Farce of the year?

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

WAINWRIGHT -- Nobody made curling's 'Shot of the Year' here last night.

'Pick of the Year', maybe.

The same game last year was a classic with a never-to-be-forgotten finish as Kevin Martin made a miracle shot to beat Randy Ferbey.

This year the two Edmonton teams - the only two to represent Alberta at the Brier this century - made the match again in the 'A' Event final of the Boston Pizza Cup provincial curling championship. But the 8-5 Martin win was a forgettable farce which might as well have been played with jam pails in the parking lot.

"It was bad," said Ferbey. "Terrible.

"Picks were the story of the game. There had to be 15 of them," added the skip of the number of rocks which lost their handles, changed direction and lost their oomph.

"There had to be close to a dozen at least. At least six of them were significant," said Martin's third John Morris.

"More than that," said Martin. "More than a dozen for sure. That was a tough game for both teams. John had two picks on the same end. We were really hurt by them in the fifth end."

The crazy thing is that neither team had a single pick in either of their first two games.

This year Martin and Ferbey made it to the 'A' event final with ridiculous ease, Martin cracking a 5-0 lead on Edmonton's Jamie King and Ferbey taking a 6-0 lead on Edmonton's Kevin Koe before their breakfast had settled in the 8:30 a.m. semifinals.

Last year in the 'A' it was Ferbey and his six Brier titles and four world championships against Martin's two Brier crowns and zero world titles. Last year it was Martin winning his ninth purple heart against Ferbey's eighth and then going on to win his third Brier and first world championship.

A year ago Martin made 'The Shot.'

The minute he made 'The Shot' it was instantly recognized as one of the greatest shots in all of curling history, and a slam dunk to be voted 'Shot of the Year' in the sport.

Kevin Martin's high, hard triple takeout defined the term circus shot. It was near-impossible.

"That's the greatest shot I ever saw him make," said Morris.

Even Ferbey was left to rave about the around-the-clock triple take out against ridiculous odds.

"There's not many people on the planet who can make that shot. But he was the guy on the planet shooting it," said Ferbey, a skip who has no problem of admitting his dislike for Martin whether it be in a book or on live national television and would really rather suck on a lemon than give the guy a compliment.

And you could make a case that one shot not only won the game but ended up winning the province and the Worlds.

You have to wonder if it will work out the same way this year because of the eighth end pick on a draw for one by Dave Nedohin which ended up costing two.

Last year the shot ended up giving Martin last rock advantage for the rest of the week which resulted in another last rock win in the 1-2 game of the Page playoff system and to win the final to take the trip to the Brier.

Martin now advances to the Saturday night game while Ferbey drops into the semifinals in 'B' event with

Edmonton's Kevin Koe and Jamie King as well as Calgary's Dean Ross.

Everybody else is down to their last life.

As was the case in the same game last year, Ferbey was in control until the shot the game will be remembered most for.

"Dave makes that draw in his sleep," said Ferbey of what would have been a 6-5 lead with hammer in the 10th into what turned out to be an 8-5 loss and handshakes in the 10th with Martin's last rock left unthrown.

"Dave Nedohin deserved to win that game."

Ferbey and Martin were talking about the picks, which neither would pin on the ice makers, although there have been more on sheet 'C' than anywhere, apparently. Morris figured they had something to do with rubber from the floors in the dressing room ending up on the ice.

But everybody saw it coming.

"In the third or fourth end Kevin said this game was going to be won by somebody who got very lucky and lost by somebody who got very unlucky," said Ferbey.

"That was a real bad break. That shot is Dave's bread and butter. Halfway down the ice the handle stopped turning."

Morris said he hates it when it happens for better or for worse.

"It's absolutely frustrating. I wish we didn't have that element in the game," he said.

"Picks are the worst penalty in sports," said Ferbey.

"Not just curling. All of sports. Any sport in the whole world.


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