Week #13 is in the books......

Monday, October 19, 2020

'86 Chronology-Rockin' the Boat!


'86 Chronology-Backup Plan

Event Date: May 19th, 1986

Event Description: Bandits Blue After Loss

Source: Football News

Backup quarterback Buck Belue threw a pair of touchdown passes as the (8-5) Jacksonville Bulls moved closer to a playoff berth after their 30-20 victory over rival Tampa Bay.

Belue, who has filled in admirably this season for the oft-injured Ed Luther, threw his first touchdwn to Frank Lockett midway through the second frame as the Bulls moved out to a 17-7 lead. 

Later in the contest, his second TD pass went to Aubrey Matthews with under six minutes remaining in the contest as Jacksonville cruised to their eighth win of the season.

Fred Besana led the Tampa offense with three touchdown passes as he completed 29-of-48 for 318 yards with one interception.The Bandits have now fallen to (7-6) on the year.

In other Saturday action; the Stallions launched a successful fourth quarter comeback with Cliff Stoudt and kicker Danny Miller leading the way.

Stoudt connected on a 40-yard strike to Greg Anderson and Miller nailed a pair of late field goals as Birmingham over came a 12 point deficit to edge Houston by a score of 37-36.

Stoudt finished the day with four touchdowns total as he passed for 356 yards in the win with Jim Kelly throwing for 391 yards with two touchodwns for the visitors.

In other Week #13 action; the Orlando Renegades eliminated the New Jersey Generals from playoff contention after their 22-10 win on Friday night, in addition, division leading Memphis edged Baltimore 30-24 and New Orleans crushed Michigan by a score of  48-26 on Thursday.

more to come......

Sunday, October 18, 2020

'86 Chronology-Eight Men Out?

Event Date: May 16th, 1986

Event Description: New Indoor Football

Source: Gettysburg Times

'86 Chronology-Falling Stars 2

Saturday, October 17, 2020

'86 Chronology-Bryant Seeks Free Agency

Event Date: May 16th, 1985

Event Description: Bryant Files Suit

Source: Lakeland Ledger

'86 Chronology-Falling Stars


Thursday, October 15, 2020

'86 Chronology-Johnny F.

Event Date: May 15th, 1986

Event Description: John Bassett Passes

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #13 Preview

Event Date: May 15th, 1986

Event Description: Week #13 Preview

Monday, October 12, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #12 Capsule

Event Date: May 12th, 1986

Event Description: Week #12 Capsule

Sunday, October 11, 2020

'86 Chronology-Gridiron Dreams

Event Date: May 13th, 1986

Event Description: New League Proposed

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Friday, October 9, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

'86 Chronology-Cruising to Victory

Event Date: May 10th, 1986

Event Description: 'Boats Tame Bulls

Source: Football News

Wideout Greg Moser caught a pair of touchdown passes to lead the surging Memphis Showboats' to a 34-24 victory over the Jacksonville Bulls in the U.S. Football League action on Friday.

Moser, a four-year veteran from Oregon, hauled in a touchdown pass of 72 yards to end the first half and a 90 yarder to start the second-half.

After opening the scoring with a six-yard run, Lewis hit Derrick Crawford with a 29-yard touchdown pass, leading Memphis to a 21-7 lead at the intermission.

Kicker Roger Ruzek connected on a pair of second-half field goals to round out the scoring for the visitors.

Jacksonville pivot Ed Luther finished with 329 yards passing on 33-of-45 efficiency with two touchdowns, one interception and four sacks.

Game Notes: Leonard Williams led all rushers with 15 carries for 97 yards…league leading receiver Alton Alexis hauled in eleven catches for 131 yards in the loss.

more to come......

'86 Chronology-Full Steam Ahead!


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #12 Preview

Event Date: May 8th, 1986

Event Description: Week #12 Preview

Monday, October 5, 2020

'86 Chronology-'Slingers Settlement

Event Date: May 7th, 1986

Event Description: Manges Settlement

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Sunday, October 4, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #11 Capsule

Event Date: May 6th, 1986

Event Description: Week #11 Capsule

'86 Chronology-Blank Slate


Saturday, October 3, 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020

'86 Chronology-Shining Star


'86 Chronology-Shooting Stars

Event Date: May 5th, 1986

Event Description: Stars Stymie Bandits

Source: Football News

Kelvin Bryant rushed for three touchdowns Saturday night to pace the Baltimore Stars to a 28-0 shut out over the Tampa Bay Bandits.

Fred Besana, who defected this year from the Oakland Invaders, had his most disappointing game of the season and was able to move the club to only four first downs in the first half.  

Meanwhile, Baltimore pivot Chuck Fusina threw for 224 yards on 22-0f-26 efficiency. The victory improved the Stars record to 5-6 before a boisterous crowd of 34,142 fans.

In other Saturday action, the Orlando Renegades pounded Denver by a score of 34-7, as Reggie Collier returned to the starting lineup. Collier threw a pair of touchdowns and also ran for a third.

more to come......

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #11 Preview

Event Date: May 1st, 1986

Event Description: Week #11 Preview

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

'86 Chronology-Disgruntled

Event Date: April 29th, 1986

Event Description: Vikings Pursue Zimmerman

Source: UPI

The New York Giants Tuesday traded the rights to disgruntled offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman to the Minnesota Vikings for two second-round draft choices.

Zimmerman, whose rights the Giants acquired in the U.S. Football League supplemental draft in 1984, played for the Los Angeles Express of the USFL in 1985. 

His USFL rights are now owned by Memphis, but he has yet to agree to a contract to play for them.

Zimmerman has refused to accept a Giants offer, reported to be $1.4 million over four years, because he did not want to play in New York.

The Giants, who now have four of the first 53 picks, gained picks Nos. 44 and 53 overall. The Giants had the 19th pick on the first round and the 19th on the second round -- 46th overall.

Story-(UPI Modified)

Monday, September 28, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #10 Capsule

Event Date: April 29th, 1986

Event Description: Week #10 Capsule

Saturday, September 26, 2020

'86 Chronology-Running of the Bulls!


'86 Chronology-Ten High!

Event Date: April 28th, 1986

Event Description: Sunday Round Up

Source: Football News

Walter Lewis fired a pair of second-half touchdown passes and scored two others via the run Saturday night to power the Memphis Showboats to a 31-14 triumph over the visiting Birmingham Stallions.

The victory raised the Showboats’ record to 7-3 and gave them a share of first place alongside Birmingham.

Lewis took advantage of the injury-riddled Birmingham defense to help the Showboats build a 21-14 lead after three quarters.

The Memphis defense, meanwhile, shut down star running back Bo Jackson limiting him to just 44 yards and exerting constant pressure on quarterback Cliff Stoudt, who was sacked twice and hurried throughout.

Lewis engineered a six-play, 87-yard drive early in the second quarter -- capped by a seven-yard touchdown run-- to supply the Boats with a 7-0 lead.

Birmingham tied the game at 7-7 late in the second quarter as Stoudt found running back Sam Platt on an eight-yard slant pattern.

In the third stanza, Lewis threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Porter and scored on a four-yard scamper with just under a minute remaining.

The Stallions replied with a 69-yard touchdown strike from Stoudt to Greg Anderson pulling the visitors to within seven at 21-14.

In the final frame, Roger Ruzek nailed a 48-yard field goal and Lewis found Greg Moser for a 38-yard touchdown to round out the scoring.

On Sunday, the Baltimore Stars crushed New Jersey by a score of 35-14 with Kelvin Bryant leading the way, meanwhile Jacksonville topped Orlando 26-21 and Houston downed hapless Oakland by a score of 24-10.

more to come......

'86 Chronology-Southern Showdown


Thursday, September 24, 2020

'86 Chronology-Sumner & Spanos

Event Date: April 25th, 1986

Event Description: Chargers Seek Sumner

Source: Daily News

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #10 Preview

Event Date: April 24th, 1986

Event Description: Week #10 Preview

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

'86 Chronology-Luxury Tax

Event Date: April 23rd, 1986

Event Description: Schlichter Released

Source: Football News

Quarterback Art Schlichter was unexpectedly released by the Tampa Bay Bandits whose head coach Steve Spurrier said the former NFLer was a luxury his team could no longer afford.

Spurrier said the decision was more to do with the recent promotion of former Duke pivot Ben Bennett, and less to do with Schlichters’ salary.

“Having Art and Fred Besana was a luxury,” Spurrier said at a news conference. “It's one of the decisions you have to make. If I could keep four quarterbacks I would.

The Bandits activated Bennett on April 15th and placed Schlichter on their Taxi squad.


Fourth-year veteran Jimmy Jordan is now the backup quarterback to Fred Besana.

more to come......

Monday, September 21, 2020

'86 Chronology-Proxy War

Event Date: April 23rd, 1986 

Event Description: Cribbs Fires Agent

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Sunday, September 20, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #9 Capsule

Event Date: April 22nd, 1986

Event Description: Week #9 Capsule

Saturday, September 19, 2020

'86 Chronology-Sumner Ousted

Event Date: April 21st, 1986

Event Description: Sumner Fired

Source: Football News

The winless Oakland Invaders announced Sunday that assistant coach Fred Biletnikoff would take over the head coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the1986 season.

Biletnikoff, 46, will replace current head coach Charlie Sumner who was relieved of his duties after this weeks' loss to Denver. The change came as little surprise as the club has an 0-9 record. 

Team president Tad Taube said, the new Invaders mentor has had success with the Oakland Raiders as a player and has vast pro experience in both the NFL and CFL.

Taube said Biletnikoff will keep the majority of the coach staff intact with some minor changes. Those include MacArthur Lane taking over as offensive coordinator and Lary Kuharich taking on the receivers responsibilities.

Sumner's coaching career began in 1963 as an assistant with the Oakland Raiders. He stayed on the staff through the 1968 season and then moved on to Pittsburgh. He was with the Steelers from 1969 to 1972 and then moved on to be the New England Patriots linebacker coach from 1973-78.

He rejoined the Raiders in 1979 and was with the team until his signing by the Invaders.

more to come......

'86 Chronology-Lack of Interest

Event Date: April 21st, 1986

Event Description: Cribbs Seeks New Deal

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Friday, September 18, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

'86 Chronology-Break Down

Event Date: April 18th, 1986

Event Description: Breakers Rout Express

Source: Times-Picayune

Third-year running back Marcus Dupreee finished with a career-high 206 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns Thursday to boost the beleaguered New Orleans Breakers to a 36-17 road win over Los Angeles.

Quarterback Matt Robinson, who returned to the starting lineup after a three week hiatus, threw for 348 yards on 17-0f-34 efficiency with one touchdown and one pick.

The Breakers’ defense kept the L.A. offense at bay with two interceptions against quarterback Rick Neuheisel,  who finished with 346 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns.

The (3-6) Breakers also sacked Neuheisel seven times in the victory.

Game Notes: Breakers running back Buford Jordan left the game early in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury…Jerry Gordon finished with eight receptions for 176 yards and one score for New Orleans…Duane Gunn led all receivers with eight receptions for 185 yards and one score for (3-6) Los Angeles.

more to come......

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #9 Preview

Event Date: April 17th, 1986

Event Description: Week #9 Preview

Monday, September 14, 2020

'86 Chronology-Fire Inside

Event Date: April 16th, 1986

Event Description: Chargers Sign Peace

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Sunday, September 13, 2020

'86 Chronology-Week #8 Capsule

Event Date: April 15th, 1986

Event Description: Week #8 Capsule

Source: VPFW