Yes , Matt did play for BC in 88 and did lose the GC game to the Bombers. It was Tracy Ham who played for the Baltimore Stallions , losing the GC in 94 to BC then winning it the following year vs Calgary. He started his carreer with the Esks , not the Bombers.
He was, IMO,one of the best QB's to ever play in this league. Don't think he was too undersized to play in the NFL , he was one tough QB . He was refered to as "the QB with a linebacker attitude" . He was a superb scrambler and when he ran with the ball he took on tacklers head on, no sliding down for him. I think that trait did not appeal to the NFL , he would not have lasted long down there . After awhile his coaches started ask him to take it easy as it was taking a toll on him in his later years.
When he became the starter for the Esks back in 86 he was awesome, he singlehanded killed my Lions when they were still a powerhouse back then. And boy were we happy to see him in a Lions uniform in 88 , but we did have to give up the farm to get him , half our starting defence. But we did not have to give up our players for him for one season after that in a strange kind of a deal.
So we had Dunnigan and our D intact for 88 and after a slow start to the season BC became a real power house and the dominant team that year , except Matt's blunder in the GC game , that is.
The following season the Esks got the 6 players and with Damon Allen at the helm recorded their 16-2 season only to lose in the west final to the 9-9 Riders.
Oh, and Kanga try not drinking so much when you are posting , it's hard to decipher what your trying to say at times.