1990's scrapbook                                                     

 

     

           ' Doug Flutie rolls out of the pocket...

         No player in CFL history was more dominant

           than Flutie in the 1990's.'

 

 

 

 

 

      

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- 1990 --

   

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Michael Clemons (Tor)
Winnipeg 12 6 0 472 398 26,704 Most Outstanding Canadian Ray Elgaard (Ssk)
Toronto 10 8 0 689 538 32,029 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Greg Battle (Wpg)
Ottawa 7 11 0 540 602 23,647 Most Outstanding Rookie Reggie Barnes (Ott)
Hamilton 6 12 0 476 628 16,161 Coach of the Year Mike Riley (Wpg)
               
West:             Playoffs Ott 25 @ Tor 34
Calgary 11 6 1 588 566 24,947   Sask 27 @ Edm 43
Edmonton 10 8 0 612 510 35,758   Tor 17 @ Wpg 20
Saskatchewan 9 9 0 557 592 26,318   Edm 43 @ Cgy 33
BC 6 11 1 520 620 31,585 Grey Cup Winnipeg 50 Edmonton 11

 

Michael 'Pinball' Clemons (pictured) led a potent Argonaut attack posting an incredible 689 points en route to 10 wins. Don Matthews guided the Argonauts offence with Matt Dunigan and Rickey Foggie at the controls. Winnipeg would finish first in the East led by a strong defence. The Blue Bombers under Mike Riley would go on to route the Edmonton Eskimos 50-11 in the Grey Cup. Ottawa was respectable with 7 wins, enjoying a strong season from Damon Allen who had 34 touchdown passes. Hamilton would finish the season with 6 wins. The Calgary Stampeders finished atop the West with Danny Barrett leading the offence. Tracy Ham had another terrific season for Edmonton who would advance to the Grey Cup and be defeated handily. Saskatchewan fought the Grey CUp hangover to 9 wins but would lose to Edmonton in the West semi-final.  Murray Pezim owner of the B.C. Lions brought in several big names; among Marc Gastineau and Major Harris it was Heisman winner Doug Flutie who would dominate the league over the next 8 seasons.

 

 

 


-- 1991 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Doug Flutie (BC)
Toronto 13 5 0 647 526 36,353 Most Outstanding Canadian Blake Marshall (Edm)
Winnipeg 9 9 0 516 499 27,757 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Greg Battle (Wpg)
Ottawa 7 11 0 522 577 23,479 Most Outstanding Rookie Jon Volpe (BC)
Hamilton 3 15 0 400 599 13,834 Coach of the Year Adam Rita (Tor)
               
West:             Playoffs Ott 8 @ Wpg 26
Edmonton 12 6 0 671 569 33,771   BC 41 @ Cgy 43
Calgary 11 7 0 596 552 24,875   Wpg 3 @ Tor 32
BC 11 7 0 661 587 40,888   Edm 22 @ Cgy 23
Saskatchewan 6 12 0 606 710 22,597 Grey Cup Toronto 36 Calgary 21

Bruce McNall purchased the Toronto Argonauts in 1991 and shocked the football world when he signed top prospect Raghib 'Rocket' Ismail (pictured) out of Notre Dame and away from the NFL. Ismail was as advertised in 1991 posting strong receiving a return totals. With an average of 36,353 things looked good for Toronto and with a Grey Cup victory over Calgary the dream season was capped. Winnipeg finished with 9 wins as Greg Battle won his 2nd consecutive Most Outstanding Defesnive Player award. Ottawa finished with 7 wins a Damon Allen played his last season in the Capital. Hamilton finihsed with just 3 wins but 1 was on Labour Day over Toronto. Edmonton was tops in the West but fell short again in the playoffs. Calgary led by Danny Barrett at quarterback would advance to the Grey Cup. Doug Flutie was Outstanding for the B.C. Lionsas an average of 40,888 came to see his exploits with top rookie Jon Volpe. Saskatchewan slipped to 6 victories as their defence allowed an incredible 710 points.

 


-- 1992 --

 
East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Doug Flutie (Cgy)
Winnipeg 11 7 0 507 499 26,083 Most Outstanding Canadian Ray Elgaard (Ssk)
Hamilton 11 7 0 536 514 19,354 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Pless (Edm)
Ottawa 9 9 0 484 439 24,345 Most Outstanding Rookie Mike Richardson (Wpg)
Toronto 6 12 0 469 523 32,053 Coach of the Year Wally Buono (Cgy)
               
West:             Playoffs Ott 28 @ Ham 29
Calgary 13 5 0 607 430 24,329   Sask 20 @ Edm 22
Edmonton 10 8 0 552 515 28,465   Ham 11 @ Wpg 59
Saskatchewan 9 9 0 505 545 21,704   Edm 22 @ Cgy 23
BC 3 15 0 472 667 25,965 Grey Cup Calgary 24 Winnipeg 10

Doug Flutie (Pictured) joined the Calgary Stampeders and the team responded with the league's best offence. Flutie would capture his 2nd Most Outstanding Player award and lead the team to a Grey Cup 24-10 victory over Winnipeg and Matt Dunigan in Toronto. Edmonton had 10 wins in Tracy Ham's final season with the Eskimos. Saskatchewan had 9 wins as Ray Elgaard captured top Canadian honours. The B.C. Lions suffered with Danny Barrett replacing Flutie and finished 3-15. Matt Dunigan joined the Blue Bombers and the team had great success uncovering top rookie in running back Michael Richardson. Hamilton with Damon Allen at the controls had a strong season with 11 wins. Ottawa finished at .500 with Tom Burgess at quarterback and Reggie Barnes rushing the ball. Toronto suffered a massive Grey Cup hangover and Raghib Ismail quickly wore out his welcome with disinterested play and a incident vs. Calgary where he stepped on an opposing players head along the sidelines. Ismail would leave the CFL after the season with a payout on his massive contract and join the Los Angeles Raiders. 

 

 


-- 1993 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Doug Flutie (Cgy)
Winnipeg 14 4 0 646 421 25,101 Most Outstanding Canadian Dave Sapunjis (Cgy)
Hamilton 6 12 0 316 567 17,537 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Jearld Baylis (Ssk)
Ottawa 4 14 0 387 517 20,026 Most Outstanding Rookie Mike O'Shea (Ham)
Toronto 3 15 0 390 593 25,334 Coach of the Year Wally Buono (Cgy)
               
West:             Playoffs Ott 10 @ Ham 21
Calgary 15 3 0 646 418 28,169   Sask 13 @ Edm 51
Edmonton 12 6 0 507 372 30,537   BC 9 @ Cgy 17
Saskatchewan 11 7 0 511 495 23,851   Ham 19 @ Wpg 20
BC 10 8 0 574 583 28,435   Edm 29 @ Cgy 15
Sacramento 6 12 0 498 509 16,979 Grey Cup Edmonton 33 Winnipeg 23

 

1993 saw the CFL expand to the United States with the arrival of the Sacramento Gold Miners. A 2nd expansion team in San Antonio was cancelled when financing did not materialize. The first game in Sacramento was versus the powerhouse Calgary Stampeders. Quarterback David Archer (pictured) was terrific in his first season in Canadian football. For the season Calgary would dominate with Doug Flutie leading a tremendous offence. The Stampeders would be upset in the playoffs by 2nd place Edmonton who with Damon Allen back would defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who started Sammy Garza in place of injured Matt Dunigan in the game. Saskatchewan had 11 wins as Kent Austin spent his final season as a Roughrider player, The BC Lions won 10 games as Danny McManus had his first exposure as a regular starting quarterback. Sacramento had a strong 6 wins in their first season. Winnipeg was strong on offence with Matt Dunigan leading the way including a 713 yard passing effort. Hamilton would limp to 2nd place with 6 wins as Don McPherson threw 21 interceptions. Ottawa managed just 4 wins while the Tracy Ham experiment in Toronto was a failure with just 3 wins.

 

 


-- 1994 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Doug Flutie (Cgy)
Winnipeg 13 5 0 651 572 23,606 Most Outstanding Canadian Gerald Wilcox (Wpg)
Baltimore 12 6 0 561 431 37,347 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Pless (Edm)
Toronto 7 11 0 504 578 16,841 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Shar Pourdanesh (Balt)
Ottawa 4 14 0 480 647 19,409 Most Outstanding Rookie Matt Goodwin (Balt)
Hamilton 4 14 0 435 562 16,688 Coach of the Year Don Matthews (Balt)
Shreveport 3 15 0 330 661 17,870    
           

Playoffs

Tor 15 @ Balt 34
West:               Ott 16 @ Wpg 26
Calgary 15 3 0 698 355 25,994   BC 24 @ Edm 23
Edmonton 13 5 0 518 401 29,062   Sask 3 @ Cgy 36
BC 11 6 1 604 456 25,274   Balt 14 @ Wpg 12
Saskatchewan 11 7 0 512 454 24,455  

BC 36 @ Cgy 36

Sacramento 9 8 1 436 436 14,189    
Las Vegas 5 13 0 447 622 8,011 Grey Cup

British Columbia 26 Baltimore 23

 

The 1994 season saw the league expand to 12 teams with new franchises in Baltimore, Shreveport and Las Vegas. Baltimore would prove to be a tremendous success, on top of attracting an average of 37,347 fans, the Colts (CFLers) would win 12 games and advance to the Grey Cup only to lose on a thrilling last second Lui Passaglia field goal to B.C. Don Matthews had Tracy Ham and Mike Pringle lead his Baltimore team. Winnipeg would finish 1st in the East with 13 wins but Matt Dunigan’s squad would fall to Baltimore in the playoffs. Toronto had a good season with 7 wins getting strong play from rookie quarterback Marvin Graves. Ottawa and Hamilton had identical 4 wins seasons with high profile Timm Rosenbach leaving Steeltown midseason when his pay stopped. Shreveport went the longest in the league before recording their first victory but drew 17,870 per game. Calgary was again dominant with 15 wins and Allen Pitts (pictured) 21 touchdowns. Calgary would lose to Darren Flutie and the B.C. Lions in one of the greatest games ever played for the West Final. Edmonton after 13 wins fell victim to B.C. in the West semi. The Lions had a dream season hosting the Grey Cup the tandem of Kent Austin and Danny McManus were magic for the Lions in the playoffs. Saskatchewan had a good season with 11 wins. Sacramento improved to 9 wins but drew worse than year 1 while the Las Vegas Posse were a disaster and were forced to move their final home game to Edmonton.


-- 1995 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Mike Pringle (Blt)
Calgary 15 3 0 631 404 26,740 Most Outstanding Canadian Dave Sapunjis (Cgy)
Edmonton 13 5 0 599 359 31,475 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Pless (Edm)
BC 10 8 0 535 470 26,180 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Mike Withycombe (Blt)
Hamilton 8 10 0 427 509 21,712 Most Outstanding Rookie Shalon Baker (Edm)
Winnipeg 7 11 0 404 653 22,888 Coach of the Year Don Matthews (Blt)
Saskatchewan 6 12 0 422 451 28,500    
Toronto 4 14 0 376 519 16,659    
Ottawa 3 15 0 348 685 21,101    
            Playoffs Birm 9 @ SA 52
West:               Wpg 21 @ Balt 36
Baltimore 15 3 0 541 369 30,111   BC 15 @ Edm 26
San Antonio 12 6 0 630 457 15,855   Ham 13 @ Cgy 30
Birmingham 10 8 0 548 518 16,843   SA 11 @ Balt 21
Memphis 9 9 0 346 364 14,550   Edm 4 @ Cgy 37
Shreveport 5 13 0 465 514 14,359 Grey Cup Baltimore 37 Calgary 20

 

The CFL in 1995 was a 13 team league. Birmingham and Memphis joined the circuit while Sacramento moved to San Antonio and Las Vegas folded. The Baltimore team now dubbed the Stallions were the class of the league. In the newly formed CFL South Baltimore won 15 games and would return to the Grey Cup this time defeating Doug Flutie and the Calgary Stampeders 37-20. San Antonio enjoyed spectacular seasons from David Archer and Mike Saunders finishing 13-5. Matt Dunigan had his finest statistical season with Birmingham but a broken finger sidelined him for the playoff loss to San Antonio. Memphis with Damon Allen and a strong defence led by Tim Cofield finished 11-7 while Shreveport struggled to ? wins. Calgary finished with 15 wins while an injury sidelined Flutie the team uncovered a future star in Jeff Garcia. Kerwin Bell had a strong season starting for Edmonton while the B.C. Lions could not match the magic of 1994 finishing 10-8. Anthony Calvillo picked up his career with Hamilton while Reggie Slack gave Winnipeg a late season spark. Saskatchewan struggled with 6 wins while Kent Austin had a terrible season for the 4-14 Argonauts. Ottawa had a forgettable campaign at 3-15 with Sammy Garza and Odessa Turner as top contributors.

 

 


-- 1996 --

 

East: W L T F A   Most Outstanding Player Doug Flutie (Tor)
Toronto 15 3 0 556 359 20,466 Most Outstanding Canadian Leroy Blugh (Edm)
Montreal 12 6 0 534 469 22,227 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Pless (Edm)
Hamilton 8 10 0 426 576 20,386 Most Outstanding Lineman Mike Kiselak (Tor)
Ottawa 3 15 0 353 524 16,847 Most Outstanding Rookie Kelvin Anderson (Cgy)
            Coach of the Year Ron Lancaster (Edm)
West:                
Calgary 13 5 0 608 365 23,559 Playoffs Ham 11 @ Mtl 22
Edmonton 11 7 0 459 354 29,818   Wpg 7 @ Edm 68
Winnipeg 9 9 0 421 496 25,799   Mtl 7 @ Toronto 43
Saskatchewan 5 13 0 360 498 22,376   Edm 15 @ Cgy 12
BC 5 13 0 410 486 18,617 Grey Cup Toronto 43 Edmonto 37

 

In 1996 the CFL returned to its Canadian roots with 9 teams including the relocated Stallions in Montreal. Doug Flutie brought his considerable talents to Toronto who had a terrific season going 15-3 under Don Matthews. The Argonauts powered past Montreal in the East Final and in a thrilling Grey Cup in the snow edged the Eskimos 43-37. Hamilton similarly made a splash bringing in Matt Dunigan who had the Tiger Cats on a roll before a concussion in Week 4 would end his career and hopes of a hometown Grey Cup champion. Montreal had a strong club with 12 wins as Tracy Ham and company adjusted to the surroundings at the Big O. Ottawa brought aboard David Archer (pictured) but club finances quickly became an issue – 3 victories and an absentee owner proved to be the death knell for the franchise. Calgary with Jeff Garcia in full control had a strong season with 13 wins. Edmonton welcomed Danny McManus and Darren Flutie and went all the way to the Grey Cup under Ron Lancaster only to fall to Toronto with a controversial non-fumble thrown in. Winnipeg was Kent Austin’s final stop in the CFL as a player capped with a humiliating playoff defeat. Saskatchewan struggled with 5 victories while B.C. transferred ownership as David Braley stepped in to buy the club and start the slow rebuilding processs.

 

 


-- 1997 --

 

East: W L T F A   Most Outstanding Player Doug Flutie (Tor)
Toronto 15 3 0 660 327 18,226 Most Outstanding Canadian Sean Millington (BC)
Montreal 13 5 0 509 532 9,585 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Pless (Edm)
Winnipeg 4 14 0 443 548 21,483 Most Outstanding Rookie Derrell Mitchell (Tor)
Hamilton 2 16 0 362 549 13,613 Coach of the Year Don Matthews (Tor)
               
West:             Playoffs BC 35 @ Mtl 45
Edmonton 12 6 0 479 400 31,895   Sask 33 @ Cgy 30
Calgary 10 8 0 522 442 27,848   Mtl 30 @ Tor 37
Saskatchewan 8 10 0 413 479 27,038   Sask 31 @ Edm 30
BC 8 10 0 429 536 20,763 Grey Cup Toronto 47 Saskatchewan 23

 

The Doug Flutie (pictured) show had 1 final blow-out season with the Argonauts in 1997. The regular cast from 1996 welcomed talented receiver Derrell Mitchell to the fold and the Boatman coasted to 15 regular season victories and a repeat Grey Cup in a convincing win over Saskatchewan. Montreal again fell short to Toronto but posted a strong season behind Tracy Ham and Mike Pringle. Winnipeg moved back to the East and struggled to find consistency at Quarterback with 4 wins while Hamilton had a forgettable season with 2 victories as Anthony Calvillo took his lumps. Edmonton finished atop the West with McManus and Flutie again leading the way. Jeff Garcia led Calgary to a strong season but it was the surprise Saskatchewan Roughriders led by Reggie Slack who upset first Calgary and Dave Dickenson starting in place of injured Garcia and then Edmonton at Commonwealth to advance to the Grey Cup. It would not be a magical finish as in ’89 as Saskatchewan was handily defeated by the Argonauts. Damon Allen grew more comfortable in B.C. and the Lions crossed over to face Montreal in the East Semi-Final discovering the unpolished jewel of Molson Stadium.

 

 


-- 1998 --

 

East: W L T F A   Most Outstanding Player Mike Pringle (Mtl)
Hamilton 12 5 1 503 351 19,439 Most Outstanding Canadian Mike Morreale (Ham)
Montreal 12 5 1 470 435 16,147 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Joe Montford (Ham)
Toronto 9 9 0 452 410 18,226 Most Outstanding Rookie Steve Muhammed (BC)
Winnipeg 3 15 0 399 588 21,483 Coach of the Year Ron Lancaster (Ham)
               
West:             Playoffs Tor 28 @ Mtl 48
Calgary 12 6 0 558 397 30,040   BC 33 @ Edm 40
Edmonton 9 9 0 396 450 33,120   Mtl 20 @ Ham 22
BC 9 9 0 394 427 16,217   Edm 10 @ Cgy 33
Saskatchewan 5 13 0 411 525 24,141 Grey Cup Calgary 26 Hamilton 24

Ron Lancaster arrived as coach in Hamilton and brought with him from Edmonton Danny McManus and Darren Flutie. The turn-around was instantaneous as the Tiger Cats roared to 12 wins and a first place finish. With Toronto falling back it was now Hamilton that stood in Montreal’s way as they failed to advance past the East final for the 3rd straight year. Mike Pringle (pictured) rushed for 2,065 yards and was named the leagues Most Outstanding.  Kerwin Bell had the unenviable task of replacing Doug Flutie and did his best with a strong season but the Argonauts would fall to Montreal in the East Semi. Winnipeg looked for answers with a forgettable 3 wins to finish in last place. Calgary finished atop the West as Jeff Garcia concluded his CFL in style with 28 touchdown passes as Calgary would capture the Grey Cup over Hamilton 26-24 on a last second Mark McLoughlin field goal in Winnipeg. Kay Stephenson coached and David Archer came out of retirement for 1 season for the 9-9 Edmonton Eskimos. Robert Drummond arrived in BC and helped the Lions to a 3rd place finish. Saskatchewan floundered to 5 wins and needed a ticket telethon and a CFL orchestrated loan from the NFL to remain solvent.

 


-- 1999 --

 

East: W L T F A   Most Outstanding Player Danny McManus (Ham)
Montreal 12 6 0 495 395 19,317 Most Outstanding Canadian Mike O'Shea (Tor)
Hamilton 11 7 0 603 378 20,051 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Calvin Tiggle (Ham)
Toronto 9 9 0 386 373 22,045 Most Outstanding Rookie Paul Lacoste (BC)
Winnipeg 6 12 0 362 601 21,807 Coach of the Year Charlie Taafe (Mtl)
               
West:             Playoffs Tor 6 @ Ham 27
BC 13 5 0 429 373 22,428   Edm 17 @ Cgy 30
Calgary 12 6 0 503 393 31,641   Ham 27 @ Mtl 26
Edmonton 6 12 0 459 502 34,241   Cgy 26 @ BC 24
Saskatchewan 3 15 0 370 592 19,327 Grey Cup Hamilton 32 Calgary 21

Danny McManus (pictured) enjoyed an incredible season in 1999, his Hamilton Tiger Cats captured the Grey Cup in a thrilling victory over Calgary at BC Place. McManus was named the League Most Outstanding Player and add to that the Most Outstanding Player for the Grey Cup. Darren Flutie made a signature 1 handed catch to highlight the victory for Hamilton. Montreal finished first in the East with 12 wins but the Als were upset by Hamilton on a late touchdown pass to the unlikely Joe Hagans. After the disappointment Tracy Ham retired passing the quarterbacking mantle to Anthony Calvillo. Toronto finished 3rd in the East with Barker’s leading the way Jim as coach and Jay as quarterback. Winnipeg again finished in last place happy to turn the page on a decade that started so promising. In the West Damon Allen led a strong Lions squad to 1st place only to miss playing host to the Grey Cup losing to Calgary in the West Final. For Calgary, Dave Dickenson replaced Jeff Garcia at quarterback and the team did not miss a beat – that is until the Grey Cup. Edmonton struggled to an uncharacteristic 6-12 record with Marcus Crandell and Nealon Greene sharing the quarterback duties. Saskatchewan found that Steve Sarkisian was not the answer at quarterback with just 3 wins.


 

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