The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 1983 Season

Season Summary

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 4 0 4 0 0 54 117 L4 0-4-0
Regular Season 16 9 7 0 18 412 402 L1 3-3-0
    Home 8 5 3 0 10 241 175 W1 4-2-0
    Visitor 8 4 4 0 8 171 227 L2 2-4-0
   Divisional opponent 8 5 3 0 10 212 193 W1 4-2-0
   Non-divisional opponent 8 4 4 0 8 200 209 L2 3-3-0

Full 1983 League Standings

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.500 3-1-0 (4) 2-2-0 (4)
Non-Divisional 0.484 2-2-0 (4) 2-2-0 (4)
BC Lions (2) 0.688
Calgary Stampeders (2) 0.500
Edmonton Eskimos (2) 0.500
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2) 0.313
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2) 0.344
Ottawa Rough Riders (2) 0.500
Toronto Argonauts (2) 0.750
Montreal Concordes (2) 0.344

Coaches

Head Coach

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Assistant Coaches
  • Bob Vespaziani – Defensive line
  • Mike Riley – Defensive secondary
  • Fred Glick – Linebackers
  • John Gregory – Offensive line
  • Art Asselta – Quarterbacks
  • Art Asselta – Receivers
  • Bob Vespaziani – Special teams

1983 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Attendance

  • Capacity: 32,946
  • Total: 196,910
  • High: 31,508
  • Avg: 24,613 (8 out of 8 games)
  • Diff from 1982 Avg: -2,207
  • Low: 18,995
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 74.71
  • Diff from League Avg: -5,589

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Team Scoring

19831982 +/-
Average Combined Score 50.88 1.13 +
Average Winning Score 31.44 0.35 +
Average Losing Score 18.43 1.97 -
Average Home Score 30.13 5.38 +
Average Visitor Score 21.38 9.38 -
Average Margin of Victory 13.11 0.75 +
Average Margin of Loss 15.43 6.63 +

Stadium

  • 1983 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 374178 8034114 413677 8360143 241 (30.1)171 (21.4)412 (25.8)
Opponent 184361 6290152 396099 563490 227 (28.4)175 (21.9)402 (25.1)

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

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 1 – Willard Reaves
  • 1 – Tom Clements
  • 1 – John Hufnagel
  • Defensive Star

    • 1 – Donovan Rose
    • 1 – Wylie Turner
    • 1 – Paul Bennett
    • 1 – David Shaw

Lineman Star

  • 2 – John Bonk
  • 2 – Tony Norman
  • 1 – Pete Catan

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983 Player Awards and Nominations

1983 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Willard Reaves (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Aaron Brown (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — John Bonk (Division Finalist)
  • Canadian Player — Paul Bennett (Winner)
  • Rookie — Willard Reaves (Division Finalist)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–7 (7) Jason Riley (DE) British Columbia (UBC)
3–7 (25) John Pitts (LB) Western Ontario
4–7 (34) Pat Cantner (TE) British Columbia (UBC)
5–7 (43) Todd Turnbull (OG) Wilfrid Laurier
6–7 (52) Fred Lyseyko (LB) Manitoba
7–7 (61) Dave Bowness (TE) Manitoba
8–7 (70) Danny Jakobs (DB) Manitoba

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983 All-Star Selections

2 All-Canadian Selections
C John Bonk
S Paul Bennett
6 All-Division Selections
RB Willard Reaves
C John Bonk
DE Tony Norman
CB David Shaw
S Paul Bennett
K Trevor Kennerd (Tie)

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 3
Fri. June 10
8:30 PM
CGY 26 @ WPG 4 L 16,599
B 8
Fri. June 17
BC 24 @ WPG 23 L 15,938
C 11
Wed. June 22
9:30 PM
WPG 17 @ EDM 34 L 38,951
14
Sun. June 26
3:30 PM
WPG 10 @ SSK 33 L 22,301
1 21
Fri. July 8
6:30 PM
OTT 26 @ WPG 25 L 18,995 CTV
2 24
Fri. July 15
7:30 PM
WPG 20 @ EDM 18 W 39,742 CTV
3 28
Fri. July 22
6:30 PM
HAM 18 @ WPG 29 W 24,052 CTV
5 37
Sun. Aug. 7
1:30 PM
WPG 30 @ MTL 25 W 20,774 CBC
6 41
Sat. Aug. 13
7:30 PM
TOR 16 @ WPG 32 W 27,796 CBC
7 45
Sat. Aug. 20
2:00 PM
WPG 6 @ BC 44 L 56,852
8 50
Sun. Aug. 28
1:00 PM
CGY 21 @ WPG 36 W 23,032 CBC
9 52
Sun. Sept. 4
1:30 PM
WPG 30 @ SSK 32 L 28,837
10 56
Sat. Sept. 10
6:30 PM
MTL 30 @ WPG 18 L 21,189 CBC
11 59
Fri. Sept. 16
7:30 PM
WPG 19 @ CGY 14 W 26,198 CTV
12 64
Sat. Sept. 24
6:30 PM
SSK 19 @ WPG 50 W 26,132 CBC
13 67
Sat. Oct. 1
7:00 PM
WPG 34 @ HAM 19 W 19,266 CBC
14 74
Mon. Oct. 10
1:00 PM
BC 30 @ WPG 18 L 31,508 CBC
15 77
Sun. Oct. 16
1:30 PM
WPG 23 @ OTT 42 L 25,642 CBC
16 82
Sun. Oct. 23
2:00 PM
EDM 15 @ WPG 33 W 24,206 CBC
18 87
Sat. Nov. 5
12:30 PM
WPG 9 @ TOR 33 L 32,921 CBC
P1 92
Sun. Nov. 13
4:00 PM
EDM 22 @ WPG 49 W 31,379 CTV
P2 94
Sun. Nov. 20
4:00 PM
WPG 21 @ BC 39 L 59,409 CBC