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Pretty much what I thought it would be. Gord Hudson obviously was a great early curler (Briers) but had a relative or family friend place money on his account to boost visibility. It worked.
Jones was noted for deploying a vast variety of curlers in her 2005-2020 teams. Forgotten in all the mayhem is Shannon Birchard, the young amazon currently toiling at 2nd for canadian champion Kerri Einarson. Birchard was a last minute fill-in for Kaitlyn Lawes when Lawes was booked for the Olympic mixed w/ Johnny Morris. Birchard was a superstar at the Scotties, in a short period managing to communicate well with the usually difficult Jones. After winning Canadian gold, Birchard accompanied the team to the worlds as JJ's 5th when Lawes returned; helping JJ win her 2nd world title - a world title she really needed to cement her status as Manitoba's #1 team EVER..
Watson's dominance was more than 1942-47 as he won a pile of MCA aggregates & the last Brier before WWII postponed Briers in '43, '44 & '45 - else he would have prolly taken all 4 Briers as Manitoba champion. Watson also won the 1936 Brier (his first) at age 36 and the 1949 Brier (his final before retiring) at 45.
Howard "Pappy" Wood should have been on the list. His exploits almost as big as Watson.
So too Ab Gowanlock & Billy Walsh, both 2-time Brier winners who only won the Briers they qualified for.
Chris Pidzarko prolly deserves consideration for her accomplishments in juniors and ladies curling.
Something tells me K Einarson was near the top of the money list. Her conquest of Emperor Homan last year was one of the great triumphs in Manitoba curling history. Right now Einarson brings a slightly stronger team to the ice than Jennifer Jones. Even though she vanquished Homan in that amazing Scotties final - I'd still rate Team Homan a hair above Team Einarson overall.
Main reason - Emma stronger than Val Sweeting in most areas including calling ice, strategy, shot-making & brushing.
Rachel slightly more consistent than the mercurial Einarson but the difference has been closing the last few years.
Front ends a saw-off. Meilleur & Birchard are the physically strongest front end in women's curling history - except for Courtney & Wilkes!.
Homan's main problem is predictability. They are eminently predictable, game in and game out.
Homan is well-coached, has been for years. Einarson more a free-rider, just a wild thing who can curl 94% one game and then put in an inexplainable 65% game the next.
Einarson appears to have already surpassed Jones as Manitoba's #1 team. And her conquest of Homan in 2019 marks her as THE team to watch next few years.
I'm one of the good guys now!
Last edited by Manitoba Legend on 12-16-20 at 04:24AM
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