Kevin Glenn plays it safe
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
HAMILTON - Better safe than sorry.
That was Calgary Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn’s approach Thursday night.
A torrential downpour pounded Ivor Wynne Stadium early in the evening, making things a little slick.
Neither team got much going early in the game, but Glenn didn’t make any crippling mistakes, either.
“You always want to keep the game clean and protect the ball when the weather is like that,” Glenn said.
“I think we did a good job mixing up the pass and the run, so they couldn’t key on us.
“But we fought hard and stayed in there.”
It looked as though the Stamps had gotten off to the best possible start, stripping Ticats receiver Chris Williams of the ball on the game’s second play from scrimmage.
But Tabbies head coach George Cortez challenged the play, and it was ruled an incomplete pass.
They did get an interception as Quincy Butler picked off former teammate Henry Burris, and jumped on another Williams fumble on a punt return in the third quarter.
Since the start of the 2010 CFL season, the team committing the most turnovers has won just 11% of the time (18 of 166 games).
Prior to Thursday night, the winners of the previous five games combined for zero turnovers.
The Stamps turned the ball over twice, failing to convert on a third-down gamble and then coughing up a meaningless late-game fumble.
Stamps SB Nik Lewis surpassed Terry Evanshen for 20th-place on the league’s all-time receiving yards chart. Lewis is about 5,700 yards back of leader Geroy Simon, who is still obviously not done adding to his totals ... Stamps RB Jon Cornish’s 21-yard touchdown scamper was also his longest run of the season. Cornish, who made some great acrobatic catches out of the backfield as well, later surpassed that with a 29-yarder ... Butler’s pick in the second quarter was just the fourth interception Burris has thrown through six games with the Tiger-Cats.
Every CFL player enjoys the bye week.
Most head home to see their family for a few days.
But Stamps hulking DT Torrey Davis didn’t go anywhere.
So you just hung around the city, Torrey?
“Well, I hung around ... my bed,” Davis said with a laugh.
“I did work out at the gym. But I did stay off my feet.
“It’s an 18-game season.”
All the talk surrounding Thursday’s game centred around pivots Burris and Glenn playing against their former teams. But it was another quarterback that played for both teams who was in the spotlight at halftime as the Tiger-Cats honoured Danny McManus. Danny Mac played 17 seasons in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, B.C. Lions, Edmonton Eskimos, Tabbies and Stampeders. He was named the league’s Most Outstanding Player in 1999 ... The Stamps scratched RB LaMarcus Coker, DL Akwasi Antwi, OL Stanley Bryant and DL Brian Bulcke. Out for the Tabbies were RB Avon Cobourne, DB Chris Rwabukamba, OL Nick Hennessey and OL Pascal Baillargeon.
The Stamps secondary had kept its collective nose clean through the first third of the season. Heading into Thursday’s tilt, the Red & White had been flagged for one pass-interference call and zero illegal-contact violations — both league lows. But they picked up three flags on a single drive in Hamilton (two on Quincy Butler, one on Chris Randle) to help Burris find the endzone in the second quarter ... Is anyone else surprised it took so long for former Stamps K Sandro DeAngelis to get another look? The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed the three-time CFL all-star, who is the league’s all-time most accurate field goal kicker, earlier this week. He’ll pla