Brad Gushue is standing by his comments about the Brier's bronze-medal game, telling the St. John's Telegram that the game simply needs to go away.
Gushue, who lost the game to Saskatchewan's Steve Laycock, said he has never wavered in his opinion.
“I said it before. I said it when I won the bronze medal at the Brier and when I lost the bronze-medal game,” said Gushue, “When I said it this time, I was being consistent.
“I meant it. I stick by it. I’m not ashamed of what I said, because it is how I feel and how I’ve felt all along.
He also went on VOCM radio and re-iterated his comments, telling listeners that while he was trying in the game, he wasn't emotionally invested. You can listen below.
Later in the interview, Gushue details just how silly the bronze medal format is using the past Scotties Tournament of Hearts as an example.
Gushue first made the comments in the Calgary Herald shortly after the contest ended. It was met by a response from Curling Canada's Al Cameron, who said the game is not held to make money but to provide consistency.
“As an organization, nobody’s making money off this and putting money in their pockets,’’ clarified CC Director of Communication and Media Relations Al Cameron. “The money made from all of the games goes right back into the development of the game, from the grassroots on to high-performance.
“A bronze-medal game is used at the Olympics, it’s used at the World Championships. Teams have to get the mindset that if they’re playing for Canada with a medal on the line, they need to be prepared to play like it means something.
While the World Championships used the same page-playoff format as the Brier, the Olympics do not. They proceed with two semi-finals and a final, making the idea of a bronze medal game logical.
The page system, of course, has just one semi-final which most would think means the loser of that semi would finish third.
Still, the game was a winner for ratings on television with 621,000 people tuning in.