Edmonton Brier rocked on the ice
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
Patrik Duffin and Elaine Gooliaeff try some 19th century wooden curling rocks at the 2013 Brier in Edmonton. The wooden rocks were used for practice because they were cheaper than real stones. Perry Mah/Edmonton Sun
Has there ever been a Brier with better shot-making than this one?
Crazy question when you consider how this Brier began, with controversy about rogue rocks the curlers didn’t have a handle on, going where they didn’t want them to go.
Has there ever been a Brier with over 200 individual games, including playoffs, at over 90% with eight players including skip Brad Jacobs throwing 100% perfect games?
“I’ve never heard of percentages that high,” said ice maker Jamie Bourassa.
“I mean, holy spit, I can’t think of any Brier ever with percentages that high. It’s impossible to have numbers like that unless the ice was real good and the rocks were real good, too,” he said.
Bourassa gets the last laugh.
After the first three days of competition the curlers had it in their heads that there’s something wrong with the new set of rocks from the legendary Ailsa Craig in Scotland.