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Thursday, November 20, 2014

'87 Chronology-Falling Stars

Event Date: June 14th, 1987

Event Description: Fusina Out, Stars Lose

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Mike Hagen rushed for 86 yards and Ken Lacy added a rushing touchdown, leading the Michigan Panthers to a 20-12 win over the Philadelphia Stars in USFL action Saturday night.

Bob Gagliano completed 16-of-26 passes for 156 yards for the Panthers (12-5), including a ten-yard score to John DeBoer early in the third quarter. 

Novo Bojovic connected on both field goal attempts for Michigan.

Art Schlichter was 14-for-24 for 196 yards after replacing an injured Chuck Fusina. David Trout accounted for all of the scoring with four field goals. Trout nailed a pair of field goals in the second quarter, and two more in the second-half. 

It was the eighth straight loss for the Stars (4-13).

Each team tallied a pair of sacks...Allen Harvin led the Philadelphia ground game with 54 yards on eleven carries...the Panthers close out their season next week at Pittsburgh, and the Stars will travel to New Jersey.

more to come......

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #17 Preview

Event Date: June 11th, 1987

Event Description: Week #17 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #17 USFL Preview

      (3-13) Pittsburgh at (6-10) New Jersey (Generals -6)

         (11-5) Michigan at (4-12) Philadelphia (Stars -2)

             (11-5) Jacksonville at (9-7) Tampa Bay  (Bandits -1)
            (3-13) Orlando at (13-3) Memphis (‘Boats -11)
           (6-10) Chicago at (12-4) Houston (Gamblers -7)
    (7-9) Denver at (7-9) Arizona (Wranglers -3)

Sunday Night
   (10-6) New Orleans at (12-4) Birmingham (Stallions -5) 

     (8-8) Oakland at (6-10) Los Angeles (Express -1)

more to come.....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #16 Transactions

Event Date: June 10th, 1987

Event Description: Week #16 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Released QB Fred Mortensen, activated TE Mark Keel from Injured Reserve.

Birmingham-Signed QB Matt Robinson (Panthers ’86).

Jacksonville-Activated QB Tracy Ham* and DB Tony Flack from Taxi Squad.

Los Angeles-Activated WR Cormac Carney from Taxi Squad.

Michigan-Activated RB Gerald White from Taxi Squad.

New Orleans-Released QB Doug Hudson*.

Oakland-Activated OL David Diaz-Infante from Taxi Squad.

Philadelphia-Actiavted QB Jim Croicchiccia from Taxi Squad.

Tampa Bay-Activated RB John Settle* and QB Dean May* from Taxi Squad.

more to come...... 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

West Division Poll

'87 Chronology-Bulls Sink 'Boats

Event Date: June 8th, 1987

Event Description: Road Loss For “Boats

Source: Memphis Flyer

Ed Luther threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns as the Jacksonville Bulls beat the Memphis Showboats, 28-25, at the Gator Bowl.

Luther completed 18-of-27 passes with no interceptions. In spreading the ball around, he found ten different receivers, including rookie Gerald Harris, who had one reception for 28 yards and a score.

Harris also ended the day with 60 yards rushing on 12 carries and a touchdown for the Bulls (11-5), who have already clinched a playoff berth.

Walter Lewis completed 19-of-33 passes for 184 yards with two touchdowns for Memphis (13-3). His top two receivers -- Gill Fenerty and Van Heflin -- combined for 10 catches and 96 yards.

Fenerty led the way with seven catches for 50 yards and a  touchdown run, while the Heflin also had three receptions for 46 yards and a scoring reception. William Andrews paced the ground game with five carries for 40 yards.

Jacksonville got on the board on a two-yard touchdown pass from Luther to Don Roberts just over eight minutes into the first quarter.

The Gerald Harris touchdown run opened the second frame, as Jacksonville moved out to an early 14-0 lead.

The Bulls had a costly turnover in the second quarter, however, as Luther completed a 5-yard pass to Roberts before Memphis defensive back Doran Major forced a fumble that was scooped up by teammate Mike Fox.

The ‘Boats took over and marched down the field, as Fenerty capped a ten-play, 67-yard march with a two-yard touchdown run at 8:45 of the second quarter. The Walter Lewis to Heflin touchdown pass tied things up with 2:30 remaining.

Luther also led a 63-yard march that ended with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Harris that gave the Bulls a 21-14 lead at the break.

Memphis added a 46-yard field goal to cut it to 21-17 near the end of the third stanza.

Tony Smith's five-yard scoring run made it an eleven-point game at 10:04 of the fourth quarter. The score completed an eleven-play, 89-yard scoring drive.

Memphis cut it to 28-25 on a five-yard pass from Lewis to Mack Boatner with just over two minutes remaining. A failed onside kick would lead to Jacksonville running out the clock.

The South division will have three of the four Eastern playoff teams with Memphis, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay clinching spots this week and before. 

In other Sunday action; Tampa Bay clinched a playoff berth with a 24-10 win at Orlando, Los Angeles damaged Denver’s playoff hopes with a 30-27 win at Mile High, and Houston outlasted the Breakers 27-21.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-General Demotion

Event Date: June 8th, 1987

Event Description: Panthers Eliminate Generals

Source: Star Ledger

Bob Gagliano threw for 212 yards with two touchdowns as the Michigan Panthers topped the New Jersey Generals, 20-12, on Sunday at the Silverdome.

Gagliano completed 15-of-25 passes and Mike Cobb finished with seven catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (11-5) eliminated New Jersey from post-season play.

Ken Lacy led the Michigan rushing attack with 69 yards on 13 carries.

"It was a tough fight out there. It was tough for me to get the ball to the right guys," Gagliano said. "We grinded it out and got a win."

Doug Flutie threw for 103 yards on 11-of-17 passing, while Herschel Walker rushed for 125 yards for the Generals (6-10). Kicker John Teltschik accounted for all of New Jersey’s points via four field goals.

Larry Bethea registered two sacks for the Panthers...the Panthers travel to Philadelphia next week, while the Generals host Pittsburgh.

more to come......

Friday, November 14, 2014

'87 Chronology-Wild, Wild West

Event Date: June 6th, 1987

Event Description: Wranglers Stay Alive

Source: Tempe Times

Doug Williams threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns as Arizona kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 20-7 win over Oakland.

John Jefferson and Al Williams both found the endzone for Arizona (7-9), which was coming off a win against Chicago last week.

Fred Besana completed 19-of-36 passes for 156 yards with three interceptions for the Invaders (8-8). Ted Torosian ran four times for 74 yards and a touchdown.

The Wranglers took an early 6-0 lead after a pair of Luis Zendejas field goals.

Williams then hooked up with Jefferson for a 34-yard strike in the second quarter to give Arizona a 13-0 lead at the 9:24 mark of the second frame.

Oakland quickly responded to that score with a 70-yard touchdown scamper from Torosian just 22 seconds later.

The Wranglers defense took care of the rest, shutting out Oakland in the second half.

Paul Bergmann finished with five receptions for 56 yards for Oakland...Reggie Brown ran for 73 yards on 27 attempts to lead Arizona...the Wranglers will host Denver next week, while Oakland travels down the coast to Los Angeles.

more to come......

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #16 Preview

Event Date: June 3rd, 1987

Event Description: Week #16 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #16 USFL Preview

     (4-11) Philadelphia at (2-13) Pittsburgh (No Line)

        (6-9) Arizona at (8-7) Oakland (Invaders -3)

            (8-7) Tampa Bay at (3-12) Orlando (No Line)
           (6-9) New Jersey at (10-5) Michigan  (Panthers -3)
          (13-2) Memphis at (10-5) Jacksonville  (Bulls -1)
   (5-10) Los Angeles at (7-8) Denver (Gold -7)

Sunday Night
   (11-4) Houston at (10-5) New Orleans (Breakers -3) 

    (11-4) Birmingham at (6-9) Chicago (Stallions -2)

more to come.....

Sunday, November 9, 2014

'87 Chronology-Breaking Ranks?

Event Date: June 2nd, 1987

Event Description: Bulls Clinch Playoff Berth

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Ed Luther passed for 223 yards on 24 completions, including a 12-yard touchdown pass, as the Jacksonville Bulls clinched a playoff berth with a 19-9 win over the New Jersey Generals.

Luther finished 24-of-38 for 223 yards.

"Huge for the franchise, huge for our team. It feels good to solidify a spot," Luther said of the playoff berth. 

Doug Flutie  completed 14-of-23 passes for 119 yards, while leading the team in rushing yards with 86. Herschel Walker finished with just 49 yards on twenty attempts.

The loss almost eliminates the Generals from the playoff race as their only hope now is to catch up with Tampa Bay for the final berth. 

Brian Franco connected on all four field goal attempts...Mike Thurman registered a saftey for New Jersey in the final frame...the Bulls will host Memphis next week, while the Generals travel to Michigan..

Week #15 Transactions

Denver-Signed QB Craig Penrose (Gold ’85).

Jacksonville-Reached an injury settlement with RB Michael Whiting, subsequently placed on waivers.

more to come......

Saturday, November 8, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #15 Wrap

Event Date: June 1st, 1987

Event Description: Dupree Leads The Way

Source: Times Picayune

Marcus Dupree rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown as New Orleans routed Los Angeles 40-13 in a USFL contest at the Coliseum.

Frank Lockett added six receptions for 67 yards and, also caught a 24-yard pass from Jeff Wickersham to help the Breakers (10-5) keep pace in the Central. Greg Taylor hauled in six passes for 82 yards and two scores in the win.

Damon Allen threw for 115 yards on 10-of-15 with a touchdown for the Express (5-10), who have dropped three straight games. 

The game was tied at 10-10 late in the first half, but the Breakers’ took the lead when Wickersham found Taylor in the back of the end zone at the 5:21 mark of the second stanza.

A field goal exchange sent the teams into halftime with the visitors up 20-13.

A 14-yard scoring run from Dupree at the end of the third pushed the lead to 27-13.

Tyrone Anthony would close out the scoring with a five-yard run with 2:50 left in the game.

Jeff Wickersham completed 27-of-42 throws for 304 yards with three touchdowns.

New Orleans piled up 465 yards compared to just 196 for Los Angeles...the Breakers will host Houston next week, while the Express travel to Denver.

In other Sunday action; Memphis downed Philadelphia 24-16, Michigan outlasted Orlando 17-14, Arizona decked Chicago 24-24, and Birmingham won on the road at Denver by a score of 34-22.

more to come......

Thursday, November 6, 2014

'87 Chronology-Fading Invaders

Event Date: May 30th, 1987

Event Description: Hood-Winked!

Source: Houston Star Ledger

Sloan Hood rushed for 152 yards and a trio of rushing touchdowns as Houston routed Oakland 38-19 in Thursday night USFL action at the Coliseum.

Hood added a 10-yard touchdown reception to help the Gamblers (11-4) remain atop the Central Division. Herkie Walls hauled in three passes for 66 yards in the win.

Fred Besana threw for 266 yards on 17-of-26 passing with one touchdown for the Invaders (8-7), who have dropped four straight. 

The Gamblers trailed 12-7 late in the first half, but took the lead when Hood ran into the end zone from 74-yards out with 6:11 remaining before intermission.

Two more touchdowns by Hood, one via the air, extended Houston's advantage to 28-12 at the intermission.

Midway through the third stanza a Sloan Hood one-yard burst across the goal line gave Houston a comfortable 35-14 lead. 

The Invaders would add a Dwaine Wilson touchdown run early in the final frame.

Jim Kelly completed 14-of-24 throws for 213 yards with one interception and two touchdowns.

The Gamblers piled up 256 rushing yards...Wes Howell led all receivers with 132 yards on four grabs...the Invaders host Arizona next week, while Houston travels to the Superdome to take on the Breakers.

more to come......

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #15 Preview

Event Date: May 28th, 1987

Event Description: Week #15 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #15 USFL Preview

     (10-4) Houston at (8-6) Oakland (Invaders -2)

        (2-12) Pittsburgh at (7-7) Tampa Bay (Bandits -6)

           (4-10) Philadelphia at (12-2) Memphis (Showboats -8)
          (9-5) Michigan at (3-11) Orlando (Panthers -1)
         (6-8) Chicago at (5-9) Arizona (Wranglers -5)
  (10-4) Birmingham at (7-7) Denver (Gold -2)

Sunday Night
  (9-5) New Orleans at (5-9) Los Angeles (No Line) 

   (6-8) New Jersey at (9-5) Jacksonville (Bulls -4)

more to come.....

Monday, November 3, 2014

1987 Chronology-Week #14 Transactions

Event Date: May 27th, 1987

Event Description: Week #14 Transactions

Source: PFW

Birmingham-Signed DL Chris Wampler (Bulls ’85), placed DL Dave Pureifory and LB Stan Blinka on Injured Reserve.

Michigan-Signed WR-KR Brad Calip (CFL-Ottawa ’86), placed WR Willis Jacox* on Injured Reserve.

Philadelphia-Placed OL Bill Dugan on Injured Reserve, activated OL Archie Harris* from Taxi Squad.

more to come...... 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

'87 Chronology-Arena Debut Set

Event Date: May 26th, 1987

Event Description: Arena League Showcase 

Source: Ocala Star Banner

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Portland Franchise Poll #1

'87 Chronology-Bayou Boys

Event Date: May 25th, 1987

Event Description: Breakers Rassle Wranglers

Source: Times Picayune

Jeff Wickersham threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns, as the Breakers bounced back from last weeks’ loss with a 30-20 win over the Arizona Wranglers.

Malcolm Barnwell had six receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Breakers (9-5), who remain one game behind both Birmingham and Houston in the Central.

Marcus Dupree ran for 95 yards and found the endzone to open the scoring at the 7:53 mark.

Doug Williams threw for just 93 yards and a touchdown with two picks for the Wranglers (5-9), losers of two straight.

New Orleans took a 14-0 lead on Fourcade's 12-yard touchdown pass to Barnwell in the closing moments of the first half, but Arizona battled back with a 49-yard interception return, followed by a Luis Zendejas 29-yard field goal.

A Tim Mazzetti field goal sent the Breakers into the intermission with a 17-10 lead.

Williams connected with Gordon Hudson for a five-yard touchdown with 7:37 remaining in the third, making it a 17-17 contest.

Later in the third, Mazzetti connected on a 49-yard field goal, and the Breakers held the momentum, and a 20-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Williams drove his team into field goal range to open the fourth as Zendejas nailed a 24-yarder to again tie things up.

The Breakers then emphatically distanced themselves from the Wranglers with a seven-play, 66-yard scoring drive, which burned 3:59 off the clock. Wickersham's 39- yard touchdown pass to Barnwell put the Breakers on top, 27-20.

The Breakers sealed the win with a final field goal from 46-yards out.

Neither quarterback was sacked in the contest...Marcus Dupree had his halback pass picked off by Carl Allen...the Breakers will travel to Los Angeles next week, while Arizona hosts Chicago.

In other Sunday action; Tampa Bay edged Philadelphia 24-21, Houston won at home 31-26 over the Express, meanwhile Memphis won at New Jersey 17-14.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Bulls Tame Panthers

Event Date: May 25th, 1987

Event Description: Panthers Win Streak Snapped

Source: Detroit Free Press

Ed Luther completed 19-of-33 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns to lead Jacksonville over Michigan, 34-24, at the Pontiac Silverdome.

Elmer Bailey hauled in five balls for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulls (9-5), who are closing in on another playoff berth.

Bob Gagliano was 23-of-44 for 278 yards and three touchdowns, for the Panthers (9-5), who lost for the first time since Week #10. 

Rookie Ken Higgins caught five balls for 90 yards in the losing effort.

Willis Jacox opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown reception with just 3:52 remaining in the opening frame to give the Panthers an early 7-0 advantage.

The Bulls first points came via a 28-yard Brian Franco filed goal at the 12:23 mark of the second stanza. 

After the Panthers posted a field goal of their own, the Bulls exploded for 17 points in the final 6:21 of the quarter to take a 20-10 lead into the intermission. In the sequence, Bailey caught a 37-yard touchdown pass and then a 27-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Vigorito followed another Franco field goal.
Robert Young scored on a 14-yard pass to open up the second-half scoring for Jacksonville, and then just over four minutes later, Luther found Bailey again for a 70-yard field bomb, extendng the Bulls’ lead to 34-10.

Michigan added two late scores to account for the final tally.

Each team tallied 19 first downs...Jacksonville will host New Jersey next week, while the Panthers head south to Orlando...Charles Bowser registered two sacks for Jacksonville.

more to come......

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

'87 Chronology-Spaced Invaders?

Event Date: May 22nd, 1987

Event Description: Stallions Stop Invaders

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Joel Coles and Preston Brown scored touchdowns as the Birmingham Stallions edged the Oakland Invaders, 22-10, in a sloppy game from Legion Field on Thursday night.

Birmingham quarterback Cliff Stoudt completed just 11-of-17 passes for 106 yards with one touchdown. Jim Smith caught five passes for 72 yards for the Stallions (10-4).

Fred Besana went 19-of-36 for 243 yards with one touchdown and Gene Taylor caught a touchdown for Oakland (8-6). The Invaders have now dropped four straight.

Birmingham accounted for the only scoring in the first quarter via a Coles touchdown run from 14-yards out at the 2:37 mark.

After both teams exchanged field goals in the second frame, a 46-yarder by Dan Miller pushed the Birmingham lead to 13-3 midway through the third.

Birmingham pushed ahead 16-3, after a third Miller field goal, to open scoring in the final stanza.

Oakland cut the lead to six after the Besana touchdown pass to Taylor, but the Stallions would answer that score with a final scoring strike from Stoudt to Brown.

The win keeps Birmingham atop the Central Division...Coles finished with 114 yards rushing on 29 carries...each team gave up three sacks.

more to come......

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #14 Preview

Event Date: May 21st, 1987

Event Description: Week #14 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #14 USFL Preview

   (8-5) Oakland at (9-4) Birmingham (Stallions -5)

       (3-10) Orlando at (1-12) Pittsburgh (Maulers -2)

          (6-7) Tampa Bay at (4-9) Philadelphia (Stars -4)
         (5-8) Los Angeles at (9-4) Houston (Gamblers -7)
        (8-5) Jacksonville at (9-4) Michigan (Panthers -2)
 (11-2) Memphis at (6-7) New Jersey (Showboats -1)

Sunday Night
 (5-8) Arizona at (8-5) New Orleans (Breakers -4) 

  (7-6) Denver at (5-8) Chicago (Gold -1)

more to come.....

Sunday, October 26, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #13 Transactions

Event Date: May 20th, 1987

Event Description: Week #13 Transactions

Source: PFW

Jacksonville-Placed DL Curtis Anderson on Injured Reserve.

Los Angeles-Placed LB Ben Apuna on Injured Reserve.

New Orleans-Placed LB Doug Landry on Injured Reserve.

Orlando-Placed DT Scott Hutchinson on Injured Reserve, activated DE James Scott from Taxi Squad.

Tampa Bay-Signed DB Willie Holley (Renegades ’85), placed DB Robert Ducksworth on Injured Reserve.

more to come...... 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

'87 Chronology-The Workhorse

Event Date: May 19th, 1987

Event Description: Walker Bests Dupree

Source: NY Newsday

Herschel Walker rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns leading the New Jersey Generals to a 24-16 win against New Orleans on Monday night.

Doug Flutie connected on just 5-of-9 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, but was also picked off once for New Jersey (6-7). Lenny Willis caught a 43-yard touchdown pass in the opening frame.

Jeff Wickersham came on in relief for the Breakers (8-5), who are without starter John Fourcade as he nurses a knee injury.

Wickersham finished 14-of-25 for 141 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Marcus Dupree rushed for 92 yards on 21 carries and Malcolm Barnwell caught four passes for 72 yards for the Breakers.

Walker's one-yard touchdown run gave the Generals an early 7-0 lead early in the first stanza. The Breakers responded at the 5:23 mark with a Tim Mazzetti 25-yard field goal.

The Flutie to Willis touchdown pass and another Mazzetti field goal sent the clubs into the break with New Jersey up 14-6.

The Generals opened the second-half scoring with a Herschel Walker touchdown run as New Jersey led 21-6 with just under twelve minutes remaining in the third.

Mazzetti kicked another field goal and Marcus Dupree broke free for a four-yard score, getting the Breakers within 21-16.

The Generals put the game away in late in the fourth when John Teltschik booted a 28-yard field goal.

"We didn't execute very well or do the things we needed to stay in the game," Breakers coach Dick Coury said.

Mark Schellan rushed for 50 yards for Breakers...New Jersey finished with 278 yards of net offense as compared to 297 for the Breakers...the Generals will host Memphis next week, while the Breakers take on Arizona at the Superdome.

more to come......

Thursday, October 23, 2014

'87 Chronology-Panthers Down Houston

Event Date: May 18th, 1987

Event Description: Kicking Contest

Source: Detroit Free Press

Novo Bojovic kicked a 33-yard field goal with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter, as Michigan topped Houston, 18-16 on Sunday afternoon at the Silverdome.

Bob Gagliano completed 27-of-40 passes for 295 yards with an interception, as Michigan (9-4) won its third straight game. Novo Bojovic kicked six field goals which accounted for all of the Michigan scoring.

Jim Kelly completed 19-of-39 passes for 263 yards for Houston (9-4), which lost for the first time since Week #5.

Efren Herrera kicked three field goals and rookie Sloan Hood added a rushing touchdown in the final frame.

Ken Lacy rushed for 70 yards...Richard Johnson caught four passes for 85 yards for Houston...the Gamblers lost utility man Herkie Walls to injury in the third quarter, he did not return.

In other Sunday contests; Birmingham, Denver and Chicago all won road games, meanwhile the Showboats beat Oakland 27-17 at the Liberty Bowl.

more to come......