November 26, 2012
Stampeders QB Kevin Glenn: 'It's not the end of the world'
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Kevin Glenn was pretty sure the sun was going to come up Monday morning.
So there was no way he was going to beat himself up for being the quarterback of the losing team in the 100th Grey Cup.
"You guys are making it seem like somebody died," Glenn said in the locker-room after the Stampeders' 35-22 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Argonauts.
"We lost a game. We lost six of them in the regular season. This just so happened to be the Grey Cup. It's that much worse because a ring was involved.
"It would be something to look back and say we won a Grey Cup and got a ring. Nobody could take that away from you. That's the tough part.
"It's not the end of the world. I know a lot of people have a lot of negative feelings. If you have ever played pro sports, you would understand. You go from such a high last week to such a low this week. You have to find some way to buffer it and keep those negative thoughts away."
Even moments after losing their final game of the season, the Stampeders seem to feel this year was a great success, regardless of the result.
This is a team that overcame a lot of obstacles just to reach the championship game.
In the playoffs, they lost their No. 1 quarterback (Drew Tate) to injury. During the season they generally had 12 or 13 players on the long-term injured list.
Every time someone went down, somebody else stepped up, as Glenn did for Tate when he couldn't play last week in the West final due to a fractured wrist.
The clock struck midnight after that game, though.
Early in this Grey Cup game, it was clear the Stamps were out of ideas as to how to keep this freight train moving.
The six-game winning streak came to an end with a thud.
There is no one area to point the finger at, though. Glenn and the offence couldn't put up touchdowns when that's all they did over the past six weeks. The rushing attack never found its legs as the Argos stuffed Jon Cornish half the time he touched the ball.
The Stamps defence was bowled over by running back Chad Kackert and every time their special teams did something good, they took a penalty to negate it.
If Glenn had just this game to prove he should be a No. 1 quarterback next season, it wasn't a good outing. He did have a solid season for the Stamps, but it ends on a low point.
"This could have been any game," Glenn said. "It just so happened to be the 100th Grey Cup, so it feels bad. We're disappointed we couldn't put more points on the board and have a better display of our offence.
"We know we're better than that. Tonight it just didn't happen. The only thing you can gain from this is everything that went on this week to the game.
"Hopefully you get back to this game next year or the year after. You keep pushing."
Cornish shares Glenn's glass-half-full optimism.
"You know I'm a pretty level-headed guy," Cornish said. "We're second in the league. I think we've accomplished a lot this year. We've dealt a lot with a lot of injuries. We've dressed 72 different players.
"Any time you do that, you don't know what the results will be. Second in the league, losing the Grey Cup, that's as good as a result as we could have hoped for with this many injuries.
"At the end of the day, nobody died. We still get a Grey Cup cheque ($8,000 per share) and it's half of what we wanted. There are positives to these."
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