1970's scrapbook                                                     

 

      ' a 1972 Alouettes huddle... Terry Evenshen,

 Moses Denson and Peter Dalla Riva catch a breath

                  and receive the play.'

 

 

 

 

 

      

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Toronto

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Montreal

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Hamilton

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Ottawa

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Winnipeg

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Saskatchewan

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British Columbia

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Edmonton

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Calgary

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U.S. Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- contents --

 

Grey Cup

 

 

 

 

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- 1970 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Ron Lancaster (Ssk)
Hamilton 8 5 1 292 279 27,738 Most Outstanding Canadian Jim Young (BC)
Toronto 8 6 0 329 290 33,135 Most Outstanding Lineman Wayne Harris (Cgy)
Montreal 7 6 1 246 279 22,627 Coach of the Year Ray Jauch (Edm)
Ottawa 4 10 0 255 279 22,942 Playoffs Cgy 16 @ Edm 9
              Mtl 16 @ Tor 7
West:               Cgy 28 @ Sask 11
Saskatchewan 14 2 0 369 206 17,203   Sask 11 @ Cgy 3
Edmonton 9 7 0 282 287 19,913   Cgy 15 @ Sask 14
Calgary 9 7 0 293 209 23,338   Ham 22 @ Mtl 22
BC 6 10 0 295 384 28,218   Mtl 11 @ Ham 4
Winnipeg 2 14 0 184 332 21,383 Grey Cup Montreal 23 Calgary 10

 

Ron Lancaster and Saskatchewan were a powerhouse dominating the league only to fall short to Calgary in a 3 game playoff aggregate. Ray Jauch led Edmonton to a 2nd place finish. Jerry Keeling was solid at QB for Calgary. Jim Young broke 1,000 yards receiving for BC while Winnipeg could point to a terrible offence for their 2-14 record. In Hamilton, Joe Zuger and a strong defence led the TigerCats to a 1st place finish. Leo Cahill began to re-shape the Argonauts. Sonny Wade (pictured) played well when it counted for the Alouettes to capture the Grey Cup with Sam Etcheverry as head coach over Calgary and Ottawa struggled with life after Russ Jackson finishing in last place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


-- 1971 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Don Jonas (Wpg)
Toronto 10 4 0 289 248 33,135 Most Outstanding Canadian Terry Evenshen (Mtl)
Hamilton 7 7 0 242 246 27,738 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Wayne Harris (Cgy)
Ottawa 6 8 0 291 277 22,942 Coach of the Year Leo Cahill (Tor)
Montreal 6 8 0 226 248 22,627    
            Playoffs Wpg 23 @ Sask 34
West:               Ottawa 4 @ Ham 23
Calgary 9 6 1 290 218 23,338   Sask 21 @ Calgary 30
Saskatchewan 9 6 1 347 316 17,203   Calgary 23 @ Sask 21
Winnipeg 7 8 1 366 349 21,383   Toronto 23 @ Hamilton 8
BC 6 9 1 282 363 28,218   Hamilton 17 @ Toronto 17
Edmonton 6 10 0 237 305 19,913 Grey Cup Calgary 14 Toronto 11

 

A wave of U.S. college talent arrived into the league primarily Toronto as highly touted Joe Theismann (pictured) along with Leon McQuay led a star studded Argonaut squad to a 1st place finish. Only a wet field in Vancouver ruined the dream season and gave the Grey Cup to Calgary. Angelo Mosca led Hamilton’s league best defence to a 2nd place in the East. Ottawa battled for a 3rd place finish while Sonny Wade’s 27 interceptions did not help Montreal’s record. Wayne Harris led Calgary with a dominant defence and a big Grey Cup upset. Saskatchewan battled Calgary but came up short. Don Jonas was Outstanding for Winnipeg. Jim Evenson plowed his way to over 1,200 yards in BC while Edmonton would finish last in the West a result they would not find themselves repeating for decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 


-- 1972 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Garney Henley (Ham)
Hamilton 11 3 0 372 262 32,091 Most Outstanding Canadian Jim Young (BC)
Ottawa 11 3 0 298 228 23,559 Most Outstanding Defensive Player John Helton (Cgy)
Montreal 4 10 0 246 353 14,224 Most Outstanding Rookie Chuck Ealy (Ham)
Toronto 3 11 0 254 298 33,054 Coach of the Year Jack Gotta (Ott)
               
West:             Playoffs Mtl 11 @ Ott 14
Winnipeg 10 6 0 401 300 24,664   Sask 8 @ Edm 6
Edmonton 10 6 0 380 368 20,949   Sask 27 @ Wpg 24
Saskatchewan 8 8 0 330 283 17,875   Ham 7 @ Ott 19
Calgary 6 10 0 331 394 21,267   Ott 8 @ Ham 23
BC 5 11 0 254 380 23,234 Grey Cup

Saskatchewan 10 Hamilton 13

 

Mack Herron (pictured) was a troubled back with amazing ability. The pint sized dynamo had one of the greatest statistical seasons in league history for Winnipeg – only to have drug charges derail his CFL career and undoubtedly cost him the Most Outsanding Player Award. Winnipeg rode Herron’s legs to a 1st place finish. Edmonton found a rival for Herron midseason in Roy Bell and tied Winnipeg for 1st. Saskatchewan rode the dynamic duo of Lancaster & Reed to a Grey Cup berth. Herm Harrison played his final season in Calgary while Jim Young had a career year for the last place Lions. Chuck Ealey had arguably the greatest rookie season of any QB in league history. The Toledo grad topped it all with a Grey Cup. Rick Cassata was productive for Ottawa who finished tied for 1st. Montreal limped to the finish line with a terrible offence while in Toronto Joe Thiesmann broke his leg and the Argonaut team never recovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- 1973 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player George McGowan (Edm)
Ottawa 9 5 0 275 234 23,315 Most Outstanding Canadian Gerry Organ (Ott)
Toronto 7 5 2 265 231 33,135 Most Outstanding Lineman Ray Nettles (BC)
Montreal 7 6 1 273 238 20,340 Most Outstanding Rookie Johnny Rodgers (Mtl)
Hamilton 7 7 0 304 263 31,774 Coach of the Year Jack Gotta (Ott)
               
West:                
Edmonton 9 5 2 329 284 21,690 Playoffs Mtl 32 @ Tor 10
Saskatchewan 10 6 0 360 287 20,176   BC 13 @ Sask 33
BC 5 9 2 261 328 25,567   Mtl 14 @ Ott 23
Calgary 6 10 0 214 368 23,031   Sask 23 @ Edm 25
Winnipeg 4 11 1 267 315 23,870 Grey Cup Ottawa 22 Edmonton 18

 

With $100,000 in his fur overcoat Johnny Rodgers (pictured) arrived with plenty of style and a skill set that would revolutionize how teams strategize for special teams. Jack Gotta led Ottawa to a 1st place in the East and a Grey Cup birth capped with a victory over Edmonton led by quarterback Rick Cassata. Toronto fizzled in the playoffs after a respectable regular season. The Grey Cup hangover in Hamilton led to a last place finish. Receiver George McGowan was Outstanding for Edmonton along with running back Roy Bell in a first place finish. George Reed had over 1,600 yards rushing & receiving to power the Green Machine. Ray Nettles was a linebacking menace for the Lions. Calgary managed 6 victories with the worst offence and defence in the league while Don Jonas threw 29 interceptions for the last place Blue Bombers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- 1974 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Tom Wilkinson (Edm)
Montreal 9 5 2 339 271 17,590 Most Outstanding Canadian Tony Gabriel (Ham)
Ottawa 7 9 0 261 271 18,924 Most Outstanding Defensive Player John Helton (Cgy)
Hamilton 7 9 0 279 313 28,443 Most Outstanding Lineman Ed George (Mtl)
Toronto 6 9 1 281 314 33,248 Most Outstanding Rookie Sam Cvijanovich (Tor)
            Coach of the Year Marv Levy (Mtl)
West:                
Edmonton 10 5 1 345 247 22,690 Playoffs Ham 19 @ Ott 21
Saskatchewan 9 7 0 305 289 19,028   BC 14 @ Sask 24
BC 8 8 0 306 299 25,465   Ott 4 @ Mtl 14
Winnipeg 8 8 0 258 350 22,494   Sask 27 Edmonton 31
Calgary 6 10 0 285 305 21,746 Grey Cup Montreal 20 Edm 7

 

Not many people in Montreal took notice of the exciting 1st place Alouettes. A league low average of only 17,590 witnessed the flashy exploits of Johnny Rodgers on offence and special teams. Rick Cassata proved not to be the solution at Quarterback for Ottawa. Contract disputes put former golden boy Chuck Ealey on a plane out of Hamilton while Toronto struggled to replace the departed Joe Theismann. Tom Wilkinson (pictured left) was brilliant for the 1st place Eskimos with his ball control offence. The Roughriders battled all year with Edmonton coming up short in the West final. B.C. led the West in average attendance at Empire Stadium and hosted the Grey Cup. Don Jonas was out in Winnipeg and Chuck Ealy arrived and in Calgary the stalwart defensive play of John Helton was not enough to avoid a last place finish.

 

 

 

 

-- 1975 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Willie Burden (Cgy)
Ottawa 10 5 1 394 280 28,082 Most Outstanding Canadian Jim Foley (Ott)
Montreal 9 7 0 353 345 24,766 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Jim Corrigall (Tor)
Hamilton 5 10 1 284 395 23,739 Most Outstanding Lineman Charlie Turner (Edm)
Toronto 5 10 1 261 324 37,881 Most Outstanding Rookie Tom Clements (Ott)
            Coach of the Year George Brancato (Ott)
West:                
Edmonton 12 4 0 432 370 25,305 Playoffs Ham 12 @ Mtl 35
Saskatchewan 10 5 1 373 309 19,979   Wpg 24 @ Sask 42
Winnipeg 6 8 2 340 383 24,006   Mtl 20 @ Ott 10
Calgary 6 10 0 387 363 25,217   Sask 18 @ Edm 30
BC 6 10 0 276 331 19,394 Grey Cup Edmonton 9 Montreal 8

 

A fresh faced quarterback straight out of Notre Dame burst onto the scene in Ottawa in Tom Clements, the result was a Most Outstanding Rookie award and a 1st place finish in the Nation's capital. Marv Levy kept the Alouettes competitive all season at the Autostade right to a Grey Cup berth versus Edmonton. Hamilton struggled to find an identity at Quarterback and in Toronto former legend Russ Jackson (pictured) had difficulty adapting to the role of a head coach with just 5 victories. The Eskimos captured a low scoring Grey Cup 9-8 and finished 1st in the West thanks to a powerful offence. George Reed had his final carry in Saskatchewan bringing a close to an outstanding career. Winnipeg juggled quarterbacks shipping Chuck Ealey to Toronto. In Calgary, Willie Burden had an incredible record breaking season while B.C.’s offence sputtered all season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- 1976 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Ron Lancaster (Ssk)
Ottawa 9 6 1 411 346 24,224 Most Outstanding Canadian Tony Gabriel (Ott)
Hamilton 8 8 0 269 348 25,474 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Bill Baker (BC)
Montreal 7 8 1 305 273 41,520 Most Outstanding Lineman Dan Yochum (Mtl)
Toronto 7 8 1 289 354 47,356 Most Outstanding Rookie John Sciarra (BC)
            Coach of the Year Bob Shaw (Ham)
West:                
Saskatchewan 11 5 0 427 238 21,665 Playoffs Montreal 0 @ Hamilton 23
Winnipeg 10 6 0 384 316 23,221   Edmonton 14 @ Winnipeg 12
Edmonton 9 6 1 311 367 25,725   Edmonton 13 @ Sask 23
BC 5 9 2 308 336 19,981   Hamilton 15 @ Ottawa 17
Calgary 2 12 2 316 442 24,533 Grey Cup Ottawa 23 Sask 20

 

Ron Lancaster turned back father time in 1976 to capture his 2nd Most Outstanding Player award and first since 1970. Saskatchewan finished with the best record in the league and met the Eastern Riders in a thrilling Grey Cup match that ended with Tony Gabriel making ‘the catch’ for the Ottawa victory. Ottawa finished first in the East led by 2nd year pivot Tom Clements. Hamilton led by new starter Jimmy Jones finished second with Bob Shaw named coach of the year. Montreal moved to Olympic Stadium partway through the season and saw attendance skyrocket. Toronto had their star running back recruit Anthony Davis but heads with coach and CFL legend Russ Jackson and finished under .500. Dieter Brock took over at quarterback for Winnipeg and brought the team to a 2nd place finish. Edmonton with Ray Jauch juggling Tom Wilkinson and Bruce Lemmerman at quarterback finished 9-6-1. Lui Passaglia started his 25 season career with the B.C. Lions as the club finished below .500. Calgary suffered through one of its worst seasons ever as nothing coaches Bob Baker and Joe Tiller tried worked.

 

 
 
 

-- 1977 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Jimmy Edwards (Ham)
Montreal 11 5 0 311 245 59,525 Most Outstanding Canadian Tony Gabriel (Ott)
Ottawa 8 8 0 368 344 26,811 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Dan Kepley (Edm)
Toronto 6 10 0 251 266 46,811 Most Outstanding Lineman Al Wilson (BC)
Hamilton 5 11 0 283 394 24,401 Most Outstanding Rookie Leon Bright (BC)
            Coach of the Year Vic Rapp (BC)
West:                
Edmonton 10 6 0 412 320 25,557 Playoffs BC 33 @ Wpg 32
BC 10 6 0 369 326 27,287   Edm 38 @ BC 1
Winnipeg 10 6 0 382 336 24,699   Tor 16 @ Ott 21
Saskatchewan 8 8 0 330 389 21,160   Ott 18 @ Mtl 21
Calgary 4 12 0 241 327 25,321 Grey Cup Montreal 41 Edmonton 6

 

The Cardiac Kids from the West Coast were the story of the 1977 CFL season as Vic Rapp’s Lions led by Jerry Tagge staged a number of late game comebacks and rode the electric abilities of Leon Bright to a surprising 10-6 season tied for 1st in the West. Edmonton emerged from the 3-way 1st place tie in the West to advance to the Grey Cup only to be handily defeated by the Alouettes in their new home stadium under terrible field conditions. Dieter Brock emerged as a future star in the league with Winnipeg who made up the 3rd member of the 1st place finishers in the West. Saskatchewan finished 8-8 and found a star in receiver Joey Walters. A 1,000 yard season from Willie Burden was not enough for the Stampeders to escape last place. Montreal attracted a league record 59,525 to their new Olympic Stadium finishing 11-5 and topped things off with a convincing Grey Cup victory over Edmonton thanks to some ingenuity and a staple gun. Ottawa finished .500 again led by Most Outstanding Canadian Tony Gabriel. Leo Cahill returned to the Argonauts taking the team to the playoffs at 6-10 while Running Back Jimmy Edwards (pictured) was Outstanding for Hamilton who could not get out of last place.

 

 


-- 1978 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Tony Gabriel (Ott)
Ottawa 11 5 0 395 261 26,761 Most Outstanding Canadian Tony Gabriel (Ott)
Montreal 8 7 1 331 295 54,949 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Dave Fennell (Edm)
Hamilton 5 10 1 225 403 25,272 Most Outstanding Lineman Jim Coode (Ott)
Toronto 4 12 0 234 389 46,432 Most Outstanding Rookie Joe Poplawski (Wpg)
            Coach of the Year Jack Gotta (Cgy)
West:                
Edmonton 10 4 2 452 301 35,982 Playoffs Wpg 4 @ Cgy 38
Calgary 9 4 3 381 311 26,594   Cgy 13 @ Edm 26
Winnipeg 9 7 0 371 351 26,914   Ham @ Mtl 35
BC 7 7 2 359 308 23,693   Mtl 21 @ Ott 16
Saskatchewan 4 11 1 330 459 20,337 Grey Cup Edmonton 20 Montreal 13

 

Ottawa finished the season with the best record in the league as Tony Gabriel (pictured) was the favorite target for the quarterbacking tandem of Tom Clements and Condredge Holloway. Gabriel would capture Most Outstanding Player and Top Canadian but it would be Montreal who would advance past Ottawa in the East while attracting a league best average attendance of 54,949. Edmonton was prolific on both sides of the ball under the guidance of Hugh Campbell – they would avenge their 1977 Grey Cup loss to Montreal by winning the re-match.  Jimmy Jones could not lead Hamilton to a .500 record and in Toronto the arrival of NFL star running back Terry Metcalf failed to translate into a successful season. John Hufnagel was strong at Quarterback for Calgary leading the team to a 2nd place finish. Joe Poplawski was the league’s top rookie in Winnipeg as the Blue Bombers finished a respectable 9-7. B.C. could not re-create the magic of 1977 and finished with a .500 record while Ron Lancaster in his final season as a player threw 27 interceptions for the last place Roughriders.

 

 

 

 


-- 1979 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player David Green (Mtl)
Montreal 11 4 1 351 284 44,604 Most Outstanding Canadian Dave Fennell (Edm)
Ottawa 8 6 2 349 315 26,361 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Ben Zambiasi (Ham)
Hamilton 6 10 0 280 338 21,809 Most Outstanding Lineman Mike Wilson (Edm)
Toronto 5 11 0 234 352 40,045 Most Outstanding Rookie Brian Kelly (Edm)
            Coach of the Year Hugh Campbell (Edm)
West:                
Edmonton 12 2 2 495 219 42,530 Playoffs BC 2 @ Calgary 37
Calgary 12 4 0 382 278 32,525   Hamilton 26 @ Ottawa 29
BC 9 6 1 328 333 26,068   Ottawa 6 @ Montreal 17
Winnipeg 4 12 0 283 340 24,487   Calgary 7 @ Edmonton 19
Saskatchewan 2 14 0 194 437 21,186 Grey Cup Edmonton 17 Montreal 9

   

Montreal and Edmonton were the class of the league in 1979 combining for a 23-6-3 record and meeting in the Grey Cup. Edmonton handed more of the Quarterbacking duties over to Warren Moon from Tom Wilkinson and the burgeoning dynasty rolled on with a Grey Cup championship. In the Olympic Stadium the Alouettes averaged a league best 44,604 as David Green was Outstanding in leading the league with 1,678 yards rushing as he combined with quarterback Joe Barnes (pictured) to form a potent offence. Ottawa with George Brancato finished 2nd with Canadian TE Tony Gabriel leading the way. The Hamilton defence was spurred on by a newcomer at linebacker in Ben Zambiasi who would star for many more years. Toronto limped to the finish line with NFL legend Forrest Gregg failing to deliver as a Canadian Football head coach. The Stampeders were outstanding led by a strong defence but were overshadowed by their provincial rivals. Injuries to quarterback Jerry Tagge hurt the Lions who still finished a respectable 3rd. Dieter Brock struggled as did the rest of the Bombers while Saskatchewan saw the first glimpses of Rider Pride as a lost season was turned around with a pair of late season victories.

 

 

 

 

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