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The MBB All-Time Blue Bomber Team: Slotbacks 2.0

The MBB All-Time Blue Bomber Team: Slotbacks 2.0  

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  1. 1. Who are the greatest slotbacks in Blue Bomber history? (choose 3)

    • Gerald Alphin
      1
    • Terrence Edwards
      10
    • Rick House
      2
    • Gord Paterson
      0
    • Joe Poplawski
      14
    • Tom Scott
      0
    • Milt Stegall
      16
    • Perry Tuttle
      3
    • Gerald Wilcox
      1

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  • Poll closed on 05/13/19 at 04:59 AM

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Here are the bios:

 

Stats will be broken down into receptions-yards-average-longest-TDs for the career, with the best single season total for each in parentheses with the corresponding year following the career numbers.

 Gerald Alphin – 52 games in 4 seasons (1992-95), 186-2970-16.0-73-24 (73 rec.-18 TDs both in 1994, 1052 yds. in 1993, 19.5 avg.-73 long both in 1992), 1 time 1000+ yard season (1993), 2 Grey Cup appearances (1992, 93), #2 club all-time in single season receiving TDs

Terrence Edwards – 114 games in 7 seasons (2007-13), 469-7200-15.4-90-46 (80 rec. in 2007, 1372 yds.-17.6 avg.-90 long-12 TDs all in 2010), 3 time divisional all-star (2007, 10, 11), 2 time CFL all-star (2007, 10), 5 times 1000+ yard season (2007, 08, 10-12), team nominee Most Outstanding Player (2010), 2 Grey Cup appearances (2007, 11), #4 club all-time in career receptions and yards

Rick House – 141 games in 9 seasons (1979-84, 89-91), 385-6266-16.3-81-46 (63 rec. in 1982 and 90, 1102 yds.-81 long-10 TDS all in 1981, 19.5 avg. in 1983), divisional all-star (1990), 2 times 1000+ yard season (1981, 82), 3 time team nominee Most Outstanding Canadian (1982, 90, 91), West Division Most Outstanding Canadian (1982), 2 Grey Cup appearances (1984, 90), 2 time Grey Cup champion (1984, 90)

Gord Paterson – 86 games in 6 seasons (1974-79), 232-2985-12.9-58-15 (69 rec. in 1978, 882 yds.-58 long both in 1977, 16.1 avg. in 1975, 5 TDs in 1976 and 77), team nominee Most Outstanding Canadian (1977), West Division Most Outstanding Canadian (1977)

Joe Poplawski – 129 games in 9 seasons (1978-86), 549-8341-15.2-68-48 (84 rec. in 1981, 1271 yds. in 1981 and 85, 16.9 avg. in 1985, 68 long in 1980, 8 TDs in 1978, 81, 83,and 86), 5 time divisional all-star (1978, 81, 84-86), 5 time CFL all-star (1978, 81, 84-86), 1 time led league in receptions (1978), 3 times 1000+ yard season (and 2 yards shy twice and 29 yards shy a third time), 6 time team nominee Most Outstanding Canadian (1978, 80, 81, 84-86), 5 time West Division Most Outstanding Canadian (1978, 81, 84-86), 2 time CFL Most Outstanding Canadian (1981, 86), team nominee Most Outstanding Rookie (1978), West Division Most Outstanding Rookie (1978), CFL Most Outstanding Rookie (1978), 1 Grey Cup appearances (1984, Grey Cup champion (1984), #3 club all-time in career receptions and yards, #4 club all-time in receiving TDs, CFL Hall of Fame

Tom Scott – 59 games in 4 seasons (1974-77), 175-2988-17.1-98-27 (66 rec.-1079 yds.-98 long-10 TDs all in 1977, 18.9 avg. in 1975), 2 time divisional all-star (1974, 77), CFL all-star (1977), 1 time 1000+ yard season, team nominee Most Outstanding Rookie (1974), West Division Most Outstanding Rookie (1974), CFL Hall of Fame

Milt Stegall – 199 games in 14 seasons (1995-08), 855-15187-17.8-105-144 (106 rec.-1896 yds.-23 TDs all in 2002, 26.5 avg.-105 long both in 1997), 8 time divisional all-star (1997, 99-02, 05-07), 6 time CFL all-star (1997, 00-02, 05, 06), 2 times led league in receiving yards (1997, 02), 1 time led league in receptions (2002), 10 times 1000+ yard season (1997, 99-07), 3 times 1400+ yard season (1997, 00, 02), 2 times 1600+ yard season (1997, 02), 3 time team nominee Most Outstanding Player (1997, 00, 02), West Division Most Outstanding Player (2002), CFL Most Outstanding Player (2002), 2 Grey Cup appearances (2001, 07), club #7 all-time in seasons played, #5 in games played, #3 in career scoring, #3 in all-purpose yards, club records for career and single season receptions/yards/TDs/receiving TDs, career yards from scrimmage, career 1000 yard seasons and consecutive 1000 yard seasons (#2 all time in the CFL) , career 200 yard games (3), and single season receiving avg. and consecutive games with a TD (8), has #1, #4 and #5 club single season yardage totals and #2, #4 and #5 club single game yardage totals, CFL record for career and single season TDs and receiving TDs, #3 CFL all-time in receiving yards, CFL Hall of Fame

Perry Tuttle – 88 games in 6 seasons (1986-91), 321-5817-18.1-94-41 (83 rec.-1373 yds. both in 1986, 20.8 avg. in 1990, 94 long in 1989, 8 TDs in 1986, 87, 88), divisional all-star (1987), CFL all-star (1987), 2 times 1000+ yard season (1986, 87), 2 Grey Cup appearances (1988, 90), 2 time Grey Cup champion (1988, 90)

Gerald Wilcox – 57 games in 5 seasons (1992-96), 299-4608-15.4-75-30 (111 rec.-1624 yds.-13 TDs all in 1994, 17.6 avg. in 1992, 75 long in 1993), 2 time divisional all-star (1993, 94), CFL all-star (1994), 3 times 1000+ yard season, 1 time 1600+ yard season, team nominee Most Outstanding Player (1994), 3 time team nominee Most Outstanding Canadian (1993-95), 2 time East Division Most Outstanding Canadian (1993-94), CFL Most Outstanding Canadian (1994), 2 Grey Cup appearances (1992, 93), #3 club all time single season receiving yards, #2 club all time single season receptions

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One man's take:

First off, if Milt Stegall is not unanimously selected for one of these spots, I am going to apply to be a moderator on this site for the sole purpose of banning whoever did not vote for him for the entire football season. He is at the start of any discussion for the greatest Bomber player of all time.

Joe Poplawski should be a solid choice for the second spot. Retiring at only 28 years of age, he was as dependable as they come, and one of the all-time great Canadians to ever play in the CFL. Had he hung around for another 5-6 years, who knows where his stat line may have ended up. But his consistency and league recognition in all star noms and individual awards make him another obvious choice.

So here is where it gets interesting - the lone spot for the run-off vote as a 5th receiver. Odds are good that the third place finisher here will win out over the tight end and wide receiver options. Breaking down the remaining 7:

Paterson - reliable, but ordinary numbers compared to the others. If his passport were American, his average of 500 yards and 3 TDs a year would have him playing a back-up role.

Alphin - one huge year scoring-wise, but otherwise decent but not overwhelming numbers, and was overshadowed by the other Gerald and David Williams in the 1990's. Won't make the cut for me.

Scott - honestly, was just starting to break out when he left for the Eskimos, so we never got to see his very best in a blue and gold uniform. Not enough mileage as a Bomber to get my vote as the alternate 

That leaves 4 for one spot -

Tuttle - played alongside Murphy and put up some very impressive numbers with the club, was maybe the best deep threat outside of Stegall the club has seen. Because of Murphy, seemed like a second banana, but had some very strong stats. And as far I can verify, only 1 of 2 Blue Bombers ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated (when he played with Clemson - the other is Tom Clements in his days with Notre Dame. And I stand to be corrected but I do not see from my searches that Bud Grant ever made the cover). Still, only one all-star nod and no individual club award nominations, so I'm going to leave him just outside the top 3.

House - one of the great clutch possession receivers the Bombers have ever had. Prior to Milt, had the club record for consecutive games with a catch. Had to play in the shadow of Poplawski at the other slot, but more than held his own. Still, did not reach the same heights statistically as the other 2, and was the 4th best receiver on his own team (behind Pop, Murph, and Boyd). His passport nudges him just ahead of Tuttle and gives him a very strong #5 ranking overall for me.

Wilcox - the key cog in the Matt Dunigan offence of the mid-90's, and he put together 2 massive years in 93 and 94, culminating with a record breaking season of 111 catches and 1624 yards in '94, both records for a Canadian player until Ben Cahoon and Dave Sapunjis came along and squeaked past him. And an acrimonious departure when he was cut due to lack of productivity and proclaimed through the media that he would still play and prove the backstabbers wrong (turns out the club was right with their timing, however).

Edwards - So anyone nicknamed "baby Milt" has some serious street cred right off the hop. And Edwards had the numbers to back it up. Was 29 yards away from being the league leading receiver in '07, and only 9 yards away in '10, but he never led the league. But 5 1000 yard seasons, 2 all-star nods, a team MOP nod and top 4 all time with the club in yards and catches clinches it for me. Although Wilcox's ceiling was higher by a good bit at their best, Edwards was consistently the club's best pass catcher for a longer period of time. One of the true underrated stars of the CFL when he played.

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