The Timmies Brier gets underway today and, of course, it is the first relegation Brier. Teams at the bottom will be dumped into a pool to fight it out for spots next year.
The great Terry Jones pens a good look at the new system with quotes from just about every curler whose province is on the bubble, starting with Nova Scotia’s Jamie Murphy.
“It’s horrible for everybody — the curlers, the families and the fans. You can’t make any plans,” said Murphy.
And Jonesy also provides the data that shows that it might not be the best idea to add a seat to the table for the great curling territory of Nunavut.
In the past two years, Nunavut has been an official “province” in the Canadian Junior with a pair of 0-9 records with for-against points totals of 18-106 and 23-115. Meanwhile, the Yukon, which also becomes a fully accredited curling “province,” didn’t even send a team to go against Jamie Koe for the Yukon-Northwest Territories spot last year.
The article goes on to look at the other end of the new system, the addition of Team Canada and some of the issues that move might make, especially the revolving team lineups.
You can bet you will be hearing and reading a lot about this in the next week, and most of it won’t be positive.