For anyone who missed the Brier news, it was an interesting day yesterday. A bronze medal game was played for the first time in the Tim Hortons Brier 82-year history. Normally, third place went to the losing team of the semi-final that determined the second team in the championship game. The whole game seemed like it might be a farce — one that neither Nfld. nor Alta. wanted to play — but instead, at least for our own Mark Nichols, it turned into the most emotional game of his life. His team ended up beating Alberta’s 10-5. When it was over, Nichols had tears in his eyes: it turned out to be his great goodbye to the game. He said farewell to Canadian curling fans, signed autographs, received big hugs by the boards, then came to the interview area with swollen red eyes and a big lump in his throat. “I didn’t expect it to be emotional, but it was hard not to be,” Nichols said of his last game, at least for a few years. “I am truly going to miss it. But it is something I need to do. I want to travel and do things in my career I’ve never been able to do.”