Is Ferbey rink breaking up?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

Randy Ferbey returned home to feel the love from a small but supportive group of fans at the airport and to contemplate his curling future.

"Sometime in the next few months I'll probably decide," said the 45-year-old skip who returned from Victoria last night, a day after winning his sixth Brier and fourth Worlds.

"I'll probably make up my mind before the start of the season. Right now I don't know which way I might be leaning."

For sure, Ferbey will lead his rink to the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in December in Halifax.

"I think we'll be looking at having to win that to keep the team together," said Dave Nedohin. "We might have to win an Olympic gold medal to keep Randy going."

Ferbey laughed.

"That wouldn't hurt," he said.

The Ferbey Four returned home from Victoria after a day of fishing with Edmonton Eskimos' place-kicking legend Dave Cutler.

"No fish. I guess our luck finally ran out," said Scott Pfeifer. "But we had a great time. And we really enjoyed each other's company today.

WHAT KIND OF RECEPTION?

"I'm looking forward to getting back and what kind of reception we might get," Pfeifer said of how they seem to have gone to a different level of visibility since winning the Brier in their hometown, and then taking people on such a roller-coaster ride at the world championships in Victoria.

"I'm just looking forward to being home," said Dave Nedohin.

"I'm just looking forward to getting back to reality," is how Marcel Rocque put it. "It's been a long year."

As a group, they're not sure what they really did by following their fourth Brier title with a third worlds.

"I don't think we really have a sense of what we accomplished," said Ferbey.

"We know we accomplished something big, but I don't think we have a clue how big.

TAKING PEOPLE ON A RIDE

"I think we did get a sense (yesterday) of what a ride we may have taken people on this past week. We had so many people tell us how exciting it was. It was amazing how many people told us that they'd never watched curling before, but were kind of drawn into it all somehow."

It'll have a legacy, says Edmonton 2007 World Championship organizing committee member Darwin Daviduk.

"We'd be real stupid if we don't take advantage of what happened. Having so many people understand what a great event it has become will do nothing but help. I'm not sure many people knew how good the world championships have become until now."

Daviduk says he's one of them.

"I didn't expect to be so impressed by the calibre of curling. It was far better than at the Brier. I hate to say that. But it's a reality.

"I think the success of the 2005 Brier was partially a result of the 1999 Brier here. And I think the success of the 2007 Worlds is going to be a result of the 2005 Brier and the 2005 Worlds in Victoria."

Rocque agrees.

"I think what happened has been fantastic for the sport. It's made for great TV not just here at home, but in Europe," he said of the cliff-hanger games and six-way tie for first.

"All around it's been great for everybody."


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