Even if you can't win, you're still in.
That's the formula Randy Ferbey and Brad Gushue used to assure themselves of spots in the Canada Cup.
Even though both skips were eliminated in their C Event games yesterday afternoon, they've build up enough Canadian Teams Ranking System points during the World Curling Tour season.
"We knew that going in," said Ferbey, who bounced with a 5-4 loss to Wayne Middaugh.
Still, Ferbey would have preferred to make a little bit of pocket change. He was still fuming after losing three qualifiers in two days.
"(Bob) Ursel, (Kevin) Martin, Middaugh," said Ferbey. "Three pretty solid rinks. They outplayed us, that's the bottom line in a nutshell. I'm disappointed as hell."
With his team maxed out in the CTRS race, Ferbey is in a much tougher spots than the other teams gunning for the two bye spots straight to the Olympic Trials next year.
He failed to make up any ground this weekend and gave a pass to play in Perth, Scotland in early January so he could play in the TSN Skins game. His chief rivals, Middaugh and Koe, will be in Scotland.
There's still four months to go, but as each opportunity to improve slips away, the pressure begins to mount.
"You know what, I'm tired about talking about the CTRS, really," said Ferbey. "Every team's worrying about CTRS this, CTRS that.
"Just go out and play the freakin' game. If you win, you win. If you lose, you lose.
"We know what's at stake. So, we didn't make up ground in the CTRS.
"Oh, well. We'll see how it all plays out at the end of April. We've got to worry about ourselves before worrying about anybody else.
"Get ready for Winnipeg (Grand Slam)."
Gushue dropped a 6-5 decision to Koe in the other C Event battle of the big names.
"It wasn't our best week, that's for sure," said Gushue. "It was a bit of an unlucky draw for us to play Kevin in the C qualifier, you don't expect that.
"We weren't quite sharp enough and against a team like that, you have to be firing on all cylinders."
Gushue lost last week's Grand Slam final to Middaugh.
"We get a few lousy points (six) from this," said Gushue. "It's a little disappointing. All in all, it's been a very good fall for us. We put ourselves in a good position.
"Not to make excuses for us, but I think there was a bit of a hangover from last week. Getting so close this week, I don't think we as focused or as sharp as we were last week.
"We stumbled and kept stumbling. Every time we'd win or lose, we'd be playing either (Pat) Simmons or Ferbey with the potential of playing Martin. We couldn't seem to get away from the top teams."
Gushue has had a good enough season that he's a virtual lock to be one of the four CTRS teams this year to get into the pre-Trials event.
As long as you don't mention it around Ferbey.