timberland discounts Ernie Richardson cheering for Steven Laycock and Saskatchewan at the Brier
“I just want to watch Saskatchewan win another Brier before I die.” Ernie Richardson.
REGINA Ernie Richardson is 86 years old.
Harvey Mazinke and Rick Folk have been the only skips from the heartland of curling to win it since then. Mazinke won it in Edmonton in 1973 and Folk in Calgary in 1980.
Ernie, Arnold, Sammy and Wes Richardson won it four times in a span of five years and nobody from Riderville has won it in the last 37 years. And this year team, skipped by Steven Laycock came out of the gate at 0 2.
At the wonderful opening ceremonies, there were 76 curlers all of them wearing the green and white sweaters out there.
all won the provincial championship and played in the Brier. It was nice to see them all together like that. They never be all together like that again, Ernie Richardson marvelled at the mass of them packing the bowels of the building before being introduced.
collection of losers ever assembled, your correspondent joked.
That when he said it.
just want to watch Saskatchewan win another Brier before I die. when the Richardsons were on top of the curling world, the belief was that Saskatchewan would win a multitude of Briers.
Saskatchewan, we used to have to most curlers of any province in Canada. Back in the old days there was nothing else to do during the cold winters for the farmers and everybody else, so they all went curling, said Richardson.
curling population has slipped. We don have the number of curlers we used to have. I disappointed in that. But I didn even start curling until I was 21.
didn take it up until we did because we had nothing else to do in the winter either. I was just a rough labour guy then. We just decided to put a curling team together for something to do. That how we started. figures it could finally happen this year with Laycock having put together a team with 22 year old Manitoba import Matt Dunstone throwing fourth rocks.
team we have now, if they play like John Shuster did at the Olympics and get hot at the end like Shuster did and catch the other teams just a shade off their games they have a chance to win the Brier.
be cheering for them. said this would be the year to do it.
was a lot of fun to come here and see all those guys wearing their old uniforms and being part of the ceremonies. Boy, there were a lot of familiar faces. Every time you looked at one of them you kind of remembered their story from their Brier that year, too. With Sandra Schmirler team and her daughter throwing the first rock it was a pretty cool ceremony in general. They did a really good job.
look around at all those guys from all those Briers and you see a lot of really great curlers. It amazing that since 1980 no one broke through and won this thing. There were certainly a lot of people out there in those ceremonies who were capable of it. his team of import third Dunstone from Manitoba and the frontend brother combination of Kirk and Dallan Muyres, Laycock figures there potential to do here what American Shuster did at the Olympics.
definitely do. You look across the field here with all the top teams and there nobody here we haven beaten. As long as we keep ourselves in striking distance at the end of the week, I don now why we couldn have that kind of outcome. losing 5 2 to Quebec for openers Saturday,
Saskatchewan came within a heroic sweeping job by Reid Carruthers front end from scoring three in the 10th end and ended up losing to Manitoba in the extra end in Sunday morning draw.
doesn matter when the losses happen. I didn think we were going to go through this pool with less than two losses, said the skip.
CURLING IS HEADING TO VEGAS
REGINA When Ernie Richardson ruled the curling world they played 12 end games, they played for prizes like cars, fridges, watches and an assortment of donated bonspiel prizes.
They played with corn brooms, wore wool sweaters and good shots were often more good luck than good sweeping.
He won the first world curling championship, then called the Scotch Cup played in Scotland involving two teams Canada and Scotland. Ernie is looking forward, all these years after the first one in 1959 to going to the world championships this year. In Las Vegas!
going there with my whole family, eight Richardsons, said the old skip who winters in Arizona.
that something. A world curling championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. And I think you really going to see a boom in curling because of John Shuster winning the Olympics and the mixed doubles. I still like four man curling better but I liked that too. If it something that is going to promote curling, I for it. brings us to this 16 team, two pool, Nunavut included Brier we dealing with this year.
teams? That seems like a lot. The Nunavut boys will have a thrill coming here but they won win a game, of course. I lave nothing against them. They curlers. I love all curlers. They have to be good people or they wouldn be curling. But I don know about them being in the Brier. And I don know about this Team Wild Card idea. I definitely don think we should have a wild card.