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TrueBlue4ever

The MBB All-Time Blue Bomber team

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As we settle in for the long off-season, and add another year to the futility chart for no Grey Cup championship, I thought a little winter project may keep things interesting. So I propose to create "the definitive" list of the all-time greatest Blue Bombers by position, as voted on by MBB members, covering all 89 years of this team's existence. Each week from now through April, we will focus on one position and decide who are the best all-time Bombers at that spot, completing the whole team as we enter training camp for 2019.

The team will be position-specific, so rather than, for example, picking 3 middle linebackers in the "linebacker" spot, I will focus one week on middle/inside linebackers and one week on outside linebackers. Same will go for slotback/wide receiver rather than just "receiver", safety/halfback/cornerback vs. "defensive back", and fullback and tailback vs. "running back". Also, where a player may have excelled in 2 areas, you are only to judge their merit for the position that they are nominated for that week (ex. Charlie Roberts could show up both as a running back or special teams returner, but when voting for him as a returner, do NOT consider his contributions as a running back in your overall estimation of him, and vice versa. Same would go for Rod Hill - ignore his special teams ability to block punts when considering his abilities as a defensive back, and if a kicker did both punting and placekicking, analyze each facet separately rather than their overall impact).

Because of changing offensive and defensive philosophies, I am going to expand the team in a couple of ways. On defence, rather than deciding between a 3-4 or a 4-3 defence, I will pick 2 inside/middle linebackers and two outside linebackers, and also two rush end/linemen and two interior linemen/nose tackles. To balance this on offence, there will be a tailback, fullback, slotback and wide receiver position, but also a #5 receiver position to account for the newer 5-1 offensive set.

The defence will be chosen first, then special teams, then offence, and finally coach and GM. I will try to dig into the archives so as not to omit any candidates, but I may miss a few, so send in a nomination either as a response to this message or as a PM to me, and I will include that person on the list and try to highlight their accomplishments for your consideration .Then everybody votes and the top vote getter (or two in some cases) will be on the team.

We will start with the cornerback position. You can nominate any cornerback from any era from today up until this Friday, and I will compile the list. On this Friday (December 7) I will post the nominees for people to vote on, and the following Friday (December 14th) the voting will close, with the top 2 vote getters being selected. Also this Friday (the 7th) I will open the nominations for defensive halfback, and that list of candidates will be open for voting on the 14th, and so on.

The order will be:

Cornerbacks (2), Defensive Halfbacks (2), Safety (1), Outside Linebackers (2), Middle/Inside Linebackers (2), Defensive Ends (2), Defensive Tackles (2)

Place kicker (1), Punter (1), Returner (both punt and kick) (1), Special Teamer (includes long snapper, special teams tackler, or punt block specialist) (1)

Centre (1), Offensive Guards (2), Offensive Tackles (2), Wide Receivers (2), Slotbacks (2), 5th receiver (#3 vote getter in Wide Receiver vs. #3 vote getter at Slotback in a special head-to-head runoff vote), Fullback (1), Tailback/Running Back (1), Quarterback (1)

Coach (1), GM (1)

Hopefully this piques people's interest, and gets us through the snowy season.

So off the top of my head for Cornerback nominees, I would suggest, in alpahabetical order:

Roy Bennett, Juran Bolden, Less Browne, Rod Hill, Jovon Johnson, Reggie Pierson, David Shaw (believe he played corner), **** Thornton.

Not on this list because I THINK they played halfback were Ken Hailey, James Jefferson and Ken Ploen, but I stand to be corrected.

I cannot think of anyone else who jumps out at me, but I am certain that I have forgotten someone (and please be mindful of the distinction of cornerback vs. halfback - if I have made an error let me know!). Keep sending in suggestions for nominations and I will create the voting list on Friday.

I promise future postings on this thread will be shorter.

 

Edited by TrueBlue4ever

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My Mom met Rod Hill and had him sign some stuff she had on her for me and my older brother. She told me the interaction was something like this:
"Oh hi, are you a somebody?"
'Yes I play for the Bombers'

"can you sign these things for my sons they love you guys"

/Cool story bro 

/FU i love my Mom and the Bombers

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Just now, Noeller said:

You gonna sit there and tell me Cameron is only revered for his Longevity.....??? 🤔 

No, but it it isn't fair to just proclaim him the best punter all time either. I saw some very good punters before Bob play & they deserve consideration as well.  Ed Ulmer, Bob Macoritti, Walt McKee, Bernie Ruoff & Charlie Sheppard.

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Interesting thread. I'll observe more than participate. I got into football in the Milt era, so I know I don't have the knowledge to contribute. 

 

However I'm interested to see how the thread goes and how some of my favorites rank.

 

Doug Brown - one of the guys who got me into football other than Milt, how does he rank?

Charles Roberts/Mike Sellers - loved watching those guys in action, curious how they do all time for the bombers

Stegall - ok this one isn't a discussion

Khari Jones - just kidding, I hated him (waits for 17to85 to lose his ****)

 

But for me, Brown/Stegall were the players who got me into football 

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Going by stats (because I never saw him play) you have to go with Rod Hill as #1. 5 seasons, a couple of Grey Cup wins. Ridiculous numbers.

I have a hard time going with Browne or Bennett because i believe they only played for 3 seasons with the Blue and that takes something off for me as an all time great.

So I’m going to go with the young guy pick of Jovon Johnson. For those years, he was part of an exciting group of Bombers that kept me going to games when our offence wasn’t worth turning on the TV for. Six years in blue and gold. A four time all star and defensive player of the year award ( even though Hefney should have won it). Don’t @ me.

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10 hours ago, SpeedFlex27 said:

Sheppard won 2. Just sayin'. But Cameron is the all time punter.

I think the point was more that Cameron SINGLE HANDEDLY won a GC for us......I'd agree that Jon Ryan is the best pure punter we've ever had, then Cameron, then Ruoff......and that's it. Nobody even close.

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Of all the debates we've had. The greatest punter just can not be debated. In the top ten punters in BB history, Cameron holds the top 5 and #7. Ryan can have #6 :)

Longevity isn't the only deciding factor, but it definitely plays a big part. Especially because his record for games played will likely never be broken. It's not like it was just 8 seasons or something. If I've got to pick one punter in their prime to play a one and done game. It's Cameron every single time. 
I'm not trying to take anything away from Ryan either, he was a very talented punter for the bombers. Cameron is just on another level.

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15 hours ago, SpeedFlex27 said:

My answer:

 

Corners:  Rod Hill

                      Less Browne

Other players that deserve consideration are Paul Brule, Doug Strong, Roy Bennett, Paul Williams & Gord Rowland. **** Thornton was a Safety. 

My search had Listed Thornton as a cornerback, but he played a bunch of positions, so I will move him to safety. Thanks for the clarification. 

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50 minutes ago, sweep the leg said:

Rod Hill was the best cb I've seen play for the Bombers. Less Browne would be #2. Bolden was amazing, but wasn't he mostly a db?

Bolden usually covered the opposition’s best receiver so he was interchangeable, but he was listed as a corner, so I will stick with him in that spot. 

Edited by TrueBlue4ever

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