Morris dances to different tune

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

DRAYTON VALLEY -- There's never a shortage of ironic situations in the curling world.

Take, for instance, the case of John Morris, who's now throwing third rocks for Kevin Martin.

Martin keeps insisting some of Randy Ferbey's Brier wins were not real.

Yet, Ferbey did beat Morris in the 2002 final, during the boycott era.

Since Morris moved from Ontario to Calgary four seasons ago, the two-time world junior champ found winning an Alberta men's title unattainable.

Hooking up with Martin has given him a chance.

Morris is part of the only three-generation family to have skipped a Brier entry, following his father Earle (1980, 1985) and grandfather Cliff McLaughlin (1933).

"It's a cool feeling to have curling run in my blood," said Morris.

When he moved here with all his credentials, Morris said he was looking forward to the challenge of playing in Canada's toughest province.

"It's not an easy road in Alberta," said Morris, who's now part of the No. 1-ranked team in the world with Martin calling the shots.

And, he could have done worse than to hook up with the defending provincial champ and on a team fresh off a Grand Slam win.

"Kevin's one of the best curlers in the game and he's throwing it as good as I've seen this year," said Morris.

He had no trouble stepping back to third after skipping his whole life.

"I felt I needed a bit of a change," said Morris. "I had my turn skipping and really enjoyed it. I also like the physical aspect of sweeping the chance to communicate with the whole team."


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