We're 'out be da dar'

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. -- It will go down as one of the greatest Scott Tournament of Hearts in the 24-year history of the event, and truly, how could it not?

After all, it was like worlds colliding, in the best possible way.

On one side you had curling, the best party sport on the planet, mixed with St. John's, the most dedicated party town in the country.

For many people, that made for a lifetime of memories crammed into a single week.

For newly crowned Canadian champion Jennifer Jones and her teammates and Hot Shot Jenn (The Kid from Nowhere) Hanna, the amazing memories will be cherished for a lifetime.

For six-time champion Colleen Jones, they will be bitter-sweet: She'll no doubt remember the devastating sadness of losing for the first time in five years but will never forget the outpouring of respect from curlers and fans alike.

For the people at CBC, the memories won't be so great, and same goes for curling fans across the country who didn't get to see most of the round robin.

But they'll all remember how the tournament ended. Forget highlight reels. That Jennifer Jones shot to win the Canadian title will be burned in people's minds forever.

So here's our final look back at the big event, touching on some of the stories that made it all so great.

STORY OF THE WEEK

If only there were just one. The end of the line for Colleen Jones, the public outcry against CBC television coverage, and the rise to near greatness of Hot Shot Hanna were all candidates, but it was all dwarfed by the very last shot of the tournament. The shot Jennifer Jones made to win was like a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the on-ice celebration was even better.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

Hanna, hands down. She arrived as an unheralded rookie and left with the respect of the curling world. She was the best pure shooter in the tournament, was one of the best quotes and showed tremendous class right to the end. The runner up is New Brunswick's Sandy Comeau, who made the tiebreakers after being given no chance by anyone.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

The performance of Newfoundland's Heather Strong, who had huge crowds backing her every move but put together a woeful 1-10 record.

SHOT OF THE WEEK

Uh, we think you know.

SECOND-BEST SHOT OF THE WEEK

With her last rock in the 10th end Hanna came through a tiny port to bump her stone right to the button and earn a 7-6 win over Saskatchewan on Wednesday.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"We have to play balls-out aggressive."

-- Ontario skip Jenn Hanna

QUOTE OF THE WEEK PART II

"I can't believe I said that."

-- Hanna again

TOUCHING SCENE

The crowd stood and roared and players from New Brunswick, Alberta and Ontario stopped what they were doing to pay respect when Colleen Jones was eliminated from the Scott for the first time in five years on Friday.

WORST MISTAKE

Conventional wisdom has it that Jenn Hanna would be a Canadian champion today had she brought her last rock of the final into the house instead of guarding a possible raise in front of the house. She left the in-off for Jennifer Jones, and we all know what happened next. Even Jones suggested another rock in the four-foot would have made it almost impossible to score even a deuce and tie the game.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN ST. JOHN'S

George Street, Signal Hill, Cape Spear, Quidi Vidi, Fort Amherst.

FAVOURITE NEWFIE FOOD

Fish n' Brewis, Jigg's Dinner, Cod Tongues, Toutins, Ches's fish and chips.

FAVOURITE NEWFIE EXPRESSIONS

Yes b'y (A response to just about any question)

Whaddayat? (means: How are you?)

Long may your big jib draw (I have no idea what it means)

I knows it's not snowin' (means: it is snowing)

Out be da dar (means: I'm leaving)

MOST LUCRATIVE SHOT

Make the last shot of the 10th end and Jennifer Jones and her teammates get a Canadian title, a trip to the worlds in Scotland, a diamond ring, an Olympic trials berth, $144,000 in Sport Canada funding and a trip to the Scott next year as Team Canada. Miss it, she gets nothing.

MOST FUN TEAM

The girls from the Yukon-Northwest Territories had a 4-2 record at one point during the week before fading from the playoff picture, but from start to finish they looked like they were having a blast. They danced up a storm during every break in the action and put on a show in the Heart Stop Lounge at night. In fact, third Monique Gagnier won the Scott Idol competition, doing a stirring rendition of Patsy Cline's Walkin' After Midnight.

FUNNIEST HEART STOP MOMENT

A somewhat pudgy fellow dropped his drawers and revealed more than anybody wanted to see to win the tattoo contest on Friday night.

MOST UNFAIRLY BASHED COMMENTATORS

While the deal the CCA made with CBC to get curling on TV is terrible, there was nothing wrong with the work done by Winnipeg's own Don Wittman and his analysts Joan McCusker and Mike Harris. Sure we all miss Vic, Ray and Linda, but these guys are pretty good too.

BEST PUB CRAWL ON THE PLANET

George Street.

CITY WITH TOUGHEST ACT TO FOLLOW

London, Ont., the site of next year's 25th anniversary Scott.


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