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Thursday, March 23, 2017

'90 Chronology-Run, Ricky Run!

Event Date: July 21st, 1990

Event Description: Ex-Gambler Faces Charges

Source: The Free-Lance Star


Monday, January 16, 2017

Virtual USFL Off-Season Mode

As the Virtual USFL moves into off-season mode we will be going on hiatus while at the same time working on some of the following;

1. Moving the 1991 season to the 2016 version of Action PC Football.

2. Working through the 1990-91 VUSFL off-season albeit at a much slower pace as compared to years' past.

3. Backing up old seasons onto an archives blog as we no longer have the ability to upload the archives into a web page hosted by dropbox.

4. Following Jeff Pearlman as he continues to write his USFL book; links to his USFL bio blog and twitter feed which can be found here and here.

5. Presenting the Virtual WFL '75 which can be found here.

As always thanks to those who have followed the Virtual USFL over the course of the last few years, we are always open to suggestions and appreciate any and all comments!

Best Wishes.................



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

'90 Chronology-Heart Breakers!

Event Date: July 8th, 1990

Event Description: USFL Championship

Source: Ocala Star Banner


New Orleans 9
Tampa Bay 13


Attendance: 53,286 at the Superdome
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite/Prime Networks/MSG/Sunshine
Announcers: Charlie Steiner/Lee Corso

Ben Bennett tossed a third quarter touchdown touchdown pass helping the Tampa Bay Bandits to a 13-9 win over the New Orleans Breakers in last nights USFL Championship game at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Bennett completed 17-of-27 passes for 137 yards with one interception for the Bandits, who captured their first USFL championship. 

Derrick McAdoo carried the ball 8 times for 35 yards and Marvin Harvey caught six passes for 35 yards with one TD reception for Tampa Bay. 


Linebacker Terence Mack was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Terrence Jones connected on 13-of-24 passes for just 87 yards with no touchdowns for the Breakers, who lost their third championship game. 

Tim Mazzetti opened the scoring with a pair of  first-half 32-field goals while Zenon Andrusyshyn nailed a 34-yarder just before the half as the teams headed into the break with New Orleans up 6-3.

Bennett threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Harvey early in the third frame to put the Bandits’ up 10-6.

"Tonight we didn't take advantage of field position and they got a touchdown after one of our turnovers. Our protection started to deteriorate and we just really struggled offensively in the second-half," said a dejected Dick Coury after the game.

Game Notes-Tyrone Anthony led the Breakers’ with 62 yards rushing on 13 carried; while Derrick Douglas was limited to just 36 yards on 20 carries...Tampa RB-KR Mike Oliphant finished with 99 total yards.


more to come......

'90 Chronology-Championship Preview

Event Date: July 6th, 1990

Event Description: USFL Championship Preview

Source: PFW



USFL Championship Preview

Sunday
            
           (13-7) Tampa Bay at (11-9) New Orleans (Bandits -5)

            


more to come......

Saturday, January 7, 2017

'90 Chronology-Road Warriors

Event Date: July 2nd, 1990

Event Description: Road Warriors

Source: Times Picayune

Tim Mazzetti connected on four field goals while Darryl Mason scored through the air as New Orleans upset Birminghamby a score of 19-17 to again advance to the USFL Championship game. The Breakers have been to the championship game twice before, but have never won.

Terrence Jones rushed for 54 yards, went 8-for-10 for 120 yards with  one touchdown passing for the Breakers (11-9), who will now face Tampa Bay in next weeks’ title game. Darryl Mason finished with three receptions for 52 yards and one score.

Cliff Stoudt was 19-for-23 with 219 yards, one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Bill Johnson for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Stallions (15-5).

"I just think New Orleans did a little better job of taking advantage of opportunities whether it was field position, turnovers or penalties," Stallions’ head coach Forrest Gregg said. "We missed some tackles and dropped some passes. I liked our effort, but sometimes our focus and play-calling were lacking. And in that case that falls on the coaching staff."

Tim Mazzetti nailed two field goals and an extra point for the visitors...Charles Lockett had seven catches for 72 yards for the Stallions...Antonio Gibson led the New Orleans defesne with 11 tackles and one pass deflection.

more to come......

'90 Chronology-Bullish Bandits

Event Date: July 2nd, 1990

Event Description: Bandits Going to Big Easy

Source: Ocala Star Banner

Ben Bennett threw a 90-yard bomb to Stephen Starring to open the scoring and Tampa's defense gave Ed Luther fits, as the Bandits downed Jacksonville 17-7 to punch their ticket to the USFL Championship game.

Bennett passed for 250 yards on 18-of-28 attempts with no interceptions or sacks. Vito McKeever scored via 64 yard interception return just before the half for the Bandits (13-7).

"It's a big win for our team, but we still have one more game to go. It was a big win, and we won with a great team effort. We're looking forward to celebrating this win, but also looking forward to New Orleans next weekend," said head coach Jim Fassell.

Ed Luther had a shaky contest, throwing four interceptions and getting sacked twice. The former San Jose State star was 28-of-50 passing for 293 yards with one touchdown which came late in the loss.

"Everybody didn't bring their 'A' game tonight. We couldn't get our rhythm going.” said Luther afterward. "We didn't make enough plays out there to win. They beat us fair and square."
The Bandits will now move on to the championship game next week in New Orleans.


The Tampa defense recorded a pair sacks and forced six turnovers...Marvin Harvey finished with five catches for 43 yards while Stephen Starring totaled 97 yards on two receptions.

more to come......

Thursday, January 5, 2017

'90 Chronology-Semi-Finals Preview

Event Date: June 29th, 1990

Event Description: Week #20 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #20 USFL Playoff Preview

Sunday
            
           (12-7) Tampa Bay at (12-7) Jacksonville (Bulls -2)


                (10-9) New Orleans  at  (15-4) Birmingham (Stallions -8)



more to come......

Monday, January 2, 2017

'90 Chronology-Playoff Stampede

Event Date: June 24th, 1990

Event Description: Stallions Stun Gamblers

Source: Rome News Tribune

Houston 3
Birmingham 24

Attendance: 43,066
Television: ESPN National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul MGuire

Bill Johnson rushed for 96 yards and Cliff Stoudt tossed a pair of touchdowns, leading the Birmingham Stallions to a 24-3 victory over the Houston Gamblers in the opening round of the USFL playoffs.

Stoudt completed just 9-of-12 passes for the Stallions, who will now host the New Orleans Breakers next week in the Independence Division final.

Paul Ott Carruth ran for 42 yards on 11 carries, while wideout Joey Jones scored via a 79-yard end around play to open the scoring for Birmingham. Lionel James made three catches for 15 yards, including a second quarter touchdown reception.

Todd Dillon threw for 132 yards on 14-of-32 with four picks and three sacks. Max Zendejas accounted for all of Houstons’ points when he nailed a 40-yard field goal in the final frame.

Game Notes-Rookie wideout Eugene Rowell hauled in a 57-yard touchdown strike from Stoudt near the end of the second stanza...Herb Spencer led the Stallions defense with seven tackles, one sack and one pass deflection.


more to come......

'90 Chronology-Bulls Down 'Gades

Event Date: June 24th, 1990

Event Description: Luther Shines in Playoff Win

Source: Gainesville Sun

Orlando 14
Jacksonville 29

Attendance: 56,923
Television: TBS National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Gary Bender/Craig Morton

Ed Luther threw for 265 yards and one touchdown as Jacksonville beat Orlando, 29-14, in Sunday quarterfinal action.

Daric Zeno had five catches for 67 yards and one score for the Bulls, who will take on rival Tampa next Sunday at the Gator Bowl. 

Luther completed 21-of-30 passes with one sack and Bobby Howard had 59 yards and a second frame touchdown run in the victory. Brian Franco also connected on five field goals as the Bulls took a 23-7 lead into the final stanza.

Reggie Collier connected on 20-of-37 passes for 182 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and one interception for the Renegades. 


Game Notes-John El-Masry led the Bulls defense with a six tackles and two sacks.

more to come......

Sunday, January 1, 2017

'90 Chronology-Handling Hebert

Event Date: June 23rd, 1990

Event Description: Breakers Upset Oakland

Source: Times-Picayune

New Orleans 30
Oakland 24

Attendance: 39,226
Television: ESPN National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Roger Twibell/Ron Mix

Tyrone Anthony and Derrick Douglas combined for 133 yards rushing, leading the New Orleans Breakers to a 30-24 upset victory over the Oakland Invaders in USFL quarterfinal playoff action at the Coliseum.

Trumaine Johnson caught five passes for 144 yards and Tim Mazzetti connected on a trio of field goals as the Breakers’ built a 20-17 halftime lead and then held on for the victory.

Bobby Hebert threw for 278 yards on 21 of 35 efficiency with three touchdown passes and four sacks in the loss.

Midway through the opening frame Hebert was intercepted by Bruce Miller which set up a one-yard touchdown run by Derrick Douglas as the Breakers opened an early 7-0 lead.

Oakland tied things up at the 2:47 mark after Hebert hit Dokie Williams with a 17-yard touchdown pass making it a 7-7 tie.

Early in the second stanza the teams traded field goals, before Tyrone Anthony rattled off a 23-yard scoring run, pushing the visitors ahead 17-10.

Hebert hit Wes Howell with for a four-yard scoring strike late in the second and New Orleans also added a 38-yard Tim Mazzetti field goal to make it 20-17 at the intermission.
In the third stanza, Dwight Walker capped a 71-yard drive with a 12-yard run as the Breakers moved out to a 27-17 lead.

Hebert threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Doug DuBose in the fourth quarter cutting the lead to 27-24.

Tim Mazzetti rounded out the scoring with a 42-yard field goal with just 1:06 remaining in the contest.


Game Notes-Dokie Williams finished with 104 yards receiving...the Invaders were guilty of two turnovers, five penalties and four sacks...Terrence Jones finished 11 of 18 for 197 yards with no touchdowns, picks or sacks.

more to come......

'90 Chronology-Bandit-Ball!

Event Date: June 23rd, 1990

Event Description: Bandits Advance

Source: Herald-Journal

New Jersey 20
Tampa Bay 23

Attendance: 48,736
Television: ESPN National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Charlie Steiner/Lee Corso

Ben Bennett threw for 308 yards with one score as Tampa Bay beat New Jersey, 23-20, in USFL quarterfinal action on Saturday.

Greg Anderson had six catches for 110 yards and Marvin Harvey added seven ctahces for 91 yards with one score for the Bandits, who will now advance to the Conference finals slated for next weekend.

Bennett completed 23-of-27 passes with one sack and Greg Allen had 64 yards with one score via the ground in the victory.

Don McPherson connected on 13-of-23 passes for 136 yards with a touchdown and three sacks for the Generals. 


Game Notes-Each team committed six penalties, while the Bandits had two turnovers...Terence Mack led the Bandits defense with seven tackles and one sack.

more to come......

Saturday, December 31, 2016

'90 Chronology-USFL Award Winners

Event Date: June 22nd, 1990

Event Description: USFL Award Winners

Source: PFW











'90 Chronology-Quarterfinal Playoff Preview

Event Date: June 22nd, 1990

Event Description: USFL Quarterfinals Preview

Source: PFW



USFL Quarterfinals Playoff Preview

Saturday 

(10-8) New Jersey at (11-7) Tampa Bay (Bandits -6)


(9-9) New Orleans at (11-6-1) Oakland (Invaders -4)

Sunday

(10-8) Orlando at (11-7) Jacksonville (Bulls -3)


(9-9) Houston at (14-4) Birmingham (Stallions -9)



more to come......

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

'90 Chronology-Final Standings

Event Date: June 19th, 1990

Event Description: Final Standings

Source: Pro Football Weekly




Quarterfinal Playoffs

(10-8) Orlando Renegades at (11-7) Jacksonville Bulls

(10-8) New Jersey Generals at (11-7) Tampa Bay Bandits

(9-9) Houston Gamblers at (14-4) Birmingham Stallions

(9-9) New Orleans Breakers at (11-6-1) Oakland Invaders

more to come......

Monday, December 26, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #18 Scoreboard

Event Date: June 18th, 1990

Event Description: USFL Week #18 Scoreboard

Source: Pro Football Weekly




Friday, December 23, 2016

Wild Card Playoff Poll


'90 Chronology-Week #18 Preview

Event Date: June 15th, 1990

Event Description: Week #18 Preview

Source: PFW



Week #18 USFL Preview

Saturday

(11-6) Tampa Bay at (8-9) New Orleans (Breakers -2)

(9-8) Michigan at (6-10-1) Denver (Gold -3)

Sunday

(14-3) Birmingham at (9-8) Orlando (Stallions -3)

(9-8) Houston at (9-8) New Jersey (Generals -3)

         (10-7) Jacksonville at (5-12) Dallas (No Line)

               (4-13) Baltimore at at (10-6-1) Oakland (Invaders -5)

(8-9) Memphis at  (6-11) Arizona (Wranglers -2)


more to come......

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

'90 Chronology-Stayin' Alive

Event Date: June 11th, 1990

Event Description: Stayin' Alive

Source: Times Picayune


Sunday, December 18, 2016

'90 Chronology-Playoff Payday

Event Date: June 9th, 1990

Event Description: Invaders Clinch Playoff Berth

Source: Fresno Tribune


Thursday, December 15, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #17 Preview

Event Date: June 7th, 1990

Event Description: Week #17 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #17 USFL Preview

Thursday
     (5-11) Dallas at (13-3) Birmingham (Stallions -9) 

Saturday
        (6-10) Arizona at (9-6-1) Oakland (Invaders -5)
  (10-6) Tampa Bay at (9-7) Orlando (Renegades -1) 

Sunday 
           (9-7) Michigan at (7-9) Memphis (Showboats -2)
        (4-12) Baltimore at (5-10-1) Denver (Gold -4)
        

Sunday Night
  (10-6) Jacksonville at (8-8) New Jersey (Generals -1)      

Monday
  (7-9) New Orleans at (9-7) Houston (Gamblers -2)       

more to come......

Monday, December 12, 2016

'90 Chronology-Major Victories

Event Date: June 3rd, 1990

Event Description: Major Victories

Source: Tuscaloosa Times




Sunday, December 11, 2016

'90 Chronology-Playoff Pitch

Event Date: June 2nd, 1990

Event Description: Luther Leads The Way

Source: Ocala Star Banner


Saturday, December 10, 2016

'90 Chronology-Hitting The Skids?

Event Date: May 31st, 1990

Event Description: Bandits Drop Second Straight

Source: Ocala Star Banner



Friday, December 9, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #16 Preview

Event Date: May 30th, 1990

Event Description: Week #16 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #16 USFL Preview

Thursday
    (8-7) Michigan at (10-5) Tampa Bay (Bandits -5) 

Saturday
       (7-8) New Jersey at (7-8) Memphis (Showboats -4)
  (9-6) Jacksonville at (9-6) Houston (Gamblers -3) 

Sunday 
          (8-7) Orlando at (4-11) Baltimore (Stars -3)
       (12-3) Birmingham at (7-8) New Orleans (Stallions -2)
        

Sunday Night
 (4-10-1) Denver at (6-9) Arizona (Wranglers -2)      

Monday
  (8-6-1) Oakland at (5-10) Dallas (Outlaws -2)       


more to come......

Thursday, December 8, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #15 Transactions

Event Date: May 30th, 1990

Event Description: Week #15 Transactions

Source: PFW



Denver-Activated RB Shawn Jones from Taxi Squad.

Oakland-Waived LB Brent Moore.


more to come...... 

Monday, December 5, 2016

'90 Chronology-Gamblers Tame Panthers

Event Date: May 27th, 1990

Event Description: Week #15 USFL Summary

Source: Pro Football Weekly


Sunday, December 4, 2016

'90 Chronology-Bulls Roll Tide

Event Date: May 25th, 1990

Event Description: Bulls Roll Tide

Source: Ocala Star Banner



Friday, December 2, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #15 preview

Event Date: May 24th, 1990

Event Description: Week #15 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #15 USFL Preview

Thursday
   (7-7) New Orleans at (8-6) Jacksonville (Bulls -2) 

Saturday
      (5-9) Arizona at (10-4) Tampa Bay (Bandits -9) 

Sunday 
(8-6) Houston at (8-6) Michigan (Panthers -3) 
         (4-9-1) Denver at (7-7) Orlando (Renegades -2)
      (8-5-1) Oakland at (6-8) Memphis (Showboats -2)
        
Sunday Night
(5-9) Dallas at  (6-8) New Jersey (Generals -3)      

Monday
 (4-10) Baltimore at (11-3) Birmingham (Stallions -8)       


more to come......

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #14 Transactions

Event Date: May 23rd, 1990

Event Description: Week #14 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Waived LB Dan Garyson*.

Birmingham-Activated QB Reggie Slack* from Taxi Squad.

Oakland-Activated WR Tony Jeffery* from Taxi Squad.


more to come...... 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

'90 Chronology-Invaders Notch Late Win

Event Date: May 21st, 1990

Event Description: On The Move

Source: Gainesville Sun


Saturday, November 26, 2016

'90 Chronology-Wranglers Re-Group

Event Date: May 19th, 1990

Event Description: Saturday USFL Summary

Source: Lodi News





'90 Chronology-Bandits Close In

Event Date: May 18th, 1990

Event Description: Playoff Push

Source: Ocala Star Banner


Friday, November 25, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #14 Preview

Event Date: May 17th, 1990

Event Description: Week #14 Preview

Source: PFW


Week #14 USFL Preview

Thursday
   (9-4) Tampa Bay at (6-7) Memphis (Bandits -1) 

Saturday
     (4-9) Baltimore at (6-7) Orlando (Renegades -2)
 (8-5) Houston at (4-9) Arizona (Gamblers -1) 

Sunday 
         (4-8-1) Denver at (10-3) Birmingham (Stallions -7)
     (6-7) New Orleans at  (5-8) Dallas (Outlaws -1)
        

Sunday Night
(8-5) Michigan at (7-6) Jacksonville (Bulls -2)      

Monday
(7-5-1) Oakland at (6-7) New Jersey (Generals -2)       


more to come......

Thursday, November 24, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #13 Transactions

Event Date: May 16th, 1990

Event Description: Week #13 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Fired head coach Frank Kush, named Offensive Coordinator Roman Gabriel as Interim Head Coach.

Memphis-Waived RB Charles Gladman.

New Jersey-Activated DL Derek Carr* from Taxi Squad.

New Orleans-Activated QB Clemente Gordon* from Taxi Squad.

Oakland-Released LB Rob Hinkley* from Taxi Squad.


more to come...... 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

'90 Chronology-Kush Canned

Event Date: May 16th, 1990

Event Description: Kush Fired

Source: Tempe Times

The Arizona Wranglers of the U.S. Football League fired head coach Frank Kush on Tuesday. The Wranglers stand at 4-9 this season and 11-20 over the course of the last two seasons.

“Not an easy decision,” said General Manager George Allen at an afternoon press conference. 

“We have informed Coach Kush that he will no longer be our head football coach. Frank and his family have been great football ambassadors for the state of Arizona and our football franchise. Over the course of this season, myself and Mr. Tatham have both felt that the product on the field is not up to the standards that we expect. We haven’t had the success we expected, or anticipated by many including myself and the team president.”

Offensive coordinator Roman Gabriel will serve as interim coach – the Wranglers have five games remaining, three at home starting Saturday with a game against division rival Houston.

more to come......

Monday, November 21, 2016

'90 Chronology-Week #13 Scoreboard

Event Date: May 13th, 1990

Event Description: Week #13 Summary

Source: Pro Football Weekly