Park brothers keep it in family

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Coming soon to a curling rink near you - the fabulous, furry, freaky Park brothers.

Shane, Kevin, Scott and Kerry. A joy to watch when they're on their game. Even more fun when they're not.

That's the way it is with brothers. A pile of fireworks sitting beside a match. One spark and, woo hoo, that's entertainment.

For three seasons, they went on the fledgling Grand Slam tour and gave playdowns a pass.

Their comebacks started after winning a city men's B qualifier at Glen Allen in Sherwood Park.

Off to Edson, where the northerns fans are in for a treat Jan. 21-24. Parks win in the Park. A headline writer's dream.

Kevin's the one with the Brier title, won with Kevin Martin in 1991.

But it's Shane, the youngest, who gives his name and takes last-rock responsibility on this squad.

"He's taken the helm, he's taken control," said Kevin, a talented shotmaker in his own right.

"I myself don't care what position I play. As long as we win, eh. I like the exercise. They've got me out there for my scrubbin'.

"There's only one real winner at the end (Brier), but it's nice to be back in this thing."

Kevin doesn't shy away from admitting he instigates some of the on-ice action.

"That's standard with the teams I'm on," he said.

"I'm the common denominator on that. There's always turmoil, right from the word go. There's always a lot of chatter out there.

"Scott (playing second) does a lot of chatter because he's used to playing back end. He's a lawyer, so he's always right. There has to be a balancing act as to who makes the final decision. That should always go to the skip, as far as I'm concerned.

"Ultimately, he's going to have to throw - whatever turmoil we're in. If he skips us into a position where he's looking at four with his last one, he's the one who's done it."

Still, when it comes to crunch-time .

"The lawyer somehow gets a quorum and ends up with the majority," said Park. "I'm usually the guy out on the votes."

Still, he must be doing something right. They haven't voted him off the island yet.

Ted Appelman took the other B berth.

"We won the A north in (2001) junior provincials," said Appelman. "We did good then so we feel good about this."


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