CALGARY—The Calgary Stampeders’ soap opera of a week took another dramatic turn yesterday with the news quarterback Drew Tate is out for the rest of the season with a fractured forearm.
Kevin Glenn will start for the Stampeders in Sunday’s West final in Vancouver versus the B.C. Lions.
In just his third game back, Tate fractured a bone in his throwing arm during the third quarter of Sunday’s division semi-final versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The 28-year-old finished the game and threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Romby Bryant with 20 seconds to go for a 36-30 win.
But Tate said he felt pain in his arm prior to that drive. Tests confirmed a broken bone in his lower right arm.
“I guess 2012 just wasn’t my year,” Tate said following yesterday’s practice at McMahon Stadium.
“One door closes. Another opens and the opportunity is now Kevin’s,” he reasoned.
“Kevin will take advantage of it and I think our team will respond.”
Glenn went 9-5 when Tate was sidelined during the season.
“We won 10 out of the last 12. Kevin started eight of those wins so we’ll just move on,” said Stampeders’ head coach and general manager John Hufnagel.
It’s been one thing after another for the Stampeders this week.
Tate’s head, and not his arm, was the issue after this past Sunday’s game. When the quarterback said during post-game interviews that he couldn’t remember the first half, that sparked fears he’d suffered a concussion.
The quarterback issued a statement the following day saying he’d been misunderstood.
Just as that fire was getting put out, Calgary receiver Nik Lewis posted this questionable tweet on his Twitter account:
“I just bought OJ’s gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole.”
He added the hashtag MaybeALittleToFar.
The reference was to the 1995 murder trial of former NFL player O.J. Simpson, who was asked in the courtroom to put on leather gloves found at the crime scene.
Lewis’ semi-sincere apology Wednesday obviously wasn’t enough for the Stampeder ownership group, which is the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
He was much more contrite in both a printed and verbal statement yesterday.
“I never would condone violence to anyone, especially women,” Lewis said after practice.
“I made a mistake by making that comment on Twitter and I take full responsibility for that comment.
“I would like people to know I am a better person than that.”
Lewis will donate his paycheque from Sunday’s game to the women’s emergency shelter in Calgary and the team will match the amount with another donation.