Wake up, smell coffee

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

Kevin Glenn didn't touch a football during the week-long break, but the Blue Bomber quarterback did touch a coffee cup.

Plenty of 'em, actually.

Glenn only got to his Detroit home for a day, as he was enrolled in Tim Horton's training the rest of the time.

You see, No. 5 owns a Tim's franchise in his hometown, so the bye week was a chance to learn the ins and outs of the restaurant business.

And the most important thing Glenn learned?

"It takes a lot to own your own business," the quarterback was saying after a windswept practice yesterday. "People think you get awarded a franchise and you just open the doors and sell stuff. That's not what happens. You have to actually work."

Funny how that is. Things don't come easy, you actually have to sweat.

Seems to me it's the same thing for this football business. You can't just show up and expect the wins to come, no matter how good your franchise was the year before.

A 2-6 record forces us to conclude that too many Blue Bombers just opened the door this season, expecting things to fall their way.

And when it didn't, when 0-1 became 0-2, then 0-3, you'd think the steady drip would have hit them like a jolt of caffeine.

I'm not sure it did.

Head coach Doug Berry didn't brew up any significant changes -- other than benching Glenn after a fourth straight loss -- and this pot of joe remained as stale as ever.

The win over Hamilton provided a whiff of something better, and over the next two weekends, against Saskatchewan, we'll find out if that was, indeed, a fresh blend on the go, or if it's time to throw out all the old stock and start from scratch.

You'd think Glenn would be frothing at the mouth after the break, dying to prove he still can be among the cream of CFL quarterbacks like he was much of last season.

But he's not. In fact, I'm not sure what gets Glenn frothing, period.

You'd think a guy who likes his tea with a cream and four sugars would be a little more wound up. If you had to encapsulate the guy in body language, you'd choose a shrug.

On whether he sees this as a fresh start for the Bombers: "It's the second half of the season. I wouldn't say it's a fresh start."

On whether he has something to prove, say, that last season wasn't a fluke: "I don't have anything to prove to anybody. I don't live life going out to prove something to somebody."

On his start: "It wasn't a perfect first half, and it wasn't a horrible first half. Things happen. It's a team sport. I would never judge myself on what we do out here."

It's just a game, Glenn went on to say. Not nearly as important as how he lives his life.

That's true, of course.

But it's also a business. And this business has winners and losers, every week. If you don't mind losing, don't abhor it, chances are you'll do more than your share of it.

"Everybody's different," Glenn said. "I don't let things get the best of me. I like to keep everything on an even keel. Some people may say that's nonchalant. Until you live a day in the shoes of Kevin Glenn, you wouldn't understand.

"I want to win as badly as anybody. Why would I be here? Why would I leave my family for six months out of the year? I could easily say I don't want to play, leave and go home."

Well, for starters it's a job with a pretty good paycheque.

"I've got a degree," Glenn replied. "That's what some people don't understand. For some people, this is their life. I love to play this game. I don't have to play this game."

There was a spark, finally. But that's all. And in yesterday's wind, it didn't stand a chance.

You come away thinking a little more fire from the offensive leader of this team wouldn't be a bad thing.

Because if there's anything worse than bad coffee, it's bad coffee that's cold, too.


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