Mike McEwen doesn’t call them superstitions. He prefers “quirks.”
Last week, McEwen didn’t appear at the news conference unveiling the top seeds for the provincial men’s curling championship, leaving his third, BJ Neufeld, to do the talking.
It’s the third straight year the skip has been conspicuous by his absence.
“The last two seemed to work out,” McEwen said, Tuesday, referring to his status as the two-time defending champ. “The first one, the guys just said it’s time for a change. And then we won. And then they’re like, ‘Well, you’re just not doing it anymore.’
“I have my quirks, for sure. (Not) going to the seeding conference is now one of them. The team enforces it.”
The 37-year-old McEwen says his other quirks are nothing too crazy. If, that is, you don’t think wearing socks and shirts for days on end because they somehow bring luck isn’t too crazy.
“If you lose a game, you’ve got to change your shirt,” he said. “Maybe socks, too. Stuff like that. We don’t really have that many team shirts. We’ve got two colours, so if one loses, we might be wearing the same colour a lot of games.”
The colours he wants to wear again, of course, are Manitoba’s, in another Brier.
“We’re excited to try to defend this thing again…. it’s the hardest province to win and we’re excited to try and make it three.”