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PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

He doesn't carry a rabbit's foot or grow four-leaf clovers, he hasn't hung horseshoes in his locker and, as far as we know, he hasn't struck a deal with the devil.

But if anybody out there knows of a wonder drug that prevents injuries, Kevin Glenn is all ears.

"If there's something out there, please let me know," the Blue Bombers quarterback was saying the other day. "We don't want to do what happened last year."

Ah, yes, last year. When Glenn blew a wheel and the wheels fell off a pretty good looking Bomber outfit.

The boys were 5-2, you may recall, boasting a defence that could knock the wind out of autumn and an offence that efficiently went along for the ride, led by an improving Glenn, playing his first year in Doug Berry's old Montreal system.

That's when the last-place Hamilton Tiger-Cats came to town for what looked to be a gimme. The Bombers got it, all right, and so did Glenn, felled with a knee injury that would knock his team from the high-rent district to the low track.

Glenn would recover -- after four straight losses -- but by the time he regained his form the damage was done, and the Bombers remained a shell of their former selves, going 4-8 the rest of the way.

Fast forward to the present, and the Bombers are again in seven-game heaven, or at least first in the East, this time at 4-2-1, and this time on the backs of the offence.

Now a master of Berry's system, Glenn is the top-ranked, full-time quarterback in the land on the top-ranked offence in the land, with the defence basking in the slipstream.

Which raises the question: can lightning strike twice?

And if it does, are the Bombers better prepared?

Let's begin with Glenn, not exactly a model of durability over his career.

No. 5 says he did more than he's ever done in the off-season, trying to get stronger so he can take the hits over an 18-game schedule. Beyond that, it's in the hands of fate.

"I don't even worry about it," Glenn said. "If it happens, it happens. There's nothing you can do about it. I mean, Michael Bishop's injury, you can't prevent that. He's probably one of the more fit quarterbacks in the league, and that happened to him. It's just unfortunate.

"I try to look at it like if I don't think about it, it won't happen."

So, of course, we asked him a few more questions about it.

Like, with the Bombers thinner than a super model at quarterback, what's it like knowing the season hinges largely on his health?

"For myself, personally, I need to stay healthy. And for the team, also," Glenn said. "I do the off-season workouts and you try not to take unnecessary hits when you're in games. You make sure you get down and slide to protect yourself. The refs are doing a good job of protecting the quarterbacks this year."

So are his blockers, which might be a surprise, considering members of his O-line are still getting to know each other.

As for the second part of the equation -- whether the Bombers are better prepared, just in case -- the man in charge insists they are.

"Because (Ryan) Dinwiddie's been in the system now for quite a while and knows exactly what we're doing," Berry said. "Compare that to where we were a year ago (with) new guys coming in and trying to learn the system, we're way ahead."

Of course, we won't really know until Dinwiddie plays. I suspect nobody's in a hurry to find out.

Nobody's watching all this unfold with more interest than Bomber CEO Lyle Bauer, the man whose eyes are fixated on a bottom line that threatens to break club records -- if the stars continue to align.

"We've played seven games -- we still have 11 to go," Bauer cautioned. "A lot can happen in that time frame."

That's precisely the problem.


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