Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21

Game Details

  • Week 5
  • 19th Game of Regular Season (27th Overall)
  • Friday, Jul 25, 1997 8:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, MB
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 20,683
    • Capacity: 33,675
  • Broadcaster:
    • TSN

Game Notes

Game Summary

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats visited Winnipeg this week in a foul mood as they were still looking for their first win of the season. The game also marked the return of Tiger-Cat stalwart, WR Earl Winfield who had retired following the ’96 season. Winnipeg scored first, however, off the strength of K Troy Westwood’s 10-yard FG at 6:37 into the game. The next points didn’t come until 11:52 of the second quarter when Hamilton K Paul Osbaldiston’s 29-yard was good. Hamilton took the lead on a safety touch later in the quarter. Hamilton was not finished however, as QB Mike Cawley hit WR Burt Thornton for the game’s first TD to make the score 12-3 at the half in favour of the Tabbies. The second half continued to see Hamilton find the end zone as Osbaldiston’s 12-yard FG was good at 4:05 into the quarter. Winnipeg dominated the rest of the quarter however, scoring 9 unanswered points commencing with a 43-yard FG attempt by Westwood that was wide, but still scored the single. Winnipeg then scored their first major of the night when QB Chris Vargas teamed up with WR Turhon O’Bannon for a 22-yard TD. Westwood’s convert was good. Winnipeg closed out the third quarter scoring when on the ensuing kickoff, Hamilton DB Aaron Ruffin conceded a single. In the fourth quarter Hamilton responded to the Winnipeg challenge when Cawley threw a 30-yard strike to WR Andrew Grigg. With Osbaldiston’s convert, the Ti-Cat lead was increased to 10. The see-saw battle continued as four and a half minutes, later Vargas hit O’Bannon for the second time of the night making the score 22-19 in favour of Hamilton after the Baker convert. Cawley responded with another TD, this time to RB Markus Thomas. Osbaldiston’s convert split the uprights. Winnipeg scored a safety at 13:07 in the fourth to claw their way back within eight points of Hamilton. That was as close as they would get however, as Vargas was intercepted by Tabbie DB Gerald Vaughn leading to to a rushing TD by RB Archie Amerson. Osbaldiston’s convert iced the game as Hamilton grabbed its first victory of the season by a final score 36-21.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Winnipeg and Hamilton Matchups
1996Week 11HAM 15 @ WPG 33
Week 17WPG 15 @ HAM 25
1997Week 3WPG 33 @ HAM 18
Week 5HAM 36 @ WPG 21
Week 15WPG 25 @ HAM 27

Blue Bombers record vs Tiger-Cats (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Winnipeg 10–4–0 (0.714)
  • at Hamilton 7–6–0 (0.538)
  • Winnipeg Total 17–10–0 (0.630)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Winnipeg 20–11–0 (0.645)
  • at Hamilton 14–16–0 (0.467)
  • Winnipeg Total 34–27–0 (0.557)

Streaks as of July 25, 1997 (Regular Season)

Blue Bombers streak at home vs Tiger-Cats
Blue Bombers streak overall vs Tiger-Cats


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tiger-Cats 0 12 3 21 36
Blue Bombers 3 0 9 9 21

Tiger-Cats coach: Don Sutherin (W)
Blue Bombers coach: Jeff Reinebold (L)

Tiger-Cats (1-4-0) Next vs Lions Aug 02
Blue Bombers (1-4-0) Next @ Stampeders Aug 02

Game Time Weather in Winnipeg, MB

July 25th Hourly Weather Summary for Winnipeg
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
Richardson Int'l A 7:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 26.7°C N (110°) at 19 km/h 74% 36 97.96 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 8:00 PM Rain Showers 25.4°C NNE (150°) at 19 km/h 71% 33 97.99 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 9:00 PM Thunderstorms,Rain Showers 22.2°C NNE (180°) at 11 km/h 76% 28 98.06 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 20.2°C NNE (170°) at 13 km/h 91% 27 97.99 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 11:00 PM Mainly Clear 19.2°C NNE (130°) at 17 km/h 90% 97.92 kPa

Conditions at Winnipeg Richardson Int'l A (4.27 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

League Records Set and Approached in HAM @ WPG
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)