Glenn takes no joy from Bomber woes

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

HAMILTON -- You might think Kevin Glenn would get some perverse pleasure from watching the circus unfold in Winnipeg from afar.

Or even admit he is relieved to no longer be the Blue Bombers' starting quarterback after rookie head coach Mike Kelly gave him away for nothing. But Glenn had too much class for that.

"You can't comment on something that you don't know anything about," the Tiger-Cats quarterback said with a trace of a smirk yesterday.

The Bombers recently brought in their 10th quarterback since kissing Glenn goodbye before the season began and will dress three today that didn't start the CFL season with anyone.

"That's the nature of professional football," said Glenn. "You don't want that to happen but it happens. They could have kept me but things are done for a reason and you don't always know the reason why right away."

Glenn did admit to relishing the taste of victory when he came off the bench to beat the Bombers the last time they met.

"It is a pleasure when you beat a team that you used to play for," said Glenn, who's become a mentor for starter Quinton Porter, as well as being an effective backup.

Glenn played down suggestions by TSN's Milt Stegall, a long-time teammate, that he's grown frustrated with his role.

"I never once mentioned to Milt that I was frustrated," he said. "But Milt understands that I'm a competitive person and that I want to play ... Everyone knows that I want to play but I'm not the one who makes the decisions ... I'm committed to the Ticats and I'll do whatever I need to do to help us get into the playoffs and to compete for the Grey Cup."

BAD OMEN?: The Bombers had to take cabs here from Toronto because the team bus didn't show up at the airport yesterday. When they got to the hotel, their rooms weren't ready.

An unhappy Kelly was asked if he believes in omens.

"I don't know," responded Kelly, who then made a joking reference to the Omen movie. "I'm going to get on a tricycle and ride around in circles on the very top floor and see what happens. Maybe a chandelier will drop on me or something.

"We're so used to adversity right now that ... this is just another thing that we're going to work our way through, brush them aside and get ready to play football."

BRUCE THREAT: Bomber DB Lenny Walls will spend most of the day covering Arland Bruce III, Hamilton's most dangerous receiver, for the first time.

"I'm looking forward to it," Walls said. "He's a good player; he makes plays and he's a tough player. But who haven't I covered in my career?"

HASHMARKS: Bomber RB Fred Reid is determined to rush for 100 yards for the first time in four games today ... S Brady Browne has been taken off the nine-game injury list and will replace injured DL Justin Shaw on the roster ... DE Chase Ortiz will also replace injured DE Gavin Walls on the roster.

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Player to Watch ...

LB Barrin Simpson -- The man who was persona non grata on Maroons Road for several weeks is now back in the fold and playing in the heart of the defence. It'll be interesting to see how much rust the Minister of Defence has to knock off before he's back in game shape.

Numbers Game ...

26-4 -- Winnipeg's record over the last four seasons when leading at half time.

206 -- Passing yards average for the Bombers in their last six games. That's an improvement over their first seven games, when it was 157.

4-2 -- Winnipeg's record at Ivor Wynne Stadium since 2006.


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