LONDON, Ont. – You can’t believe everything you see, it seems, at the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier.
Manitoba skip Jeff Stoughton was left shaking his head in disbelief after a measurement in the fourth end of his morning game with Brad Gushue resulted in two points for the Newfoundland/Labrador skip, who went on to an 8-5 win in a key matchup for both squads.
“I think the rings are a little off here and there,” Stoughton said. “You look at it one way and it’s ours, you look at it another way and it’s theirs. Maybe the black lines around the eight-foot are just a little off, but one thing’s for sure – if it’s close, everyone’s measuring.”
But the law of averages prevailed in his favour in the afternoon game against Quebec when a measurement gave Manitoba three points that erased a 3-1 deficit and sent Stoughton on to an 8-4 win.