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2008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season

The 2008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season was the 51st season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 76th overall. The Blue Bombers attempted to win their 11th Grey Cup championship, but they lost in the Eastern Semi-Final game against the Edmonton Eskimos, who crossed over from the West.

2008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season
Head coachDoug Berry
Home fieldCanad Inns Stadium
Results
Record8–10
Division place2nd, East
Playoff finishLost East Semi-Final
Uniform
CFL WPG Jersey 2008.png

OffseasonEdit

CFL DraftEdit

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers moved up in the CFL draft without even making a trade. The Bombers moved into the sixth spot in the CFL's college entry draft when the Montreal Alouettes lost their first choice. The Alouettes lost the choice because the club exceeded its salary cap by more than $100,000.[1]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 6 Brendon LaBatte OL Regina
2 15 Aaron Hargreaves WR Simon Fraser
3 24 (via Edmonton via Saskatchewan) Daryl Stephenson RB Windsor
4 31 Marc Bestwick DB Saint Mary's
5 39 Don Oramasionwu DL Manitoba
6 47 Pierre-Luc Labbé LB Sherbrooke

TransactionsEdit

  • On May 20, the Bombers officially signed former U.S. college stars Bryan Randall and Cleveland McCoy.[2]
  • On Tuesday, May 27, Milt Stegall announced that he will not participate in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp after undergoing knee surgery May 2.[3]
  • The Bombers also announced they've released veteran cornerback Juran Bolden. The 33-year-old Tampa native spent the 2007 CFL season with Winnipeg, but didn't play in the Grey Cup due to a hamstring injury. The six-foot-three, 210-pound Bolden was originally a fourth-round pick of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in 1996. Bolden twice played for the Falcons ('96–'97, 2002–'03). Other NFL teams included the Carolina Panthers ('98), Kansas City Chiefs ('99), Jacksonville Jaguars ('04) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ('05–'06).[3]

Regular seasonEdit

On September 12 at Rogers Centre, Milt Stegall became the most prolific receiver in the history of the CFL.[4] The slotback caught a 92-yard pass at 9:02 in the second quarter to raise his career total to 14,983, breaking the mark of 14,891 yards previously held by former Stampeders receiver Allen Pitts.[4] Stegall took a pass from Kevin Glenn and scored a touchdown, his second of the game. It put the Bombers ahead 28–3.[4] The touchdown was Stegall's 14,983rd career receiving yard.[5] With the record broken, the announced crowd of 28,453 stood to applaud the milestone.

Season standingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Montreal Alouettes 18 11 7 0 610 443 22 Details
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 8 10 0 435 490 16 Details
Toronto Argonauts 18 4 14 0 397 627 8 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 3 15 0 441 593 6 Details

TransactionsEdit

  • September 9: Winnipeg acquired middle linebacker Zeke (And Destroy) Moreno and a conditional draft pick from Hamilton for its first-round draft pick in 2009 and the rights to Canadian defensive lineman Corey Mace.[6]

Season scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Record
1 June 27 vs. Toronto Argonauts 23–16 Loss 26,155 0–1
2 July 4 at Montreal Alouettes 38–24 Loss 20,202 0–2
3 July 11 vs. BC Lions 42–24 Loss 26,735 0–3
4 July 18 at BC Lions 27–18 Loss 37,174 0–4
5 July 24 vs. Calgary Stampeders 32–28 Win 26,882 1–4
6 Aug 1 at Toronto Argonauts 19–11 Loss 28,523 1–5
7 Aug 8 vs. Montreal Alouettes 39–11 Loss 27,674 1–6
8 Aug 14 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37–24 Win 25,484 2–6
9 Bye 2–6
10 Aug 31 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 19–6 Loss 30,985 2–7
11 Sept 7 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 34–31 Loss 29,770 2–8
12 Sept 12 at Toronto Argonauts 39–9 Win 28,453 3–8
13 Sept 19 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 25–23 Win 19,102 4–8
14 Sept 26 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 30–23 Win 29,794 5–8
15 Oct 4 at Edmonton Eskimos 36–22 Loss 40,453 5–9
16 Oct 10 vs. Toronto Argonauts 25–16 Win 27,368 6–9
17 Oct 18 at Calgary Stampeders 37–16 Loss 30,110 6–10
18 Oct 26 at Montreal Alouettes 24–23 Win 20,202 7–10
19 Nov 1 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 44–30 Win 24,595 8–10

RosterEdit

2008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Inactive List

Practice Roster


Italics indicate Import player
Roster updated 2008-10-11
Depth ChartTransactions
46 Active, 10 Inactive, 6 PS

StatisticsEdit

OffenceEdit

PassingEdit

Player Att Comp % Yards TD INT Rating
Kevin Glenn 454 293 64.5 3637 20 20 85.6
Ryan Dinwiddie 160 93 58.1 1299 5 6 79.2
Bryan Randall 22 9 40.9 99 0 1 36.0
Fred Reid 1 0 0 0 0 1 (−414.6)
Timmy Chang 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 2.1

[7]

RushingEdit

Player Att Yards Avg. TD Fumbles
Fred Reid 101 709 7.0 3 0
Joe Smith 124 617 5.0 5 0
Kevin Glenn 29 102 3.5 0 2
Ryan Dinwiddie 21 101 4.8 1 1
Bryan Randall 12 78 6.5 0 0
Terrence Edwards 4 32 8.0 0 0

[8]

ReceivingEdit

Player No. Yards Avg. Long TD
Romby Bryant 63 1156 18.3 85 9
Derick Armstrong 81 1010 12.5 63 5
Terrence Edwards 76 1010 13.3 64 7
Arjei Franklin 52 620 11.9 73 1
Milt Stegall 30 470 15.7 92 3

[9]

Milt Stegall Has 14,750 receiving yards

DefenceEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

CFL All-StarsEdit

  • Dan Goodspeed, Offensive Tackle
  • Doug Brown, Defensive Tackle
  • Zeke Moreno, Linebacker

CFL Eastern All-StarsEdit

[10]

MilestonesEdit

PlayoffsEdit

East Semi-FinalEdit

Date and time: Saturday, November 8, 12:00 PM Central Standard Time
Venue: Canad Inns Stadium, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Edmonton Eskimos 3 18 8 0 29
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8 7 0 6 21

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CANOE – SLAM! Sports – CFL – Winnipeg: Bombers movin' on up
  2. ^ CANOE – SLAM! Sports – CFL – Winnipeg: Blue strike QB gold
  3. ^ a b CANOE – SLAM! Sports – CFL – Winnipeg: Bombers veteran Stegall to miss training camp
  4. ^ a b c https://sports.yahoo.com/cfl/news?slug=cp-cfl_stegall_record&prov=cp&type=lgns
  5. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Winnipeg/2008/09/13/6755816-sun.html
  6. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Winnipeg/2008/09/10/6722231-sun.html
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2017-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2017-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2017-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2017-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)