OLDS -- Randy Ferbey bottom lined it.
"We're not very good," said the 50-year-old skip.
"This team shouldn't lose three in a row to anybody and we've lost three in a row to Kevin Martin in the previous two provincials and now we've lost three in a row to Kevin Koe to lose this one," said the six-time Brier champion.
With Kevin Martin out of the field this year, Ferbey had hoped to get back to the grand national rock concert in Halifax this year and have a shot for teammates Dave Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer and Marcel Rocque to win a record-breaking fifth Brier together.
"There's just been something missing out there. There's no jump. No fire," said Ferbey. "We wanted it to happen. But it didn't.
"They wanted it more. We need a reality check.
"The most disappointing thing about losing this one is that I don't know what's going to happen with this team," he said of the uncertainty as to whether Rocque will continue or if last rock thrower Nedohin will want to take a year off.
How can a team get to three 'A' finals, three 1-2 games and three finals in the last three years and lose them all?
Koe knows the feeling. In the past two years, while Ferbey was losing all those games to Martin, Koe was losing five of six games at this thing to Ferbey.
Ferbey, who eliminated Ted Appelman of Edmonton in the morning semifinal, delayed an hour by a problem with the ice plant, stole one on the first end only to have Nedohin flash one through the house ("that's one I'd like to have back") and allow Koe to draw for two.
When Koe stole singles on the fifth and sixth ends to take a 5-2 lead, you could see the body language of the team just sag.
"I don't know," said Nedohin. "They were just the better team this week."