9/13/2012 8:39:00 AM
Prior to the 2012 CFL season, the Stamps and the Hamilton Tiger Cats made a trade that would ultimately be judged in forums such as this one. The Stamps sent Henry Burris and (in their eyes) his waning talent, while the Ticats sent Kevin Glenn and Mark Dewit the other way.
The trade, while giving Hamilton a potentially elite starter, was initially designed to provide the Stamps with a more than capable backup. But circumstances - Drew Tate's injury - allow us to analyze this trade a little more tangibly.
So, ten games into the season, who got the better deal so far?
TD passes: Burris leads 24-13 at this point. Edge Hamilton.
Completion percentage: While Burris sits at a respectable 63.2, Glenn is at 67.4 and on track for his best completion percentage of his career. Edge Stamps.
Fumbles: Glenn has bobble four (losing one), while Hank has dropped 7, losing 3. Edge Stamps.
Interceptions: Glenn has one more, 9 to 8. Too close to call.
Age: Glenn is four years younger than Burris (33 vs. 37). Edge Stamps.
Head to Head: October 20th we'll judge this further, but on the sole occasion they met this year in Hamilton, the Stamps won 31-20. Edge Stamps.
Wins: Glenn has led the Stamps to six victories, Burris has only won three. Edge Stamps.
The story has yet to completely write itself, but let's sum up with this:
The Tiger Cats acquired Henry Burris counting on him returning to elite status as CFL QB. While he has had moments of brilliance, his inconsistencies have the TiCats currently on the outside of the CFL playoff race.
The Stampeders acquired Kevin Glenn as a serviceable backup. He has put the team in the playoff race, provided consistently reliable performance, and (possibly most importantly) doesn't let mistakes affect his entire game performance (a trait that Hank doesn't share).
Without even factoring Mark Dewitt into this equation, it's pretty easy to see who got the better end of this deal.
Conan 'Statsman' Daly