The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 1979 Season

Season Summary

  • Finished 4th in the Western Conference

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1979 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1979 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 1 3 0 2 47 70 W1 1-3-0
Regular Season 16 4 12 0 8 283 340 L1 1-5-0
    Home 8 3 5 0 6 155 140 W1 3-3-0
    Visitor 8 1 7 0 2 128 200 L4 1-5-0
   Divisional opponent 12 3 9 0 6 212 253 L1 1-5-0
   Non-divisional opponent 4 1 3 0 2 71 87 L2 1-3-0

Full 1979 League Standings

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1979 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.570 2-4-0 (6) 1-5-0 (6)
Non-Divisional 0.492 1-1-0 (2) 0-2-0 (2)
BC Lions (3) 0.594
Calgary Stampeders (3) 0.750
Edmonton Eskimos (3) 0.813
Saskatchewan Roughriders (3) 0.125
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1) 0.375
Montreal Alouettes (1) 0.719
Ottawa Rough Riders (1) 0.563
Toronto Argonauts (1) 0.313

Coaches

Head Coach

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Assistant Coaches
  • Bob Vespaziani – Assistant Offensive Coordinator
  • Ellis Rainsberger – Offensive line
  • Gene Stauber – Defensive line
  • Leo McKillip – Linebackers, Defensive backs

1979 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Attendance

  • Capacity: 28,080
  • Total: 196,878
  • High: 27,203
  • Avg: 24,609 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1978 Avg: -1,363
  • Low: 22,429
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 87.64
  • Diff from League Avg: -6,487

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Team Scoring

19791978 +/-
Average Combined Score 38.94 6.19 -
Average Winning Score 27.00 1.00 -
Average Losing Score 14.58 2.42 -
Average Home Score 19.38 4.75 -
Average Visitor Score 16.00 6.25 -
Average Margin of Victory 15.25 5.14 +
Average Margin of Loss 9.83 0.31 -

Stadium

  • 1979 home stadium: Winnipeg Stadium
  • Capacity: 28,080
  • Playing surface: Natural Grass
  • Previous stadium change: 1978 – Expansion

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Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
Winnipeg 364682 424789 422264 351348 155 (19.4)128 (16.0)283 (17.7)
Opponent 255782 414081 324476 4259101 200 (25.0)140 (17.5)340 (21.3)

Lead/Trailed Record by Quarter

Home Visitor Total
Quarter Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record)
After 1st 3 (2-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (1-4-0) 2 (1-1-0) 1 (0-1-0) 5 (0-5-0) 5 (3-2-0) 1 (0-1-0) 10 (1-9-0)
After 2nd 5 (3-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 2 (1-1-0) 3 (0-3-0) 3 (0-3-0) 7 (4-3-0) 3 (0-3-0) 6 (0-6-0)
After 3rd 4 (2-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0) 3 (1-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0) 7 (3-4-0) 0 (0-0-0) 9 (1-8-0)
After 4th 3 (3-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0) 1 (1-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (0-7-0) 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 12 (0-12-0)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1979 Player Awards and Nominations

1979 Most Outstanding
  • Player — John Helton (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — John Helton (Division Finalist)
  • Offensive Lineman — John Bonk (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Bernie Ruoff (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Walt Passaglia (Team Nominee)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1979 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–5 (5) Rick House (RB) Simon Fraser
2–5 (14) Jim Dziedzina (TE) Simon Fraser
3–4 (22) [HAM] Walt Passaglia (WR) Simon Fraser
3–5 (23) Doug Biggerstaff (DE) British Columbia (UBC)
4–4 (31) [HAM] Chris Brewer (DE) Acadia
4–5 (32) Jim McHugh (LB) McMaster
5–5 (41) Bob McEachern (LB) Weber State
6–5 (50) Gerry Hatherly (LB) Manitoba
7–5 (59) Barry Safiniuk (RB) Manitoba

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1979 All-Star Selections

1 All-Canadian Selections
DT John Helton
1 All-Division Selections
DT John Helton

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 1
Sun. June 10
CGY 35 @ WPG 13 L 21,584
B 6
Mon. June 18
WPG 12 @ OTT 13 L 18,870
C 11
Tue. June 26
WPG 6 @ BC 12 L 17,155
D 18
Wed. July 4
8:00 PM
SSK 10 @ WPG 16 W 21,501
1 20
Tue. July 10
8:00 PM
EDM 28 @ WPG 10 L 24,024 CBCW
2 25
Wed. July 18
9:30 PM
WPG 7 @ CGY 35 L 33,196 CTV
3 28
Tue. July 24
8:00 PM
BC 19 @ WPG 18 L 24,727 CBCW
5 36
Tue. Aug. 7
8:00 PM
WPG 10 @ MTL 25 L 41,232 CBC
6 40
Tue. Aug. 14
9:00 PM
HAM 21 @ WPG 27 W 24,660 CBC
7 44
Tue. Aug. 21
9:30 PM
WPG 13 @ EDM 41 L 42,778
8 49
Tue. Aug. 28
9:30 PM
SSK 1 @ WPG 30 W 25,159
9 53
Mon. Sept. 3
4:30 PM
WPG 28 @ SSK 11 W 22,190
10 58
Sun. Sept. 9
4:30 PM
BC 17 @ WPG 15 L 27,203
11 59
Sat. Sept. 15
8:00 PM
OTT 22 @ WPG 19 L 25,644 CTV
12 64
Sun. Sept. 23
4:30 PM
WPG 23 @ CGY 28 L 30,125 CBCR
13 67
Sat. Sept. 29
11:00 PM
WPG 21 @ BC 22 L 23,964 CTVW
14 74
Mon. Oct. 8
3:30 PM
CGY 18 @ WPG 13 L 22,429 CTV
15 75
Sat. Oct. 13
2:00 PM
WPG 15 @ TOR 19 L 35,106 CTVW
16 82
Sun. Oct. 21
3:30 PM
SSK 14 @ WPG 23 W 23,032 CBCW
17 85
Sun. Oct. 28
4:30 PM
WPG 11 @ EDM 19 L 42,778 CBCR