All hail Stegall

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

More than a few Manitobans will be making the following New Year's resolution tomorrow night: Never turn off a football game until the final gun is fired.

No CFL play from 2006 will be remembered more than Milt Stegall's 100-yard touchdown catch-and-run on the final play of their game at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium on July 20.

The catch gave the Bombers a 25-22 win over the Eskimos.

"That was a play that will forever live in the hearts of fans of the Blue Bombers, that's for sure," Bomber kicker Troy Westwood said that night. "It was absolute euphoria."

Winnipeg led 19-15 late in the game, but quarterback Kevin Glenn fumbled while struggling for extra yardage. The Eskimos scored with 15 seconds left to take a 22-19 lead.

ONE LAST GASP

The Bombers got the ball back on their own 10-yard line, and their first play was an incomplete pass.

There were four seconds left, and the Bombers had one last gasp. Glenn heaved it up for Stegall, who caught the ball at his own 43, somehow avoided Eskimos defensive backs Keyuo Craver and Malcolm Frank and strolled the remaining 63 yards for the score.

Pandemonium ensued.

The play ended up on ESPN south of the border and was seen on highlight shows for the rest of 2006.

"I've been playing football since I was four years old, and I've never seen that," Stegall said.

And unfortunately for many Manitobans, they didn't see it until the next morning, either.


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