

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Well I have to say I'm completely disappointed as many here are. Jamie Korab was a huge asset to that team and Brad Gushue needs to get his head on straight. Burn your bridges my son and you'll never get back. There is no I in Team and when things don't go right sometimes you don't get rid of your longtime friends/teammates and people who helped get the Team where they did. As far as what I saw on NTV news this evening, Jamie truly believes that it has to do with some word exchanges they had at a game and that Brad really took it to heart and shouldn't have. Was just regular things that all teammates may share and what Brad's said to his teammates before as well... So Brad, all I have to say to you is I feel sorry for you that your head is so huge that you can't see past yourself. It's a sin and you all should've been a team and worked on the mistakes made on that game to improve yourself like everyone else does. I'm proud that Team did well in the Olympics and was sooo nice to have a highway built for you guys and I'm still proud, but I regret that now we're permanently marked with Gushue on it all... Sorry Brad, but for the last year you have definately let it all go to your head and I feel bad for you! Good Luck to you Jamie and don't let this get you down!!! We're here for you and look forward to seeing you in the future... Cheers!!

  • Curling Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    I am very very saddened by what has happened.I enjoyed the team because of how well they played together and because they were such close friends. I feel that winning has become more important than friendship with some members of this team and that is too bad.I think that Gushue will regret this decision and that we will see Korab in the future with another team.Good Luck Korab!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Hey, the New Jersey Devils justed canned their coach before the playoffs...and they are 1st in their division. Curling is a sport and a business, just like hockey (although on a smaller money scale of course). So why is everyone so surprised?

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Pete,

    I can read quite well thank you.

    The article on TSN didn't reference Schille being dispatched to talk to the media. This is the article that was referenced in comment 119 and that I was responding to.

    It is stated on the curling news blog. Seeing Schille was attending the World's, it would make sense that he talk to the media there. Of note, he confirmed it was a team decision and he Mark and Jeff were all involved as well as Brad.

    Again, the bottom line is that we don't know the whole story and likely never will. Let it be.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    I will not be supporting the Gushue team again. Jamie was an excellent curler and I think it was wrong to let him go from the team. I agree with some of the other writers who say it's time Nichols, Korab & Adams got together and iced a team. If Gushue wants to curl with the mainlanders let him go and live there. I think it's time the CCA put a rule in place that if you are going to repressent a province then the players should live and curl in it.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Having just seen the TV interview the BS is over. Korab had the nerve to answer back. Gushue looked uneasy and came across totaly false. God help Nichols, cause he's next.

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    If Brad has the ego problem and is such a bad person why is Nichols staying and not going with Korab?. I am sure Nichols is free to go whenver he pleases. Just a thought.

  • Cassie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    If Brad and the other fellas felt that Jamie had to go then so be it, even though I am disappointed. What's eating me up is the fact that Brad is going to the 'mainland' to look for a new lead. So now his team will consist of two Newfoundlanders and two Mainlanders. I don't/won't consider that a team that can be called 'from Newfoundland and Labrador.' That new team will not get my support nor respect.

  • Peg
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Brad needs a good kick you know where. Brad how about looking up the word loyalty in the dictionary. For the life of me I can't see why Adams still plays 5th on a team that seems to have no confidence in him. As for Korab, hold your head high because Brad is the one that can't.

    Team Gushue just lost another supporter.

  • Nicole
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    I've got to say that I'm really disappointed. No, magic doesn't last forever a team that Won once, might not win big again, and the success and pressure put on a teams shoulders to continue winning after winning BIG like a Gold medal can be stressful. Perhaps even more pressure put on themselves then the fans ever could. However Mike Adam seemed to be cut Post-Olympics before really being given the chance to come together and gel as a team again. I don't think it's fair to place blame on Brad Gushue for the Brier loss because the Risky shot that, Yes he did miss, was a TEAM decision. His Teammates Jamie included had faith in Brad's ability to make that shot. I think that the whole team made small mistakes that cost the game. The disappointing thing is that on the ice they SEEMED to have good communication, confidence in each other and respect and understanding for each teammates ability, Good Chemistry if you will. I also disagree with comments saying that they didn't deserve all the attention after their win. These guys all worked hard for many years and despite all criticism and naysayers, WON and Olympic Gold Medal. I'm still in awe when I say that out loud. Four young Men, from a small province who takes such pride in its history and its people won an Olympic Gold Medal. There is no one in this province that can't tell you where they were or how loud the screamed, or how many tears were shed in sheer Joy and Pride for this team. The WHOLE Team. They made a whole province and a whole country believe in Dreams. In todays world I think we all need to dream a little more, I know myself I can't help but smile and believe in the power of dreams when I drive down Team Gushue Highway, to think back to where I was or, how loud I screamed, or how many tear were shed in Pride for these Guys. They only gave us one more reason, in an endless list, of reasons to be proud to be a Newfoundlander and Labradorean.
    I'm very sad that Jamie has been cut; he is a very good curler who brought a lot of skill and experience to an already experienced team, of such a young age. I have to admit there were a few games I watched simply for him. He seemed to bring a fun atmosphere to even the most stressful situations. So I think the saddest thing about his removal to better the team in an effort to get to Vancouver, is that it's No longer a Newfoundland team. Even if Team Gushue starts winning all the Big games and ends up in Vancouver I'm not sure, without the Guy from Harbour Grace with the Fun Hair and the Cool Shoes!! , Where I will be, or how loud I will scream, and how much I believe in the power of Dreams.

    !!!Go Jamie Go!!!

  • sweeper
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    NICHOLS.....If you are reading this, I think its time to come forward and tell the whole truth on the decision. Talking about friends.....Stop letting GUSHUE be the fall guy and speak up. You know in your heart of hearts that you would be gone if GUSHUE was the problem. Lets face the facts....KORAB was the problem and he was dropped because of it. Do the right thing!

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Hmm,one of the top front end players in the world dropped bcause of team chemistry.Will be interesting to see how they play here in Calgary in a few weeks.Guess this means Mark Noseworthy will have to come out of retirement and hook up with K Ryan,J Korak,M Adams and T Mcdonald as 5th man/coach,the BBQ season should be hot stuff in NL.
    Come on Mark N time to get on the phone.

  • Gerry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Well I dont know what the hell happened with Gushue and Korab. I know I wouldnt have let him on the ice in Hamilton with those red shoes he had on lol

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    It's amazing how many of you people hurl accusations without knowing the full story. I think it's too bad that Jamie is no longer a part of this team, but maybe there is a very good reason for that.

    Comment #119, Brad didn't send Chris Schille to talk to the press. Schille was interviewed while he was attending the World Championships in Edmonton. Get your facts straight before you speak.

    Bottom line, don't jump to conclusions. None of us will ever know the full story. I wish all these guys the best and will continue to root for them in the future.

  • Brad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Brad Gushue and his ego just lost my support. He has clearly crossed the line. I would rather stay loyal to people than win at all costs. Sickening display.

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Ok, well I love the fact that people can get on here and have great debates about this situation. We complain, you complain, etc... oh my oh my... Anyways, facts are... Newfoundlanders are proud of what Team Canada accomplished in the Olympics and we celebrated and are still proud. There has been long going crap with the team since they got back. It's like that with everything. ok, so over many years, other skips make decisions/changes, etc... So what! It's considered a business in a way, yessss, but that's what's wrong with this world... No consideration for long time friendships, etc... Everyone knows that Brad has a big Ego. Good for him... he has goals he wants to meet and do good things for himself, but don't stomp on people on the way up. That's what's wrong with this world. People are picking on people for speaking their minds, but isn't this a free country? Or is it the, Shut Up and do your own thing ??? Really! We are Newfoundlanders and we know who we are and people who represent us (I don't care if you're from China representing us) You're suppose to represent us for who we are. And when people are ignorant, rude, cocky, whatever... You're not representing us. Everything I do and everyone else I know represents Newfoundlanders for what and who we are (which is not ignorant, rude, cocky, etc... :) and are darn proud of it.

    Good Luck to Jamie in your future and I hope that Team Gushue can get themselves together with whomever they bring into the team. Cheers!!

  • ELIZABETH
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    it is find for us to have an opinion about this matter, but we are not playing the game at this level. brad gushue and team made a decision that they thinks is best for the team. we were all there to take alittle credit for the GOLD medal and become part of a celebration we had nothing at all to do with. then as soon as something happens that we don't agree with, us newfoundlanders and labradorians are there to put the nails in the coffin instead of giving the team OUR full support. Good luck to Jamie and Good Luck to the Team.

  • tina
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I can't believe that Brad Gushue dumped Korab. The halo is finally shattered. Jamie has enough 'chemistry' to make up for what others in the team lacked. He was also extremely talented. Brad's good little boy smile hides a lot of flaws, but at least some are finally being revealed to his 'adoring' fans.

  • Brutal
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    @CLS

    How do you know that none of him know him personally? I know I do and I have no problem being critical of him. And I certainly cheered the Gushue rink but I think its disgusting the way he went about this.

  • Tood
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Gushue's ego has finally got the better of him. He has to gone to far getting rid of maybe the best lead in Newfoundland and labrador if not one of the best in Canada. This is the end of this team, I hope Mike and Jamie put a team together and win the championship next year. Best of luck Jamie and Brad get over your ego it's a tem sport not all about you.

  • East End
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    I am a big curling fan, like most of
    Newfoundland and Labrador, but,
    put the physical game aside for a
    second!! It's bad politics...you have the
    big boss (BRAD) playing a Harper
    type and waving his wand, be gone
    Korab, be gone Adams. He states and
    overstates that it was a TEAM decision.
    Remember the old saying we were all taught in grade school...THERE IS NO
    I IN TEAM.....How can the 2 newest
    members of the Gushue rink really add
    comments on Korab or Adams, when they don't know them, they don't know their games, or the committment that both of these men have give to the Newfoundland team over the past
    many years. At what point do we say
    enough..is winning really that important
    to the BRAD GUSHUE RINK? Just look at
    what this decision has done already to
    demean so much of what they worked so hard to accompolish over the past few years. Eventually Brad Gushue Team won't be remembered for the wins, they'll
    be remembered for the way, they turned their backs on their friends and in some
    way on Newfoundlanders.
    I really think the actions of the BRAD GUSHUE TEAM, (beitall, only 2 of the original fab 5) will end up biting them in
    the preverbial butt in the end. You guys were on top, you got greedy, you sought
    fame and fortune, at what cost???

    Kinda sad but true of our generation!!

  • Yikes...
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Yikes guys!! Calm down! calm down!! Everybody is entitled to their opinion, and there are definately differences of opinions here. I'm pretty sure everyone reads more than just this article and all kinds of information have been on the news, papers, etc... Nobody should be ashamed of their fellow Newfoundlanders by posting their opinions. It's a debate page... Relax! It's not just the people who have written on this page, it's A LOT OF PEOPLE... so something has to tell you there, there's something up. In time, it will all come out and then people can say, well I was right or I was wrong... So RELAX PEOPLE!! Don't take others words so seriously towards yourself and stop baggering people for voicing their opinions....My oh My oh My.... I'm sure that people are angry/disappointed, but aren't we allowed to express what we think? Maybe we should all just keep our little mouths shut before we offend someone.... YIKES!!!

  • Fred
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    #163 Peter,,,,,that's how Gushue treated Korab, you reap what you sow.

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Let's understand curling is not much different than any other sport, players get traded all the time so its not shocking to see Gushue make a move with the team. Good things don't last forever. Team Gushue will survive.

  • Linda
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    While I think Gushue is making a HUGE mistake, it's HIS team and he has to do what he feels is best.

  • Michael
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    In February 2006 it was a delight to have a TOP curling championship come to the ROCK . Although I was 3007 kilometers from my home town of Spaniards Bay, my heart was to say the least, with the Brad Gushue Olympic Team for winning the Gold Medal! As much as the team being so referred to as Gushue's team, Jamie Korab was a member of the TEAM. I was only proud of one other winner in the curling world, that of Jack McDuff in 1976 when Newfoundland won the Brier! My heart was set on seeing Newfoundland being tops in the Briers again. If with Jamie's help they could win the OLYMPIC Gold IN
    Torino, then surely then was reason for me to think that great expectations were on the horizon for Newfoundland having a SECOND Brier winner in Canada's GOD's COUNTRY ! Now like the old adage, IF IT AIN'T BROKEN WHY FIX IT? Then that is my question to Brad (and the powers that be behind curling in the province)??????? Brad allegedly stated in the story that it was not Jamie's play that caused the separation! Then do me the courtesy of having Jamie Korab and any others that had different reasons for leaving the team as to why they left? Maybe then this will convince me that Mr. Brad Gushue and the powers that be behind the team are not holders of the degrees ( B.S., M. S., Ph.D) in the sport of curling. That is to say holders of Bull S..t, More S..t, Piled Higher and Deeper!!!!! This Newfoundlander and Labrador or Newfoundland Labrador ---ian was so looking forward to more Brier Championships coming our way and it is now ruined! Only in Newfoundland eh! PERHAPS THE POWERS THAT BE can rescind the naming of that street because the team behind Brad in Torino was the cause of it be named after the BRAD GUSHUE TEAM and not BRAD GUSHUE, the individual? By the way I wonder if the Brian from Bay Roberts is my cousin?

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Korab-Gushue, Bayman- Townie: Need we say more. Relax--Herder Finals Tonight--Two Teams of real men ! Either team from St. John's.

    Korabs a man and Gushue is a mouse.

    Curling is not a sport anyway --tiddly winks Anyone to qualify for the olympics.
    I convulsed laughing when you see Door knob Robin Short Talking about Gushues 30,000.00 winnnings on tour, what a Tour, HA,HA,Ha!

    The national media were on to Gushue a long time ago , overated and no class. Small fish small pond.

  • Gloria
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    I just lost any interest I had in watching team Gushue curl-it's no longer a Newfoundland & Labrador team.

  • Nicole
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    It is hard to comment on this kind of situation because we do not know what goes on behind closed doors. There are definite rumors about the extent of Brad Gushues ego before and after the Olympics, but rumors have to be taken with a grain of salt! I've never personally witness his ego, or lack there of, so I can't really take that into consideration! However it does come across like Jamie is speculating on why he was removed. That BY FAR is the worse thing about all this. If Brad had (or HAS) so much respect for Jamie as a person and a curler!! Someone who he has considered a friend for 10 years he should give him an honest reason to why he was let go. The thing that made Newfoundland take notice was how nice all these guys were and how close they all seemed. I feel so sad for him; he genuinely seems like a really nice guy, someone who doesn't deserve this!

    Dont give up Jamie, YOU have got more fans then you know!

  • louise
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    It is too bad for Jamie I really do enjoy watching them play together , although I feel that Mark is the Glue Maybe you should reconsider.

  • Shawn
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I agree with other reader's. I think his ego has grown so much since winning Gold. In my opinion, they could have won the Brier final only for Gushue making his own decision and blowing it.
    Good luck to you Jamie Korab, You don't need somebody like him. What goes around Comes around!!!

  • Anon.
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I 100% agree with EVERYTHING that is said by Danny in comment 147! No matter the politics of the sport, there is NO reason what so ever for a long-time friend (MORE than the 10 years that they have curled together) to be stabbed in the back as we have just seen. From what I have experienced, what makes a GREAT team on-ice may not always be what makes a great team off-ice. In general, there is one strong personality, there is one weak personality, and there are two who have a great relationship. When the strong personality decides that a change is needed, the weak personality will go along with whatever, and the friend is left to make a decision of whether to betray the friendship or to continue on with a team that has and most likely will be successful in the future. Unfortunately these actions are usually chalked up to the saying it's not personal - it's just a game . For the one who was cut, however, a lot more than the game is lost.

  • RPM
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    They don't erect statues to the critics! They erect statues to the criticized!! You do what you feel is right Brad.

  • Alex
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Brad, gotta go to the washroom, so if there's no answer call back in a few minutes.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    If you'd seen the shots Brad missed on curl tv when they played in Kamloops, you would understand Korabs comments.

  • Newfoundlander
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Wow!!

    I never expected this level of hostility. While this may be a Gushue ego thing , it may not, and frankly its really none of our business. Curling teams come together voluntarily and they decide among themselves how they will govern themselves.

    Do any of you ACTUALLY have knowledge of how this team is getting along? Do any of you actually KNOW that this was Gushue alone, other than vague ramblings about his ego? They are all adults now and if the other team members wanted to continue to play with Korab, it would be easy enough for them to do that as well.

    Bottom line . .. the team had a good run but things change.

    Get over it.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    All this hype about the Gushue team. First of all, Brad you have to step back and give credit to your team. It just goes to show you that his ego has grown and become bigger then he is. To cut guys like he has, shows that he doesn't know what to do. Here's an idea Brad Gushue, take the blame for your own faults, not onto your team. New team name: The All Brad Gushue Team.

  • The Curling News
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Chris Schille met the media at the Ford Worlds here in Edmonton, and we have an exclusive at The Curling News Blog:

    curlnews.blogspot.com

  • Parker
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Gushue said it wasn't solely his decision. Rather, it was a team resolution involving himself, Nichols, Schille and Goss.

    Did any of you fail to read the above sentence in the article? It was a TEAM decision. It was all of you praising Brad and the team's glory when they won gold. But now when things are rough, blame Brad. This decision was not made lightly by any of those involved. They were well aware the choice they made would be controversial. But lets just respect their decision and not make it personal. There is no need for personal attacks of character. Those guys spend countless hours together during the curling season and if the chemistry is not there, it's makes it frustrating for everybody. It was time for a change. Change is not always a bad thing. Time will tell if it was a good decision.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Gushue has a long history of cutting people on a whim and Korab has been stung by him before. I'm disgusted by the lengths at which Gushue will go to win. He may be a good curler, but he does not embody the spirit of the game; the camaraderie and sportsmanship that the game is supposed to be about. Korab now joins a group of people who have supported Gushue and contributed to his success, only to be disappointed: I suggest this group includes Keith Ryan (who contributed to Gushue making the Olympic Trials, only to be cut and replaced by Howard), Mike Adam (who was asked to take a seat so that the team would have a better shot), Russ Howard (who was not pleased with Brad's not permitting him to take part in invitational bonspiels post Olympics), and countless others. It's shameful.

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Brads not worried about the potential of public backlash because Brad doesn't care. We all know what Brad wants, Brad gets. I know Jamie personally and he is a top notch guy. He would never say or do anything to intentionally hurt anyones feelings. Maybe the incident
    ( between him & Brad ) Jamie refered to during a recent interview on NTV put a dent in Brads giant ego. When it's all said and done I bet it's Brads behaviour that disrupts team chemistry. Watch your Ps & Qs Mark you could be next. Don't hurt Bards feelings. Jamie was # 4 to go you could be # 5.

  • Shannon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Gushue's ego has run amok, and like most people responding to this story, I am disappointed and frankly disgusted that Gushue, the big star, has dropped Adam and Korab for curlers who'll bring more chemistry . You can create any more chemistry than a team, which those two were part of, that wins the Olympic Gold Medal. The fame and hero worship have gone to Gushue's head, and it's embarrassing. It will come back to bite him in the you know what.

  • Sarah
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    I can't believe the amount of vitriol directed at Gushue here. First, the comments made by the other players have been that cutting Korab was a team decision. Second, the botched shot of Gushue's in the Brier that so many people like to bring up was totally a team decision -- how many of you actually watched the game? They took a time out and talked about it and they all decided on it. Gushue's the one that missed it, yes, but it wasn't his ego calling that shot. Third, would you rather watch a team playing together that didn't get along? A Jamie Korab who wasn't the happy-go-lucky one we're used to? Like the rest of you, I wish him all the best, but honestly. Gushue and his team brought home a gold medal (disagree with the decisions or not, that's still what happened) and this is the thanks he gets? It looks more like Newfoundlanders can't stand having someone successful in their midst than anything else. Shame on you.

  • Gee
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    I am in total shock upon hearing that Brad dumped Jamie. Had he dumped Schille I would have been much happier. And now Brad may be going to the 'mainland' to look for another lead. Way to go Brad, keep getting mainlanders to join you, if you can. Who, in their right mind, would take a chance joining you when they know they could disappear at any time. Wow. I'll never never support or respect Brad Gushue again. Sad to say, but his ego and actions has finally turned my stomach. I have a suggestion Brad - you move to the mainland and join another team!!!

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Where this team is from is irrelevant. Apparently at the Brier they were suddenly representing the Corner Brook curling club. I wish they would get rid of the provincial teams in the olympic playdowns and just let the best teams compete, no matter where they come from. What other sport operates this way?

  • Arlene
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    I am a big curling fan and I was shocked and disappointed when I heard the news about Jamie. First Mike and then Jamie.Is Brad's ego
    that huge that he feels he doesn't need one of the best leads in Canada on his side? I'd like to see Jamie and Mike team up with other Nfld players and that would be the team I would cheer for.A NFLD team from NFLD.Keep up the good decision making Brad,and you'll soon have Ferby and Stoughton as you re biggest fans.

  • Fr. William
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Brad, the people have spoken. On this Good Friday, turn your cheek, make amends to Jamie and welcome him back. And in an act of humilty, say you are sorry to Nfld. Shame on you!!
    Personally, I am stunned by your action. I am angry and I need you to hear me say that.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    I wish people would drop the analogy of traded NHL'ers. To start with you don't trade your top scorer, so why dump one of the best leads in the country. Don't understand the term courage for stabbing someone in the back, spineless is more fitting. Gushue will never reverse his decision, he is after all a legend in his own mind. Wonder where the next import will be from ?

  • Chad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Now we know why Brad didn't become a golfer, there'd be no one else to blame for your own mistakes.

  • NR
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    What is with all the hostility here?! Are any of you actually considering that a team has a right to tinker with its lineup if they think that will help them in the long run? I agree with an earlier comment about how some NFLDers want to complain, just for the sake of complaining. It's really getting old though. I'm a fan, always will be, I will always remember the day they won the gold medal. I wish Jamie Korab every success in his life, I'm sure he'll be fine, as well the team. Lighten up, people. Really.

  • Brutal
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Another classless move like joining the Corner Brook Curling Club this past year figuring they could get a free ride to the Tankard. Snap a few more brooms when the cameras aren't watching Mr. Nice Guy.

  • eric
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    If Gushue is looking at advancing his career, why doesn't he join the Stephen Harper team. They seem to be cut from the same cloth.

  • Jamie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    I am completely shocked by the chlidish comments posted and I am embarrassed that my fellow Newfoundlanders would stoop to such levels of immaturity (unless there are 4 year olds posting here, then it is my mistake).

    You really should not criticize Gushue or the rest of the team without knowing all of the details of what had happened. The only people who truly know are the team members. It's like any relationship that breaks up. Everyone loves to point fingers and say it was his or her fault-without knowing the details.

    I really doubt that Gushue would drop Korab because of a single squabble (and I doubt Nichols would let him). I'm sure it was hard for Gushue too- considering they have been friends for several years. I'm also sure that there must have been a good reason- and that the rest of the team is not disclosing, to avoid pouring salt in Korab's wounds.

    Just stop this childish Gushue-bashing. It is stupid to criticize when none of us really know the details.

  • Fred
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    I have to weigh in on the discussion to voice my opinion..

    I am a fan of Korab but you cannot call the skip to task in the fashion he did. There is a time and place for everything but Jamie overlooked this. You also don't call your skip a hypocrit!!

    Brad asking the team not to give up is a good thing. Jamie obviously over reacted and the end result is not good

    Such behaviour would cause tensions for the best of teams and that is what happened here.

    I agree, Brad has issues to that may cause tensions but they have to work through it and that is what builds great teams.

    It is too bad that it came to this and hopefully Jamie and Brad can work this out over the summer and get this great team back on track to the next olympics.

    Common fellas. build a bridge and get over this.. There is a lot of work to get done and you need each other to succeeed.

  • SF
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    I am not gonna say this was a good or a bad move for the Gushue Team. But the fact of the matter is that it is Gushue's Team. Everyone appears to be hung up on another Newfoundlander being dropped from the team.

    Curling has become a professional sport. For which they play for money and sponsorships. I don't know if you could earn a living entirely off curling but there is still money on the line. And as with other professional sports, players are traded and/or dropped to make room for another that fits that team's chemistry, on or off the ice.

    Again, I don't know if this was a good or bad move. Only time will tell.

    Good Luck Gushue Team

  • wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    were looking at the fall of an icon. a team decision he calls it? will it looks like he's controlling the team and from what i saw on the news he's got one hell of an ego. for a while i actually thought he was a sportsman,a gentleman and a hero.

  • trouty
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    dear brutal it anit a grammar contest and in my many years of posting i refuse to use grammar,why cause people would think its a fake me.

    New NHL and Leafs fans jesus why would i argue with you

    should critize yourself for looking at that garbage they call hockey

  • Ira
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I believe that alot of the team's popularity came from korab's personality. Yes the olympic win was huge which bring people to watch the team over and over again. But Jamie Korab is the Dennis Rodman of curling. His hair styles and RED SHOES , have shown curling fans a different breed of curler. I watch to see what he is going to wear next. Letting Korab go, i believe was a mistake. He will find another team no doubt, and will make an impact on the game. If not by his shots, then by his personaluty. I wont knock Brad for the decision he made, but i will only be watching the games that Korab will play.

  • Pete
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    GUSHUE GOOFS.

    After reading all the news reports and watching all the interviews, I'm begining to believe that Korab was right all the time. Time after time chemistry was quoted as the reason given both by Gushue and his lapdog Schille. Todays revelation by Gushue is that the weak link was let go. The article also states that Gushue was the trigger man as opposed to team decision. If that's not being a hypocrit I don't know what is !!

    Also interesting that emails of support to Gushue come from Jenifer Jones ( another tyrant by all accounts) and Overton-Clapham, probably the worst 3rd stone in the country of any elite team. ( who lost their 1st round game at the Players Championship )

    Mark Nichols silence is deafening.

  • sandi
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Leave it to Brad to make another stupid call. Just like the call he made (and missed) in the 9th that lost his TEAM the brier this year. It's time to get over yourself Brad... wouldn't it be easier for you to just move away and get yourself a good team?

    If Mark Nichols had any sense, he'd join Korab and Adamnext year. Now that would be a great team and Brad could go play with his mainland friends.... Poohey on You BRAD!

  • Gimmieabreak
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I have never seen such a display of ignorance in my entire life. The majority of people posting comments on this site are observing the turmoil within the team ranks from the outside. They are quick to pass judgement on what they think has happened but really do not know the true story. Remember, just because KORAB wears flashy shoes and colors his hair red doesnt mean he is the glue that kept the team together. These are professional athletics that make tough decisions on and off the ice all the time. Does anyone really feel that this was easy on the team. Gushue, Nichols and KORAB have been curling and practically living together for almost 10 years. These guys were more than friends were they are practically family. Unfortunately, lives change and people change. ITS LIFE. How about taking a step back and give them a break on this blessed Easter Weekend. They are all human and do have feelings.

  • Jay
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Pretty sad....from my pov...Korab was the personality of the Gushue team! Hopefully Korab re-surfaces with his own team and faces Gushue down the road...watch out Brad....your ego is growing out of control!

  • Wendy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    What's truly unbelievable is the fact that the ones who held him in such high regard are now ready to hang him, and for what, a decision to further the teams chances to make it to the next Olympics? I don't believe for a second that it was easy for him cut Jamie? Do you think that Brad didn't know THIS was going to happen? No sane person would want to have to go through what's sure to take place over the next couple of weeks, so I'm sure it's not something that he wanted to do, but something he thought necessarry to do. I'm even more positive if Brad starts winning, this angry mob will go away, and he'll once again be the hero and all of you angry sheep will be back singing his praises.

    This is so typical of NL'ers, to try to knock him down a peg or two when he's already down. It makes me sick that anyone thinks this is an ego move. Brad has always worn his heart on his sleeve and made no bones about who he is. He's a man who's determined to win, and some time tough decisions HAVE to be made, in business, in sports, and in life. People need to get off their high horses. Nothing lasts forever and it is naive to think otherwise.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I think this is a bad move Gushue. This guy helped win the Gold metal and now your kickiing him aside . I'm shocked.

  • Anne Mrie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Mr. Gushue seems to be suffering from a swollen ego ... Time to get over yourself Brad. For one second have you ever thought that just maybe you could be the chemistry problem you seem to think exists. Savor your wins to date because it might be some time before you win again!! Good luck to the guys you dropped along the way - may they rise to be your greatest opponents!

  • Dan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    The God like status given to Gushue has really driven his own sense of self worth through the ceiling ... that was easy to see at the Brier ... although being portrayed as a great guy in the media and in Newfoundland, that is not the case in the curling circles here in PEI and around the country ... word is Brad is quickly running out of friends ... get a hold of yourself Brad...

  • Q
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    This is the quote that floored me:

    And when we go into an event, let's just say the attention we receive is a lot different than an event in Newfoundland. It takes some adjustment.

    Ironically, by trying to distance himself from the Island, he comes off as incredibly 'small-town'.
    How petty. Whether it's the right decision or not, Gushue comes out of this, sounding like an ass.

  • Maggie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Ok.... so dude thinks that he can can one of the best leads in the country because the chemsitry aint right? Grow a set of balls man, god forbid you work through something. How many people is he going to cut before he gets his mix . Korab, Adam, and Nichols need a skip, not a little bitch.

  • NL Curler
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    A lot of people, not only here in NL, only know of Brad since the Olympic win. I have curled alongside each member of this entire team for years as a Junior curler. BELIEVE ME, this Use-em and Dump-em action is almost as consistent as Brad's game play. It has become so much so that he is entirely predictable and has exhausted the male curlers through both NL and Labrador... hence a second who has to travel to and from Alberta to meet them for competitions. I have noticed through reading some comments that many feel that Mark Nichols is the reason for this team's success and I couldn't agree more. This province has done very well in recent years and the wins in both Mens and Mixed all have had one common feature.... Mark Nichols. For those of you who have lost interest, welcome to my world, my interest was lost years ago. I will always cheer for any local team that does well, but I have not cheered for Brad in many, many years.

  • Randy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    It was almost like Ihad disowned my Nfld.heritage when short months age I stated Iwas not a Brad Gushue fan .But now I have to say that I probably owe the likes of Randy Ferbey , Kevin Martin and Glenn Howard an apology ,they are obiviously a lot wiser than we Newfoundlanders gave them credit for .

  • SHERI
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    I am so disappointed with this new update, I will no longer support Team Gushue because I think Brad is only in it for himself, his EGO with get the best of him. I wish Korab all the success with curling and I hope he whips Brad ASS! I think that Brad will lose a lot of fans over this recent move, it shows the type of person he really is. BAD MOVE...you don't do that to FRIENDS..

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    hey Brad, I hear there's a polar bear looking for a sheet of ice to play on.

  • K
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Man this really bites the Big One.....this is crazy!!!!!so so so SAD!!!!! Why do things have to change!!!!! Everything happens for a reason I guess. Jamie man you'll do ok...kept on curling....

  • Scott
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Disgusted. Looks like Brad wants to fill his team with mainlanders. I guess there is no Newfoundlander worthy of playing with his highness. I would like to see Nicoles skip his own team, take Jamie and a couple of other Newfoundlanders and show Brad why he won the Olymipics. It is time for him to get off his high horse and realize Nicoles is the true talent and he was just along for the ride. I hope you never win again, you just lost a fan. Nobody likes someone with an attitude of win at all costs . Problem with chemistry, ya, its a mainlander wanna-be named Brad Gushue. Come on Mark, drop Brad and then we may see a true winning team made up of Newfoundlanders representing Newfoundland like it used to be.. I think the Olympics proved the problem Brad can't make good decisions , he needed Howard to make the decisions and Mark to make the shots. I think it is obvious now where the problem with team chemistry lies. Are you sure you are from Newfoundland Brad? Another brilliant decision by Brad, is this what we want representing Newfoundland? Not me.

  • Wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Well I have to concur with at least some of the comments posted here. How qucikly do we turn our backs on our heros . It wasn't only Brad's decision to cut Jamie from the line up!! Like most sports changes are made so why should curling be any different.
    Although I feel that Jamie added to this team if there is a chemistry issue on the team,is it not better to deal with it. Those of us who are sitting on the outside looking in are very quick to criticise. I guess that the truth of this situation is that it was that many of us had visions of the Gold Medalists staying together for ever. Much like a marriage when there is a split people take sides and the knives come out.
    I personally will continue to support any rink which has the privilege to represent our province at any national or world event. Good luck to Brad,Chris, Mark and Jamie!

  • NL Curling Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    How can anyone in their right mind say yes to playing with this idiot. Keith Ryan blows a line call against Wayne Middaugh , result= YOU RE DONE. Jamie suggests in the 7th end of the Brier final to go for it , if we give up one we still have hammer in 8 and 10. Brad listens , result = misses shot , JAMIE YOU'RE DONE . How can anyone play their best with a gun pointed at their head?? MARK , watch out , you're next.

  • Anonymous
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I hope Brad Gushue remembers that even though it is Team 'Gushue', that medal was won out of a joint effort of all the team members. It was the team that made HIS name known.

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Wow,dropping Jamie K will be a huge downfall for Gushue,but a huge plus if he signs on with young Skanes and company.Could be a changing of the GUARD,if Adams,Ryan and combination unite.
    On a brighter side it can only make the NL curling scene more competitive for Provincial play and the future.
    If Gushue was in Alberta,he would have no walk in the park,he would be medioacre at best.

  • Ha Ha
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Ha ha... the people who HAVE met Brad really get to pass on judgement. That concensus is very negative. The people who don't know him, are the one's defending him. He is not liked by the curlers of Canada. The media says one thing, what really happened is another. Jamie was known for his chemistry, and was great friends with the entire team. That's BS. He is a fabulous thrower, and sweeper. He is committed, and has proved himself constantly. Brad will not find anyone to replace him. Yes, teams change... Yes, at this level the number one goal is winning... Yes, team chemistry plays a key factor. Look at the Ferbey rink?! They show the benefits of sticking together. Brad is only looking forward, his new goals are the Brier, and the NEXT Olympics. He wants these two things very badly. He strictly wants the best on his team. Whether he should have kicked him off the team or not morally speaking, is not an issue... because Brad Gushue just lost the best lead in the world. All the best with your new team! Whomever it will be!

  • louise
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    It is too bad for Jamie I really do enjoy watching them play together , although I feel that Mark is the Glue Maybe you should reconsider.

  • Janice
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Jamie Korab WAS the reason that the Gushue team was my favourite and curling is my new favourite sport. Another team will be quick to pick Jamie up as one of the best leads out there. As for Brad, have fun watching the next Olympics on TV like the rest of us. Jamie, best of luck to you - maybe it will be your new team we will be cheering on in 2010.

  • Susan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    That team will implode without Jamie. What I cant believe is that if their reason for canning him was lack of 'chemistry', why in the hell didn't Chris Schille get booted instead? I sure don't see a lot of chemistry there, maybe its just because he's still new to the team, but I hear that he and Brad hardly speak to each other off the ice. Why would you ever keep someone like that over an incredible personality and shot-maker like Jamie?

    This is Brad's way and it always will be. Switching up players is what he thinks of as the best way to get the best team - how about sticking together and BUILDING team chemistry over time? That's what a championship team is in my opinion, not bringing in new blood every year. I can tell you one thing though.. Brad will NEVER can Mark Nichols. He knows as well as the rest of us that every bit of his success is because of Mark.. Brad would be nothing without him, just another mediocre NL skip without a decent team behind him.

    I wonder if Mark will ever get sick of Brad's bull**** and leave? I'd sure love to see that happen.. someone needs a taste of his own medicine, and its pretty damn sour.

  • KAREN
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Brad you should lose your attitude not 2 of the best players on your team. Our team (team gushue) Newfoundlands pride is simply becomming a laughing stock. We need not seek talent from other provinces but within our own. Shame on you Brad!!!!! You lost a fan. I hope that Jamie and Mike join forces and blow your team right out of the water.

  • Russ
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    If Brad would like an all mainland team, perhaps it would be best if he moved to the mainland to represent another province. Good luck even getting to the Brier if he was curling out of Alberta or Ontario.

  • Trouty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    only reason people care is cause he cut a newfoundlander,if he cut Bob from Alberta no one would care at all

    The local pride in this province is good,but sometimes its a tad bit anonying and over the top

  • CurlingFan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Great article on tsn.ca by Alex J. Walling about this situation. Very informative.

    I am surprised that such a decision was made at this time of the year but I guess the team did what they thought was best.

    Good luck to you Jamie!

  • Paula
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Gushue says Jamie's top skills have nothing to do with him being let go?! It's all about the bad chemistry?! Seems like the skip has been watching too much of America's Next Top Model ! How diva-like! Perhaps he just wants an all-mainlander Newfoundland team. Questioning the dedication of Newfoundland athletes is a diss to say the least!

  • Big Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    SHOCKED, to say the least. I have lost all interest in this team. Another move like this & it certainly won't be team NL, it will be team mainland.

  • Susan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Brad, people will always complain! We prove it day after day in these comments. I'm sure you all had your reasons and those reasons are none of our business. Keep up the excellent work and good luck with the future games.

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    When naming a new highway (reffering to Team Gushue Highway), it would probably be safer to go with someone who has a much longer legacy in the public spotlight. It is risky to name it after someone who very well could become a controversial figure for years to come. There are a lot of Memorial highways around, why couldn't this be one be as well. To me, this kind of personifies how increasing self-centred and self-gratifying we are.

  • NLer living abroad
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Curling really seems to resemble Wall Street where trust and loyalty and left at the door and replaced with double-crossing and defections to competitors.
    But as in the world of Business, I'm sure Jamie was told, Its nothing personal, its just business .

    What was the reason(s) behind Korab getting canned? We'll probably never know... The same happened with the Chris Pronger trade out of Edmonton last year. People are still whispering that he knocked up someone (other than his wife) and that's why he wanted a trade, but who knows, we can only conclude on a situation based on what we are told and hear.

    Bottom line is, at the moment, the lusture on the Team Gushue reputation has been tarnished a slight bit (for now). It will be up to him and his new found teammates to prove us all wrong with his performance in upcoming curling events and possibly in the 2010 Olympics.

    However, if he falls flat on his face over the next few seasons, I'll be the first to nominate Brad for the next Season of the Surreal Lilfe where he will be able to share his past glory days and stories with Ex-Singers, Wrinkled Models, Doped up Actors and Actresses and talk about their time at the top.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    If curling has turned into a sport that's all about getting the win at any cost, I suggest that whoever comes along next ought to sign a contract with the team. Players should know that they are protected against any eventualities that may arise; if we're going to compare curling to hockey (if it comes down to money over sportsmanship), then contracts are the best way to go.

  • Sue
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    I am watching this with great interest. Not so much the obvious stabbing given to Korab - but the political potential for Gushue. The right stuff - roll on over anything in your way real or otherwise.
    The sad part is this - we have people in our province who have committed their lives to bettering society - with true Olympic spirit - who do not even receive a thank you let alone a highway.
    There is no question excellence should be celebrated - but that should not be restricted to pushing rocks down the ice or a rubber disc in a net.
    When your children grow up - they would like a stable job - a clean environment - and a healthy educated family. Those who remember this and contribute to its being accomplished should be celebrated.
    Enjoy the medal Jamie and remember the tremendous dedication you gave to the sport - then realize that Brad has given you an opportunity to be selfless - while he wallows in his 15 minutes of fame.

  • Not a fan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    This makes me so mad. I wish the media would stop portraying Gushue as the nicest guy in the world (see the Brian Williams story). Gushue has taken two bites out of the hand that's been feeding him, and next year I really hope whatever team Korab and Adam join take him down at the Tankard.

    And as a side note, I was as happy as any other Newfoundlander when they won the Olympic gold, so I'm not randomly putting down a fellow Newfoundlander, I just think the way he's treated two integral parts of his core team is embarassing.

  • Ha Ha
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Thank You. This is OUR business as well. We can post comments here, so we will vent our concerns. We aren't all going up to Brad and expressing our professional opinions. I wouldn't mind doing it though! We are here to discuss it amongst ourselves. I can guarantee you that Mike Adam did not leave for educational purposes. He was canned as well. If Brad's team moved to Japan to curl, Mike would have followed (just an example). Kevin Martin's team changed, Jeff Stoughton's team changed... and so on. After curling together for over a decade! Each team has been on top for the entire time, and they broke up due to blatent chemistry issues. Which again, is BS with this issue. Anyone who met Brad in person, and anyone who has met Jamie in person, can explain to you the difference in their pesonalities. Brad has an ego (earned it though), but I think for even his own goals (whatever they may be), Brad made the wrong decision. So let's all take our comments, watch closely over the next few years, and see how the cookie crumbles!

  • NL Curler
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    To CLS: Some of us DO know each of these members personally, and some of us have even had Brad's love'em and leave'em tactics used on a personal level. Through all of this, I find myself somewhat relieved that the adoring public that has flocked to any autograph session or other event are finally now seeing what us competitive curlers have known for years. His ego didn't grow following the Gold medal, that began YEARS AGO!

  • Gordon
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Stop all the whining. Why does a team have to stay together? Why does the team HAVE to be made up of Newfoundlanders?

    Brad Gushue had to make a tough decision, and that is that. Team chemistry changes over time. This is true for companies, sports teams, music bands, etc. Sometimes, change is necessary in order for a team to stay on top. Without knowing all the details, its impossible for everyone to make the conclusion that Brad made a bad decision.

    And please, sometimes the best replacements are not always Newfoundlanders. How do you think Brad won the Olympic Gold medal? Russ Howard is from New Brunswick. Don't think for one minute that his inclusion on Team Gushue did not contribute to the team's Olympic success.

  • Brutal
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Dear Trouty, I would like to introduce you to a period. Try to use one from time to time when lecturing about utter B.S. The basis of people cheering for a team is to voice their opinion. When I criticize the Leafs for a hundred different personnel moves, there aren't many Newfoundlanders involved. Stop assuming, it makes you sound like a fool.

  • Sven
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    I love Brad, and he loves me.

  • Stephanie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Brad lost my support years ago, but I still supported the guys who were left on the team. I was stunned when I heard that Mike had been dumped and now Jamie, I'm speechless. To hear that Jamie had turned negative in the past few months is very hard to believe. Clearly its the guys picking apart a great guy with an awesome personality and curling talent to boot and looking for something just to get rid of him. Jamie, get your own team and kick his sorry behind into shape. Nichols, I hope you wake up soon and get out! Brad, good ridden, get off the island are curl out west, where it seems the rest of your team will be from. Let some real honest Newfie blood go to the Brier.

  • Robbie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Gushue is too immature for the role he plays, which is why Russ Howard called the shots at the Olympics. Do you think if Russ Howard was calling the shots in Hamilton, Gushue would have tried that shot? The cameras showed Russ shaking his head in the stands! In my opinion, Gushue hasnt won since the Olympics and will not succumb to the fact that that it's his fault. So because of this he is blaming everyone else! Team chemistry??? How can you have team chemistry when everyone is walking on egg shells? I would like to see Mark Nichols drop Gushue and see where Gushue ends up then. What goes around comes around.

  • Disappointed
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    I was disappointed with Brad Gushue when he did what he did to Mike Adam, but to do this to Jamie Korab is just beyond belief.

    I just finished reading the articles on TSN, and why would Brad Gushue send Schille to talk to the press and not do it himself. What does Schille know about the chemistry between the Newfoundland team?

    Brad insists that is has nothing to do with Jamie, well who was cut from the team?

    Again, I repeat what has been said before in these postings, Brad move to the mainland and see how far you get without your Newfie buddies. Mark watch your back, you only be there for as long as you are good for Brad.

  • Lynn
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    UNBELIEVABLE~It is amazing what an overactive EGO can do to someone.~Did the almighty Gushue even stop to consider that the problem with the CHEMISTRY may not lie with those BENEATH him. His strategy certainly hasn't worked so far.. and if he continues on with these unbelieveable changes he is going to really fall from his almighty tower...Hard!..Maybe it will be just what the doctor ordered to get him grounded again!.
    GO KARAB GO!

  • June
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I was very disappointed to read of Jamie being cut from the team. It seems like the team needs a public relations person to handle communications with the media. Is it true that the team, including the coach, talked for weeks behind Jamie's back, before including Jamie in the decision? If that's the case, then it will be difficult to build team camaraderie. Everyone will be walking on eggshells, wondering if they're next to be cut. Who can curl their best with that kind of atmosphere? With such negative press, how can there be positive energy on the new team?

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Who cares? Curling is a sport? Your shitting me! Old fat men with brooms. Yeah, that's athletic!!

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Well did we ever see Brad make a good decision (except adding Russ-The real winning skip off the Olympics). Brad in my opion has never really called a good game. Now I guess he can't make a good decision of ice either. I hope Jamie catches on with another and shows him. Has the press interviewed Jamie.

    Tom

  • Shawn
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Just a quick question. If Mark was the real leader on the team why is he keeping his mouth shut regarding this entire incident. Schille was a man and stepped up to defend the team decision. Where is Nichols now? My guess is sitting at home letting Gushue take the blame so that he can come out smelling like a rose. Not cool Nichols!!!!!!!

  • Observer
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    @Parker...yes Brad said it was a team decision. We should absolutely believe him seeing as how the golden boy could never lie to the media. God forbid he not tell the truth.

  • J
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Teams have to make difficult and unpopular decisions in order to grow and improve.

    Only Brad Gushue knows if this is the best for the team.

    I think he is showing he is a strong leader by making the unpopular decision.

  • A Let Down Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Jamie,
    as an older junior curler in St. John's Newfoundland and having an Idol, you, offer to share your locker with me was one of my highlights of my curling career...


    Brad,
    As for the recent decision by Team Gushue , I will no longer be supporting BRAD's team , because of his poor dicision as a SKIP. But not to worry I'm sure there will be more...

  • Trouty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    question is would any of you even give a damn if it was not a newfoundlander he dumped the answer is NO it dont matter if he was the worst curler in the world to most of you,cause your to busy looking at where hes from to see anything else I garentee if he was from Ontario their would be no mention of it at all and zero fuss everytime a local boy gets cut the whole city cries give it a rest

  • another curler
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Let's just say that everyone is finally seeing what competitve curlers from coast to coast have know for years. Brad is not the nice guy everyone sees on TV, he is shameless in his pursuit of success. He often acts like a spoiled brat. If he weren't successful (due in part to his team) he would have a very tough time finding anyone to curl with, because he is so difficult. He will very soon end up lke Colleen Jones- his team will dump him and reform without him.

    Good luck to Jamie. He attitude and approach will take him far in curling and in life. He is the one who demonstrates good sportsmanship and team work, not Brad.

  • Update...
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=21351&sc=83

  • curler
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    First of all, I don't know how a comment that it is best for the team can be made when the team is no more. Two people left from 6 gold medals doesn't make the team .
    Secondly, if chemistry is the reason, the decision is even more disappointing. Chemistry doesn't happen over night, it doesn't stay at it's peak all the time. It is like a marriage, it has to be continuously worked on and not taken for granted. Do you think the Ferbey or Glen Howard rink have had chemistry all the time? I'm sure they have had their ups and downs, but they stayed together and worked on it. Without bashing anyone in particular, I am disappointed the team didn't work on it!

  • Kevin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Like many, I felt that the win in Torino was a Canadian win but not by a true NL team. Too bad that he's lost the last bit of respect from most people.

  • Brutal
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    @Newfoundlander In-Calgary

    No one's saying its our business and I'm not certainly going to try to but into their team business, but we're certainly within our right to criticize him publicly for his choice. He's a public figure, so he's open to public criticism. I'm sure it wasn't Jamie decision to leave the team and he's always been close with Nichols from what I hear. So he can blame it on chemistry all he wants, but in my opinion the truth of the matter is Gushue wants someone who he thinks is better at lead. Good luck with finding someone who's a) better than Jamie and b) who'll want to relocate to Newfoundland to play with a skip who's got quite the ego.

    Anyways, if Gushue chooses to be a public figure than he's open to public critism and I'm sure Jamie will land on his feet.

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    I believe anyone who has ever played competitive team sports would realize that a team cant stay on top forever and change is sometimes a good thing. Don't underestimate the challenges of being a leader for an important team and the tough decisions that go with it. I think people are being unfairly harsh on Gushue ..... then again these people have never been in that position so they dont understand it.

  • melissa
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    To start off with, congrats to Team Gushue for winning the gold medal in Torrino.
    Now, you can sit here all day and talk about who's right and who's wrong in decisions that are making people go crazy and all the controversy but I'll say this, Jamie Korab was one of the strongest links on this team in keeping the boys together. It doesn't matter if Brad wants all mainlanders on his team or if he decides to move to Hong Kong because as far as I'm concerned, Brad is losing a lot of fans because of this move. But hear this, Jamie has made all of us very proud beyond words and I garentee you, I won't be watching Brad Gushue anymore, wherever Jamie goes, my remove will follow. Good luck Jamie!

  • Clayton
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    a true winning team made up of Newfoundlanders representing Newfoundland like it used to be...

    Hmmm - like it used to be? It happened once.

  • Brutal
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    @Wendy Snelgrove

    How typical of a Newfoundlander to post this type of response when we (rightly) criticize another. In the past couple of years, they've won an Olympic Gold medal and came within a shot of winning the Brier. Don't give me that BS about Brad just wants to win. They have been winning.

    Come up with some a bit more original than that. Its one thing to want to win, but you should also be committed to the team that got you where you are.

  • ron
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    i would like a nfld & labrador team to represent us at the olympics not two nflders and the others from god knows where.just keep your fingers crossed that
    you don't loose mark because if you do i don't think you are going very far brad.

  • Gary
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    persontalities clash, people grow up, team dynamics change, people move on. what felt good 10 years ago when they started or even last year may not feel right now. i wish jamie korab AND brad gushue continued success in curling. i'm also hoping they face-off a time or two. it would make for some great curling.

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Well, I have to comment on Stacy's comment... #123. First and for most, we supported the Team , We were proud of the Team honey, not just Brad Gushue... Everyone has always known him to be arrogant and cocky sweetheart, so maybe you should stop and read some of the articles again. It's the Media who promoted Brad and the team here is Team Gushue. Again, we were proud of the Team !! :) Cheers!!

  • Devils Advocate
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Would it make a difference if Gushue & Team had said Korab was let go because he was not good enough anymore? He may be one of the best leads in the country but consistently at the bottom of stats at major bonspiels. Something to think about...

  • Lindsay
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    I have to say I was completely shocked when I read about Korab. I am a huge fan of his and hes an incredible curler. I believe Gushue is going to regret kicking him off the team in the future. As some of the above posts say, it wasnt just his amazing curling ability but his personally that drew people to the Gushue team. I doubt that Gushue will find someone as skilled and as personable as Korab to replace him. I met the team at the Brier this year and he was by far the friendliest of them all. Its hard to believe that it was Korabs fault for chemistry issues. I wish Korab and the remaining members Team Gushue the best of luck!

  • Brutal
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    @Newfoundlander IN-Calgary...you're missing the point. No one on this board is telling Gushue to put Korab back on the team asap. We're voicing our opinion that Gushue made a poor choice. Since when has that been against the law. In the same breath, when was the law passed that we couldn't criticize another Newfoundlander? Does that make me less of a Newfoundlander? Absolutely not! A good guy got booted from a team and probably lost a lot of funding that he rightfully earned. And if I want to say Gushue you're an ass for doing what you did you glory hog, then I certainly will.

  • Doreen & KC
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! Cannot understand the reasoning behind this move, other than it is win at all costs for Brad. First Mike and now Jamie. Who's next? Mark! Brad should not forget THE TEAM that got him the Gold Medal at the Olympics. He should look at his performance in the Men's Brier last month. Maybe he is the one who should be replaced. ( Just a thought. )

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Simmer down folks. Brad is just continuing a curling tradition mastered by all the top curling skips. They are constantly changing the make-up on their teams in order to get to the next level. Wiernich, Martin, Stoughton, Colleen & Jennifer Jones, et al have all done it. Brad's original team, before Russ & after Russ, was not going to get to the next level. Replacing Adams was a no-brainer as both he and Korab were leads. As for the replacement, Schille, he was the one that gassed the big shot in the 6th end of the Brier that got Howard back into the game. It looks from afar that Korab ( who was a vocal advocate of the 7th end circus shot) is taking the blame for Gushue's gaffe in the 7th end of the Brier when he tried a circus shot instead of taking the sure 1 pt. So instead of replacing the 2nd who curled poorly in the finals, he has gotten rid of his lead.

    Curling before the big cash spiels used to be a fun sport. Now it is big business for the elite curlers and like any corporation employees can be replaced at the whim of the CEO or in this case the skip.

    If this move leads to a couple of Brier titles, people will forgive and forget.

  • Danny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Well, the knee jerk reactions are finally over. Time for a recap of the comments made.

    1st. Team Gushue did NOT win Olympic gold. It was TEAM Canada.

    2nd. Many teams have broken up but let's analize the ones mentioned.

    Martin, Don Bartlet's marriage was on the line, which would you choose?

    Ed Werenich, stated numerous times that only one team should come from the Atlantic Provinces, and more that two from Ontario. Go figure.

    Colleen Jones team left her to fend on her own.

    The reasons go on. What is totally unclear, is WHY one of the best leads in the World has been let go?

    Schille talks about team chemistry, negativity and different direction. Schille has been with the team less than 3 months, actuall team time, what the hell does he know?
    Chemistry, the TEAM stated many times how Korab kept the team loose when the pressure was on.
    Negativity, anyone who know's Korab know he never made a negative comment in his life.
    Direction, does anyone believe that Korab want's to miss 2010 Vancouver?


    If it was a TEAM decision, how is it that Korab was floored by the news?

    Maybe it's time for the CCA to iron out residency rules to allow Provincial qualification preventing imports?

    Hopefully curling will not go the way of NHL NBA ect, competative curlers may train as hard as the aformentioned but their not in it for the money, as nice as it is it's not the B all and end all of the game. Curling has always been about comraderie, love of the game and the passion to excell. Even more so since the acceptance of full Olmypic recognition. Betrayal does not play a part in any sport.

  • Dale
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I suppose it was the bad chemistry generated by Korab that caused Gushue botch the Brier right? Perhaps he should spend more time working on his own game rather than stabbing team mates in the back and whining about sponsors.

  • Corey
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Team decision: Jamie goes
    Newfoundland's decision: Brad goes
    Your passion is not curling but the money, the fame and the glory. Eventually Newfoundland's team will only consist of Mainlanders. Mark leave Brad and join Mike and Jamie. Leave while you can still hold you head high.

  • peter
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Face the facts folks......NICHOLS wants to remain with GUSHUE and thats that. Most people need to get a life and stop treating people like dirt.

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Can't understand Gushue's thinking. Jamie was the better curler of this team. Russ Howards shot-calling, and the teams ability to make those shots won them the Gold, especially Jamie's high shot percentage. Brad shot calling cost them the Brier.

    Not to late to reverse your decision, Brad. Admit your wrong and move on. You'll be a bigger man for it.

    Otherwise, Jamie, start looking for another skip. You, Mike and a good skip could be the nucleus of a great team. I'm sure there's at least one other NL'er that can manage to play third!!!!!!!!!

  • Ron
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    I have to agree with Doug, I mean the olympic accomplishment was fantastic and Gushue is a great curler, but I believe its a bit much to be driving on the Gushue Highway in St. John's and who in their right mind would want to build a brand new home on Brad Gushue Cr.? I saw a listing for this location on the real estate channel the other day and almost fell off my chair! Let's get real people!!

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Brad Gushue should get in tune with Team Chemistry . If it were not for Russ Howard calling the shots and Jamie Korab making them he would have never won the olympics. We watched him make the calls in Hamiliton and where did that get him?

    Have he won an event since the olympics?

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Well, ok. Maybe calling Brad Gushue EGO whatever is being harsh in ways, but it's just our words of how we feel he's been acting this past year and prior. I don't see anything wrong with that. If the way he appears in the public is not the way he is in life, then oh my! pick another face for the public Brad is all I have to say. There's something not right with this situation of the Gushue Team and if some people can't see that, oh well. People's opinion on the matter is all it is. Some funny how these comments can turn around some quick.