The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 1997 Season

Season Summary

  • Finished 3rd in the East Division and lost a playoff position in the crossover

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1997 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1997 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 2 0 2 0 0 41 63 L2 0-2-0
Regular Season 18 4 14 0 8 443 548 W1 2-4-0
    Home 9 2 7 0 4 207 274 W1 2-4-0
    Visitor 9 2 7 0 4 236 274 L3 1-5-0
   Divisional opponent 10 1 9 0 2 243 349 L7 0-6-0
   Non-divisional opponent 8 3 5 0 6 200 199 W1 3-3-0

Full 1997 League Standings

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1997 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.572 0-5-0 (5) 1-4-0 (5)
Non-Divisional 0.528 2-2-0 (4) 1-3-0 (4)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3) 0.111
Montreal Alouettes (4) 0.722
Toronto Argonauts (3) 0.833
BC Lions (2) 0.444
Calgary Stampeders (2) 0.556
Edmonton Eskimos (2) 0.667
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2) 0.444

Team Scoring

19971996 +/-
Average Combined Score 55.06 +4.11
Average Winning Score 39.25 +8.25
Average Losing Score 20.43 +4.65
Average Home Score 23.00 -1.11
Average Visitor Score 26.22 +3.56
Average Margin of Victory 26.00 +15.78
Average Margin of Loss 14.93 -3.63

1997 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Attendance

  • Capacity: 33,675
  • Total: 192,346
  • High: 30,222
  • Avg: 21,371 (9 out of 9 games)
  • Diff from 1996 Avg: -4,427
  • Low: 18,524
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 63.46
  • Diff from League Avg: +79

More 1997 Attendance Numbers

Coaches

Head Coach

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Assistant Coaches
  • James Murphy – Receivers
  • Pat Perles – Offensive line
  • Mike Roach – Defensive Coordinator
  • Dick Adams – Defensive secondary
  • Ken Cherwinski – Quality control
  • Joe Paopao – Assistant Head Coach

Stadium

  • 1997 home stadium: Winnipeg Stadium
  • Capacity: 33,675
  • Playing surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
  • Previous stadium change: 1995 – Expansion

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Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

548 (30.4)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
Winnipeg 455499 5564119 6151112 4667113 207 (23.0)236 (26.2)443 (24.6)
Opponent 435598 9274166 5274126 8771158 274 (30.4)274 (30.4)

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) 3 (0-3-0) 3 (0-3-0) 5 (2-3-0) 2 (0-2-0) 2 (0-2-0) 8 (4-4-0) 5 (0-5-0) 5 (0-5-0)
After 2nd 3 (2-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (0-6-0) 5 (2-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 8 (4-4-0) 0 (0-0-0) 10 (0-10-0)
After 3rd 4 (2-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0) 4 (2-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0) 8 (4-4-0) 0 (0-0-0) 10 (0-10-0)
After 4th 2 (2-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (0-7-0) 2 (2-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 7 (0-7-0) 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 14 (0-14-0)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1997 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 1 – Ronald Williams

Defensive Star

  • None

Lineman Star

  • 1 – Shont'e Peoples

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1997 Player Awards and Nominations

1997 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Milt Stegall (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Shont'e Peoples (Division Finalist)
  • Offensive Lineman — Chris Perez (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Craig Hendrickson (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Mike Mihelic (Team Nominee)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1997 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
3–7 (23) [EDM] Maurice Henriques (S) Colorado
5–4 (37)   Jonathan Swift (LB) Tennessee-Martin
6–4 (44)   Wayne Weathers (DE) Manitoba

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1997 All-Star Selections

2 All-Canadian Selections
WR Milt Stegall
LB Shont'e Peoples
2 All-Division Selections
WR Milt Stegall
LB Shont'e Peoples

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Date/Time (EDT Result Attendance TV
A
Sat. June 7 4:00 PM
CGY 24 @ WPG 20 L 23,438  
B
Fri. June 13 9:30 PM
WPG 21 @ SSK 39 L 19,681  
1
Fri. June 27 7:30 PM
WPG 23 @ TOR 38 L 16,551 TSN
2
Thu. July 3 8:30 PM
MTL 27 @ WPG 24 L 20,497  
3
Fri. July 11 7:30 PM
WPG 33 @ HAM 18 W 12,136 TSN
4
Sat. July 19 10:30 PM
WPG 17 @ BC 21 L 22,312 TSN
5
Fri. July 25 8:30 PM
HAM 36 @ WPG 21 L 20,683 TSN
6
Fri. Aug. 1 9:30 PM
WPG 22 @ CGY 43 L 22,752 TSN
7
Thu. Aug. 7 9:30 PM
WPG 11 @ EDM 45 L 29,293  
8
Thu. Aug. 14 8:30 PM
CGY 35 @ WPG 24 L 19,674  
9
Fri. Aug. 22 8:30 PM
MTL 26 @ WPG 21 L 19,930  
10
Sun. Aug. 31 4:00 PM
WPG 43 @ SSK 12 W 29,788 TSN
11
Sun. Sept. 7 2:00 PM
TOR 66 @ WPG 25 L 21,080 CBC
12
Fri. Sept. 12 7:30 PM
WPG 28 @ MTL 29 L 10,259 TSN, RDS
13
Fri. Sept. 19 8:30 PM
BC 14 @ WPG 26 W 21,732 TSN
14
Sun. Sept. 28 2:00 PM
TOR 41 @ WPG 9 L 20,004 CBC
15
Sun. Oct. 5 2:00 PM
WPG 25 @ HAM 27 L 14,987 RDS
16
Sun. Oct. 12 2:00 PM
EDM 20 @ WPG 2 L 18,524 CBC
17
Sun. Oct. 19 1:00 PM
WPG 34 @ MTL 41 L 6,721 CBC, RDS
18
Fri. Oct. 24 8:00 PM
SSK 9 @ WPG 55 W 30,222 RDS, TSN