1988 CFL season

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1988 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJuly 12 – November 6, 1988
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 13, 1988
East Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
West Champions BC Lions
76th Grey Cup
DateNovember 27, 1988
Site Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
ChampionsWinnipeg Blue Bombers
  1987 CFL seasons 1989  

The 1988 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 35th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 31st Canadian Football League season.

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CFL News in 1988

The Canadian Football Network reached an agreement with the CFL to extend its network for two more seasons.

Game rosters were revised to consist of 20-Non Imports, 14-Imports and 2-Quarterbacks. The reserve list was lowered from 4 players to 2 players. In addition, if a team decided to dress 14-Imports, one of those imports had to be designated as a special teams player.

On Monday, December 12, the CFL Board of Governors appointed Roy McMurty as Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and Bill Baker as President/Chief Operating Officer, succeeding Douglas Mitchell as the league's commissioner (both McMurtry and Baker served as the league's de facto co-commissioners for the 1989 season). Their appointments were confirmed on Sunday, January 1, 1989. The CFL Board of Governors also approved the sale of the Toronto Argonauts from Carling O'Keefe Breweries to Harry Ornest.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Edmonton Eskimos 18117047740822
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18117052545222
BC Lions 18108048941720
Calgary Stampeders 18612039547612
East Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Toronto Argonauts 18144057132628
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1899040745818
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1899047846518
Ottawa Rough Riders 1821602786184
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Edmonton and Toronto have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were the 1988 Grey Cup champions, defeating the BC Lions 22–21, at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park. This was the first Grey Cup game between two teams from west of Ontario, and the first to be won by a team which had only a .500 season. The Blue Bombers' James Murphy (WR) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Michael Gray (DT) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence, while Bob Cameron (K/P) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

November 13: Division Semifinals November 20: Division Finals November 27: 76th Grey Cup @ Lansdowne ParkOttawa, ON
E2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27
E3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28 E1 Toronto Argonauts 11
E2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35E2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22
W3 BC Lions 21
W3 BC Lions 37
W3 BC Lions 42W1 Edmonton Eskimos 19
W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 18

CFL Leaders

1988 CFL All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1988 Eastern All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1988 Western All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1988 CFL Awards

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References

  1. "CFLapedia".