March 1, 2013
Race for No. 4 seed at 2013 Brier is hot and heavy
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

Kevin Martin, left, Glenn Howard, centre, and Jeff Stoughton are regarded as the top three seeds going into the Brier, but No. 4 seed is up for grabs. (David Bloom, Edmonton Sun)

Ask the players and the so-called experts and they’ll tell you the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier will come down to a three-horse race.

Kevin Martin, Glenn Howard and Jeff Stoughton — not necessarily in that order — are the overwhelming favourites to grab the top three playoff spots.

The burning question, though, is who’s No. 4?

It’s going to be an eight-team dogfight for the fourth playoff spot and there is no shortage of candidates who’d like to be in the mix on the final weekend.

There’s those with the credentials, teams that have made recent playoff appearances.

Could it be Brad Jacobs, who in 2010 grabbed the first playoff spot for Northern Ontario since 1993?


“Everybody knows who the favourites are here,” said Jacobs. “They’re pretty much legends of the game. I can’t wait to get this week underway and see how we do against these guys.”

But wacky things can happen in curling and itís not beyond the scope of possibility that one of the favourites could end up out of the playoff picture, leaving a couple of spots open.


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