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Week #10 SNF: Tampa Bay 27 Michigan 24

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Expansion Teams Poll

'88 Chronology-Pivotal Play

Event Date: April 22nd, 1988

Event Description: Late Touchdown Lifts Baltimore

Source: Wilmington Morning Star

Week #8 Thursday Game

Baltimore 24
Los Angeles 20

Attendance: 16,492
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tom Kelly/Don Heinrich

Danny Buggs scored the go-ahead touchdown in the closing seconds as the Baltimore Americans came back for a 24-20 win over the L.A. Express Thursday at the Memorial Coliseum.

Buggs’ 54-yard touchdown reception marked put the Americans (6-4) ahead with no time remaining on the clock. 

"In the end we were in position to win the football game but we sure didn’t make it easy on ourselves tonight," said Baltimore pivot Babe Laufenberg.

Laufenberg completed 16-of-29 passes for 187 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Buggs caught three passes for 87 yards in the victory.

Joe Paopao finished with 169 yards on 14-of-23 passing and tossed a touchdown to tight end Mike Sherrod for Los Angeles.

Game Notes-Kevin Nelson led all rushers with 53 yards on 23 carries...the Express are averaging just 18,557 fans per game.

more to come...

Monday, May 25, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #10 Preview

Event Date: April 21st, 1988

Event Description: Week #10 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #10 USFL Preview

(5-4) Baltimore at (2-7) Los Angeles (Express -2)

  (6-3) Tampa Bay at (3-6) Michigan (Panthers -2)

      (4-5) Philadelphia at (4-5) Memphis (Showboats -3)
  (4-5) Orlando at (3-6) Pittsburgh (Renegades -5)
          (5-4) Chicago at (6-3) Denver (Gold -3)
      (6-3) Birmingham at (5-4) Arizona (Wranglers -1)
     (2-7) Portland at (5-4) New Orleans (Breakers -7)

Sunday Night
     (3-6) Oakland at (6-3) Jacksonville (Bulls -2)

     (3-6) New Jersey at (9-0) Houston (Gamblers -10)

more to come......

'88 Chronology-Week #9 Transactions

Event Date: April 20th, 1988

Event Description: Week #9 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Placed DL Tom Gibson on Injured Reserve.

Baltimore-Activated DL Tom Porell from Taxi Squad.

Birmingham-Activated TE Greg Walker from Taxi Squad.

Denver-Activated DL Bill Lobenstein from Taxi Squad, placed DL Pat Ogrin on Injured Reserve.

Houston-Activated RB Sloan Hood from Taxi Squad.

Jacksonville-Activated DB Norman Floyd* from Taxi Squad.

Los Angeles-Signed QB Tom Rozantz (Maulers ’86).

Memphis-Activated OL Sid Abramowitz from Taxi Squad, placed RB Chris Smith on Injured Reserve.

Michigan-Activated DB Len Bell from Taxi Squad.

New Jersey-Activated RB George Cooper* from Taxi Squad, placed DL Ben Rudolph on Injured Reserve.

New Orleans-Activated WR Marc Zeno* from Taxi Squad.

Oakland-Activated WR-RB Brian Bedford* from Taxi Squad, placed CB Daryl Hart on Injured Reserve.

Orlando-Activated DB’s Corris Ervin* and Jerome Norris from Taxi Squad, placed LB Paul McGowan* on Injured Reserve.

Philadelphia-Activated QB Tim Riordan from Taxi Squad.

Portland-Activated WR Daryl Franklin* from Taxi Squad.

Tampa Bay-Activated LB Vincent Fizer from Taxi Squad.

more to come......

Sunday, May 24, 2015

'88 Breakers Midseason QB Poll

'88 Chronology-Midway Monday

Event Date: April 19th, 1988

Event Description: Gamblers Stay Perfect

Source: Lone Star News

Week #9 Monday Game

Houston 10
Philadelphia 9

Attendance: 28,854
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul McGuire

Efren Herrera’s 27-yard field goal with seven minutes remaining turned out to be the game-winner as still undefeated Houston notched a 10-9 victory over Philadelphia in Monday night USFL action.

Herrera's first field goal of the night capped a ten-play, 57-yard scoring drive that lasted 4:41 and was highlighted by Richard Johnson's 23-yard catch-and-run that got the ball into Stars territory.

Tony Jeffery led the Houston offense with 52 yards rushing on 15 carries while adding two receptions. Gamblers quarterback Jim Kelly was just 14-for-24 for 169 yards passing for the visitors.

Stars running back Allen Harvin rushed 22 times for 64 yards, and Eric Streater hauled in five passes for 51 yards. Chuck Fusina completed 16 of 24 passes for 136 yards and Eric Shubert connected on three field goals in the loss.
Game Notes-Richard Johnson led all receivers with 79 yards on five receptions...the teams’ combined for 224 rushing yards.

For complete team statistics at the midway point of the season go here...

more to come...

'88 Chronology-Week #9 Scoreboard

Event Date: April 18th, 1988

Event Description: Week #9 Wrap 

Source: PFW


(5-3) Jacksonville at (6-2) Tampa Bay 
Bulls win 24-20


  (4-4) Orlando at (5-3) Birmingham (Stallions -2)
Stallions win 17-10


  (2-6) Michigan at (5-3) Baltimore (Americans -2)
Panthers win 16-13

         (2-6) Los Angeles at (2-6) New Jersey (Generals -1)
Generals win 21-9

      (2-6) Pittsburgh at (3-5) Oakland (Invaders -9)
Maulers win 34-30

     (4-4) Chicago at (5-3) Arizona (Wranglers -3) 
Blitz win 33-27

(5-3) New Orleans at (5-3) Denver (Gold -1)
Gold win 26-14

Sunday Night
   (3-5) Memphis at (2-6) Portland (Storm -3)
Showboats win 26-24

more to come...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #9 Preview

Event Date: April 13th, 1988

Event Description: Week #9 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #9 USFL Preview

(5-3) Jacksonville at (6-2) Tampa Bay (Bandits -5)

  (4-4) Orlando at (5-3) Birmingham (Stallions -2)

  (2-6) Michigan at (5-3) Baltimore (Americans -2)
         (2-6) Los Angeles at (2-6) New Jersey (Generals -1)
      (2-6) Pittsburgh at (3-5) Oakland (Invaders -9)
     (4-4) Chicago at (5-3) Arizona (Wranglers -3) 
(5-3) New Orleans at (5-3) Denver (Gold -1)

Sunday Night
   (3-5) Memphis at (2-6) Portland (Storm -3)

      (8-0) Houston at (4-4) Philadelphia (Gamblers -3)

more to come......

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #8 Transactions

Event Date: April 12th, 1988

Event Description: Week #8 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Placed RB David Adams on Injured Reserve.

Denver-Placed RB Tony Boddie on Injured Reserve, activated RB Steve Bartalo from Taxi Squad.

Michigan-Placed DB Clarence Chapman on Injured Reserve, activated DB Dexter Clark from Taxi Squad.

New Orleans-Placed RB Mark Schellan on Injured Reserve, activated FB Hokie Gajan from Inactive List.

more to come......

'88 Chronology-Eightfold

Event Date: April 11th, 1988

Event Description: Week #8 USFL Summaries

Source: Reading Eagle

Week #8 Sunday Games

Pittsburgh 20
Philadelphia 13

Attendance: 27,776
Television: ABC Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Corey McPherrin/Kevin Kiley

Joe Dudek rushed for 115 yards and David Trout booted two field goals as the Pittsburgh Maulers upset the Philadelphia Stars, 20-13, in USFL action on Sunday afternoon.

Pittsburgh signal caller John Congemi completed 12-of-20 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown pass in the win. Darrell K. Smith hauled in a 64-yard scoring strike from Congemi near the end of the opening frame. Rich Thomaselli added a nine-yard scoring run for the Maulers (2-6).

Game Notes-Ex-NFLer Tony Collins scored the lone touchdown for Philadelphia.

Denver 12
Birmingham 20

Attendance: 34,130
Television: RCA Satellite
Announcers: Mike Nolan/Red Miller or Jim Fyffe/Herb Winches

Bill Johnson rushed for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Birmingham Stallions to a 20-12 victory over the Denver Gold.

Cliff Stoudt threw for 178 yards with one interception through the air for Birmingham (5-3), which now sits in second place behind Houston. Jim Smith hauled in five passes for 105 yards in the victory.

The second half opened with the Gold trailing 10-3, but they eventually moved to within 13-12 at the 0:08 mark of the third stanza. A 30-yard TD pass from Vince Evans to Lonnie Harris gave the home team a one-point edge after a failed two-point conversion by Denver.

In what was the final scoring drive, Johnson led the Stallions down to the seven-yard line before his number was called again and he ran into the end zone. His second rushing score of the day put the hosts in front for good, 20-12.

Game Notes-Evans finished 16 of 32 for 202 yards with one pick and three sacks...Harris led all receivers with 154 yards on six receptions...Dave Stalls and Willie Pless each tallied 11 tackles for Denver.

Los Angeles 12
Orlando 33

Attendance: 23,166
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Bill Flemming/Lee Grosscup

Reggie Collier threw for 159 yards to lead Orlando to its second straight victory, a 33-12 decision over Los Angeles, at Orlando Stadium.

Collier completed 13 of his 18 pass attempts and ran for a game-high 112 yards, including two rushing touchdown as the Renegades improved to (4-4). Orlando also got 72 receiving yards from Jerry Gordon on four catches.

Los Angeles (2-6) finished with four turnovers and seven penalties.

Game Notes-Orlando kicker Alan Duncan was four for four on field goal tries...L.A. wideout Duane Gunn led all receivers with 101 yards on six receptions.

Houston 24
Tampa Bay 10

Attendance: 50,053
Television: ABC National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Jim Kelly tossed two touchodown passes as the Houston Gamblers remained undefeated after a 24-10 win on the road against the Tampa Bay Bandits.

Kelly finished with 269 yards passing on 24 of 35 efficiency with one interception and one sack. Tony Jeffery led the Houston ground attack with 56 yards rushing on 19 carries and one score. Richard Johnson led all receivers with 90 yards on five grabs and one touchdown.

The Houston defense did their part as well, as they hurried Tampa pivot Ben Bennett for most of the afternoon. Bennett finished with 194 yards passing, but was intercepted twice and sacked three times.

Game Notes-Cleveland Crosby led the Houston defense with 12 tackles and two sacks...Dennis Thurman returned his interception 78 yards helping to set up a 24-yard field midway through the opening stanza.

Michigan 6
Chicago 21

Attendance: 20,580
Television: TBS Cable/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Gary Bender/Craig Morton

Dieter Brock threw one touchdown pass to lead the Chicago Blitz to a 21-6 victory over the Michigan Panthers on Sunday night.

Brock went 18-for-26 with 206 yards and two interceptions and Larry Canada and Anthony Mosley added touchdown runs for the Bliz (4-4), who stopped a three-game losing streak to improve to .500 on the season.

Bob Gagliano was 17-for-41 with 181 yards and three sacks and Ken Lacy carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards for the slumping Panthers (2-6), who have lost four straight games.

Game Notes-Derek Holloway led the Panthers offensively with five receptions for 68 yards.

In other Sunday action, the Baltimore Americans downed Portland 17-7 at Memorial Stadium.

more to come...

'88 Chronology-Barn Burner

Event Date: April 10th, 1988

Event Description: Breakers Tame Bulls

Source: Times Picayune

Week #8 Saturday Game

New Orleans 30
Jacksonville 21

Attendance: 52,521
Television: ESPN
Announcers: Roger Twibell/Mike Adamle

Malcolm Barnwell hauled in four balls for 99 yards and one touchdown to lead New Orleans to a 30-21 win over Jacksonville on Saturday night.

David Woodley went 12-for-23 for 194 yards and two interceptions for the Breakers (5-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak. 

Tyrone Anthony led the New Orleans ground attack with 75 yards on 16 carries, and fullback Mark Schellan chipped in with a pair of touchdown runs.

Ed Luther finished 21-of-39 for 223 yards and touchdown with three picks and three sacks. Tony Smith rushed for 93 yards and a score for the Bulls (5-3), who saw their two-game victory streak come to an end.

Game Notes-Each team finished with three turnoversNew Orleans lost fullback Mark Schellan to injury near the end of the third quarter.

more to come...

Monday, May 18, 2015

'88 Chronology-Wranglers Roll

Event Date: April 8th, 1988

Event Description: Wranglers Win Third Straight

Source: Lodi News Sentinel

Week #8 Thursday Game

Attendance: 27,319
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tom Kelly/Don Heinrich

Rick Neuheisel threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns to lead Arizona to its third straight victory, a 31-12 decision over Memphis, at the Liberty Bowl.

Neuheisel completed 16 of his 28 pass attempts with two sacks, while rookie Channing Williams scored a rushing touchdown as the Wranglers improved to (5-3). Arizona also got 101 receiving yards from Alphonso Williams on seven catches and one score.

Memphis (3-5), which saw a two-game win streak come to a halt, played much of the game without starting running back Gill Fenerty. 
Fenerty suffered an apparent shoulder or hand injury late in the second quarter. 

Walter Lewis finished 16-of-22 for 172 yards and two picks, while backup Frank Seurer hit on just two-of-seven throws for 42 yards and an interception.

Game Notes-Chuck Banks led all rushers with 76 yards on nine attempts...Memphis outgained Arizona 375-339, but were stymied by three turnovers...John Jefferson and Gordon Hudson added touchdown receptions for the visitors.

more to come...

'88 Chronology-Week #8 Preview

Event Date: April 7th, 1988

Event Description: Week #8 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #8 USFL Preview

(4-3) Arizona at (3-4) Memphis (Showboats -2)

  (4-3) New Orleans at (5-2) Jacksonville (Breakers -1)

     (1-6) Pittsburgh at (4-3) Philadelphia (Stars -9)
 (2-5) Portland at (4-3) Baltimore (Americans -2)
         (2-5) Los Angeles at (3-4) Orlando (Renegades -7)
     (7-0) Houston at (6-1) Tampa Bay (Bandits -1)
    (5-2) Denver at (4-3) Birmingham (Stallions -3)

Sunday Night
    (2-5) Michigan at (3-4) Chicago (Blitz -4)

     (2-5) New Jersey at (2-5) Oakland (Invaders -5)

more to come......

'88 Chronology-Week #7 Transactions

Event Date: April 5th, 1988

Event Description: Week #7 Transactions

Source: PFW

New Orleans-Signed DE Mike Robinson (Wranglers ’86), placed DL Robert Brannon on Injured Reserve.

Oakland-Signed RB-KR Kirby Warren (CFL-Calgary ’87).

Philadelphia-Placed RB-DB Gordie Lockbaum on Injured Reserve.

Pittsburgh-Signed RB Jaime Covington (Maulers ’87), placed RB Charles Gladman on Injured Reserve.

more to come......

Sunday, May 17, 2015

'88 Chronology-Star Struck!

Event Date: April 4th, 1988

Event Description: Bandits Finally Fall

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Week #7 Monday Game

Tampa Bay 16
Philadelphia 20

Attendance: 29,740
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul McGuire

Hubie Oliver rushed for 105 yards and Willie Collier caught four passes for 53 yards as the Philadelphia Stars handed the Tampa Bay Bandits their first loss of the season, 20-16, at Veterans Stadium.

Chuck Fusina finished 17-of-22 for 170 yards and one touchdown and Allen Harvin also ran for 36 yards with a touchdown on nine carries for the Stars, who have won two of their last three games.

Ben Bennett threw for 152 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions on 11-of-22 passing. Cris Collinsworth finished with three catches for 59 yards and Ken Joiner caught a touchdown pass for the Bandits.

The Bandits opended the scoring with a 24-yard field goal from Zenon Andrushyshyn at the 10:30 mark of the opening frame.

A three-yard touchdown run by Harvin put Philadelphia on the board with just about six 1/2 minutes to go in the first quarter, putting the Stars’ ahead 7-3.

The Bandits, though, regained their lead late in the second quarter when Bennett found Joiner in the corner of the end zone and a 41-yard field goal by Andrushyshyn pushed Tampa's lead to 13-7.

A 37-yard Eric Shubert field goal pulled Philadelphia to within 13-10 at the break.

A five-yard pass from Fusina to Ken Dunek with 4:12 left to play in the third quarter helped the Stars’ forge ahead 17-13.

In the final stanza, Tampa did pull within a point before a 45-yard field goal by Shubert with 6:44 left in the final quarter capped the scoring.

Game Notes-Newly signed running back Mack Boatner led the Bandits on the ground with 43 yards on 12 attempts...ex-NFL back Tony Collins chipped in with 76 yards on 12 carries for Philadelphia.

more to come...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

'88 Chronology-Lucky Seven

Event Date: April 3rd, 1988

Event Description: Week #7 USFL Summaries

Source: The Bulletin

Week #7 Sunday Games

New Jersey 34
Baltimore 24

Attendance: 28,980
Television: ABC Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Corey McPherrin/Kevin Kiley

Doug Flutie threw four touchdown passes in the second half to lead the New Jersey Generals to a 34-24 win over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium.

Flutie converted 20-of-28 passes for 213 yards and no interceptions in the victory. Sam Bowers finished with 70 receiving yards on five receptions, for the Generals (2-5).

Babe Laufenberg converted 19-of-35 passing for 219 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, as the Americans lost their first game in the last five contests.

Game Notes-Both teams finished with over 100 yards rushing...Sanders Shiver led the Baltimore defense with 13 tackles and four run stuffs.

Oakland 3
Los Angeles 17

Attendance: 18,753
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tim Brandt/Ron Mix 

Todd Santos tossed a fourth quarter touchdown pass to lead Los Angeles to a 17-3 win over Oakland at the L.A. Coliseum.

Santos finished 19-of-30 for 218 yards with one interception. Craig Ellis hauled in eight balls for 57 yards and rushing touchdown while Mike Sherrod caught five passes for 37 yards for the Express (2-5).

Fred Besana threw for 144 yards, and completed 15-of-25 passes with four sacks. David Williams finished with four receptions 53 yards for the Invaders (2-5), who failed to find the end zone. They have now dropped three of their last four games.

Game Notes-Fred Crutcher led all rushers with 55 yards on 18 carries.

Michigan 17
Jacksonville 20

Attendance: 46,362
Television: ABC National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Ed Luther threw for 205 yards and one score on 22-of-34 passing and kicker Brian Franco nailed a late fourth quarter field goal to lead Jacksonville past Michigan, 20-17, in a Week 7 matchup at the Gator Bowl.

Tony Smith caught three balls for 65 yards and Elmer Bailey caught one touchdown for the Bulls (5-2), who have won two of their last three. Linebacker John El-Masry opened the scoring with a nine-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Bob Gagliano completed 14-of-20 passes for 126 yards and an interception for the Panthers (2-5), who have dropped three games.

Ken Lacy ran for 59 yards and John Williams scored both Michigan touchdowns.

Game Notes-The Bulls rushing game totaled a paltry 22 yards on 32 attempts.

Memphis 19
New Orleans 13

Attendance: 29,916
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Bill Flemming/Lee Grosscup

Walter Lewis completed 17-of-27 passes for 169 yards with one touchdown and two sacks as the visiting Memphis Showboats held off the Breakers, 19-13, at the Superdome.

Derrick Crawford had six catches for 79 yards for Memphis (3-4), and Gill Fenrty added 35 rushing yards. Kicker Nick Mike-Mayer was four for four on field goal attempts.

David Woodley completed 16-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a late touchdown for the Breakers (4-3). Tyrone Anthony had 90 yards on the ground on 16 carries.

A 47-yard field goal by Nick Mike-Mayer gave Memphis a 3-0 lead with 14:57 left in the second quarter, but Tim Mazzetti's 41-yard field goal with 1:46 left tied things at 3-3. The Showboats entered the break up 6-3 after a Breakers’ turnover and a second Mike-Mayer field goal.

In the third frame, Chris Smith's three-yard touchdown reception capped a ten play, 60 yard drive and pushed the Memphis lead to 13-3. 

At the 4:45 mark of the third, Tim Mazzetti nailed a 53-yard field goal as New Orleans pulled to within 13-6.

Memphis came back in the fourth, with a pair of Mike-Mayer field goals to round out the scoring for the visitors.

Game Notes-Due to injury the Breakers were without star running back Marcus Dupree.

Pittsburgh 10

Attendance: 20,517
Television: RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Fyffe/Dick James or Sam Nover/Al Jennings

Kicker Dan Miller converted all four of his field goal attempts and finished with a total of 13 points as he helped guide the Birmingham Stallions to a 19-10 win over the hapless Pittsburgh Maulers at Three Rivers Stadium.

Tony Truelove led the way for Birmingham with 21 carries for 57 yards and Cliff Stoudt finished with 136 yards passing on 13 of 19 pass attempts.

John Congemi finished with 234 passing yards on 22 of 43 efficiency, but he was sacked four times and had two picks.

Game Notes-Herb Spencer led the Birmingham defensive effort with 14 tackles and two sacks.

Chicago 16
Houston 20

Attendance: 29,625
Television: TBS Cable/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Gary Bender/Craig Morton

Houston used a pair of Jim Kelly touchdown passes to get past Chicago, as the Gamblers continued their outstanding play with a 20-16 decision over the Blitz at the Astrodome.

Kelly was not at his best, but the signal caller managed the game for the Gamblers and tallied 198 yards on 17-of-27 passing. Kelly was also sacked three times.

Dieter Brock led the offense for Chicago (3-4), finishing with 276 yards on 28-of-51 passing. Brock was sacked twice in the loss and was intercepted three times.

The first points for Chicago came off the foot of Frank Corral, who drilled a 47-yard field goal late in the opening frame.

The Gamblers were able to get on the scoreboard early in the second stanza, as Kelly led the Gamblers on a 68-yard drive, finishing it with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Richard Johnson.

Houston would take a 13-10 lead into the lockeroom after Efren Herrera was successful on two short field goals.

Overall it was a sloppy first half, as Houston and Chicago combined for 10 punts.

Houston extended its lead to 20-10 late in the third quarter as Kelly found Lonell Phea down the left sideline for a 17-yard score at the 3:24 mark.

In the frame the Blitz added a pair of Corral field goals to round out the scoring.

Game Notes-The Gamblers were held to a season-low 207 net yards...Chicago tallied fifteen penalties and three turnovers.

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