Above the 49: Glenn a sentimental favorite in Grey Cup
By Daniel Fung, Sports Network Columnist
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - If there's one player who plans on soaking up the whole 100th Grey Cup experience to its fullest extent on Sunday, it would undoubtedly be Stampeders' quarterback Kevin Glenn.
When the CFL playoffs opened just under three weeks ago few would have predicted that Glenn would be one of the most talked about players by the time the big game rolled around.
The journeyman quarterback, however, now finds himself as one of the biggest storylines heading into Sunday's CFL finale between the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts.
Glenn, of course, was not supposed to be much of a factor in the playoffs let alone the championship game itself, but found himself thrust into the spotlight when it was announced just days prior to last Sunday's Western Division Final (which Calgary managed to win by defeating the defending champion BC Lions by a 34-29 score) that No. 1 QB Drew Tate would be out for the remainder of the post-season after suffering a fractured forearm in their Western Semi-Final contest against Saskatchewan.
There are those who will suggest that it was kismet that the affable Glenn will get a chance to shine in a Grey Cup game for the first time in his career.
The Detroit-native was a huge reason the Stampeders had the success they did during the regular season with incumbent starter Tate sidelined for all but four contests after sustaining a shoulder injury in Week 2. However, he was forced back to the sidelines for the Western Semi-Final by head coach John Hufnagel who opted to open the playoffs with the recovered Tate.
It's hard to second-guess Hufnagel's decision considering the Stamps not only beat the Roughriders, but it was Tate who engineered the game-winning drive with Calgary trailing in the dying seconds of the game.
However, after watching Glenn systemically tear apart the Lions' vaunted defense in last Sunday's West Final, one has to wonder if Glenn should have been Hufnagel's starter all along in the playoffs.
At least now Glenn not only gets a chance this Sunday to finish the job he more or less began with the Stampeders this season, but a chance at redemption after his last brush with near-glory back in 2007, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Glenn can certainly put himself in Tate's shoes considering he wore the same ones five years ago when he led the Blue Bombers to a berth in the Grey Cup only to have to watch the championship game from the sidelines after suffering a broken arm in the Eastern Final.
Ironically the 2007 Grey Cup game that Glenn was forced to skip took place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the same venue where this year's title contest will be held.
There are those who still firmly believe that had Glenn been able to play in the Grey Cup game back in 2007 that it would have been Winnipeg putting an end to their 16-year Grey Cup drought instead of Saskatchewan managing to end their 17-year Cup drought.
Knowing what he had to endure in 2007 Glenn would probably not have wanted his shot at a Grey Cup to have to come at the expense of a teammate's injury.
With that said, it shouldn't affect his motivation one bit as he heads into the biggest game of his CFL career with a chance to finally secure that first-ever Grey Cup which has managed to elude him throughout his time up north.
Adding further fuel to his fire is that he knows that this could be his last chance to be the go-to-guy in a Grey Cup game, especially knowing he wouldn't have been that guy this year had all the stars not aligned for him.
If Glenn can manage to repeat the same masterful performance against the Argos this Sunday as he had against the Lions last week, it's hard to imagine he won't emerge from the Rogers Centre with the right to finally call himself a Grey Cup champion.
No matter whether your allegiance lies with the Stampeders or the Argos in the 100th Grey Cup game, it's hard not to pull for Kevin Glenn to finally win the big one.
11/21 11:02:30 ET