Curling bad boy keeps emotions in check at Brier — for now
Saskatchewan second Chris Schille was booted from a game at provincials for swearing
EDMONTON - Chris Schille can live with being part of curling’s bad boys.
The Saskatchewan second and the rest of his team, however, have been on their best behaviour this week at the Tim Hortons Brier.
“So far out here we’ve been great,” Schille said with respect to keeping emotions in check. “It’s still early in the week and things could change, but we’ve done a good job of it.
“I know that people were probably expecting to see a little more out of us and it’s not like we’ve won all four games easy. We’re 2-2, so we’ve been on both sides of winning and losing and been pretty even keel throughout it all,” added Schille after Saskatchewan’s 4-1 win over B.C. Monday afternoon.
For Schille, who is part of skip Brock Virtue’s Regina Callie rink, the Brier has been very different than his memorable trip to Melfort for the provincial championship.
It was then that Schille, who’s making his third Brier appearance after playing on Brad Gushue’s Newfoundland and Labrador team in 2007 and 2008, made headlines for being booted from a game for swearing.
“It happened then, so that’s where we left it,” Schille said of what occurred at provincials. “We really haven’t even talked about it since then.”
“It’s long gone and thankfully it didn’t affect our long-term outcome, or else it might not have been that funny.”
Schille, who initially thought he was shown the door for kicking a rock, didn’t shy away from taking his frustration public via Twitter at the time.
“No point in lying about what happened is it was on TV for all to see. I kicked (a) rock into the corner after a ‘made’ double by Brock,” Schille tweeted.
“Apparently the lovely lady never competed in her sad life official saw it differently. Instead of talking it over I was given 15 seconds ...
“To leave the ice or we forfeit the game, then given 5 more minutes to change and leave the building before being ‘physically removed’ ....
“This is clearly all very acceptable and I should probably also be thrown in jail, maximum security at that. 25 to life sounds fair.”
Enter the title as curling’s bad boys.
“People are going to do what they’re going to do,” Schille said of being considered a bad boy. “We find it kind of humorous. I’m sure some people don’t, but it’s just a running joke. It’s fine with me.”
All the fuss got plenty of attention then, but hasn’t come up this week.
“Oh no,” Schille said of other players bringing up the Melfort mishap in conversation. “If anything, it’s just friends of mine making the odd joke about it.
“The players are all in the same boat with things like that. Everyone does it. No one out there hasn’t done what I did. It just so happened that what happened in that situation was a little more than had happened before.”
While the rest of the Brier field hasn’t had anything to say about what happened last month, the Curling News’ recent video, which played on the opening of a COPS episode, featuring the rink was taken in stride.
“I watched that video they put together and it gave us a good laugh,” lead DJ Kidby said. “We had a little bit of a mishap in provincials, but we’re all past that and I actually thought that video was great. I got a lot of people saying that it was good.
“They’re happy to see that we can make a joke out of things and have a good sense of humour.”
Schille, in fact, has had some fun with his new persona, taking to Twitter Sunday night for a little fun.
“If I get to 1000 followers within an hour ill snap a broom handle over @dkidby21head on TV tomorrow! #Sawdust #Motrin”
Luckily for Kidby, Schille, who had 864 followers when Saskatchewan took the ice Monday afternoon against B.C, couldn’t break the 1,000 follower milestone in time.
“That’s Schille maybe throwing a tweet out that he shouldn’t,” Kidby said with a laugh. “But yeah, I guess people must not like me that much, because he got a lot of retweets out of that.”
“I was just bugging DJ, I said I could give away tickets to a Brier game and get no followers, but if I say I’m going to hurt you … I think it was 150 followers (I got) in 20 minutes. It was just something funny to do.”
“I came up a little bit short, so it saved him for another day.”
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