Category: Fans

Oct 06 2012

Wild End To Michigan Panthers Oakland Invaders Playoff Game

In case you never saw the wild ending to the Michigan Panthers – Oakland Invaders USFL playoff game, where the Panthers fans stormed the field to celebrate with 25 seconds left remaining in the game, then you are welcome to take a look at this YouTube video.  This showed that the fans had a connection with their team in Michigan, and hearing the commentators thoughts was rather interesting to say the least!

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Sep 29 2012

USFL Collector Shows Part Of Collection On YouTube

Earlier this year, a USFL fan showed some of his collection of items sent by the teams and league.  Here is the video:

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Oct 20 2009

If “Who Killed The USFL” Had Another Hour

If the USFL documentary, “Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL” had been given an extra hour on tonight’s show, then which important topics would you like to have seen addressed?  You are welcome to leave your comments provided that they are relevant, use clean language, and are on point.

Here are one man’s suggestions for additional topics which could have been addressed (in no particular order):

  • The ownership infighting which led to the new commissioner, Harry Usher, who replaced Chet Simmons
  • The combining of teams in 1985 as a result of the 1984 post-season announcement to move to the fall of 1986
  • Mentions of owner Taube, Taubman, and Tanenbaum (sp?)
  • Some mention of the Marvin Warner situation with Birmingham in 1985
  • The 1984 Chicago Blitz/Arizona Wranglers “franchise swap”
  • The futures contract to which Lawrence Taylor was signed for the 1988 season with the Generals
  • Marcus Dupree as being a sophomore to sign with the USFL
  • The concern among NFL owners when Debartolo, Sr. bought the Pittsburgh Maulers while his son owned the 49ers
  • The mention of TBS’ initial interest in the USFL’s cable deal
  • The mention of the effect that LA Express’ demise had on not getting a legitimate network contract for 1986
  • At least one mention of the 1983 draft with Dan Marino being the # 1 pick
  • The near-sellout crowd in Jacksonville
  • Larry Csonka’s role with the Bulls
  • How the logos and jerseys were innovative for its time
  • Mentions of the other Hall Of Fame inductees with USFL experience (Marv Levy, etc.)
  • How the Stars were poised to take over Baltimore in 1986 since the city was deserted by the Colts
  • Mention of Tim Wrightman and other “firsts” in USFL history
  • Some mention of George Allen, Lindy Infante, and other significant coaches
  • Some mention of the territorial draft
  • Some mention of the Breakers being in 3 cities in 3 years

Again, there are probably dozens more unique stories which could have been covered.  At least it finally showed (on a national level) respected NFL Hall of Famers talking about how much fun they had while being in the USFL!

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Oct 19 2009

USFL Documentary Producer Responds To Donald Trump’s Small Potatoes Comment

Here Mike Tollin’s response to Donald Trump’s “Small Potatoes” comment about the USFL, during the filming of the USFL documentary which airs this week:  http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/36191/director_mike_tollin_responds_to_donald_trumps_usfl_documentary_anger

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Sep 17 2009

Now This Is A USFL Memorabilia Fan!

If you are considering collecting USFL memorabilia and merchandise due to its scarcity then take note of this fan! Evidently, he has taken USFL memorabilia collecting to a new level. Just a quick glance of the photos will show you that he has some unique items which may be difficult, if not impossible, to find on the open market.
http://www.geocities.com/usflmuseum/usflfeatured.html

Sep 09 2009

ESPN Article On USFL Memorabilia Collectors

Here is a 2003 ESPN.com article on the USFL and those who collect the memorabilia and other USFL merchandise:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1517972&type=story

It talks about USFL fans, unique collections such as cancelled paychecks of Jim Kelly and inter-team memos, and the company which registered the old logos for the USFL mini helmets.

If you want to search for USFL merchandise and actual memorabilia from the USFL during the mid-1980’s then start your search by clicking the link below:

Sep 07 2009

ESPN Page 2 Column From A USFL Fan

It is always nice to see the mainstream sports media give the USFL credit every once in a while!  Here is an old article from ESPN’s Page 2 column which laments the downfall of the USFL and longs for its return because of the unique elements it brought to pro sports:   http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=pearlman/061205

Chances are that the author might be a “quiet” collector of USFL memorabilia.  No confirmation of this, of course, but he shares many of the same sentiments your fellow USFL fans share.

Sep 06 2009

Where To Meet Fellow USFL Memorabilia Collectors

If you like the old version of “social networking” – Yahoo Groups – there is a longtime group called USFLfans.  It has over 400 members as has been active since 2002; and occasionally some unique information appears in the group e-mails/digests.

So if you are fan of the old USFL, or simply like collecting USFL memorabilia, then take a look at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/usflfans/summary

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