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As far as Tiger-Cats' quarterback Kevin Glenn is concerned, you can throw the whole regular season...

As far as Tiger-Cats' quarterback Kevin Glenn is concerned, you can throw the whole regular season out the window now. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

Maybe the Hamilton Tiger-Cats really are right where they want to be.

All signs seem to point in the other direction — the Tabbies are limping in with a two game losing streak — but at no point in the season have the signs been right when it came to predicting the Ticats’ performance.

Home games you expected them to win — like the season opener against Winnipeg — they would lose. Home games you expected them to lose like the third game of the season at Ivor Wynne when they hosted Montreal, they jumped up and bit the Alouettes.

Who among you expected the troubled Ticats to be the only team to interrupt the B.C. Lions near-perfect regular-season run from Week 6 through the end of the schedule?

So when quarterback Kevin Glenn almost tauntingly tells the fans through the media to forget the regular season and pay attention to what’s happening right now, it gives you pause.

Clearly the Tabbies have shown themselves to be capable of beating just about anyone in the league as multiple wins over Montreal and at least one over B.C. have proved. There’s still that 0-4 record against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to answer for, but the Tabbies felt they let at least two of those wins get away.

As far as Glenn is concerned, you can throw the whole regular season out the window now.

“Just tell (the fans) to pay attention to the playoffs and leave it at that,” Glenn said Monday morning as the Ticats got in a short practice before a day off Tuesday and a return to the regular practice schedule on Wednesday.

It was this same kind of confidence that preceded the Tiger-Cats’ Labour Day win over Montreal. The Alouettes had already lost in Hamilton once this season and were determined to show the Tabbies that first loss was nothing more than an off week for the defending Grey Cup Champions.

The 44-21 beatdown that followed suggested otherwise.

Now heading into Montreal for what could be the start of a Grey Cup run — or the end of an up-and-down season — Glenn and his teammates are giving every indication it’s the former.

Even the two-game losing streak going into the game isn’t bothering Glenn.

“Once the playoffs start, what happened the past few weeks really doesn’t matter,” Glenn said. “What happened in the first week of the season doesn’t matter. Everyone is 0-0 and you’re going out to play a three-game season. Whoever comes up undefeated in that three-game season will end up winning the Grey Cup.”

In fact, Glenn puts absolutely no stock in using the regular season as a barometer for what will happen in the playoffs.

“Given the situation and the time of year, a lot of times in professional sports your record doesn’t indicate what type of team you are and this year in the league it has been that way,” Glenn said. “Every team has had their ups and downs. They’ve gone on their two- or three-game losing streaks, their five-, six-game winning streaks. You have to experience it. Tell the fans to pay attention to the playoffs. That’s what counts right now.”

And if you’ve been around the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at all this season, that approach is the only way these Ticats can go into the playoffs with any confidence.

Glenn, in particular, could easily be going into these playoffs with his confidence in tatters, but he refuses to let that happen.

The way that head coach Marcel Bellefeuille spent the past few weeks of the season getting Glenn’s backup, Quinton Porter, as much playing time as possible could shake a less confident player to the core, but not Glenn.

He begins the playoffs as the starter and expects to be running the offence right to the end whether that’s Sunday in Montreal, two weeks from now in Winnipeg or in three weeks in Vancouver.

As far as Glenn is concerned, his leash is as long heading into the playoffs as it was coming out of training camp.

“When you worry about that kind of thing, (bad) stuff tends to happen,” Glenn said. “It’s not my call. I don’t make those decisions, so you try not to worry about it. You try to go out and play for your team and your teammates. You just make the best of it.”

If Glenn were to be completely honest with himself, he would admit that the Ticats do not go into the playoffs in ideal circumstances, but rarely does any team in professional sport.

If the Ticats have an advantage it’s in that they have proven to be the kind of team that can turn it on at a moment’s notice. Regardless of what has happened a week before or two weeks before, the Tiger-Cats have, at times, found a way to come up big in the face of adversity.

In that regard, maybe the regular season was the perfect training ground all along for these playoffs.


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