'It's done. It's over.'

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 6:52 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Scott Pfeifer may have to change Dominic Torino Pfeifer's name.

His dad's Olympic dream died here yesterday. The toddler may have to be renamed Dominic Vancouver Pfeifer.

The 2006 Torino Olympic Winter Games dream which Pfeifer used his kids' alphabet magnets to spell out on his fridge for the past year, died before the noon cannon fired on Citadel Hill here yesterday.

And today, while a lot of hearts tug at what happened to them here, the Ferbey Four deserves to have that cannon fired at them.

They came here and soiled the sheets.

There's no getting around it. The greatest team in curling history came here and laid a Grade A large egg.

They couldn't have curled worse.

It was left here yesterday for his old rival Kevin Martin to perform last rites.

"They didn't make the shots,'' said Martin.

"That's the bottom line. If you don't have the high numbers, you lose.''

Dave Nedohin and Pfeifer didn't make the shots. Nedohin curled 80% and sat in eighth place among last rock throwers. That's one place higher than Pfeifer, the curler who was featured on a Canadian Olympic stamp four years ago on anticipation of the Ferbey Four getting to Salt Lake 2002. He curled 81%.

Forty-six-year-old Randy Ferbey was the team's best curler. The team ranked eighth.

The game which effectively put them out of the 'Roar of the Rings' Olympic Trials here yesterday was an embarrassment.

Nedohin wrecked on two draws to give up a steal of three on the second end to go down 5-0 after two and shake hands after six, 11-2 losers to Jeff Stoughton.

NOT MUCH SYMPATHY

"Stoughton absolutely kicked the living crap out of us,'' said Ferbey, who is not mathematically eliminated. "It's done. It's over. It didn't work. It's four years of preparation down the tubes.''

They didn't get much sympathy.

"They've been on top so long, it's tough. But you can't feel sorry for them,'' said Stoughton.

"Sympathy? No. I don't think so,'' said Martin who has lived in their shadow for five years after being the big cheese in City of Champions curling.

"I felt like a deer on the second week of the hunting season,'' said Rocque, who borrowed a tape recorder and moved into a scrum as a reporter interviewied Pfeifer, asking him a tough question about one of the shots he'd missed. They'd had a couple of hours to get used to the idea that it was over. It was gallows humour.

"We didn't play well enough this week to deserve it. The Olympics are still my dream. I am not giving up,'' said Pfeifer of the concept of being on Canada's home country Olympic Team in 2010.

"Three years of preparing for this only to get here and we were never on the right side of the inch all week,'' said last rock thrower Nedohin, who was missing by feet.

"We've won three world championships and four Briers and we don't think we're done yet. Randy told the crowd in the 'Up Close And Personal' session in the Patch that he's going to keep playing. Everything is still on my radar. The Olympics just won't be this time, that's all.''

STOOD BY HIS PLAN

Ferbey walked off the ice and stood by his plan to give it two more years, to try to get to the 2007 Worlds in Edmonton.

"When Brier week begins in Regina in March, don't be surprised to see us there.''

As he walked off the ice, Joan McCusker was walking on the ice as a member of Sandra Schmirler's former Olympic gold medal winning team. As a CBC commentator, she had the last word when Ferbey won the Worlds last year in Victoria.

"It would be a crying shame if this rink doesn't represent Canada at the Olympics,'' she said of the four-time Brier winners and three-time world champions.

"They qualified five times to get here,'' she said yesterday.

"It's really a shame this has happened. They've been so successful for so long. You could see this coming at the Worlds last year. They've become their own worst enemies. They are so hard on themselves.

"It's really a shame they didn't put it together here. Nobody knows why. They won't know why for a while either.''


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