Glenn's defining moment

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Kevin Glenn was talking about opportunity yesterday, the kind that only comes around once in a while. Maybe even once a career.

It's the opportunity staring the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the face these next few weeks.

Half a dozen teams will stage a single-knockout tournament for the Grey Cup, and the Bombers are one of them.

"It's a great opportunity," Glenn said. "It's two games to get there, and then three to win it."

It's also a great opportunity for Glenn. The kind that also comes around only so often.

LASTING IMPRESSION

One month to make a lasting impression. Four weeks that could overshadow the last six years. A handful of games that could define his career.

Because if you were to look up the definition of Glenn's career right now, you'd find a hazy paragraph or two that would leave you with more questions than answers.

His record as a starter? An unflattering 22-27, including 8-6 this season.

He's never led a team to a playoff win. Never even made a playoff start.

So, you see, the real Kevin Glenn hasn't been asked to stand up, yet.

Some might argue we've seen all we need to see from the guy. That 16 regular-season games have provided enough evidence to produce a verdict.

I want more.

I want the one testimony that no amount of cross-examination can refute: his performance when the ultimate carrot is dangling in front of him. When the season's on the line.

Quarterbacks worth keeping come through at this time of year.

"This is when all guys have to do it," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said. "Certainly the quarterback is one of those guys. The ultimate grade of a quarterback is putting your team in the end zone and leading your team to wins. That's what I'm going to be looking for. Are we staying on the field, and are we winning."

Nobody is asking Glenn to carry this team on his shoulders.

Frankly, he's not good enough to do it.

What he has to do is play the kind of productive, turnover-free game he played in Hamilton on the weekend, against far better teams. Like Calgary and B.C., for starters. Then Montreal and Toronto, in the playoffs.

But Glenn yesterday didn't sound like a man coming off one of his better games of the season.

RODNEY DANGERFIELD

In fact, he was doing his best Rodney Dangerfield, minus the cigarette and the tugs at the necktie.

This is a 27-year-old who doesn't believe he's getting enough respect.

"You're never gonna make everybody happy," Glenn said. "Last year, my stats were better than they are this year, and I was still criticized. Because we didn't win.

"This year, my stats are lower than from last year, but we're winning and we're into the playoffs, and they're still criticizing. You get to the point where it goes in one ear and out the other. I don't even bother with it."

Hey, it comes with the territory.

You want to be a starting quarterback, you get under the microscope. Want anonymity, get under a ball cap.

"As long as a guy's getting wins, you can't fault him," Glenn said.

That's true. But if Glenn thinks a record hovering around .500 makes him a winner, he needs to adjust his goals.

The jury is still out. And if that's a lack of respect, so be it.

Last time I checked you still had to earn the stuff.

Glenn has an opportunity to do just that.

Is there a gear he hasn't used, yet? A defining moment, waiting to be grasped?

"That's not my job," Glenn said, a little miffed at all the second-guessing. "You guys write the stories."

Actually, he's wrong on that one.

This is the first time in his career Glenn has had the chance to take a team, his team, into the playoffs.

The page is blank.

He's the one writing this story.


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