B.C. Lions star QB Travis Lulay feels for Calgary Stampeder Drew Tate and his season-ending injury (with Twitter reaction)
'It’s just a bummer. You hate to see that kind of stuff'
B.C. Lions quarterback during a team practice last week at BC Place Stadium. Lulay says he feels for rival pivot Drew Tate, who is sidelined for the rest of the season with a fractured forearm and who will miss Sunday's CFL West Division Final at BC Place Stadium.
Photograph by: Jason Payne, PNG files
METRO VANCOUVER — The Calgary Stampeders have lost their starting quarterback, again. The B.C. Lions merely have a starting quarterback who’s losing his voice.
The Lions learned after practice Thursday that the Stamps will be without quarterback Drew Tate, who has a broken bone in his lower right arm that will sideline him for Sunday’s West Division final at BC Place Stadium.
Tate, who missed 14 of Calgary’s 18 regular-season games with a shoulder dislocation, played his first game since the injury against the Lions on Oct. 26, a game won by the Stamps 41-21. In that game, Tate, backup Kevin Glenn and third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell each threw a touchdown pass for the Stampeders.
In last Sunday’s West semifinal dogfight at McMahon Stadium, Tate yanked the bone clenched between the teeth of the Roughriders by throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass in the final 20 seconds to Romby Bryant. The dramatic, game-saving play left Saskatchewan fans stunned in disbelief. The game was over, with the Stampeders’ 36-30 win placing them within one victory of a trip to the Nov. 25 Grey Cup game in Toronto.
On Thursday, however, Tate told reporters in Calgary, following the news that he is out for the season with a fractured forearm, that he started feeling pain in his lower right arm in the third quarter of the Saskatchewan game.
"I guess 2012 just wasn't my year," he said ."One door closes. Another opens and the opportunity is now Kevin's. Kevin will take advantage of it and I think our team will respond."
Lulay, as did most of the Lions, learned of Tate’s injury in media scrums at BC Place following Thursday’s practice.
His first reaction was empathy, for the bad hand dealt Tate for the second time this season.
“We know that could just as easily be us,” Lulay said. “It’s part of the game, but it’s obviously disappointing for Drew. It’s like having a piece of your heart ripped out. On a personal level, I feel bad for the guy. He worked so hard to come back from his injury (shoulder). I think he kind of beat the timetable. He’s gone through a lot. It’s just a bummer. You hate to see that kind of stuff. But Kevin won a ton of games for them this year, and he’s also deserving of a start. I think the Stampeders are fortunate that Kevin’s played so much, and they have so much faith in him.”
Lulay himself is fighting a head cold, and said he is relying of shots of DayQuil and NyQuil to get him through his daily routines. He is also losing his voice, since he was to bark out signals during practice, leaving him hoarse and raspy by the end of it.
“Runny nose, popping in my ears, a typical head cold,” Lulay said. “But I’m sure Drew would trade his situation for mine any day.”
Glenn, a 12-year CFL veteran, has never played in a Grey Cup game before. In 2007, while quarterbacking the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, his arm was broken in the East Division final.
Although Glenn was the East Division nominee for most outstanding player that year, Ryan Dinwiddie started at quarterback in place of the injured Winnipeg starter in the 95th Grey Cup, held at Rogers Centre. The Roughriders defeated the Blue Bombers 23-19.
If not the team’s most outstanding player (that nomination went to running back Jon Cornish) this season, Glenn might have been the Stampeders’ most valuable player. The team went 9-5 with Glenn as a starter during Tate’s absence. Cool as could be, he pumped life back into the team following the initially depressing news of Tate’s shoulder injury.
“Kevin had an all-star year,” said Lions cornerback Byron Parker. “Their record (13-6 counting playoffs) speaks for itself. When Tate went down, they needed somebody to right the ship. And he did that. When he gets hot, he can get a team rolling. He can make it a long day for you. He’s probably one of the most underrated players in the league. Absolutely. He may not get the respect he should, but he gets a lot of respect from the guys who play against him.”
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