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Who will be the next head coach in Oakland?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Oakland Head Coach Poll

'88 Chronology-Oakland Coaching Search

Event Date: October 22nd, 1988

Event Description: Patient Invaders

Source: Sacramento Bee

With the start of a new U.S. Football League season less than five months away, Oakland general manager John Ralston said he’ll wait until after the next series of owners meetings before naming the Invaders next head coach.

For the first time since 1985, the Oakland club must find a new coach following the departure of Charlie Sumner to the NFL back in late August. 

The candidates for the Oakland job include current assistants Fred Biletnikoff, Raymond Chester and Cedrick Hardman as well as a host of former head coaches including John Hadl, Red Miller and Craig Morton.

more to come......

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

'88 Chronology-Martha Talks Merger

Event Date: October 21st, 1988

Event Description: USFL Merger Talks

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dixon vs. Finley Poll

'88 Chronology-Dixon vs. Finley?

Event Date: October 20th, 1988

Event Description: L.A. versus Moscow?

Source: LA Times (Bob Oates)

People have been starting new football leagues, or threatening to do so, for most of this century.

And as recently as this week, there were two new developments in that old obsession:

In Chicago, Charlie O. Finley, the inventor of the designated hitter and the builder of three World Series champions with the Oakland A's in the early 1970s, said he has dropped plans to merge the Canadian Football League with the United States Football League.

"We haven't abandoned the idea of a new league," Finley said. "We just won't be involved with the CFL or the USFL."

In New Orleans, meanwhile, David F. Dixon, the businessman who brought both the Saints and the Superdome to his town and who later launched the USFL, said he is ready to go with his new summer-fall football league.

"We're calling it the American Football Federation," he said. "We'll play a 10-week season, with no exhibition games, but with a best two-of-three (championship series). Two of the 12 AFF teams will be based in England."

In Dixon's view, the USFL has demonstrated that there are enough talented players and willing fans for another pro football league.

"The USFL has averaged TV ratings of 5.5 and 6. They averaged crowds of 20,000 and 25,000. Compared to the NFL, those figures are low. But compared to everything else, particularly everything on TV in the spring and summer, they're excellent. Sponsors are anxious for 5.5 programming in late summer sports."

Financially, Dixon holds that no new league can make it unless its club owners are restrained from bidding against the NFL for players, "which the USFL has already started to back away from."

Dixon proposes two radical features.

The league will have an international flavor with teams based in North America and Europe.

Each owner will own a share of the league--instead of owning an individual club. And all costs will be controlled by the league office.

"Every owner will be autonomous," Dixon said. "He can run his club any way he sees fit after his annual budget has been established (by the AFF). You won't be able to buy an AFF champion. The best football guys will win it."

He added that the first 12 franchises will be awarded free of charge to those putting up $3.5 million in each city for club operating expenses. Dixon said he has had more than enough ownership applications--including three from Los Angeles.

He also said that the AFF will not immediately be a major league, although he expects it to be accepted as major when his younger players mature within five years.

Other proposals for Dixon's league:

--Fifty-man rosters paid from a percentage of gross receipts, with players sharing 40% to 55% of the revenues on a minimum-salary, performance-bonus basis.

--Each owner will have a seat on the national board and an equal voice in league management.

--Assuming that there will be a television package, blackouts will be lifted when 50% to 60% of the seats have been sold.

--Potential franchises for major North American markets: New York, Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Miami, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

--The teams in England will be in London, in the south, and Manchester or Birmingham, or both, in the north. "Travel costs aren't that much," Dixon said. "And Los Angeles vs. London sounds very exciting."

--Eventual expansion to many other North American and foreign areas, including Mexico City, Paris and Rome, Germany, "and, I hope, Moscow and Leningrad," Dixon said.

--The first game of each year's prime-time three-game championship series will be scheduled into the same stadium annually, probably the New Jersey Meadowlands. Subsequent scheduling will be in home-city stadiums.

--Primarily night games, with only one day game weekly. The season extending from late June to early October.

--Cable TV, although network TV isn't out. Dixon said that because of speedup measures, AFF games will usually end in 2 hours and 15 minutes and "will always fit in a three-hour package."

--The possible signing of some top high school graduates, junior college players and college undergraduates, "primarily those who would have difficulty meeting the new NCAA academic standards." Such players would get "intensive tutoring in season" plus four-year college scholarships at AFF expense.

--Possible stock ownership for fans and players.

--NFL rules, with selective changes. On pass receptions, for example, the college rule--one foot in bounds--is planned.

--Emphasis on injury reduction, with knee braces mandatory.

--A chief executive officer instead of a commissioner, with Dixon serving as chairman to enforce the original budgetary concept.

"Let me comment on two things that everyone asks about," Dixon said.

"First, New York is the one market we want to be in. It's the richest market in the world. Sports teams that are properly operated in New York--the Yankees, the Knicks, the Giants--are the best franchises there are.” (Original story modified)

more to come...

'88 Chronology-Dixon Plans AFF

Event Date: October 19th, 1988

Event Description: Plans For New Grid League Abound

Source: The Nevada Daily Mail

Sunday, August 30, 2015

'88 Chronology-Fox Trot?

Event Date: October 18th, 1988

Event Description: Dixon Proposes New League

Source: The Rome News Tribune

Saturday, August 29, 2015

'88 Chronology-London Football Franchise?

Event Date: October 12th, 1988

Event Description: International Football League Proposed

Source: The London Independent

'88 Chronology-American Football Teams Inc.

Event Date: October 11th, 1988

Event Description: New Football League

Source: Herald Journal

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

'88 Chronology-Packers Sign Fusina

Event Date: October 5th, 1988

Event Description: Packers Sign Fusina

Source: The Milwaukee Journal

The Green Bay Packers signed Chuck Fusina, a former United States Football League quarterback, to a one-year contract with an option on Wednesday.

Fusina worked out with the Packers Tuesday, as Infante searched for a quarterback who could move his pass oriented offense. The Packers (0-5) have scored only three touchdown passes with Randy Wright and second-year man Don Majkowski  at quarterback.

"We saw in Chuck the same thing we saw in the U.S. Football League (with Philadelphia)," Packers coach Lindy Infante said. "We have had an interest in him for sometime. He has done the job and we think that he can help us as we move forward." Infante coached in the USFL with the Jacksonville Bulls before moving on to the NFL.

Fusina, 31, played out his USFL option and decided to give the NFL  another shot. “I am pretty excited about it.” said the veteran after a lengthy meeting with Infante.

Fusina, who played at Penn State, was a backup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for three seasons before playing for the USFL's Philadelphia Stars from 1983-88.

more to come......

Monday, August 24, 2015

'88 Chronology-Stallions Staff Reductions

Event Date: October 2nd, 1988

Event Description: Stallions Trim Staff

Source: Times Daily

Saturday, August 22, 2015

'88 Chronology-Usher Seeks Balance

Event Date: October 1st, 1988

Event Description: USFL Commish Calls For Salary Balance

Source: The News and Courier

Thursday, August 20, 2015

'88 Chronology-Blitz Ready Move

Event Date: October 1st, 1988

Event Description: Tallal Buys Blitz

Source: Dallas Times Herald

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

'88 Chronology-Rumor Mongers Whisper Mergers

Event Date: September 29th, 1988

Event Description: Merger Talks Continue

Source: Rome-News Tribune

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Harry Usher Poll #1

'88 Chronology-Fall Owners Meeting

Event Date: September 28th, 1988

Event Description: USFL May Reduce Teams

Source: The News and Courier

Thursday, August 13, 2015

'88 Chronology-September Owners Meeting

Event Date: September 26th, 1988

Internal Memo: USFL Owners Meeting

Re: Fall Agenda

The owners considered and took action on the following; 
  1. Accepted the resignation of Commissioner Chet Simmons, effective September 1st. 
  2. Approved the hiring of Harry Usher as new league commissioner.
  3. Accepted a report from the Commissioner’s office entitled; “The State of the USFL and the Usher Plan”
  4. Approved the sale of majority shares of the Philadelphia Stars from Myles Tanenbaum to Boston based Game Plan LLC.
  5. Formally withdrew the Philadelphia Stars antitrust suit against the National Football League regarding the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft. 
  6. Received a report regarding the financial health of the Los Angeles Express and the league-owned Chicago Blitz. 
  7. Received a recommendation from the Television Committee to open talks with NBC, CBS and ESPN, USA Network and Turner Broadcasting for television rights to the 1990 season and beyond.
  8. Received a memo from the Television Committee to prepare for the current network television contract with ABC to expire at the end of the 1989 season.   
  9. Accepted a letter from Jody Tallal proposing to buy the Chicago  Blitz and move them to Dallas, Texas.
  10. Approved a recommendation from the Finance Committee to set the 1989 Salary Cap at $5.2 million with special exemptions for players with personal service contracts.
  11. The owners agreed to meet again in October to discuss the Usher Plan.
more to come......

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

'88 Chronology-Merger Talks

Event Date: September 22nd, 1988
Event Description: Usher Unaware
Source: United Press International
USFL Commissioner Harry Usher said Friday he was “totally in the dark” over published reports his league would consider a merger with the Canadian Football League.
The Toronto Globe and Mail quoted one unnamed CFL executive as saying USFL officials would soon approach CFL Commissioner Doug Mitchell to discuss merging the two leagues into one with separate divisions in the two countries.
Usher said he had no knowledge of such a proposal.
“I have not studied it, so I have no comment on the proposal positively or negatively,'' Usher said. ''I suppose all things are possible. I have not been in contact with the CFL or its commissioner Mr. Mitchell. I am totally in the dark.”

Mitchell told the newspaper he has not been approached by the USFL and, while leery, would listen to the proposal.
more to come...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

'88 Chronology-Football Merger?

Event Date: September 19th, 1988

Event Description: Finley Proposes Merger

Source: Beaver County Times

Sunday, August 9, 2015

'88 Chronology-Blitz Poll

'88 Chronology-Dallas Investors Seek USFL Franchise

Event Date: September 16th, 1988

Event Description: USFL Moving to Dallas?

Source: Ocala Star Banner

Friday, August 7, 2015

'88 Chronology-Cardinals Sign Stoudt

Event Date: September 10th, 1988

Event Description: Cards Sign Stoudt

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'88 Chronology-Usher Named New Commissioner

Event Date: September 7th, 1988

Event Description: Usher Named USFL Commish

Source: The Daily Reporter

Monday, August 3, 2015

'88 Chronology-Mutual Interest

Event Date: September 4th, 1988

Event Description: Usher Agreement Close

Source: Boston Globe

Saturday, August 1, 2015

'88 Chronology-USFL Contacts Usher

Event Date: August 31st, 1988

Event Description: USFL Commissioner Search Underway

Source: Observer Reporter

Thursday, July 30, 2015

'88 Chronology-Simmons Steps Down

Event Date: August 30th, 1988

Event Description: Simmons Resigns Post

Source: Gainesville Sun

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

'88 Chronology-Coaching Changes

Event Date: August 22nd, 1988

Event Description: ‘Gades Hire Jenkins; Invaders lose Sumner

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Bugsy Engelberg, the General Manager for the Orlando Renegades, announced Monday that John Jenkins has been hired as the new head coach of the team and the second in the franchise's brief history.

"We believe that at this point in our history, we need somebody who can take us to the next level, first to the playoffs and then to the championship," said Engelnberg. 

"With John's extensive experience in the Run and Shoot offense we believe that he is that person."

Jenkins has helped run the Houston Gamblers offense since the departure of Mouse Davis.

"I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to be the head coach of the Orlando Renegades," said Jenkins.

In other coaching news: Charlie Sumner has accepted a position with the Los Angeles Raiders. Sumner, who is currently head coach of the USFL Oakland Invaders, will resign his position, effective immediately.

In a statement released by the Raiders, “the decision has since been made to transform our defense into a more aggressive, blitzing unit--and Charlie Sumner is the man who will be up to the task.” (Photo-Gamblers.Com)

more to come......

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

'88 Chronology-Off-Season Calendar

Event Date: August 1988

Event Description: Off-Season Calendar

Source: League Office

USFL Calendar

The following are dates for key USFL events scheduled from 

August 1st, 1988 through March 1st, 1989. 

August 1st-USFL Contracts Expire

September 27th-28th-USFL Fall Owners Meeting

October 1st-All playoff participants from the previous season must submit their 24-man protected player list. Players with at least two previous pension credited seasons whom a club desires to terminate are not subject to the terms of the Equalization Draft.

October 3rd-Teams may begin signing street free agents 

October 3rd— Trading period for 1989 begins at 4:00 p.m.

October 24th-25th-USFL Owners Meeting

November 1st-Free agency period begins at 4:00 p.m. e.s.t.. 
November 7th-9th-Annual Fall Owners Meeting, New York City, New York.

November 12th-13th — Street Free Agent Combine to be held in New York, Chicago, Tampa, New Orleans, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles.

November 28th — Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become NFL or CFL Free Agents upon the expiration of their current contracts. However, a contract cannot be signed and completed with a USFL club until 4:00 p.m. e.s.t. on January 1st, 1987.

December 5th— The 1989 league year begins; clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 1988 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued years of free agency credit (USFL, NFL or CFL).

January 3rd-5th— Annual Owners Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

January 7th— 1989 USFL Territorial Draft, New York City, New York.

January 8th— 1989 USFL Collegiate Draft, New York City, New York.

January 11th-13th— USFL Spring Coaches Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee.

January 12th-15th— USFL Rookie Symposium, Memphis, Tennessee.

January 17th— Clubs that hired a new Head Coach after the end of the 1988 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

January 19th — Clubs with returning Head Coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

January 23rd— USFL training camps open in Orlando, Houston and Arizona.

February 1st — USFL Supplemental Draft (if necessary by teleconference).

February 1st— Deadline for any club to sign players under contract to a multi-year contract extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 1989 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.

February 2nd— USFL Inter-squad Scrimmages begin.

February 16th-20th— USFL Regular Season begins (18 game season).

more to come…...

Monday, July 27, 2015

'88 Chronology-Dudek Heads West

Event Date: August 18th, 1988

Event Description: Broncos Sign Dudek

Source: Edmonton Journal

DENVER -- NCAA career scoring leader Joe Dudek, a running back who set a host of records at tiny Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, said Wednesday he will sign a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

Dudek played the last three seasons in the U.S. Football League. He began his pro career in Tampa Bay with the Bandits, but was later traded to Pittsburgh in exchange for wide receiver Greg Anderson.

Dudek holds the NCAA records for touchdowns with 79, and points scored with 474, and is third on the NCAA all-division career rushing list with 5,570 yards.

more to come......

Sunday, July 26, 2015

'88 Chronology-Sumner to San Diego?

Event Date: August 17th, 1988

Event Description: Chargers Seek Sumner

Source: San Diego Tribune

Friday, July 24, 2015

'88 Chronology-Bills Sign Kelly

Event Date: August 16th, 1988

Event Description: Bills Sign Kelly

Source: Buffalo News

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'88 Chronology-Kelly Draws Interest

Event Date: August 10th, 1988

Event Description: Raiders Deny Charges

Source: L.A. Times

The Buffalo Bills have asked National Football League officials to investigate possible tampering with USFL free agent quarterback Jim Kelly by the Raiders, according to the Buffalo News.

The Bills took the action Tuesday in the wake of reports that Kelly's agents had spoken to the Raiders about his future after his anticipated departure from the U.S. Football League.

The Bills made Kelly their first draft pick of 1983, so they hold exclusive NFL negotiating rights to him.

Al LoCasale, executive assistant of the Raiders, denied that there had been any tampering. "The accusation that the Los Angeles Raiders may have tampered with quarterback Jim Kelly is totally absurd," he said.

"There has been no contact, directly or indirectly, with Jim Kelly, his agent or representatives by anyone with the Raider organization regarding Jim Kelly's future services."

Kelly's agent, A.J. Faigin, also denied that any discussions had taken place and characterized meetings between Kelly and Raider officials as coincidental and social.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

'88 Chronology-Kelly Opts For Free Agency

Event Date: August 4th, 1988

Event Description: Kelly Becomes Free Agent

Source: The Victoria Advocate

Houston Gamblers quarterback Jim Kelly said Wednesday he will become a free agent now that the current USFL season is over.

President Jerry Argovitz said management failed to negotiate a contract extension and that Kelly has the option to sign with any USFL, NFL or CFL franchise.

“I would like nothing better than to have had everything resolved here in Houston because I love the place,” said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Kelly, who led the Gamblers to a league championship this past season. “But I have to think about myself, too.”

Kelly, who completed 340 of 538 passes for 4,035 yards and 21 touchdowns, said that he would consider going to Buffalo of the National Football League, the team that drafted him 14th in the first round of the 1983 draft.

“They have my NFL rights,” he said, “and, of course, there would be the other USFL teams. Most important, however, is the stability of the team I’m going to be playing for.”

A.J. Faigin, a partner in Lustig`s management group in Cleveland, said the firm is monitoring the current situation. “Our primary concern is for Jim Kelly is to sign contract that will continue to compensate him in the way that a top level pro quarterback should be,” Faigin said. 

Kelly signed a $3.5 million, five-year deal in the fall of 1983 with escalation clauses guaranteed to make him the highest-paid quarterback in pro football during each year of the agreement.

more to come......

Saturday, July 18, 2015

'88 Chronology-Fan Ownership Football

Event Date: July 16th, 1988

Event Description: Fan Owned Football?

Source: The Boston Globe

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

'88 Chronology-Domination Game!

Event Date: July 11th, 1988

Event Description: USFL Championship

Source: New York Post

Week #21 United States Football League Championship Game

Houston 37
Jacksonville 17

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Attendance: 49,326
Television: ABC Regional/ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann
Local Announcers: John Greer/Ed Biles/Bob Fiscella and Larry Munson/Mel Arthur

Jim Kelly threw a first quarter touchdown pass to Don Narcisse, helping the Houston Gamblers beat the Jacksonville Bulls, 37-17, in the United States Football League Championship at Giants Stadium.

Kelly completed 18-of-30 passes for 225 yards for the Gamblers, who captured their first USFL championship. Kelly was also named League MVP over the weekend.

Sam Harrell carried the ball 19 times for 75 yards and Joey Walters caught four passes for 102 yards for Houston, which defeated Denver and New Orleans to reach the championship game. Vince Courville was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Ed Luther connected on 23-of-46 passes for 291 yards with one touchdown and an interception for the Bulls, who fell to 1-1 in championship games.

Luther was intercepted by Dennis Thurman midway through the second quarter. Houston then took advantage as Harrell rumbled into the endzone from fifteen yards out giving the Gamblers’ a 20-0 lead.

Harrell would score again at the 2:30 mark of the second quarter as Houston built a 27-0 halftime advantage.

"We didn't start well. We didn't take advantage of their turnover and they got a touchdown on theirs. Things snowballed from that point and we were never really in the game," Bulls coach Jim Johnson said after the game.

The score was 27-9 after Brian Franco made field goals of 35, 31 and 34 yards, respectively, in the third quarter.

Houston put the game away when Tony Jeffery scored via a one-yard touchdown plunge making it a 25-point contest.

Ed Luther threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Harris in the final minutes. A successful two-point conversion made it 34-17 in favor of the Gamblers.

Efren Herrera's final field goal rounded out the scoring for Houston.

Game Notes-The Bulls were held to just 10 yards rushing as compared to 119 for Houston...Jacksonville was without star receiver Alton Alexis who missed the game due to injury.

more to come…...

'88 Chronology-League MVP Awards

Event Date: July 9th, 1988

Event Description: USFL Most Valuable Player

Source: The Sporting News

The United States Football league presented the MVP award today to Houston Gamblers’ quarterback Jim Kelly.

Quarterback Ben Bennett (Tampa Bay) and wideout Lonnie Harris (Denver) finished second and third respectively.

Other awards winners include; Defensive MVP: Bruce Miller (New Orleans) and Coach of the Year Dick Coury (New Orleans).

more to come......

'88 Chronology-Championship Preview

Event Date: July 8th, 1988

Event Description: Week #21 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #21 USFL Championship Preview


          (14-5) Houston Gamblers vs (14-5) Jacksonville Bulls (Bulls -2)

more to come......

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Championship Game Poll

'88 Chronology-Semifinal Playoffs

Event Date: July 4th, 1988

Event Description: Semifinal Playoffs

Source: Gainesville Sun

Week #20 Playoff Games

Tampa Bay 20
Jacksonville 27

Attendance: 47,311
Television: ABC Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tim Brandt/Lee Grosscup

Tony Smith's five-yard touchdown run with 1:35 remaining cemented the win, as the Jacksonville Bulls pulled out a gritty 27-20 win over the Tampa Bay Bandits in the Eastern Conference Semifinal at the Gator Bowl. 

Tommy Vigorito returned a first quarter punt for a touchdown, and amassed 104 yards on five returns -- highlighted by a 71-yard runback for a score -- as Jacksonville advanced to its second championship game in three years. 

The Bulls will meet Western Conference winner Houston in the championship game, set for next Sunday at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. The Gamblers topped New Orleans, 33-28, in the Western Conference final.

Ed Luther completed 23-of-36 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown for the Bulls (15-5). Elmer Bailey had four catches for 91 yards and a score for the Bulls, who led 14-7 at the intermission.

Ben Bennett completed 20-of-38 passes for 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Tampa Bay (14-6), which was looking for its first championship game berth.

Greg Anderson had eight grabs for 204 yards with one score, and Marvin Harvey had four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown for Tampa Bay, which saw a late rally, including a 71-yard Anderson pass reception for a touchdown, fall short.

Game Notes-Amos Lawrence accounted for 150 total yards including 59 yards via kickoff returns...Charles Bowser led the Jacksonville defense with nine tackles, one sack and one pass deflection...the teams combined for 14 penalties and six quarterback wideout Alton Alexis left the game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.

Houston 33
New Orleans 28

Attendance: 35,889
Television: ABC National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Jim Kelly threw for 442 yards and two touchdowns on 33-of-61 passing as the Houston Gamblers advanced to the USFL championship game with a 33-28 victory over the New Orleans Breakers in the Western Conference Semifinal at the Superdome.

Sam Harrell ran for 56 yards on 20 carries, while adding a rushing touchdown for the Gamblers, who will be looking for their first title when they face the Eastern Conference champion Jacksonville Bulls at Giants Stadium next Sunday.

Richard Johnson caught 12 passes for 165 yards for Houston, while Joey Walters hauled in six balls for 130 yards. Vince Courville and Mark Barousse also contributed touchdown receptions in the victory.

Stan Humphries completed 16-of-35 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, while Frank Lockett added four catches for 124 yards and a score for the Breakers, who were looking to go to their third straight championship game. Greg Taylor scored two touchdowns in the setback.

Houston dominated play early on and wasted no time taking the lead. 

Two Efren Herrera field goals opened the scoring in the first quarter, and Kelly hooked up with a wide-open Mark Barousse for an 18-yard touchdown, putting the visitors up 13-0 early in the second frame.

The Breakers got on the board midway through the second when Humphries led a five-play, 62-yard drive before capping the march with a 44-yard touchdown strike to Lockett, cutting the deficit to 13-7.

The Gamblers answered with an eight-play, 63-yard drive which was capped by a four-yarder to Vince Courville, pushing the Gamblers lead out to 20-7.

The Breakers quickly responded by launching a five-play, 67 yard drive which ended with a Humphries to Greg Taylor nine-yard touchdown pass at the 1:42 mark. 

Another Efren Herrera field goal from 29-yard out rounded out the first half scoring as Houston led 23-14 at the break.

The Gamblers extended their lead to 30-14 on their first possession of the third quarter as Sam Harrell capped a 72-yard drive with a seven yard touchdown scamper.

Later in the third stanza, Marcus Dupree leaped into the endzone from one-yard out as the Breakers cut the deficit to 30-21.

Humphries connected with a streaking Greg Taylor down the right sideline for an 18-yard touchdown as New Orleans pulled to within two at the 13:19 mark of the final frame.

From that point forward the two defenses took control of the game as neither team was able to mount another touchdown drive.

The Gamblers scored the final points of the game as Herrera connected on a 43-yard field goal at the two minute mark to secure the win for the visitors.

Game Notes-Marcus Dupree was limited to 30 rushing yards on 17 carries...Houston finished with 467 total yards as compared to 315 for New Orleans.

more to come...

Monday, June 29, 2015

'88 Chronology-Semifinal Playoff Preview

Event Date: June 30th, 1988

Event Description: Week #20 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #20 USFL Playoff Preview


(14-5) Tampa Bay at (14-5) Jacksonville (Bulls -2)
    (14-5) Houston at (15-4) New Orleans (Breakers -3)          

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