USFL America Radio

USFL America Radio

A podcast devoted to the history of the original United States Football League. Here you will find documentaries and game replays in the public domain. In addition, this podcast will devote air time to the new league as it seeks to reclaim the mantle of its predecessor and succeed where other spring leagues have failed.

Episodes

February 23, 2022 192 min

1983 Championship - Sunday, July 17, 1983. Attendance: 50,906. TV: ABC.

[NOTE: If you want to skip all the pregame analysis forward to about the 10:30 minute mark where kickoff begins]

Anthony Carter and Derek Holloway were big enough to be enough for Bobby Hebert and definitely big enough for the Michigan Panthers, who got big plays and big days from their little guys to win the first United States Football League championship wit...

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1983 Divisional Playoffs - Sunday, July 10, 1983. Attendance: 60,237, TV: ABC.

[Note: If you want to skip all the pregame analysis forward to about the 9:00 minute mark where the kickoff begins]

Michigan quarterback Bobby Hebert passed for one touchdown and ran for another  to lead the Panthers to a 37-21 victory over the Oakland Invaders and into the United States Football League's first championship game. The Panthers, who wo...

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1983 Divisional Playoffs - Saturday, July 9, 1983. Attendance: 15,686, TV: ABC.

The Philadelphia Stars had come from behind before, but never quite so dramatically. And the victory never felt quite so good. Quarterback Chuck Fusina, who overcame four first-half turnovers with three touchdown passes in the last nine minutes as the Stars tied the Chicago Blitz 38-38, then went on to win 44-38 in overtime to advance to the championshi...

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1983 Week 18 - Sunday, July 3, 1983. Attendance: 31,905, TV: ABC.

[NOTE: If you want to skip all the pregame analysis you can forward the audio to about the 7:00 minute mark where the game begins]

Defensive end John Banaszak, who has played football in Michigan as a collegiate at Eastern Michigan and as a professional with the Michigan Panthers, tried to put the moment into focus. "If we win the playoffs we'll be the toast ...

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1983 Week 17 - Saturday, June 25, 1983. Attendance: 30,396. TV: ESPN.

Fred Besana passed for 227 yards and a touchdown as the Oakland Invaders capitalized on blunders by the Boston Breakers to clinch the Pacific Division title. Boston, which got 122 yards rushing from halfback Richard Crump, crumbled from its own mistakes in the third period. The Invaders recovered a fumble on their own 48 and moved to the Breakers' 3-yard line...

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1983 Week 17 - Sunday, June 26, 1983. Attendance: 25,041, TV: ABC.

Five of Bobby Hebert's passes fell neatly into the arms of receivers Anthony Carter, Derek Holloway and Ken Lacy as Hebert set a United States Football League record for touchdown passes in one game and increased his league lead in that department to 26.  Hebert defied the heat in Soldier Field -- where the temperatures reached 99 degrees in the stands and zoome...

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February 17, 2022 20 min

A look back at the sixteenth week of the 1983 USFL season.

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Friday, June 17, 1983. Chicago Blitz (10-5) at Birmingham Stallions (8-7). Attendance: 23,459, TV: ABC.

[NOTE: This 1983 game between the Chicago Blitz vs Birmingham Stallions is missing the last six minutes of the contest, but that audio does not affect the outcome. The Blitz actually scored one last time despite being ahead. The rest of the game is intact.]

A change of uniforms didn't work at all for the Birmingham Stallions ...

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February 16, 2022 21 min

A look back at the fifteenth week of the 1983 USFL season.

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1983 Week 15 - Monday, June 13, 1983. Attendance: 26,840. TV: ESPN.

[Note: The game is joined in progress late in the second quarter. The rest of the game is complete]

Kevin Shea booted a team-record three field goals and Jerry Aldridge sprinted down the sidelines 80 yards for a touchdown to lead the Oakland Invaders to a 16-10 victory over the Denver Gold in a key USFL Pacific Division game. Shea accounted for Oakland's only t...

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1983 Week 14 - Saturday, June 4, 1983, Attendance: 32,908, TV: ESPN.  

[Note: If you want to skip all the pregame analysis forward the audio to near 7:30 minute mark where the kickoff begins.]  

Fred Besana, leading passer In the United States Football League, got the best of No. 1 rusher Herschel Walker by firing three touchdown passes and leading the Oakland Invaders to a 34-21 victory over the New Jersey Generals.  Oakland, 7-7,...

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February 14, 2022 21 min

A look back at the thirteenth week of the 1983 USFL season.

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1983 Week 13 - Sunday, May 29, 1983.  Attendance: 15,668, TV: ABC.

[NOTE: If you want to skip all the pregame analysis forward the audio to the 7:51 minute mark where the game begins]

Boston's 21-17 victory over Philadelphia on a last-play tipped touchdown catch by Frank Lockett halted the Stars' eight-game winning streak and prevented them from winning the United States Football League's Atlantic Division title.  Bosto...

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Monday, May 30, 1983. Tampa Bay Bandits (9-3) at Michigan Panthers (7-5). Attendance: 23,976. TV: ESPN.

[Note: If you want to skip all the pregame talk, you can forward to about the 4:00 minute mark where the kickoff is set to begin]

Terry Miller might have surprised some of the folks around the United States Football League with his two-touchdown performance for the Michigan Panthers. Don't include Panthers Coach Jim Stanley i...

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Week 13 - Friday, May 27, 1983. Attendance: 38,829. TV: ESPN.

[NOTE: Kickoff begins at the 5:31 minute mark if you don't want to hear the pregame analysis.]

Quarterback Fred Mortensen ran for two touchdowns and strong safety David Dumars returned an interception 78 yards for another score, leading the Denver Gold to a 21-19 United States Football League victory over the Birmingham Stallions.  The victory marked the coaching deb...

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February 11, 2022 21 min

A look back at the twelfth week of the 1983 USFL season.

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Week 12 - Monday, May 23, 1983. Attendance: 20,042, TV: ESPN.

Scott Norwood kicked a 46-yard field goal 4 minutes 32 seconds into overtime to give the Birmingham Stallions a 23-20 victory that snapped the Michigan Panthers' six-game winning streak. Birmingham, which blocked an extra point with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter to force the overtime, lost the toss but held Michigan. The Stallions took over at the Michigan 35 after...

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1983 Week 11 - Monday, May 16, 1983. Attendance: 32,862, TV: ESPN.

New Jersey's Herschel Walker and a five-game winning streak by the Michigan Panthers brought out the crowds at the Pontiac Silverdome. They got what they wanted — a good show by Walker and a better show by their own Ken Lacy. While Walker ran for 87 yards — and caught passes for 105 more — it was Lacy who generally won the hearts of the 32,862 Panther fans, chal...

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February 8, 2022 21 min

A look back at the tenth week of the 1983 USFL season.

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1983 Week 10 - Saturday, May 7, 1983. Attendance: 16,307, TV: ESPN.

The game between Boston and LA took place on Saturday May. 7, 1983 at the LA Memorial Coliseum with attendance around 16,307 but you couldn't tell by watching video of the game.  Week 10 of the inaugural season of the USFL saw the LA Express win that day by a close margin due to a game winning field goal by kicker Vince Abbott. The Los Angeles Express, 5-5, hel...

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