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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'87 Chronology-Lucky 13

Event Date: May 15th, 1987

Event Description: Bulls Bounce Back

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Brian Franco kicked a pair of field goals, and the Jacksonville Bulls notched a 20-6 victory over the Arizona Wranglers.

Rookie Gerald Harris carried the ball 15 times for 102 yards and Alton Alexis caught four passes for 74 yards for the Bulls (8-5), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Ed Luther completed 13-of-20 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown in the victory.

Doug Williams threw for 277 yards on 15-of-40 passing, but was picked off two times for the Wranglers (5-8), who have lost three of four. Williams made his first start in four weeks after being out with a hip injury.

Jacksonville opened the scoring in the first quarter, with a Tony Smith three-yard touchdown run.

Arizona answered with a Luis Zendejas field goal from 22-yards out, making it 7-3.

With 2:30 minutes left in the first frame, Jacksonville extended its lead to 10-3 on an 18-yard field goal from Franco. A second Franco field goal opened the second stanza and that margin stood until another Zendejas field goal with 2:57 left in the opening half made it 13-6.

Luther rounded out the scoring with a 47-yard scoring strike to Elmer Bailey to close out the second stanza.

Neither team would score in the second half.

Arizona recorded a dozen penalties and two turnovers...Eric Truvillion piled up 188 receiving yards on seven grabs...due to a scheduling quirk the Bulls were coming off of just three days rest after playing on Monday.

more to come......

Monday, October 20, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #13 Preview

Event Date: May 14th, 1987

Event Description: Week #13 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #13 USFL Preview

    (5-7) Arizona at (7-5) Jacksonville (Bulls -5)

      (5-7) Los Angeles at (2-10) Orlando (Renegades -3)

         (9-3) Houston at (8-4) Michigan (Panthers -3)
        (8-4) Birmingham at (1-11) Pittsburgh (Stallions -2)
       (6-6) Denver at (6-6) Tampa Bay (Bandits -2)
(8-4) Oakland at (10-2) Memphis (Showboats -7)

Sunday Night
(4-8) Chicago at (4-8) Philadelphia (Stars -7) 

 (8-4) New Orleans at (5-7) New Jersey (Generals -4)

more to come.....

Sunday, October 19, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #12 Transactions

Event Date: May 12th, 1987

Event Description: Week #12 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Activated QB Doug Williams from I.R., placed QB Fred Mortensen on Taxi Squad.

Birmingham-Placed DL Mike Perko on Injured Reserve.

New Orleans-Signed QB Wayne Peace (NFL-Chargers camp ’86),  placed QB John Fourcade on Injured Reserve, placed QB Doug Hudson on Taxi Squad.

Oakland-Signed WR-KR Marcus Bonner (Gunslingers ’85), placed WR Allen Pitts from Injured Reserve.

Orlando-Signed RB Calvin Murray (Generals ’86), placed RB Curtis Bledsoe on Injured Reserve.

Philadelphia-Placed RB Mike Clemons and DL John Walker on Injured Reserve.

Tampa Bay-Placed DB Dwayne Anderson on Injured Reserve.

Monday night USFL scoreboard: Los Angeles over Jacksonville 40-26.

more to come...... 

Baltimore Franchise Poll #1

Saturday, October 18, 2014

'87 Chronology-Expansion Baltimore Fan Poll

Event Date: May 10th, 1987

Event Description: USFL Fan Poll

Source: Baltimore Sun

Residents asked to name new U.S. Football League franchise

The new United States Football League team that will call Baltimore home needs a name.

The City of Baltimore is holding a contest for fans to name the new team from now until the end of July. Fans  are being asked to vote by telephone or mail.

Once the process ends, team owners and staff will come together to develop the team's identity.

A similar poll is also slated to begin in late spring to help select a name for the new Portland franchise.

The winning name, along with the team's logo and colors, will be unveiled in during the USFL championship game.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Get Your Kicks

Event Date: May 9th, 1987

Event Description: Breakers Win; Fourcade Injured

Source: Times Picayune

Tim Mazzetti kicked three field goals, as the New Orleans Breakers held off the Philadelphia Stars, 16-13, on Saturday night.

The teams exchanged field goals to open the scoring -- a 23-yarder by Philadelphia's David Trout, and a 35-yarder by Mazzetti.
The Breakers (8-4) then scored a touchdown late in the second when Bruce Miller returned an interception nine yards for a score, sending the home team ahead 10-3 at the half. 

In the third quarter, Mazzetti hit a 28-yarder to make it 13-3.

The Stars (4-8) got a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth and later put up a touchdown when Chuck Fusina hit Victor Harrison for a 20-yard scoring completion to make it 16-13 with just forty seconds remaining.

Breakers starting quarterback John Fourcade was 9-of-19 for 113 yards. During a brief spurt when he left with a knee injury, David Boisture came in and went 1-of-1 for 8 yards and no picks.

Fusina was 21-of-33 for 193 yards with one touchdown and one pick.

Marcus Dupree led all rushers with 100 yards on seventeen carries...both teams were 6 of 16 on third down...the extent of Fourcade’s injury will be determined after he undergoes a more thorough examinination of his left knee.

In Thursday night USFL action, the Memphis Showboats won on the road in overtime after a field goal sealed the 25-22 win over Denver.

more to come......

Thursday, October 16, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #12 Preview

Event Date: May 7th, 1987

Event Description: Week #12 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #12 USFL Preview

   (9-2) Memphis at (6-5) Denver (Showboats -1)

     (4-7) Philadelphia at (7-4) New Orleans (Breakers -3)

        (7-4) Michigan at (8-3) Birmingham (Stallions -4)
      (4-7) New Jersey at (4-7) Chicago (Generals -1)
       (1-10) Pittsburgh at (8-3) Houston (Gamblers -7)
      (2-9) Orlando at (4-7) Arizona (Wranglers -5)

Sunday Night
  (5-6) Tampa Bay at (8-3) Oakland (Invaders -6)

(7-4) Jacksonville at (4-7) Los Angeles (Bulls -4)

more to come.....

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #11 Transactions

Event Date: May 6th, 1987

Event Description: Week #11 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Placed DL Mark Buben on Injured Reserve.

Birmingham-Placed WR Joey Jones on Injured Reserve.

Jacksonville-Placed WR Stanley Shakespeare on Injured Reserve.

Houston-Placed WR Thad McFadden on Injured Reserve, activated WR Donald Narcisse from Taxi Squad.

Memphis-Activated OL Mike Nease, placed OL Bob Gruber on Injured Reserve.

Michigan-Placed TE Mike Cobb on Injured Reserve, signed TE Mark Raugh (Showboats ’85).

Pittsburgh-Named QB John Congemi* starter.

more to come...... 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pittsburgh Maulers Poll

'87 Chronology-Steeltown Meltdown

Event Date: May 5th, 1987

Event Description: Simmons: Maulers Attendance A Concern

Source: Pittsburgh Press

USFL Commissioner Says He's Talked To DeBartolo About Issue

Attendance at Pittsburgh Maulers' home games continues to be a concern for the United States Football League. A crowd of about 9,000 showed up over the weekend to witness the Maulers lose to New Orleans. 

Commissioner Chet Simmons says he's had several talks with Maulers owner Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. about the problem. Simmons says with attendance around 12-15,000 per game, "you can't continue to have a USFL franchise."

"Edward has been very aggressive in working with the business community, and we will support him in any way," Simmons said. "We know there are fans in metro area that want to continue to see the Maulers play football. At the same time we may have to examine all of our options, including relocation or even suspending operations for a season."

About 7,000 Pittsburgh fans opted not to renew their season tickets this year, many citing the teams’ poor play.

Simmons says the league is aware of what's happening in the game's marketplace and the challenges fans and the league's business partners are facing.

more to come......

Sunday, October 12, 2014

'87 Chronology-Falling Stars?

Event Date: May 4th, 1987

Event Description: Gamblers Keep Pace

Source: The Lewiston Journal

Jim Kelly completed 20-of-30 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown as Houston edged Philadelphia, 24-17, on Monday night football from Veterans Stadium.

Sloan Hood ran for 73 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown for the Gamblers (8-3), who remain tied with Birmingham atop the Central Division. 

Richard Johnson had four receptions for 53 yards and Vince Courville added a touchdown catch, while Herkie Walls added a touchdown run in the first frame.

Chuck Fusina threw for 196 yards and one touchdown on 20-of-31 passes for the Stars (4-7), who have dropped two in a row. Ken Dunek caught eight balls for 82 yards, Scott Fitzkee added three catches for 43 yards and Hubie Oliver contributed a touchdown run in defeat.

Game Notes;

Hubie Oliver led all rushers with 107 yards on 22 Week 12, Houston hosts Pittsburgh, while New Orleans welcomes Philadelphia.

more to come...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

'87 Chronology-Eleventh Heaven

Event Date: May 3rd, 1987

Event Description: Eleventh Hour Win

Source: Rome News Tribune

Dan Miller's 36-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Birmingham Stallions to a 30-27 win over the New Jersey Generals.

Chuck Clanton returned an interception 20 yards for a score for the Stallions (8-3), who beat New Jersey for the first time since the 1983 season. 

Doug Flutie completed 16-of-31 passes for 216 yards and two scores, but was picked off twice for the Generals (4-7), who have now lost three straight games.

Cliff Stoudt connected on 11-of-19 passes for 192 yards for Birmingham.

An 18-yard touchdown run by Leon Perry gave the Stallions a 13-0 lead late in the second quarter, but John Teltschik hit a field goal from 43 yards out to put New Jersey on the scoreboard.

Another touchdown run from Perry gave Birmingham a 20-3 advantage before the Generals struck back with two touchdowns to close out the third stanza.

Joel Coles scored from six yards out for Birmingham in the fourth, but Doug Flutie found Lenny Willis down the sideline for a 24-yard score, making it 27-24 in favor of the visitors.

Teltschik's 40-yard field goal late in the fourth tied the game, sending the teams in the extra-period tied at 27-27.

Joel Coles rushed 36 times for 101 yards...Jim Smith had six catches for 125 yards...Herschel Walker led all rushers with 124 yards on sixteen carries.

In Sunday action; Oakland dumped Orlando 34-9, New Orleans won at struggling Pittsburgh 38-27, Memphis won at home 29-13 over L.A., meanwhile Tampa Bay defeated Arizona 30-23, and Denver surprised Jacksonville 27-13 at the Gator Bowl.

more to come......

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"87 Chronology-Week #11 Preview

Event Date: April 30th, 1987

Event Description: Week #11 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #11 USFL Preview

   (4-6) Chicago at (6-4) Michigan (Panthers -7)

    (7-3) Birmingham at (4-6) New Jersey (Generals -3)

       (7-3) Oakland at (2-8) Orlando (No Line)
     (6-4) New Orleans at (1-9) Pittsburgh (No LIne)
      (4-6) Los Angeles at (8-2) Memphis  (Showboats -12)
     (4-6) Arizona at (4-6) Tampa Bay (Bandits -2)

Sunday Night
  (5-5) Denver at (7-3) Jacksonville (Bulls -6)

(7-3) Houston at (4-6) Philadelphia (Stars -4)

more to come......

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

87 Chronology-Week #10 Transactions

Event Date: April 29th, 1987

Event Description: Week #10 Transactions

Source: PFW

Chicago-Signed LB Craig Walls (CFL-Ottawa ’86), placed LB James Looney on Injured Reserve.

Los Angeles-Placed LB Greg Storr on Injured Reserve.

Michigan-Placed DL Larry Bethea on Injured Reserve.

New Jersey-Placed OL Frank Naylor on Injured Reserve.

Tampa Bay-Signed DB Chet Gee (Bulls ’85), placed DB Robert Ducksworth on Injured Reserve.

more to come...... 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

'87 Chronology-Ten High!

Event Date: April 28th, 1987

Event Description: Four-cade!

Source: Times Picayune

John Fourcade tossed for 264 yards, including four touchdown passes, to lead New Orleans over Michigan, 31-13, at the Superdome on Monday night.

The Breakers (6-4) are trying to keep pace with (7-3) Birmingham and (7-3) Houston in the Central Division.

Bob Gagliano was 15-of-30 for 222 yards with one touchdown for the Panthers (6-4), who had not lost since Week #6.

The Breakers ended the first half ahead 21-3 and never looked back.

Fourcade hit Malcolm Barnwell for a 56-yard touchdown with less than three minutes to play in the opening quarter to put the Breakers ahead, 7-0. Barnwell would score two more times in the second stanza.

Michigan tallied the first score of the third quarter via a 95-yard bomb from Gagliano to Derek Holloway. 

Frank Lockett caught a 28-yard touchdown pass midway through the frame to close out a 73-yard, 13-play drive which consumed 6:44 off the clock.

The teams exchanged field goals from that point to round out the scoring.

Both teams were guilty of seven penalties...Marucs Dupree was out with an injury for New Orleans, but Toussaint Tyler and Tyrone Anthony filled in admirably, accounting for 131 yards rushing.

In other Week #10 action; Chicago dumped Pittsburgh 24-10, Denver survived at home against Orlando 42-40, Jacksonville nipped Oakland 20-19, Tampa routed Los Angeles 35-14, and Houston downed New Jersey 25-21.

more to come......

Saturday, October 4, 2014

'87 Chronology-Southern Comfort

Event Date: April 25th, 1987

Event Description: Birmingham Bounces Back

Source: Mobile Evening Journal

Cliff Stoudt went 17-for-23 with 170 yards, and two touchdowns as the Birmingham Stallions downed the Philadelphia Stars, 21-16.

Jim Smith caught six passes for 48 yards and a score while Tim Jessie scored a touchdown on the ground for the Stallions (7-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

"The defense came up big for us today," said Stoudt. 

Chuck Fusina went 18-for-28 for 218 yards while Allen Harvin had 16 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown for the Stars (4-6), who have dropped two of their last three games.

"We struggled in the red zone again," said Fusina. We had some opportunities, but we struggled in the red zone. We're just going to have to get back to the drawing board and get ready for the next game."

Stoudt's seven-yard touchdown pass less than five minutes into the game staked Birmingham to an early 7-0 lead.

A 12-yard touchdown by rookie Tim Jessie gave the Stallions a 14-0 lead at the break.

Stoudt's 25-yard touchdown touchdown pass early in the third quarter capped a ten-play, 25-yard drive to make it a 21-3 game.

Philadelphia responded later in the frame when Harvin plunged in from one-yard out, reducing the Birmingham lead down to eleven.

Hubie Oliver's touchdown run in the fourth quarter accounted for the final score.

Tony Truelove finished with 68 yards on 21 carries and tight end Beau Coash added two catches for 38 yards for the home team...Scott Fitzkee led all receivers with 85 yards on six grabs...Birmingham will travel to New Jersey next week, while the Stars host Houston.

In Thursday night USFL action, the Memphis Showboats edged Arizona in overtime 24-21. Gill Fenerty led the way for the Showboats as he tallied 150 rushing yards with one touchdown run.

more to come......

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mid-Season Poll '87

'87 Chronology-Week #10 Preview

Event Date: April 23rd, 1987

Event Description: Week #10 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #10 USFL Preview

  (7-2) Memphis at (4-5) Arizona (‘Boats -3)

  (4-5) Philadelphia  at (6-3) Birmingham (Stallions -3)

      (1-8) Pittsburgh at (3-6) Chicago (Blitz -1)
    (3-6) Tampa Bay at (4-5) Los Angeles(Express -3)
     (2-7) Orlando at (4-5) Denver (Bulls -8)
    (6-3) Jacksonville at (7-2) Oakland (No Line)

Sunday Night
 (4-5) New Jersey at (6-3) Houston (Generals -1)

 (6-3) Michigan at (5-4) New Orleans  (Breakers -1)

more to come......

Thursday, October 2, 2014

'87 Chronology-Trading Partners

Event Date: April 22nd, 1987

Event Description: Week #9 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Placed TE Mark Keel on Injured Reserve; acquired TE David Bayle from Tampa Bay for cash considerations.

Houston-Placed DB Calvin Eason on Injured Reserve, activated DB Audrey McMillan from Taxi Squad.

Los Angeles-Activated WR Cormac Carney from Taxi Squad; named QB Damon Allen new starter.

Memphis-Placed RB-TE William Andrews on Injured Reserve.

Orlando-Signed DB Robert Gentry (Stallions ’85), placed DB Reggie Pleasant on Injured Reserve.

Pittsburgh-Traded WR Greg Anderson and RB John Settle to Tampa Bay for RB Joe Dudek and DL Dave Opfar; activated WR D.K. Smith from Taxi Squad, placed WR Tom Donovan on Injured Reserve.

New Jersey-Released WR Danny Knight.

Tampa Bay-Waived RB Tony Baker from Taxi Squad, placed WR Larry Brodsky on Injured Reserve.

more to come...... 

Monday, September 29, 2014

'87 Chronology-Half Way Home

Event Date: April 20th, 1987

Event Description: Stars Pound Generals

Source: PFW

Chuck Fusina's 42-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Collins early in the third quarter put the Philadelphia Stars ahead for good on the way to a 27-10 victory over the New Jersey Generals in front of a near sellout crowd at Veterans Stadium.

Fusina finished 15-of-21 for 190 yards and David Trout kicked a pair of field goals for the Stars (4-5), who scored 17 points in the second half to seal the victory.

The Generals (4-5), coming off a nine-day layoff after trouncing Pittsburgh last Thursday, turned the ball over three times against a Philadelphia team that had less than a full week to prepare. 

Collins caught three balls for 89 yards...Doug Flutie was limited to 121 yards passing with two picks...Rookie running back Mike Clemons added a late touchdown and finished with 71 yards rushing.

In other Sunday action

Michigan handled Pittsburgh 35-20, Memphis trounced Tampa 30-16, the Bulls won at home against Orlando 28-10, and the Breakers held off Chicago 38-28.

more to come......

Saturday, September 27, 2014

'87 Chronology-Hood Winked!

Event Date: April 19th, 1987

Event Description: Kelly Leads Late Rally

Source: The Victoria Advocate

Jim Kelly threw for 278 yards and a touchdown to lead Houston to a 24-17 win over Birmingham at the Astrodome.

Rookie Sloan Hood rushed for two touchdowns and caught another and Vince Courville hauled in six passes for 52 yards for the Gamblers (6-3), who have now won four straight.

Cliff Stoudt struggled all game long and finished with only 186 yards passing. Tony Truelove ran for 75 yards on 27 carries and scored both touchdowns for the Stallions (6-3), who lost for the second straight week.
The Gamblers opened the scoring with 5:03 to play in the first as Hood rumbled in from eleven yards out to give Houston an early 7-0 lead. 

Dan Miller's 21-yard field goal pulled Birmingham to within 7-3 at the start of the second quarter, before Houston added 10 more points to end the half.

A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns from Tony Truelove tied things up at 17-17 with just under two minutes left in regulation.

The Gamblers then embarked on an eight-play, time-consuming drive that culminated with Kelly connecting on a three-yard touchdown pass to Hood to close out the win.

Birmingham outgained Houston 354-321...the Gamblers lost RB Sam Harrell to injury in the first quarter...Houston hosts New Jersey next week, while Birmingham will take on the Stars at Legion Field.

In Thursday night action, the Arizona Wranglers shut out Los Angeles 27-0. Backup Glenn Carano started in relief and Rick Neuheisel was benched after the first half.

more to come......

Thursday, September 25, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #9 Preview

Event Date: April 16th, 1987

Event Description: Week #9 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #9 USFL Preview

  (3-5) Arizona at (4-4) Los Angeles (Express -3)

  (6-2) Birmingham  at (5-3) Houston (Pick ‘Em)

      (1-7) Pittsburgh at (5-3) Michigan (Panthers -6)
    (3-5) Tampa Bay at (6-2) Memphis (‘Boats -11)
     (2-6) Orlando at (5-3) Jacksonville (Bulls -8)
   (3-5) Chicago at (4-4) New Orleans (Breakers -6)

Sunday Night
 (4-4) New Jersey at (3-5) Philadelphia (Stars -1)

(6-2) Oakland at  (4-4) Denver (Gold -5)

more to come......

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #8 Transactions

Event Date: April 15th, 1987
Event Description: Williams Goes on I.R.
Source: Herald Journal
The Arizona Wranglers placed quarterback Doug Williams on the four-game injured list Tuesday.

Williams left Sunday’s game in the first quarter after taking a hard hit from Gold linebacker Willie Pless in a 31-27 victory at Denver. Backup Glenn Carano came on in relief and tossed two touchdown passes in the win.
Also Tuesday, the Wranglers added quarterback Fred Mortensen via free agency and activated quarterback Alfred Jenkins and defensive end Tom Gibson from their Taxi Squad.
Week #8 Transactions:

Arizona-Placed DL Mark Buben on Injured Reserve.

Birmingham-Activated DB Jonathan Shelley* from Taxi Squad.

Los Angeles-Signed LB Bill Gompf (Breakers ’86).

Oakland-Placed LB Rich Dixon on Injured Reserve.

Philadelphia-Activated WR Eric Streater* from Taxi Squad.

Pittsburgh-Signed DT Mike Taliferro (Gold ’86).

Tampa Bay-Signed TE David Bayle (Breakers ’85).

more to come......