Old friend, new foe

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

It's the juiciest bit of potential revenge you can imagine -- but Kevin Glenn isn't biting.

Old No. 5 never did wear his heart on his sleeve when it was blue and gold, so why would he reveal his true feelings now that there's a Tiger on it?

The quarterback Mike Kelly didn't want has every reason to be salivating at the prospect of shoving the knife into his old team this weekend.

Glenn's Hamilton Tiger-Cats can keep the Professor's Winnipeg Blue Bombers out of the CFL's Grey Cup chase with a win in the season finale, here, Sunday.

Glenn, though, has taken the high road, saying revenge isn't his thing, that he has nothing to prove.

His former teammates aren't buying it.

"That's what he says," Bomber centre Obby Khan was saying yesterday. "I've known Kev for four years. It's like Brett Favre going back to Lambeau."

We all know how that turned out.

"Kev takes football very seriously," Khan continued. "He takes every game seriously. And he'll take this game probably even more seriously. He will probably feel like he can stick it to us."

That's funny, because it often seemed like football wasn't that big a deal to Glenn when he was a Bomber. He said as much to me, once.

His shrugging, "they get paid, too" reaction to losses was one of the things that made him expendable, in my mind. There wasn't enough fire. He didn't lead.

It was always "just another game."

"That's what he says to the media," safety Ian Logan said. "But as competitive as he is, you know he wants to come out and show his best performance. He's feasting for a win right now. Especially after we beat them at their home last game. Who wouldn't be? The fans kind of gave him a hard time last year. He's got a lot to prove. He can't wait, I'm sure."

Kevin Glenn, a fiery competitor -- who knew?

Heck, he barely raised a stink when Kelly cut him.

Apparently, it was all an act. The guy just didn't want anyone to see him sweat, I guess.

"If you played with him here, and you were around in the off-season when he was moved out, you know this means something special to him," D-lineman Doug Brown said.

Kelly cost Glenn a huge chunk of change, not only releasing him before he was due some big-time, pre-season bonuses (some $150,000 worth), but also forcing him to start over in Hamilton, earning a backup's wage.

Starting the season behind Quinton Porter, No. 5 has played so well the Ticats eventually made him their starter.

Which brings us to this week.

Glenn might not tell us how badly he wants this one, but one of his old receivers sure knows.

"Badly," Terrence Edwards said. "I know him pretty well. I don't think you could write a better script for Kevin. Take a franchise that hasn't been in the playoffs for a while, prove a lot of people wrong who said what he can't do... and knock the team out who released him. A perfect script for him."

Even the Professor can appreciate this story line.

"I guess there's irony to it," Kelly acknowledged. "I don't want to play that up to be anything bigger than what it is. There'll be a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, and a little bit of a chip on ours and it should make for a good afternoon."

Seems to me it also provides a final judgment on the Professor's decision to hand Glenn his pink slip.

The jury's been deliberating for 17 weeks, now.

Sunday, we get the verdict.

"I don't think so," Kelly disagreed. "Would one or another player have made either team that much better -- who knows? It's worked out for Kevin, and good for him. And we're playing the game that means something. Good for us."

Only if you win, Professor.

Only if you win.

Contact Paul at paul.friesen@sunmedia.ca or 632-2788.


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