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Friday, June 24, 2016

'89 Chronology-Baby Ruth

Event Date: November 21st, 1989

Event Description: Generals Sign Trio

Source: The Dispatch

Mike Ruth, a former Outland Trophy winner, signed a four-year contract late Monday with the New Jersey Geneals of the U.S. Football League. 

The contract is reported to be worth $525,000.

Ruth, who is 6-foot-2 and 266 pounds runs the 40 in 4.85 seconds, can bench press 580 pounds and has a vertical jump of 32 inches.

Ruth was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft back in 1986 by the New England Patriots. The ex-Boston College star was released last spring after a series of injuries derailed his NFL career.

The Generals also signed ex-Denver Broncos running back Joe Dudek and quarterback Steve Calabria.


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

'89 Chronology-International Feel

Event Date: November 19th, 1989

Event Description: Ex-Gade Going International

Source: Schmitz-Orlando Sentinel

As if his name wasn't enough of a challenge to say and spell, Steve Pisarkiewicz (pronounced Steve) had jolly old England completely confounded when he introduced them to football, American-style.

Steve, the former backup quarterback for the Orlando Renegades, has returned after spending the last three years educating the eager but backward chaps in the fine art of X's and O's. Impressing on these club players, for example, that not all 11 of them should run to assault the ballcarrier and leave their areas unmanned. That's rugby, my good man, another style of football.

''When I was putting a team together, guys would say, 'I'll have a go.' I'd say, 'What's this 'I'll have a go' business?'' Pisarkiewicz said over a tray of oysters Saturday night. ''I'd tell them if you have a go at this without knowing what you're doing, you'll get your head knocked off.

''All they see over there is NFL highlights, so they think the game's just 60-yard bombs. They don't know the nuances. But it reminded me of the Renegades, the newness, the excitement.''

Pisarkiewicz, the former No. 1 draft choice of the St. Louis (Phoenix) Cardinals in 1977, had no idea what he was getting into. He went over with a friend in 1986 and assembled the Cardiff Tigers in Wales.
Pisarkiewicz, 36, served as the team's coach, general manager, player personnel director, marketing director and its quarterback for two years. ''I designed the uniforms, too,'' he said.

The Tigers finished 7-5 in '87 and 11-1 in '88 in the 20-team league that included the Birmingham Bulls, the Swansea Dragons and the London Ravens. Crowds ranged from 1,500 to 3,000, depending on the weather, which was usually dreary and damp. Pisarkiewicz had a ''year like Dan Marino'' last season, throwing 44 touchdown passes.

Although initially resisted by players, fans and the sensationalist media, Pisarkiewicz steadily won over Wales with the American game. ''Rugby and soccer are their sports,'' he said. ''The media downplayed it, asking me questions like, 'Why do you have to wear pads?''
By the end of last season, the Tigers were reading defensive keys and reacting to audibles. Receivers were adjusting patterns according to coverages. ''It's like club football. There are some decent players, but the sport's growing at such a rate their front offices need stability,'' Pisarkiewicz said.

So he was flabbergasted to hear the Tigers recently folded. He figures the club, backed by a glass company, ''were afraid of their own success. We're on the verge of international play, and I think they're afraid of that, that commitment.''

The NFL has plans to expand overseas to tap a market hungry for the American game. But World Wide American Football League, headed by former Dallas Cowboy GM Tex Schramm, had to postpone its proposal to plant flags in British end zones until 1991 after meeting resistance from English corporate sponsors, says Pisarkiewicz.

He also says the NFL has competition abroad. Carroll Huntress, a millionaire from Alabama, has been quietly heading a group trying to set up an international league that could include Donald Trump. Unlike Schramm's league, which would employ Americans from the field to the front office, Huntress' group would, according to Pisarkiewicz, mix a quota of 12 U.S. players along with the natives.

Pisarkiewicz hopes he is a part of whatever league develops. He met with Art Rooney Jr., who heads the NFL's international expansion group, and would like to serve in a liaison capacity with the NFL and the Commonwealth.

No matter what transpires, the last three years have been quite an experience for Pisarkiewicz. All those years riding the pine in the states did not go for naught. ''Over there I was able to put all the opinions I had about the game into use,'' he said. ''Sitting for as long as I have in the NFL and USFL, you talk to yourself. You wonder if you really know what you're talking about. Now I know I can coach anywhere and work in administration.''

Now if Steve could just get used to driving on the right. (From Orlando Sentinel-All Rights Reserved)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

'89 Chronology-I.L.A.F. Moving Forward

Event Date: November 17th, 1989

Event Description: Huntress Plans Progressing

Source: Ellensburg Daily Record


Monday, June 20, 2016

'89 Chronology-Liberty and Independence

Event Date: November 14th, 19889

Event Description: Usher Announces New Format

Source: Ocala-Star Banner

The United States Football League announced on Monday a new divisional alignment and playoff format for the 1990 season, with the league divided into two seven team divisions.

The Liberty Division will include the Baltimore Stars, Jacksonville Bulls, Memphis Showboats, Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Orlando Renegades and Tampa Bay Bandits.

The Independence Division will include the Arizona Wranglers, Birmingham Stallions, Dallas Outlaws, Denver Gold, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers and league champion Oakland Invaders.

Harry Usher, the USFL commissioner, made the announcement, adding that the 18-game regular season schedule will open February 15th-19th and conclude on June 16th. Each team will face its division rivals twice, one at home and one on the road. Each team will also face six of the seven teams in the opposite division once. 

The league, which recently folded the Los Angeles franchise, will then have two weeks of playoff games involving the two division champions and four wild cards. The first playoff weekend, June 24th, will match the four wild card teams while the division champions will get a first round bye. The winner of the first round will then go on to play the division champions in the second week of playoff games. The championship game will be July 8th in New Orleans.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

'89 Chronology-Disbanded

Event Date: November 8th, 1989

Event Description: USFL Disbands L.A. Franchise

Source: Owners Meeting

The Los Angeles Express folded Tuesday when the league announced that the team had officially ceased operations. The Express have been run by the league since mid-July. The team finished last season with a 6-12 record. 

In a statement issued by the USFL read;

"As a result of the Express organization failing to reach minimum USFL operational standards, the league has made the difficult decision to terminate the team's membership," stated USFL Commissioner Harry Usher. "We greatly value the tremendous fans of the USFL and refuse to provide anything less than the highest professional product, both on and off the field.  We are highly anticipating the start of the 1990 season, which should prove to be the most exciting in league history. 


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Friday, June 17, 2016

'89 Chronology-Express Desire

Event Date: October 31st, 1989

Event Description: Express Release 46

Source: Lodi News Sentinel


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

'89 Chronology-Texas Style

Event Date: October 30th, 1989

Event Description: Commissioner Schramm 

Source: NYT



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

'89 Chronology-Red Letter Day

Event Date: October 25th, 1989

Event Description: L.A. May Lose Franchise

Source: Rome News Tribune

Owner Jay Roulier of the Los Angeles Express is in danger of losing his USFL franchise it was reported Tuesday.

Newspapers quoted Denver Gold owner R. Doug Spedding as saying that USFL Commissioner Harry Usher notified Roulier by letter Tuesday that the franchise would be disbanded in 14 days unless the team was able to meet “minimum USFL operational standards.”

Spedding, who heads the leagues’ competition committee, said the disenfranchisement letter was linked to a multitude of problems facing the franchise. “It seems to be a combination of problems, many of which are related to an overall lack of fan support as well the teams current fiscal state.” 

The 14-day period coincides with the upcoming annuanl fall owners meeting slated for November 7th-9th in New York City. express President Don Klosterman confirmed Usher had sent the letter to the team. “We did get a letter from Commissioner Usher,” Klosterman said.

(Photo-http://www.houston-gamblers.com)

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

'89 Chronology-Express Under Siege

Event Date: October 24th, 1989

Event Description: Crisis in SoCal?

Source: L.A. Daily News

The United States Football League has seized control of the Los Angeles Express from the team's beleaguered ownership.

The ownership group, led by Jay Roulier, recently had its league membership terminated for failing to meet its obligations, USFL Commissioner Harry Usher said Monday. The league now is looking for a new group to run the team.

“We're going to do everything we can to stay in the great market of Los Angeles.” Usher said.

The USFL's move to take control of the Express ends a turbulent time for Roulier, who has blamed the teams’ financial issues on a lack of fan support. The team struggled this past season averaging fewer than 17,000 fans a game. 

Pro Football Weekly reported on the financial troubles last month. Various parties have sued Roulier to collect on debts the team allegedly owes. In a statement issued last month, Roulier said: “I am determined to make good on all outstanding debt.” 

Usher declined to go into much detail about why the league acted against Roulier.

“There were some financial issues that he was having in his other business interests that were spilling over into his ownership concerns,” Usher said.

Pro Football Weekly had also reported, citing two people close to the ownership group, that the team was late paying dues to the league. Usher said he couldn't comment on “internal workings” of the league.

Asked about Roulier's reaction to losing the team, Usher said: “Jay and his associates have been nothing but professional in their dealings with the league office and the other owners. I think Jay's focus has to be taking care of his other business issues. He's facing a difficult time, and he acknowledges that. I only wish him the best.”

If a new ownership group isn't found, Usher said the league could choose not to operate the team.

“That could be an option, but our preference would be to find a new owner. The problem is however that we are currently in the middle of television negotiations and the loss of the L.A. market would of course be detrimental to those talks.” Usher said. “We're going to do everything we can to continue to be there, because we want to be there,” Usher said of Los Angeles.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

'89 Chronology-Finley Football

Event Date: October 19th, 1989

Event Description: Finley Promotes Football

Source: Herald-Journal




Thursday, June 9, 2016

'89 Chronology-USFL Television Talks

Event Date: October 19th, 1989

Event Description: New Plan for TV

Source: Reading Eagle

With the ABC showing less interest in televising U.S.F.L. games in the spring of 1990, Harry Usher said the league would attempt to form its own network and syndicate its games, market by market, using independent stations wherever possible. 

Independent networks could include the Madison Square Garden Network, Home Team Sports and the Prime Network affiliates. This plan would be in addition to its ongoing contract with ESPN for cable television programming.

ABC, which had televised the U.S.F.L. games on Sunday afternoons since the league's inception, has said it will consider negotiating an extension with the league, but that they are also examining other options including the NFL-sponsored World League of American Football.

The USFL commissioner denied  a report claiming that the league may consider a lawsuit against ABC and the NFL to force some sort of compromise. Usher said, ''The the league will go forward regardless of our current negotiations with ABC. If a new agreement can be reached that would be great, if not we will consider other options,” said Usher.

Landing another major network ''would greatly enhance'' the U.S.F.L.'s chances of succeeding in the upcoming years, but we are prepared to move forward regardless of what the major networks decide to do. We understand that CBS has no interest, but we are hopeful NBC will show some interest.”

An anonymous ABC execuitve, said in response to Usher’s statements; 

''We said last spring when we opened talks that the networks concerns included the possible loss of the Los Angeles market due to apathetic fan interest and financial instability of the franchise, and continued interest in “alternative sports programming”. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

'89 Chronology-Debut Delay

Event Date: October 16th, 1989

Event Description: Television Talks

Source: Observer-Reporter


Sunday, June 5, 2016

'89 Chronology-Going For Broke

Event Date: October 13th, 1989

Event Description: Vikings Obtain Walker

Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel


Saturday, June 4, 2016

'89 Chronology-Awaiting Walker

Event Date: October 11th, 1989

Event Description: Trade Winds Blow

Source: The Dispatch


Thursday, June 2, 2016

'89 Chronology-Home Again

Event Date: October 11th, 1989

Event Description: Flutie Heads Home

Source: The Washington Post


'89 Chronology-Packers pass on Flutie

Event Date: October 11th, 1989

Event Description: Flutie Lands Job

Source: Milwaukee Journal


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

'89 Chronology-Stay Tuned

Event Date: October 8th, 1989

Event Description: Cowboys Consider Offers

Source: Ocala Star Banner


Monday, May 30, 2016

'89 Chronology-Walker to Retire?

Event Date: October 7th, 1989

Event Description: Walker Might Retire

Source: Schenectady Gazette


Sunday, May 29, 2016

'89 Chronology-League Calendar

Event Date: September 9th, 1989

Event Description: USFL Calendar

Source: League Office




The following are dates for key USFL events scheduled from 

September 11th, 1989 through March 1st, 1990. 

September 11th-USFL Contracts Expire

October 2nd-4th-USFL 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 1990 begins at 4:00 p.m.

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 13th-14th — Street Free Agent Combine to be held in New York, Chicago, Tampa, New Orleans, Houston, Denver and Oakland.

November 27th — 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, 1990.

December 4th— The 1990 league year begins; clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 1989 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 6th— 1990 USFL Territorial Draft, New York City, New York.

January 8th— 1990 USFL Collegiate Draft, New York City, New York.

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

January 16th-17th— USFL Rookie Symposium, Memphis, Tennessee.

January 17th— Clubs that hired a new Head Coach after the end of the 1989 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

January 20th — Clubs with returning Head Coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

January 22nd— 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 1990 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.

February 2nd— USFL Inter-squad Scrimmages begin.

February 15th-19th— USFL Regular Season begins (18 game season).

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Friday, May 27, 2016

'89 Chronology-High Interest Rate?

Event Date: September 9th, 1989

Event Description: Packers Still Interested

Source: Gadsden Times


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

'89 Chronology-Futile Fabrications?

Event Date: August 28th, 1989

Event Description: Packers Deny Flutie Deal

Source: The Milwaukee Journal


Monday, May 23, 2016

Flutie Poll


'89 Chronology-Flutie Begins Tour

Event Date: August 26th, 1989

Event Description: Flutie May Join Packers

Source: Ocala Star Banner


Sunday, May 22, 2016

'89 Chronology-The Patriot Way?

Event Date: August 20th, 1989

Event Description: Pats Not Chasing Flutie

Source: The Lewiston Journal



Saturday, May 21, 2016

'89 Chronology-Walk on Bye…...

Event Date: August 17th, 1989

Event Description: Rams Show Little Interest

Source: Lewiston Daily Sun






'89 Chronology-Free to Fly

Event Date: August 15th, 1989

Event Description: Flutie Free From Contract

Source: The Sumter Daily Item


Thursday, May 19, 2016

'89 Chronology-Flutie Ready to Flee?

Event Date: August 12th, 1989

Event Description: Flutie Seeks Buyout

Source: The Tuscaloosa News




Monday, May 16, 2016

'89 Chronology-Jersey Joe Dudek?

Event Date: August 9th, 1989

Event Description: Jets Waive Dudek

Source: The Lewiston Sun Daily


Thursday, May 12, 2016

'89 Chronology-Panthers Hire New Head Coach

Event Date: August 8th, 1989

Event Description: Panthers Hire Head Coach

Source: Detroit Free Press

Steve Mariucci, wide receivers coach for the California Golden Bears, was named head coach of the Michigan Panthers on Thursday.

Mariucci has spent the last two years at Cal as a coach of the wide receivers and was a special teams coach for the Orlando Renegades from 1985-1986. He replaces Jim Stanley, who was fired after a 4-9-1 start to the season.

The Panthers signed Mariucci to a four-year contract. Mariucci will split time between coaching jobs until the college football season is over.

"This is a dream come true for me, returning to Michigan as head coach," said Mariucci. "It will be nice to return to my home state as well as returning to pro football.”

New Jersey Generals offensive coordinator Chris Palmer was the other leading candidate for the Panthers job.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

'89 Chronology-Express May Fold

Event Date: August 5th, 1989

Event Description: Express May Fold

Source: The Bulletin


Sunday, May 1, 2016

'89 Chronology-Paydirt!

Event Date: July 17th, 1989

Event Description: USFL Championship

Source: Detroit Free Press

United States Football League Championship Game

MVP: Tom Cousineau
at the Silverdome

Attendance: 49,362
Television: ABC Regional/ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann

Steve Dils threw a pair of touchdown passes leading the Oakland Invaders to a 26-14 win over the Denver Gold in last nights USFL Championship game at the Silverdome in Pontiac.

Dils completed 16-of-34 passes for 229 yards for the Invaders, who captured their first USFL championship. 

Doug DuBose carried the ball 15 times for 60 yards and Dokie Williams caught four passes for 85 yards for Oakland, which defeated Denver for the third time this season. Star linebacker Tom Cousineau was named the Most Valuable Player.

Vince Evans connected on 28-of-48 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Gold, who lost their first championship game. Evans was also sacked six times while facing intense pressure for much of the contest.

Evans was intercepted by Cousineau early in the third frame, who then returned the pick 46 yards for a score, giving Oakland a 14-7 lead.

Oakland later took advantage of a Cousineau fumble recovery as Dils found Paul Bergmann across the middle for a 47-yard touchdown reception as Oakland moved in front 21-7.

A Kevin Shea 32-yard field goal at the 9:38 mark of the final frame pushed Oakland ahead 24-7.

Evans threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Lonnie Harris in the final minutes to round out the scoring for Denver.

Oakland put the game away when linebacker David Shaw sacked Evans in the endzone for a safety with under one minute remaining in the game.

"We didn't start the second-half very well at all. We didn't take advantage of their turnovers and they got a touchdown on ours. Our protection started to deteriorate and we were never really in the game in the second-half," Denver head coach Mouse Davis said after the game.

Game Notes-Steve Dils tossed three interceptions and was also sacked three times...Marc Lewis and Lonnie Harris both hauled in touchdown passes for the Gold.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

'89 Chronology-USFL Award Winners

Event Date: July 15th, 1989

Event Description: USFL Award Winners

Source: PFW



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

'89 Chronology-Championship Preview

Event Date: July 14th, 1989

Event Description: USFL Championship Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly



The Oakland Invaders will take on division rival Denver in this Sundays’ USFL Championship game at the Pontiac, Silverdome. The game will be seen on ABC television starting at 8:00 pm eastern time.

Here’s how the teams matchup:

SEASON SERIES: Invaders 2-0

The Invaders booted the Gold 23-13 in Week 9 in Denver, then again by a score of 35-14 in Oakland in Week 19.

QUARTERBACKS

Invaders: Ex-NFLer Steve Dils, at age 34, is playing the best football of his career. During the regular season, Dils ranked 4th in passing with 4,005 yards and an efficiency ranking of 85.0. Dils completed 58.4% of his passes while also tossing 23 touchdowns as compared to only 13 interceptions. In last weeks’ playoff win over the Baltimore Stars, he completed 12 of 23 passes for 195 yards, a pair of touchdowns and one interception.

Gold: The strength of Denver’s offense is the passing game. Vince Evans is also 34 years old, but in playoff wins over the Houston Gamblers and Tampa Bay Bandits he showed he still has the legs to outrun any pass rush and the arm to beat any defensive back. Against Houston, Evans threw for 263 yards and one touchdown. This past season, Evans was in the top five for pass completions (339), pass attempts (617), and passing touchdowns (24).

EDGE: Even

RECEIVERS

Invaders: Gordon Banks is the number one target and will be motivated for this game as he will want to show that he is the best receiver on the field. Banks led all Oakland receivers with 73 receptions for 1263 yards and 12 TDs. He has a good supporting cast in Dokie Williams (66 receptions) and Mike Sherrod (650 yards).

Gold: They have a clear-cut advantage with their top two receivers both surpassing 1,000 yards this year. Lonnie Harris (1,421) and Marc Lewis (1,066) will be a handful for the Oakland secondary. Harris and Lewis are great targets up the middle, while Willie Gillespie (569 yards and 6 TDS) is the deep threat.

EDGE: Gold

RUNNING BACKS

Invaders: Doug DuBose had a sensational season in his first year with the team finishing with 885 yards rushing. Fullback Lakei Heimuli averaged just 2.5 yards per carry but, he supplied important pass protection and filled the role of blocking back for DuBose.

Roughriders: Earnest Anderson was the teams leading rusher amassing 470 yards, but was held to just two rushing touchdowns. Tony Boddie filled the role of third down back, (366 yards receiving), while Evans added another 305 rushing yards to the team total.

EDGE: Invaders

TEAM DEFENSE

Invaders: Fred Nordgren led the team in tackles (116), with Dave Browning finishing second with (99). Linebacker Tom Cousineau led the team with five interceptions, alongside cornerback Derrick Martin, while also chipping in 97 tackles and eight sacks. David Greenwood finished with four interceptions after returning to the league after a stint in the NFL.

Gold: The strength of this unit lies with their front seven. Bruce Thornton finished second overall with 16 sacks while linebacker Willie Pless added eleven with Dave Stalls finishing with ten. Stalls and Pless were also amongst the league leaders in tackles with 140 and 133 respectively.

EDGE: Gold

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punting: Oakland has the edge with Jeff Partridge averaging 43.8 yards per punt as compared to 38.7 for Chris Norman. 

Kicking: Oakland’s Kevin Shea gets the nod here over Jeff Brockhaus. Shea finished with 42 field goals on 44 attempts as compared to just 29 field goals on 31 attempts for Brockhaus.

Kick returns: Doug DuBose led the league with a 27.6 kick off return average, while Tony Boddie averaged just under 22 yards per return.

EDGE: Invaders

COACHING

First year man Raymond Chester has been largely credited with helping to turn things around in Oakland. Gold head coach Mouse Davis is an offensive genius whose unpredictability can drive defensive coordinators crazy.

EDGE: Gold

INTANGIBLES

Everyone loves an underdog and the Denver Gold seem to be relishing their role as improbable championship contenders. They defeated both defending champion Houston and the Tampa Bay Bandits who sported the leagues’ best record heading into the playoffs. However, the Invaders seem to have Denver’s number after defeating them twice during the regualr season.

EDGE: Invaders

PREDICTION: Invaders 27, Gold 24

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

'89 Chronology-Western Showcase

Event Date: July 11th, 1989

Event Description: Quarterfinal Playoffs

Source: The Tampa Tribune

Week #22 Playoff Games 


Attendance: 48,157
Television: ABC Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Vince Evans ran for one touchdown and tossed another to Todd Gerhart as the Denver Gold upset the Tampa Bay Bandits, 20-17, to secure their first appearance in a USFL championship game.

The Gold will face Oakland in next weeks’ championship game at the Pontiac, Silverdome. 

Evans went 18-for-33 with 244 yards while also rushing for 32 yards on six attempts. Marc Lewis caught three passes for 139 yards to lead the visitors.

Ben Bennett threw for a touchdown on 20-of-36 passing with 197 yards and a pair of interceptions for Tampa Bay. Bennett was also sacked seven times. Greg Boone had 14 carries for 45 yards on the ground and Gary Allen added 43 yards and one touchdown. 

The opening points of the first quarter saw Jeff Brockhaus connect on a 39-yard field goal giving Denver an early 3-0 lead.

Just over five minutes later, the Bandits responded as Allen capped a ten-play, 70-yard drive with a three yard touchdown run as the Bandits moved ahead 7-3.

Brockhaus nailed a second field goal late in the second stanza as the teams headed into the break with the Bandits up 7-6.

A Zenon Andrusyshyn 40-yard field goal as the 2:21 mark of the third quarter pushed the hosts ahead 10-6.

The Gold regained the lead to open the final frame with a Vince Evans six-yard touchdown run which capped a four-play, 89-yard drive as Denver moved ahead 13-10.

Denver increased their lead as Evans hit Gergart for a two-yard score with just 1:40 remaining for a 20-10 lead.

A five-yard touchdown pass from Bennett to Greg Anderson at the 0:36 mark rounded out the scoring.

Game Notes-Dave Stalls led the Denver defensive effort with 12 tackles, three sacks, two hurried passes and two run stuffs...Denver linebacker Willie Pless also finished with 12 tackles, a pair of sacks and one interception as the Gold defense dominated the day.


Attendance: 33,822
Television: ABC National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Bill Flemming/Ron Mix

Steve Dils threw for 195 yards with a pair of touchdowns, leading the Oakland Invaders to a 37-17 victory over the Baltimore Stars in the USFL Quarterfinal playoffs at the Oakland Coliseum.

Doug DuBose rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, as Oakland built a 24-10 halftime lead and cruised into next week's USFL championship game against division rival Denver.

The Invaders, who finished two and one-half games ahead of Denver in the division with a 13-4-1 record, swept the season series against the Gold 2-0.

Early in the opening frame Curtis Bledsoe dove in from two-yards out to give the Stars an early 7-0 lead. The touchdown run capped an eight-play, 69 yard drive.

Oakland quickly responded on their ensuing possession with a five-play, 54 yard drive of their own as Dils found Gordon Banks down the sideline for a 37-yard touchdown reception which tied things up at 7-7.

Early in the second stanza Baltimore moved out to a 10-7 lead with a 17-yard Eric Schubert field goal at the 11:48 mark.

It was all Oakland for the rest of the second quarter, as they scored 17 unanswered points to take control.
Chuck Fusina was intercepted by Lupe Sanchez which set up a 12-yard touchdown run by DuBose as the Inavders regained the lead at 14-10. 

Oakland followed that score with another turnover and then Dils hit Dokie Williams with a 55-yard touchdown pass for a 21-10 lead. A Kevin Shea 42-tard field goal rounded out the first-half scoring as the Invaders went into the break with a 24-10 lead.

Early in the third frame, Gordie Lockbaum scampered in from four yards out as the Stars pulled to within 24-17, only to see the Invaders dominate for the remainder of the contest.

A 38-yard Derrick Martin interception return for a touchdown at the 6:30 mark pushed the hosts back out to a 31-17 lead.

Kevin Shea rounded out the scoring with a pair of fourth quarter field goals as the Invaders punched their ticket to the USFL championship game.


Game Notes-Doug DuBose and Curtis Bledose both finished with over 100 yard rushing... the Stars were guilty of six turnovers and two quarterback sacks...Tom Cousineau finished with eight tackles, one sack, one pass deflection and one forced fumble to lead the Oakland defense.

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