2015 Brier: Middaugh Makes the Call

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In the March issue print edition of The Curling News, you’ll find Brier predictions from senior columnist Terry Jones.

In the digital version of that issue, you’ll find Brier predictions from six-time champion and TCN columnist Randy Ferbey.

Now, as an added bonus, we present another round of Brier predictions from none other than Wayne Middaugh, a three-time champion (at three different positions) who always has an opinion. Over to you, Wayne!

Middaugh in Tankard action

Middaugh at the 2015 ON Tankard

By Wayne Middaugh

Let’s start with what's important and then see who is left standing at the end.

Relegation:

Prince Edward Island – Adam Casey … This team has put in the work this year and deserves to be part of the Brier... the entire Brier.

Nova Scotia – Glenn Macleod and Yukon – Bob Smallwood … Enjoy your three games in the big building and milk it for all it’s worth. You deserve better.

Main draw:

12th – New Brunswick – Jeremy Mallais … The goal is no relegation… sorry, I didn’t know who to pick in this spot and when I looked at the teams, I thought if not you... then who?

T7 – P.E.I. – Team Casey, you paid your dues on tour this year and if you keep doing that I only see you moving up on this list.

T7 – British Columbia – Jim Cotter … One of the nicest guys in the game and I want more for him, but just don’t see it.

T7 – Northwest Territories – Jamie Koe … The curling gods like you as you are what curling is all about, but unfortunately, even with everyone on your side, it doesn't make you a Brier champion. #guyhemmings

T7 – Ontario – Mark Kean … He beat us twice en route to winning his first Purple Heart and this is where I would have put us in this field.

T4 – Manitoba – Reid Carruthers … Reid was great when he became a WFC with Team Stoughton, then took a few years off from making shots. Looks like he’s back and knows how to win.

T4 – Québec – Jean-Michel Ménard … Has won this before and knows what it takes to trick the front-runners. Question is: How many tricks does he have left?

Top pick: Team Jacobs/NONT

Top pick: Jacobs/NONT

T4 – Team Canada – John Morris … Fan favourites and good guys playing in a hometown Brier. However, they didn’t put in the time on tour and on the ice this year, meaning their week on the Saddledome ice will end in a tie-breaker about Friday.

T4 – Saskatchewan – Steve Laycock ... This team can throw it hard and if they get a lead on anyone they can run out the scoreboard... although that’s not enough to win the Brier. Getting better every year and I expect to see them in the playoffs.

3 – Newfoundland & Labrador – Brad Gushue … You go every year it’s only a matter of time before you win this thing… and Brad makes enough last shots to do just that, so I expect him to be playing after the round robin… but not sure this is the year.

2 – Alberta – Kevin Koe … This team was built to win games and the 2018 Olympics, but before you win you’ve gotta learn to lose as a team (and hate that feeling). This week will be a learning experience even though I expect them to be there at the end of the week.

1 – Northern Ontario – Brad Jacobs … JJ started the mojo with the current Olympic gold medallists winning the STOH and I’m funny/superstitious that way. Watching these guys is kind of like watching Pros versus Joes; the Joes win sometimes but not often… and Team Jacobs are pros in every way. Congrats Team Jacobs!

First image by Robert Wilson; second image copyright ® The Curling News by Anil Mungal