QB Glenn steps up for Blue

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

The view from the press box on Paper Bag Night, when the 1-6 Blue Bombers can get back in the playoff race -- we kid you not -- with a win over the winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats. If I'm the Bombers, I'm not lifting the blackout on this one. Some things are left better unseen.

SORRY, MOM: Games like this, I might have to ignore something my mother taught me. You know, the stuff about when you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. Somehow, I can't see the boss going for a blank page ... That'd be a good phrase to describe the first quarter -- nothing of note has happened. Other than a couple more dropped passes by the Winnipeg receivers, including one by the new guy, Chris Brazzell. I'm thinking there are better ways to introduce yourself in this town right about now ... Finally, Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn, who's been under siege, hits the forgotten receiver, Jamie Stoddard, for a 38-yard gain. Two plays later, new starter Gilles Colon hauls down a high toss, stretches for the end zone and it's 7-0, Bombers.

TO THE BULLPEN? The way this one's going, it won't be long before we see the backup quarterbacks, Russ Michna and Hamilton's Khari Jones. Glenn's taking a pounding, and Marcus Brady can't get a thing going for the visitors ... Brady throws a deep interception, but Glenn returns the favour on the next play. Nobody warming up on the sidelines, yet ... Gee, Brady can't even complete a basic handoff without screwing up. And you wonder why the Ticats are 0-6? ... Tackle of the night: Omar Evans saving a touchdown when he brings down Keith Stokes on a kick return. Problem is, they both play for Winnipeg.

RUNNIN' DOWN ROBERTS: Charles Roberts is heating up now and the Bombers are driving, as Tom Petty, fittingly enough, sings Runnin' Down a Dream. The little guy finishes it off with the major, and it's 14-0. Don't look now, but Khari Jones is warming up ... Sure enough, the Star Who Fell From Grace comes into the game to a pretty good hand. Good on ya, Bomber fans ... There goes Stokes again, this time on a punt return, and this time a saving tackle by Bomber Ron Ockimey. Can you believe it? ... Bombers blow a second field goal try, this time with a time count penalty. Then, as the half winds down, they don't manage the clock particularly well and miss a 54-yarder. Sheesh. And you wonder why they're 1-6?

GLENN STEPS UP: Second half now, and our old friend, Khari, is having no luck moving the Ticats. Glenn, on the other hand, steps up nicely from the pressure and finds Colon for 43 down the middle. Then Brazzell makes a nice over-the-shoulder grab, setting up Roberts for his second touchdown and a 21-point lead. That was 99 yards in five plays -- amazing what happens when you catch the ball ... Here comes Jones, now, hitting D. J. Flick for 46, plus 15 for a late hit by Bomber Gavin Walls. Another Winnipeg penalty sets Jones up for a one-yard TD, and it's 21-7 ... Make that 28-7, after Shawn Gallant blocks a punt and Milt Stegall makes his first catch count -- for 35 yards and a major.

REPLAY! REPLAY! All that's left is the play of the night, a 68-yarder from Glenn to Stokes, the last 55 of which featured "Replay" doing his best impression of a pinball. Think maybe this guy should play receiver more? ... So what do we make of a 44-14 romp over a bad team? When you consider how disastrous a loss would have been, it's big. Most promising sign for Bomber fans was the improvement of Glenn. This team showed enough last night that we shouldn't count them out, just yet. Especially in the dog's breakfast that is the CFL West.


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