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. . .Ray Turnbull, another Manitoba legend, also gave Jones loads of props:
"Under pressure, if I could choose anyone to make that last shot, Jennifer's the one."
"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?