2000's scrapbook                                                     

 

     

        ' Over the decade the Roughriders evolved

                    into the model CFL franchise.'

 

 

 

 

 

      

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- 2000 --

   

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Dave Dickenson (Cgy)
Montreal 12 6 0 594 379 19,461 Most Outstanding Canadian Sean Millington (BC)
Hamilton 9 9 0 470 446 20,057 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Joe Montford (Ham)
Winnipeg 7 10 1 539 596 25,461 Most Outstanding Rookie Albert Johnsons III (Wpg)
Toronto 7 10 1 390 562 17,381 Coach of the Year Charlie Taaffe (Mtl)
               
West:             Playoffs Wpg 22 @ Ham 20
Calgary 12 5 1 604 495 35,973   BC 34 @ Edm 32
Edmonton 10 8 0 527 520 33,912   Wpg 24 @ Mtl 35
BC 8 10 0 513 529 22,806   BC 37 @ Cgy 23
Saskatchewan 5 12 1 516 626 24,715 Grey Cup BC 28 Montreal 26

 

Charlie Taafe coached the Montreal Alouettes to a 1st place finish as Anthony Calvillo assumed command of the offence from Tracy Ham who retired. The Alouettes faced off with the surprise B.C. Lions and coach Steve Buratto in the Grey Cup in Calgary. The Lions led by the three headed attack of Damon Allen, Sean Millington and Robert Drummond capped their surprising playoff run with a Grey Cup championship. Hamilton finished 2nd in defence of their title in1999 as Joe Montford continued to terrorize quarterbacks. Winnipeg served notice with a 7 win season as Khari Jones emerged as a star in the making. Winnipeg defeated Hamilton on a last second field goal before falling to Montreal in the East Final. Toronto finished out of the playoffs on tie-break. Dave Dickenson (pictured) was outstanding leading Calgary to top spot in the West only to suffer an injury in the West Final defeat to the B.C. Lions. Edmonton had a similar fate falling to BC in the playoffs and Saskatchewan limped to a 5 win season with Henry Burris as a starter before leaving for the NFL.

 

 

 

 


-- 2001 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Khari Jones (Wpg)
Winnipeg 14 4 0 509 383 28,144 Most Outstanding Canadian Doug Brown (Wpg)
Hamilton 11 7 0 440 420 18,611 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Joe Montford (Ham)
Montreal 9 9 0 454 419 19,601 Most Outstanding Rookie Barrin Simpson (BC)
Toronto 7 11 0 432 455 15,785 Coach of the Year Dave Ritchie (Wpg)
               
West:             Playoffs Mtl 12 @ Ham 24
Edmonton 9 9 0 439 463 35,510   BC 19 @ Cgy 28
Calgary 8 10 0 478 476 33,534   Ham 13 @ Wpg 28
BC 8 10 0 417 445 19,856   Cgy 34 @ Edm 16
Saskatchewan 6 12 0 308 416 22,097 Grey Cup Calgary 27 Winnipeg 19

Khari Jones (pictured) arrived in full force with the Winnipeg offence that included such stars as Milt Stegall, Charles Roberts (pictured), Mike Sellers, Arland Bruce and Geroy Simon. The Blue Bombers were the top team in the league and heavy favorites all the way to the Grey Cup. Missed field goals and a blocked Bob Cameron punt betrayed the dream season as Winnipeg lost to the suprising Calgary Stampeders. Hamilton put up a strong challenge with 11 wins as Montreal slipped to 9 wins with Rod Rust leaving Montreal as coach partway through the season. Toronto again finished with 7 wins as Michael Jenkins starred out of the Argonaut backfield. Edmonton finished first in the West with 9 wins with Jason Maas at the helm only to fall to Calgary in the West final. With 8 wins Calgary went on to capture the Grey Cup led by Marcus Crandell, Kelvin Anderson and Marc Boerigter. The B.C. Lions could not duplicate the magic of 2000 while Saskatchewan improved from 5 wins to 6.

 

 

 

 


-- 2002 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Milt Stegall (Wpg)
Montreal 13 5 0 587 407 20,002 Most Outstanding Canadian Ben Cahoon (Mtl)
Toronto 8 10 0 344 482 20,539 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Elfrid Payton (Edm)
Hamilton 7 11 0 427 524 17,699 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Brian Chiu (Mtl)
Ottawa 4 14 0 356 550 23,776 Most Outstanding Rookie Jason Clermont (BC)
            Coach of the Year Don Matthews (Mtl)
West:                
Edmonton 13 5 0 516 450 38,161 Playoffs Sask 14 @ Tor 24
Winnipeg 12 6 0 566 421 27,560   BC 3 @ Wpg 30
BC 10 8 0 480 399 18,507   Tor 18 @ Mtl 35
Saskatchewan 8 10 0 435 393 24,226   Wpg 30 @ Edm 33
Calgary 6 12 0 438 509 32,670 Grey Cup Montreal 25 Edmonton 16

Two big name NFL stars arrived in 2002; Lawrence Phillips (pictured) was a force for Montreal who finished first in the East with 13 wins while John Avery led Edmonton to an identical record in the West. The two high-powered teams met in the Grey Cup in Edmonton with Don Matthews Alouettes coming out on top in icy conditions at Commonwealth. Toronto was strong finishing in second place with Michael Clemons at head coach and Reggie Slack at Quarterback while Hamilton slid with just 7 wins. Football returned to Ottawa but with Dan Crowley at the control only managed 4 wins. Ricky Ray went from a Frito Ray salesman in California to leading the Edmonton Eskimos to the Grey Cup in 1 year - a truly remarkable arrival. Winnipeg back in the West continued their strong play with 12 wins and Milt Stegall establishing a league record with 23 Touchdowns. B.C. had 10 wins as first round pick and Regina product Jason Clermont burst onto the scene to claim top rookie honours. Saskatchewan turned a corner with 8 wins under Danny Barrett. Calgary finished last with Wally Buono chafing under new ownership it would be his last season as head coach of the Stampeders.

 

 

-- 2003 --

 
East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Anthony Calvillo (Mtl)
Montreal 13 5 0 562 409 20,202 Most Outstanding Canadian Ben Cahoon (Mtl)
Toronto 9 9 0 473 433 15,083 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Joe Fleming (Cgy)
Ottawa 7 11 0 467 581 23,378 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Andrew Greene (Ssk)
Hamilton 1 17 0 293 583 14,863 Most Outstanding Rookie Frank Cutolo (BC)
            Coach of the Year Tom Higgins (Edm)
West:                
Edmonton 13 5 0 569 414 41,228 Playoffs BC 7 @ Toronto 28
Winnipeg 11 7 0 514 485 27,225   Sask 37 @ Wpg 21
Saskatchewan 11 7 0 535 430 29,352   Tor 26 @ Mtl 30
BC 11 7 0 531 430 23,653   Sask 23 @ Edm 30
Calgary 5 13 0 323 502 32,178 Grey Cup Edmonton 34 Montreal 22

Ricky Ray (pictured) was spectacular in his first full season starting for the Eskimos. 41,228 on average flocked to see #15 lead the Eskimos to 13 wins and 1st place in the West. Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and BC all finished with identical 11-7 records. Winnipeg continued to be led by Khari Jones, Nealon Greene led Saskatchewan while Wally Buono and Dave Dickenson brought instant credibility to the BC Lions. In Calgary, Quarterback Kevin Feterik was forced upon coach Jim Barker by his father and team owner. Montreal was again the class of the East as Anthony Calvillo captured league Most Outstanding Player. The Alouettes would meet Edmonton again in the Grey Cup in Regina. A controversial decision by Don Matthews to start rookie defensive backs proved costly as Edmonton avenged their loss in 2002 with the victory. Damon Allen brought credibility and his lengthy resume to Toronto, Ottawa enjoyed a great 2nd season with 7 victories while Hamilton set a new mark for futility with only a late season victory over Saskatchewan saving the embarrassment of a winless season.

 

 


-- 2004 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Casey Printers (BC)
Montreal 14 4 0 584 371 23,879 Most Outstanding Canadian Jason Clermont (BC)
Toronto 10 7 1 422 414 25,813 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Anwar Stewart (Mtl)
Hamilton 9 8 1 455 542 27,853 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Gene Makowsky (Ssk)
Ottawa 5 13 0 401 560 23,050 Most Outstanding Rookie Nik Lewis (Cgy)
            Coach of the Year Greg Marshall (Ham)
West:                
BC 13 5 0 584 436 26,697 Playoffs Ham 6 @ Tor 24
Edmonton 9 9 0 532 472 39,031   Sask 14 @ Edm 6
Saskatchewan 9 9 0 476 444 24,783   Tor 26 @ Mtl 18
Winnipeg 7 11 0 448 507 24,496   Sask 25 @ BC 27
Calgary 4 14 0 396 522 30,041 Grey Cup Toronto 27 BC 19

 

In his final season Mike Pringle (pictured) became the leagues all-time leading rusher for the Edmonton Eskimos who would finish 9-9. The B.C. Lions would be the class off the West as Casey Printers burst onto the scene taking over for injured Dave Dickenson to capture League Most Outstanding Player. Coach Wally Buono would elect to go with Dickenson in the Grey Cup in Ottawa versus Toronto who under the leadership of Damon Allen would capture a surprise Grey Cup championship. Toronto advanced upsetting Montreal in the East Final as Anthony Calvillo was injured in the game. Hamilton returned to respectability under Greg Marshall while uncertainty off the field hurt Ottawa with just 4 wins. Saskatchewan was buoyed with the return of Henry Burris but would lose to BC in the West Final as kicker Paul McCallum missed chip shot to force overtime. Winnipeg continued to slide trading away Khari Jones to Calgary who under coach, offensive coordinator and GM Matt Dunigan did not have success. Dunigan did however uncover Nik Lewis and Joffrey Reynolds who would become league all-stars.

 

 

 

 

 

-- 2005 --

 
East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Damon Allen (Tor)
Toronto 11 7 0 486 387 30,196 Most Outstanding Canadian Brent Johnson (BC)
Montreal 10 8 0 592 519 23,655 Most Outstanding Defensive Player John Grace (Cgy)
Ottawa 7 11 0 458 578 18,489 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Gene Makowsky (Ssk)
Hamilton 5 13 0 383 583 28,002 Most Outstanding Rookie Gavin Walls (Wpg)
            Coach of the Year Tom Higgins (Cgy)
West:                
BC 12 6 0 550 444 32,614 Playoffs Sask 14 @ Mtl 30
Calgary 11 7 0 529 443 31,270   Edm 33 @ Cgy 26
Edmonton 11 7 0 453 421 41,933   Mtl 33 @ Tor 17
Saskatchewan 9 9 0 441 433 25,454   Edm 28 @ BC 23
Winnipeg 5 13 0 474 558 24,317 Grey Cup Edmonton 38 Montreal 35

Damon Allen (pictured) captured the first Most Outstanding Player award of his illustrious career in leading Toronto to 11 wins and first place in the East. The Alouettes would ruin the party in the East final and take Edmonton into overtime in a thrilling Grey Cup contest at B.C. Place only to fall 38-35. The Alouettes would put up an incredible 592 points of offence but finish 2nd in the East. Ottawa in their last season as the Renegades and again under the fractured ownership of the Glieberman's managed 7 wins under Joe Paopao and Hamilton fell back to earth with just 5 wins in Steeltown. Calgary acquired Henry Burris and managed 11 wins matching Edmonton with Ricky Ray back from his year with the NY Jets leading the Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship. Saskatchewan led by Kenton Keith won 9 games while Winnipeg struggled under Jim Daley with just 5 wins.

 

 


-- 2006 --

 

East: W L T F A Avg Att Most Outstanding Player Geroy Simon (BC)
Montreal 10 8 0 451 431 23024 Most Outstanding Canadian Brent Johnson (BC)
Toronto 10 8 0 359 343 29677 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Brent Johnson (BC)
Winnipeg 9 9 0 362 408 26,988 Most Outstanding Rookie Aaron Hunt (BC)
Hamilton 4 14 0 292 495 26,957 Coach of the Year Wally Buono (BC)
               
West:             Playoffs Wpg 27 @ Tor 31
BC 13 5 0 555 355 31,190   Sask 30 @ Cgy 21
Calgary 10 8 0 477 426 32,456   Tor 24 @ Mtl 33
Saskatchewan 9 9 0 465 434 36,843   Sask 18 @ BC 45
Edmonton 7 11 0 399 468 25,293 Grey Cup BC 25 Montreal 14

 

The B.C. Lions dominated the league in 2006 like few others in history - on top of having the most wins in the circuit by 3 and sweeping the individual player awards; Wally Buono's crew topped it off with a Grey Cup championship over Montreal in Winnipeg. It was a remarkable season in British Columbia with Geroy Simon (pictured) leading the way with an Outstanding season. Calgary finished runner-up with 10 wins and was defeated by Saskatchewan in the West Semi. Danny Barret led his Roughriders to 9 wins with Kenton Keith leading the way. Edmonton missed the playoffs for the first time since 1971. Montreal saw Jim Popp replace Don Matthews and lead the team past Toronto into the Grey Cup on the capable arm of Anthony Calvillo. Michael Bishop assumed more of the quarterback duties in Toronto. Doug Berry turned the Blue Bombers around with 9 wins, while Hamilton floundered under Jason Maas with just 4 wins.

 

 

 


-- 2007 --

 

East: W L T F A   Most Outstanding Player Kerry Joseph (Sask)
Toronto 11 7 0 440 336 30,931 Most Outstanding Canadian Jason Clermont (BC)
Winnipeg 10 7 1 439 404 27,701 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Cameron Wake (BC)
Montreal 8 10 0 398 433 22,902 Most Outstanding Rookie Cameron Wake (BC)
Hamilton 3 15 0 315 514 23,201 Coach of the Year Kent Austin (Sask)
               
West:             Playoffs Mtl 22 @ Wpg 24
BC 14 3 1 542 379 32,456   Cgy 24 @ Sask 26
Saskatchewan 12 6 0 530 432 28,054   Wpg 19 @ Tor 9
Calgary 7 10 1 473 527 31,246   Sask 26 @ BC 17
Edmonton 5 12 1 399 509 36,843 Grey Cup Winnipeg 19 Saskatchewan 23

 

Toronto hosted the Grey Cup for the first time since 1992 and finished first in the East. Michael Bishop struggled mightily in the East final as Toronto fell to Winnipeg. Winnipeg had a strong season behind Kevin Glenn and Charles Roberts; Glenn broke his arm in the East final and unproven Ryan Dinwiddie started in the Grey Cup and the Bombers fell to the Saskatchewan Roughriders 23-17?. Saskatchewan returned to the site of their 1989 Grey Cup victory and matched that victory capturing the franchises 3rd championship. Montreal struggled under coach Jim Popp and lost Anthony Calvillo to injury finishing with 8 wins. Hamilton had a forgettable season with just 3 wins. The Lions finished first in the West and were bolstered by the arrival of defensive end Cameron Wake. Wake was an absolute menace posting an incredible 24? sacks and keeping opposing offensive coordinators up at night. Saskatchewan under Kent Austin had a strong season and hosted their first playoff game since 1988. Kerry Joseph (pictured) was named the leagues Most Outstanding Player. Calgary disappointed with 7 wins and Tom Higgins was shown the door while Edmonton finished with just 5 wins as Ricky Ray missed time due to injury.

 

 

 


-- 2008 --

 

East: W L T F A   Most Outstanding Player Anthony Calvillo (Mtl)
Montreal 11 7 0 610 443 20,202 Most Outstanding Canadian Kamau Peterson (Edm)
Winnipeg 8 10 0 435 490 27,191 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Cameron Wake (BC)
Toronto 4 14 0 397 627 29,189 Most Outstanding Rookie Weston Dressler (Sask)
Hamilton 3 15 0 441 593 20,784 Coach of the Year John Hufnagel (Cgy)
               
West:             Playoffs BC 33 @ Sask 12
Calgary 13 5 0 595 420 32,528   Edm 29 @ Wpg 21
Saskatchewan 12 6 0 500 471 29,996   BC 18 @ Cgy 22
BC 11 7 0 559 479 34,082   Edm 26 @ Mtl 36
Edmonton 10 8 0 512 536 37,383 Grey Cup Calgary 22 Montreal 14

 

Two dynamic head coaches took over teams in 2008. In Calgary, John Hufnagel returned to where he had been as a player and offensive coach and instantly produced results with Henry Burris and the Stampeders with 13 wins. Marc Tressman a long time NFL coach and offensive coordinator arrived in Montreal with no CFL experience and along with capable assistants posted a strong 11 win season for the Als. The two would meet in the Grey Cup in Montreal with Hufnagel and the Stampeders coming out on top 22-14 and ruining the home town party. Winnipeg finished 8-10 as fans grew tired of Doug Berry and QB Kevin Glenn. Toronto pulled the chute on Rich Stubler as coach just past Labour Day only to see Don Matthews go winless in 9 games as his replacement. Bob O’Billovich started the long rebuild in Hamilton with just 3 wins. Saskatchewan followed up their Grey Cup season with 12 wins and a home playoff game – Michael Bishop came aboard and imploded in the playoffs versus BC. Cameron Wake (pictured) dominated again in his 2nd season in the league with the NFL paying close attention and Edmonton with 10 wins crossed over advancing to the East Final falling to Montreal.

 

 


-- 2009 --

 

East: W L T F A   Most Outstanding Player Anthony Calvillo (Mtl)
Montreal 15 3 0 600 324 20,202 Most Outstanding Canadian Ricky Foley (BC)
Hamilton 9 9 0 449 428 22,541 Most Outstanding Defensive Player John Chick (Sask)
Winnipeg 7 11 0 386 508 25,720 Most Outstanding Rookie Martell Mallett (BC)
Toronto 3 15 0 328 502 26,374 Coach of the Year Marc Tressman (Mtl)
               
West:             Playoffs Edm 21 @ Cgy 24
Saskatchewan 10 7 1 514 484 30,606   BC 34 @ Ham 27
Calgary 10 7 1 514 443 36,502   Cgy 17 @ Sask 27
Edmonton 8 10 0 469 502 37,231   BC 18 @ Mtl 56
BC 8 10 0 431 502 28,610 Grey Cup Montreal 28 Saskatchewan 27

 

The Montreal Alouettes had payback on their mind in 2009 and opened the season with a convincing win over Calgary. “Own the Day” the clubs mantra for the season took them to a franchise high 15 wins in the regular season. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were powered by the defensive bookends of John Chick and Stevie Baggs and along with QB Darian Durant advanced to the Grey Cup. In one of the most memorable finishes in Grey Cup history a too many men call against Saskatchewan negated the game losing field goal and Damon Duval did not miss twice as Anthony Calvillo (pictured) had his 2nd career championship. Hamilton under Marcel Bellefuille improved greatly with Kevin Glenn at the controls and DeAndre Cobb surprising at running back. Winnipeg survived the embarrassment of Mike Kelly to manage 7 wins as Michael Bishop’s career was resurrected again. Bart Andrus was a complete disaster coaching the Toronto Argonauts to just 3 wins and trading away the team’s best receiver Arland Bruce to Hamilton in the process. Calgary found the role of defending champion difficult and won 10 games. Edmonton slumped to 8 wins as Richie Hall transitioned from being a defensive coordinator. Wally Buono overcame a number of injuries and NFL defections to post 8 wins and a playoff victory over Hamilton with Casey Printers back at quarterback.

 

 


 

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