Let's say, just for a moment, that quarterback Tee Martin throws for 300 yards and four touchdowns tonight when the ...
"It would give us a good feeling," Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman interrupted yesterday. "It would be a hell of a game, actually."
Hey, let us finish.
What happens if Martin lights it up in his long-awaited Bomber debut tonight at Canad Inns Stadium when the Bombers host the Edmonton Eskimos in the final CFL pre-season game for both teams (7:30 p.m., CJOB)?
Does it change things?
"No, but it gives us a lot more feeling on what he can do in a game," Taman said. "And if he struggles in the game, I don't think it's a big reflection either of what he does.
"It's just one part of an evaluation about him. We're not going to get too excited one way or another."
You just know that's not the way the pro-Martin crowd will be viewing things. If No. 1 pivot Kevin Glenn struggles in the first half and Martin shines in the third quarter, the critiquing will commence in earnest.
Taman, however, said it's way too early for that. After all, he noted, Glenn is the only Bomber quarterback guaranteed to be on the final 40-man active roster that must be declared by 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
"I understand where (the fans) are coming from, but the following for Tee is interesting, because there's two other pretty good quarterbacks, other than Kevin, who are not necessarily behind Tee, either," Taman said. "Those guys are right there. Now, Russ Michna doesn't have the name of Tee Martin, and some people might not know who the hell he is still, but Tee's the flavour of the day.
"And if Spergon (Wynn) goes and lights it up and Tee just does OK, Spergon will be the flavour of the day. And Kevin will be Kevin. And no matter what he does, they'll be waiting for him to screw up so they can cheer for the next guy. It's normal. Been there, done that. Seen it."
Glenn was declared No. 1 before training camp began and has lived up to that billing over the last two weeks. His goal for tonight is execution and continuity with the first-team offence, which, unlike last Friday's exhibition opener in Edmonton, will include running back Charles Roberts and slotback Milt Stegall.
Glenn, who completed five of nine passes for 65 yards and was intercepted once in last Friday's 20-20 tie, isn't worried about Martin-mania sweeping the 'Peg.
"If that's what the fans want to see, that's what they want to see," Glenn said. "I'm just going to go out and handle my business."
That kind of attitude, according to Taman, is what makes him qualified to be a starting quarterback in this league.
"He's handled it like anybody else in that position would have handled it," Taman said. "He hasn't (wavered) or fallen off or been worried or looking over his shoulder. He's been fine."
Glenn also looks right at home in a series of new Reebok TV commercials for CFL apparel. The spots feature Glenn and other prominent CFLers being fitted for their snazzy new uniforms by a football-oblivious fashion designer who appears to be a little light in the loafers -- not that there's anything wrong with that.
And not that there's anything wrong with a little quarterback competition, which Glenn has met with unassuming fortitude.
"We can win games with Kevin Glenn as our starting quarterback," Taman said. "And we will win games with him as our starting quarterback."
Yeah, but what if ...?