Give No. 5 his due

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

SOMEWHERE NEAR MOOSOMIN, SASK. -- What better time and place to clean out a tattered notebook than on the Trans-Canada Highway, after another sleep-deprived Labour Day weekend?

A weekend that produced one of the best Winnipeg-Saskatchewan holiday tilts in recent memory, Sunday's 31-26 air show in which the teams combined for more than 900 yards offence.

No doubt the Blue Bombers will get right to work trying to find out where co-ordinator Greg Marshall's stingy defence has disappeared to.

Watching Kerry Joseph shred it for 348 yards passing, not to mention the game-winning 27-yard touchdown run with six seconds to go, brought back memories of that historically inept 2005 team, and nobody wants to go back there.

Anybody got Juran Bolden's phone number?

On the other side of the ball, though, it appears Bomber fans don't have anything to worry about anymore, and it's been a while since you could say that.

Truth is, while Joseph had to be the player of the game -- with apologies to Bomber receiver Derick Armstrong -- the CFL's player of the year through the first half of the season might just be Joseph's counterpart on the Winnipeg sideline.

Kevin Glenn, the quarterback who can't seem to get any respect in his hometown, is making believers around the league.

The latest to marvel at Glenn's breakout season is Saskatchewan GM Eric Tillman, who goes so far as to say the Bombers No. 5 has one mitt on the Most Outstanding Player Award.

"Right now he's got MOP stamped on his forehead," Tillman was saying over the weekend. "His completion percentage is off the charts, he's incredibly accurate, making great decisions and his team is winning. What more could you want?"

Tillman's comments came before his Riders pulled out Sunday's victory, but the result shouldn't tarnish Glenn's year, to date. After all, he wasn't playing defence.

PRECISION OF BROCK

If anything, Glenn improved his chances of taking home the MOP trophy, delivering the ball with the precision of Dieter Brock, another No. 5 in Bomber history, and I never thought I'd say that.

Toss Glenn's interception-free, three-touchdown, 390-yard performance -- against the CFL's top defence -- into the statistical hopper and you'll come out with a passer rating of around 108 for the season. Anything over 100 is star material, and no other full-time quarterback in the three-down game could boast that kind of number going into the weekend.

The days of wondering whether Glenn is for real are over.

The guy just gets better and better, and right now his confidence is through the roof. He's making every pass on the field, short or deep, spreading the ball like soft butter on bread, and the multitalented Bomber receivers are eating it up.

Say what you want about how good his supporting cast is -- Glenn is making whole thing tick like a Timex.

If Glenn duplicates his first half, or even comes close, Tillman will be right.

And Bomber fans, some begrudgingly, will finally have to give No. 5 his due.

SINGULAR DECISION: Heard some second-guessing of head coach Doug Berry's decision to try to punt out of bounds instead of for a single to make it a three-point lead, late in the fourth.

The Bombers were at Saskatchewan's 46. That's no easy single. And Riders return man Corey Holmes was on the verge of breaking one all day.

Problem was Rob Pikula blew the punt, and then the Bomber defence caved in.

The problem wasn't Berry's decision.

NOT SATISFIED: A sign this year's Bombers won't settle for 9-9: the generally surly mood in the locker-room Sunday, even from the offence.

"It doesn't matter if we got 1,000 yards," O-lineman Dan Goodspeed said. "To me it's a loss. I don't want to take a positive out of any loss. End of the day, we were down, and that's not where I like to be. That's not where anybody wants to be."


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