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Sunday, July 20, 2014

'87 Chronology-Pre-Season Schedule

Event Date: January 12th, 1987

Event Description: Training Camp Schedule

Source: League Office

1.12.1987

Pre-Season Exhibition Schedule

The 1987 United States Football League training camps will be held in Arizona, Florida, Texas and California.

The following teams will train in Arizona; Chicago, Denver, Michigan and Arizona. 

The following teams will train in Florida; Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Orlando,, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The following teams will train in Texas; Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and Birmingham. 

The following teams will train in California; Los Angeles and Oakland.

Camps will open Friday, January 23rd.

Exhibition Games 

Week #1 (Saturday, February 7th)

Chicago vs. Denver (Tucson)
Michigan vs. Arizona (Mesa)
Los Angeles vs. Oakland (San Diego)
Memphis at Houston
Birmingham vs. New Orleans (Dallas)
Philadelphia at Orlando
New Jersey at Jacksonville 
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay

Week #2 (Saturday, February 14th)

Pittsburgh at Jacksonville
Tampa Bay at Orlando
Michigan vs. Chicago (Tucson)
Denver at Arizona
Birmingham at Houston
New Jersey vs. Philadelphia (Baltimore)
Oakland vs. Los Angeles (Anaheim)
Memphis vs. New Orleans (Shreveport)

About the United States Football League

The U.S. Football League is a professional football league which will play its season from late February through mid-July. 

The league will follow the David Dixon Model and will present quality professional football in the spring and summer months.

For Additional Information contact

Jim Byrne
Director of Communications

United States Football League

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

'87 Chronology-College Draft Rounds 1-10

Event Date: January 9th, 1987

Event Description: '87 College Draft

Source: League Office

The 1987 United States Football League College Draft is now underway…go here for complete updates as they become available…

more to come…...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

'87 Chronology-Territorial Draft Updates

Event Date: January 8th, 1987

Event Description: '87 Territorial Draft

Source: League Office

The 1987 United States Football League Territorial Draft is now underway…go here for complete updates as they become available…

more to come…...

Friday, July 11, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Oakland

Event Date: January 5th, 1987

Event Description: Oakland Transactions

Source: League Office

OAKLAND INVADERS—Signed QB Tim Cowan (CFL-BC-Toronto ’86), FB Ted Torosian (Invaders ’85), LB Thomas Carter (Invaders ’85), LB-DE Fred Robinson (NFL-Miami ’86), S David Greenwood (NFL-Green Bay ’86);
acquired TE Ron Wheeler from Arizona for draft pick considerations, (subsequently traded to Denver);
agreed to terms with the following draft picks; OG David Diaz Infante*, OL Ricky Siglar*, DL Greg Ramsey*, DE Tony Leiker*, RB Anthony Mosley*, QB John Paye*, WR Gene Taylor*;
granted free agency to QB Tom Ramsey (to NFL-New England), QB Hugh Millen, RB Marcus Bonner, WR Gordon Banks (to NFL-Dallas), OL Jim Leonard (to NFL-San Diego), LB Gary Plummer (to NFL-San Diego), LB Tim Lucas (to NFL-Denver), DB Vito McKeever (to NFL-Tampa Bay), DB Zeph Lee (to NFL-Raiders), DB John Sullivan (to NFL-San Diego);
rescinded rights to DL Dave Stalls and TE Doug Cozen under terms of the Equalization Draft;
placed RB Arthur Whittington on Reserve-Retired List;
more to come...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Los Angeles

Event Date: January 5th, 1987

Event Description: Los Angeles Transactions

Source: League Office

LOS ANGELES EXPRESS—Signed QB Vince Ferragamo (NFL-Green Bay ’86), DB Ed Scott (Express ’85), RB Craig Ellis (NFL-Miami ’86);
acquired QB Rick Neuheisel from Arizona for QB David Norrie and the rights to HB-TE Gordon Hudson;
acquired RB Jairo Penaranda from Memphis for draft pick considerations;
granted free agency to QB Matt Kofler, RB Tony Boddie (to NFL-Denver), RB Mel Gray (to NFL-New Orleans), FB Tom Newton, OL Mike Ruether (to NFL-St.Louis), OL Mark Adickes (to NFL-Kansas City), OL Russ Bolinger, LB David Howard (to NFL-Minnesota), LB Gary Moten, DB Dwight Drane (to NFL-Buffalo), DB Lance Shields;
agreed to terms with OL Dallas Hickman (Arizona ’86) and LB Greg Storr (New Orleans ’86) via the Equalization Draft;
more to come...

Denver QB Poll '87


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Denver

Event Date: January 5th, 1987

Event Description: Denver Transactions

Source: League Office

DENVER GOLD—Signed P Chris Norman (NFL-Denver ’86), DT Reggie Singletary (Denver ’85),
agreed to terms with NG Jay Hayes (Michigan ’86) and DL Dave Stalls (Oakland ’86) via the Equalization Draft; 
traded QB Bob Gagliano to Michigan in exchange for DE Bobby Jurasin and QB Mike Norseth; waived QB Mike Fisher;
acquired TE Ron Wheeler from Oakland for draft considerations and cash;
acquired rights to DT Chris Pike from Orlando for draft considerations;
granted free agency to RB Bill Johnson (to NFL-Cincinnati), RB Jon Francis, WR Brad Calip, OL George Yarno (to NFL-Tampa Bay), DL Rodney Harding (to CFL-Toronto), DL Mike Taliferro, LB Tom Kilkenny, LB Scott Strasburger.
more to come...

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Arizona

Event Date: January 5th, 1987

Event Description: Arizona Transactions

Source: League Office

ARIZONA WRANGLERS—Signed QB Glenn Carano (Maulers ‘85), WR John Jefferson (NFL-Cleveland ’85), WR Chris DeFrance (CFL-Saskatchewan ’85), DT Rush Brown (Outlaws ’85), DL Rickey Hagood (NFL-San Diego ’84), RB-KR Derek Hughes (Outlaws ’84), TE Gordon Hudson (NFL-Seattle ’86);
acquired QB David Norrie (subsequently waived) and the rights to HB-TE Gordon Hudson from Los Angeles for QB Rick Neuheisel; 
traded LB John Gillen to Chicago for draft pick considerations;
rescinded rights to OL Dallas Hickman and DL Tony Suber under terms of the Equalization Draft;
traded TE Ron Wheeler to the Oakland Invaders for draft picks;
granted free agency to DE Tony Casillas (to NFL-Atlanta), RB Mack Boatner, WR’s Jay Dobyns, Doug Allen, John Mistler, Daryle Crane, OL Chris DiGiacomo, DL Kit Lathrop (to NFL-Kansas City).
more to come...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: New Orleans

Event Date: January 4th, 1987

Event Description: New Orleans Transactions

Source: League Office

NEW ORLEANS—Signed QB’s Richard Todd (NFL-New Orleans ‘86) and David Boisture (Stars ’85), RB-KR Tyrone Anthony (NFL-New Orleans ‘85), RB Toussaint Tyler (Invaders ‘84), P Carl Birdsong (NFL-St.Louis ’85 ), RB Tyrone Anthony (NFL-New Orleans ‘85), WR’s Malcolm Barnwell (NFL-New Orleans-Washington ‘85), and Richard Estell (NCAA-Kansas ‘85);
granted free agency to RB Buford Jordan (to NFL-New Orleans), WR Nolan Franz (to NFL-Green Bay), WR Herbert Harris (to NFL-New Orleans), P Jeff Gossett (to NFL-Cleveland), OL Broderick Thompson (to NFL-Dallas), LB Randy McClanahan;
acquired rights to P Carl Birdsong from Memphis for draft considerations; 
rescinded rights to LB Greg Storr and DL Robert Brannon under terms of the Equalization Draft;
placed QB Robbie Mahfouz on the Reserve-Retired List.
more to come...

Monday, July 7, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Houston

Event Date: January 4th, 1987

Event Description: Houston Transactions

Source: League Office

HOUSTON GAMBLERS—Signed WR Mark Barousse (CFL-Ottawa ‘86), K Efren Herrera (Outlaws ‘84), QB Rick McIvor (NFL-St.Louis ’85), OL Joe Silipo (Gunslingers ’85), WR-KR Herkie Walls (NFL-Houston ’85), NT Reggie Kinlaw (NFL-Seattle ’86), DB Dennis Thurman (NFL-St.Louis ’86);
agreed to terms with RB Earl Gant (Birmingham ’86) and DL Tony Suber (Wranglers ’86) via the Equalization Draft;
traded RB Ken Lacy to Michigan and RB Leonard Williams to Memphis in exchange for WR Greg Moser (Memphis ’86) and WR-KR Thad McFadden (Michigan ’86);
traded WR Greg Moser to Los Angeles for draft pick considerations and a player to be named later;
granted free agency to WR Ricky Sanders (to NFL-Washington), WR-KR Gerald McNeil (to NFL-Cleveland), WR Clarence Verdin (to NFL-Washington), OT Rob Taylor (to NFL-Tampa Bay),  DT Tony Fitzpatrick (to CFL-Ottawa), LB Andy Hawkins (to NFL-San Diego), LB Kiki DeAyala (to NFL-Cincinnati), S Tom Moriarity, RB Ted Sample, DL Mike St. Clair;
placed K Toni Fritsch and DE Mike St.Clair on Reserve-Retired List;
more to come...

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Birmingham

Event Date: January 4th, 1987

Event Description: Birmingham Transactions

Source: League Office

BIRMINGHAM STALLIONS—Signed DB Von Mansfield (Wranglers ’85), DE Mack Moore (NFL-Miami ’86);
rescinded rights to RB Earl Gant and and WR Jack Steptoe under terms of the Equalization Draft; re-signed WR Joey Jones (NFL 86-Atlanta);
granted free agency to RB Paul Ott Carruth (to NFL-Green Bay), WR Joey Jones (to NFL-Atlanta), OL Pat Saindon (to NFL-New Orleans), DE Jackie Cline (to NFL-Miami), DB David Evans (to NFL-Minnesota), DB Dennis Woodberry (to NFL-Atlanta);
placed TE Robin Earl on Reserve-Retired List.
more to come…...

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Chicago

Event Date: January 4th, 1987

Event Description: Chicago Transactions

Source: League Office

CHICAGO BLITZ—Signed QB’s Dieter Brock (NFL-Rams ’86-Injured Reserve), and Jeff Christensen (NFL-Cincinnati ‘83), WR Buster Rhymes (NFL-Minnesota ’86), DB Johnny Holloway (NFL-Dallas ’85);
agreed to terms with DT Paul Hanna (Jacksonville ‘86) and TE Doug Cozen (Oakland ’86) via the Equalization Draft;
acquired LB John Gillen from Arizona for draft pick considerations;
granted free agency to QB Mike Kerrigan (to CFL-Hamilton), OL Vince Stroth (to NFL-Houston), TE Warren Seitz, LB Joe Mauntel, WR Scott Holman, DE Malcolm Taylor (to NFL-Houston), DB Dwayne Pugh, DB Tommy Wilcox;
waived QB Sean Salisbury (to Michigan);
placed DB Virgil Livers on Reserve-Retired List.
more to come...


Sunday, July 6, 2014

'87 Chronology-Blitz Ink Brock

Event Date: January 4th, 1987
Event Description: Blitz Sign Brock
Source: Chicago Sun
Dieter Brock wasn’t a free agent for long.
The soon to be 36-year-old quarterback signed with the Chicago Blitz on Saturday, less than a month after being released by the Los Angeles Rams. 
“Dieter is a veteran quarterback with some good years still in front of him,” Chicago coach Chuck Fairbanks said in a statement. “He’s a dedicated, proven winner and a natural leader with tremendous character. We are very excited that he has chosen to join our football club.”
Chicago, Memphis and the Birmingham Stallions were the leading suitors for Brock, who posted an 11-4 record in 1985 as a starter for the RamsThe six-foot, 195-pound Brock completed 218-of-365 passes (59.7%) for 2,658 yards with 16 TDs and 13 interceptions.

Brock was injured last season, but has been cleared to play by doctors in both leagues. Brock also spent 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League with Winnipeg and Hamilton.
“I’m very excited to join the Blitz,” Brock said. “This team has all the pieces in place for success now and in the future. I can’t wait to work with the players, coaches and staff in Chicago and play in front of an outstanding fan base at Soldier Field.”
The signing of Brock ends backup Sean Salisburys time in Chicago as he was waived to make room on the roster. 
more to come.........

Saturday, June 28, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Tampa Bay

Event Date: January 3rd, 1987

Event Description: Tampa Bay Transactions

Source: League Office

TAMPA BAY BANDITS —Signed RB Wendell Tyler (NFL-San Francisco ’86), K Jeff Brockhaus (USFL-Orlando ’85), WR Mike Shumann (Invaders ’85), RB Greg Allen (NFL-Tampa Bay ’86), TE Wilbur Strozier (NFL-Seattle ’86);
rescinded rights to LB Andy Cannavino and DB Zac Henderson under terms of the Equalization Draft;
granted free agency to K-P Zenon Andrushyshyn (to CFL-Montreal), RB Kirby Warren (to CFL-Calgary), WR Willie Gillespie (NFL-Tampa Bay), WR Leonard Harris (to NFL-Tampa Bay), OG Nate Newton (NFL-Dallas), DB Alvin Bailey (to CFL-Hamilton);
traded LB Kelly Kirchbaum to Philadelphia for draft pick considerations.
more to come...


Orlando QB Poll '87


'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Orlando

Event Date: January 3rd, 1987

Event Description: Orlando Transactions

Source: League Office


ORLANDO RENEGADES —Signed QB David Woodley (NFL-Pittsburgh ’86), DB Neil Colzie (Renegades ’85);
agreed to terms with DB Zac Henderson (Bandits ’86) and QB Ron Reeves (Bulls ’86) via the Equalization Draft; 
granted free agency to QB Reggie Collier (to NFL-Dallas), QB Whit Taylor (to Arena Football), P Greg Cater (to NFL-St.Louis), DT Ken Times, DB Jeff George (to CFL-Edmonton), DB Lupe Sanchez (to NFL-Pittsburgh), DB Victor Jackson (to NFL-Indianapolis), RB Leon Perry, DT Ken Times;

placed OL Ron Mikolajczyk on Reserve-Retired List.
more to come…...

Friday, June 27, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Memphis

Event Date: January 3rd, 1987

Event Description: Memphis Transactions

Source: League Office

MEMPHIS SHOWBOATS — Signed QB’s Condrege Holloway (CFL-Argos ‘86)  and Brian Ransom (Alouettes ’86), DE Gregg Stumon (CFL-British Columbia ’86);
traded RB Jairo Penaranda to Los Angeles for draft pick considerations, waived WR Jack Steptoe;
agreed to terms with RB-TE Wiliam Andrews (NFL-Atlanta ’86); 
agreed to terms with LB Andy Cannavino (Tampa Bay ’86) and WR Jack Steptoe (Birmingham ’86) via the Equalization Draft;
traded WR Greg Moser to Houston and LB Andy Cannavino to Michigan in exchange for RB Leonard Williams (Houston ’86) and LB John Corker (Michigan ’86);
granted free agency to DE Reggie White (to NFL-Philadelphia), OL Gary Zimmerman (to NFL-Minnesota), QB Mike Kelley (to CFL-Saskatchewan), QB Willie Totten, P Greg Cater (to NFL-St.Louis), RB Alan Reid (to CFL-Montreal), RB Harry Sydney (to CFL-Montreal), RB Anthony Parker, LB Will Cokeley (to CFL-Montreal), LB Daryl Goodlow (to CFL-Toronto), S Barney Bussey (to NFL-Cincinnati), DE Steve Bearden;
placed LB Rod Shoate and OL Russ Bolinger on Reserve-Retired List.
more to come...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

'87 Chronology-The Comeback Kid?

Event Date: January 2nd, 1987

Event Description: Showboats Court Andrews

Source: Rome News Tribune




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Jacksonville

Event Date: January 2nd, 1987

Event Description: Jacksonville Transactions

Source: League Office

JACKSONVILLE —Signed TE Robert Young (Bulls ’85), RB-WR Tommy Vigorito (NFL-Miami ’85), C Pete Speros (Gunslingers ’85);
rescinded rights to DL Paul Hanna and QB Ron Reeves under terms of the Equalization Draft;
granted free agency to WR Aubrey Matthews (to NFL-Atlanta), LB Vaughn Johnson (to NFL-New Orleans), LB WR Reggie Butts (to CFL-Ottawa), OL Jay Pennison (to NFL-Houston), RB Willie McClendon, WR Reggie Sandilands, TE Beau Coash, DT Ivan Lesnik;
placed TE Gary Shirk on Reserve-Retired List.
more to come...

Pittsburgh QB Poll '87


'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Pittsburgh

Event Date: January 2nd, 1987

Event Description: Pittsburgh Transactions

Source: League Office

PITTSBURGH MAULERS — Signed QB Bruce Mathison (NFL-Buffalo ‘85), DB Don Wilson (NFL-Buffalo ‘85), TE Eason Ramson (NFL-Buffalo ‘85), FB Rich Thomaselli (CFL-Montreal ‘85), Mark Catano (NFL-Pittsburgh ‘86);
granted free agency to QB Jim Zorn (to CFL-Winnipeg), QB Tom Rozantz, TE Mark Raugh, RB William Miller (to CFL-Toronto), Ricky Porter (to CFL-Montreal), NT Ira Albright (to CFL-Montreal), DB Jerry Holmes (to NFL-NY Jets), waived OL Mark Urness and RB Larry Mason;
agreed to terms with DE Robert Brannon (Breakers ‘86) and RB Jamie Covington (New Jersey ‘86) via the Equalization Draft;
more to come...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Philadelphia

Event Date: January 2nd, 1987

Event Description: Philadelphia Transactions

Source: League Office

PHILADELPHIA STARS —Signed RB Hubie Oliver (Indy-Houston ‘86), DB-WR Jim Caver (Stars ‘85), OT Tom Jelesky (NFL-Philadelphia ‘86); released P-K Tommy Barnhardt;
agreed to terms with DB Ken Moriarity (New Jersey ‘86) and S Marion Body (Michigan ‘86) under terms of the Equalization Draft;
acquired LB Kelly Kirchbaum from Tampa Bay for draft pick considerations;

placed RB Napoleon McCallum on Reserve-Ineligible list;
granted to free agency RB Kelvin Bryant (to NFL-Washington), OL Irv Eatman (to NFL-Kansas City), OG Chuck Commiskey (to NFL-New Orleans), OT Joe Conwell (to NFL-Philadelphia), DE William Fuller (to NFL-Philadelphia), LB Sam Mills (to NFL-New Orleans), S Antonio Gibson (to NFL-New Orleans), S Mike Lush (to NFL-Minnesota), LB Glenn Howard, LB Bill Cowher.
more to come...


Sunday, June 22, 2014

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: New Jersey

Event Date: January 2nd, 1987

Event Description: New Jersey Transactions

Source: League Office


NEW JERSEY GENERALS— Signed QB’s Scott Brunner (St.Louis ‘85) and S.Calabria (CFL-Montreal ‘86), RB Robert Alexander (LA Express ‘85), TE Derrick Ramsey (NFL-New England ’85), LB Mike Corvino (Bandits ‘85), DB Terry Daniels (Generals ‘85) DB Allanda Smith (Express ‘85);
granted free agency to QB’s Danny Barrett (to CFL-Toronto), Tom Burgess (to CFL-Ottawa),  RB Clarence Harmon, C Kent Hull (to NFL-Buffalo), OL Vince Stroth (to NFL-Houston), DE Freddie Gilbert (to NFL-Denver), LB Bobby Leopold (to NFL-Green Bay), LB Mike Weddington (to NFL-Green Bay), DB Kerry Justin (to NFL-Seattle), DB Gregg Johnson (to NFL-Seattle), TE Paul Ricker;

rescinded rights to DB Ken Moriarity and RB Jamie Covington under terms of the Equalization Draft; placed S Gary Barbaro on Reserve-Retired List;
more to come…...

'87 Chronology-Off-Season Transactions: Michigan

Event Date: January 2nd, 1987

Event Description: Michigan Transactions

Source: League Office

MICHIGAN PANTHERS — Signed OG Joe DeLamielleure (NFL-Buffalo ’85), RB Linnie Patrick (Panthers ‘84), WR Daryle Crane (Gunslingers '84), (DL Jerome Davis, DB Dexter Clark (NCAA-Toledo '85); claimed QB Sean Salisbury off waivers from Chicago;
granted free agency to WR Anthony Carter (to NFL-Minnesota), RB John Williams (to NFL-Seattle), WR Anthony Allen (to NFL-Atlanta), WR Walter Broughton (to NFL-Buffalo), OL Jeff Wiska (to NFL-Cleveland), OT Chris Godfrey (to NFL-NY Giants), LB Ray Bentley (to NFL-Buffalo), QB Steve Smith (to NFL-San Diego);
rescinded rights to WR Anthony Carter via league waivers (subsequently signed with NFL-Minnesota);

rescinded rights to WR Thad McFadden and RB Jamie Covington under terms of the Equalization Draft;
traded LB John Corker to Memphis and WR-KR Thad McFadden to Houston in exchange for RB Ken Lacy (Houston ‘85), LB Andy Cannavino (Tampa ‘86 via Memphis Equalization Draft);
acquired QB Bob Gagliano from Denver for DL Bobby Jurasin and QB Mike Norseth, waived QB Matt Robinson for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
more to come...

Friday, June 20, 2014

'87 Chronology-Added Leverage

Event Date: January 1st, 1987

Event Description: USFL Woos Holloway

Source: Montreal Gazette




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

'86 Chronology-Bonding Element?

Event Date: December 21st, 1986

Event Description: Ex-Packer Seeks Fresh Start

Source: Milwaukee Journal




Sunday, June 15, 2014

'86 Chronology-Two For One

Event Date: December 19th, 1986
Event Description: Panthers Trade Pivot
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The Michigan Panthers have acquired quarterback Bob Gagliano from the Denver Gold on Thursday in exchange for defensive lineman Bobby Jurasin and quarterback Mike Norseth. 
Gagliano, 28, passed for 2,689 yards and 13 touchdowns with 8 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 79.7 after replacing veteran Vince Evans. 
Jurasin, 23, finished with 37 tackles and 1 sack during his rookie campaign.
The Gold also announced that backup quarterback Mike Fisher has been released.

more to come......

'86 Chronology-'87 Schedule Announcement

Event Date: December 18th, 1986

Event Description: USFL Schedule Released

Source: ESPN Sports

The United States Football League released its 1987 schedule and the ESPN Thursday night season opener will feature the Houston Gamblers hosting defending champion Jacksonville.

A 17-week package of Sunday night games begins in Week 1 with the New Jersey Generals at the Arizona Wranglers. 

Other opening day games include Tampa Bay at Chicago, Orlando at Birmingham, Pittsburgh at Denver, Michigan at Oakland, and Philadelphia at Los Angeles.

The first ESPN Monday night game of the year will be Memphis at New Orleans. 

The first playoff weekend is June 28th, followed the next weekend by the divisional finals round. The USFL championship game is July 12th in Houston, televised by ABC.

The season begins on Thursday, February 19th. For the complete schedule go here.


more to come......

Saturday, June 14, 2014

New Orleans QB Poll '87


'86 Chronology-Southern Revival?

Event Date: December 17th, 1986
Event Description: Breakers Sign Veteran Pivot
Source: Boca Raton News
Former N.F.L. quarterback Richard Todd is going to move to the United States Football League to try and revive his pro career. The New Orleans Breakers announced that the veteran quarterback has signed a two-year contract with the team. 
Todd will likely be fighting for playing time behind John Fourcade, who has started 12 games for the Breakers last season and helped guide the team to the U.S.F.L. championship game.
Fourcade had off-season shoulder surgery, but his recovery is ahead of schedule, according to the Times Picayune.
Former LSU quarterback Jeff Wickersham also officially signed a contract extension with the Breakers on Tuesday. Three-year USFL veteran Robbie Mahfouz retired after joining the Breakers last season. That leaves New Orleans with three quarterbacks on its current roster.

more to come......

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dieter Brock Poll


'86 Chronology-End of the Line?

Event Date: December 14th, 1986

Event Description: Rams Release Brock

Source: Gainesville Sun


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

'86 Chronology-Marooned

Event Date: December 8th, 1986

Event Description: McCallum Sidelined

Source: Times Daily




Sunday, June 8, 2014

'86 Chronology-Coast to Coast

Event Date: December 2nd, 1986
Event Description: USFL Grants New Franchises
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The U.S. Football League awarded two expansion franchises today to Portland, Oregon and Baltimore, Maryland.
The new teams, which are yet to be named, will begin play in 1988 as the league’s 17th and 18th teams.
"It became clear to the expansion committee," U.S.F.L. Commissioner Chet Simmons said, "that these were the two best markets for spring football."

Portland and Baltimore beat out competing bids from Charlotte, Dallas and Shreveport. The entry fee for a USFL franchise is said to be $10 million.

“All that has to be done is sign the papers and deposit the checks,” Simmons remarked.
more to come......

Friday, June 6, 2014

'86 Chronology-The Final Cut

Event Date: December 1st, 1986
Event Description: USFL Expansion 
Source: The Palm Beach Post
The United States Football League, at a meeting in Memphis today, will select two cities from a group of five to become expansion sites in 1988.
Some observers speculate that there may be strong sentiment within the league to award at least one of the franchises to Baltimore a city that once had a pro team. 
Philadelphia Stars-owner Myles Tanenbaum, a member of the expansion committee, denies that this factor has been given any special consideration, and says that all five candidate cities have made strong presentations.
Here is a breakdown of the five cities and where they stand against one another:
USFL Expansion Candidates:
BALTIMORE 
Key owner, group one: Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, 51, fashion industry business. Estimated net worth $100 million. 
-- Team name: Bombers or Stampede.
Key owner, group two: Malcolm Glazer, 57, CEO of First Allied Corp.. Estimated net worth: $150 million.
--Team name: Americans.
-- Stadium: Memorial Stadium (65,000).
-- Metro population: 786,775 (10th).
--Television Market: 26th overall.
-- Pro football history: NFL Baltimore Colts.
-- Nearest USFL franchise: Philadelphia Stars, 106 miles away.
-- Pluses: Formerly successful NFL franchise, natural rivalry with Stars.
-- Minuses: Lackluster support from influential Philadelphia owner Myles Tanenbaum.
CHARLOTTE
Key owner: George Shinn, owner of Educational Systems. Estimated net worth: $80 million.
-- Team name: Hornets, Flyers, Sting or Knights.
-- Stadium: American Legion Memorial Stadium (21,000).
-- Metro population: 314,447 (47th).
--Television Market: 24th overall.
-- Pro football history: WFL Charlotte Hornets.
-- Nearest USFL franchise: Birmingham Stallions, 390 miles away.
-- Pluses: Growing market and a committed owner.
-- Minuses: Stadium concerns and breaking into a market dominated by basketball.
SHREVEPORT
Key owner: Bernie Gleiberman, real estate magnate. Estimated net worth: Undisclosed.
-- Other partners: Group includes local Shreveport businessmen.
-- Team name: Pirates.
-- Stadium: State Fair Coliseum (50,000).
-- Metro population: 205,820 (67th).
--Television Market: 84th overall.
-- Pro football history: WFL Shreveport Steamer. 
-- Nearest USFL franchise: New Orleans Beakers, 325 miles southeast.
-- Pluses: Proven college football area.
-- Minuses: Smallest of the five potential markets and not a major income or business area. WFL team had lukewarm support.
DALLAS
Key owner: Businessman Jody Tallal. Estimated net worth: 80 million.
-- Team name: Outlaws, Texans or Riders.
-- Stadium: The Cotton Bowl (92,000).
-- Metro population: 904,078 (7th).
-- Television Market: 5th overall.
-- Pro football history: NFL Dallas Cowboys.
-- Nearest USFL franchise: Houston Gamblers, about 239 miles south.
-- Pluses: Attractive, growing sports and business center with successful NFL franchise. Heart of football country.
-- Minuses: Market is dominated by the Dallas Cowboys.
PORTLAND
Key owner: Realtor & Businessman Bob Watson. Estimated net worth 30 million.
-- Team name: Thunder or Storm.
-- Stadium: Civic Stadium (33,000).
-- Metro population: 366,383 (35th).
-- Television Market: 22nd overall.
-- Pro football history: WFL Portland Storm/Thunder
-- Nearest USFL franchise: Oakland Invaders, about 629 miles south.
-- Pluses: Strong supporters of the Portland Blazers; growing business market.
-- Minuses: Wet spring weather and stadium concerns.
USFL Expansion Candidates That Missed The Cut:
SAN ANTONIO
Key owner: Neal Gunn and Bob Harter from the Houston Sports Association.
-- Team name: Undetermined
-- Stadium: Alamo Stadium (23,000).
-- Metro population: 785,880 (11th).
-- Television Market: 37th overall.
-- Pro football history: WFL San Antonio Wings and USFL Gunslingers.
-- Reason for elimination: Gunn and Harter pulled bid and lingering legal problems from former franchise.
MILWAUKEE
Key owner: Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was said to be involved.
-- Team name: Mustangs
-- Stadium: County Stadium (53,192).
-- Metro population: 636,212 (16th).
-- Television Market: 35th overall.
-- Pro football history: NFL Green Bay Packers nearby.
-- Reason for elimination: Some stadium concerns, competition from MLB and NFL Packers territory.
COLUMBUS
Key owner: Ex- Cleveland Cavaliers owner Nick Mileti.
-- Team name: TBD
-- Stadium: Ohio Stadium (85,000).
-- Metro population: 564,71 (19th).
-- Television Market: 32nd overall.
-- Pro football history: None
-- Reason for elimination: Some stadium leasing concerns, protests from Pittsburgh Maulers franchise.
MINNEAPOLIS
Key owner: Tom Scallen and John Coatta
-- Team name: TBD
-- Stadium: Metrodome (64,111).
-- Metro population: 370,951 (34th).
-- Television Market: 15th overall.
-- Pro football history: NFL Minnesota Vikings.
-- Reason for elimination: Scallen pulled bid after failed negotiations with the city council.
ST.LOUIS
Key owner: Promoter Jim Abernathy
-- Team name: TBD
-- Stadium: Busch Stadium (59,000).
-- Metro population: 453,085 (26th).
-- Television Market: 21st overall.
-- Pro football history: NFL St. Louis Cardinals.
-- Reason for elimination: Unclear status of the NFL Cardinals and competition from MLB.
SEATTLE
-- Team name: Sharks
-- Stadium: Kingdome (66,000).
-- Metro population: 493,846 (23rd).
-- Television Market: 14th overall.
-- Pro football history: NFL Seattle Seahawks.
-- Reason for elimination: Competition from MLB and NFL.
MIAMI
Key owner: Sherwood Weiser
-- Team name: TBD
-- Stadium: Orange Bowl (72,319).
-- Metro population: 346,865 (41st).
-- Television Market: 16th overall.
-- Pro football history: NFL Miami Dolphins.
-- Reason for elimination: Saturation of the Florida market.
SACRAMENTO
Key owner: Fred Anderson
-- Team name: Surge or Gold Miners.
-- Stadium: Hornet Stadium (21,200).
-- Metro population: 275,741 (52nd).
-- Television Market: 20th overall.
-- Pro football history: None
-- Reason for elimination: Stadium concerns and territorial protests from the Oakland Invaders franchise.
LAS VEGAS
Key owner: Gary Davidson ex-WFL founder.
-- Team name: Outlaws or Aces.
-- Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium (36,000).
-- Metro population: 164,674 (89th).
-- Television Market: 42nd overall.
-- Pro football history: None
-- Reason for elimination: Small television market, stadium concerns, and legalized gambling in Nevada.
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