Glenn has last laugh

Kevin Glenn played for the Blue Bombers for four seasons. (Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun/Sun Media)

Kevin Glenn played for the Blue Bombers for four seasons. (Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun/Sun Media)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:27 PM ET

HAMILTON -- The smile on Kevin Glenn's face said it all.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback stood in front of his locker last night in the bowels of Ivor Wynne Stadium and tried his darndest to say it was just another game.

Nice try.

Not even Glenn, the man whose favourite phrase during his four years in Winnipeg was "whatever," could throw that one out after he came on in relief and guided his new team past the one that dumped him, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 25-13.

When Glenn threw the insurance touchdown, an 11-yarder to Dave Stala with seven minutes remaining, he turned toward the Bomber sideline and pumped his fists several times.

When asked if he was looking at the Bomber bench in particular, his ear-to-ear grin spoke volumes.

"I think I was turning toward the crowd," Glenn said. "It's just that we're both on the same sideline, so it could have looked like I was turned toward the Bomber bench. I don't think I was turned toward the Bomber bench."

Then his smile grew wider. "But maybe I was. I don't know."

Glenn, who replaced an ineffective Quinton Porter at half-time, completed 11 of 19 passes for 151 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bombers fell to 1-2, while the Ticats improved to 2-1 and have won two in a row for the first time since September 2006.

Winnipeg hosts the Toronto Argonauts (1-2) on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly said Glenn's days were done in Winnipeg in January on the same day he traded for Stefan LeFors, who struggled mightily last night. Glenn was eventually released in March and signed with the Tiger-Cats a few weeks later.

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The Detroit native, whom more than 80% of Bomber fans wanted to dump in the Sun's annual You Be The Boss poll last November, admitted that he had thought about last night's game since the day he signed with the Ticats.

And it couldn't have turned out any better for him.

"I told everybody at the beginning I was never a vengeful person, but it does feel good to get a win on this night," he said. "It just so happens that we were playing Winnipeg. I'm not a vengeful person.

"I'll be honest. It did feel nice that it happened to be Winnipeg tonight."

Those in the Bomber locker-room didn't put much credence in Glenn's performance, saying the game was more of a defensive battle than anything.

"It was up to us to win it for our offence, because their offence wasn't doing much either," said defensive tackle Doug Brown, who made his 2009 debut last night.

"Kevin Glenn came in and made a little spark for them, but I felt we had it under firm control, and then in the fourth quarter they made a couple plays and it got away from us."

It was a brutal night for the LeFors-led offence. The Louisiana lefty completed just seven of 19 passes for 99 yards before being replaced by Bryan Randall, although Kelly said LeFors was pulled because he couldn't rotate his upper body.

The Bombers had 137 rushing yards but only 124 passing yards.

Kelly, just as he did in after the season-opening loss in Edmonton, placed the blame squarely on himself.

"It's on me," Kelly said. "I didn't put good enough schemes together in order for our guys to be successful."

When asked if LeFors would be his starter on Friday against the Argos even if he was healthy, Kelly snapped back quickly: "Stef is the quarterback here. I will take one Sefan LeFors before I'll take anybody else. Period."

Winnipeg linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown off Glenn in the third quarter to give the Bombers a 13-9 advantage, the only time they led in the contest.

Alexis Serna booted 49- and 44-yard field goals for the Bombers.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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