Week #8 MNF: New Jersey 14 Chicago 24

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

'83 Chronology-Snake Stabler

Event Date: April 25th, 1983

Event Description: Snake Excited

Source: Times Daily




'83 Chronology-Critical Phase

Event Date: April 25th, 1983

Event Description:  USFL Roundup

Source: United Press International

Even when they win, the Philadelphia Stars are their own biggest critics.

The Stars' 38-31 victory over the Boston Breakers Sunday at home increased their record to a league-leading 8-0. Still, Philadelphia wasn't happy that its 38-17 lead nearly vanished in the fourth quarter.

“We cracked but we didn't bend,” Philadelphia Coach Jim Mora said. “I thought the defense played extremely well. One of our goals defensively was not to allow the big play. We played too conservative in the final minutes and gave them a chance to get back in the game.”

The Stars nearly beat themselves by allowing a late touchdown pass, then an onside kick, and then another Johnny Walton touchdown pass. “We started our momentum too late,” Walton said. “They were blowing us out. We came back and had a chance to win but the clock ran out.”

In other games Sunday, Tampa Bay shut out Washington 19-0 and Birmingham dumped Oakland 23-0. On Saturday night, Michigan topped Los Angeles 30-14 and Denver downed Arizona 23-16.


Chicago hosts New Jersey tonight. 

Story-(Modified UPI)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

'83 Chronology-Week #8 Preview

Event Date: April 23rd, 1983

Event Description: Week #8 Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly


Week #8 USFL Preview

Saturday, April 23rd

(4-3) Los Angeles Express  at (5-2) Michigan Panthers 

Latest Line: (Panthers -2)   

Television Coverage: ESPN-National


(2-5) Denver Gold at (1-6) Arizona Wranglers

Latest Line: (Gold -3)

Television Coverage: Local


Sunday, April 24th

(5-2) Boston Breakers at (7-0) Philadelphia Stars

Latest Line: (Stars -6)

Television Coverage: Local


(1-6) Oakland Invaders  at (5-2) Birmingham Stallions

Latest Line: (Stallions -3)

Television Coverage: Local

  
(1-6) Tampa Bay Bandits at (5-2) Washington Federals

Latest Line: (Federals -4)

Television Coverage: Local


Monday, April 25th

(0-7) New Jersey Generals at (6-1) Chicago Blitz

Latest Line: (Blitz -8)


Television Coverage: ESPN-National 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

'83 Chronology-Making A List

Event Date: April 23rd, 1983

Event Description: Dickerson Lists Options

Source: The Victoria Advocate


'83 Chronology-Football Fun

Event Date: April 23rd, 1983

Event Description: Besana is Back

Source: The Gadsden Times


'83 Chronology-Losing Bid

Event Date: April 22nd, 1983

Event Description: Thompson Stays

Source: The Spokesman Review


'83 Chronology-Under Pressure

Event Date: April 21st, 1983

Event Description: USFL News

Source: The Reading Eagle


'83 Chronology-Sooner Rather Than Later

Event Date: April 21st, 1983

Event Description: Overstreet Signs

Source: The Reading Eagle


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'83 Chronology-Fever Pitch

Event Date: April 20th, 1983

Event Description: Miller Exhausted; Stanley Excited

Source: The Reading Eagle


'83 Chronology-Head Games

Event Date: April 20th, 1983

Event Description: Invader Retires

Source: Lawrence Journal


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

'83 Chronology-Personal Services

Event Date: April 20th, 1983

Event Description: USFL Clause

Source: The Victoria Advocate


'83 Chronology-Panthers Ink Ex-Steeler

Event Date: April 19th, 1983

Event Description: Banaszak is Back

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Sunday, February 11, 2018

'83 Chronology-Stallions Strike Gold

Event Date: April 18th, 1983

Event Description: USFL Roundup

Source: United Press International

Bob Lane threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Birmingham Stallions handed Denver its fifth loss of the season, beating the Gold 27-20 in Sunday USFL action.

The win before a crowd of 26,250 boosted the Stallions to 5-2, now just one game behind division leader Chicago.

Lane tossed a 12-yard pass to Ken Talton and a 64-yarder to Greg Anderson. Talton also paced the Stallions’ run game by racking up 89 yards on 20 carries. Scott Norwood connected on four field goals in the win.

Denver quarterback Alvin White, who left the game due to injury in the second quarter, tossed a five-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter to Vic James. Harry Sydney scored the other Denver touchdown on a second-quarter two-yard run.

In other Sunday action; the Chicago Blitz suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to Michigan 17-14; meanwhile Washington edged New Jersey 14-7, and Boston pounded Arizona 24-3.

On Saturday, Allen Harvin scored via a 70-yard run and David Trout nailed three field goals, to power the Philadelphia Stars to a 23-14 win over the Invaders at the Oakland Coliseum. The Stars' win gives them a perfect 7-0 record, while Oakland has now fallen to (1-6).

Story-(Modified UPI)

'83 Chronology-Agent Argovitz

Event Date: April 17th, 1983

Event Description: Steelers Sign Gary

Source: United Press International

Defensive lineman Keith Gary signed a multi-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday -- two years after he rejected their first-round draft and contract offer to play with Montreal in the Canadian Football League.

“It's a little late, but we're really glad he's with us,” Steelers' President Dan Rooney said at an impromptu news conference.

“I've always meant to play in the NFL someday, and here I am,” said Gary, 23, a native of Washington, D.C. Terms of the multi-year pact were not disclosed. 

Rooney said team traveling secretary Jim Boston negotiated Friday with Gary's agent Jerry Argovitz and finalized talks Saturday. 

Gary indicated he had received offers from the new United States Football League before signing with the Steelers, but said his heart was set on the NFL. “We knew we had options, that's all I can say on that,” said Gary, who said he had “no regrets whatsoever” about his two years in the CFL. 

Argovitz assistant Gene Burroughs called the signing a fairy tale ending. “Not only did Keith always want to play in the NFL, he always wanted to play with the Steelers, so it's a dream come true,” said Burroughs.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

'83 Chronology-Under Consideration

Event Date: April 16th, 1983

Event Description: Saldi Wants Out

Source: Lakeland Ledger


'83 Chronology-Week #7 Preview

Event Date: April 15th, 1983

Event Description: Week #7 Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly


Week #7 USFL Preview

Saturday, April 16th

(6-0) Philadelphia Stars  at  (1-5) Oakland Invaders

Latest Line: (Stars -4)   

Television Coverage: ESPN-National


Sunday, April 17th

 (4-2) Washington Federals at (0-6) New Jersey Generals

Latest Line: (Federals -1)

Television Coverage: ABC National


   (6-0) Chicago Blitz at (4-2) Michigan Panthers

Latest Line: (Blitz -3)

Television Coverage: ABC Regional


  (2-4) Denver Gold at  (4-2) Birmingham Stallions

Latest Line: (Stallions -3)

Television Coverage: Local


(4-2) Boston Breakers at  (1-5) Arizona Wranglers

Latest Line: (Breakers -2)

Television Coverage: Local


Monday, April 18th

(3-3) Los Angeles Express at  (1-5) Tampa Bay Bandits

Latest Line: (Bandits -2)

Television Coverage: ESPN-National 


Friday, February 9, 2018

'83 Chronology-Three's A Crowd

Event Date: April 14th, 1983

Event Description: Jacksonville Seeks Team

Source: The Evening Independent


'83 Chronology-United We Stand

Event Date: April 14th, 1983

Event Description: USFL Expansion

Source: The Evening Independent





'83 Chronology-Sacked!

Event Date: April 14th, 1983

Event Description: Davis Wins!

Source:The Windsor Star




Thursday, February 8, 2018

'83 Chronology-Connecticut Flyer

Event Date: April 13th, 1983

Event Description:

Source: United Press International

A Fairfield County lawmaker says he has suggested to the United States Football League it should include Connecticut in any expansion plans under consideration for the fledgling professional operation.

House Minority Leader Rep. R.E. Van Norstrand, R-Darien, said Monday he has written to USFL Commissioner Chet Simmons to ask Connecticut be considered for one of at least four new franchises tentatively approved for next year.

“A pro team would put Connecticut on the football map and I certainly hope the commissioner will look at Connecticut and that financial backing for a team can be developed,” he said.

Van Norstrand suggested Hartford, Bridgeport and the University of Connecticut at Storrs as possible locations for a team he said would be a natural rival for the USFL's Boston Breakers.

Lucrative television contracts and teams geared to play at small fields has made the success of the new football league “almost a certainty,” he said.


The last regular professional football games in Connecticut were played in the mid-1970s as the then New York Giants of the NFL leased Yale Bowl in New Haven for home games while their new stadium in New Jersey was completed.

'83 Chronology-Thompson Saga

Event Date: April 13th, 1983

Event Description: Bengals vs. Panthers?

Source: The Windsor Star




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

'83 Chronology-Schlichter Saga

Event Date: April 12th, 1983

Event Description: Simmons Considering Schlichter?

Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel


'83 Chronology-Hollywood Stars

Event Date: April 11th, 1983

Event Description: Stars Continue to Shine

Source: Beaver County News

Kelvin Bryant rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown Sunday to lead the Philadelphia Stars to a 27-6 victory over the Los Angeles Express.

The triumph lifted the Stars to 6-0, as they remain one of two undefeated teams alongside Chicago. Los Angeles fell to 3-3, but remain atop the Pacific Division by one-game.

Chuck Fusina, a standout at Penn State in the late 1970s, completed 11-of-19 passes for 113 including with one interception and two sacks. Allen Harvin also tallied 77 yards on fifteen totes with a pair of touchdown runs.

Los Angeles got its only points on a pair of field goals by Vince Abbott in the second stanza. Los Angeles' running woes continued with the team's leading rusher, LaRue Harrington, picking up just 50 yards on nine carries. 


In other weekend action; the Boston Breakers improved to 4-2 after drubbing Oakland by a score of  24-6; meanwhile the Michigan Panthers edged New Jersey by a 16-13 as Bobby Hebert tossed a trio of touchdown passes.

Story-(UPI/Beaver County Modified)

'83 Chronology-Six for Six

Event Date: April 11th, 1983

Event Description: Blitz Saddle Stallions

Source: UPI

Fullback Kevin Long scored a pair of touchdowns and the Chicago defense scored two more touchdowns to lead the Chicago Blitz to a 29-7 USFL victory over the Birmingham Stallions.

Before an announced crowd of 13,859, Tim Spencer, who gained 66 yards in 26 carries, teamed with Long to lead the Blitz' rushing attack and help Chicago post its sixth win in six games. Birmingham, which committed seven turnovers, fell to 4-2.

Spencer set up Long's first touchdown by gaining 32 yards in a 78-yard, five-play drive that ended with Long running around left end for the touchdown with 12:22 remaining in the first quarter. Later in the half, a 22-yard fumble recovery led to a score by linebacker Stan White as the Blitz led 12-0 at the intermission.

The Stallions staged a brief comeback early in the final frame as Bob Lane found Greg Anderson for a 35-yard touchdown strike, pulling the Stallions to within 12 at 19-7.


Frank Corral added a 21-yard field goal with 6:08 remaining to put Chicago ahead 22-7. Corral's field goal came after the Blitz ran 14-plays, covering 69 yards and chewed up over six minutes off the clock.

Story-(UPI Modified)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

'83 Chronology-Ten Fold

Event Date: April 9th, 1983

Event Description: USFL Owners Meet

Source: The Spokesman Review




'83 Chronology-Week #6 Preview

Event Date: April 8th, 1983

Event Description: Week #6 Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly


Week #6 USFL Preview

Saturday, April 9th

(1-4) Tampa Bay Bandits  at  (1-4) Denver Gold

Latest Line: (Bandits -1)   

Television Coverage: ESPN-National


Sunday, April 10th

 (1-4) Oakland Invaders at  (3-2) Boston Breakers

Latest Line: (Breakers -6)

Television Coverage: ABC National


   (3-2) Michigan Panthers at  (0-5) New Jersey Generals

Latest Line: (Panthers -5)

Television Coverage: Local


 (4-1) Birmingham Stallions at (5-0) Chicago Blitz

Latest Line: (Blitz -10)

Television Coverage: ABC Regional


(5-0) Philadelphia Stars at (3-2) Los Angeles Express

Latest Line: (Stars -6)

Television Coverage: Local


Monday, April 11th

(1-4) Arizona Wranglers at  (3-2) Washington Federals

Latest Line: (Federals -2)


Television Coverage: ESPN-National 


'83 Chronology-The Union Label

Event Date: April 8th, 1983

Event Description: USFL Union

Source: The Windsor Star


Saturday, February 3, 2018

'83 Chronology-Passing Fancy

Event Date: April 7th, 1983

Event Description: Fouts Plans Meeting

Source: The Press Courier




'83 Chronology-Next Defection?

Event Date: April 7th, 1983

Event Description: Pinney Next?

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Friday, February 2, 2018

'83 Chronology-Stallions Sign Smith

Event Date: April 6th, 1983

Event Description: Smith Inks Pact

Source: Gadsden Times




Thursday, February 1, 2018

'83 Chronology-Legal Endorsement

Event Date: April 5th, 1983

Event Description: USFL Eyes Superdome

Source: St. Petersburg Times


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

'83 Chronology-Lucky Seven

Event Date: April 5th, 1983

Event Description:  Peterson: No Conflict

Source: United Press International

Carl Peterson, the president and general manager of the U.S. Football League's Philadelphia Stars, said Tuesday there are seven cities being considered for four possible new franchises in the league next season.

Peterson said the USFL Association holds a meeting Thursday in Chicago to consider the matter of expansion teams for next year's season.

He said the cities that have expressed interest in having a team are Houston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas, Seattle and New Orleans. He also said Pittsburgh was assured of a team.

"It's certain that Pittsburgh will be an expansion team next year," Peterson said. "And I don't think that there's any conflict of interest."

Peterson was refering to Edward J. DeBartolo's application for an expansion team in Pittsburgh. Some NFL owners object to the expansion team because DeBartolo's son, Edward Jr., owns the San Francisco 49ers.

The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., of which Edward Jr. is president, among other interests owns thoroughbred racing tracks, including the Louisiana Downs in Shreveport, the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey franchise, the Pittsburgh Spirit indoor soccer team and the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

'83 Chronology-Personal Business

Event Date: April 5th, 1983

Event Description: Walker Weds

Source: The Windsor Star


Monday, January 29, 2018

'83 Chronology-Gut Buster

Event Date: April 5th, 1983

Event Description: Allen Not Backing Down

Source: United Press International

Chicago Blitz Coach George Allen has refused to back down from comments about possible U.S. Football League expansion that drew criticism from league commissioner Chet Simmons.

Simmons criticized Allen Monday for making comments that were critical of the league's attempts to expand. “I don't know where a Chet Simmons gets off making statements like that,” Allen said. “No one has given more time to this league than George Allen at the expense of my team. When I hear a statement like Simmons', it really busts my gut.”

Allen again said expanding after one season was not a good idea. “As far as expansion, I was speaking from a football sense,” he said. “Economically, I guess it makes sense to expand right away. Football-wise, I don't want my team broken up after one season.”

USFL owners will meet Thursday in Chicago to review the league's progress and discuss expansion. However, Allen said he would not be at the USFL meeting.

'83 Chronology-General Woes

Event Date: April 4th, 1983

Event Description: Generals Remain Winless

Source: UPI

Alan Risher threw three touchdown passes and defensive tackle Bob Nelson sacked New Jersey quarterback Leamon Hall in the endzone for a late safety Sunday to lift the Arizona Wranglers to a 23-13 victory over the winless New Jersey Generals.

Risher threw two touchdown passes to Jackie Flowers while completing 14-of-23 passes for 154 yards and no interceptions. Flowers finished with seven receptions for 99 yards.

The Generals, whose record fell to 0-5, got a touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Leamon Hall to Tom McConnaughey in the second quarter and  a pair of field goals from kicker John Roveto who was recently acquired in a trade with Chicago.

The Generals host Michigan next week, while the Wranglers travel to Washington for next weeks’ Monday night game.


Birmingham Stallions 36
Boston Breakers 7

A first-half touchdown pass from Bob Lane cpmbined with a pair of touchdown runs by Earl Gant and Cornelius Quarles helped the Stallions down Boston by a score of 36-7. Scott Norwood added four field goals and Reggie Lewis led the Birmingham defense with five tackles and one sack.

Chicago Blitz 14
Tampa Bay Bandits 6

Tim Spencer and Kevin Long each rushed for 100 yards and the Blitz defense tagged three interceptions to lead the Blitz to a 14-6 win over the Bandits. The victory leaves Chicago at 5-0, while Tampa has now lost four of five games as their quarterback carousel continues.

Washington Federals 24
Philadelphia Stars 34

Allen Harvin rushed for a career-high 176 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns as Philadelphia handed Washington their second defeat of the season after a 34-24 win at Veterans Stadium.

Joe Gilliam passed for 335 yards with two touchdowns and two picks for the Federals who have now dropped to (3-2)

Oakland Invaders 17
Los Angeles Express 31

Mike Rae threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Kris Haines and John Barnett rushed for two touchdowns two to lead the Express to a 31-17 victory over the Oakland Invaders.

Barnett, a first-year running back out of Oregon State, scored both of his touchdowns in the first half before leaving the game due to injury late the third quarter. The triumph lifted the Express to a three-game lead over the rest of the division.

Wymon Henderson a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Fred Besana at 6:44 of the first quarter and Raymond Chester grabbed a six-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to pace Oakland. Besana also tossed two interceptions and was sacked four times.

Story-(UPI Modified)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

'83 Chronology-Week #5 Preview

Event Date: March 31st, 1983

Event Description: Week #5 Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly

Week #5 USFL Preview

Saturday, April 2nd

 (3-1) Birmingham Stallions at (3-1) Boston Breakers

Latest Line: (Breakers -4)   

Television Coverage: Local


  (4-0) Chicago Blitz at  (1-3) Tampa Bay Bandits

Latest Line: (Blitz -9)

Television Coverage: ESPN-National

Sunday, April 3rd

  (3-1) Washington Federals at (4-0) Philadelphia Stars

Latest Line: (Stars -7)

Television Coverage: ABC-National


 (0-4) New Jersey Generals at (0-4) Arizona Wranglers

Latest Line: (Wranglers -6)

Television Coverage: Local


(1-3) Oakland Invaders at (2-2) Los Angeles Express

Latest Line: (Express -3)

Television Coverage: Local


Monday, April 4th

(1-3) Denver Gold at  (2-2) Michigan Panthers

Latest Line: (Panthers -5)

Television Coverage: ESPN-National