Red Raider to Big Blue

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

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On Mondays a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week, Kirk Penton goes to the trench to chat with first-year Bombers right tackle Glenn January, a Houston native and former Texas Tech Red Raider.

The Sun: What is your favourite month?

January: I've never heard that one before.

Sun: Best concert you've ever been to?

GJ: Dave Matthews at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It's an amphitheatre in Houston. There was a huge storm, and we ended up having a big waterslide. It was amazing. That's still one of the more talked-about concerts. Everybody either was at that concert or knows somebody who was at the concert.

Sun: Best player you've played with?

GJ: Gene Makowsky.

Sun: Best player you've played against?

GJ: Probably a guy named, nah ... that guy's a (jerk), I don't want to give him credit. Adam Carriker from Nebraska.

Sun: You were traded for the CFL's most outstanding player in Kerry Joseph. What does that make you?

GJ: I don't know. (laughs) It didn't really do much for me. I don't know what to tell you.

Sun: Tell us the story of your middle name.

GJ: Arwin? It's a family name. It's my dad's name. I'm a junior, obviously. You'd have to ask my grandparents where they came up with it.

Sun: Considering you played together in both Toronto and Saskatchewan and signed in Winnipeg as free agents on the same day in February, is it safe to say you cannot spend more than one week away from Steve Morley?

GJ: (laughs) Steve and I are pretty much attached at the hip at this point. The funny thing is this year we didn't tell each other where we were going.

Sun: You're kidding.

GJ: I kid you not.

Sun: But you signed in Winnipeg on the same day.

GJ: We signed on the same day. He wouldn't tell me, and I wouldn't tell him. As fate would have it, here we are. As a matter of fact, I called him the next day to congratulate on being my new teammate -- again -- and he was too excited to even talk to me because he had rewarded himself with a feast of McDonald's double cheeseburgers.

Sun: Did you get a degree?

GJ: Three. General business, finance and marketing, with a minor in real estate.

Sun: If we're buying, what are you having?

GJ: I would want a big old brisket with some jalapeno sausage from Goode Company (a Texas restaurant chain).

Sun: On June 1, 2008, you called Saskatchewan fans the best in the CFL. Is there anything you'd like to take back?

GJ: You know, you say some things ... You've done a lot of research on this, I can tell. Well, at the time they're the best fans. Now I'm not so sure. They definitely get behind their team, and they do a good job filling the stadium, and they've got a bunch of intense fans.

Sun: Is there anything to do in Lubbock, the home of Texas Tech?

GJ: Lubbock, Texas, has two things: the hottest women and the coldest beer.

Sun: Do you have any pets?

GJ: I have two dogs, English Mastiffs. One's 140, one's 160 pounds. Dixie and Taylor.

Sun: You made it to the Texas state finals in diving. Tell us about that.

GJ: In high school I was a little bit thinner than I am now, and actually, a bunch of my friends and I were sitting around one day after we had lost a playoff game, riding home on the bus. We used to always go out to the pool, and we'd just do crazy stuff off the diving board. We didn't have a diving team at my school, so I went in and I did all the proper steps to found a diving team.

Sun: What was your best dive?

GJ: A front flip with a one and a half twist.

Sun: How much did you weigh at the time?

GJ: I was 225, and actually I still go out on the board. I still have my Speedos from when I was diving, and let me tell you: They look just as good at 300 pounds as they did at 225.


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