February 18, 2013
Brock Virtue wants to break Saskatchewan's drought
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

The Brock Virtue rink, from left, coach Lorne Umscheid, lead DJ Kidby, second Chris Schille, third Braeden Moskowy and skip Brock Virtue, celebrates its victory at the 2013 SaskTel Tankard Feb. 3 in Melfort, Sask.

In Saskatchewan, “1980” is starting to sound a lot like “1967” sounds in Toronto.

It’s been 32 years of failure since the province that considers itself the heartland of curling has won the Brier.

Like the Toronto Maple Leafs in the day, Saskatchewan used to produce champions, none greater than Ernie Richardson’s four-time Brier championship team of 1959, ‘60, ‘62 and ‘63.

Garnet Campbell skipped brothers Don, Glen and Lloyd to a 10-0 title in 1955, the only perfect record registered by a Saskatchewan team at the Brier. Harvey Mazinke won the 1973 Brier in the old Edmonton Gardens. But since Rick Folk won in Calgary in 1980, curling’s gang green haven’t given the province a title team to celebrate.

With Scott Manners going 3-8, tied for last place with Prince Edward Island in the Saskatoon Brier last year, it made it an even dozen times in the past 21 years that the Combine Pilots have come to the Brier and returned home with a losing record.

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