Ferbey Four breaks up

TERRY JONES, EQMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

The most successful team in all of curling history has decided to break up.

The Ferbey Four, after one last event next weekend in Dawson Creek, B.C., will be no more.

Only one player on the only team in history to win four Briers and three world championships together as a foursome will continue curling ó the old guy.

Not only has the Sun learned that is this the end of the road for the team but the beginning of a new chapter for Randy Ferbey.

The 50-year-old Brier King is about to rock the rock world with an announcement that he has decided to join 2006 Olympic gold medal winner Brad Gushue of Newfoundland while Dave Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer and Marcel Rocque will take at least one year away from the game.

Nobody saw that coming, including his teammates.

ďIím flying to Newfoundland in the morning for a Thursday press conference,Ē Ferbey told the Sun.

ďIím not moving to Newfoundland. I wonít play for Newfoundland in the Brier. I donít believe in that. Iíll probably throw a team together for the playdowns in Alberta. Might even try to talk Dave back for that. Iíve kind of thought of that,Ē he said.

Nedohin said he might even go for that.

ďIf Randy called Iíd listen. But Iím taking a year off. I have no plans beyond one year. If I really enjoy the year off, maybe itíll become retirement. Iíve missed a lot of things with my family the last few years. You have to be gone 20 weekends a year. I need time away to get the batteries recharged and do other things. Iíve been doing this since I was 18. Now Iím 36. Iíve curled with Randy longer than Iíve known my wife.

ďI think thatís the remarkable thing about our team. Weíve been together for 13 years and we were everything a team should be. Weíre all great friends and weíve stayed extremely competitive. We didnít play as well as Kevin Martin, Glenn Howard or Kevin Koe this year, but we stayed in the top five in the world.

ďWhen the chemistry is right, itís magical what you can do. Weíll continue to do all the things together we always do. Weíll have our big team barbecue every summer and all the guys will stay my best friends for the rest of my life. But it is going to be sad next weekend because such a large part of our lives is coming to an end.Ē

Pfeifer said with him it was simple really.

ďBurnout,Ē he said. ďI just came to the realization that I have to get away. Itís been going hard for 12 years for me. There are other parts of life. If I come back, I need to get a little more motivated. Maybe after taking a year off Iíll discover I donít miss it. It would be pretty neat to say Randy Ferbeyís team is the only team I played for my whole career.

ďI love the three guys I played with. The funny thing is that I always used to say that Randy would be the last of us to retire. I said it jokingly.Ē

Rocque said itís time for him to be a full-time school teacher.

ďI just couldnít justify all those unpaid weekends any longer. I think Iím still young enough to curl in the top one or two percent in the game at my position.

ďIíve laughed at a lot of pro athletes who say they are retiring then make a comeback. So Iím not saying that for sure. But Iím taking a year off with the boys and if the right position comes up, Iíll make retirement a permanent thing.

ďWeíre going to go down in history as one of the top teams to play the game and the best part is to leave with no regrets with three guys who are more like brothers than teammates. I told them weíll all get together and curl as the Ferbey Four again when Scott is old enough to play in the seniors because heís the youngest one. (Thatís if) Randy is done by then.Ē

Ferbey said heíd have loved to keep going with the team but telegraphed his belief there was no way all four would remain together prior to provincials in Olds.

ďI just sensed it was going to change. It was time.

ďItís disappointing, it really is. Weíve been the best team in every sense of the word. Iím more proud of the fact that we played all these years together and didnít make one change. We stuck together through thick and thin.

ďA lot of skips have had success. But we had it together all the way as a team. Itís going to be great to go out together as a team. Iím very proud of what we accomplished. I think we changed the game. We were the first team to all take time away from work to be full-time curlers. We were the first to approach sponsors in a totally professional way and take that to a level itís never been before. We invented the numbering system for shot weight which is now used world wide. Itís sad that itís come to an end.Ē

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca


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