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    They are showing a documentary on it right now on abc sports..i would like spring football...lol

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    [quote user="giants-_-"]i would like spring football[/quote]

    The problem is that the mighty NFL machine sees anything like that as "competition" and seeks to crush it like a bug.....and of course some of these foolish attempts have then decided to move from spring to the fall and compete with the NFL, and we all know how that ends.

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    • #3
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      What if the USFL Hadn't folded?

      I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite team in the NFL.

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      • #4
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        [quote user="ebick"][quote user="giants-_-"]i would like spring football[/quote]

        The problem is that the mighty NFL machine sees anything like that as "competition" and seeks to crush it like a bug.....and of course some of these foolish attempts have then decided to move from spring to the fall and compete with the NFL, and we all know how that ends.[/quote]

        It's more than that. They had their own World League in two incarnations and both had terrible play. The Arena League is back (they skipped a season during the financial crisis) and as much as I try to like it and keep giving it 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances I just can't get into it.
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        • #5
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          We had quite a few guys play for us after the USFL folded. Bart Oates, Mo Carthon, and Hershal Walker come to mind. Steve Young was also a USFL'er. Anyone else?


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            [quote user="Roosevelt"]We had quite a few guys play for us after the USFL folded. Bart Oates, Mo Carthon, and Hershal Walker come to mind. Steve Young was also a USFL'er. Anyone else?


            [/quote]Didn't both Kelly and Moon start in the USFL?

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              [quote user="Drez"][quote user="Roosevelt"]We had quite a few guys play for us after the USFL folded. Bart Oates, Mo Carthon, and Hershal Walker come to mind. Steve Young was also a USFL'er. Anyone else?


              [/quote]Didn't both Kelly and Moon start in the USFL?
              [/quote]

              Yes, I think you're right.

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              • #8
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                Wasn't Walker a New Jersey General?

                Actually here is a list:

                http://www.oursportscentral.com/usfl/nflplayers2.htm

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                • #9
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                  [quote user="Roosevelt"]We had quite a few guys play for us after the USFL folded.* Bart Oates, Mo Carthon, and Hershal Walker come to mind.* Steve Young was also a USFL'er.* Anyone else?


                  [/quote]John Starks?

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                  • #10
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                    [quote user="giantman8493"][quote user="Roosevelt"]We had quite a few guys play for us after the USFL folded.* Bart Oates, Mo Carthon, and Hershal Walker come to mind.* Steve Young was also a USFL'er.* Anyone else?


                    [/quote]John Starks?[/quote]
                    I actually watched the USFL quite a bit as a kid. To add to the list.l

                    Jim Kelly, Ricky Sanders, Warren Moon, Bobby Hebert, Mike Rozier, Gary Clark,. And who could forget when we got Doug Flutie to replace Brian Sipe! And Duh, Reggie White from the Memphis Showboats. lol.

                    For whatever reason the name Marcus Dupree sticks out also.

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                    • #11
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                      Seemed like it made more sense than what they keep trying to do. I mean NFL is top dog, why have a league that plays in competition??
                      Wouldn't it make more sense to start the alternative league in late Feb, when we all start missing Sunday Football??

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                      • #12
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                        I'm glad they folded. It's more fun to have all the best players in one league. While spring and summer football would have been great, can you imagine how annoying it would get with everyone constantly asking which is the better league and if teams from one league could win in the other league (assuming, of course, that the USFL did manage to become a legitimate competitor for the top talent)?

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                          [quote user="SweetZombieJesus"][quote user="ebick"][quote user="giants-_-"]i would like spring football[/quote]

                          The problem is that the mighty NFL machine sees anything like that as "competition" and seeks to crush it like a bug.....and of course some of these foolish attempts have then decided to move from spring to the fall and compete with the NFL, and we all know how that ends.[/quote]

                          It's more than that.* They had their own World League in two incarnations and both had terrible play.* The Arena League is back (they skipped a season during the financial crisis) and as much as I try to like it and keep giving it 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances I just can't get into it.
                          [/quote]

                          My point was what if the NFL didn't fear it as competition and actually embraced and nurtured it? They NFL did plenty to ensure it wasn't successful. As for the level of play, I'm sure the level of play in the NFL was not what it is now when it first started.

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                          • #14
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                            There was just an article on NFL.com about bringing the USFL back. They were talking about 8 teams to start, a Spring Schedule and to be a more like a Minor League NFL. The teams would not be in any NFL Markets/Towns.

                            AP Article:

                            FLORHAM PARK, N.J. The USFL is back in business.

                            Well, almost.

                            A reincarnation of the league, with an entirely different business model, plans to kick off in March. On Thursday, it included Hall of Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff among its advisers.

                            Biletnikoff will consult on football operations for the league, which originally went out of business in 1987 after losing millions of dollars and, despite winning a lawsuit against the NFL, being awarded just $3 in indemnities. That version unwisely chose to challenge the NFL, while this one will be more of a developmental league.

                            "We will not try to compete with the NFL at all," said CEO Jaime Cuadra after adding Biletnikoff and James Bailey, an executive for the Cleveland Browns and then the Baltimore Ravens for 21 years, to the USFL's board of advisers. The board will be responsible for guiding USFL management on various areas of operations, eventually focusing on a search for the league's commissioner.

                            "We will play in markets where there are no NFL teams or major league baseball teams. It's a league for guys who are on the bubble for making NFL teams, and we will have complete open access for the NFL. We want to build a model that is sustainable."

                            The USFL is looking at a 14-game season from March until June in eight cities. Its players would then be free to join NFL clubs at their training camps.

                            All player and coach contracts will be owned by the league, with salaries not approaching anything the NFL offers.

                            Cities currently being considered are Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; San Antonio or Austin, Texas; Columbus or Akron, Ohio; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Memphis, Tenn.

                            "These are cities with underutilized facilities at that time of year," Cuadra said.

                            Nearly all of them also have avid college football followings, something the USFL hopes to draw from. Cuadra said regional draft picks would be used so that, say, a player who attended Oregon or Oregon State would wind up with a Portland franchise.

                            One critical item the USFL has only begun to investigate is a television partner. The UFL, which finished its third season in the fall of 2011 with five teams, has struggled to find a TV audience.

                            Of course, it plays its games during the NFL schedule. The USFL will avoid such dead-end conflicts.

                            "We have nothing lined up yet, and we are doing our research and investigating the landscape of sports television today, which is ever-changing," Cuadra said.

                            Also advising the new USFL is Jim Steeg, who spent 35 years in the NFL, is a former COO of the San Diego Chargers, and was the league's main organizers of the Super Bowl for 26 years as senior vice president of special events.

                            -- The Associated Press

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                            • #15
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                              The NJ Generals were my first team. I remember very obnoxious fans (almost Philly-style), horrible halftime shows, and almost never winning a home game in the first couple seasons. But God, it was fun!!!

                              As a kid, I had no idea that those players were any less talented than the ones on the Jets or Giants.

                              But I was a fan of Maurice Carthon way before I was a fan of the Giants. It was only after the league folded that I began paying closer attention to the NFL.

                              That's probably when I was 11 years old or so.

                              Here is a trailer to a great documentary on USFL.

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