Ticats set for Bombers — and weather
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
|Workers clear the west stands at Canad Inns Stadium on Saturday in preparation for Sunday's East final between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - Kevin Glenn has seen a lot worse and felt much colder, providing some comfort as he leads the Ticats into Sunday’s East final.
When they gathered for their final walkthrough early Saturday afternoon, the expected wind and cold greeted the Ticats, but it wasn’t as bad as many had anticipated.
“The conditions are pretty good for Winnipeg at this time of the year,’’ Glenn said. “I thought it would be worse.”
It could all change for Sunday’s kickoff, a noon start local time, when the wind could howl and the cold could intensify at any moment.
While Hamilton went through its light workout at Canad Inns Stadium, the Bombers decided to go indoors after spending three days in the elements.
Glenn is no stranger to playing in cold weather, having been born and raised in Detroit and playing his collegiate football in the state of Illinois.
In his third year in the CFL, Glenn recalls playing in a playoff game in Edmonton.
In 2007, he led the Blue Bombers to a win at home that vaulted Winnipeg to the East final in Toronto, where Glenn broke his arm after being hit by Argos linebacker Kevin Eiben.
And yet there are those who have tagged Glenn as a quarterback who can’t play in the cold.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I’ll leave it at that,’’ Glenn said.
Like any quarterback, Glenn must have a short memory.
When reminded of the Eiben hit, Glenn told reporters he no longer thinks of the injury.
It did prevent Glenn from playing in the Grey Cup, a game Winnipeg would lose to Saskatchewan, a game that would have been different had Glenn been able to play.
“Winning a Grey Cup would mean a lot,’’ Glenn said. “You dream about winning a championship.”
A win Sunday and Glenn moves one step closer.