Saturday, March 08, 2008

Hot Shot

TCN’s own Jill Officer is blogging live from the Tim Hortons Brier in Winnipeg. Here’s post no. 2 ...

WINNIPEG – This week’s Brier hotshot has been declared... at least the first one – and official one – of many to be noted this week. And I’m sure the official Ford Hot Shot won’t be truly happy unless he can go back to The Gap with a bigger curling prize: the Brier title.

Saskatchewan lead Steve Laycock squeaked out a win over Ontario third Richard Hart. Heading into the final shot, Laycock had 20 points and could secure the win with a perfect double takeout, but he missed – no points.

The door was then open for Hart who was sitting at 19 points and could secure the two-year lease for the Ford Fusion SEL V6 by making the double, but he missed too. D’oh! And so, it’s Laycock heading home with the new wheels.

It's been a while since I’ve been in a media scrum…at least on the side of the mics and cameras, but I got in on the Q and A with the champ, and, well, he was a man of few words.

“You can always use a vehicle,” said Laycock, who currently drives a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am.

Nice to see a fellow front-ender come away with the big prize. Although Laycock was a skip, in another life... he won the 2003 Canadian and World Junior championships from the tee, remember?

And with that done, the games have begun. The hometown team is on the first draw against the Territories. More on that in the next post.

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