Main event: Glenn vs. Joseph

Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn during practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., Aug. 6,...

Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn during practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., Aug. 6, 2012. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:41 AM ET

CALGARY - At one point in time, Kevin Glenn vs. Kerry Joseph was a main event matchup.

It was once on the marquee for the Labour Day battle between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The two went head-to-head again for the CFL’s most outstanding player award that year, and then they were supposed to meet in the 2007 Grey Cup …

“He only beat me out because my arm was broken,” Glenn said with a laugh about the Riders title win.

“In the game and the awards. My stats are better than his. It was only because my arm was broken. They couldn’t give it to me because I wasn’t playing in the Grey Cup.”

Well, that’s only partially true. Voting was done before the injury.

Still, Glenn contends he handed it over by getting hurt.

“That was five years ago,” Joseph said. “It’s old news. There’s been four other MOPs since then. I’m just thinking about the present and the opportunity I have right now.”

Those were the old days, when both were undisputed starters. On Monday, it’s a meeting for veteran backup quarterbacks pressed into action because of injuries to No. 1 guys.

While Glenn has been playing consistently since Week 2 when Drew Tate went out with a shoulder injury, Joseph is making his first start for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Steven Jyles is hobbled by a leg injury after leaving last week’s victory over the Toronto Argonauts.

Joseph got the nod early Sunday morning before the team left for Calgary. It will be his first start since finishing out the 2009 season as a member of the Toronto Argonauts.

“It’s been a long time,” Joseph said. “I will probably have some nervous energy going at the beginning of the game but it’s football.

“You get behind centre and do what you’ve been asked to do. I have talent around me so I don’t have to do everything.”

The past few years have been tough on Joseph.

Right after leading the Riders to a Grey Cup win, he was dealt to the Argonauts and put in a quarterback controversy with Michael Bishop.

He suffered through two losing seasons in Toronto, including a midseason coaching change and the failed tenure of Bart Andrus.

After getting released by the Argos when they swept clean their coaching staff after the 2009 season, he didn’t get another call until late the following year.

When the Eskimos dealt Ricky Ray to the Argos this off-season, Joseph became a key part of the team in giving them a veteran backup.

So replacing Jyles and moving the ball — like he did in last week’s 26-17 victory over the Argos — is exactly what the Eskimos expect of him.

“We’re behind him and ready to play for him,” Eskimos receiver Cary Koch said.

“To see him get up and run, a lot of quarterbacks can’t do that. We trust him to do that. He’s made some good throws and made smart decisions.”

Both Joseph and Glenn are making their first starts in the Battle of Alberta Labour Day Classic, and both have been in the other rivalry games.

The expected matchup of former Roughriders QBs Jyles and Glenn turns out to be a matchup for former Riders QBs anyway.

Funny how that works out.

“Maybe somebody should do a documentary about it,” Glenn said. “Maybe those quarterbacks who actually played in Saskatchewan could actually get paid for this. You could turn us into reality stars.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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