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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.

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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)


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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'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)


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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.


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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)


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

'87 Chronology-Salary Cap Stats '87

Event Date: February 18th, 1987

Internal Memo: USFL Finance Committee

Re: Upcoming 1987 Salary Cap Status

The following is a complete list of player salaries and the salary cap status of each individual USFL franchise.



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Monday, August 4, 2014

'87 Chronology-1987 Fan Poll




'87 Chronology-Comeback Kid?

Event Date: February 17th, 1987
Event Description: Stars Sign Schlichter
Source: Philadelphia News
After days of rumors and premature reports, former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter, a first-round pick in the 1982 draft, has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Stars.
“I have followed Art’s career since his early days with Baltimore where he impressed me with his raw talent, passing accuracy and on-field competitiveness,” said Stars head coach Ted Marchibroda.  
“Art is looking to put his past troubles behind him and get a fresh start with our league. I am looking forward to starting the season with Art as one of our backups to Chuck Fusina.”
“The United States Football League is providing me with the opportunity to play the sport I love at a high level and for that, I am extremely grateful,” Schlichter said.  “The United States Football League is filling a void and giving more players the opportunity to play.  I am excited to get back out onto the field and represent the city of Philadelphia this season.”

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

'87 Chronology-The Final Cut

Event Date: February 16th, 1987

Event Description: USFL News

Source: The Pittsburgh Press

A pair of quarterbacks who have spent time on NFL rosters were among the final cuts announced by USFL teams this weekend.

Former Jets and Saints quarterback Richard Todd was let go by the New Orleans Breakers on Sunday, while the Philadelphia Stars parted ways with ex-Eagles passer Joe Pisarcik on Friday. 

In other USFL roster news, the Stars signed free agent pivot Art Schlichter, who has had stints with the Colts and Bills.


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'87 Chronology-Exhibition Games: Week #2

Event Date: February 15th, 1987

Event Description: Pre-Season Scoreboard

Source: PFW 


Pittsburgh at Jacksonville (Bulls win 35-14)

Tampa Bay at Orlando (Renegades win 21-17)

Michigan vs. Chicago at Tucson (Blitz win 14-6)

Denver at Arizona (Wranglers win 33-27)

Birmingham at Houston (Stallions win 26-24)

New Jersey vs. Philadelphia at Baltimore (Generals win 20-13)

Oakland vs. Los Angeles at Anaheim (Express win 32-10)

Memphis vs. New Orleans at Shreveport ("Boats win 34-24)

For complete boxscores go here

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Atlantic Division Poll '87


'87 Chronology-Atlantic Preview

Event Date: February 9th, 1987

Event Description: Atlantic Division Preview

Source: PFW

New Jersey Generals

1986 Record: 12-4

Owner: Stephen Ross 

Stadium: Meadowlands     

Avg. Attendance: 42,822

Head Coach: Walt Michaels

Key players: QB Doug Flutie, RB Herschel Walker, FB Kevin Long, G Dave Lapham, G Wayne Harris, T Doug Mackie, DE James Lockette, LB Marcus Marek, DB Ken Johnson, S Mike Ulmer.

New players: QB Scott Brunner (NFL-St.Louis ’85), QB Steve Calabria (CFL-Montreal ’86), TE Derrick Ramsey (NFL-New England ’85), RB Robert Alexander (Express ’85), DB Terry Daniels (Generals ’85), OL Robert Maggs*.

1987 Prediction: 12-6 First Place

Michigan Panthers

1986 Record: 9-7

Owner: A. Alfred Taubman

Stadium: Silverdome    

Avg. Attendance: 33,457

Head Coach: Jim Stanley

Key players: QB Rich Campbell, WR Derek Holloway, TE Mike Cobb, OT Ron Essink, OT Tom Osbun, DT Larry Bethea, LB Kyle Borland,  DB Oliver Davis, DB Clarence Chapman, DB Bobby Futrell.

New players: QB Bob Gagliano (Gold ’86), RB Ken Lacy (Gamblers ’86), OL Joe DeLamielleure (NFL-Buffalo ’85), QB Sean Salisbury (Blitz ’86), WR Daryle Crane (Gunslingers ’84).

1987 Prediction: 11-7 Second Place

Philadelphia Stars

1986 Record: 7-9

Owner: Myles Tanenbaum 

Stadium: Veterans     

Avg. Attendance: 28,275

Head Coach: Ted Marchibroda

Key players: QB Chuck Fusina, RB Allen Harvin, WR Scott Fitzkee, TE Ken Dunek T Brad Oates, G Rich Garza, DE John Walker, LB George Cooper, DB Jon Sutton, S Scott Woerner.

New players: RB Hubie Oliver (NFL-Houston ’86), DB Jim Caver (Stars ’85), DB Ken Moriarity (Generals ’86), RB Michael Clemons*, LB Bob White*.

1987 Prediction: 10-8 Third Place

Pittsburgh Maulers

1986 Record: 2-14

Owner: Edward J. DeBartolo

Stadium: Three Rivers     

Avg. Attendance: 18,588

Head Coach: Kay Stephenson

Key players: QB-P Stan Gelbaugh, RB Walter Holman, WR Greg Anderson, RB-KR Amos Lawrence, OT Don Maggs, T Kari Yli-Renko, C-T Todd Thomas, NT Ira Albright, LB Putt Choate.

New players: QB Bruce Mathison (NFL-Buffalo ’85), DB Don Wilson (NFL-Buffalo ’85), TE Eason Ramson (NFL-Buffalo-Buffalo ’85), FB Rich Thomaselli (CFL-Montreal ’85), DL Mark Catano (NFL-Pittsburgh ’86), DE Robert Brannon (Breakers ’86), QB John Congemi*.


1987 Prediction: 6-12 Fourth Place

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

South Division Poll '87


'87 Chronology-South Preview

Event Date: February 9th, 1987

Event Description: South Division Preview

Source: PFW

Jacksonville Bulls

1986 Record: 9-7 *League Champions

Owner: Fred Bullard

Stadium: Gator Bowl    

Avg. Attendance: 47,329

Head Coach: Lindy Infante

Key players: QB Ed Luther, RB Tony Smith, OT J.T. Turner, WR Alton Alexis, C Ken Howell, OL George Collins, DT Don Latimer, LB Terry Beeson, DB Don Bessillieu, DB Derrick Batiste, S Lyndell Jones, K Brian Franco.

New players: TE Robert Young (Bulls ’85), RB-WR Tommy Vigorito (NFL-Miami ’85), C Pete Speros (Gunslingers ’84), RB Gerald Harris*, QB Tracy Ham*, LB John El-Masry*.

1987 Prediction: 12-6 First Place


Memphis Showboats

1986 Record: 6-10

Owner: William Dunavant

Stadium: Liberty Bowl    

Avg. Attendance: 33,569

Head Coach: Pepper Rodgers

Key players: QB Walter Lewis, WR Derrick Crawford, WR Perry Kemp, RB Gill Fenerty, OL Tyrone McGriff, C Art Kuehn, G Bob Gruber, K Roger Ruzek, NT Ron Simmons, DB Doran Major, S Mike Fox.

New players: QB Condredge Holloway (CFL-Toronto ’86), RB-TE William Andrews (NFL-Atlanta ’86), LB John Corker (Panthers ’86), RB Leonard Williams (Gamblers ’86), RB Tony Burse*, OT Ralph Van Dyke*, LB James Hall*.

1987 Prediction: 10-8 Second Place


Tampa Bay Bandits

1986 Record: 7-10-1

Owner: S.C.R. Football Club (Scarfone-Cunningham-Reynolds)

Stadium: Tampa     

Avg. Attendance: 39,119

Head Coach: Steve Spurrier

Key players: QB Ben Bennett, RB Joe Dudek, FB Greg Boone, TE Marvin Harvey, C-G Chuck Pitcock, G Jerrell Franklin, NT Dave Opfar,  DE Don Fielder, LB Alonzo Johnson, DB Doug Beaudoin.

New players: RB Wendell Tyler (NFL-San Francisco ’86), K Jeff Brockhaus (Renegades ’85), WR Mike Shumann (Invaders ’85), RB Greg Allen (NFL-Tampa Bay ’86), OL Vernice Smith*, DE Terence Mack*.

1987 Prediction: 8-10 Third Place


Orlando Renegades

1986 Record: 6-10

Owner: Donald Dizney

Stadium: Citrus Bowl    

Avg. Attendance: 22,750

Head Coach: Lee Corso

Key players: QB John Reaves, RB Curtis Bledsoe, WR Joey Walters, WR Jackie Flowers, C Brian Musselman, G Larry Pfohl, OT Joel Patten, DE Don Reese, DT Eddie Weaver, LB Fred McAllister, LB Fernando Jackson, K Alan Duncan.

New players: QB David Woodley (NFL-Pittsburgh ’86), DB Neal Colzie (Renegades ’85), DB Zac Henderson (Bandits ’86), QB Ron Reeves (Bulls ’86).


1987 Prediction: 6-12 Fourth Place

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Central Division Poll '87


'87 Chronology-Central Preview

Event Date: February 9th, 1987

Event Description: Central Division Preview

Source: PFW

Birmingham Stallions

1986 Record: 10-6

Owner: Harold Ripps & Jerry Sklar* (*Team is partly community owned) 

Stadium: Legion Field    

Avg. Attendance: 36,046

Head Coach: Rollie Dotsch

Key players: QB Cliff Stoudt, RB Joel Coles, WR Jim Smith, C Joe Bock, T Pat Phenix, G Buddy Aydelette, LB Stan Blinka, LB Herb Spencer, DB Chuck Clanton.

New players: DB Von Mansfield (Wranglers ‘85), DE Mack Moore (NFL-Miami ‘86), WR Joey Jones (NFL-Atlanta ‘86), RB Tim Jessie*, G-T Eric Floyd*.

1987 Prediction: 12-6 First Place

Houston Gamblers

1986 Record: 6-10

Owner: The A.I. Group (Argovitz-Icahn)

Stadium: Astrodome    

Avg. Attendance: 34,152

Head Coach: Jack Pardee

Key players: QB Jim Kelly, QB Todd Dillon, RB Sam Harrell, WR Richard Johnson, WR Vince Courville, WR Mark Barousse, WR-KR Herkie Walls, OL Billy Kidd, OL Scott Boucher, DT Hosea Taylor, LB Mike Hawkins, DB Luther Bradley.

New players: K Efren Herrera (Outlaws ’84), RB Earl Gant (Stallions ’86), WR Mark Barousse (CFL-Ottawa ’86), WR-KR Herkie Walls (NFL-Houston ’85), NT Reggie Kinlaw (NFL-Seattle ’86), DB Dennis Thurman (NFL-St.Louis ’86).

1987 Prediction: 11-7  Second Place

New Orleans Breakers

1986 Record: 15-1

Owner: Joseph Canizaro

Stadium: Superdome     

Avg. Attendance: 32,908

Head Coach: Dick Coury

Key players: RB Marcus Dupree, QB John Fourcade, WR Frank Lockett, C Frank Roberts, OT Louis Bullard, DT Allen Hughes, DE Jerald Baylis, LB Frank Manumaleuga, LB Ben Needham, DB Bruce Miller, K Tim Mazzetti.

New players: QB Richard Todd (NFL-New Orleans ‘85), David Boisture (Stars ‘85), RB-KR Tyrone Anthony (NFL-New Orleans ‘85), WR Malcolm Barnwell (NFL-Wash-New Orleans ’85).

1987 Prediction: 11-7 Third Place

Chicago Blitz

1986 Record: 7-9

Owner: League Owned 

Stadium: Soldier Field    

Avg. Attendance: 16,443

Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks

Key players: QB Mike Hohensee, RB Larry Canada, RB Vagas Ferguson, WR Marcus Anderson, TE Gary Lewis, DE Rod Skillman, LB James Looney, DB Donnell Daniel, K-P Frank Corral.

New players: QB Dieter Brock (NFL-Los Angeles Rams ‘86), WR Buster Rhymes (NFL-Minnesota ‘86), DB Johnny Holloway (NFL-Dallas ‘85), OT Dave Croston*.


1987 Prediction: 6-12 Fourth Place

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