Comes with territory

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:25 AM ET

Apparently, Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn doesn't like being the centre of attention.

At least, when things aren't going well.

This past Monday, Glenn refused to do an interview, just the latest in a series of media brush-offs that suggest the guy knows little about the territory that comes with being a starting quarterback.

His Terrell Owens-like behaviour this season includes the refusal to talk right after a game (Week 3 vs. B.C.), his media blackout the days after that controversial hit against the Eskimos 10 days ago and his game-playing with the media -- making them wait, on deadline, while he brushed his teeth -- in Edmonton last weekend.

And when he does grace his public with the spoken word, it's becoming apparent he has little respect for the people who find his team and his job worth reporting on.

It's become an issue with the Bombers, too, as they pulled Glenn aside this week to remind him he's a quarterback in a league that, unlike Owens' NFL, needs all the publicity it can get.

In case the team's message doesn't get through (and with other players here, it hasn't), we thought we'd provide our own advice.

Since it's about facing the music, we thought we'd put it to a soundtrack of tunes from some of Winnipeg's best-known artists, starting with:

- Shame Shame, by Harlequin

We can't think of another CFL quarterback who'd act the way Glenn has this season.

Anthony Calvillo and Ricky Ray don't just make themselves available, they actually engage in conversation. All too often, Glenn insults his own, and everybody else's, intelligence with stupid cliches, "we didn't make enough plays" being my personal favourite.

-Undun, by The Guess Who

He's come undone, all right. It's no coincidence Glenn's treatment of working journalists has deteriorated along with his team's record.

They say trying times bring out a person's true colours, and I suppose we're seeing Glenn's this season.

Occasionally he'll even be ornery after a victory, as if trying to prove it has nothing to do with winning and losing. Sorry, we're not fooled.

- Lookin' for a Leader, by Neil Young.

As Bomber GM Brendan Taman told me this week, being the starting quarterback means you're the primary spokesman from the player ranks.

After a win or a loss, after you've thrown for 400 yards or 40, tossed five touchdowns or five interceptions, the people who make you the highest paid player on the team want to hear from you.

It's like being the captain of a hockey team.

Leaders embrace the responsibility, even though it's not always fun.

Glenn too often hides from it. Lately, he's disrespected, even abused, it.

That's not leadership.

- You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, by Randy Bachman

Glenn thinks some members of the media have been too hard on him and the Bombers. Apparently, some of us only want to interview him after losses.

Allow me to take you back my column from Sept. 24, after back-to-back Bomber wins, citing Glenn's dramatic improvement in his previous three games.

Memo to No. 5: your media coverage is reflective of your, and the team's, play. If the Bombers were 9-5, we'd be writing more Harlequin Romances.

If this team doesn't beat the Toronto Argos, here, Friday, it's going to get Stephen King-scary.

-One Great City, by the Weakerthans

The Weakerthans mention the Jets, not the Bombers, in this song mocking our old civic slogan.

But the repeated line, "I hate Winnipeg," could very well apply to the feeling some quarterbacks had at the end of their Bomber careers.

This could still end up being one great city in Glenn's pro career. Or it could end on a sour note.

Much of it is up to the man singing, or not singing, the tune.


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