There's plenty of naked angles in this weekend's Canada Cup qualifier at the Saville Centre ... including the presence of a token Calgary team .
Mark Johnson, Randy Ferbey and Kevin Koe are all playing this $68,600 bonspiel and have prequalified for the 2007 provincial at Drayton Valley.
So has Calgary's Adrian Bakker, who's hooked up with the notorious Pendergast brothers. Kevin, who lost the 1990 final throwing third rocks for his brother Mickey, has been throwing lead rocks for this squad.
"We tricked some teams and got a few breaks,'' said Kevin about his team's bye. "It's tough enough getting out of the city, so it's nice to have the time off." Kevin, a career back-ender, discovered he actually liked the position back in 2004.
"Ever since we won the national mixed with Shannon Kleibrink, I've been throwing lead," said Kevin. "In today's game, you can't hide anybody, that's for sure."
Koe was part of the Calgary-based John Morris team that earned a bye to the 2006 provincial.
It appeared CBC curling commentator and 1998 Olympic silver medallist Mike Harris had the dream job.
Last year, he landed a job as golf pro at the Banff Springs course and moved his family to Canmore.
"It's a great spot and a beautiful setting,'' said Harris, the former Toronto resident.
"I can see why people love living out here."
Turns out, it's a one-year gig. Harris said he "got an offer I couldn't refuse" at a prestigious course and is moving back to Ontario.
His contract runs out at the end of January.
"All that clean air and healthy living was getting to me," Harris joked.
Unless Harris can skip his team into the final four and qualify for next year's Canada Cup, this will be their last spiel together.
Joel Jordison of Moose Jaw turned a few heads when he took Ferbey to last rock in the final of the Yorkton spiel three weekends ago.
The 1996 Saskatchewan junior champ, along with Pat Simmons and Bruce Korte, are prequalified for their provincials. All three are top-10 teams on the World Curling Tour money list.
"A lot of the same teams that were in Yorkton are here," said Jordison, 28, who's one spot ahead of Korte at No. 9. "We've just got a few more from Eastern Canada. You don't have to play every one of them ... the only ones that can hurt you are the ones you're playing against." Jordison has made $26,500 this season.
Koe, Brad Gushue, Ferbey, Simmons, Kevin Martin and Jeff Stoughton swing into action today. As the event's top seeds, they had last night off.