As The Rock Turns ...
Just like the Randy Dutiaume soap opera two years ago, several competitive squads split up on the eve of the MCA's 119th Annual Bonspiel.
Valour Road's Sean Grassie, for example, lost his third, Scott Madams, and lead, Tyler Specula.
"I guess there was a personality conflict between (Madams) and my second (Pat McCallum)," said Grassie, who stayed alive with a win last night. "And they just couldn't work things out."
So Grassie picked up Bob Scales and Dan Kelsch (fifth) from Kyle Werenich's team because it could not find the fifth man it needed, as third Bob Jenion will be coaching his daughter, Kristy, at the women's provincial championship in Morris this week.
Werenich then hooked up with Madams, Specula and Brendan Tayler, the third for Valour Road's Chris Galbraith, who is not playing in the spiel.
Grassie was still hoping for Dutiaume-like success.
"But I guess we can't win the grand aggregate now," he said.
IRON MAN: Pembina's Martin Bailey has qualified for both the senior men's and masters provincial championships and is still alive in a major event of the bonspiel with a thrown-together team of third Howard Doerksen, second Rick Dinelle and Weldon Hildebrand.
"I just got sucked into it," Bailey, 63, said after beating Charleswood's Art Oakes 9-7 at the Fort Rouge. "Howard wanted to curl, and I just met a couple of new guys, but that's what this is all about, isn't it? It's just for fun."
Bailey, who had also entered the city zone playdowns, had to pay for three $35 CCA cards this season.
"I don't drink, so what the hell?" he said.
BITERS: There were 18 unbeaten teams heading into last night's late draw ... Curlers are hoping to get ice at the Pembina, where curlTV is televising games ... With the Brier in Winnipeg next year, Brandon is expected to host the Safeway Championship ... Whispers are Gimli will be awarded the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.