‘Wandering Glenns’ take Grey Cup by storm

Photo courtesy: Ryan Ballantine

It seems lately that our country is more divided now than ever before.

West vs. East is supposed to be the annual November Grey Cup tradition, but here in Alberta that feeling has spilled over politically.

This is why it’s the perfect time for a new fan group to take the country by storm: the Wandering Glenns.

Spearheaded by 3DownNation contributor Ryan Ballantine, the Wandering Glenns have taken the Grey Cup Festival by storm, each donning a Glenn jersey from their team along with a two-tone wig representing the team’s colours.

“It’s about bringing together fans from across the league through a few common threads. We all love the CFL for sure, but we all have had Kevin Glenn on our team at one point or the other, even if it was only for a few hours.”

Glenn, of course, is the retired quarterback whose rights were owned by every team in the league over the course of his 18-year career, including three stops in Regina.

He never dressed for Toronto — his rights were traded away the same day he was acquired — or Ottawa when the Redblacks flipped the pivot to B.C. after selecting him first overall in the 2013 expansion draft.

Filling out the Glenn jerseys are other members of the Canadian Football Podcast Network, including 3Down’s own Josh Smith.

“We have 33 hosts from around the world and can’t wait to represent the one guy everybody can feel attached to,” says Ballantine. “But a lot of the credit has to go to the CFL and the Grey Cup Organizing Committee, who have been incredibly generous in helping us achieve this.”

The Wandering Glenns will be making their way through the festival and can be followed on social media to keep track of the hi-jinks. The group’s twitter account had already reached 300 followers on Thursday evening.

The group also received a shout out from Glenn himself, who seems enthusiastic about the project.

“What better way to celebrate how the CFL brings us all together than honouring the very thread that sews this country and league together?” Ballantine said before heading off to yet another team party. “The guy is just the best.”