Sunday, February 17, 2013

Where does Jen Jones rank?

Jennifer Jones has accomplished a lot in curling . . . provincial, national and world titles, loads of cash and trophies. And so Jim Bender of the Winnipeg Sun poses the interesting question: where does she rank among the all-time greats?

He pegs her as second-best in Canada and third-best in the whole wide world. That would be behind Anette Norberg and Sandra Schmirler.

Bender polled a few others and got some interesting responses, including this one from Manitoban Connie Laliberte:

"Even though Sandra's won Olympic gold, I think Jennifer is a better overall player than Sandra -- not to say anything bad about Sandra," said Laliberte, a three-time Canadian champ. "But if Sandra were here today, I think Jen would have given her a really good run. . .
"Under pressure, if I could choose anyone to make that last shot, Jennifer's the one."
Ray Turnbull, another Manitoba legend, also gave Jones loads of props:

"When you break it down, she wins games in so many interesting ways," said former TSN broadcaster Ray Turnbull. "She's never out of a game. You've seen her steal a game (2008) and to win with a big shot (2005) and that shot should have been ranked as the No. 1 shot of all time because of the situation . . . Jen Jones is as good there is."
It's an interesting debate and one that's hard to pin down due to different teams, different eras and different rules. I do know this: I think Jones may be the smartest player in women's curling history.

Where do you think she ranks and who would be your top five?

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