Blitzing can be a good thing

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

HAMILTON -- If the Hamilton Tiger-Cats do a lot of blitzing tonight, expect Kevin Glenn to do a lot of throwing.

The Ticats hinted in a Hamilton Spectator story yesterday that, for the first time this season, they plan to bring the house in an attempt to get Glenn, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback, out of his rhythm.

Glenn, who is the master of the quick throw this season and leads the league in passing yards, appeared to be drooling yesterday when informed of the news.

"That's not drool," Glenn said with a smile. "As an offence, sometimes blitzing can be a good thing to you.

"I don't want to scare the Ticats out of doing anything they want to do, but we have things incorporated in our offence to where if a team blitzes, then we can take advantage of it."

KEEPING IT SIMPLE: The Ticats have condensed their offensive game plan in an effort to allow Casey Printers to have success tonight in his Hamilton debut.

"We just kind of put a mini-playbook together that was game specific for this opponent," head coach Charlie Taaffe said.

Printers, meanwhile, tried to tell the media that he didn't think he would play the entire game, but Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry wasn't buying it.

"I expect to see him the whole game," Berry said. "I'd be surprised otherwise."

NEW PAPA: Bombers left tackle Alexandre Gauthier was low on energy but high on life yesterday after the birth of his first child, a daughter, on Wednesday night in Winnipeg.

The yet-to-be-named baby was born seven weeks before her due date, but Gauthier reported that all is well.

"I had to leave after only one day," Gauthier said yesterday. "This morning was pretty tough. I slept at the hospital last night, and this morning before I left I went and held her for an hour.

"I was like, 'I don't want to leave,' but I gotta play the game."

LOOKING UP: Brandon native Chris Bauman is one Tiger-Cat who certainly won't be complaining about the signing of Printers.

Having the 2004 CFL Most Outstanding Player tossing the pigskin your way for the next three seasons can't be a bad thing.

"Confidence goes up, especially with the way the season's going," the rookie receiver said.

"With him here, people think we have a really good opportunity here to turn it around."

Bauman is used to having top-notch quarterbacks on his side, as All-Canadian pivot Teale Orban was his gunslinger at the University of Regina.

"I don't know who throws harder, though," Bauman said. "Teale puts it in there pretty quick, so we'll see."

QUOTABLE: "The morale of the team is unexpectedly very, very high. Guys are having a great time. They understand that we aren't winners right now, but I'm telling you what: We are not very far from that."

-- Printers, signalling high hopes for the future of football in Hamilton.

LATE HITS: Taaffe confirmed yesterday that neither RB Jesse Lumsden (shoulder) nor WR Jason Armstead (ribs) will play tonight ... Since beating the Bombers on Aug. 3, the Tabbies have lost four in a row ... Winnipeg is 5-5 in its last 10 visits to Ivor Wynne.


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