What would it be like to come up with your lifetime masterpiece in a place where nobody noticed?
Mike Kennedy might have a little idea.
The New Brunswick skip came up with a wonderful shot with his last rock in the second end of a game against Alberta at the Tim Hortons Brier Monday afternoon, what some observers saw as a triple-raise/around-the-horn, but which Kennedy described as a triple raise/pick.
Whatever the moniker, the shot, which dislodged an Alberta counter on the button to give New Brunswick a single point, was magnificent, but nevertheless mostly generated just polite applause.
To put it in perspective, if Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue had made the same shot, the noise would have been so loud that Mile One Centre maintenance workers might have been dispatched to the building’s upper reaches to make sure that rivets in the girders hadn’t been loosened.
“It’s definitely up there. When it comes to degree of difficulty, it’s about as high as I can remember,” said Kennedy, who is competing in his sixth Canadian men’s championship.
In fact, the 52-year-old from Edmundston, N.B., whose first Brier was 25 years ago, said it was “on the top” of the list of good throws he’s made at the event.
If only it had come in a more critical situation and/or a win. New Brunswick ended up losing 7-2 to Alberta, leaving both teams with 1-3 records heading into the night draw.
“In the grand scheme of things, it was the second end on the afternoon of the third day,” he said with a smile. “It would have been nice if it had come at the end of a game at the end of the week.”
Still, high above the ice, the shot was much-admired by those at and around the scoring desk.
Cathy Cunningham, who has represented Newfoundland at a dozen Scotties Tournament of Hearts, called it one of the best shots she’s witnessed. Lorne Henderson and Ken Peddigrew, who’ve both skipped Brier entries for this province, and local SuperLeague skip Brian Power were all in agreement.
Down below, however, only those near the Alberta-New Brunswick sheet seemed to take much notice, and even then there was no uproar, perhaps contributing to the fact Kennedy and the other New Brunswickers didn’t celebrate all that loudly.
“But those moments are fun and I’ve had a few of them,” said Kennedy. “Sometimes, it’s been when the crowd is pulling for me because we were playing one of the favourites … and depending where it is, that’s where the crowd likes to goes sometimes.
“All I know is that I was happy to make it.”