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Week #11 SNF: Jacksonville 27 Memphis 12

Saturday, February 13, 2016

'89 Chronology-Memphis Blues

Event Date: April 23rd, 1989

Event Description: Bulls Sink ‘Boats

Source: The Ocala Star Banner

Week #11 Saturday Game


Attendance: 33,148
Television: ESPN
Announcers: Roger Twibell/Ed Biles

Ed Luther threw for 346 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-45 passing to help lead the Jacksonville Bulls to a 27-12 victory over Memphis at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday night.

Daric Zeno caught ten passess for 122 yards and a touchdown for the Bulls (6-3). Bobby Howard ran for 46 yards with one touchdown.

Walter Lewis struggled behind a porous offensive line, completing 15- of-27 passes for 212 yards. He threw an interception, was sacked four times and hurried his throws for much of the contest.

Kicker Nick Mike-Mayer provided all of the scoring for Memphis, connecting on four field goals.

Game Notes-Robert Young hauled in ten passes for 89 yards for Jacksonville...Deatrich Wise returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown just before the intermission for the Bulls.

In Thursday night play, the Arizona Wranglers downed the Michigan Panthers by a score off 31-17.

more to come...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

'89 Chronology-Week #11 Preview

Event Date: April 20th, 1989

Event Description: Week #11 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #11 USFL Preview

Thursday
 (2-7-1) Michigan at (6-3) Arizona (Wranglers -6)

Saturday
    (6-3) Jacksonville at (3-6) Memphis ('Boats -1)

Sunday
      (6-3-1) Oakland at (4-5) New Orleans (Breakers -3)
 (7-2) Baltimore at (2-9) Orlando (Stars -4)
           (10-0) Tampa Bay at (5-5) Denver (Bandits -1)
      
Sunday Night
(6-3) Dallas at (4-6) Los Angeles (Outlaws -2)

Monday
      (4-7) New Jersey at (3-7) Birmingham (Stallions -1)

more to come......

Monday, February 8, 2016

'89 Chronology-Week #10 Transactions

Event Date: April 19th, 1989

Event Description: Week #10 Transactions

Source: PFW

Dallas-Activated RB-WR Buster Ryhmes from Taxi Squad.

Denver-Signed DL Mark Catano (Maulers ’88).

Houston-Signed QB Brent Pease (NFL-Houston ’88), placed QB Oliver Luck on Reserve-Retired List.

New Jersey-Activated FB Jim Bell from Taxi Squad.

more to come......

Sunday, February 7, 2016

'89 Chronology-Schramm Heads New Gridiron League

Event Date: April 19th, 1989

Event Description: Jones Buys Cowboys

Source: Milwaukee Journal


Friday, February 5, 2016

'89 Chronology-Number Nine

Event Date: April 18th, 1989

Event Description: Bandits Repel Invaders

Source: The Evening Independent

Week #10 Monday Game


Attendance: 34,900
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul McGuire

Ben Bennett passed for 289 yards with two touchdowns as the undefeated Tampa Bay Bandits pounded the Oakland Invaders by a score of 31-10 on Monday night.

Bennett was 24-of-33 passing and was neither sacked or intercepted. Larry Brodsky hauled in five catches for 64 yards with one score, while Ken Joiner had four catches for 90 yards.

Steve Dils passed for 248 yards with a touchdown and one pick for Oakland (6-2-1). Gordon Banks hauled in five passes for 91 yards. Wesley Howell also caught had a touchdown pass.

Tampa got on the board first when bennett found Gary Allen on a swing pass for a six-yard touchdown to cap a six-play, 80-yard scoring drive to give the Bandits the early lead. 

The visitors added two more touchdowns in the first-half, the first via a Herkie Walls touchdown scamper and the second a touchdown pass from Bennett to Brodsky. 

The Bandits led 21-3 at the half and never looked back.

Game Notes-The Bandits generated 427 yards of net offense, while holding Oakland to just 238.

more to come...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

'89 Chronology-Hang Ten!

Event Date: April 17th, 1989

Event Description: Week #10 USFL Summaries

Source: Tempe Times

Week #10 Sunday Games


Attendance: 18,553
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Bill Flemming/Ron Mix

David Archer threw for 289 yards with three touchdowns and Kevin Nelson added a touchdown run to lead Los Angeles to a 37-28 win over Michigan at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Archer ended 21-of-34 with two picks and five sacks for the Express (4-5), who are suddenly on the rebound.

David Hersey had nine receptions for 124 yards with one touchdown and Dokie Williams chipped in 98 yards receiving with a pair of touchdowns. Todd Spencer scored a third quarter touchdown on the ground for the Express, who have won three of their last four contests.

Erik Kramer completed 21-of-38 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns and one pick for Michigan (2-6-1). Eric Truvillion led all receivers with 138 yards on five receptions and two touchdowns.

Game Notes-Linebacker Carlton Rise led the Michigan defense with nine tackles and two sacks.


Attendance: 46,715
Television: ABC National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Max Zendejas connected on four field goals and then Channing Williams sealed the contest with a seven-yard touchdown run in the final frame, as the Arizona Wranglers defeated New Jersey, 25-13, in USFL action on Sunday afternoon.

Rick Neuheisel completed 23-of-29 passes for 259 yards, while Willard Reaves led the ground attack with 78 yards on 20 carries for Arizona (5-3), which remains in second place in the Western Division with the win.

Doug Flutie ended 21-for-37 for 290 yards with one touchdown and one pick for New Jersey (3-7), who remain in fourth place in the Eastern Division. Byron Williams hauled in six passes for 125 yards with one score for the home team.

Game Notes-Safety King Simmons paced the Arizona defense with ten tackles...Alphonso Williams and Joey Hackett each finished with 64 yards receiving for the Wranglers.


Attendance: 47,151
Television: ABC National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Corey McPherrin/Kevin Kiley

Elmer Bailey had 94 receiving yards and a pair of first quarter scores as Jacksonville downed Dallas 14-9 in a penalty-ridden contest at the Gator Bowl on Sunday.
Ed Luther passed for 264 yards with no interceptions or sacks in the win.

Kicker Tony Franklin provided all of the scoring for Dallas after connecting on all three field goal attempts.

Game Notes-Dallas pivot Turner Gill led all rushers with 70 yards on 15 attempts...the teams combined for 22 penalties, three sacks and four turnovers.


Attendance: 30,754
Television: TBS Cable/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Gary Bender/Craig Morton

Tony Burse and Chris Smith each scored via the ground as the Memphis Showboats took down the New Orleans Breakers, 36-20 in a Sunday night USFL contest from the Liberty Bowl.

Walter Lewis went 21-of-28 for 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Showboats (3-5). Rick Moser had six catches for 133 yards with one touchdown in the win.

"I'm so pleased for the men in our locker room and our fans," said Memphis head coach Pepper Rodgers. "It was a big win for us. We have struggled as of late so this is a game that will hopefully get us on the right track as we move forward.”

Dave Wilson went 20-of-41 with 363 yards with a pair of touchdowns and four interceptions for the Breakers (3-5). Wilson replaced incumbent Stan Humphries who has been struggling over the course of the last few weeks.

Game Notes-Nick Mike-Mayer connected on three field goals for the home team.

more to come…...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

'89 Chronology-Collier Leads Comeback

Event Date: April 16th, 1989

Event Description: ‘Gades Win Second Straight

Source: Gainesville Sun

Week #10 Saturday Game


Attendance: 29,358
Television: ESPN
Announcers: Roger Twibell/Mike Adamle

Reggie Collier found Jerry Gordon in the back of the endzone with just 45 seconds remaining in regulation leading Orlando to a 30-27 win over Houston on Saturday night.

Collier finished with three touchdown passes on 14 of 26 efficiency while also leading the Renegades’ ground game with 68 yards on nine rushing attempts.

Houston pivot Todd Dillon finished 14 of 26 for 309 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and three sacks. Todd Fowler led the Houston ground attack with 104 yards on 23 carries including a go-ahead touchdown at the 5:59 mark of the final frame.

Game Notes-Former Renegade Joey Walters piled up 167 receiving yards on just six receptions with a pair of touchdowns...Charlie Brown paced Orlando with 101 yards on nine receptions and one score.

more to come...

Monday, February 1, 2016

'89 Chronology-Star Struck

Event Date: April 14th, 1989

Event Description: Stars Tame Stallions

Source: Wilmington Morning Star

Week #10 Thursday Game


Attendance: 32,582
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tom Kelly/Don Heinrich

Chuck Fusina went 19-for-27 with 254 yards, and two touchdowns as the Baltimore Stars downed the Birmingham Stallions, 27-10.

Kris Haines caught six passes for 106 yards and a pair of scores while Curtis Bledsoe scored a touchdown on the ground for the (6-3) Stars.

"The defense came up big for us today," said head coach Ted Marchibroda. 

Mike Norseth, replacing an injured BIll Kenney, went 16-for-29 for 149 yards while Bill Johnson had 22 carries for 76 yards and a for the Stallions (3-6), who have dropped five straight games.

"We ran the ball really well today but struggled in the red zone," said Stallions head coach Forrest Gregg. “We're just going to have to get back to the drawing board and get ready for the next game."

Game Notes; Paul Ott Carruth finished with 72 yards on 11 carries and wide out Joey Jones added four catches for 54 yards for the visitors...Curtis Bledsoe led all rushers with 104 yards on 21 carries...Baltimore will travel to Orlando next week, while the Stallions host New Jersey.

more to come...


Sunday, January 31, 2016

'89 Chronology-Week #10 Preview

Event Date: April 13th, 1989

Event Description: Week #10 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #10 USFL Preview

Thursday
(3-5) Birmingham at (5-2) Baltimore (Stars -8)

Saturday
   (4-5) Houston at (1-8) Orlando (Renegades -1)

Sunday
(4-3) Arizona at (3-6) New Jersey (Generals -6)
      (2-5-1) Michigan at (3-5) Los Angeles (Express -3)
(5-2) Dallas at (4-3) Jacksonville (Bulls -2)
         
Sunday Night
      (3-4) New Orleans at (2-5) Memphis (Breakers -3)

Monday
      (8-0) Tampa Bay at (6-1-1) Oakland (Invaders -2)

more to come......

Saturday, January 30, 2016

'89 Chronology-Week #9 Transactions

Event Date: April 12th, 1989

Event Description: Week #9 Transactions

Source: PFW

Baltimore-Signed DB Victor Jackson (NFL-L.A. Raiders ’87).

Denver-Activated RB Charvez Foger * from Taxi Squad.

New Orleans-Agreed to terms with WR Trumaine Johnson (NFL-Buffalo '88), activated QB Terrence Jones* from Taxi Squad.

Orlando-Signed OL Pat Saindon (NFL-Atlanta ’87).


more to come......

Friday, January 29, 2016

'89 Chronology-Spring Owners Meeting

Event Date: April 10th-12th, 1989

Internal Memo: USFL Owners Meeting

Re: Spring Agenda


The owners considered and took action on the following; 

  1. Received an updated report from the Television Committee regarding the current state of television negotiations with ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Turner Networks, and USA Network.
  2. Received an updated report from the Finance Committee regarding the financial condition of the Los Angeles Express franchise.
  3. Received an updated report from the Executive Committee on talks between the former Portland Storm franchise and its owners and the city of Sacramento, California.
  4. Received a report from the Finance Committee regarding the impact of reduced royalties fees from future television contracts. 
  5. Received a report from Frank N. Magid and Associates group regarding the possible formation of a European-based (e.g. I.F.L.) spring league and its impact on the USFL.
  6. Received a report from Frank N. Magid and Associates group regarding the impact of continued competion from the Arena Football League and the possibility of NFL-backed sproing football league.
  7. Finalized a three-year contract extension of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USFLPA.
  8. Awarded the 1989 USFL Championship game to Pontiac, Michigan, game will be played at the Silverdome.
  9. The owners agreed to meet again in June.
more to come…...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1989 Chronology-Week #9 Scoreboard

Event Date: April 11th, 1989

Event Description: Week #9 Scoreboard

Source: Pro Football News



Thursday
 (3-5) New Jersey at (1-5-1) Michigan 

Saturday
   (2-4) Memphis at (4-2) Baltimore 

Sunday
   (7-0) Tampa Bay at (3-4) Birmingham
Bandits win 29-10

      (0-8) Orlando at (4-2) Jacksonville
Renegades win 40-17

     (3-3) Arizona at (4-4) Houston
Wranglers win 17-16 

Sunday Night
(5-1-1) Oakland at (5-3) Denver
Invaders win 23-13

Monday
       (2-5) Los Angeles at (3-3) New Orleans


more to come......

Sunday, January 24, 2016

'89 Chronology-Week #9 Preview

Event Date: April 6th, 1989

Event Description: Week #9 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #9 USFL Preview

Thursday
 (3-5) New Jersey at (1-5-1) Michigan (Generals -3)

Saturday
   (2-4) Memphis at (4-2) Baltimore (Stars -10)

Sunday
   (7-0) Tampa Bay at (3-4) Birmingham (Bandits -1)
      (0-8) Orlando at (4-2) Jacksonville (Invaders -9)
     (3-3) Arizona at (4-4) Houston (Gamblers -5) 


Sunday Night
(5-1-1) Oakland at (5-3) Denver (Gold -1)

Monday
       (2-5) Los Angeles at (3-3) New Orleans (Breakers -12)


more to come......

Saturday, January 23, 2016

NFL International League Poll


'89 Chronology-NFL May Start International League

Event Date: April 5th, 1989

Event Description: NFL Meetings

Source: Ocala Star Banner


Friday, January 22, 2016

'89 Chronology-Week #8 Transactions

Event Date: April 5th, 1989

Event Description: Week #8 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Activated OL Monte Smith* from Taxi Squad.

Birmingham-Activated FB Bo Wright from Taxi Squad.

Jacksonville-Activated DL Wise from Taxi Squad.

New Jersey-Activated OL Jeff Buddenberg* from Taxi Squad.

Oakland-SActivated WR-RB Brian Bedford from Taxi Squad.

Tampa Bay-Activated WR Willie Snead* from Taxi Squad.


more to come......

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

'89 Chronology-De-Fense!

Event Date: April 4th, 1988

Event Description: Gamblers Handle Panthers

Source: Mohave Daily Miner

Week #8 Monday Game


Attendance: 28,886
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul McGuire

Todd Fowler rushed for 48 yards and Vince Courville caught five passes for 51 yards as the Houston Gamblers downed the Michigan Panthers 14-10 on Monday night, at the Astrodome.

Todd Dillon finished 23-of-33 for 246 yards with one touchdown and three picks for the Gamblers who now sit at (4-4).

Erik Kramer threw for 363 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 24-of-38 passing. Eric Truvillion finished with a game-high 122 yards on five receptions for the Panthers who have now dropped to (1-5-1) on the season.

Game Notes-Veteran Reggie Kinlaw recorded a pair of sacks for the Gamblers.

more to come...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

'89 Chronology-Pieces of Eight

Event Date: April 3rd, 1989

Event Description: Week #8 USFL Summaries

Source: Reading Eagle

Week #8 Sunday Games


Attendance: 43,994
Television: ABC Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Corey McPherrin/Kevin Kiley

Bandits’ signal caller Ben Bennett tossed three touchdown passes and Derrick McAdoo scored a fourth quarter touchdown as the Tampa Bay Bandits improved to (7-0) after a 28-13 win over winless Orlando on Sunday afternoon.

Bennett completed 21-of-30 passes for 212 yards in the win. Stephen Starring hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions to go along with 59 yards on three catches. Marvin Harvey added a five-yard scoring reception for the Bandits.

Game Notes-Reggie Collier scored the lone touchdown for Orlando which has now dropped to (0-8).


Attendance: 45,603
Television: ABC National
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Brian Franco kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime to lead the Jacksonville Bulls to a 37-34 victory over the New Orleans Breakers.

Ed Luther threw for 318 yards with two touchdowns and one interception through the air for Jacksonville (4-2), which remains in second place behind Tampa Bay. Alton Alexis hauled in six passes for 95 yards in the victory.

Stan Humphries completed 23-of-32 passes for 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Breakers (3-3), who saw their three-game wining streak snapped. Dwight Walker hauled in four passes for 79 yards in the losing effort.

The second half opened with the Breakers trailing 27-10, but they eventually tied the game at 27-27 at the 6:22 mark of the final frame. A 34-yard TD pass from Humphries to Marc Zeno pulled the visitors to within 27-20, before Toussaint Tyler plunged in from three-yards out to tie the game. From their the Breakers went ahead 34-27 after Bruce Miller returned an interception 45-yards for a score with just 1:28 remaining in regulation.

In what was the final touchdown drive of the game, Ed Luther led the Bulls down to the nine-yard line before finding Daric Zeno in the corner of the endzone for a score with just 40 seconds remaining.

Game Notes-Marcus Dupree led all rushers with 47 yards on 17 attempts...Marc Zeno finished with 72 yards on five receptions and one score, while brother Daric hauled in four receptions for 81 yards and a score for New Orleans and Jacksonville respectively.


Attendance: 29,057
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tim Brandt/Ron Mix

John Williams scored two touchdowns to lead Oakland to its fifth win of the season after a 23-17 decision over Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium.

Steve Dils completed 17 of his 32 pass attempts and Doug Dubose ran for a game-high 75 yards as the Invaders improved to (5-1-1). Oakland also got 50 receiving yards from Gordon Banks on six receptions.

Danny White finished 24 of 41 for 185 yards with two picks and one touchdown for Arizona (3-3).

Game Notes-Alphonso Williams led all receivers with 89 yards on eight receptions and one score.


Attendance: 35,441
Television: TBS Cable/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Gary Bender/Craig Morton

Denver returner Tony Boddie scored the only touchdown of the game after taking a kickoff return 93 yards for a score near the end of the third quarter to lead the Denver Gold to a 13-12 victory over the Los Angeles Express on Sunday night.

Vince Evans went 22-for-37 with 213 yards, one sack and two interceptions for the (5-3) Gold.

David Archer was 10-for-21 for only 97 yards and a pair of sacks for the slumping Express (2-5).

Game Notes-Earnest Anderson led the Gold offensively with seven receptions for 62 yards while adding another 24 yards via the ground...John Lee was 4 of 5 on field goal attempts for Los Angeles, while Jeff Brockhaus was two for two.

more to come..

'89 Chronology-Chargers Release Laufenberg

Event Date: April 3rd, 1989

Event Description: Chargers Ax Babe

Source: The Bulletin




Monday, January 18, 2016

'89 Chronology-Stars' Defense Reigns

Event Date: April 2nd, 1989

Event Description: Turnover Tale

Source: The Dallas Morning Journal

Week #8 Saturday Game


Attendance: 27,250
Television: ESPN
Announcers: Roger Twibell/Mike Adamle

Curtis Bledsoe and Allen Harvin each scored touchdowns to lead Baltimore to a 22-3 win over Dallas on Saturday night.

Chuck Fusina went 14-for-18 for 259 yards with one pick and two sacks for the Stars (4-2), who have now won three straight games. 

Turner Gill finished just 9-of-25 for 53 yards with a career-high five interceptions and two sacks. Craig James rushed for 67 yards and Thomas Rooks added another 65 yards for the Outlaws (5-2).

Game Notes-The Outlaws finished with eight turnovers and six penalties...Stars’ wideout Kris Haines led all receivers with 95 yards on three receptions...Micah Moon led the Baltimore defense with seven tackles and one sack.

more to come...