Monday, July 22, 2019

'85 Chronology-Smooth Sailing

Event Date: February 10th, 1985

Event Description: USFL Exhibition Games

Source: PFW

Tim Spencer and Harry Sydney ran for touchdowns Saturday to lead the Memphis Showboats to a 35-16 USFL exhibition victory over the New Jersey Generals.

Spencer scored on a one-yard run on the Showboats second possession, and Sydney crashed in from 15-yards out midway through the second quarter as Memphis crusied to the win.

Memphis made it 28-6 with 1:21 left in the third frame on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Waler Lewis to Derrick Crawford.

Showboats starting quarterback Walter Lewis completed 6 of 10 passes for 113 yards and ran for 117 more on eleven carries.

The game was staged in Charlotte by businessman George Shinn, who is testing the city's response in his pursuit of a USFL franchise. A crowd of 11,667 sat through a light rain in the 24,500-seat Memorial Stadium.

Shinn said he was pleased with the crowd. He said he will reach a franchise decision sometime after a second USFL game in the city between thedefending league champion Philadelphia Stars and the Tampa Bay Bandits.

In other exhibition action; the Philadelphia Stars downed the new Orlando franchise by a score of 31-10 at Deland, Florida. Ex-Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jerry Golsteyn got the start for the Renegades throwing for 239 yards with three interceptions.

The new San Antonio Gunslingers squad got off to a good start with a 26-9 win over Birmingham with Rick Neuheisel tossing a 15-yard touchdown pass and veteran kicker Nick Mike-Mayer connecting on four field goals.


Meanwhile the Los Angeles Express downed Denver by a score of 19-15, the Arizona Outlaws outlasted Oakland 13-6, the Jacksonville Bulls beat defending champion Houston by a 29-20 count, the New Orleans Breakers defeated Michigan 37-28 and the Tampa Bay Bandits beat visiting Pittsburgh by a score of 21-14.

'85 Chronology-Once in a Lifetime

Event Date: February 9th, 1985

Event Description: Good Guy Flutie

Source: The Evening Independent


Sunday, July 21, 2019

'85 Chronology-Quarterback Challenge

Event Date: February 9th, 1985

Event Description: Bandits Exhibition Game

Source: The Evening Independent




Saturday, July 20, 2019

'85 Chronology-Shock Value

Event Date: February 8th, 1985

Event Description: Flutie Shocked; Bulls Dump Pivots

Source: The Evening Independent


Friday, July 19, 2019

'85 Chronology-Sipe Traded

Event Date: February 7th, 1985

Event Description: Generals Trade Sipe

Source: Gadsden Times


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

'85 Chronology-Peace Talks

Event Date: February 7th, 1985

Event Description: Peace Traded

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-Select A Seat Sale

Event Date: February 6th, 1985

Event Description: Renegades Ticket Sale

Source: The Evening Independent




'85 Chronology-May Day

Event Date: February 5th, 1985

Event Description: May Considers Offer

Source: The Tuscaloosa News


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

'85 Chronology-Flutie Agrees

Event Date: February 4th, 1985

Event Description: Flutie Finalizes Deal

Source: The Evening Independent


Sunday, July 14, 2019

'85 Chronology-Game Breaker

Event Date: February 2nd, 1985

Event Description: Rozier Inks New Deal

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-Paying Bills

Event Date: February 1st, 1985

Event Description: Mack Released

Source: United Press International

The finacially-troubled Los Angeles Express, looking to trim expenses, have released running back Kevin Mack, the U.S. Football League team announced Friday.

We're trimming our payroll to more realistic numbers,” general manager DonKlosterman said following Thursday's announcement that his club is being supported by the USFL.

“Kevin Mack has been released by the Express and has cleared waivers thoughout the USFL. He's now a free agent. Kevin's a tremendous prospect and we wish him well.”

Mack, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound fullback from Clemson, appeared in 12 games for the Express last season. He started twice and rushed for 404 yards and three touchdowns on 94 carries.

The USFL announced Thursday in New York that the owners agreed to support the ailing Express franchise.

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'85 Chronology-Paying Dividends

Event Date: February 1st, 1985

Event Description: Flutie Pact

Source: The Tuscaloosa News





'85 Chronology-Damaged Goods?

Event Date: February 1st, 1985

Event Description: Collinsworth Free

Source: The Evening Independent


Friday, July 12, 2019

'85 Chronology-Bandits' Scrimmage

Event Date: February 1st, 1985

Event Description: Bandit Bullets

Source: The Evening Independent


Thursday, July 11, 2019

'85 Chronology-Rozier Talks

Event Date: January 30th, 1985

Event Description: Nothing Final

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-Second Fiddle

Event Date: January 30th, 1985

Event Description: Peace Feels Left Out

Source: The Evening Independent


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

'85 Chronology-Rozier Seeks New Deal

Event Date: January 30th, 1985

Event Description: Rozier Nears Decision

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-Time to Go

Event Date: January 30th, 1985

Event Description: Walton Retires

Source: Eugene Register-Guard


Sunday, July 7, 2019

'85 Chronology-Quarterback Challenge

Event Date: January 29th, 1985

Event Description: Jordan vs. Reaves

Source: Lakeland Ledger


'85 Chronology-Italian Syndrome

Event Date: January 28th, 1985

Event Description: Williams Amazed

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Saturday, July 6, 2019

'85 Chronology-Trade Winds

Event Date: January 28th, 1985

Event Description: Benson Traded

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Friday, July 5, 2019

'85 Chronology-Ticket Sales

Event Date: January 27th, 1985

Event Description: Flutie Spurs Ticket Sales

Source: Lakeland Ledger




Thursday, July 4, 2019

'85 Chronology-Opportunity Knocks

Event Date: January 27th, 1985

Event Description: Second Chances

Source: Lakeland Ledger




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

'85 Chronology-Pleased as Punch

Event Date: January 27th, 1985

Event Description: Marino Smiling

Source: Eugene-Register Guard


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

'85 Chronology-Small Ball

Event Date: January 26th, 1985

Event Description: Flutie Heads to USFL

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-Trump Card

Event Date: January 26th, 1985

Event Description: Flutie Joins Generals

Source: Eugene Register Guard


Saturday, June 29, 2019

'85 Chronology-A.W.O.L.

Event Date: January 25th, 1985

Event Description: Johnson Leaves Camp

Source: United Press International

Trumaine Johnson, an all-USFL wide receiver the last two seasons, has walked out of the Arizona Outlaws' training camp.

Johnson, the second-highest-paid player on the team, attended Wednesday morning's workout, but was absent for the afternoon practice.

“Trumaine did not show up for this afternoon's practice,” said Arizona Coach Frank Kush in a statement. “Based on that, it is our understanding that he has departed camp.” Repeated attempts by club officials to call Johnson at his hotel room were unsuccessful.

The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Johnson left because the team refused to pay a $280,000 advance on his contract. Johnson's agent, Andre Jackson, had met with Bill Tatham Jr., club president and general manager until about noon.

The Outlaws are not obligated to pay Johnson's salary because he left camp, the newspaper reported. His base salary is believed to be $280,000, second on the team to quarterback Doug Williams. The team had just made a $28,000 payment on Johnson's contract Tuesday night, the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

Jackson came to Arizona, the newspaper quoted another source as saying, to make sure the Outlaws funded Johnson's $1 million annuity that had been negotiated last year with former general manager Bruce Allen.

Tatham said the funding took place last Friday. The newspaper reported that the annuity will cost the Outlaws about $100,000 and on maturity should pay Johnson $200,000 a year from 2005 to 2009.

Johnson's contract with the Outlaws runs through 1994, and at least next year is guaranteed.

Johnson had reported to camp on time. He took a physical on Sunday and participated in workouts on Monday and Tuesday.

Story-(UPI)

'85 Chronology-The Final Cut

Event Date: January 25th, 1985

Event Description: Bandits Scrimmage

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-Option Year

Event Date: January 25th, 1985

Event Description: Outlaws Sign Zendejas

Source: Lakeland Ledger




Friday, June 28, 2019

'85 Chronology-Coming to Terms

Event Date: January 25th, 1985

Event Description: Reaves Returns

Source: Lakeland Ledger



'85 Chronology-Match Game '85

Event Date: January 24th, 1985

Event Description: Bills Will Match Offer

Source: Lakeland Ledger


'85 Chronology-The Comeback

Event Date: January 24th, 1985

Event Description: Huff Suiting Up

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-The Departed

Event Date: January 24th, 1985

Event Description: Short Passes

Source: The Evening Independent


Thursday, June 27, 2019

'85 Chronology-Waiting Game

Event Date: January 24th, 1985

Event Description: Bassett Waits

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

'85 Chronology-Boddie Returns

Event Date: January 23rd, 1985

Event Description: Boddie Back

Source: United Press International

Running back Tony Boddie, who was waived by the Los Angeles Express last month, has re-signed with the USFL club, the team said Wednesday.

In other moves, the Express signed Iowa State running back Jason Jacobs and announced the retirement of free safety Aaron Mitchell. Boddie, the No. 3 receiver and No. 5 rusher in Express history, gained 31 yards on 16 carries and caught 20 passes for 170 yards last season as a reserve running back and special teamplayer.

Jacobs led Iowa State in rushing in 1983 with 490 yards. He was originally drafted by the Michigan Panthers. Mitchell, the club's third-leading tackler with 97 last year, retired after five years of pro football. Mitchell was a member of the 1979 NFL All-Rookie team with the Dallas Cowboys.


Story-(UPI)

'85 Chronology-Delaying Tactics

Event Date: January 23rd, 1985

Event Description: Buffalo Delays Decision

Source: Daily News


'85 Chronology-Cold Comfort

Event Date: January 23rd, 1985

Event Description: Bandits Camp

Source: The Evening Independent


Monday, June 24, 2019

'85 Chronology-Showboating

Event Date: January 22nd, 1985

Event Description:  Bearden Questioned

Source: United Press International

Memphis Showboats linebacker Steve Bearden says he used steroids before his senior season at Vanderbilt, but adds he didn't get them from an assistant coach accused of distributing the drugs.

Bearden, who is in Melbourne, Florida, for training camp with the USFL team, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal some Showboats players used steroids, but refused to name them.

“Yeah some do,” he was quoted, but he said he is “certain that none of the Showboat coaches or trainers are aware of anybody using them.”

Bearden said steroids 'were readily available' while he was in college. “And I had been aware that players were using them. But, let me tell you this up front: “Doc” Kreis didn't give 'em to me.”

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into claims that E.J. “Doc” Kreis, an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, distributed steroids and other drugs to players. Kreis has been granted a leave of absence.

Bearden, who said he took the drugs just before his 1983 senior year, said Vanderbilt athletic director Roy Kramer questioned him about two weeks ago.

Mr. Kramer asked me two questions: Did Doc give me any steroids, and the answer to that was, no. The second question was: Did he try to influence you into taking them, and the answer to that was, no.”

Story-(UPI)

'85 Chronology-Generals Open Camp

Event Date: January 22nd, 1985

Event Description: Generals Add Ex-Giants

Source: United Press International

Two former New York Giants -- center Ernie Hughes and wide receiver Floyd Eddings -- were among seven players signed to contracts Tuesday by the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

Others signed were linebackers Guy Ruff and J.D. Gross, defensive end Greg Boyd, wide receiver Mardye McDole and placekicker Eric Schubert.The Generals also announced the release of tackles Todd Hallstrom and John Tautolo, defensive back Jo Jo Heath and running back Melvin Jenkins. Defensive back Dan Short announced his retirement.

Hughes played with the Giants from 1981 until he was released by the club at the 1984 training camp.

Eddings caught 14 passes in each of the 1982 and 1983 seasons with the gants for a total of 506 yards.

Boyd played with New England, Denver and Green Bay, while McDole saw limited action over three seasons with MInnesota. Ruff was on injured reserve with Pittsburgh, Gross had training camp experience with Washington and Schubert played with the Pittsburgh Maulers in 1984.

Story-(UPI)

'85 Chronology-SoCal Camp News

Event Date: January 22nd, 1985

Event Description:  Express Open Camp

Source: United Press International

The Los Angeles Express of the USFL signed five players, including defensive back Jay Lawson, a third-round draft choice from UC Davis, the team announced Monday.

Others signed were offensive tackle Chuck Page, punter Jeff Carter and linebacker Kevin Junior -- all draft picks from Cal State Long Beach - and defensive back John Warren of Virginia Union, a seventh-round selection in the open-school draft.The Express also announced it has come to terms with three-year NFL veteran running back Robert Alexander, a free agent who played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1982-83 and the San Diego Chargers last year.

Lawson, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback, was a two-time All-Northern California Athletic Conference choice and was the defending NCAC intermediate hurdles champion. He was the 45th overall pick of the 1985 USFL open-school draft.

The Express completed its first full day of training camp Monday and must trim its current 84-man roster to 70 players by Monday.

Story-(UPI)

'85 Chronology-Disturbing Situation

Event Date: January 22nd, 1985

Event Description: Reaves Staying?

Source: The Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-General Indifference

Event Date: January 22nd, 1985

Event Description: Generals Pursue Pair

Source: Lakeland Ledger


'85 Chronology-Bulls Eye

Event Date: January 22nd, 1985

Event Description: Montana Show

Source: The Evening Independent


Sunday, June 23, 2019

'85 Chronology-Lunch Date

Event Date: January 21st, 1985

Event Description: Trump Meets Flutie

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Saturday, June 22, 2019

'85 Chronology-Starting Over

Event Date: January 19th, 1985

Event Description: 'Gades-Federals Redux

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Thursday, June 20, 2019

'85 Chronology-Lofty Goals

Event Date: January 19th, 1985

Event Description: Reaves Nears Deal

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

'85 Chronology-San Antonio Gunslingers Theme Song


'85 Chronology-Commercial Appearance

Event Date: January 19th, 1985

Event Description: General Meeting

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Sunday, June 16, 2019

'85 Chronology-Roster Reductions

Event Date: January 19th, 1985

Event Description: Corso Reduces Roster

Source: Lakeland Ledger


'85 Chronology-Widening Gap

Event Date: January 18th, 1985

Event Description: Bassett vs. Reaves

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Friday, June 14, 2019

'85 Chronology-Upsetting News

Event Date: January 17th, 1985

Event Description: Williams Upset

Source: The Evening Independent


Thursday, June 13, 2019

'85 Chronology-Lowballing

Event Date: January, 17th, 1985

Event Description: Reaves Contract Impasse

Source: Lakeland Ledger