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38th Grey Cup
1 2 3 4 Total
Toronto Argonauts 1 6 6 0 13
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 0 0 0 0 0
Date November 25, 1950 1950-11-25
Stadium Varsity Stadium
Location Toronto
Attendance 27,101

The 38th Grey Cup, played at Varsity Stadium in Toronto on November 25, 1950, before 27,101 fans, also known as the Mud Bowl, was the Canadian football championship game played between the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Argonauts won the game 13–0.


Box score

First quarter

Toronto – Rouge – Joe Krol 49 yard punt

Second quarter

Toronto – Field Goal – Nick Volpe 21 yards
Toronto – Field Goal – Nick Volpe 23 yards

Third quarter

Toronto – TD – Al Dekdebrun 4 yard run (convert missed)
Toronto – Rouge – Joe Krol 00 yard punt

Teams 1 Q 2 Q 3 Q 4 Q Final
Toronto Argonauts 1 6 6 0 13
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 0 0 0 0 0

Game summary

On the day before the game, a rare, heavy late November snowfall blanketed the field. Heavy equipment was sent to clear the snowfall before the game. However, the equipment damaged the turf, which was already in bad shape from poor groundskeeping during the regular season. To make matters worse, on the morning of the game the weather turned much warmer, and the snowfall turned to steady rain. By game time, the field was torn up and soaked with water, with the rain continuing through the entire game. The game was anti-climactic with both teams having difficulty moving the ball in the conditions.

Winnipeg's star quarterback Jack Jacobs fumbled twice in the second quarter and was later pulled from the game in the final quarter for Pete Petrow.

The Blue Bombers stayed in the game until the third quarter, when Jake Dunlap blocked a Jack Jacobs punt, and the Argonauts recovered on the Winnipeg 20-yard line, leading to the game's only touchdown.


It was the last time a team has been shut out in the Grey Cup final.

The aftermath of the game generated severe criticism of the Canadian Rugby Union and the choice of Varsity, which had traditionally hosted the game almost every year due to its relatively large capacity and generally warmer weather in late November and early December compared to other cities. The lack of a tarpaulin to protect the field, which could have been obtained for approximately $5,000 was noted. The Calgary Stampeders, who had faced bad field conditions in the 1948 championship game, offered to pick up the expense on behalf of the league, but the offer was declined. Although Varsity Stadium, and later Exhibition Stadium, continued to be the primary venue for the Grey Cup, the criticism of the conditions at both fields eventually led to the venue shifting among the cities of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Western Interprovincial Football Union on a regular basis.

Other Grey Cup games notable for the weather include the 1962 Fog Bowl at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, the 1965 Wind Bowl at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, the 1977 Ice Bowl at Olympic Stadium in Montréal, the 1982 Rain Bowl at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto and the 1996 Snow Bowl at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.

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