July 23, 2012
Stamps look to build on comeback
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
CALGARY - 'The Comeback' was big in more ways than one.
The Calgary Stampeders' 17-point comeback against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week evened the Red & White's record at 2-2.
The improbable win kept the Stamps within a game of the front-running Riders and Edmonton Eskimos.
And it erased what would have been a three-game losing skid.
Stamps quarterback Kevin Glenn said the 'W' gives his team a much-needed confidence boost.
"It was huge," Glenn said. "We wanted to make sure we didn't get that third loss.
"The guys in the locker-room -- I don't want to say we made a pact -- but we focused that week on not having too many bad plays.
"You try to play perfect, but you won't always be perfect because you're human. But if you strive to be perfect, you'll come out on top a lot of the time."
He might not have been perfect against the Riders, but he was pretty close, throwing for 385 yards and four TDs.
The 33-year-old pivot would love a repeat performance against the B.C. Lions this Saturday.
"It's going to be a hard prep," Glenn said. "They're coming off two losses and they're the Grey Cup champs.
"They're going to come in here fired up."
The Lions have dropped back-to-back contests to the Roughriders and Eskimos.
But the Leos proved last year, they're capable of overcoming an early-season slump.
"They lost (five) in a row last year and then went on an 11-game winning streak, so you can never pick the Grey Cup (winner) in Week 5, 6, 7 or 8," Glenn said.
"The team that comes along and plays well late is usually the team that wins.
"So, we want to make sure we continue to get better and climb that ladder to where we're playing great football at the end."
The Lions-Stampeders rivalry doesn't breed the same type of hatred fans feel for those green teams -- the Esks and Riders.
But Glenn said there's enough bad blood to go around.
"From being in the east and watching the west, I've seen a couple of different rivalries," he said. "Saskatchewan and Calgary is one, but B.C. and Calgary is another one.
"A lot of times it's because of the defensive backs and receivers (trash-talking).
"I know B.C. is going to come in here ready to play. We're just going to have to match their intensity."
Glenn, who will make his third start with the Stamps, said he's getting more familiar with the offensive package every day.
"In any type of business, work, relationship, the more you do something, the better you feel with it," he said.
"And that's what happens in professional football."
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