The team who would be King ...

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

INNISFAIL -- If any team can dethrone Randy Ferbey, it'll be Jamie King's. That's the way Kurt Balderston sees it.

Balderston is on the outside looking in this year after losing last year's provincial final to Ferbey. Balderston won both opening-day games in extra ends in 2004, but lost both this year. The slow start cost the Sexsmith skip, who finished 2-3.

"I'd sure like to be playing on the weekend now that we're playing good,'' said Balderston, rated out at 100% in his last-game 8-1 win over Edmonton's John Climenhaga, making him the event's top-rated skip.

Ferbey's still the four-time champ. The team finished the round robin as the highest-ranked foursome, even though it has no individual category leaders.

"That Ferbey team, I don't know who's going to stop them,'' said Balderston. "It's going to be tough. You might have to wait for Randy to get old. I don't know. A 32-game streak. Good grief, that's incredible.''

If anybody can put an end to the dynasty and emerge as the third Alberta team capable of winning a Brier, it's the King crew.

Last rock Blake MacDonald has been shooting the lights out and at 88% is one point off as highest rating, even though he posted his worst numbers yesterday when the team had already clinched first.

"He's maybe the team that has a chance,'' said Balderston. "They're a very good team and when you get a red-hot skip, anything can happen. I'm not a stats guy, but when you look at the stats, Blake is obviously not missing.''

Balderston said Ferbey calls a relentless game that gives little chance for a comeback.

"When Ferbey gets three up, he wants to be six or seven up. He comes after you hard,'' said Balderston. "I'm glad they're good guys because you don't mind it when they put it to you. If they weren't, you'd get awfully sick of them.''


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