GLENN NOT COCKY
Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn, who spent five seasons in Winnipeg, expects to see a different Bombers team on the field today than the one the Stamps crushed 44-3 on Sept. 14 in Calgary.
A month ago, the Bombers were at a low point in their season, in the process of losing a fourth straight game. The Stampeders were up 27-0 at halftime and jogged home.
"They're playing in front of their home crowd, coming off a big win in Montreal," Glenn said Friday at Canad Inns Stadium. "Last time I made it clear (to the Stampeders) that the record they were at was no indication of the type of team that they were.
"The biggest thing for us to do is to start off fast. We've got to not let them carry that momentum from last game over to this game. We need to stop it, stop it early. Those guys, they feed off of turnovers and sacks and getting their crowd into to it. They really play off of that. If we can keep their crowd out of it, score early and make them sit on their hands, then they don't have anything to cheer about."
Glenn, known for his sense of humour, finished off his media interviews joking by about playing his last game in Canad Inns Stadium.
"Well, we don't know if it's the last trip. Last year they told me it was the last trip and now I'm back here. Are you sure? Can you promise me?" laughed Glenn, referring to Winnipeg's new stadium, which was scheduled to open this season but did not due to construction delays.
PLAYING FOR THEIR LIVES
IT'S playoff time for the Bombers, says long snapper Chris Cvetkovic.
Whether the post-season is within their grasp or not, the Bombers need to play like it is.
"It's huge, it's a playoff game for us. Everything is a playoff game from here on in. We've built what we're in right now and so it's all about playing like it's a playoff game," said Cvetkovic, named the winner of the Bombers' 2012 Ed Kotowich "Good Guy' Award for excellence in the community and on the football field. He runs the non-profit Cvet's Pets, which helps no-kill animal rescue organizations in Winnipeg. "They gave me the award, which is a great honour, but there's lots of guys on this team that volunteer their time," said Cvetkovic. "We try to embrace the community any way we can, we appreciate our fans and we know what they bring to the table."
CORNISH CAN'T RUN WILD
STOP the rush is the name of the game for the Bombers' defence. What this really means is trying to control the freight train that is Jon Cornish, the CFL's rushing leader, with 1,188 yards on 194 carries, with nine touchdowns.
"You have a guy who can slash and go downhill and get the ball moving, so first of all you've got to stop him," said Bombers defensive end Jason Vega. "Then you've got Kevin Glenn moving around out of the pocket, they do a lot of things well."
Cornish needs five yards to pass Gerry James for the fourth-best single-season rushing total (1,192 in 1957) by a Canadian and 63 to reach second place (1,250 in 1955) occupied by Normie Kwong.
-- Ashley Prest