STAMPS NOTES: Nothing but good memories of Glenn's time in Calgary
When Dave Dickenson realized Kevin Glenn had worn the uniforms of all nine CFL teams, he could only shake his head.
That’s just not something any football player can really imagine doing.
Speaking only an hour or two after Glenn had formally announced his retirement, though, Dickenson did smile and make one suggestion.
“He should have waited for Halifax, seen if the Schooners would have given him a call,” Dickenson said with a smile.
At 40-years-old and after a career that kept him in the CFL since 2001, though, Glenn ultimately decided to call it quits.
Only two of those years were spent in Calgary, but it’s undeniable that he left a mark on the Stampeders organization.
Not only did he play a pivotal role in getting the Stamps to the 2012 Grey Cup, throwing for 4,220 yards and 25 touchdowns that year, he was also one of the veterans who Bo Levi Mitchell was able to lean on as he worked his way through the intricacies of the Canadian game in his first couple seasons north of the border.
“Especially at the start, he was that vet who wasn’t afraid to teach everybody else below them, myself included, but receivers and running backs, too,” Mitchell said. “I still label him as a winner. A lot of teams entrusted him to come in and win games for them.”
Ultimately, the Stampeders spent a lot more time playing against Glenn than they did with him wearing the Red & White, but the CFL’s a small community and the connections run deep.
Dickenson, for example, was actually Glenn’s landlord while he played for the B.C. Lions and the Stamps head coach was planning on shooting his former tenant a quick ‘congratulations’ once practice and team meetings were over on Wednesday afternoon.
“Great career,” Dickenson said. “Was definitely well-travelled. When he was here we felt really good that we could win every game. West Final when we were against B.C. (in 2012), probably as good a game as I’ve seen him play in his career.”
This year, Nila Kasitati has a much better idea of what he’s doing.
In 2018, Kasitati was called upon late in the season to make his CFL debut and ended up playing four games.
Two of them were at centre, the other two were at right tackle.
It’s different this year, as the Stampeders’ plans for the offensive line heading into training camp involved having a Canadian at centre, so he knew he was competing for playing time at right tackle.
While Brad Erdos’ injury early in camp forced the Stamps to go back to an American at centre – Ucambre Williams – it also cleared the way for Kasitati to claim the starting right tackle job as his own heading into Week 1.
“Getting those four games last year definitely got me comfortable with the job I have right now,” Kasitati said. “Playing centre definitely helped with understanding everything that’s going on and playing tackle, just getting the speed of the game and everything is really good.
“I’m not going to say I feel more natural at (tackle), but I feel super comfortable doing it, Whether it’s right tackle or left tackle, I’m definitely comfortable doing it.”
There’s been lots of speculation around Calgary surrounding whether Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose would be available for Week 1.
Rose shoved an official in the East Final last year and was initially suspended for the Grey Cup. He appealed the suspension and played in the championship game, but the CFL and CFLPA didn’t deal with the appeal until after the new collective bargaining agreement was signed.
According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, Rose will ultimately not be suspended but will instead receive the maximum fine of half a game cheque.
That means he’ll be available for the Redblacks when they take on the Stampeders on Saturday at McMahon Stadium.
Because the CFL hasn’t made the decision official, Dickenson was understandably hesitant to comment on the decision .
“I had heard through the grapevine that something like that might happen, I probably shouldn’t comment until it’s official,” Dickenson said. “The CFL gets to do what they need to do. It’s their league and they get to decide what acts (merit) max suspensions, max fines, all that sort of stuff. As part of the league, you live with it and you move on.”
While Dickenson was diplomatic about the situation, it’s safe to assume plenty of people around the league are quietly disappointed by the decision and the precedent it seems to set for making physical contact with officials during a game.