WEST FINAL 2002
Milt Stegall was out with broken ribs. Charles Roberts broke a collarbone on the first series. And the Bombers fell behind, 32-6, to Edmonton.
Other than that, it was a good day for the Blue and Gold.
Led by quarterback Khari Jones, the Bombers made it a game, but lost 33-30, allowing the Eskimos to reach the Grey Cup game as the home team, one of just two times that's happened in 22 years.
Their challenge today: prevent Toronto from doing the same.
EAST FINAL 2001
The last time the Bombers hosted a division final, they forged a 28-13 win over Hamilton, grabbing the James Dixon Trophy as East champs.
Khari Jones completed just nine passes, but two were for touchdowns: bombs to Milt Stegall and Arland Bruce III.
Charles Roberts produced 176 all-purpose yards, Juran Bolden returned an interception 54 yards for the game-clinching major and the Winnipeg defence stuffed Hamilton on a late goal-line stand.
Some similar names and themes to this year's team, to be sure.
EAST FINAL 2000
The day Montreal's Ed Philion became Public Enemy No. 1 for Bomber fans.
The Als D-lineman twice delivered questionable hits on Khari Jones, and the Bomber pivot wasn't the same as Winnipeg frittered away a 13-0 lead and lost, 35-24.
"I'm not happy just getting to this point," a disappointed Milt Stegall said. "If you start getting happy, this is all you're going to get. We won a playoff game, but big deal."
One suspects Stegall would feel the same way should the Bombers fail to get past Toronto today.
EAST FINAL 1994
One of the all-time heartbreakers in Bomber history.
Hosting the Baltimore Stallions after a stellar 13-5 season, the Bombers were grinding out what looked to be a fourth trip to the Grey Cup in five years. With receiver Gerald Wilcox open in the end zone for a late, game-winning touchdown, Matt Dunigan threw a pass that hit the crossbar, and Winnipeg's Cup dream bounced to the frozen turf.
"That was one of the hardest losses in my life," then-head coach Cal Murphy was still saying, half a decade later.
The only current Bomber on that team, kicker Troy Westwood, made nine of 10 field goal attempts that playoff season (the Bombers played a semifinal, too, because there were six teams in the division).
EAST FINAL 1993
Winnipeg in first place, with a 14-4 mark. Hamilton next, at 6-12.
Such was the weak-kneed state of the CFL East, 14 years ago. So the Bombers rolled to the Grey Cup game without breaking a sweat, right?
Thanks to an achilles tendon injury to quarterback Matt Dunigan, Sam Garza called the signals for the Winnipeg offence, and the results had Bomber fans chewing their finger nails through a 20-19 win, not to mention a loss to Edmonton in the Grey Cup.
FYI, Troy Westwood went a perfect seven-for-seven in the playoffs, capping a year in which he hit better than 80% of his field goals, a career high.