Is it still all in the Howard family?

GEORGE KARRYS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

So, Glenn Howard ... what's it like getting your butt whipped by your 20-year old son on the World Curling Tour?

There was a long, drawn-out pause.

"I think he was sort of stunned by it all," Howard finally said. "But he handled it pretty well.

"He didn't rub it in to me which is a good thing, because it would come back to haunt him."

Believe it or not, peachfuzzed Scott Howard -- still of junior curling age -- is now 1-0 versus Pops after the two clashed at a tour event last Friday in Brooks, Alta.

Young Howard plays second for Toronto's Wayne Middaugh, the two-time world champion and former Glenn Howard teammate who is competing more aggressively on the ice this season.

Father and son locked horns in the A-side final, with Team Middaugh winning 7-3.

"We smoked him pretty good, in seven ends," said Scott Howard. "I was kinda shocked when we smoked him. They're the No. 2 team in the world. They were pretty upset about that one, they were pretty quiet afterward.

"Biggest game of my life though, that's for sure."

Old Man Howard, now 48, is defending his Ontario men's Tankard title for the fifth straight time this season and still skips one of the best men's teams on the planet... even if the pipsqueak has bragging rights at the moment.

"We were chirping at each other the night before the game," said Scott. "I would tell (dad) he's in over his head. He would tell Wayne that he doesn't want to start off his son's career with a loss to his dad."

Round 2 of the family feud was supposed to occur Wednesday at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, as Howard battles Middaugh in the first draw of the Grey Power World Cup of Curling.

But Scott is competing in a major junior tournament in Ottawa this weekend with his youth squad, skipped by Matt Cam. Howard plays third.

Both of Scott's teams are currently in the top 10 of the Canadian Team Ranking System. Between his two teams, the young Howard has competed in nine consecutive tournaments in a row... with four more to come in November.

"And he's going to school, but he's never there," his father groused. "He claims it's going well. I guess we'll find out soon enough."

Scott was shocked when family friend Middaugh called him up.

"I was so surprised when (Middaugh) called me during the summer," said Scott. "I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe that I get to play with Wayne Middaugh while I'm still in juniors."

"I've known Scott since inception," laughed Middaugh.

He's not joking. A young Middaugh was competing with Russ and Glenn Howard in Japan in 1990 when word came from home that Glenn's wife was pregnant.

"He's a good kid and he's grown up well," Middaugh said. "He gives us youth and energy. It definitely adds something for me, to see somebody out there who is that excited and ready to go."

This entire Howard-Howard-Middaugh thing resembles the revolving door in a funhouse.

Scott has already played WITH his dad this season, at the opening tour event in Brockville, as an alternate.

At the StuSells Tankard tour stop at High Park in Toronto, it was Howard versus Middaugh in the final--but Scott missed that one as he was competing with his junior team in Ottawa that same weekend. He did make it back to Toronto in time to watch the final game from behind the glass.

Finally, Middaugh himself is a de facto, sort-of member of Team Howard; he is replacing Howard third thrower Richard Hart at a handful of tournaments this fall.

"You know who the real curler in the family is?" asked Hart. "It's Carly, Glenn's daughter. She made it to three provincials last year and won one of them. She's 17."

George Karrys is curlinguru.com


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