Kevin Glenn keeps saying today's game is just another game.
And maybe he is telling the truth.
Perhaps he scratched his payback itch in July, when he came off the bench to guide his new team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, to a win over his old team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
When he threw the game-clinching touchdown to Dave Stala that night at Ivor Wynne, he looked right at the Bomber sideline and showed rare emotion, unleashing several exaggerated fist pumps. The smile on his face in the Ticats den after the game lit up the room.
Just another game today? Not even close.
The professional that Glenn is, he did not bite yesterday when the local media threw its lines in the water at Hamilton's downtown hotel.
"Me spending time here for five years, going back out on that field, I don't think it'll be anything unusual or new," Glenn said.
He actually said that with a straight face.
Glenn won't want to stick it to only the new Bomber regime that sent him packing in March, just before he was due a large roster bonus. He also has a fan base upon which to get revenge.
No doubt some of the same fans who are saying, 'We should have kept Glenn' were the ones willing to buy him a bus ticket out of town last November after Winnipeg's flameout in the East Division semifinal.
More than 80% of fans wanted No. 5 gone in the Sun's annual You Be The Boss poll last November. Glenn, who had a 35-33-1 record in Winnipeg, expects to hear it from the east side this afternoon.
"I know I will," he said. "I got a little taste of it during the pre-season, but this one is a little different than the pre-season and they're going to be out and they're going to be heckling us. That's all part of the game."
KEY BATTLE: Many eyes will be on Winnipeg's defensive ends and Hamilton's tackles today.
Bomber youngsters Odell Willis and Phillip Hunt played well against Ticat veterans Dan Goodspeed and Alexandre Gauthier (both former Bombers) in Winnipeg's 38-28 win on Thanksgiving.
That matchup could impact today's game greatly.
"It'll be important that we control them and move the ball down the field," Goodspeed said. "But they are good players.
"Just watching the last couple games, they've been playing really good. Actually, I think they've improved, and that's hard to do towards the end of the season."
LATE HITS: The Bombers had sold 28,025 tickets as of 4:30 p.m. yesterday. The first 20,000 in attendance today will receive a Blueout towel ... Winnipeg special teams captain Shawn Gallant (knee) will be a game-time decision today. If he can't go, Justin Shaw will stay on the roster ... If the Bombers win today, it will mark the third straight season in which they've hosted a playoff game. The last time that happened was between 2001 and 2003.
For more pre-game coverage, check out Kirk Penton's Bomber Beat blog at blog.canoe.ca/bomberbeat/