Belair Brad beats the ‘Big Boys’ in town

Belair Brad beats the ‘Big Boys’ in town

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It was another classic situation – the final end of play, the underdogs (Belair Motel) are down by one point but they have the hammer. 
Their opponents this night are the Big Boys (Town/Parks and Recreation), who are the reigning champions of the Corporate Curling League and the current leaders in the standings. 
The Belair team is led by skip Brad Ottenbreit and he has been unconscious all night, making shots like a real skip would, and absolutely amazing are his teammates, Dale and Kelly. 
The Big Boys are led by world renowned skip and ice maker, Norm Card, who is feeling pretty confident that his team can not only win the night but also win the year. 
So it comes down to skip stones in the final end. Confident Card puts a rock at the back of the house and if that rock stays where it is, the game will be tied. Belair Brad has to just lightly tap that rock out of contention and then roll over to the centre of the rings, under cover. It is a delicate shot, not needing power, but needing finesse and just the right amount of speed.  He throws, Kelly sweeps, the rock curls – perfectly – to end up counting.
Confident Card has one rock left. He lets it go, it glides down the path, sweepers Bruce and Mark pound the ice, the rock curls just enough to be half buried, and is the closest to the button.  If this rock stays, Card’s team will win.
The final rock – Belair Brad concentrates, digs deep. He has to chip that last rock of Card’s with enough force to push it out the other side of the rings so that he will sit two and win. He hesitates, he rolls the rock back and forth. Forty-four pounds of granite has to hurtle 120 feet down the ice and hit another 44 pounds of granite within an inch of target for him to win. He breathes deep, swings the rock behind him, and delivers. On target, how is the speed? Looks good, curling just enough, contact!  And he has done it. Belair Brad’s team has beaten confident Card!
On the ice right next to them, the Edward Jones Perennial second place team has also won, so they remain in a tie for second place with Belair Brad.

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