The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 1981 Season

Season Summary

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1981 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1981 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 1 3 0 2 60 86 W1 1-3-0
Regular Season 16 11 5 0 22 517 299 W6 6-0-0
    Home 8 6 2 0 12 308 131 W3 5-1-0
    Visitor 8 5 3 0 10 209 168 W3 3-3-0
   Divisional opponent 8 5 3 0 10 251 164 W3 3-3-0
   Non-divisional opponent 8 6 2 0 12 266 135 W3 5-1-0

Full 1981 League Standings

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1981 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.617 3-1-0 (4) 2-2-0 (4)
Non-Divisional 0.336 3-1-0 (4) 3-1-0 (4)
BC Lions (2) 0.625
Calgary Stampeders (2) 0.375
Edmonton Eskimos (2) 0.906
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2) 0.563
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2) 0.719
Montreal Alouettes (2) 0.188
Ottawa Rough Riders (2) 0.313
Toronto Argonauts (2) 0.125

Coaches

Head Coach

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

1981 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Attendance

  • Capacity: 32,946
  • Total: 218,361
  • High: 32,938
  • Avg: 27,295 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1980 Avg: +2,266
  • Low: 22,757
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 82.85
  • Diff from League Avg: -2,072

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Team Scoring

19811980 +/-
Average Combined Score 51.00 2.19 +
Average Winning Score 39.00 9.40 +
Average Losing Score 17.60 1.27 +
Average Home Score 38.50 12.88 +
Average Visitor Score 26.13 2.50 +
Average Margin of Victory 24.18 14.68 +
Average Margin of Loss 9.60 5.07 -

Stadium

  • 1981 home stadium: Winnipeg Stadium
  • Capacity: 32,946
  • Playing surface: Natural Grass
  • Previous stadium change: 1981 – 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 6551116 13963202 393877 6557122 308 (38.5)209 (26.1)517 (32.3)
Opponent 143246 266187 292453 6251113 168 (21.0)131 (16.4)299 (18.7)

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 7 (6-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 1 (0-1-0) 5 (3-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (2-1-0) 12 (9-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (2-2-0)
After 2nd 8 (6-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0) 12 (10-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (1-3-0)
After 3rd 8 (6-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (3-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (2-2-0) 12 (9-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (2-2-0)
After 4th 6 (6-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 2 (0-2-0) 5 (5-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 11 (11-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1981 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 3 – Dieter Brock
  • 1 – William Miller
  • 1 – Trevor Kennerd
  • 1 – Rick House

Defensive Star

  • 1 – Charley Williams
  • 1 – Vince Phason

Lineman Star

  • 2 – Larry Butler
  • 1 – Bobby Thompson
  • 1 – Frank Smith
  • 1 – John Helton

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1981 Player Awards and Nominations

1981 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Dieter Brock (Winner)
  • Defensive Player — James Reed (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Larry Butler (Winner)
  • Canadian Player — Joe Poplawski (Winner)
  • Rookie — Pete Catan (Team Nominee)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1981 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
2–7 (16) Dave Brown (WR) Alberta
3–7 (25) Hubert Walsh (RB) Acadia
4–7 (34) Dick Rigelhot (LB) North Dakota
5–7 (43) Martin Pardell (RB) Alberta
6–7 (52) Hugh Goodman (DL) Acadia
7–7 (61) Pete Martell (RB) St. Francis Xavier

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1981 All-Star Selections

4 All-Canadian Selections
QB Dieter Brock
SB Joe Poplawski
G Larry Butler
K Trevor Kennerd
8 All-Division Selections
QB Dieter Brock
SB Joe Poplawski
WR Eugene Goodlow (Tie)
G Nick Bastaja
G Larry Butler
DT John Helton (Tie)
CB Charley Williams
K Trevor Kennerd

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 1
Wed. June 3
9:00 PM
SSK 19 @ WPG 10 L 18,950
B 6
Wed. June 10
8:00 PM
EDM 25 @ WPG 16 L 8,405
C 12
Sat. June 20
8:00 PM
WPG 18 @ BC 28 L 15,931
D 16
Fri. June 26
9:00 PM
WPG 16 @ CGY 14 W 28,579
1 22
Sun. July 5
4:00 PM
HAM 33 @ WPG 23 L 23,500 CTV
2 26
Sun. July 12
3:30 PM
WPG 22 @ SSK 20 W 24,740 CTVR
3 30
Sun. July 19
4:00 PM
EDM 28 @ WPG 38 W 25,785 CTVW
5 35
Thu. July 30
8:00 PM
WPG 21 @ TOR 18 W 36,102
6 41
Sat. Aug. 8
9:30 PM
MTL 2 @ WPG 58 W 32,938 CBCW, R/C
7 44
Fri. Aug. 14
9:00 PM
WPG 17 @ CGY 18 L 32,349 CTV
8 48
Sat. Aug. 22
9:00 PM
WPG 10 @ EDM 28 L 43,346 CBC, R/C
9 51
Fri. Aug. 28
9:00 PM
OTT 8 @ WPG 31 W 26,092 CTV
11 60
Sat. Sept. 12
9:00 PM
SSK 32 @ WPG 25 L 31,813 CTVW
12 66
Sun. Sept. 20
1:30 PM
WPG 13 @ HAM 25 L 24,130 R/C
13 70
Sun. Sept. 27
4:00 PM
BC 10 @ WPG 46 W 27,987 CBCW
14 71
Sat. Oct. 3
2:00 PM
WPG 44 @ OTT 24 W 15,523 CTV
15 76
Sun. Oct. 11
4:00 PM
TOR 12 @ WPG 43 W 22,757 CBC
16 80
Sat. Oct. 17
11:00 PM
WPG 49 @ BC 22 W 23,836 CTVW
17 83
Sat. Oct. 24
1:30 PM
WPG 33 @ MTL 13 W 20,487 CBC
18 90
Sun. Nov. 1
4:00 PM
CGY 6 @ WPG 44 W 27,489 CBCW
P1 92
Sun. Nov. 8
4:00 PM
BC 15 @ WPG 11 L 32,936 CTV