October 12, 2012
Calgary Stampeders QB returns to Winnipeg
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Kevin Glenn left Canad Inns Stadium last November, beaten up and thinking, ‘At least it’s the final time here.’
As he suits up Saturday for the Calgary Stampeders against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11 a.m., TSN), the veteran quarterback isn’t going to get fooled into saying ‘good-bye’ to the old relic building again.
He already did that while at the helm of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as they lost the East final last year — a game Glenn couldn’t finish due to injury.
“I want to say that I’m playing in my last game at Canad Inns Stadium, but who knows?” Glenn said with a chuckle, about the new digs in Winnipeg that were delayed a year in construction.
“What if Calgary is scheduled to be the first game in Winnipeg next year and the new stadium still isn’t done? I don’t get caught up in it.
“Fans deserve a new stadium here and they are doing their best to get it done. Sometimes, Mother Nature plays a part. I want to say on the record: I do want to be in the league to play in that new stadium.”
At least Glenn can say he played in the final playoff game at Canad Inns, as there is no chance of the Bombers hosting one this year.
When asked about his favourite memories of the old barn that was supposed to be retired a year ago, Glenn glazes over last year’s playoff outing.
“You always forget those kind of games,” Glenn said. “You need a short memory with losses. Sometimes even wins. That one is long past. It’s a totally different team and time and situation. It’s thrown in the garbage.”
There is another Stampeders player who played in that final playoff game at Canad Inns, and he has even closer ties to Winnipeg.
Offensive lineman Obby Khan played six seasons with the Blue Bombers and just came out of retirement a month into the season.
He stepped into the Bombers offices Friday for the first time since his farewell news conference in April.
It’s been since 2005 when he was with the Ottawa Renegades that Khan was a visiting player in Winnipeg, and it’s much different now than it was then.
“I finally get to hear how ruthless and brutal the fans can be on the East side,” Khan said. “I’ve always been with the nice fans on the West side. I’m looking forward to hearing the not-so-nice fans.”
Khan has some memorabilia from the ‘final’ regular-season game at Canad Inns in 2011, but he does get to suit up in the second-to-last outing here.
Through the rise of Swaggerville, Khan was on the sideline watching other offences battle the noise.
Glenn figures the best remedy for that is to score early and try to make them sit quiet in the cold.
The Bombers may be 4-10, but they are 3-4 at home, and two of those losses were within three points.
“The biggest thing for us is to start off fast,” Glenn said. “We can’t let them carry momentum from last game into this game. We have to stop it and stop it early.
“Those guys feed off turnovers and sacks, getting their crowd into it. If we score early and make them sit on their hands, then they won’t have anything to cheer about.”