One lousy memory

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

TORONTO -- Kevin Glenn sat alone on an equipment bag at the end of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers bench, far from his teammates, his head in his hands.

He'd just thrown the interception that ended the Bombers' hopes for a last-minute, game-winning touchdown against Toronto in yesterday's CFL East semifinal.

A potential defining moment had turned sour.

His first career playoff start, a lasting memory that he'd rather forget.

"This is a tough one," Glenn said after the 31-27 loss.

"After we battled adversity, and then came back... and then the last drive. I don't know. It's hard to put into words.

"You're going back and forth, back and forth. That's what playoff football is supposed to be like.

"We knew it was going to be like that. Toronto is a veteran team, and they've been there before. It's a really bad feeling."

For much of the second half, it appeared Glenn was about to offer the ultimate answer to critics who question his ability to lead a team.

After struggling to complete passes in the first 30 minutes -- he managed two for just 19 yards -- Glenn had led the Bomber offence to three straight touchdowns.

A CHANCE

But he needed one more to lift his team to within one step of appearing in its own Grey Cup game.

He got a chance, too, the ball in his hands with just under two minutes to go, the Bombers down by four.

Five straight completions later, he'd taken his team to the Toronto 26-yard line.

His next pass, though, was stolen by the Argos' Orlondo Steinauer.

It was a bitter end to a season in which Glenn made considerable progress, posting a 9-5 record in games in which he started, and finished.

Like it or not, it'll be one of the most remembered plays of the Bombers 2006 season. "You don't judge a player on one play. Or one drive," Glenn said.

"You judge a player or a team on what they've done over the course of a season and where they came from.

"We're a lot better than we were at this point last year. So all we have to do is keep taking steps forward."

Bomber head coach Doug Berry, asked if the interception could hurt Glenn's development, said he hoped not.

"It's one bad play in a game where he played pretty darn well," Berry said.


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