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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

'87 Chronology-Backup Plan

Event Date: March 22nd, 1987
Event Description: Backup Leads Oakland
Source: Spokane Chronicle
Tim Cowan threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead Oakland to a 34-28 win over Houston at the Coliseum.
Tony Cherry rushed for 100 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Invaders (4-1), who were without starting pivot Fred Besana. Cowan completed 16-of-24 passes without an interception, and the Oakland defense posted four interceptions.
Jim Kelly threw two touchdown passes for the Gamblers (2-3), who committed five turnovers in their second straight loss. Kelly finished 28-of-43 for 346 yards and four interceptions.
Kevin Shea kicked a pair field goals for Oakland, while Efren Herrera nailed two for the visitors.
Pete Catan and Carlton Rose each registered a pair of sacks...Lonell Phea led all receivers with 87 yards on six receptions...Kelly tallied a two point conversion via the run.

more to come......

Monday, September 1, 2014

'87 Chronology-Back to Back

Event Date: March 20th, 1987
Event Description: Blitz Win Without Brock
Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Mike Hohensee threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Chicago Blitz to a 21-14 upset win over the Los Angeles Express.
Hohensee, replacing an injured Dieter Brock, completed 17 of his 32 attempts for the Blitz (3-2), who were playing their second Thursday night game in a row. 
Gary Lewis had a solid day, hauling in five passes for 66 yards and Jim Stone aided the cause with 77 yards rushing and a touchdown reception of his own.
Rick Neuheisel was picked off once for Los Angeles (4-1), which suffered its first loss of the season. Neuheisel was 13-of-31 for 157 yards with one touchdown pass.
Los Angeles opened the scoring when running back Craig Ellis found the end zone at the 3:36 mark of the opening frame. The touchdown drive covered 58 yards in six plays.
The Blitz made it a 7-7 contest when Hohensee found Kris Haines streaking down the sideline for a 63-yard score to open the second quarter scoring. the teams would remain tied at the half.
Chicago then took a 14-7 lead when Hohensee fired a 13-yard touchdown strike to Marcus Anderson at the 8:18 mark of the third stanza.
In the final frame, Jim Stone hauled in a three-yard screen pass to extend Chicago's lead to 21-14.
Jairo Penaranda's one-yard touchdown catch at the 1:25 mark of the fourth quarter completed the scoring at 21-14. 
Chicago QB Dieter Brock left the game in the first quarter with was appeared to be a significant knee injury...Kris Haines led all receivers with 110 yards on four receptions.

more to come......

Sunday, August 31, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #5 Preview

Event Date: March 19th, 1987

Event Description: Week #5 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #5 USFL Preview

Thursday
 (2-2) Chicago at (4-0) Los Angeles (Express -6)

Saturday
 (2-2) Houston at (3-1) Oakland (Invaders -5)

Sunday
   (2-2) Philadelphia at (0-4) Orlando (Renegades -1)
 (1-3) New Jersey at (1-3) Tampa Bay (Generals -2)
  (2-2) New Orleans at (1-3) Denver (Gold -2)
(2-2) Michigan at (4-0) Memphis (Showboats -8)

Sunday Night
 (3-1) Birmingham at (2-2) Arizona (Even)

Monday
 (1-3) Pittsburgh at (2-2) Jacksonville (Bulls -8)


more to come......

'87 Chronology-Woodley Named Starter

Event Date: March 18th, 1987
Event Description: ‘Gades Bench Reaves
Source: Observer-Reporter
David Woodley, not John Reaves, will start for the struggling Orlando Renegades on Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Stars.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the team decided to go with the 28-year-old pivot on the same day that the team made sweeping changes to its defensive coaching staff.
Woodley, an LSU product, spent four seasons with the Miami Dolphins from 1980 to 1983 and another two with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #4 Transactions

Event Date: March 17th, 1987

Event Description: Week #4 Transactions

Source: PFW

Denver-Signed WR Jay Dobyns (Wranglers ’86).

Jacksonville-Signed WR Stanley Shakespeare (NCAA-Miami ’84).

Michigan-Activated DB Len Bell* from Taxi Squad.

New Jersey-Signed WR Daric Zeno (CFL-Saskatchewan ’86), released WR Tom McConnaughy.

Orlando-Activated WR James Brim*, placed WR Ricky Simmons on Inactive-Left-Team List.

In other league news; the Tampa Bay Bandits won their first game of the season after a 17-13 decision over the New Orleans Breakers on Monday night. 

Marvin Harvey led the way with 87 yards receiving and a late touchdown to seal the win for the Bandits.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

'87 Chronology-Riverboat Gamblers

Event Date: March 16th, 1987
Event Description: Two For Four
Source: Houston Star Tribune
Walter Lewis threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns to William Andrews as Memphis cruised to a 32-17 victory over Houston at the Liberty Bowl.
Lewis completed 13-of-22 passes with two interceptions and Andrews rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries for the undefeated Showboats (4-0). Andrews hauled in both touchdown tosses and finished with 77 yards on four catches.
Jim Kelly was limited to 136 yards on 19-of-36 passing with two scores but was intercepted twice and fumbled once for Houston (2-2). Sam Harrell had nine receptions for 41 yards while also rushing for 58 yards in the loss.
The Gamblers took a 7-0 lead courtesy of a Kelly to Lonell Phea touchdown toss. Memphis kicker Roger Ruzek answered with two consecutive field goals, before Lewis found Andrews for a 21-yard touchdown to close out the first half.
Ruzek's pair of field goals in the third put the Showboats up 19-7.
In the final frame, Houston closed the gap to 19-17 after an Efren Herrera field goal and a Kelly to Richard Johnson three yard touchdown. 
Memphis closed out the scoring with a second Lewis to Andrews touchdown and a 13-yard touchdown run by rookie Tony Burse.
Memphis finished with 438 total yards as compared to just 213 for Houston...Memphis lost three defensive players to injury in the final frame.
In other Sunday action; New Jersey won its first game of the year 13-10 at Denver, Los Angeles remains undefeated after a 19-17 home win against Michigan, meanwhile Arizona topped Pittsburgh 27-13 and Birmingham upset Jacksonville 27-17.

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'87 Chronology-Impact Player

Event Date: March 15th, 1987
Event Description: Invaders Edge Stars
Source: Spokane Chronicle
Tony Cherry rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown, and Oakland came up with a pair of key defensive stops in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-17 win over the Philadelphia Stars.
Fred Besana completed 12-of-17 passes before leaving the game due to injury, and Ted Torosian rushed for a score, and caught four passes for 39 yards for Oakland (3-1).
Chuck Fusina completed 12-of-23 passes for 114 yards with a score for the Stars, but he was intercepted by David Greenwood trying to lead his team to the tying field goal inside two minutes remaining.
Ken Dunek had four receptions for 35 yards for the Stars (2-2), who were coming off a win against Denver.
Allen Harvin led all rushers with 129 yards...Oakland quarterbacks were sacked a total of seven times...Tim Cowan came on in relief of Besana and finished with 65 yards passing and one interception.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

'87 Chronology-Aerial Antics

Event Date: March 14th, 1987

Event Description: Blitz Bounce Back!

Source: Rockford Herald Tribune

Dieter Brock found Marcus Anderson for the game-winning touchdown reception in overtime, as the Chicago Blitz came away with a thrilling 41-35 comeback win against the Orlando Renegdades.

Brock was brilliant, throwing for 379 yards and five touchdowns on 33-of-39 efficiency and rushing for 16 yards. Marcus Anderson recorded 13 receptions for a whopping 222 yards and four touchdowns. Vagas Ferguson added 32 yards on the ground to go with a touchdown run.
Orlando's John Reaves finished with 178 yards and a touchdown with one pick, on 14-of-26 passes. Jerry Gordon was a recipient of three balls for 57 yards and a score. Curtis Bledsoe compiled a career-high 187 rushing yards on 28 carries, as the Renegaedes fell to 0-4 on the year.
Trailing 35-28, the Blitz took the ball at the Orlando 46-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game. Using quick strikes in the passing game, Chicago worked its way down the field and scored on the sixth play of the drive. 
The game remained tied in overtime until Brock lofted a ball down the sidelines intended for Anderson, who leaped and snagged the ball out of the air for 29-yard touchdown.
Chicago was without the services of RB Larry Canada...the teams combined for 878 yards of offense...James Looney registered two sacks for the Blitz.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Week #4 Preview

Event Date: March 12th, 1987

Event Description: Week #4 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #4 USFL Preview

Thursday
 (1-2) Chicago at  (0-3) Orlando (Renegades -7)

Saturday
 (2-1) Philadelphia at  (2-1) Oakland (Stars -1)

Sunday
   (1-2) Pittsburgh at (1-2) Arizona (Maulers -5)
 (0-3) New Jersey at (1-2) Denver (Generals -1)
  (2-1) Houston at (3-0) Memphis (‘Boats -11)
(2-1) Michigan at (3-0) Los Angeles (Panthers -2)

Sunday Night
 (2-1) Birmingham at (2-1) Jacksonville (Bulls -11)

Monday
 (2-1) New Orleans at (0-3) Tampa Bay (Breakers -4)


more to come......

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #3 Transactions

Event Date: March 11th, 1987

Event Description: Week #3 Transactions

Source: PFW

Birmingham-Signed TE Beau Coash (Bulls ’86).

New Orleans-Activated DB Ron Osborne from Taxi Squad.


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

'87 Chronology-Monday Mayhem

Event Date: March 10th, 1987
Event Description: Windy City Blow Out
Source: PFW
Ed Luther went 20-for-32 with 233 yards and four touchdowns and the Jacksonville defense caused three turnovers as the Bulls crushed the Chicago Blitz, 50-13.
Brian Franco nailed five field goals and Don Roberts had 28 yards on three carries with a score and also hauled in two passes for 25 yards for the Bulls (2-1).
Dieter Brock went just 8-for-16 with 92 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Buster Rhymes had four catches for 75 yards for the Blitz (1-2), who have dropped their past two games.
Mike Hohensee came on in relief for Chicago and finished 8 of 15 for 120 yards with one touchdown pass to Thomas Rooks.
Robert Young had eight catches for 84 yards and Elmer Bailey had five catches for 95 yards with two touchdowns for the Bulls...Tommy Vigorito and Alton Alexis also had TD scores for the visitors.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #3 Sunday Games

Event Date: March 9th, 1987
Event Description: ‘Boats Stay Afloat
Source: Star News
Walter Lewis battled through a sore ankle to complete 11-of-18 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown, as the Memphis Showboats edged the Birmingham Stallions, 24-22.
Sam Bowers hauled in two passes for 76 yards with a touchdown reception for the Showboats, who sit atop the South division at (3-0).
Gill Fenerty added 96 rushing yards on 28 carries while also grabbing a 12-yard reception in the win.
Joel Coles rushed for 75 yards on 21 attempts for the Stallions (2-1), who committed four turnovers while losing their first game.
Cliff Stoudt completed 15-of-28 passes for 154 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown while also rushing for 31 yards. Stoudt left the game in the third quarter with a bruised right knee, and was replaced by backup Kent Austin
Austin led Birmingham to two fourth quarter scoring drives, but a failed two-point conversion ended up being the difference. Joey Jones made seven catches for 66 yards and a touchdown reception.
Leonard Williams' touchdown midway through the first frame from three yards out made it a 7-0 game.
Danny Miller tacked on a pair of field goals for the Stallions in the second frame and Walter Lewis tossed a 58-yard touchdown pass to send the Showboats into halftime with a 14-6 edge.
Kent Austin finished 13-of-19 for 106 yards with two interceptions and one score in his relief of Stoudt...Birmingham outgained Memphis 361-296...Herb Spencer had two sacks for the hosts.
In other Week #3 action:
Michigan beat Arizona 17-10 on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Express remain undefeated after a 26-24 win at Pittsburgh, Oakland also won on the road at New Jersey 16-6, while Philadelphia held on at home 15-13 against Denver and Houston dominated Tampa Bay 41-16 behind a strong showing by Jim Kelly.

more to come......

Thursday, August 21, 2014

'87 Chronology-Stock Options?

Event Date: March 7th, 1987

Event Description: Fan Ownership Football?

Source: The Sumter Daily




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

'87 Chronology-Bayou Boys

Event Date: March 6th, 1987
Event Description: ‘Gades Remain Winless
Source: Ocala Star Banner
John Fourcade completed 12-of-25 passes for 145 yards to lead the Breakers to a 17-10 victory over the Orlando Renegades at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Marcus Dupree finished with 86 total yards, including 76 yards on 21 rushing attempts, for New Orleans (2-1).
Veteran John Reaves connected on 20-of-37 passes for 183 yards with two interceptions for Orlando (0-3).
"It's always tough to come away without a win," said Reaves after the contest. "But kudos to everybody who played hard. Everybody played their tails off and it's too bad we came up short."
New Orleans opened the scoring early in the second quarter with a 13-yard Fourcade to Greg Taylor touchdown pass, giving the hosts a 7-0 advantage.
The Renegades managed a touchdown late in the first half, and the score was 7-7 after 30 minutes of action.
Defense continued to dominate in the second half, and Orlando pushed its edge to 10-7 after a 19-yard field goal from Alan Duncan.
With just seconds remaining in the third quarter, New Orleans tied the game with a 45-yard Tim Mazzetti field goal.
Finally, a touchdown was scored with just 3:16 remaining in the contest, as Marcus Dupree scored on a two-yard touchdown plunge securing the win for the Breakers.
"It's not about individuality over here, we're just finding a way," said Dupree. "Offense down? Defense has to pick them up. Defense down? Offense has got to score. We just find ways."
"We're not playing consistent on offense," remarked Orlando receiver Jerry Gordon after the loss. "We've got to find ways to make more plays. We've got a lot of skill, we've got a lot of ability, but we're not showing it in our execution."
Game Notes;
Darryl Mason finished with four catches for 63 yards in the victory...Victor Hicks managed 45 yards on five catches in defeat for the Renegades...both teams managed 17 first downs and committed three turnovers.

more to come......

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #3 Preview

Event Date: March 4th, 1987

Event Description: Week #3 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #3 USFL Preview

Thursday
(0-2) Orlando at (1-1) New Orleans (Renegades -2)

Saturday
(1-1) Arizona at (1-1) Michigan (Panthers -15)

Sunday
  (2-0) Los Angeles at (1-1) Pittsburgh (Maulers -8)
(1-1) Oakland at (0-2) New Jersey (Generals -10)
 (2-0) Memphis at (2-0) Birmingham (‘Boats -14)
(1-1) Denver at  (1-1) Philadelphia (Stars -7)

Sunday Night
(0-2) Tampa Bay at (1-1) Houston  (Bandits -2)

Monday
(1-1) Jacksonville at (1-1) Chicago (Bulls -7)


more to come......

Monday, August 18, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #2 Transactions

Event Date: March 4th, 1987

Event Description: Week #2 Transactions

Source: PFW

Denver-Activated WR-KR Tracy Martin* from Taxi Squad.

Memphis-Signed RB-KR Mack Boatner (NFL-Tampa Bay ’86).

Philadelphia-Activated DB Marion Body from Taxi Squad.

Pittsburgh-Activated DB Barry Copeland from Taxi Squad.

New Orleans-Activated QB Doug Hudson from Taxi Squad.

more to come......

Sunday, August 17, 2014

'87 Chronology-Kicking Contest

Event Date: March 3rd, 1987
Event Description: Express Start 2-0
Source: The Daily Reporter
Kevin Nelson rushed for 93 yards and Craig Ellis added a touchdown run to lead Los Angeles past Herschel Walker and the New Jersey Generals, 19-16 on Monday night.
John Lee hit four field goals, including the game-winner,  while quarterback Rick Neuheisel went 17-for-23 for 201 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns.
Herschel Wlaker led all rushers with 195 on 32 carries and a three-yard touchdown run. Doug Flutie was just 2-of-9 for 21 yards with one interception, and 30 yards rushing. 
Los Angeles went out in front 10-0 with 5:21 remaining in the first half on a seven-yard run by Ellis.
New Jersey clawed right back, as Walker found the endzone, finishing a ten-play, 60 yard drive.
John Lee hit a late 31-yard field goal late that brought the score to 13-7 at the break.
In the second half John Teltchik countered with field goals of 40, 21 and 45 yards, respectively.
Lee nailed his fourth field goal of the night with 0:00 remaining, this time from 42 yards out to seal the victory for the visitors.
New Jersey finished with 309 yards via the ground...the Generals lost starting wide out Lenny Willis to an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter.
more to come...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #2 Sunday Games

Event Date: March 2nd, 1987
Event Description: Kelly Bounces Back
Source: Ocala Star Banner
Jim Kelly threw for 320 yards on 25-of-33 completions, one touchdown and one interception, as Houston beat Orlando, 34-31, in a Week 2 matchup from the Citrus Bowl.
Richard Johnson had seven receptions for 63 yards and a 19-yard touchdown run for the Gamblers (1-1). Herkie Walls caught three balls for 83 yards and one score.
Rookie Sloan Hood rushed for 37 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
John Reaves completed 29-of-44 passes for 368 yards with one interception and two touchdowns and was sacked two times for the Renegades (0-2).
Joey Walters gained 69 yards on five catches, Ricky Claitt had a rushing touchdown, and Ricky Williams added a 68-yard punt return for a score.
Orlando committed nine penalties for 71 yards...Fred McAllister registered two sacks for the home team...Orlando outgained Houston 399 to 394.
In other Week #2 action; Denver downed Michigan 24-13, Memphis crushed Chicago 41-12, Oakland outlasted Pittsburgh 23-16, meanwhile Philadelphia won at home against Arizona 26-23, and the Breakers beat the Bulls 30-23 in a rematch of last seasons’ title game.

more to come....

Thursday, August 14, 2014

'87 Chronology-Comeback or Collapse?

Event Date: February 26th, 1987
Event Description: Stallions Rally Late
Source: Tuscaloosa News
Jim Smiths' 36-yard touchdown reception highlighted a 23-point second-half as the Birmingham Stallions rallied for a 23-20 win over the Tampa Bay Bandits.
Kicker Dan Miller accounted for eleven total points on three field goals and three PATs for the Stallions, who are off to a 2-0 start this season. Last week the club beat the Orlando Renegades, 25-22 in overtime.
Jimmy Jordan threw two touchdown passes and Jeff Brockhaus had a pair of field goals for the Bandits.
Tony Truelove accounted for 119 yards rushing on 29 carries...Larry Brodsky led all receivers with 93 yards on five receptions...Ben Bennett was placed on the inactive list due to a foot injury sustained last week.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Week #2 Preview

Event Date: February 25th, 1987

Event Description: Week #2 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #2 USFL Preview

Thursday
(1-0) Birmingham at (0-1) Tampa Bay (Stallions -7)

Saturday
(0-1) Denver at (1-0) Michigan (Panthers -15)

Sunday
  (0-1) Oakland at (1-0) Pittsburgh (Maulers -14)
(0-1) New Orleans at (1-0) Jacksonville (Bulls -16)
 (1-0) Chicago at (1-0) Memphis (Blitz -2)
(0-1) Houston at (0-1) Orlando (Renegades -11)

Sunday Night
(1-0) Arizona at (0-1) Philadelphia (Wranglers -1)

Monday
(1-0) Los Angeles at (0-1) New Jersey (Express -1)


more to come......

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #1 Transactions

Event Date: February 24th, 1987

Event Description: Week #1 Transactions

Source: PFW

Birmingham-Activated DE Billy Witt from Taxi Squad.

New Jersey-Signed DB Peter Raeford (Panthers ’86).

New Orleans-Signed QB Doug Hudson* (Territorial Pick) to Taxi Squad.

Oakland-Activated DL Tony Leiker* from Taxi Squad.


more to come...... 

Monday, August 11, 2014

'87 Chronology-Monday Night Opener

Event Date: February 24th, 1987
Event Description: ‘Boats Survive Breakers
Source: Gainesville Sun
William Andrews ran for a fourth quarter touchdown and Roger Ruzek booted two field goals, as the Memphis Showboats downed the New Orleans Breakers, 21-14, on Monday.
Walter Lewis was 23-of-31 for 280 yards with one touchdown pass and 25 yards rushing.
Andrews carried the ball 12 times for 43 yards, while Perry Kemp caught six passes for 59 yards for Memphis (1-0).
John Fourcade was efficient in his season debut, completing 14-of-27 passes for 209 yards with one pick and a score. Frank Lockett hauled in seven receptions for 147 yards.
Perry Kemps' 23-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter gave Memphis a 7-0 lead.
Trailing by four with 4:18 to play in the first half, the Showboats pulled to within one after a 29-yard Ruzek field goal capped off a 15-play, 61-yard drive.
Memphis accumulated 432 total yards while New Orleans finished with 292...The Showboats committed seven penalties for 55 yardsLeonard Williams led all rushers with 55 yardsWilliam Andrews left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent hand injury.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #1 Sunday Games

Event Date: February 23rd, 1987
Event Description: Wranglers Edge Generals
Source: Times Daily
Doug Williams threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns, as the Arizona Wranglers held off the New Jersey Generals, 30-27, in the season opener for both squads.
Eric Truvillion hauled scoring catches of 21 and 28 yards for the Wranglers (1-0), who are considered the favorites to win the Pacific division this year.
"It has been very exciting in the locker room this preseason," Truvillion said. "We brought in some guys this year and they have started to gel. The more they gel, the better it is going to get."
Herschel Walker accounted for three touchdowns for New Jersey (0-1), which rallied late from nine points down to take a four point lead with six minutes remaining in the contest. 
"I felt real good out there, real comfortable," Walker said. "I'm just looking forward to getting out there again next week."
Generals quarterback Doug Flutie completed 9-of-15 passes for 138 yards.
John Jefferson made his USFL debut for Arizona and finished with four catches for 40 yards...the Wranglers lost starting tailback Reggie Brown to a knee injury in the third quarter...the teams combined for 17 penalties.
In other Sunday action; Birmingham edged Orlando in overtime by a score of 25-22, Pittsburgh rallied late to defeat Denver 41-34, meanwhile Michigan topped Oakland 24-14 and Los Angeles dumped Philadelphia 20-9.

more to come......

Friday, August 8, 2014

'87 Chronology-Blitz Bust Bandits

Event Date: February 22nd, 1987
Event Description: Brock Leads Rout of Bandits
Source: Star News
Dieter Brock completed 16-of-23 passes for 224 yards and two scores, in Chicago's 31-3 pasting of Tampa Bay in the season-opener for both clubs.
Thomas Rooks gained 78 yards on nine carries with a touchdown, and Gary Lewis added four catches for 44 yards with one score for Chicago, which won its first game with Brock at the helm. Kris Haines had four catches for 75 yards for the Blitz (1-0).
Jimmy Jordan threw for 97 yards on 9-of-14 passing with one pick for the Bandits (0-1). Jordan replaced starter Ben Bennett who was injured in the third quarter.
Newcomer Wendell Tyler was limited to 17 yards on ten carries for Tampa, which fell into a 21-3 hole in the first half and never recovered.
After a 47-yard Jeff Brockhaus field goal gave the Bandits a 3-0 lead, Larry Canada found the endzone on a four-yard score, capping an eleven-play, 80-yard drive for a 7-3 first-quarter edge.
Two Dieter Brock touchdown passes, pushed the Blitz to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter.
The Chicago lead reached 24-3 after a 39-yard field goal by Frank Corral, before Rooks burst through the Bandits defense for his eight-yard scamper.
Tampa has lost its last three openers...Chicago dominated time of possession, 34:12 to 25:48...Vagas Ferguson added 46 yards rushing on eleven attempts for the hosts.
more to come...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

'87 Chronology-Bulls Win Season Opener

Event Date: February 20th, 1987
Event Description: Bulls Win Season Opener
Source: Sarasota Herald Tribune
Michael Whiting and Don Roberts rushed for scores in the fourth quarter to carry Jacksonville to a 27-13 victory over Houston in the first game of the 1987 USFL regular season.
Roberts carried the ball seven times for 114 yards and Ed Luther completed 25-of-46 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown for the Bulls, who won their season-opener for the second consecutive year.
Last season was a magical one for the Bulls, as they defeated New Orleans in the championship game.
Joe Johnson and Derrick Batiste picked off passes for Jacksonville in the final quarter, when the Bulls outscored the Gamblers, 14-3.
Jim Kelly completed 20-of-48 passes for 268 yards, but also had three interceptions, while Sam Harrell ran eleven times for 60 yards for the Gamblers. 
Harrell scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter. Efren Herrera nailed two field goals in defeat.
Alton Alexis had nine receptions for 142 yards...Richard Johnson finished with 129 yards on nine catches for Houston...the Bulls were neither sacked nor committed any turnovers.

more to come......

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

'87 Chronology-Preview Week #1

Event Date: February 19th, 1987

Event Description: Week #1 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #1 USFL Preview

Thursday
(0-0) Jacksonville at (0-0) Houston (Gamblers -3)

Saturday
(0-0) Tampa Bay at (0-0) Chicago (Blitz -2)

Sunday
  (0-0) Orlando at (0-0) Birmingham (Stallions -14)
(0-0) Pittsburgh at (0-0) Denver (Gold -6)
 (0-0) Michigan at (0-0) Oakland (Invaders -4)
(0-0) Philadelphia at (0-0) Los Angeles (Stars -5)

Sunday Night
(0-0) New Jersey at (0-0) Arizona (Wranglers -2)

Monday
(0-0) Memphis at (0-0) New Orleans (Breakers -8)


more to come......