Korab to curl with Middaugh in Players' Championship

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Jamie Korab will see action with Wayne Middaugh this week. Telegram file photo

Long-time teammates Brad Gushue and Mark Nichols, the remaining holdovers from Canada's Olympic championship team, won't be the only gold medallists throwing stones in the Tylenol Players Championship which opens Wednesday in St. John's.
Jamie Korab, the lead on the Gushue team which won it all at the '06 Torino Games, will be seeing some icetime at Mile One Centre this week.
Korab will curl second stone for Ontario's Wayne Middaugh beginning Friday when John Epping heads home for work commitments. Korab may also see some playing time with Quebec's Robert Desjardins Thursday, in place of Jean-Francois Charest.
"This year was a bit of a disappointment, so this is a nice opportunity for me," said Korab.
Judging by his performance in the other three Capital One Grand Slam events this season, Middaugh figures to be in playoff contention this weekend. He's the only skip in the 16-team men's field to reach the semifinals of the first three Slams this season - the BDO Classic Canadian Open, The National and the Masters of Curling.
Middaugh is coming off a loss to B.C.'s Bob Ursel in the Bear Mountain Arena Classic final two weeks ago.
Epping is a new face to the Ontario team, replacing Ian Tetley who curled second this past season.
"I also got a call from Kerry Burtnyk to fill in for one of the guys on his team, but I'd already committed to Middaugh," Korab said.
Korab curled a bit on the World Curling Tour with Guy Hemmings this year, including the Baden Masters in Baden, Switzerland, won by Gushue, Nichols, Chris Schille and Dave Noftall, curling under the Bally Haly Curling Club banner.
The Hemmings team, which also included Sebastien Robillard and Pierre Charette, struggled through the early part of the season.
"Guy didn't curl bad, but there were a lot of shots he just missed. There were a lot of good results, but no results, if you know what I mean," said Korab. "Guy was frustrated and while he didn't pack it in, he scaled back."
On the local front, Korab formed a team with skip Mark Noseworthy which also included Olympic teammate Mike Adam and Ryan Ledrew.
The foursome was to have challenged Gushue for the provincial championship, but instead wound up Team Walking Wounded at the Labatt Tankard in Labrador City.
Korab was plagued by an infected wisdom tooth which put him in a fair amount of discomfort, a troublesome back put Adam in hospital for four days and to top it all off, Ledrew suffered a seizure in Lab City.
"It was pretty much a write-off," Korab understated.
It was just over a year ago Korab made big news throughout the curling world when he was given his walking papers from the Gushue team in a move that was cited as a, "chemistry thing."
It sparked unprecedented outrage in this province and led to a fair degree of acrimony between Korab and his former mates.
A year later and the dust seems to have settled.
"It is just a game ... a sport, and maybe I took things too personally," said Korab, who was publicly critical of Gushue, in particular. "Looking back, I would have done things differently.
"These were guys I hung out with five out of a seven days a week and certainly an argument (Korab claimed an on-ice dispute at the Brier led to his dismissal) isn't the one thing that got me kicked off.
"There were some issues there that maybe didn't come out and, like I said, I would have done things differently."
Gushue received a flood of criticism, blame that Korab admits was and is unfair.
"There was some hard stuff said about Brad, but the guy just wants to win and you can't hold that against him," Korab said. "I mean, he's done a lot for this province and this sport."
rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Capital One, BDO Classic Canadian Open, World Curling Tour Bally Haly Curling Club Labatt Tankard

Geographic location: Ontario, Canada, St. John's Quebec Baden Switzerland Labrador Lab

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  • Kim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Thank you Jamie, for the clearing the air!!!! Brad took ALOT of heat for your dismisal and it was unfair. Thank you for being the man that you are and telling it like it was .
    Good luck to you this week.

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Dennis the truth hurts

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    JR: How could you question what Brad and his teammates have done for this province? They have put this province on the curling map. So many people, young and old, have taken up curling since Brad and team started having success nationally and internationally. They have been great role models for young curlers in this province, actually great role models in general. Apparently, you're too narrow-minded to see that. Were you not around to see the excitement in this province when they won Olympic Gold? The province practically shut down to watch the gold medal game on February 24, 2006, a day that many people here will always remember. It's a shame that you just don't get it!

  • Curly
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Mike, is your last name Gushue or Nichols?

    People can have opinons of Gushue, be it negative or positive, with no apologies necessary. Just as I'm sure you now have opinions of me and the other people responding to your points.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Good to finally see Korab admit that there were other issues that led to him being dropped from the team. Too bad he wasn't man enough to do it a year ago. A lot of people owe Brad Gushue an apology but I would imagine most people won't own up to that either!

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Your 15 minutes are over get a hair cut and get a real job.

  • Dennis
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Mike, I see no such admission. Read it again.

    Ken, virtual anonymity + criticism. Classy.

  • JR
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Brad has done a lot for this province! What has he done? What a silly thing to say!

  • Alex
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Best of Luck, Jamie

    I was enthralled when team Gushue did us proud at the Olymoics.

    I always felt Jamie was the real heart and soul of that team.

    It was Jamie who let fans at St. john's airport touch his medal. He just knew how proud we all were that Newfoundland stood at the top of that podium.

    Teams (like marriages) sometimes break up.

    Jamie Korab is a fine curler and even better human being.

    Have fun and best wishes for this weekend!

  • Rocky
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Curling and Revenue Canada

    Canadian media carried the news that Middaugh was nailed by Revenue Canada a few weeks ago for not declaring his winnings from prior curling events.

    Jamie, get your money up front or this guy may not pay you what you are owed.

  • Kim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Thank you Jamie, for the clearing the air!!!! Brad took ALOT of heat for your dismisal and it was unfair. Thank you for being the man that you are and telling it like it was .
    Good luck to you this week.

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Dennis the truth hurts

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    JR: How could you question what Brad and his teammates have done for this province? They have put this province on the curling map. So many people, young and old, have taken up curling since Brad and team started having success nationally and internationally. They have been great role models for young curlers in this province, actually great role models in general. Apparently, you're too narrow-minded to see that. Were you not around to see the excitement in this province when they won Olympic Gold? The province practically shut down to watch the gold medal game on February 24, 2006, a day that many people here will always remember. It's a shame that you just don't get it!

  • Curly
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Mike, is your last name Gushue or Nichols?

    People can have opinons of Gushue, be it negative or positive, with no apologies necessary. Just as I'm sure you now have opinions of me and the other people responding to your points.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Good to finally see Korab admit that there were other issues that led to him being dropped from the team. Too bad he wasn't man enough to do it a year ago. A lot of people owe Brad Gushue an apology but I would imagine most people won't own up to that either!

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Your 15 minutes are over get a hair cut and get a real job.

  • Dennis
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Mike, I see no such admission. Read it again.

    Ken, virtual anonymity + criticism. Classy.

  • JR
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Brad has done a lot for this province! What has he done? What a silly thing to say!

  • Alex
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Best of Luck, Jamie

    I was enthralled when team Gushue did us proud at the Olymoics.

    I always felt Jamie was the real heart and soul of that team.

    It was Jamie who let fans at St. john's airport touch his medal. He just knew how proud we all were that Newfoundland stood at the top of that podium.

    Teams (like marriages) sometimes break up.

    Jamie Korab is a fine curler and even better human being.

    Have fun and best wishes for this weekend!

  • Rocky
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Curling and Revenue Canada

    Canadian media carried the news that Middaugh was nailed by Revenue Canada a few weeks ago for not declaring his winnings from prior curling events.

    Jamie, get your money up front or this guy may not pay you what you are owed.