September 4, 2015

By Gary Lawless


Ties that bind

Lots of Stamps have Winnipeg connections... if you're unsure who to cheer for

TORONTO -- Most CFL fans in Winnipeg will have their reasons for cheering for one team or the other in Sunday's 100th Grey Cup. But in case you're undecided and looking to have a horse in the race, consider the degrees of separation between the Blue Bombers and the Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders.

By our count, the Stampeders have a decided Winnipeg flavour with 16 members of the organization having ties to the Bombers or the city, while the Argos have just two players with a Blue Bomber connection. Twitter: @garylawless


Lyle Bauer, COO: Stamps top executive was both a player and front office member with the Bombers.

John Hufnagel, GM/coach: Hufnagel was a quarterback with the Bombers in the 1980s.

Kevin Glenn, QB: led the Bombers to a Grey Cup appearance in 2007.

Romby Bryant, receiver: traded from Winnipeg to Calgary during 2009 season.

Jabari Arthur, receiver: short stint in Winnipeg.

Rick Campbell, defensive co-ordinator: Bombers defensive assistant in 2009.

Mike Gibson, offensive line coach: former Bombers offensive co-ordinator and offensive line coach.

Rene Paredes, kicker: attended training camp with the Bombers in 2011.

Obby Khan, offensive lineman: longtime Blue Bomber, pushed out by Winnipeg last off-season.

Stevie Baggs, defensive end: spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Bombers.

Jason Armstead, kick returner: signed by the Bombers for a portion of the 2008 season.

Arjei Franklin, slotback: started his career with the Blue Bombers. Chosen in the third round of the 2006 Canadian draft.

John Murphy, assistant GM: scouted for the Bombers in 2009.

Corey Mace, defensive lineman: drafted by the Bombers but traded to Calgary.

Pat Clayton, athletic therapist: worked with the Bombers early in his career before spending the last 29 seasons with the Stamps.


Marc Parenteau, offensive lineman: played in Winnipeg in 2005 and 2006.

Chad Rempel, linebacker: played in Winnipeg in 2005.

Twitter: @garylawless

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 24, 2012 0

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