You can exhale now

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Maybe there was something to all those e-mails last week. Maybe suggesting God is a Blue Bomber season ticket holder was blasphemy, after all.

How else do you explain what happened to quarterback Kevin Glenn in Hamilton on the weekend?

Barely touched by a defender on a play in the second quarter, Glenn was suddenly in pain on the Ivor Wynne Stadium turf, favouring his right knee.

The guy's taken harder hits in his sleep, for crying out loud.

What's this, a warning from the Man Upstairs?

It was after the Bombers rolled over Saskatchewan in the Banjo Bowl that I came to the conclusion this team is receiving divine intervention this season.

Everything was going the Bombers' way: Milt Stegall's touchdown record, the superhuman play of quarterback Kevin Glenn, the sudden appearance of Juran Bolden and Ike Charlton just when the defence needed them, and five straight sellout crowds. Perhaps this team was blessed from above, was my conclusion.

Nothing like a little knee injury to its most valuable player to put those thoughts to rest.

Glenn, they tell us, will be fine and probably won't even miss a game.

But I've certainly learned my lesson. So I take it back: the Big Guy is not a Bomber season ticket holder, after all.

I'd sure like to know what he's got against the Tiger-Cats, though.

This has to be the worst CFL team since, well, the 2003 Ticats, who went 1-17. These guys give away more points than a Vegas oddsmaker.

You thought quarterback Casey Printers was going to make a difference? I'm not sure Tom Brady would.

Hopefully, first-year head coach Charlie Taaffe didn't leave a good job down in the U.S. to take this one, because he could be the second coming of Vince Lombardi and he'd have trouble turning this 1-10 outfit around.

So no, I wouldn't take too much from Saturday's 34-4 pasting.

The Bomber defence looked just fine, but at the same time Hamilton's offence was inept.

Full marks to Tom Canada and a pass rush that's as relentless as a north wind.

It's true, they're not likely to get many more free shots at a sitting duck like Printers, playing on just a few days in Hamilton's system.

But after some hiccups earlier this season, the dirty dozen is back where it belongs this week: near the top of the CFL rankings, at No. 2. When the northwesterlies blow and the mercury drops, this is the unit that needs to be rock solid, and it's getting there.

NOT THRILLED

Head coach Doug Berry, though, was right not to be thrilled with the offence, which wasn't very good in the red zone. The loss of Glenn obviously was a factor.

And what of Ryan Dinwiddie, the man on the hot seat if Glenn's knee pain turns out to be more than a tweak?

The backup quarterback looked OK at the controls, but I'm putting about as much stock in his performance as I would if it came in garbage time, which it basically did. It was fine, but can he do it when the game's still in doubt and the opponent still has some interest?

We still don't know the answer to that.

Of course, we may never find out.

Glenn says he'll likely put a brace on his right knee to match the one on his left (why do athletes wait until they get hurt to take precautionary measures like hockey visors and knee braces?). So if he hits the practice field as usual today and nothing flares up this week, it should be business as usual for the CFL's No. 1 air attack.

And Bomber fans can exhale, knowing they may have dodged a bullet.

In the same breath, they might want to look up and say a word of thanks.

Not that anybody's listening.


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