Flattered Ferbey flooded with offers
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
|Randy Ferbey, shown here in competition in 2011, received a number of job offers while in Lethbridge, Alta., to take in the world women's curling championship. (QMI Agency file photo)
LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. - It was quite a hectic week for Randy Ferbey.
After he officially announced his retirement, Ferbey showed up in Lethbridge on Thursday for the tail end of the world women’s curling championship.
Within a short period of time, Ferbey had received four job offers.
One was with the Canadian Curling Association. There were offers for coaching duties of the Chinese and U.S.A. women’s team.
Due to the fact his new business venture with Heather Nedohin’s former coach Tom Longmore is starting to show some promise, Ferbey is hedging his bets.
“Let’s put it this way, it was flattering to get the offers,” said Ferbey, who’s going to take his time before making any decision that would take him away from Edmonton for extended periods of time.
IT’S A DEAL!
During the Alberta Scotties, Calgary’s Cheryl Bernard expressed some concern about the fact CBC pulled the plug on its coverage of next month’s Players Championship.
Monday, it was announced that Bernard and Don Duguid would be the colour commentators for the curling season’s last Grand Slam event.
Shaw Media, which broadcasts various provincials finals, will be telecasting the Apr. 22 final from Summerside, P.E.I.
Scotties champion Heather Nedohin will be trying to nail down and Olympic trials spot at the event.
Bernard did not make the cut for the final eight-team field, which includes Jennifer Jones and Eve Muirhead of Scotland.
“I have always wanted to try commentating but since I am always playing, there never was a chance,” said Bernard in a news release. “When this became available, I jumped at it, and then to find out I will be sitting beside the master, Don Duguid … well, that’s just icing on the cake.”
Duguid has been part of NBC’s Olympic curing coverage since 2002 after parting ways with CBC.
Kevin Albrecht, CEO of Grand Slam of Curling, had been under the gun to deliver renewed TV coverage. It had been speculated that CTV was interested in stepping in.
Even though Shaw is not considered a Tier 1 broadcaster, Albrecht seems content that he was able to secure the deal with Shaw.
“It means our fans will see outstanding national coverage of the brand-new format we have introduced for this Players Championship,” said Albrecht.
The combined purse for the men’s and women’s event will be $370,000.
Edmonton’s Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe will battle it out on the men’s side. Brier champ Glenn Howard and Swedish champion Niklas Edin, who will be battling it out at the men’s worlds starting on Saturday in Basel, Switzerland will also be in the field.
Brock Virtue, who lost to Koe in this year’s Alberta men’s final, has abandoned his foursome and did a reverse Pat Simmons. Virtue will team up with Saskatchewan skip Braeden Moskowy, the 2011 Canadian junior champ. Two-time world junior champ Charley Thomas will take over ask skip of the Calgary-based team.