Morris gives it up

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:58 PM ET

HALIFAX -- There have been a host of great shipwrecks off the coast of Canada's maritime provinces.

Add another. Call this one the wreck of The John F. Morris.

Morris gave up two on the second end and a steal of three on the third and another on the fourth to clear the crowd to the Keith's Patch and the path for Jeff Stoughton to the final of the Olympic Trials.

It took forever for The Morris to sink. It took a draw to the button on the 10th end before going under. But all that did was somehow make it worse for the Calgary skip who three times headed for the media scrum only to turn away to compose himself.

When he did finally give it a go, his eyes were wet and his voice was breaking.

"We came out a little flat,'' he said.

"We battled really hard. I'm really proud of our guys. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I just wish I'd made more shots early.

"It's tough to be down 6-1 against a team like that. It hurts to battle back and come that close,'' he said of what ended up going into the books as an 8-6 win by Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton to advance to Sunday's final against Brad Gushue of Newfoundland.

Stoughton moved one win from the Olympics without showing any emotion.

"Great start,'' he said. "We'll take it.''

Morris, who had beat everybody but Randy Ferbey until he hit the final day of the round robin, totally capsized in his last two games before the semifinal.

Thursday morning Morris led Glenn Howard 5-2 at the fifth end break and lost 8-6, giving up steals on the final three ends. In the nightcap against Gushue he gave up steals on three consecutive ends to lose 7-4.

"It's kinda sad,'' said Marc Kennedy, the St. Albert curler who plays second for the Calgary rink when he isn't working in Kevin Martin's curling supplies shop in Edmonton.

"We played so well early in the week. But we didn't bring our 'A' game for the big games at the end of the week.''


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