Week #9 is in the books......

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

'85 Chronology-Comings & Goings

Event Date: April 25th, 1985

Event Description: Pro Football News

Source: Lakeland Ledger


'85 Chronology-Saying Hello

Event Date: April 24th, 1985

Event Description: Kosar to Cleveland

Source: Evening Independent


'85 Chronology-Bidding Adieu

Event Date: April 23rd, 1985

Event Description: Ah You Retires

Source: UPI

Arizona Outlaws defensive end Junior Ah You announced his retirement Monday from professional football after 13 seasons.

I came here to play for the Outlaws because I though I could help the team,” Ah You said in a statement.

“But I wasn't helping as much as I would have liked, and when you can't help out, you shouldn't be around. I wasn't happy with the way I was playing.”

Ah You, 36, signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1972 after completing his eligibility at Arizona State. He went on to play 10 seasons in the CFL, appearing in 127 games and playing in five Grey Cup championships.

Ah You became a free agent in 1982 and signed with the USFL Chicago Blitz, playing in all 18 games in 1983.

When the club transferred from Chicago to Phoenix during the off-season, Ah You was dealt to the New Orleans Breakers for the signing rights to Grambling's Robert Smith.

Ah You was waived by the Breakers prior to the start of the 1985 season, but signed with the Outlaws soon thereafter.

Story-(UPI)

'85 Chronology-Flutie Flounders

Event Date: April 23rd, 1985

Event Description: Gold Strike!

Source: PFW

Bill Johnson ran for five touchdowns and the Denver defense dominated the second-half carrying the Gold to a 41-20 USFL victory over the New Jersey Generals.

Denver cashed in on turnovers by New Jersey quarterback Doug Flutie to improve to (7-2) while the Generals have now fallen to (6-3).

Flutie's second fourth-quarter interception came after he was hit by Bruce Thornton and his pass ended up in the hands of Nate Miller who returned the pick 60 yards to set up Bill Johnsons’ third touchdown of the contest.

Flutie -- who accounted for three turnovers in all -- coughed up the ball again on the very next possession. He was hit by Pat Ogrin while scrambling and Steve Trimble returned the pick to the Generals' 17 yard line, setting up a   Todd Gerhart touchdown run.

Flutie's final turnover of the period came at the end of the frame when Derrick Martin picked off a pass at the Generals' 16 yard line. The Gold then closed out the scoring with Bill Johnsons’ final touchdown run with just under one-minute remaining.

On Sunday, the Houston Gamblers improved to (8-1), behind Jim Kelly’s 360 yard passing day, by downing Memphis by a score of 29-25, elsewhere Los Angeles improved to (4-5) after defeating Pittsburgh 34-17.

more to come......

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

'85 Chronology-Mr. Roberts

Event Date: April 21st, 1985

Event Description: Gunslingers Corral Bandits

Source: PFW

Tampa Bay brought its notorious "Banditball" to San Antonio on Friday, but it was little match for the the Gunslingers' defense.

San Antonio shut down the leagues’ top offense in a 14-10 defensive struggle. San Antonio sacked quarterback John Reaves five times and held the high-powered Tampa attack to three first downs in the second half.

San Antonio's Don Roberts ran for 74 yards and scored a third quarter touchdown en route to the upset victory.

Jerry Gordon hauled in a 21-yard dash in the fourth quarter to put the hometown ahead for good.

Tampa Bay's only touchdown came with 4:55 left in the first quarter when Reaves found Larry Brodsky for a 19-yard touchdown. Zenon Andrusyshyn connected on a 24-yard field goal following a Rick Neuheisel interception as the Bandits led 10—0 at the intermission.

On Saturday, Michigan beat Birmingham 35-14, Arizona edged Orlando 19-16, meanwhile Jacksonville upset New Orleans 31-24 as Ed Luther tossed four touchdown passes and Philadelphia defeated Oakland 27-13.

more to come......

Monday, October 21, 2019

'85 Chronology-Critical Mass

Event Date: April 19th, 1985

Event Description: Stallions Situation

Source: Gadsden Times


Sunday, October 20, 2019

'85 Chronology-Week #9 Preview

Event Date: April 18th, 1985

Event Description: Week #9 Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly


Week #9 USFL Preview

Friday, April 19th

(7-1) Michigan Panthers at (2-6) Birmingham Stallions

Latest Line: (Panthers -10)

Television: ESPN Regional: Tom Mees & Marv Levy

ESPN Radio: Bob Sherman & Dan Follis


Saturday, April 20th

(7-1) Tampa Bay Bandits at (2-6) San Antonio Gunslingers

Latest Line: (Bandits -5 )   

Television: ESPN National: Tom Kelly & Don Heinrich

ESPN Radio: Gene Deckerhoff & Vic Prinzi


(3-5) Orlando Renegades at (1-7) Arizona Outlaws

Latest Line: (Renegades -4)

 Television: Local

ESPN Radio: David Steele & Tom Korun


(3-5) Jacksonville Bulls at (4-4) New Orleans Breakers

Latest Line: (Breakers -9)   

Television: Local

ESPN Radio: Larry Munson & Mel Arthur


(6-2) Philadelphia Stars at (2-6) Oakland Invaders

Latest Line: (Stars -5)   

Television: ESPN Regional: Roger Twibell & Mike Haffner

ESPN Radio: Joe Starkey & Lee Grosscup


Sunday, April 21st

(7-1) Houston Gamblers at (3-5) Memphis Showboats

Latest Line: (Gamblers -6)

Television: ABC National: Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann

ESPN Radio: John Greer & Ed Biles


(2-6) Pittsburgh Maulers (3-5) Los Angeles Express

Latest Line: (Express -2)

Television: ABC Regional: Bill Flemming & Ron Mix

Radio: ABC Radio: Bob Buck and Dick Butkus


Monday, April 22nd

(6-2) New Jersey Generals at (6-2) Denver Gold

Latest Line: (Gold -1)

Television: ESPN National: Jim Simpson & Paul McGuire

ESPN Radio: Charley Steiner & Robert Casciola

Friday, October 18, 2019

'85 Chronology-Financial Troubles

Event Date: April 18th, 1985

Event Description: Stallions Seek Aid

Source: Gadsden Times


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

'85 Chronology-Star Power

Event Date: April 15th, 1985

Event Description: USFL Roundup

Source: PFW

Ken Dunek hauled in two first-half touchdown receptions and Mike Lush returned an interception 56 yards in the second half to lead the Philadelphia Stars to a 38-21 victory over the Los Angeles Express.

Kelvin Bryant caught a 39-yard touchdown pass and scored on a five-yard run to stake Philadelphia to a 21-0 first quarter lead. The Stars never trailed in pushing their record to 6-2.

Los Angeles cut the margin to 21-7 on a thirteen-yard pass play from Frank Seurer to Gordon Hudson. Seurer finished with 311 yards passing with one touchdown and three picks as he was filling for an injured Steve Young.

An interception by Seurer set up the Stars fourth touchdown in the first-half as Fusina found Dunek on a ten-yard pass pushing their lead to 28-7.

Kevin Nelson rounded out the first-half scoring with a four-yard touchdown run.

In other games Sunday, Michigan blasted Memphis 21-3, Houston downed Birmingham 29-17, Denver dumped Pittsburgh 27-6, and Orlando beat Oakland 27-13.

more to come......

'85 Chronology-Stealing a Win

Event Date: April 14th, 1985

Event Description: Bandits Edge Breakers

Source: PFW

John Reaves and Spencer Jackson hooked up on a 30-yard scoring pass to cap a 21-point second half rally that gave Tampa Bay a 37-36 triumph over the New Orleans Breakers, keeping the Bandits in first place in the USFL's Southern division.

Reaves completed 26-of-50 passes for 454 yards while Gary Anderson ran for 50 yards on 18 carries. Spencer Jackson led all receivers with 152 yards on nine receptions including a pair of touchdowns. Eric Truvillion added 126 yards on four receptions, including an 80-yard touchdown reception early in the second stanza.

Matt Robinson finished with 208 passing yards on 17-of-36 efficiency with a pair of touchdowns and four interceptions. Buford Jordan led the Breakers’ ground game with 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Frank Lockett hauled in eight receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Game Notes: Marcus Dupree sprained his right foot late in the opening half and didn't return, rushing for 28 yards in five carries…Marcus Marek led the Breakers’ defense with nine tackles, one sack and one safety.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

'85 Chronology-Sweet Charlotte?

Event Date: April 12th, 1985

Event Description: Shinn Seeks Stallions Deal

Source: Gadsden Times


'85 Chronology-Week #8 Preview

Event Date: April 12th, 1985

Event Description: Week #8 Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly


Week #8 USFL Preview

Friday, April 12th

(1-6) San Antonio Gunslingers at (3-4) Jacksonville Bulls

Latest Line: (Bulls -8)

Television: ESPN Regional: Tom Mees & Marv Levy

ESPN Radio: Jay Howard & Bill Mercer


Saturday, April 13th


(6-1) Tampa Bay Bandits at (4-3) New Orleans Breakers

Latest Line: (Bandits -2)   

Television: ESPN National: Tom Kelly & Don Heinrich

ESPN Radio: Gene Deckerhoff & Vic Prinzi

Sunday, April 14th

(3-4) Memphis Showboats at (6-1) Michigan Panthers

Latest Line: (Panthers -14)

 Television: Local

ESPN Radio: John Ward & Paul Hartiage


(2-5) Birmingham Stallions at (6-1) Houston Gamblers

Latest Line: (Gamblers -13)   

Television: ESPN Regional: Roger Twibell & Mike Haffner

ESPN Radio: John Greer & Ed Biles


(5-2) Denver Gold at (2-5) Pittsburgh Maulers

Latest Line: (Gold -1)   

Television: Local 

ESPN Radio: John Sanders & Steve Talbot


(2-5) Oakland Invaders at (2-5) Orlando Renegades

Latest Line: (Renegades -7)

Television: Local

ESPN Radio: Joe Starkey & Lee Grosscup


(5-2) Philadelphia Stars (3-4) Los Angeles Express

Latest Line: (Stars -8)

Television: ABC National: Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann

Radio: ABC Radio: Bob Buck and Dick Butkus


Monday, April 15th

(5-2) New Jersey Generals at (1-6)Arizona Outlaws

Latest Line: (Generals -10)

Television: ESPN National: Jim Simpson & Paul McGuire

ESPN Radio: Mike Nolan & Irv Brown

Saturday, October 12, 2019

'85 Chronology-White Hats

Event Date: April 12th, 1985

Event Description: Outlaw Outreach

Source: Eugene Register Guard


'85 Chronology-Unlimited Potential

Event Date: April 9th, 1985

Event Description: 'Gades Looking to Deal

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Thursday, October 10, 2019

'85 Chronology-Determination

Event Date: April 9th, 1985

Event Description: Bassett Ends Mystery

Source: The Evening Independent




'85 Chronology-No Comment

Event Date: April 8th, 1985

Event Description: Bassett Seeks Treatment

Source: Lakeland Ledger


Monday, October 7, 2019

'85 Chronology-Cruise Control

Event Date: April 8th, 1985

Event Description: Bandits Sink 'Boats

Source: UPI

Gary Anderson rushed for a pair touchdown passes Saturday night to lift the Tampa Bay Bandits to a 43-14 triumph over the Memphis Showboats.

Tampa's secondary victimized Memphis quarterback Walter Lewis for five interceptions and a fumble. Three of the thefts resulted in Bandits' scores and the fourth killed a drive in the second quarter.

John Reaves completed 25-of-37 passes for 360 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. Lewis was 13-of-28 for 154 yards to go along with 91 rushing yards for the Showboats.

After Memphis went ahead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, the Bandits took the lead to stay in the second quarter when Reaves engineered a five-play, 54-yard drive capped by a 2-yard run by Anderson for a touchdown.

Tampa Bay scored another touchdown near the end of the frame when Alvin Bailey intercepted Lewis and Spencer Jackson caught a four-yard pass from Reaves to make it 20-7.

A late field goal from Zenon Andrusyshyn put the Bandits ahead 23-7 at the intermission.

The Bandits put the game away in the third period with two touchdowns, one each from Anderson and Reaves. Anderson scored via a one-yard touchdown plunge and Reaves found Eric Truvillion for a 31-yard touchdown.

Game Notes: The Bandits were hit by a rash of injuries during the contest, including the loss of wideout Willie Gillespie and defensive back Warren Hanna.

Story-(UPI Modified)

'85 Chronology-Easter Lillies

Event Date: April 8th, 1985

Event Description: Weekend Roundup

Source: PFW

Easter Sunday left the stands bare as the majority of  USFL football games were played on Saturday so as to avoid conflict with the spring holiday.

Still, smallish crowds seemed to be the rule rather than the exception as the league played five contests on Saturday.

The biggest football crowd of the day -- 41,381 -- was watching the Tampa Bay Bandits' crush Memphis by a score of 43-14. 

Meanwhile in New Jersey, 34,573 saw the Generals roll over the Pittsburgh Maulers 31-14, and 16,599 fans in Philadelphia rooted for the Stars' 30-28 victory over the Orlando Renegades. 

The other games of the day featured the Oakland Invaders 23-13 win over Arizona and the Gamblers 28-16 victory against state-rival San Antonio before a crowd of 34,549.

The one game played on Sunday saw the Birmingham Stallions down the Jacksonville Bulls by a score of 27-20.

more to come.....

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

'85 Chronology-Money Ball

Event Date: April 5th, 1985

Event Description:  'Slingers Financial Woes

Source: UPI

Members of the San Antonio Gunslingers picked up their overdue paychecks Friday afternoon, and the owner of the U.S. Football League club said he has no problem paying the team's bills.

Team spokesman Les Singleton said the checks arrived about 5:15 p.m. CST.

Checks not picked up Friday will be distributed to players and employees Saturday, he added.

Checks bounced last week because the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien on the Gunslingers' payroll account, claiming it was owed $404,763 in back payroll taxes.

Checks bounced last week because the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien on the Gunslingers' payroll account, claiming it was owed $404,763 in back payroll taxes.

However, team owner Clinton Manges said the team has no financial problems.

“Let me assure you. I have no problem. The team has no problem,” Manges said Friday. “I just paid $500,000 for assessments for all the other teams. We paid off that tax lien. I've paid it off. If anyone had bothered to check, they would have found I have an estate in excess of $400 million,” Manges said in a copyright interview with San Antonio radio station WOAI.

'85 Chronology-Week #7 Preview

Event Date: April 5th, 1985

Event Description: Week #7 Preview

Source: Pro Football Weekly


Week #7 USFL Preview

Saturday, April 6th

(2-4) Pittsburgh Maulers at (4-2) New Jersey Generals

Latest Line: (Generals -9)

Television: ESPN Regional: Jim Simpson & Paul McGuire

ESPN Radio: Charley Steiner & Robert Casciola


(2-4) Orlando Renegades at (4-2) Philadelphia Stars

Latest Line: (Stars -9)   

Television: Harry Donohue & Dan Tollefson

ESPN Radio: David Steele & Sam Behr


(1-5) Arizona Outlaws at (1-5) Oakland Invaders

Latest Line: (Invaders -4)

 Television: Local

ESPN Radio: Joe Starkey and Bob Lee

(1-5) San Antonio Gunslingers at (5-1) Houston Gamblers

Latest Line: (Gamblers -14)   

Television: ESPN Regional: Roger Twibell & Mike Haffner

ESPN Radio: Jay Howard & Bill Mercer


(3-3) Memphis Showboats at(5-1) Tampa Bay Bandits

Latest Line: (Bandits -8)   

Television: ESPN Regional: Tom Kelly & Don Heinrich

ESPN Radio: Gene Deckerhoff & Vic Prinzi


Sunday, April 7th

(1-5) Birmingham Stallions at (3-3) Jacksonville Bulls

Latest Line: (Bulls -10)

Television: ABC National: Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann

ESPN Radio: Larry Munson & Mel Arthur


Monday, April 8th

(5-1) Michigan Panthers (4-2) New Orleans Breakers

Latest Line: (Panthers -2)

Television: ABC National: Tim Brandt & Lee Grosscup

Radio: ABC Radio: Bob Buck and Dick Butkus


(4-2) Denver Gold at (3-3) Los Angeles Express

Latest Line: (Gold -1)

Television: ESPN Regional: Tim Brando & Marv Levy

ESPN Radio: Mike Nolan & Irv Brown