Happy off the radar

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

It's been all about Troy this week.

On those few occasions when it wasn't, it's been all about Milt.

So, what about Kevin?

Funny how things work sometimes. Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn, the man under the microscope going into the season, has one of the best games of his career, Week 1, and gets virtually ignored in the days that follow.

The biggest media scrum in advance of tonight's home opener against Montreal? The one surrounding Milt Stegall, the man on the verge of CFL history.

Another large group hovered like vultures yesterday around Troy Westwood, a man on the verge of being history.

Left to answer just a few questions -- some about Stegall and Westwood, of course -- was Glenn. In the background, away from the spotlight.

Just the way he likes it.

"I don't crave the attention," a relaxed-looking Glenn was saying. "I just want to go out and put my team in the best position to win. If we get the wins, I'm happy. If the other guys on the team do well, I'm happy. I don't look for all that attention."

Yeah, but a little love, a little pub, as they say, would have been well-deserved after Glenn put up some big numbers in Edmonton a week ago.

I mean, his 416-yard output was a career high. Normally, that's good for a few minutes of face time on the tube and a column or two in the week's fish wrap.

To have that stolen by the trials and tribulations of a kicker?

"That's the way it goes sometimes," Glenn said. "Other things are more important. That game is over and done with."

For the record, Glenn thought the same thing as the rest of us: that his work in a 39-39 tie with the Eskimos rivalled anything he's done in his six-year CFL career.

"It's probably up there," he said.

"It would have been even better if we'd had the win. I'm more of a win guy. I'll take the win over the stats."

Considering the questions surrounding Glenn coming into the season, a tie and 416 yards passing will do just fine for Bombers fans. Particularly when it comes with no interceptions.

HAVE A GOOD SHOT

If the Bombers play even a lick of defence, they win that game. And if Glenn plays that same kind of football against the Alouettes -- spreading the ball around, making the right decisions and not turning it over, never mind the 400 yards passing -- they have a good shot again tonight.

And maybe some of the doubters are converted.

Because let's be honest, we're still waiting for Glenn to prove he's a winner.

The 9-5 record he put up last season in games he finished was encouraging. The game-killing interception in the East Semifinal put him right back three spaces: onto the square with the big, fat question mark.

You don't pass Go and you don't collect $200 rolling the dice like that.

Glenn doesn't have to roll boxcars two weeks in a row, but he can't come up snake-eyes tonight, either.

"Don't do anything that's going to hurt this football team," is how Bombers head coach Doug Berry put it. "By that, I mean turnovers."

Doing it against Edmonton's work-in-progress defence was one thing. Montreal's is another.

Really, though, it wouldn't matter if he was facing the Timbuktu Turtles: Glenn just needs to follow a good game with a good game. Then another.

Slowly, the doubts begin to erode. Eventually, everyone is won over: fans, coaches, teammates -- even cynical sports writers.

You see, record chases and kicker controversies don't last forever.

Eventually it's going to be about the quarterback again.

Whether Kevin Glenn likes it or not.


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