Get-even time for Ticats' Glenn

Kevin Glenn's incredibly rocky year in Hamilton will be completely forgotten if he's able to...

Kevin Glenn's incredibly rocky year in Hamilton will be completely forgotten if he's able to somehow put together another solid effort in the CFL East Final against the Bombers. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:47 PM ET

HAMILTON - It was shortly after Sunday's win in Montreal when Kevin Glenn and Eddie Steele shared a quiet moment amid the bedlam, quarterback and defensive lineman looking ahead to a game that is as much personal as it is emotional.

Steele is a Winnipeg native, while Glenn helped the Blue Bombers earn a berth in the 2007 Grey Cup, only to be shown the door two years later under the ill-fated Mike Kelly regime.

“It’s a special time for Eddie and myself,’’ Glenn confided. “How fitting that it’s Winnipeg.”

Had Glenn not been hurt in the 2007 East final played in Toronto, where he broke his arm, it’s unlikely Saskatchewan would beaten Winnipeg for the Grey Cup.

Glenn’s incredibly rocky year in the Hammer will be completely forgotten if he’s able to somehow put together another solid effort in this Sunday’s East final at Canad Inns Stadium.

If ever a guy can overshadow a 500-yard passing game by an opposing quarterback, it was Glenn, who was near flawless in Hamilton’s stirring 52-44 overtime win over the Als.

Glenn would throw an interception, but it wasn’t his fault, a play down the sideline where Marcus Thigpen lost sight of the ball and essentially looked lost on his route.

Earlier in the game, Chris Williams dropped a sure touchdown pass on a perfectly thrown bomb that had the speedy wideout matched up in man coverage.

Of all of Glenn’s throws, the only errant attempt came on a post route where Glenn overthrew Williams.

Of all the plays Glenn would make, it was his mental toughness that would inspire his teammates.

Twice during the game, Glenn, who was given great protection by his offensive line, took a hit to the head after releasing the football.

When Als rush end John Bowman struck Glenn with an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet hit early in the fourth quarter, Glenn was forced to the sideline.

Glenn returned after missing one series.

“There were no doubts K.G. would be back," Williams said. “He’s a tough son of a gun, he’s our leader.”

For Glenn, a win Sunday in Winnipeg will be personal, but he’s a professional and he’s not the type to compromise the team.

A lot of people questioned how head coach Marcel Bellefeuille decided to rotate his quarterbacks late in the regular season when the Ticats were destined to finish in third place in the East.

When Quinton Porter got the start in the penultimate game played in Regina, there was even talk of some alleged rift among the team regarding the uncertainty at the pivotal position.

When a player hides behind an anonymous quote, all it does is reveal a personal agenda, not to mention how gutless and cowardly such an action represents.

The fact remains that when Glenn is on, he’s capable of playing at a high level.

When he’s off, Glenn struggles, usually with his mechanics, which often begin with his foot work and follow through.

But when he’s playing like he did in Montreal, there aren’t many better in the CFL.

What helped Glenn and what must repeat itself in Winnipeg is a ground game.

Avon Cobourne must continue to get touches as the long-awaited one-two punch of Thigpen and Williams creates more offensive options and big-play capabilities.

On Hamilton’s first major in Montreal, the Ticats lined up Cobourne and Thigpen in the backfield.

Williams would go in motion across the formation, Thigpen took the handoff from the Als 50, ran right and kept running until he crossed the goalline.

Later, the Ticats ran a variation of the play with Thigpen running left.

“Chris and Marcus are both healthy and having them on the field means a lot,’’ Glenn said.

“Each can take a simple pass and turn it into something special.”

And how special a win on Sunday, in Winnipeg, would be for Glenn.


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