Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Hovel of Fame
Although I quickly found out last week that Kevin DOES NOT like being addressed as K-MART I do think he was one of the most wonderful players THE GAME HAS EVER SEEN - - -
Ken Watson is #1 in everyone's mind but the list narrows to just a few elite shooters after Watson
K-Mart is one of them, right up there with Kevin Koe, Don Duguid & Al Hackner at his best.
I'd put a ton of old-timers like Matt Baldwin, Hector Gervais, Ernie Richardson, Billy Walsh, Ab Gowanlock but the sad fact is they played in the short slid era - where 75% made shots usually assured a championship. Looking back over old Brier films the amount of misses is amazing - sheer volume.
Kevin doing that "No-Shot" vs. Porky aside - he was a marvellous strategist and despite an awkward looking slide (remember K-Mart was over 6 foot and tipped in around 200) he could make everything from power angle raises to delicate tap-backs when engaged in a game of 'House-Stacking".
I'm reserving one space between Watson and Martin - and that's for Brad Gushue.
If Brad can go 3 for 3 x 2 - ie. 3 Briers, 3 Worlds + the one Olympic gold - he'll zoom past K-Mart immo
Big if - but Goo is young enough and his team good enough to take on all comers. Jacobs is now a perennial threat but all the other top guys have disbanded and re-booted (ie. Koe, McEwen, Epping, Carruthers, etc)
Brendan Bottcher and his youthful Happy Gang might be the only ones who are most capable of derailing Gushue from a 3 x 3, next season.
I'm one of the good guys now!
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