SUNDAY OCTOBER 27
BUFFALO 16, Chicago 6                  MIAMI 17, Baltimore 7
Dallas 21, NY Giants 7                 Houston 34, CINCINNATI 21
New England 17, MINNESOTA 14           CLEVELAND 23, Denver 21
Oakland 35, SAN FRANCISCO 24           DETROIT 19, Green Bay 17
NEW ORLEANS 14, Philadelphia 10        Kansas City 24, SAN DIEGO 14
ST. LOUIS 23, Washington 20            Los Angeles 20, NY JETS 13
MONDAY OCTOBER 28
PITTSBURGH 24, Atlanta 17
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
New England       6  1 0  .857 193 105 St. Louis         7  0 0 1.000 172 104
Buffalo           6  1 0  .857 153 111 Philadelphia      4  3 0  .571 128  86
Miami             5  2 0  .714 140 118 Washington        4  3 0  .571 134 101
NY Jets           1  6 0  .143 101 161 Dallas            3  4 0  .429 144 112
Baltimore         1  6 0  .143  82 186 NY Giants         1  6 0  .143  68 141
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Pittsburgh        5  1 1  .786 156 116 Minnesota         5  2 0  .714 131  77
Cincinnati        4  3 0  .571 181 135 GREEN BAY         3  4 0  .429 108 126
Houston           2  5 0  .286 113 167 Chicago           3  4 0  .429  95  91
Cleveland         2  5 0  .286 121 184 Detroit           3  4 0  .429 103 107
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland           6  1 0  .857 183 113 Los Angeles       5  2 0  .714 134  87
Denver            3  3 1  .500 146 143 New Orleans       3  4 0  .429  81 124
Kansas City       3  4 0  .429 113 124 Atlanta           2  5 0  .286  70 111
San Diego         1  6 0  .143  93 144 San Francisco     2  5 0  .286  96 167
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14
Minnesota 35, KANSAS CITY 15           PITTSBURGH 27, Cincinnati 3
SUNDAY DECEMBER 15
SAN DIEGO 17, Denver 0                 HOUSTON 28, Cleveland 24
PHILADELPHIA 28, Detroit 17            WASHINGTON 42, Chicago 0
ATLANTA 10, Green Bay 3                LOS ANGELES 19, Buffalo 14
SAN FRAN 35, New Orleans 21            MIAMI 34, New England 27
NY Jets 45, BALTIMORE 38               ST. LOUIS 26, NY Giants 14
OAKLAND 27, Dallas 23
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
X-Miami          11  3 0  .786 327 216 X-St. Louis      10  4 0  .714 285 218
INTERCONTINENTAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1974) - On June 5, 1974, the NFL announced plans for a “satellite” league that would start play in the spring of 1975. The NFL even had nicknames for the six teams. They were the Istanbul Conquerors, the Rome Gladiators, the Munich Lions, the Berlin Bears, the Vienna Lippizzaners and the Barcelona Almovogeres. The NFL also had pre-selected four expansion teams – the Paris Lafayettes, the Copenhagen Vikings, the Rotterdam Flying Dutchmen and the Milan Centurions. The NFL owners were to provide the initial funding, and the league would employ “second-line athletes and rookies from established NFL teams.” Heading the NFL committee that was to put the league together were Al Davis and Tex Schramm. The league never materialized. Former soccer coach Bob Kap tried to keep the dream of the league alive, bringing two American college teams over to Europe in 1976 to gauge interest. Kap planned to place teams in West Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Vienna, Copenhagen and Frankfurt to begin play in March 1977, but nothing came of this plan either.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15
PITTSBURGH 30, Baltimore 0             NEW ENGLAND 34, Miami 24
CINCINNATI 33, Cleveland 7             Dallas 27, ATLANTA 0
Minnesota 32, GREEN BAY 17             CHICAGO 17, Detroit 9
Los Angeles 17, DENVER 10              KANSAS CITY 24, NY Jets 16
HOUSTON 21, San Diego 14               ST. LOUIS 7, Philadelphia 3
Washington 13, NY Giants 10            San Francisco 17, NEW ORLEANS 13
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16
BUFFALO 21, Oakland 20
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
New England       1  0 0 1.000  34  24 Dallas            1  0 0 1.000  27   0
Buffalo           1  0 0 1.000  21  20 St. Louis         1  0 0 1.000   7   3
Miami             0  1 0  .000  24  34 Washington        1  0 0 1.000  13  10
Baltimore         0  1 0  .000   0  30 NY Giants         0  1 0  .000  10  13
NY Jets           0  1 0  .000  16  24 Philadelphia      0  1 0  .000   3   7
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Pittsburgh        1  0 0 1.000  30   0 Minnesota         1  0 0 1.000  32  17
Cincinnati        1  0 0 1.000  33   7 Chicago           1  0 0 1.000  17   9
Houston           1  0 0 1.000  21  14 Detroit           0  1 0  .000   9  17
Cleveland         0  1 0  .000   7  33 GREEN BAY         0  1 0  .000  17  32
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Kansas City       1  0 0 1.000  24  16 Los Angeles       1  0 0 1.000  17  10
Oakland           0  1 0  .000  20  21 San Francisco     1  0 0 1.000  17  13
Denver            0  1 0  .000  10  17 Atlanta           0  1 0  .000   0  27
San Diego         0  1 0  .000  14  21 New Orleans       0  1 0  .000  13  17
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22
San Francisco 16, ATLANTA 10           New England 28, NY Giants 20
San Diego 20, CINCINNATI 17            LOS ANGELES 24, New Orleans 0
St. Louis 17, WASHINGTON 10            NY Jets 23, CHICAGO 21
Green Bay 20, BALTIMORE 13             DENVER 35, Pittsburgh 35 (T)
OAKLAND 27, Kansas City 7              CLEVELAND 20, Houston 7
Minnesota 7, DETROIT 6                 Miami 24, BUFFALO 16
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23
PHILADELPHIA 13, Dallas 10
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
New England       2  0 0 1.000  62  44 St. Louis         2  0 0 1.000  24  13
Buffalo           1  1 0  .500  37  44 Dallas            1  1 0  .500  37  13
Miami             1  1 0  .500  48  50 Washington        1  1 0  .500  23  27
NY Jets           1  1 0  .500  39  45 Philadelphia      1  1 0  .500  16  17
Baltimore         0  2 0  .000  13  50 NY Giants         0  2 0  .000  30  41
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Pittsburgh        1  0 1  .750  65  35 Minnesota         2  0 0 1.000  39  23
Cincinnati        1  1 0  .500  50  27 Chicago           1  1 0  .500  38  32
Houston           1  1 0  .500  28  34 GREEN BAY         1  1 0  .500  37  45
Cleveland         1  1 0  .500  27  40 Detroit           0  2 0  .000  15  24
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland           1  1 0  .500  47  28 Los Angeles       2  0 0 1.000  41  10
Kansas City       1  1 0  .500  31  43 San Francisco     2  0 0 1.000  33  23
San Diego         1  1 0  .500  34  38 Atlanta           0  2 0  .000  10  43
Denver            0  1 1  .250  45  52 New Orleans       0  2 0  .000  13  41
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29
Green Bay 21, Detroit 19 at Milwaukee  ST. LOUIS 29, Cleveland 7
NEW ORLEANS 14, Atlanta 13             PHILADELPHIA 30, Baltimore 10
Oakland 17, PITTSBURGH 0               MINNESOTA 11, Chicago 7
Miami 28, SAN DIEGO 21                 Cincinnati 21, SAN FRANCISCO 3
BUFFALO 16, NY Jets 12                 Kansas City 17, HOUSTON 7
NEW ENGLAND 20, Los Angeles 14         NY Giants 14, DALLAS 6
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30
WASHINGTON 30, Denver 3
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
New England       3  0 0 1.000  82  58 St. Louis         3  0 0 1.000  53  20
Buffalo           2  1 0  .667  53  56 Philadelphia      2  1 0  .667  46  27
Miami             2  1 0  .667  76  71 Washington        2  1 0  .667  53  30
NY Jets           1  2 0  .333  51  61 Dallas            1  2 0  .333  43  27
Baltimore         0  3 0  .000  23  80 NY Giants         1  2 0  .333  44  47
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Cincinnati        2  1 0  .667  71  30 Minnesota         3  0 0 1.000  50  30
Pittsburgh        1  1 1  .500  65  52 GREEN BAY         2  1 0  .667  58  64
Houston           1  2 0  .333  35  51 Chicago           1  2 0  .333  45  43
Cleveland         1  2 0  .333  34  69 Detroit           0  3 0  .000  34  45
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Kansas City       2  1 0  .667  48  50 Los Angeles       2  1 0  .667  55  30
Oakland           2  1 0  .667  64  28 San Francisco     2  1 0  .667  36  44
San Diego         1  2 0  .333  55  66 New Orleans       1  2 0  .333  27  54
Denver            0  2 1  .167  48  82 Atlanta           0  3 0  .000  23  57
SUNDAY OCTOBER 6
Denver 17, KANSAS CITY 14              Atlanta 14, NY Giants 7
LOS ANGELES 16, Detroit 13             NEW ENGLAND 42, Baltimore 3
CHICAGO 24, New Orleans 10             Buffalo 27, GREEN BAY 7
Philadelphia 13, SAN DIEGO 7           Minnesota 23, DALLAS 21
St. Louis 34, SAN FRANCISCO 9          Oakland 40, CLEVELAND 24
CINCINNATI 28, Washington 17           Pittsburgh 13, HOUSTON 7
MONDAY OCTOBER 7
MIAMI 21, NY Jets 17
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
New England       4  0 0 1.000 124  61 St. Louis         4  0 0 1.000  87  29
Buffalo           3  1 0  .750  80  63 Philadelphia      3  1 0  .750  59  34
Miami             3  1 0  .750  97  88 Washington        2  2 0  .500  70  58
NY Jets           1  3 0  .250  68  82 Dallas            1  3 0  .250  64  50
Baltimore         0  4 0  .000  26 122 NY Giants         1  3 0  .250  51  61
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Cincinnati        3  1 0  .750  99  47 Minnesota         4  0 0 1.000  50  30
Pittsburgh        2  1 1  .625  78  59 GREEN BAY         2  2 0  .500  65  91
Houston           1  3 0  .250  42  64 Chicago           2  2 0  .500  69  53
Cleveland         1  3 0  .250  58 109 Detroit           0  4 0  .000  47  61
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland           3  1 0  .750 104  52 Los Angeles       3  1 0  .750  71  43
Kansas City       2  2 0  .500  62  67 San Francisco     2  2 0  .500  45  78
Denver            1  2 1  .375  65  96 New Orleans       1  3 0  .250  37  78
San Diego         1  3 0  .250  62  79 Atlanta           1  3 0  .250  37  64
SUNDAY OCTOBER 13
Green Bay 17, L. Angeles 6 @ Milwaukee OAKLAND 14, San Diego 10
Buffalo 27, BALTIMORE 14               Cincinnati 34, CLEVELAND 24
ATLANTA 13, Chicago 10                 ST. LOUIS 31, Dallas 28
MINNESOTA 51, Houston 10               New England 24, NY JETS 0
WASHINGTON 20, Miami 17                PHILADELPHIA 35, NY Giants 7
DENVER 33, New Orleans 17              Pittsburgh 34, KANSAS CITY 24
MONDAY OCTOBER 14
DETROIT 17, San Francisco 13
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
New England       5  0 0 1.000 148  61 St. Louis         5  0 0 1.000 118  57
Buffalo           4  1 0  .800 107  77 Philadelphia      4  1 0  .800  94  41
Miami             3  2 0  .600 114 108 Washington        3  2 0  .600  90  75
NY Jets           1  4 0  .200  68 106 Dallas            1  4 0  .200  92  81
Baltimore         0  5 0  .000  40 149 NY Giants         1  4 0  .200  58  96
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Cincinnati        4  1 0  .800 133  71 Minnesota         5  0 0 1.000 101  40
Pittsburgh        3  1 1  .700 112  83 GREEN BAY         3  2 0  .600  82  97
Houston           1  4 0  .200  52 115 Chicago           2  3 0  .400  79  66
Cleveland         1  4 0  .200  82 143 Detroit           1  4 0  .200  64  74
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland           4  1 0  .800 118  62 Los Angeles       3  2 0  .600  77  60
Denver            2  2 1  .500  98 113 San Francisco     2  3 0  .400  58  95
Kansas City       2  3 0  .400  86 101 Atlanta           2  3 0  .400  50  74
San Diego         1  4 0  .200  72  93 New Orleans       1  4 0  .200  54 111
SUNDAY OCTOBER 20
OAKLAND 30, Cincinnati 27              Baltimore 35, NY JETS 20
MIAMI 9, Kansas City 3                 PITTSBURGH 20, Cleveland 16
DALLAS 31, Philadelphia 24             Detroit 20, MINNESOTA 16
New Orleans 13, ATLANTA 3              BUFFALO 30, New England 28
WASHINGTON 24, NY Giants 3             DENVER 27, San Diego 7
St. Louis 31, HOUSTON 27               LOS ANGELES 37, San Francisco 14
MONDAY OCTOBER 21
CHICAGO 10, Green Bay 9
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
New England       5  1 0  .833 176  91 St. Louis         6  0 0 1.000 149  84
Buffalo           5  1 0  .833 137 105 Philadelphia      4  2 0  .667 118  72
Miami             4  2 0  .667 123 111 Washington        4  2 0  .667 114  78
NY Jets           1  5 0  .167  88 141 Dallas            2  4 0  .333 123 105
Baltimore         1  5 0  .167  75 169 NY Giants         1  5 0  .167  61 120
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Pittsburgh        4  1 1  .750 132  99 Minnesota         5  1 0  .833 117  60
Cincinnati        4  2 0  .667 160 101 GREEN BAY         3  3 0  .500  91 107
Houston           1  5 0  .167  79 146 Chicago           3  3 0  .500  89  75
Cleveland         1  5 0  .167  98 163 Detroit           2  4 0  .333  84  90
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland           5  1 0  .833 148  89 Los Angeles       4  2 0  .667 114  74
Denver            3  2 1  .583 125 120 San Francisco     2  4 0  .333  72 132
Kansas City       2  4 0  .333  89 110 Atlanta           2  4 0  .333  53  87
San Diego         1  5 0  .167  79 120 New Orleans       2  4 0  .333  67 114
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3
Houston 27, NY JETS 22                 MIAMI 42, Atlanta 7
Minnesota 17, CHICAGO 0                Buffalo 29, NEW ENGLAND 28
DETROIT 19, New Orleans 14             Cincinnati 24, BALTIMORE 14
NY Giants 33, KANSAS CITY 27           SAN DIEGO 36, Cleveland 35
DALLAS 17, St. Louis 14                PITTSBURGH 27, Philadelphia 0
Washington 17, GREEN BAY 6             Oakland 28, DENVER 17
MONDAY NOVEMBER 4
Los Angeles 16, SAN FRANCISCO 13
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Buffalo           7  1 0  .875 182 139 St. Louis         7  1 0  .875 186 121
Miami             6  2 0  .750 182 125 Washington        5  3 0  .625 151 107
New England       6  2 0  .750 221 134 Dallas            4  4 0  .500 161 129
NY Jets           1  7 0  .125 123 188 Philadelphia      4  4 0  .500 128 113
Baltimore         1  7 0  .125  96 210 NY Giants         2  6 0  .250 101 168
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Pittsburgh        6  1 1  .813 183 116 Minnesota         6  2 0  .750 148  77
Cincinnati        5  3 0  .625 205 149 Detroit           4  4 0  .500 122 121
Houston           3  5 0  .375 140 189 Chicago           3  5 0  .375  95 108
Cleveland         2  6 0  .250 156 220 GREEN BAY         3  5 0  .375 114 143
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland           7  1 0  .875 211 130 Los Angeles       6  2 0  .750 150 100
Denver            3  4 1  .438 163 171 New Orleans       3  5 0  .375  95 143
Kansas City       3  5 0  .375 140 157 Atlanta           2  6 0  .250  77 153
San Diego         2  6 0  .250 129 179 San Francisco     2  6 0  .250 109 183
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10
Green Bay 20, Chicago 3 at Milwaukee   Denver 17, BALTIMORE 6
LOS ANGELES 21, Atlanta 0              OAKLAND 35, Detroit 13
Houston 21, BUFFALO 9                  Cleveland 21, NEW ENGLAND 14
DALLAS 20, San Francisco 14            Miami 21, NEW ORLEANS 0
San Diego 14, KANSAS CITY 7            NY Jets 26, NY GIANTS 20 (OT)
CINCINNATI 17, Pittsburgh 10           Washington 27, PHILADELPHIA 20
MONDAY NOVEMBER 11
Minnesota 28, ST. LOUIS 24
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami             7  2 0  .778 203 125 St. Louis         7  2 0  .778 210 149
Buffalo           7  2 0  .778 191 160 Washington        6  3 0  .667 178 127
New England       6  3 0  .667 235 155 Dallas            5  4 0  .556 181 143
NY Jets           2  7 0  .222 149 208 Philadelphia      4  5 0  .444 148 140
Baltimore         1  8 0  .111 102 227 NY Giants         2  7 0  .222 121 194
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION 
Pittsburgh        6  2 1  .722 193 133 Minnesota         7  2 0  .778 176 101
Cincinnati        6  3 0  .667 222 159 GREEN BAY         4  5 0  .444 134 146
Houston           4  5 0  .444 161 198 Detroit           4  5 0  .444 135 156
Cleveland         3  6 0  .333 177 234 Chicago           3  6 0  .333  98 128
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
Oakland           8  1 0  .889 246 143 Los Angeles       7  2 0  .778 171 100
Denver            4  4 1  .500 180 177 New Orleans       3  6 0  .333  95 164
Kansas City       3  6 0  .333 147 171 Atlanta           2  7 0  .222  77 174
San Diego         3  6 0  .333 143 186 San Francisco     2  7 0  .222 123 203
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17
MIAMI 35, Buffalo 28                   Baltimore 17, ATLANTA 7
HOUSTON 20, Cincinnati 3               DETROIT 20, NY Giants 19
Pittsburgh 26, CLEVELAND 16            NY Jets 21, NEW ENGLAND 16
NEW ORLEANS 20, Los Angeles 7          Green Bay 19, MINNESOTA 7
San Francisco 34, CHICAGO 0            WASHINGTON 28, Dallas 21
St. Louis 13, PHILADELPHIA 3           Oakland 17, SAN DIEGO 10
MONDAY NOVEMBER 18
Kansas City 42, DENVER 34
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami             8  2 0  .800 238 153 St. Louis         8  2 0  .800 223 152
Buffalo           7  3 0  .700 219 195 Washington        7  3 0  .700 206 148
New England       6  4 0  .600 251 176 Dallas            5  5 0  .500 202 171
NY Jets           3  7 0  .300 170 224 Philadelphia      4  6 0  .400 151 153
Baltimore         2  8 0  .200 119 234 NY Giants         2  8 0  .200 140 214
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION  
Pittsburgh        7  2 1  .750 219 149 Minnesota         7  3 0  .700 183 120
Cincinnati        6  4 0  .600 225 179 GREEN BAY         5  5 0  .500 153 153
Houston           5  5 0  .500 181 201 Detroit           5  5 0  .500 155 175
Cleveland         3  7 0  .300 193 260 Chicago           3  7 0  .300  98 162
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
X-Oakland         9  1 0  .900 263 153 Los Angeles       7  3 0  .700 178 120
Denver            4  5 1  .450 214 219 New Orleans       4  6 0  .400 115 171
Kansas City       4  6 0  .400 189 205 San Francisco     3  7 0  .300 157 203
San Diego         3  7 0  .300 153 203 Atlanta           2  8 0  .200  84 191
X-Clinched Division Title
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24
Buffalo 15, CLEVELAND 10               SAN FRANCISCO 27, Atlanta 0
GREEN BAY 34, San Diego 0              CINCINNATI 33, Kansas City 6
LOS ANGELES 20, Minnesota 17           DETROIT 34, Chicago 17
New England 27, BALTIMORE 17           NY JETS 17, Miami 14
WASHINGTON 26, Philadelphia 7          Dallas 10, HOUSTON 0
St. Louis 23, NY Giants 21             Denver 20, OAKLAND 17
MONDAY NOVEMBER 25
Pittsburgh 28, NEW ORLEANS 7
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami             8  3 0  .727 252 170 St. Louis         9  2 0  .818 246 173
Buffalo           8  3 0  .727 234 205 Washington        8  3 0  .727 232 155
New England       7  4 0  .636 278 193 Dallas            6  5 0  .545 212 171
NY Jets           4  7 0  .364 187 238 Philadelphia      4  7 0  .364 158 179
Baltimore         2  9 0  .182 136 261 NY Giants         2  9 0  .182 161 237
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION  
Pittsburgh        8  2 1  .773 247 156 Minnesota         7  4 0  .636 200 140
Cincinnati        7  4 0  .636 258 185 GREEN BAY         6  5 0  .545 187 153
Houston           5  6 0  .455 181 211 Detroit           6  5 0  .545 189 192
Cleveland         3  8 0  .273 203 275 Chicago           3  8 0  .273 115 196
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
X-Oakland         9  2 0  .818 280 173 X-Los Angeles     8  3 0  .727 198 137
Denver            5  5 1  .500 234 236 San Francisco     4  7 0  .364 184 203
Kansas City       4  7 0  .364 195 238 New Orleans       4  7 0  .364 122 199
San Diego         3  8 0  .273 153 237 Atlanta           2  9 0  .182  84 218
X-Clinched Division Title
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28
DALLAS 24, Washington 23               Denver 31, DETROIT 27
SUNDAY DECEMBER 1
Los Angeles 30, ATLANTA 7              Houston 13, PITTSBURGH 10
Kansas City 17, ST. LOUIS 13           BUFFALO 6, Baltimore 0
MINNESOTA 29, New Orleans 9            PHILADELPHIA 36, Green Bay 14
NY JETS 27, San Diego 14               OAKLAND 41, New England 26
CLEVELAND 7, San Francisco 0           CHICAGO 16, NY Giants 13
MONDAY DECEMBER 2
MIAMI 24, Cincinnati 3
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
Miami             9  3 0  .750 276 173 St. Louis         9  3 0  .750 259 190
Buffalo           9  3 0  .750 240 205 Washington        8  4 0  .667 255 179
New England       7  5 0  .583 304 234 Dallas            7  5 0  .583 236 194
NY Jets           5  7 0  .417 214 252 Philadelphia      5  7 0  .417 194 193
Baltimore         2 10 0  .167 136 267 NY Giants         2 10 0  .167 174 253
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION  
Pittsburgh        8  3 1  .708 257 169 X-Minnesota       8  4 0  .667 229 149
Cincinnati        7  5 0  .583 261 209 GREEN BAY         6  6 0  .500 201 189
Houston           6  6 0  .500 194 221 Detroit           6  6 0  .500 216 223
Cleveland         4  8 0  .333 210 275 Chicago           4  8 0  .333 131 209
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
X-Oakland        10  2 0  .833 321 199 X-Los Angeles     9  3 0  .750 228 144
Denver            6  5 1  .542 265 263 San Francisco     4  8 0  .333 184 210
Kansas City       5  7 0  .417 212 251 New Orleans       4  8 0  .333 131 228
San Diego         3  9 0  .250 167 264 Atlanta           2 10 0  .167  91 248
X-Clinched Division Title
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7
DALLAS 41, Cleveland 17                MINNESOTA 23, Atlanta 10
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8
NY JETS 20, Buffalo 10                 Detroit 23, CINCINNATI 19
Miami 17, BALTIMORE 16                 DENVER 37, Houston 14
Oakland 7, KANSAS CITY 6               SAN FRANCISCO 7, Green Bay 6
Pittsburgh 21, NEW ENGLAND 17          SAN DIEGO 28, Chicago 21
NEW ORLEANS 14, St. Louis 0            Philadelphia 20, NY GIANTS 7
MONDAY DECEMBER 9
Washington 23, LOS ANGELES 17
AFC EASTERN DIVISION                   NFC EASTERN DIVISION
X-Miami          10  3 0  .769 293 189 St. Louis         9  4 0  .692 259 204
Y-Buffalo         9  4 0  .692 250 225 Washington        9  4 0  .692 278 196
New England       7  6 0  .538 321 255 Dallas            8  5 0  .615 277 211
NY Jets           6  7 0  .462 234 262 Philadelphia      6  7 0  .462 214 200
Baltimore         2 11 0  .154 152 284 NY Giants         2 11 0  .154 181 273
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION  
X-Pittsburgh      9  3 1  .731 278 186 X-Minnesota       9  4 0  .692 252 159
Cincinnati        7  6 0  .538 280 232 Detroit           7  6 0  .538 239 242
Houston           6  7 0  .462 208 258 GREEN BAY         6  7 0  .462 207 195
Cleveland         4  9 0  .308 227 316 Chicago           4  9 0  .308 152 237
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
X-Oakland        11  2 0  .846 328 205 X-Los Angeles     9  4 0  .692 245 167
Denver            7  5 1  .577 302 277 San Francisco     5  8 0  .385 191 216
Kansas City       5  8 0  .385 218 258 New Orleans       5  8 0  .385 145 228
San Diego         4  9 0  .308 195 285 Atlanta           2 11 0  .154 101 271
X-Clinched Division Title              Y-Clinched Wild Card Berth
1974 PLAYOFFS - AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Divisional - December 21 - OAKLAND (12-2) 28, Miami (11-3) 26
Divisional - December 22 - PITTSBURGH (10-3-1) 32, Buffalo (9-5) 14
Conference - December 29 - Pittsburgh (11-3-1) 24, OAKLAND (13-2) 13
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Divisional - December 21 - MINNESOTA (10-4) 30, St. Louis (10-4) 14
Divisional - December 22 - LOS ANGELES (10-4) 19, Washington (10-4) 10
Conference - December 29 - MINNESOTA (11-4) 14, Los Angeles (11-4) 10

SUPER BOWL 9 (January 12, 1975 at New Orleans)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3-1) 16, MINNESOTA VIKINGS (12-4) 6 - AFC champion Pittsburgh, in its initial Super Bowl appearance, and NFC champion Minnesota, making a third bid for its first Super Bowl title, struggled through a first half in which the only score was produced by the Steelers' defense when Dwight White downed Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety 7:49 into the second period. The Steelers forced another break and took advantage on the second-half kickoff when Minnesota's Bill Brown fumbled and Marv Kellum recovered for Pittsburgh on the Vikings' 30. After Rocky Bleier failed to gain on first down, Franco Harris carried three consecutive times for 24 yards, a loss of three, and a 9-yard touchdown and a 9-0 lead. Though its offense was completely stymied by Pittsburgh's defense, Minnesota managed to move into a threatening position after 4:27 of the final period when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden's punt and Terry Brown recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Fred Cox's kick failed and the Steelers led 9-6. Pittsburgh wasted no time putting the victory away. The Steelers took the ensuing kickoff and marched 66 yards in 11 plays, climaxed by Terry Bradshaw's 4-yard scoring pass to Larry Brown with 3:31 left. Pittsburgh's defense permitted Minnesota only 119 yards total offense, including a Super Bowl low of 17 rushing yards. The Steelers, meanwhile, gained 333 yards, including Harris's record 158 yards on 34 carries.
Cleveland Browns (4-10)
Head Coach: Nick Skorich
Passing Leader: Mike Phipps (1719)
Rushing Leader: Ken Brown (537)
Receiving Leader: Frank Pitts (31-317)
Washington Redskins (10-4)
Head Coach: George Allen
Passing Leader: Billy Kilmer (1632)
Rushing Leader: Larry Brown (430)
Receiving Leader: Charley Taylor (54-738)
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3-1)
Head Coach: Chuck Noll
Passing Leader: Joe Gilliam (1274)
Rushing Leader: Franco Harris (1006)
Receiving Leader: Frank Lewis (30-365)
Los Angeles Rams (10-4)
Head Coach: Chuck Knox
Passing Leader: James Harris (1544)
Rushing Leader: Lawrence McCutcheon (1109)
Receiving Leader: Lawrence McCutcheon (39-408)
Chicago Bears (4-10)
Head Coach: Abe Gibron
Passing Leader: Gary Huff (1663)
Rushing Leader: Ken Grandberry (475)
Receiving Leader: Charlie Wade (39-683)
Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)
Head Coach: Mike McCormack
Passing Leader: Roman Gabriel (1867)
Rushing Leader: Tom Sullivan (760)
Receiving Leader: Charle Young (63-696)
St. Louis Cardinals (10-4)
Head Coach: Don Coryell
Passing Leader: Jim Hart (2411)
Rushing Leader: Terry Metcalf (718)
Receiving Leader: Terry Metcalf (50-377)
New York Giants (2-12)
Head Coach: Bill Arnsbarger
Passing Leader: Craig Morton (1510)
Rushing Leader: Joe Dawkins (561)
Receiving Leader: Joe Dawkins (46-332)
Baltimore Colts (2-12)
Head Coach: Howard Schnellenberger (0-3) and Joe Thomas (2-9)
Passing Leader: Bert Jones (1610)
Rushing Leader: Lydell Mitchell (757)
Rec. Leader: Lydell Mitchell (72-544)
Detroit Lions (7-7)
Head Coach: Rick Forzano
Passing Leader: Bill Munson (1874)
Rushing Leader: Altie Taylor (532)
Receiving Leader: Ron Jessie (54-761)
San Francisco 49ers (6-8)
Head Coach: Dick Nolan
Passing Leader: Tom Owen (1327)
Rushing Leader: Wilbur Jackson (705)
Receiving Leader: Larry Schreiber (30-217)
Green Bay Packers (6-8)
Head Coach: Dan Devine
Passing Leader: John Hadl (1072)
Rushing Leader: John Brockington (883)
Receiving Leader: John Brockington (43-314)
Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
Head Coach: Tom Landry
Passing Leader: Roger Staubach (2552)
Rushing Leader: Calvin Hill (844)
Receiving Leader: Drew Pearson (62-1087)
Houston Oilers (7-7)
Head Coach: Sid Gillman
Passing Leader: Dan Pastorini (1571)
Rushing Leader: Willie Rodgers (413)
Receiving Leader: Ken Burrough (36-492)
New York Jets (7-7)
Head Coach: Charley Winner
Passing Leader: Joe Namath (2616)
Rushing Leader: John Riggins (680)
Receiving Leader: Jerome Barkum (41-524)
Buffalo Bills (9-5)
Head Coach: Lou Saban
Passing Leader: Joe Ferguson (1588)
Rushing Leader: O.J. Simpson (1125)
Receiving Leader: Ahmad Rashad (36-433)
New England Patriots (7-7)
Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks
Passing Leader: Jim Plunkett (2457)
Rushing Leader: Mack Herron (824)
Receiving Leader: Mack Herron (38-474)
San Diego Chargers (5-9)
Head Coach: Tommy Prothro
Passing Leader: Dan Fouts (1732)
Rushing Leader: Don Woods (1162)
Receiving Leader: Gary Garrison (41-785)
Kansas City Chiefs (5-9)
Head Coach: Hank Stram
Passing Leader: Len Dawson (1573)
Rushing Leader: Woody Green (509)
Receiving Leader: Ed Podolak (43-306)
Oakland Raiders (12-2)
Head Coach: John Madden
Passing Leader: Ken Stabler (2469)
Rushing Leader: Marv Hubbard (865)
Receiving Leader: Cliff Branch (60-1092)
Denver Broncos (7-6-1)
Head Coach: John Ralston
Passing Leader: Charley Johnson (1969)
Rushing Leader: Otis Armstrong (263-1407)
Receiving Leader: Riley Odoms (42-639)
Minnesota Vikings (10-4)
Head Coach: Bud Grant
Passing Leader: Fran Tarkenton (2598)
Rushing Leader: Chuck Foreman (777)
Receiving Leader: Chuck Foreman (53-586)
Atlanta Falcons (3-11)
Head Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (2-6)/Marion Campbell (1-5)
Passing Leader: Bob Lee (852)
Rushing Leader: Dave Hampton (464)
Receiving Leader: Ken Burrow (34-545)
Miami Dolphins (11-3)
Head Coach: Don Shula
Passing Leader: Bob Griese (1968)
Rushing Leader: Larry Csonka (749)
Receiving Leader: Nat Moore (37-605)
New Orleans Saints (5-9)
Head Coach: John North
Passing Leader: Archie Manning (1429)
Rushing Leader: Alvin Maxson (714)
Receiving Leader: Alvin Maxson (42-294)
Cincinnati Bengals (7-7)
Head Coach: Paul Brown
Passing Leader: Ken Anderson (2667)
Rushing Leader: Charlie Davis (375)
Receiving Leader: Chip Myers (32-383)
AFC WESTERN DIVISION                   NFC WESTERN DIVISION
X-Oakland        12  2 0  .857 355 228 X-Los Angeles    10  4 0  .714 263 181
Denver            7  6 1  .536 302 294 San Francisco     6  8 0  .429 226 236
Kansas City       5  9 0  .357 233 293 New Orleans       5  9 0  .357 166 263
San Diego         5  9 0  .357 212 285 Atlanta           3 11 0  .214 111 271
X-Clinched Division Title              Y-Clinched Wild Card Berth
NOTE : New York Giants games were played in New Haven, Connecticut
Florida Blazers (14-6)
Head Coach: Jack Pardee
Passing Leader: Bob Davis (3079)
Rushing Leader: Tommy Reamon (1576)
Receiving Leader: Jim Strong (47-429)
WEDNESDAY JULY 17
Birmingham 32, NEW YORK 29 (17943) - George Mira hurled three TD passes and ran for a fourth, all in the second half, to rally Birmingham. Held without a first down in the first half, the Americans overcame a 29-3 deficit  before an announced crowd of 17,943, 1,200 admitted on freebies, at dilapidated Downing Stadium. New York rallied in the final seconds, but Pete Rajecki's 35-yard FG attempt was off with 36 seconds left.
BIRMINGHAM -  3  0 15 14 - 32
NEW YORK   - 16 13  0  0 - 29
1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 35-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 3-0 1st - NY - Tom Sherman, 1-yard run (Bob Gladieux run) NEW YORK 8-3 1st - NY - Gladieux, 2-yard run (Sherman pass) NEW YORK 16-3 2nd - NY - Andy Huff, 8-yard run (Point failed) NEW YORK 23-3 2nd - NY - Pete Ralecki, 20-yard field goal NEW YORK 26-3 2nd - NY - Rajecki, 38-yard field goal NEW YORK 29-3 3rd - BIRM - Ted Powell, 20-yard pass from George Mira (Point failed) NEW YORK 29-10 3rd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 4-yard pass from Mira (Mira pass to Jenkins) NEW YORK 29-18 4th - BIRM - Mira, 1-yard run (Point failed) NEW YORK 29-25 4th - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 63-yard pass from Mira (Point failed) BIRMINGHAM 32-29
Florida 18, DETROIT 14 (10631) - Tom Reamon slashed over from five yards out with 1:37 to play to give the Blazers their second straight win. More than nine minutes remained and the sparse crowd of 10,631, half of the capacity crowd expected, seemed certain the Wheels had recorded their inaugural WFL win. But QB Bob Davis calmly directed the game-winning drive which consumed nearly half of the final period.
FLORIDA -  7  3  0  8 - 18
DETROIT -  0  7  7  0 - 14
1st - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 6-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLORIDA 7-0 2nd - DET - Sam Scarber, 10-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - FLA - Les Perry, 26-yard field goal FLORIDA 10-7 3rd - DET - Jim Rathje, 41-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Run failed) DETROIT 14-10 4th - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 5-yard run (Greg Latta pass from Davis) FLORIDA 18-14
S. CALIFORNIA 38, Hawaiians 31 (32018) - Tony Adams completed 13-of-19 passes for 208 yards and one TD and ran for two TDs to spark the Sun in their home opener. Adams completed his first nine passes, including a 17-yard TD to Dave Williams, as the Sun took a 15-0 halftime lead. The Hawaiians roared back with a 31-point fourth period to keep the game in doubt. The Sun won when on a TD pass from backup QB Gary Valbuena.
HAWAIIANS     -  0  0  0 31 - 31
S. CALIFORNIA -  8  7  0 15 - 38
1st - SC - Dave Williams, 17-yard pass from Tony Adams (Kermit Johnson run) S. CALIFORNIA 8-0 2nd - SC - Adams 1 run (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 15-0 4th - SC - Adams, 14-yard run (Adams run) S. CALIFORNIA 23-0 4th - HAW - Jack Kelsey, 12-yard pass from Norris Weese (Derrick Williams pass from Weese) S. CAL 23-8 4th - SC - Alonzo Emery, 76-yard kickoff return (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 30-8 4th - HAW - Grady Richardson, 10-yard pass from Weese (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 30-15 4th - SC - Terry Lindsey, 17-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Ralph Nelson run) S. CALIFORNIA 38-15 4th - HAW - Tim Delaney, 32-yard pass from Dennis Dummit (Weese run) S. CALIFORNIA 38-23 4th - HAW - Weese, 2-yard run (Weese run) S. CALIFORNIA 38-31
CHICAGO 25, Jacksonville 22 (29508) - A 26-yard FG by Chuck Ramsey with six seconds left gave the Fire the win as QB Virgil Carter directed an 86-yard drive in less than four minutes to set up the FG that gave Chicago its second win in two starts and the Sharks their first loss. Jacksonville went ahead 22-15 in the fourth quarter when Kay Stephenson hit WR John Thornton with a TD pass, but Chicago tied the game on Mark Kellar's TD run.
JACKSONVILLE -  8  0  7  7 - 22
CHICAGO      -  7  8  0 10 - 25
1st - CHI - Mark Keller, 31-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 7-0 1st - JACK - Ricky Lake, 2-yard run (Dennis Hughes pass from Kay Stephenson) JACKSONVILLE 8-7 2nd - CHI - Joe Womack, 1-yard run (James Scott pass from Carter) CHICAGO 15-8 3rd - JACK - Lake, 9-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 15-15 4th - JACK - John Thornton, 20-yard pass from Stephenson (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 22-15 4th - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Run failed) TIED 22-22 4th - CHI - Chuck Ramsey, 26-yard field goal CHICAGO 25-22
HOUSTON 11, Philadelphia 0 (26227) - DB Daryl Johnson intercepted a King Corcoran pass and returned it 57 yards for a TD early in the first quarter to lead the Texans to a win before a large crowd enticed in part by "nickle beer night". There were 20 punts in the game. The Bell gained only 60 yards rushing, and Houston 87. Houston intercepted Corcoran twice and Mike Yancheff two more times as the Bell never got inside Houston's 30.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  0  0  0 -  0
HOUSTON      -  8  3  0  0 - 11
1st - HOU - Daryl Johnson, 57-yard interception return (Henry Theofiledes pass to Jim Nance) HOUSTON 8-02nd - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 28-yard field goal HOUSTON 11-0
THURSDAY JULY 18
MEMPHIS 16, Portland 8 (31000) - John Harte threw TD passes of 42 and 14 yards in sweltering weather to give the Southmen the win. A crowd of 31,088, an improvement of 1,000 over last week's Memphis home opener, watched the game in 87-degree weather. Huarte completed his first six passes as  the Southmen enjoyed an 8-0 halftime lead.Southmen rookie DB David Thomas intercepted two Greg Barton passes.
PORTLAND -  0  0  8  0 -  8
MEMPHIS  -  8  0  8  0 - 16
1st - MEM - Rick Ettinger, 42-yard pass from John Huarte (J.J. Jennings pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 8-0 3rd - PORT - Sam Bickerson, 29-yard pass from Greg Barton (Marv Kendrlcks run) TIED 8-8 3rd - MEM - Ed Marshall, 14-yard pass from Huarte (Gary Shirk pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 16-8
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           2  0 0 1.000  26  21 Memphis           2  0 0 1.000  50  23
Philadelphia      1  1 0  .500  33  19 Birmingham        2  0 0 1.000  43  36
Jacksonville      1  1 0  .500  36  32 Chicago           2  0 0 1.000  42  22
New York          0  2 0  .000  36  46 Detroit           0  2 0  .000  29  52
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     1  1 0  .500  45  42 Portland          0  2 0  .000  16  49
Houston           1  1 0  .500  11  17 Hawaiians         0  2 0  .000  38  46
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18
S. CALIFORNIA 29, Detroit 24 (22143) - Gary Valbuena hit Dick Witcher with a 26-yard TD pass with one minute left. Although the Sun had dominated most of the game, Bubba Wyche directed the Wheels to three second half TDs and an apparent victory as he hit Terry Phillips for the go-ahead score with just 1:47 remaining. Valbuena entered the game and fired three straight completions, moving the Sun 63 yards for the winning score.
DETROIT       -  3  0  7 14 - 24 
S. CALIFORNIA -  0 15  7  7 - 31
1st - DET- Eric Guthrie, 32-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0 2nd - SC - Alonzo Emery, 1-yard run (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 7-3 2nd - SC - Emery, 2-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 15-3​ 3rd - SC - Williams, 29-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 22-3​ 3rd - DET - Terry Phillips, 29-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 22-10​ 4th - DET - Wyche, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 22-17 4th - DET - Phillips, 18-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) DETROIT 24-22​ 4th - SC - Dick Witcher, 29-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 29-24
Memphis 25, CHICAGO 7 (26678) - J.J. Jennings overcame a virus and a 100-degree fever, as he rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries to lead the rampaging Southmen to their seventh consecutive win. Jennings ran his season  total to 879 yards for the WFL lead. Memphis QB John Huarte passed for the first two TDs, but suffered a torn calf muscle in his right leg and had to sit out the second half, giving way to rookie Danny White.
MEMPHIS -  8  7  0 10 - 25
CHICAGO -  0  0  0  7 -  7
1st - MEM - Roger Wallace, 22-yard pass from John Huarte (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 8-0​ 2nd - MEM - John Harvey, 21-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 15-0​ 4th - MEM - Bob Etter, 28-yard field goal MEMPHIS 18-0​ 4th - MEM - Marshall, 7-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 25-0​ 4th - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 22-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 25-7
HAWAIIANS 17, New York 14 (12169) - R.A. Coppedge kicked three FGs, the last a 48-yarder with 6:28 left, to lift the Hawaiians to an upset of New York that knocked the Stars out of a first place tie in the East. New York led 11-0 in the second quarter, and had three chances to score in the fourth quarter but two interceptions by the Hawaiians cut down their hopes and time ran out on New York with the ball on its own 39, before their biggest home crowd.
NEW YORK  -  0 11  0  3 - 14
HAWAIIANS -  0  8  3  6 - 17
2nd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 34-yard field goal NEW YORK 3-0​ 2nd - NY - Don Highsmlth, 3-yard run (Tom Sherman pass to Bert Askson) NEW YORK 11-0 2nd - HAW - Tim Delaney, 5-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Norris Weese pass to Grady Richardson) NY 11-8​ 3rd - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 36-yard field goal TIED 11-11​ 4th - NY - Lajterman, 34-yard field goal NEW YORK 14-11​ 4th - HAW - Coppedge, 28-yard field goal TIED 14-14 4th - HAW - Coppedge, 48-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 17-14
FLORIDA 24, Philadelphia 21 (10417) - Bob Davis hit Greg Latta with a TD pass with 17 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a come-from-behind victory before a small crowd of 10,417, with 8,701 paying, who watched Florida bounce back from two straight setbacks. The lead changed hands twice in the last two minutes. It looked  like Philadelphia had put it on ice with a 12-yard TD run by Claude Watts with just 1:14 left.
PHILADELPHIA -  7  7  0  7 - 21
FLORIDA      -  7  7  3  7 - 24
1st - FLA - Jim Strong, 1-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 7-0 1st - PHIL - John Land, 2-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - PHIL - King Corcoran, 1-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 14-7​ 2nd - FLA - Eddie Sheats, 32-yard interception return (Run failed) TIED 14-14 3rd - FLA - Dave Strock, 23-yard field goal FLORIDA 17-14​ 4th - PHIL - Claude Watts, 12-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 21-17​ 4th - FLA - Greg Latta, 21-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLORIDA 24-21
Portland 19, JACKSONVILLE 17 (16041) - Booth Lusteg kicked a 28-yard FG with two seconds left to salvage a  Portland victory in a battle of last-place teams. Portland, which had a 16-3 lead going into the fourth, saw it evaporate when Sharks QB Kay Stephenson threw a TD pass to Karl Swiere with little more than a minuteto play. That gave Jacksonville a 17- 16 lead and, apparently, the game.
PORTLAND     -  0  0 16  3 - 19
JACKSONVILLE -  3  0  0 14 - 17
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 48-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 3-0​ 3rd - PORT - Marv Kendrlcks, 3-yard run (Rufus Ferguson pass from Pete Beathard) PORTLAND 8-3 3rd - PORT - Joe Wiley, 46-yard punt return (Greg Specht pass from Beathard) PORTLAND 16-3 4th - JACK - Alfred Haywood, 7-yard run (Run failed) PORTLAND 16-10​ 4th - JACK - Karl Swiere, 25-yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 17-16​ 4th - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 28-yard field goal PORTLAND 19-17
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19
BIRMINGHAM 42, Houston 14 (33619) - Americans QB George Mira set a WFL record, completing 22 of 35 for 380 yards and two TDs, both to Alfred Jenkins. Only one day before the game, WFL officials said the franchise was being transferred to Shreveport. Coach Jim Garrett was suspended hours before the nationally televised game, allegedly for remarks he made about the move. QB Mike Taliaferro announced his retirement just before kickoff.
HOUSTON    -  7  7  0  0 - 14
BIRMINGHAM -  7  8 11 16 - 42
1st - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0​ 1st - HOU - John Odom, 33-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) TIED 7-7​ 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 34-yard pass from George Mira (Mira pass) BIRMINGHAM 15-7​ 2nd - HOU - Jim Nance, 13-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 15-14 3rd - BIRM - Earl Sark, 27-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 18-14​ 3rd - BIRM - Jenkins, 45-yard pass from Mira (Art Cantrelle pass from Mira) BIRMINGHAM 26-14​ 4th - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Jenkins pass from Mira) BIRMINGHAM 34-14​ 4th - BIRM - Willie Smith, 78-yard punt return (Jenkins pass from Matthew Reed) BIRMINGHAM 42-14
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           8  4 0  .667 217 170 Birmingham       11  1 0  .917 324 238
New York          7  5 0  .583 267 190 Memphis          10  2 0  .833 378 202
Philadelphia      5  7 0  .417 311 258 Chicago           7  5 0  .583 327 311
Jacksonville      4  8 0  .333 232 253 Detroit           1 11 0  .083 191 307
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     8  4 0  .667 275 248 Portland          3  8 1  .292 165 276
Hawaiians         4  8 0  .333 179 295 Houston           3  8 1  .292 113 269
FRANCHISES: Birmingham Americans, Chicago Fire, Detroit Wheels, Florida Blazers (originally Washington-Baltimore/Virginia Ambassadors), Houston Texans, Jacksonville Sharks, Memphis Southmen (originally Toronto Northmen), New York Stars (originally Boston Bulls), Philadelphia Bell, Portland Storm, Southern California Sun, The Hawaiians
WEDNESDAY JULY 10
MEMPHIS 34, Detroit 15 (30122) - Before a large crowd, including Elvis, QB John Huarte threw a 40-yard scoring pass to TE Gary Shirk and rookie halfback Paul Miles ran for two TDs to boost the Memphis Southmen in their opener. Memphis FB J.J. Jennings, who led the nation in scoring at Rutgers last year, ran five yards for a first-quarter TD. Jennings ran for 99 yards, while the Southmen defense limited the Wheels to only 56 yards rushing.
DETROIT -  0  0  7  8 - 15
MEMPHIS -  8 10  0 16 - 34
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 5-yard run (Willie Spencer run) MEMPHIS 8-0​ 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 40-yard pass from John Huarte (Run failed) MEMPHIS 15-0​ 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 45-yard field goal MEMPHIS 18-0 3rd - DET - Hubie Bryant, 12-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 18-7​ 4th - MEM - Paul Miles, 8-yard run (Shirk pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 26-7​ 4th - MEM - Miles, 5-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 34-7 4th - DET - Sam Scarber, 1-yard run (Joe Scales pass from Wyche) MEMPHIS 34-15
FLORIDA 8, Hawaiians 7 (18625) - Jim Strong ran for a TD and grabbed an action point pass to give the Blazers the win. For almost three quarters on a muggy summer night the two teams fought in the middle of the field, never penetrating deeper than the 20 yard line. The TD by Strong was set up when the Blazers defense forced a fumble at the Hawaii 10-yard line. Blazer DB Charles Beatty knocked down Hawaii's attempt to tie with an action pass.
HAWAIIANS -  0  0  0  7 -  7
FLORIDA   -  0  0  8  0 -  8
3rd - FLA - Jim Strong, 3-yard run (Strong pass from Bob Davis) FLORIDA 8-0​ 4th - HAW - John Kelsey, 6-yard pass from Norris Weese (Pass failed) FLORIDA 8-7
CHICAGO 17, Houston 0 (36251) - Virgil Carter completed two TD passes and gained 184 yards through the air  to lead the Fire before a large crowd. Carter sparked the Fire after the opening kickoff to a 60-yard march for a TD, passing for five yards to Cyril Pinder for the score. Houston never 'threatened for a TD and its best scoring chance went astray when Charlie Durkee missed a 47-yard FG. The Texans defense did have three interceptions.
HOUSTON -  0  0  0  0 -  0
CHICAGO -  7  0  7  3 - 17
1st - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 5-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Run failed) CHICAGO 7-0 3rd - CHI - Jim Scott, 5-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 14-0​ 4th - CHI - Chuck Ramsey, 30-yard field goal CHICAGO 17-0
PHILADELPHIA 33, Portland 8 (55534) - As the Bell outdrew the Philadelphia Phillies on the same night, King Corcoran threw two TD passes and John Land rushed for two TDs for the Bell. Corcoran completed 21 of 38 passes for 227 yards. Portland finally scored, down 25-0, in the third period on a George Kendricks run. Storm QB Greg Barton was constantly harassed and completed only four of 16 passes for 66 yards.
PORTLAND     -  0  0  8  0 -  8
PHILADELPHIA -  3 22  0  8 - 33
1st - PHIL - Rich Szaro, 27-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 3-0​ 2nd - PHIL - John Land, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 10-0​ 2nd - PHIL - Alan Thompson, 14-yard pass from King Corcoran (Thompson pass from Corcoran) PHIL 18-0​ 2nd - PHIL - Cecil Bowens, 25-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 25-0 3rd - PORT - George Kendricks, 5-yard run (Greg Specht pass from Greg Barton) PHILADELPHIA 25-8​ 4th - PHIL - Land, 23-yard run (LeVell Hill pass from Corcoran) PHILADELPHIA 33-8
BIRMINGHAM 11, S. California 7 (53231) - DB Steve Williams ran back a pass interception 50 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter to lead Birmingham in a match between the two teams considered among the strongest in the WFL. Later, he preserved the victory late in the game by knocking a pass out of the hands of Dave Williams in the end zone. In the fourth quarter, Earl Sark kicked a 26-yard field goal for Birmingham to seal the win.
S. CALIFORNIA -  0  7  0  0 -  7
BIRMINGHAM    -  0  0  0 11 - 11
1st - SC - Kermit Johnson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 7-0​ 4th - BIRM - Steve Williams, 50-yard pass interception (Paul Robinson pass from George Mira) BIRMINGHAM 8-7 4th - BIRM - Earl Sark, 26-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 11-7
THURSDAY JULY 11
JACKSONVILLE 14, New York 7 (59112) - Before a nation television audience and commissioner Gary Davidson in attendance, Jacksonville's Alvin Wyatt broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter when he ran 87 yards with a punt return. Then, with two minutes left, OG 0.Z. White pounced on a loose football in the end zone two plays after Ike Lassiter blocked a punt, securing the win before the largest crowd of the opening weekend.
NEW YORK     -  0  7  0  0 -  7
JACKSONVILLE -  0  7  0  7 - 14
2nd - JACK - Alvin Wyatt, 87-yard punt return (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 7-0​ 2nd - NY - George Sauer, 8-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 4th - JACK - O.Z. White recovered fumble in end zone (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 14-7
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION             
Florida           1  0 0 1.000   8   7 Memphis           1  0 0 1.000  34  15
Philadelphia      1  0 0 1.000  33   8 Birmingham        1  0 0 1.000  11   7
Jacksonville      1  0 0 1.000  14   7 Chicago           1  0 0 1.000  17   0
New York          0  1 0  .000   7  14 Detroit           0  1 0  .000  15  34
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     0  1 0  .000   7  11 Hawaiians         0  1 0  .000   7   8
Portland          0  1 0  .000   8  33 Houston           0  1 0  .000   0  17
SUNDAY JULY 21
HAWAIIANS 36, Detroit 16 (10080) - Rookie QB Norris Weese passed for two TDs and ran for another to lead the Hawaiians. Weese hit Jerry Powell on a 21-yard TD pass in the third quarter to put the Hawaiians ahead to stay. He also connected with Tim Boyer and dove one yard for a TD in the second quarter. The Hawaiians, playing at home for the first time, padded their margin in the fourth quarter with a 66-yard punt return by John Moseley.
DETROIT   -  0  8  8  0 - 16
HAWAIIANS -  0 14  7 15 - 36
2nd - HAW - Tim Boyer, 49-yard pass from Norris Weese (Point failed) HAWAIIANS 7-0 2nd - DET - Hubie Bryant, 27-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Jim Rathje run) DETROIT 8-7 2nd - HAW - Weese, 1-yard run (Point failed) HAWAIIANS 14-8 3rd - DET - Wyche, 1-yard run (Wyche pass to Sam Scarber) DETROIT 16-14 3rd - HAW - Jerry Powell, 21-yard pass from Weese (Point failed) HAWAIIANS 21-16 4th - HAW - John Moseley, 66-yard punt return (Weese pass to Chris Vella) HAWAIIANS 29-16 4th - HAW - Powell, 8-yard pass from Dennis Dummit (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 36-16
WEDNESDAY JULY 24
Chicago 29, PORTLAND 22 (19359) - Chicago QB Virgil Carter tossed three TD passes, one a 69-yarder to James Scott, as the Fire remained unbeaten. Chicago trailed 7-0 early then scored 29 unanswered points. Portland, now 0-3 after its home opener, scored two touchdowns in the final period, the last on a three-yard pass from QB Dan Van Galder to Rufus Ferguson as time ran out.
CHICAGO  -  0  8 14  7 - 29
PORTLAND -  7  0  0 15 - 22
1st - PORT - Greg Specht, 18-yard pass from Greg Barton (Run failed) PORTLAND 7-0 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 50-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Cyril Pinder pass from Carter) CHICAGO 8-7 3rd - CHI - Pinder, 1-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 15-7 3rd - CHI - Pinder, 4-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 22-7 4th - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 22-14 4th - CHI - James Scott, 69-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 29-14 4th - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 3-yard pass fr Dan Van Galder (Bob Christensen pass fr Van Galder) CHI 29-22
FLORIDA 15, Houston 3 (15289) - Rookies Greg Latta and Tommy Reamon sloshed to TDs to help the Blazers keep the lead in the Eastern Division. An umbrella-toting crowd sat through drizzle half the game to watch Coach Jack Pardee's undefeated team win its third straight game. Houston, the WFL's third best defensive team but worst-ranked on offense, scored late in the last quarter on a 47-yard FG by Charlie Durkee.
HOUSTON -  0  0  0  3 -  3
FLORIDA -  8  0  7  0 - 15
1st - FLA - Greg Latta, 28-yard pass from Bob Davis (Tommy Reamon run) FLORIDA 8-0 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 15-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 15-0 4th - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 47-yard field goal FLORIDA 15-3
BIRMINGHAM 58, Memphis 33 (61319) - George Mira, and rookie QB Matthew Reed shocked Memphis with five TD passes, Alfred Jenkins caught three long TD passes, to lead Birmingham in a bruising battle between two unbeaten WFL teams. At least five players were knocked out of action during the wide open game, marked by hard hitting and frequent penalties. One fan carried a banner that read "NFL Strikes. Legion Field sold out".
MEMPHIS    -  3  8 15  7 - 33
BIRMINGHAM - 14 14  8 22 - 58
1st - BIRM - Carl Battles, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0 1st - MEM - Bob Etter, 21-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 7-3 1st - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 38-yard pass from George Mira (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 14-3 2nd - BIRM - Jenkins, 74-yard pass from Mira (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 21-3 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 35-yard pass from John Huarte (John Harvey run) BIRMINGHAM 21-11 2nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 12-yard pass from Mira (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 28-11 3rd - MEM - John Harvey, 2-yard run (Roger Wallace pass from Huarte) BIRMINGHAM 28-19 3rd - BIRM - Jenkins, 52-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Battles run) BIRMINGHAM 36-19 3rd - MEM - Harvey, 1-yard run (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 36-26 4th - BIRM - Jim Bishop, 4-yard pass from Reed (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 43-26 4th - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 43-33 4th - BIRM - Paul Robinson, 2-yard run (Homan pass from Reed) BIRMINGHAM 51-33 4th - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 18-yard run (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 58-33
S. California 22, JACKSONVILLE 19 (46780) - Rookie QB Tony Adams arched a 40-yard TD pass to Dave Williams on the last play to give the Sun a comeback win. Jacksonville took the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when Kay Stephenson fired a 16-yard TD to Tony Lomax. Adams drove the Sun 80 yards in nine plays in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Grant Guthrie scored all Jacksonville's first half points with a WFL-record four FGs.
S. CALIFORNIA -  0  0 15  7 - 22
JACKSONVILLE  -  3  9  0  7 - 19
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 23-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 3-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 29-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 6-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 27-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 9-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 42-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 12-0 3rd - SC - Dave Williams, 20-yard pass from Tony Adams (Run failed) JACKSONVILLE 12-7 3rd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (James McAllister run) S. CALIFORNIA 15-12 4th - JACK - Tony Lomax, 16-yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Run failed) JACKSONVILLE 19-15 4th - SC - Williams, 40-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 22-19
THURSDAY JULY 25
New York 17, PHILADELPHIA 15 (64719) - Moses Lajterman booted a 40-yard FG early in the fourth quarter, giving the Stars their first victory, in a nationally televised game. The Bell blew two last-ditch chances to pull the game out. A 30-yard FG attempt by Jack Simcsak with 2:12 left and a 26-yarder by George Chatlos with one second left were both wide. The WFL record crowd went wild as hundreds of young fans ran on the playing field.
NEW YORK     -  0 14  0  3 - 17
PHILADELPHIA -  8  0  7  0 - 15
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 18-yard pass from King Corcoran (Corcoran run) PHILADELPHIA 8-0 2nd - NY - Dave Richards, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 8-7 2nd - NY - Bob Gladieux, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 14-8 3rd - PHIL - LeVell Hill, 9-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 15-14 4th - NY - Moses Lajterman, 40-yard field goal NEW YORK 17-15
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           3  0 0 1.000  41  24 Chicago           3  0 0 1.000  71  44
Philadelphia      1  2 0  .333  48  36 Birmingham        3  0 0 1.000 101  69
Jacksonville      1  2 0  .333  55  53 Memphis           2  1 0  .667  83  81
New York          1  2 0  .333  53  61 Detroit           0  3 0  .000  45  88
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     2  1 0  .667  66  61 Houston           1  2 0  .333  14  32
Hawaiians         1  2 0  .333  74  62 Portland          0  3 0  .000  38  78
JULY 29 - The fledgling WFL apparently is already considering expansion. A group of Tulsa, Okla., businessmen met with officials of the WFL to talk about the possibility of the Tulsa Knights joining the new league next year. Five or six other cities have also expressed interest in joining the WFL, a league spokesman said.
SUNDAY JULY 28
Chicago 53, HAWAIIANS 29 (12608) - Mark Kellar ran for three TDs and caught passes from Virgil Carter for two others to keep the Fire perfect. Carter hit 11 of his first 13 passes as the Fire grabbed a 30-0 lead. Carter completed 17 of 25 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Hawaii rallied late in the game on TD passes from Norris Weese to Grady Richardson and Tim Delaney but it wasn't enough.
CHICAGO   -  8 22 15  8 - 53
HAWAIIANS -  0  7 14  8 - 29
1st - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Virgil Carter run) CHICAGO 8-0 2nd - CHI - Kellar, 15-yard pass from Carter (Point failed) CHICAGO 15-0 2nd - CHI - Kellar, 1-yard run (Point failed) CHICAGO 22-0 2nd - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 33-yard pass from Carter (Kellar run) CHICAGO 30-0 2nd - HAW - Dave Buchanan, 13-yard pass from Norris Weese (Point failed) CHICAGO 30-7 3rd - CHI - Kellar, 5-yard pass from Carter (Point failed) CHICAGO 37-7 3rd - CHI - Bob Wyatt, 4-yard run (Wyatt run) CHICAGO 45-7 3rd - HAW - John Kelsey, 17-yard pass from Weese (Point failed) CHICAGO 45-14 4th - HAW - Grady Richardson, 18-yard run with blocked punt (Point failed) CHICAGO 45-21 4th - CHI - Kellar, 13-yard run (Clayton Heath run) CHICAGO 53-21 4th - HAW - Tim Delaney, 14-yard pass from Weese (Larry Brice run) CHICAGO 53-29
WEDNESDAY JULY 31
Birmingham 21, DETROIT 18 (14614) - Matthew Reed leaped through two tacklers at the goal line on a 9-yard TD run with 2:12 to play to keep the Wheels winless. Reed hit the defenders with such force that DB Floyd Priester of the Wheels was taken by ambulance to a hospital with undetermined injuries. Detroit, in its second home game, had overcome a 14-7 deficit with a touchdown run by David Mims and a 29-yard Rick Guthrie field goal.
BIRMINGHAM -  0  3  8 10 - 21
DETROIT    -  0  7  0 11 - 18
2nd - DET - Bruce Cullen, 20-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Run failed) DETROIT 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Earl Sark, 27-yard field goal DETROIT 7-3 3rd - BIRM - Carl Bartles, 1-yard run (Paul Robinson pass from Matthew Reed) BIRMINGHAM 11-7 4th - BIRM - Sark, 36-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 14-7 4th - DET - Jessie Mims, 55-yard run (Billy Sadler pass from Wyche) DETROIT 15-14 4th - DET - Eric Guthrie, 29-yard field goal DETROIT 18-14 4th - BIRM - Reed, 9-yard run (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 21-18
HOUSTON 7, Florida 6 (16268) - Jim Nance's one-yard plunge for a TD in the first quarter held up as Houston handed the Blazers their first loss. The teams combined for a mere 231 yards in total offense, just 14 yards more
than the officials called in penalties. Nance's touchdown was the first scored by Houston's offense this season, but it was set up by a 59-yard return of an intercepted pass by safety John Mallory.
FLORIDA -  3  3  0  0 -  6
HOUSTON -  7  0  0  0 -  7
1st - HOU - Jim Nance, 1-yard run (Run failed) HOUSTON 7-0 1st - FLA - Les Perry, 26-yard field goal HOUSTON 7-3 2nd - FLA - Perry, 21-yard field goal HOUSTON 7-6
NEW YORK 24, Jacksonville 16 (15648) - QB Tom Sherman leaped over from the one for the tie-breaking TD early in the third period and the New York defense made it stand up. That defense knock out both Jacksonville QBs - Kay Stephenson and Kim Hammond - within a two-minute span of the second half. RB Jefferson Davis, playing QB, marched the Sharks to the New York eight with about two minutes to play, where he was intercepted.
JACKSONVILLE -  8  8  0  0 - 16
NEW YORK     -  8  8  8  0 - 24
1st - JACK - Tommy Durrance, 2-yard run (Durrance pass from Kay Stephenseon) JACKSONVILLE 8-0 1st - NY - Bob Gladieux, 4-yard run (Gladieux run) TIED 8-8 2nd - JACK - Dennis Hughes, 56-yard pass from Stephenson (Ricky Lake run) JACKSONVILLE 16-8 2nd - NY - Andy Huff, 1-yard run (Ray Parson pass from Tom Sherman) TIED 16-16 3rd - NY - Sherman, 1-yard run (George Sauer pass from Sherman) NEW YORK 24-16
Philadelphia 25, PORTLAND 7 (13757) - Philadelphia QB King Corcoran, who picked Portland to pieces with his passing in the season opener, did it again. He hit on 18-of-28 passes for 182 yards and two TDs. It was Portland's fourth loss in a row. The crowd was announced at 13,757, down almost 6,000 from the season opener here a week ago and perhaps an ill omen for the popularity of WFL football in the league's only northwest city.
PHILADELPHIA -  0 17  0  8 - 25
PORTLAND     -  0  0  0  7 -  7
2nd - PHIL - LeVell Hill, 3-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 7-0 2nd - PHIL - John Land, 31-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 14-0 2nd - PHIL - Richie Szaro, 48-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 17-0 4th - PHIL - Hill, 9-yard pass from Corcoran (Alan Thompson run) PHILADELPHIA 25-0 4th - PORT - Darrell Mitchell, 5-yard pass from Greg Barton (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 25-7
THURSDAY AUGUST 1
MEMPHIS 25, S. California 15 (25176) - The Southmen, displaying a strong running game and stout defense, defeated the Sun, as all three Memphis TDs came on two-yard runs, with Willie Spencer scoring twice and J.J. Jennings once. The crowd and a national television audience watched as Memphis, trailing 15-10 at halftime, scored twice in the third period on runs by Spencer and Jennings within four minutes of each other.
S. CALIFORNIA -  7  8  0  0 - 15
MEMPHIS       -  7  3 15  0 - 25
1st - SC - Tony Adams, 12-yard run (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 7-0 1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 2-yard run (Run failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 15-7 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 25-yard field goal S. CALIFORNIA 15-10 3rd - MEM - Spencer, 2-yard run (Spencer run) MEMPHIS 18-15 3rd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 2-yard run (Run failed) MEMPHIS 25-15
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           3  1 0  .750  47  31 Chicago           4  0 0 1.000 124  72
Philadelphia      2  2 0  .500  73  43 Birmingham        4  0 0 1.000 122  87
New York          2  2 0  .500  77  77 Memphis           3  1 0  .750 108  96
Jacksonville      1  3 0  .333  71  77 Detroit           0  4 0  .000  63 109
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     2  2 0  .500  81  86 Hawaiians         1  3 0  .250 102 115
Houston           2  2 0  .500  21  38 Portland          0  4 0  .000  45 103
AUG 5 - The Philadelphia Bell disclosed Monday that nearly half of the fans who saw the Bell's first two regular season games either paid a discount fee or nothing at all. It was the second such disclosure Monday by a team of the fledgling league. The Jacksonville Sharks said 44,000 of the more than 100,000 fans who attended their first two games went free. Officials of the Bell said about 60,000 of the 110,000 fans at the first two Philadelphia contests paid nothing or group discounts. "I did lie, no question," said Barry Leib, executive vice president of the Bell, "but we papered the house because we wanted people to see the team and the stadium. We felt it was the only way to sell the thing." Philadelphia tax figures reportedly indicated that there was a paying crowd of only 13,855 fans on opening night and 6,200 for the second game. "I don't see where it hurt anyone," Lieb said. "It's not like it was malicious. We estimated that the more people who saw the game, the more fans we could make." The Bell announced 55,534 for its operer with the Portland Storm, and disclosed Monday that 10,000 tickets were free, 20,000 tickets were in group charity or discount blocks, and the remainder paying full price.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7
BIRMINGHAM 28, Detroit 22 (40367) - Matthew Reed fired two fourth quarter TD passes to Alfred Jenkins, the second with 26 seconds left, to keep Birmingham perfect and Detroit winless. Reed and Jenkins combined first on a 39-yard play with 8:23 to play to wipe out a 15-13 lead and then, after Detroit led 22-20, got together on the game-winning score. It was the fourth game in which the Americans had come from behind in the final period.
DETROIT    -  8  0  0 14 - 22
BIRMINGHAM -  3 10  0 15 - 28
1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 23-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 3-0 1st - DET - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Billy Sadler pass from Wyche) DETROIT 8-3 2nd - BIRM - Matthew Reed, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 10-8 2nd - BIRM - Sark, 30-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 13-8 4th - DET - Jerry Phillips, 12-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) DETROIT 15-13 4th - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 39-yard pass from Reed (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 20-15 4th - DET - John Henderson, 18-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) DETROIT 22-20 4th - BIRM - Jenkins, 17-yard pass from Reed (Jim Bishop pass from Reed) BIRMINGHAM 28-22
Florida 46, CHICAGO 21 (31193) - The Florida defense converted a blocked kick and an intercepted pass into two quick TDs that rallied the Blazers to a runaway win over the previously unbeated Fire. With the Blazers behind 21-16 in the third, Lorenzo Bryant blocked a Chicago punt on the Fire 30, picked up the loose ball at the six and scampered in for the go ahead TD. Less than four minutes later, LB Billy Hobbs returned an interception for a TD.
FLORIDA -  8  8 15 15 - 46
CHICAGO -  0 21  0  0 - 21
1st - FLA - Rod Foster, 86-yard punt return (Matt Maslowskl pass from Bob Davis) FLORIDA 8-0 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 3-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 8-7 2nd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 1-yard run (John Hilton pass from Davis) FLORIDA 16-7 2nd - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 54-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Run failed) FLORIDA 16-14 2nd - CHI - Jim Scott, 1-yard pass from Carter (Run failed) CHICAGO 21-16 3rd - FLA - Lorenzo Bryant, 6-yard blocked punt return (Pass failed) FLORIDA 23-21 3rd - FLA - Billy Hobbs, 30-yard pass Interception (Maslowski pass from Davis) FLORIDA 31-21 4th - FLA - Richard James, 6-yard run (James pass from Davis) FLORIDA 39-21 4th - FLA - James, 64-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 46-21
PORTLAND 15, Houston 15 (T) (15686) - Ken Johnson hit Sam Dickerson with a 15-yard TD pass with 13 seconds left in OT to give Portland the tie in the WFL's first OT game. Each team handles the ball for 7 1/2 minutes during the overtime. Portland Coach Dick Coury announced after the game that Portland was filing a protest because the contest actually ended on a penalty. The officials decided that time had run out.
HOUSTON  -  0  8  0  0  7 - 15
PORTLAND -  0  8  0  0  7 - 21
2nd - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 8-yard run (Ken Johnson run) PORTLAND 8-0 2nd - HOU - Jim Nance, 1-yard run (Don Davis pass from Mike Taliaferro) TIED 8-8 OT - HOU - Rick Eber, 12-yard pass from Taliaferro (Pass failed) HOUSTON 15-8 OT - PORT - Sam Dickerson, 15-yard pass from Johnson (Run failed) TIED 15-15
PHILADELPHIA 46, Memphis 15 (12396) - King Corcoran threw four TD passes and his substitute, Frank DiMaggio, hurled two others to give the Bell an easy win. The Bell rolled to a 30-0 halftime lead and held Memphis
scoreless until the final period. The winners scored on their first play from scrimmage when Corcoran threw a pass to RB John Land, who raced 64 yards. Philadelphia had a total net yardage of 422, while Memphis had 161.
MEMPHIS     -  0  0  0 15 - 15
PHILADEPHIA - 15 15  0 16 - 46
1st - PHIL - John Land, 64-yard pass from King Corcoran (Land pass from Corcoran) PHILADELPHIA 8-0 1st - PHIL - Linzy Cole, 14-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 15-0 2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 1-yard pass from Corcoran (Land run) PHILADELPHIA 23-0 2nd - PHIL - Don Shanklin, 45-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 30-0 4th - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 4-yard run (Ed Marshall from Danny White) PHILADELPHIA 30-8 4th - PHIL - Cole, 43-yard pass from Frank DiMaggio (Paul Dunn from DiMaggio) PHILADELPHIA 38-8 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 15-yard pass from White (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 38-15 4th - PHIL - Shanklin, 43-yard pass from DiMaggio (Alan Thompson run) PHILADELPHIA 46-15
New York 11, S. CALIFORNIA 8 (28174) - Tom Sherman unleashed a 40-yard TE pass to TE Bert Askson midway
through the fourth period to give the Stars a hard-fought win. Sherman launched the winning drive from his own 12 early in the fourth. With Kermit Johnson rushing 30 times for 137 yards, the Sun continually threatened but were unable to find the end zone. Nick Dzepina, the third kicker used by the Sun this season, missed three FGs.
NEW YORK      -  0  3  0  8 - 11
S. CALIFORNIA -  8  0  0  0 -  8
1st - SC - Ike Harris, 32-yard pass from Tony Adams (Jacques MacKinnon pass from Adams) S. CAL 8-0 2nd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 32-yard field goal S. CALIFORNIA 8-3 4th - NY - Bert Askson, 40-yard pass from Tom Sherman (George Sauer pass from Sherman) NEW YORK 11-8
THURSDAY AUGUST 8
JACKSONVILLE 21, Hawaiians 14 (43869) - QB Eddie McAshan, in his pro debut, dove over from the one with 40 seconds left to give the Sharks the win. His TD climaxed a 14-play drive that began on the Sharks' 20-yard line. The nationally televised game was delayed 15 minutes while the crowd listened to President Nixon's resignation speech over loudspeakers. The crowd cheered twice, once when he announced his resignation, and at the end.
HAWAIIANS    -  7  0  7  0 - 14
JACKSONVILLE -  3  3  0 15 - 21
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 22-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 3-0 2nd - HAW - Norris Weese, 2-yard run (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 7-3 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 35-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 7-6 3rd - HAW - Pete Taggares, 9-yard pass from Weese (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 14-6 4th - JACK - Ricky Lake, 1-yard run (Keith Krepfle pass from Eddie McAshan) TIED 14-14 4th - JACK - McAshan, 1-yard run (Run failed) JACKSONVILLE 21-14
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           4  1 0  .800  93  52 Birmingham        5  0 0 1.000 150 109
Philadelphia      3  2 0  .600 119  58 Chicago           4  1 0  .800 145 118
New York          3  2 0  .600  88  85 Memphis           3  2 0  .600 123 142
Jacksonville      2  3 0  .400  92  91 Detroit           0  5 0  .000  85 137
WESTERN DIVISION
Houston           2  2 1  .500  36  53 Hawaiians         1  4 0  .200 116 136
S. California     2  3 0  .400  89  97 Portland          0  4 1  .100  60 118
AUG 9 - The Detroit Wheels are spinning in financial troubles and the president of the WFL says the league may have to buy the franchise to save it. Reports persist that the team will either be purchased and moved to Charlotte, N.C., or be taken over by the league, possibly to stay in Detroit. Wheels executives met Friday, but no decision was reached on the team's future, a club spokesman said. The Wheels are 0-5 in the Central Division cellar. Wheels owners are reported considering a $2 million offer from North Carolina investors who would move the team to Charlotte, sources said. The Wheels are owned by 33 shareholders. At a July 28 meeting, the owners were told the team owed $280,000 and was practically out of cash, reports indicated. The Wheels' ownership assembly line is operationally cumbersome and financially hard up, its own members concede. A plan to sell stock to the public fell through, as did a bid to rent Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Lions. The team is playing at the home field of Eastern Michigan University and crowds—an average 12,600—have been as disappointing as the five consecutive losses.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14
BIRMINGHAM 39, Hawaiians 0 (43297) - George Mira threw two TD passes - one of them a 95-yarder to Alfred Jenkins - to keep Birmingham perfect. Mira, sidelined for the past two weeks by an ankle injury, relieved Matthew Reed early in the second period with Brimingham ahead 8-0. The Americans scored 24 points in the second quarter in front of 43,297 - management claimed no free tickets were given away.
HAWAIIANS  -  0  0  0  0 -  0
BIRMINGHAM -  8 24  0  7 - 39
1st - BIRM - Willie Smith, 81-yard punt return (Dennis Homan pass from Matthew Reed) BIRMINGHAM 8-0 2nd - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 7-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 15-0 2nd - BIRM - Earl Sark, 24-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 18-0 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 95-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 25-0 2nd - BIRM - Homan, 26-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 32-0 4th - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 39-0
FLORIDA 33, Jacksonville 26 (23890) - Jim Strong barreled for two TDs as the Blazers won before a near capacity crowd, which softened the rumors the team may move to Atlanta. Blazer officials have said they have been negotiating with a group of Atlantans about moving the franchise. Reggie Oliver drove the Sharks deep into Florida territory, but the drive ended on the Florida 20. Jacksonville fired coach Bud Asher after the game.
JACKSONVILLE - 11  0  0 15 - 26
FLORIDA      - 16  7  8  2 - 33
1st - FLA - Jim Strong, 1-yard run (Greg Latta pass from Bob Davis) FLORIDA 8-0 1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 23-yard field goal FLORIDA 8-3 1st - JACK - Ron Coppenbarger, 20-yard fumble return (Ricky Lake run) JACKSONVILLE 11-8 1st - FLA - Davis, 1-yard run (Matt Maslowski pass from Davis) FLORIDA 16-11 2nd - FLA - Maslowski, 51-yard pass from Tommy Reamon (Pass failed) FLORIDA 23-11 3rd - FLA - Strong, 1-yard run (Reamon run) FLORIDA 31-11 4th - JACK - Reggie Oliver, 9-yard run (Oliver run) FLORIDA 31-19 4th - FLA - Safety, Oliver tackled in end zone by Louis Ross FLORIDA 33-19 4th - JACK - Tom Whittier, 7-yard pass Oliver (Run failed) FLORIDA 33-26
NEW YORK 38, Portland 16 (16222) - Tom Sherman threw two TD passes to George Sauer and ran for another as the Stars took a 38-0 lead in the fourth and stretched their winning streak to four games. Sherman completed 11-of-14 for 144 yards. The crowd, made up mostly of late arrivals, was the second largest at Downing Stadium- which was still suffering from inadequate lighting despite workers adding over 36 new lamps at midfield.
PORTLAND -  0  0  0 16 - 16
NEW YORK - 16  7  7  8 - 38
1st - NY - Tom Sherman, 5-yard run (Al Young pass from Sherman) NEW YORK 8-0 1st - NY - George Sauer, 20-yard pass from Sherman (Dave Richards pass from Sherman) NEW YORK 16-0 2nd - NY - Andy Huff, 4-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 23-0 3rd - NY - Sauer, 3-yard pass from Sherman (Pass failed) NEW YORK 30-0 4th - NY - Gary Danielson, 1-yard run (Richards run) NEW YORK 38-0 4th - PORT - Jim Krieg, 15-yard pass from Greg Barton (Darrell Mitchell run) NEW YORK 38-8 4th - PORT - Ken Matthews, 12-yard pass from Barton (Marv Kendricks run) NEW YORK 38-16
Memphis 37, DETROIT 7 (14424) - Willie Spencer scored twice on one-yard runs, John Huarte threw two TD passes, and J.J. Jennings ran for 113 yards as Memphis kept Detroit winless. CB David Thomas intercepted a pass and went 39 yards for a TD to give Memphis a 30-7 lead. The game was so one-sided the attention of the sparse crowd switched to frisbee throwing in the stands with more than five minutes to go in the third quarter.
MEMPHIS -  8 15  7  7 - 37
DETROIT -  7  0  0  0 -  7
1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Gary Shirk pass from John Huarte) MEMPHIS 8-0 1st - DET - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 8-7 2nd - MEM - Ed Marshall, 12-yard pass from Huarte (Run failed) MEMPHIS 15-7 2nd - MEM - Spencer, 1-yard run (Shirk pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 23-7 3rd - MEM - David Thomas, 39-yard interception return (Run failed) MEMPHIS 30-7 4th - MEM - Gary Powell, 31-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 37-7
CHICAGO 32, Philadelphia 29 (27607) - Virgil Carter hit Jack Dolbin on an 11-yard TD pass with 1:34 left to give the Fire the win. Carter took the Fire 80 yards in two minutes, completing five straight passes in the winning drive. His heroics eclipsed those of Philadelphia QB King Corcoran, who plunged for one last period TD and passed for
another that gave the Bell a 29-25 lead. Cyril Pinder and Mark Kellar rushed for a combined 263 yards for the Fire.
PHILADELPHIA -  8  7  0 14 - 29
CHICAGO      -  3 15  7  7 - 32
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 6-yard run (Alan Thompson run) PHILADELPHIA 8-0 1st - CHI - Chuck Ramsey, 26-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 8-3 2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 6-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Carter run) CHICAGO 11-8 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 18-8 2nd - PHIL - Thompson, 2-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) CHICAGO 18-15 3rd - CHI - Pinder, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 25-15 4th - PHIL - Corcoran, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 25-22 4th - PHIL - Watts, 45-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 29-25 4th - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 11-yard pass from Curler (Pass failed) CHICAGO 32-29
THURSDAY AUGUST 15
S. California 18, HOUSTON 7 (31227) - Fleming Jensen kicked a 19-yard FG with 2:09 to play and Durwood Keeton returned an interception 66 yards for a TD in the closing seconds to rally the Sun. The Texans got within FG range before Keeton intercepted Trull and ran 68 yards down the sidelines for the final score with: 24 remaining. The game was the nationally televised WFL Game of the Week on the TVS Sports Network.
HOUSTON       -  7  0  0  0 -  7
S. CALIFORNIA -  0  0  7 11 - 18
1st - HOU - John Odom, 51-yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Run failed) HOUSTON 7-0 3rd - SC - Jack Conners, 90-yard punt return (Run failed) TIED 7-7 4th - SC - Fleming Jensen, 19-yard field goal S. CALIFORNIA 10-7 4th - SC - Durwood Keeton, 66-yard pass Interception (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CAL 18-7
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           5  1 0  .833 126  78 Birmingham        6  0 0 1.000 189 109
New York          4  2 0  .667 126 101 Chicago           5  1 0  .833 177 147
Philadelphia      3  3 0  .500 148  90 Memphis           4  2 0  .667 160 149
Jacksonville      2  4 0  .333 118 124 Detroit           0  6 0  .000  92 174
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     3  3 0  .500 107 104 Hawaiians         1  5 0  .167 116 175
Houston           2  3 1  .417  43  71 Portland          0  5 1  .083  76 156
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21
Birmingham 15, JACKSONVILLE 14 (27140) - Matthew Reed came in for the injured George Mira and lead the Americans to two fourth-quarter TDs and ran for the go-ahead action point to ruin Charlie Tate's debut as Sharks coach. Charlie Harraway scored on a two-yard TD plunge with 19 seconds left. A heavy downpour which began in the second period gave both sides trouble on the slippery field and drenched the crowd.
BIRMINGHAM   -  0  0  0 15 - 15
JACKSONVILLE -  3  0  3  8 - 14
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 31-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 3-0 3rd - JACK - Guthrie, 51-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 6-0 4th - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 27-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-6
4th - JACK - Tommy Durrance, 5-yard run (Keith Krepfle pass from Reggie Oliver) JACKSONVILLE 14-7 4th - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 2-yard run (Reed run) BIRMINGHAM 15-14
MEMPHIS 60, Hawaiians 8 (25123) - John Huarte threw for four first-half TDs in leading Memphis to a slaughter of Hawaii that set a WFL scoring record. The Southmen led 39-0 at the half. DB Johnny Majors added another score on a 55-yard TD interception as Memphis built a 53-8 lead by the end of the third quarter, spoiling the homecoming of Hawaii's QB, Norris Weese, who played last year at the University of Mississippi.
HAWAIIANS -  0  0  0  8 -  8
MEMPHIS   - 21 18 14  8 - 60
1st - MEM - Ed Marshall, 6-yard pass from John Huarte (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 7-0 1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 18-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 14-0 1st - MEM - Marshall, 29-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 21-0 2nd - MEM - Jennings, 2-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 28-0 2nd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 32-yard pass from Huarte (Jennings run) MEMPHIS 36-0 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 29-yard field goal MEMPHIS 39-0 3rd - MEM - David Thornton, 54-yard interception return (Run failed) MEMPHIS 46-0 3rd - MEM - Johnny Majors, 55-yard interception return (Run failed) MEMPHIS 53-0 4th - HAW - Tim Delaney, 14-yard from Norris Weese (Jim Fassel run) MEMPHIS 53-8 4th - MEM - Jim Ettinger, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 60-8
S. California 31, PHILADELPHIA 28 (14600) - Alonzo Emery scored his third TD of the night from one yard out with 52 seconds remaining to lift the Sun to the win. Emery's score completed an 11-play 80-yard drive that included two damaging penalties - a 15-yard bump-and-run penalty and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Bell drove to the Sun 19, but, with 3 seconds left, Jerry Warren had his 36-yard FG blocked by Jim Buckmon.
S. CALIFORNIA -  8 16  0  7 - 31
PHILADELPHIA  - 14  7  7  0 - 28
1st - PHIL - John Land, 9-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 7-0 1st - PHIL - Paul Dunn, 34-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 14-0 1st - SC - Alonzo Emery, 1-yard run (James McAllister pass from Tony Adams) PHILADELPHIA 14-8 2nd - SC - Emery, 1-yard run (Adams run) S. CALIFORNIA 16-14 2nd - PHIL - Alan Thompson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 21-16 2nd - SC - Dave Williams, 11-yard pass from Adams (Ralph Nelson run) S. CALIFORNIA 24-21 3rd - PHIL - Mike Carter, 27-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 28-24 4th - SC - Emery, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 31-28
NEW YORK 43, Houston 10 (12042) - Bob Gladieux ran for three TDs, ran for 84 yards, and caught a pass for another as the Stars stretched their winning streak to five games. The Texans, who came into Downing Stadium with the best running defense in the league, allowing just 112 yards a game, gave up 231 rushing yards. New York took advantage of Houston turnovers and mistakes to score five of its six TDs.
HOUSTON  -  0  3  0  7 - 10
NEW YORK -  7 14 15  7 - 43
1st - NY - Bob Gladieux, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 7-0 2nd - NY - Gladieux, 5-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Pass failed) NEW YORK 14-0 2nd - NY - Gladieux, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 21-0 2nd - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 43-yard field goal NEW YORK 21-3 3rd- NY - Gladieux, 4-yard run (Al Young pass from Sherman) NEW YORK 29-3 3rd - NY - Kreg Kapitan, 25-yard pass from Sherman (Pass failed) NEW YORK 36-3 4th - HOU - Mike Richardson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 36-10 4th - NY - Gary Danielson,1-yard run (Run failed) NEW YORK 43-10
FLORIDA 11, Portland 7 (15451) - Bob Davis passed for a TD and an action point to give the Blazers a firm hold on the lead in the East Division. A noisy crowd sat under an intermittent drizzle to watch the money-troubled Blazers win their sixth game in seven outings. Blazer boss Rommie Loudd said earlier the team was in serious financial trouble and would need a full house of 29,000 at each of the remaining home games to break even.
PORTLAND -  0  0  0  7 -  7
FLORIDA  -  0  8  0  3 - 11
2nd - FLA - Greg Latta, 20-yard pass from Bob Davis (Latta pass from Davis) FLORIDA 8-0 4th - PORT - Ken Johnson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 8-7 4th - FLA - Les Perry, 24-yard field goal FLORIDA 11-7
THURSDAY AUGUST 22
Chicago 35, DETROIT 23 (10300) - Chicago's Walter Rhone ran back a kickoff 90 yards for a TD and Virgil Carter
then sealed the winless Detroit Wheels' seventh loss with two TD passes. Rookie Bruce Shaw relieved Eric Guthrie at QB in the second half and rallied Detroit to two fourth quarter scores but Chicago, which led 35-8 at that point, had enough to win its sixth game in seven decisions. 
CHICAGO -  0 28  7  0 - 35
DETROIT -  0  8  0 15 - 23
2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 3-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 7-0 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 14-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 14-0 2nd - DET - Jim Rathje, 5-yard pass from Eric Guthrie (Billy Sadler pass from Guthrie) CHICAGO 14-8 2nd - CHI - Walter Rhone, 90-yard kickoff return (Pass failed) CHICAGO 21-8 2nd - CHI - Jim Seymour, 11-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 28-8 3rd - CHI - Don Burchfield, 9-yard pass from Carter (Run failed) CHICAGO 35-8 4th - DET - Rathje, 2-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 35-15 4th - DET - Jon Henderson, 16-yard pass from Bruce Shaw (Rathje run) CHICAGO 35-23
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           6  1 0  .857 137  85 Birmingham        7  0 0 1.000 204 123
New York          5  2 0  .714 169 111 Chicago           6  1 0  .857 212 170
Philadelphia      3  4 0  .429 176 121 Memphis           5  2 0  .714 220 157
Jacksonville      2  5 0  .286 132 139 Detroit           0  7 0  .000 115 209
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     4  3 0  .571 138 132 Hawaiians         1  6 0  .143 124 235
Houston           2  4 1  .357  53 114 Portland          0  6 1  .071  83 167
BLAZERS MOVING? - Owners of the Florida Blazers met with prospective new owners in an effort to finish negotiations for planned relocation of the team to Atlanta. "We have in our possession a letter from league Commissioner Gary Davidson okaying the transfer of the Orlando team to Atlanta," said T. M. Alexander, one of the group interested in acquiring the franchise. "All we have to do is meet three conditions, and we're fairly certain we can do that." The major problem blocking the shift of the team has been finding an adequate stadium. The team has been negotiating with Georgia Tech for the use of Grant Field, which seats 60,000. The team, if the proposed transfer does materialize, would play its first game in Atlanta on Aug. 28 against Memphis.
SUNDAY AUGUST 25
Jacksonville 14, HAWAIIANS 8 (10099) - Reggie Oliver hit WR Drew Buie on a 36-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Sharks their first win under head coach Charlie Tate. The Sharks trailed for most of the second half in a defensive battle with the Hawaiians. The Hawaiians' only TD came in the second quarter when newly-acquired Ed Hargett hit John Kelsey with a 27-yard pass.
JACKSONVILLE -  7  0  0  7 - 14
HAWAIIANS    -  0  8  0  8 -  8
1st - JACK - Edgar Scott, 46-yard pass from Reggie Oliver (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 7-0 2nd - HAW - John Kelsey, 27-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Greg Smith pass from Hargett) HAWAIIANS 8-7 4th - JACK - Drew Buie, 37-yard pass from Oliver (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 14-8
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28
PHILADELPHIA 27, Detroit 23 (15100) - King Corcoaran threw two TD passes and Claude Watts scored twice to bring the Bell back to .500. Corcoran, on 4th-and-8 midway through the final quarter, hit Watts with an 18-yard pass to set up Jerry Warren's second FG of the night, which was the game winner. The Bell defense sacked Detroit QB Bubba Wyche six times. Wheels RB Jesse Mims was the leading rusher with 85 yards on 15 carries.
DETROIT      -  8  8  0  7 - 23
PHILADELPHIA - 14 10  0  3 - 27
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 17-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 7-0 1st - PHIL - Watts, 1-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 14-0 1st - DET - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Terry Phillips pass from Wyche) PHILADELPHIA 14-8 2nd - DET - Jesse Mims, 35-yard run (Mims run) DETROIT 16-14 2nd - PHIL - Jerry Warren, 25-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 17-16 2nd - PHIL - Don Shanklin, 24-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 24-16 4th - PHIL - Warren, 19-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 27-16 4th - DET - Wyche, 2-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 27-23
Memphis 26, FLORIDA 18 (17148) - John Harvey took advantage of an injury to Willie Spencer and started the game, then took advantage of the Blazers, running for 137 yards and a touchdown. Memphis QB John Huarte drilled one TD pass to Ed Marshall but depended mostly on a merciless ground attack to crack the top ranked defensive unit of the WFL. Blazer QB Bob Davis staged an aerial show in the first half, passing for 225 yards.
MEMPHIS - 11  7  0  8 - 26
FLORIDA -  7  3  0  8 - 18
1st - MEM - John Harvey, 49-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from John Huarte) MEMPHIS 8-0 1st - FLA - Greg Latta, 22-yard pass trom Bob Davis (Run failed) MEMPHIS 8-7 1st - MEM - Bob Etter, 47-yard field goal MEMPHIS 11-7 2nd - FLA - Les Perry, 32-yard field goal MEMPHIS 11-10 2nd - MEM - Marshall, 35-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 18-10 4th - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Gary Shirk pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 26-10 4th - FLA - Gary Collins, 25-yard pass from Davis (Hubie Bryant pass from Davis) MEMPHIS 26-18
HOUSTON 14, New York 11 (10126) - The Texans, ignoring a court order to keep NFL defector John Matuszak off the playing field, rallied behind Mike Taliaferro's two TD passes for their first win in four games. Matuszak was handed a temporary restraining order keeping him from playing in the WFL for 10 days. The defenseman, who jumped a five-year Houston Oiler contract to sign with the Texans, played five downs before retiring to the bench.
NEW YORK -  0  3  0  8 - 11
HOUSTON  -  7  0  0  7 - 14
1st - HOU - Willie Frazier, 6-yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Pass failed) HOUSTON 7-0 2nd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 34-yard field goal HOUSTON 7-3 4th - HOU - Rick Eber, 35-yard pass from Taliaferro (Pass failed) HOUSTON 14-3 4th - NY - Kreg Kapitan, 11-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Sherman pass to Kapitan) HOUSTON 14-11
S. CALIFORNIA 45, Portland 15 (27814) - Tony Adams completed 12-of-13 passes for 168 yards and three TDs in the first half to spark the Sun to a rout of the winless Storm. Portland drove 60 yards on 11 plays with Bob Christiansen taking a TD pass from Greg Barton early in the second quarter to cut the Sun lead to 14-7. The Sun broke it open with three touchdowns in the second period for a 37-7 half time lead.
PORTLAND      -  0  7  8  0 - 15
S. CALIFORNIA - 14 23  8  0 - 45
1st - SC - Dave Williams, 28-yard pass from Tony Adams (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 7-0 1st - SC - Jim Lindsey, 37-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 14-0 2nd - PORT - Bob Christiansen, 4-yard pass from Greg Barton (Point failed) S. CALIFORNIA 14-7 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 21-7 2nd - SC - Gene Howard, 44-yard interception return (Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 29-7 2nd - SC - Williams, 11-yard pass from Adams (Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 37-7 3rd - SC - Lindsey, 26-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Nelson run) S. CALIFORNIA 45-7 3rd - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 1-yard run (Ken Johnson run) S. CALIFORNIA 45-15
THURSDAY AUGUST 29
Birmingham 22, CHICAGO 8 (44732) - George Mira threw for one TD and directed long drives for two more to lead the unbeaten Americans and tighten their grip on first place in the Central Division. Mira, coming back off an
ankle injury, completed 12 of 28 passes for 139 yards. Virgil Carter passed for 283 yards but had three of his throws intercepted and the Fire never got beyond Birmingham's 36-yard line in the second half.
BIRMINGHAM -  7  7  0  8 - 22
CHICAGO    -  0  8  0  0 -  8
1st - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Paul Robinson, 19-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 14-0 2nd - CHI - Jim Scott, 19-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Jack Dolbin run) BIRMINGHAM 14-8 4th - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 3-yard run (Edwards run) BIRMINGHAM 22-8
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           6  2 0  .750 155 111 Birmingham        8  0 0 1.000 226 131
New York          5  3 0  .625 180 125 Memphis           6  2 0  .750 246 175
Philadelphia      4  4 0  .500 203 144 Chicago           6  2 0  .750 220 192
Jacksonville      3  5 0  .375 146 147 Detroit           0  8 0  .000 138 236
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     5  3 0  .625 183 147 Hawaiians         1  7 0  .125 132 249
Houston           3  4 1  .438  67 125 Portland          0  7 1  .063  98 212
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1
HAWAIIANS 33, Houston 15 (10248) - Norris Weese rallied the Hawaiians, who scored three times in the final quarter to cinch the victory, including a 52-yard pass interception by S John Mosely and a 61-yard run by Clem Turner on the last play of the game. RB Ernie O'Leary rushed for 107 yards and a TD for Hawaii. This was the final Sunday game of the season for the Hawaiians, who had not played a weekday home game yet.
HOUSTON   -  7  0  0  8 - 15
HAWAIIANS -  3  8  0 22 - 33
1st - HAW - Willie Viney, 37-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 3-0 1st - HOU - David Mays, 9-yard run (Run failed) HOUSTON 7-3 2nd - HAW - Grady Richardson, 36-yard pass from Norris Weese (Ernie O'Leary run) HAWAIIANS 11-7 4th - HAW - O'Leary, 1-yard run (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 18-7 4th - HOU - Mark Richardson, 5-yard run (Paul Gipson pass from Mays) HAWAIIANS 18-15 4th - HAW - John Mosley, 52-yard pass interception (Al Davis run) HAWAIIANS 26-15 4th - HAW - Clem Turner, 61-yard run (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 33-15
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2
Chicago 32, S. CALIFORNIA 22 (27133) - Virgil Carter threw four TD passes and Mark Kellar ran for 118 yards to carry Chicago. Carter had TD passes to Jack Dalton, Jim Seymour, James Scott and Kellar, as he totaled 232 yards by completing 16-of-29 passes and the Fire defense stymied the Sun attack after the intermission. Derek Williams gained 126 yards and quarterback Tony Adams was 15 of 32 for 204 yards in a losing effort.
CHICAGO       -  7 18  0  7 - 32
S. CALIFORNIA -  8  7  0  7 - 22
1st - SC - Kermit Johnson, 14-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 8-0 1st - CHI- Jack Dalton, 27-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 8-7 2nd - CHI - Jim Seymour, 6-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 14-8 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 13-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 15-14 2nd - CHI - James Scott, 38-yard pass from Carter (Mark Kellar pass from Carter) CHICAGO 22-15 2nd - CHI - Allen Watson, 39-yard field goal CHICAGO 25-15 4th - CHI - Kellar, 5-yard pass from Carter (Run failed) CHICAGO 32-15 4th - SC - Williams, 8-yard pass from Adams (Pass failed) CHICAGO 32-22
BIRMINGHAM 8, Florida 7 (36529) - Rookie QB Matthew Reed, virtually called from the bench by the crowd, scored a fourth quarter TD to give unbeaten Birmingham the win. Trailing 7-0 and spurred by repeated chants of "We want Reed", Reed entered the game with 50 seconds to play in the third period only to end a Birmingham scoring threat by throwing an interception. Florida fell to 6-3 and into a tie for first place with the New York Stars.
FLORIDA    -  0  0  7  0 -  7
BIRMINGHAM -  0  0  0  8 -  8
3rd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 43-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLORIDA 7-0 4th - BIRM - Matthew Reed, 2-yard run (Jim Bishop pass from Reed) BIRMINGHAM 8-7
Memphis 16, JACKSONVILLE 13 (22169) - J.J. Jennings ran for 89 yards and Willie Spencer scored two TDs for the Southmen. Spencer, leading the WFL's top scoring offense, plunged over from the six with 2:52 left in the second period and from the one in the fourth quarter to give Memphis its seventh win. Memphis took the win on a drive from the Southmen 30, highlighted by an 18-yard pass from John Huarte to Roger Wallace.
MEMPHIS      -  0  8  0  8 - 16
JACKSONVILLE -  0  3  3  7 - 13
2nd - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 37-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 3-0 2nd - MEM - Willie Spencer, 6-yard run (Spencer run) MEMPHIS 8-3 3rd - JACK - Guthrie, 38-yard field goal MEMPHIS 8-6 4th - JACK - Tommy Durrance, 2-yard run (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 13-8 4th - MEM - Spencer, 1-yard run (John Harvey run) MEMPHIS 16-13
NEW YORK 24, Philadelphia 16 (5237) - Tom Sherman threw for two TDs and ran for a third as the Stars moved into a tied for first place in the Eastern Division, while Bob Gladieux rushed for a WFL-record 161 yards on 28 carries. Bell QB King Corocoran had five passes intercepted. Only 6,132 fans (5,237 paying) attended the game at Downing Stadium, the smallest crowd of the season in New York so far.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  8  8  0 - 16
NEW YORK     - 14  7  0  3 - 24
1st - NY - Ray Parson, 9-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Point failed) NEW YORK 7-0 1st - NY - Bert Askson, 28-yard pass from Sherman (Point failed) NEW YORK 14-0 2nd - NY - Sherman, 1-yard run (Point failed) NEW YORK 21-0 2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 6-yard pass from King Corcoran (Frank DiMaggio run) NEW YORK 21-8 3rd - PHIL - Jimmy Joe, 9-yard run (John Land run) NEW YORK 21-16 4th - NY - Moses Lajterman, 29-yard field goal NEW YORK 24-16
Portland 18, Detroit 7 at London, Ontario (5105) - Booth Lusteg kicked a 30-yard FG and Rufus Ferguson, who ran for 140 yards, set up a fourth quarter TD with a 74-yard run to give the Storm its first victory over the winless Wheels in the first WFL game played in Canada. A 52-yard punt return by Phil Bergas helped the Storm put the ball in position for the field goal by Lusteg, who was cut from Detroit at the beginning of the season.
PORTLAND -  7  0  0 11 - 18
DETROIT  -  0  7  0  0 -  7
1st - PORT - Ken Johnson, 1-yard run (Run failed) PORTLAND 7-0 2nd - DET - Bubba Wyche, 5-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 4th - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 30-field goal PORTLAND 10-7 4th - PORT - Jim Krieg, 13-yard run (Johnson run) PORTLAND 18-7
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           6  3 0  .667 162 119 Birmingham        9  0 0 1.000 234 138
New York          6  3 0  .667 204 141 Memphis           7  2 0  .778 262 188
Philadelphia      4  5 0  .444 219 168 Chicago           7  2 0  .778 252 214
Jacksonville      3  6 0  .333 159 163 Detroit           0  9 0  .000 145 254
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     5  4 0  .556 205 179 Hawaiians         2  7 0  .222 132 249
Houston           3  5 1  .389  82 158 Portland          1  7 1  .167 116 219
WHEELS MOVE GAME TO CANADA - The Detroit Wheels and the Portland Storm squared off in a contest the media had christened the "Battle of the Beaten". The announced attendance was 5,105, but officials said the figure was closer to 3,500. The game had been moved from Detroit to London due to poor attendance in Detroit and as a favor for Portland owner Robert Harris. Harris wanted to move his Portland Storm to London, Ontario and rename the team the "London Lords". Wheels ownership welcomed the $30,000 they received from Harris.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5
JACKSONVILLE 34, Philadelphia 30 (17851) - Reggie Oliver treated a national television audience to a 321-yardaerial circus and handed most of the credit to his offensive line. A rain-drenched Gator Bowl crowd was overjoyedas Jacksonville kept its TV record perfect. It was the third time on television for the Sharks and they have won allof them. Oliver hit Edgar Scott on a 45-yard scoring pass on the first play.
PHILADELPHIA - 15  0  8  7 - 30
JACKSONVILLE -  8  3 15  8 - 34
1st - JACK  - Edgar Scott, 45-yard pass from Reggie Oliver (Tommy Durrance run) JACKSONVILLE 8-0 1st - PHIL - Frank DiMaggio, 3-yard run (Run failed) JACKSONVILLE 8-7 1st - PHIL - Bernard Chapman, 59-yard run with blocked FG (Alan Thompson pass from DiMaggio) PHIL 15-8 2nd - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 21-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 15-11 3rd - PHIL - George Chatlos, 77-yard run with blocked field goal (John Land run) PHILADELPHIA 23-11 3rd - JACK - Durrance, 8-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 23-18 3rd - JACK - Durrance, 8-yard run (Durrance run) JACKSONVILLE 26-23​ 4th - JACK - Drew Buie, 13-yard pass from Oliver (Wayne Jones pass from Kay Stephenson) JACKSONV. 34-23 4th - PHIL - Land, 1-yard run (Pass failed) JACKSONVILLE 34-30
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6
S. California 10, DETROIT 7 (6351) - James McAlister caught a TD pass from Tony Adams with 4:09 left to lift the  Sun to the win. The announced attendance was 6,351, but only about 2,000 people actually were on hand. Detroit club owners met earlier Friday to complete the necessary legal requirements to sell the team. The only highlight for the Wheels was RB Sam Scarber, who rushed for 86 yards on 19 carries.
S. CALIFORNIA -  3  0  0  7 - 10
DETROIT       -  0  0  7  0 -  7
1st - SC - Ron Svarc, 27-yard field goal S. CALIFORNIA 3-0 3rd - DET - Sam Scarber, 19-yard run (Pass failed) DETROIT 7-3 4th - SC - James McAlister, 6-yard pass from Tony Adams (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 10-7
PORTLAND 15, Hawaiians 8 (15551) - Rufus Ferguson raced 44 and 51 yards for TDs to lead Portland to its second straight win. The Hawaiians scored with 3:58 left on a 45-yard pass from Norris Weese to Al Davis. On  the final play of the game, Weese completed a pass to Tim Delaney on the Portland one but Robin Sinclair made a game-saving tackle. The Hawaiians tried to run one last play but they didn't have enough time.
HAWAIIANS -  0  0  0  8 -  8
PORTLAND  -  0  8  0  7 - 15
1st - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 44-yard run (Greg Specht pass from Ken Johnson) PORTLAND 8-0 4th - PORT - Ferguson, 51-yard run (Pass failed) PORTLAND 15-0 4th - HAW - Al Davis, 45-yard pass from Norris Weese (John Kelsey pass from Weese) PORTLAND 15-8
Florida 17, NEW YORK 15 (3830) - Tommy Reamon, a 23rd round draft pick of the Blazers starting in his first game, ran for a WFL-record 179 yards on 33 carries as the Blazers took the lead in the Eastern Division. Florida scored all its points in the first half as Reamon ran for 140 yards. The steady downpour helped set another league record - smallest attendance -  as only 3,830 of 14,625 ticketholders showed up.
FLORIDA  - 10  7  0  0 - 17
NEW YORK -  7  0  8  0 - 15
1st - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 28-yard run (Run failed) FLORIDA 7-0 1st - FLA - Les Perry, 37-yard field goal FLORIDA 10-0 1st - NY - Bert Askson, 29-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Run failed) FLORIDA 10-7 2nd - FLA - Greg Latta, 5-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLORIDA 17-7 3rd - NY - Kreg Kapitan, 13-yard pass from Sherman (Bob Gladieux pass from Sherman) FLORIDA 17-15
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7
BIRMINGHAM 41, Chicago 40 (54872) - Americans K Earl Sark kicked a 34-yard FG with 52 seconds left in torrential rains pushed into Birmingham by Hurricane Carmen. Sark's game-winning kick marked the sixth time  that Birmingham has pulled out a victory in the final stages. The Americans appeared to have the victory with a 38-19 lead going into the fourth, but Virgil Carter threw three of his five TD passes to give Chicago a 40-38 lead.
CHICAGO    -  0 16  3 21 - 40
BIRMINGHAM -  8 15 15  3 - 41
1st - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 1-yard run (Alfred Jenkins pass from George Mira) BIRMINGHAM 8-0 2nd - CHI - James Scott, 2-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Carter run) TIED 8-8 2nd - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Ted Powell pass from Mira) BIRMINGHAM 16-8 2nd - CHI - Scott, 28-yard pass from Carter (Mark Kellar run) TIED 16-162nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 12-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 23-16 3rd - BIRM - Cantrelle, 18-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 30-16 3rd - CHI - Allan Watson ,42-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 30-193rd - BIRM - Cantrelle, 4-yard run (Harraway run) BIRMINGHAM 38-19 4th - CHI - Kellar, 14-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 38-26 4th - CHI - Scott, 5-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 38-33 4th - CHI - Jim Seymour, 38-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 40-38 4th - BIRM - Earl Sark, 34-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 41-40
MEMPHIS 45, Houston 0 (15291) - In a game moved back a night due to high school football, John Huarte and Danny White combined to fire five TD passes and lead the Southmen to an easy win. Ed Marshall and J.J. Jennings scored twice before a disappointing crowd. Houston could only reach the Memphis 16 late in the game behind David Mays, but then Memphis killed the drive when Emery Hicks sacked Mays and recovered the fumble.
HOUSTON -  0  0  0  0 -  0
MEMPHIS - 16 15  7  7 - 45
1st - MEM - Ed Marshall, 32-yard pass from John Huarte (Willie Spencer run) MEMPHIS 8-0 1st - MEM - Marshall, 12-yard pass from Huarte (Gary Shirk pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 16-0 2nd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 20-yard pass from Huarte (Dick Bumpas pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 24-0 2nd- MEM - Jennings, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 31-0 3rd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 26-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 38-0 4th - MEM - Gary Powell, 34-yard pass from White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 45-0
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           7  3 0  .700 179 134 Birmingham       10  0 0 1.000 275 178
New York          6  4 0  .600 219 158 Memphis           8  2 0  .800 307 188
Philadelphia      4  6 0  .400 249 212 Chicago           7  3 0  .700 292 255
Jacksonville      4  6 0  .400 193 193 Detroit           0 10 0  .000 152 264
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     6  4 0  .600 215 186 Portland          2  7 1  .250 131 225
Houston           3  6 1  .350  82 203 Hawaiians         2  8 0  .200 138 264
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11
MEMPHIS 46, Birmingham 7 (30675) - Ed Marshall caught three TD passes as the revenge-hungry Southmen broke Birmingham's perfect record. Marshall hauled in two scoring passes from QB John Huarte and aone from HB John Harvey. J.J. Jennings ran for 107 yards on 13 carries, while Huarte threw three touchdown passes in the game. The Southmen defenders made three key interceptions.
BIRMINGHAM -  0  7  0  0 -  7
MEMPHIS    -  7 15  8 16 - 46
1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Run failed) MEMPHIS 7-0 2nd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 8-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 14-0 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 20-yard pass from John Huarte (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 22-0 2nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 6-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 22-7 3rd - MEM - Marshall, 48-yard pass from John Harvey (Marshall pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 30-7 4th - MEM - Marshall, 12-yard pass from Huarte (Roger Wallace pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 38-7 4th - MEM - Marshall, 6-yard pass from Huarte (Wallace pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 46-7
Detroit 15, FLORIDA 14 (11,511) - A six-yard touchdown run by rookie Billy Sadler and his subsequent action-point pass reception eventually became the decisive points for Detroit, who was rumored to moving to Arkansas.
DETROIT -  0  0 15  0 - 15
FLORIDA -  0  7  0  7 - 14
1st - FLA - Jim Strong, 16-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLORIDA 7-0 3rd - DET - John Henderson, 50-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 3rd - DET - Billy Sadler, 6-yard run (Sadler pass from Wyche) DETROIT 15-7 4TH - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 2-yard run (Pass failed) DETROIT 15-14
Hawaiians 24, HOUSTON 17 (9861) - Edd Hargett, a backup QB with the Houston Oilers until just three weeks ago, returned home to fire two TD passes and direct last-place Hawaii into second place in the Western Division. The crowd was silent most of the game, as rumors of the teams' impending move to Shreveport circulated in the local news media. Texan RB Jim Nance played his best game, finishing with 131 yards on 21 carries.
HAWAIIANS - 16  0  0  8 - 24
HOUSTON   -  7  3  0  7 - 17
1st - HAW - John Kelsey, 14-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Al Davis run) HAWAIIANS 8-0 1st - HOU - Jim Nance, 9-yard run (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 8-7 1st - HAW - Derrick Williams, 83-yard kickoff return (John Isenbarger pass from Hargett) HAWAIIANS 16-7 2nd - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 27-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 16-10 4th - HAW - Isenbarger, 17-yard pass from Hargett (Clem Turner pass from Hargett) HAWAIIANS 24-10 4th - HOU - Warren McVea, 19-yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 24-17
PHILADELPHIA 41, Jacksonville 22 (OT) (7230) - Knotted 22-22 after four periods, Philadelphia roared in OT on Dennis Torzola's field goal, Claude Watts' scoring plunge and John Sodaki's interception return for a TD. Torzola had missed four FG attempts in regulation. Both teams totaled 105 pass attempts with 52 completions. The Bell totaled 541 yards on offense while Jacksonville had 399. Bell RB Claude Watts ran for 113 yards on 20 carrries.
JACKSONVILLE -  3  3  9  7  0  0 - 22
PHILADELPHIA -  0  0 22  0  3 16 - 41
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 45-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 3-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 28-yard field goal JACKSONVILLE 6-0 3rd - PHIL - John Land, 74-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 7-63rd - PHIL - Ron Mabra, 86-yard punt return (Mike Carter pass from Corcoran) PHILADELPHIA 15-6 3rd - JACK - Safety, Land tackled in end zone by Ike Lassiter PHILADELPHIA 15-8 3rd - PHIL - Land, 5-yard run (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 22-8 3rd - JACK - Reggie Oliver, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 22-15 4th - JACK - Dennis Hughes, 16-yard pass from Oliver (Pass failed) TIED 22-22 1st OT - PHIL - Dennis Torzola, 26-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 25-22 2nd OT - PHIL - Claude Watts, 3-yard run (Land run) PHILADELPHIA 33-22 2nd OT - PHIL - John Sodaski, 22-yard interception return (Land run) PHILADELPHIA 41-22
New York 34, PORTLAND 15 (13339) -  Jim Ford ran for two TDs as the Stars had their second win of the season over Portland. Newly acquired QB Pete Beathard came on for Portland in the final quarter but his second pass effort wound up in the hands of New York LB James Sims, who returned it 17 yards for a TD. The Stars defense held Portland to only 87 yards rushing and 103 yards passing.
NEW YORK -  7  8 11  8 - 34
PORTLAND -  7  0  8  0 - 15
1st - PORT - Robin Sinclair, 45-yard interception return (Pass failed) PORTLAND 7-0 1st - NY - Jim Ford, 1-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - NY - Ray Parson, 3-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Bert Askson pass from Sherman) NEW YORK 15-7 3rd - NY - Ford, 1-yard run (George Sauer pass Sherman) NEW YORK 23-7 3rd - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 3-yard run (Gerg Specht pass from Greg Barton) NEW YORK 23-15 3rd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 42-yard field goal NEW YORK 26-15 4th - NY - James Sims, 17-yard interception return (Parson pass from Sherman) NEW YORK 34-15
S. California 31, CHICAGO 28 (24827) - Tony Adams completed a 56-yard TD to Keith Denson with 20 seconds to play to cap a 376-yard passing performance and give the Sun the win. Adams also ran four yards for a TD. The Fire lost its fourth game in a row, and lost the services of RB Mark Kellar for the season with a broken bone in his foot. The injury left the Fire without Kellar and WR James Scott- the two WFL statistical leaders at their positions. 
S. CALIFORNIA -  0 15  0 16 - 31
CHICAGO       -  0 21  7  0 - 28
2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Run failed) CHICAGO 7-0 2nd - CHI - Virgil Carter, 3-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 14-0 2nd - SC - Ike Harris, 52-yard pass from Tony Adams (Dave Parks pass from Adams) CHICAGO 14-8 2nd - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 72-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHICAGO 21-8 2nd - SC - Adams, 4-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 21-15 3rd - CHI - Kellar, 11-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 28-15 4th - SC - Kermit Johnson, 32-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Parks pass from Adams) CHICAGO 28-23 4th - SC - Keith Denson, 56-yard pass from Adams (James McAllister pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 31-28
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           7  4 0  .636 193 149 Birmingham       10  1 0  .909 282 224
New York          7  4 0  .636 253 173 Memphis           9  2 0  .818 353 195
Philadelphia      5  6 0  .455 290 234 Chicago           7  4 0  .636 320 286
Jacksonville      4  7 0  .364 215 234 Detroit           1 10 0  .091 167 278
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     7  4 0  .636 246 224 Houston           3  7 1  .318  99 227
Hawaiians         3  8 0  .273 162 281 Portland          2  8 1  .227 146 259
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6
BIRMINGHAM 26, Philadelphia 23 (22963) - The Americans took a commanding 26-0 halftime lead and held off a second half comeback by the Bell. Matthew Reed engineered four first half scoring drives as Birmingham threatened to make the game a rout. But Philadelphia drove 94 yards to score in the third quarter on John Land's TD run. The Bell then capitalized on two Birmingham mistakes to score a pair of last period touchdowns.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  0  8 15 - 23
BIRMINGHAM   - 10 16  0  0 - 26
1st - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 22-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0 1st - BIRM - Grant Guthrie, 23-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 10-0 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 37-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Paul Robinson run) BIRMINHGAM 18-0 2nd - BIRM - Robinson, 14-yard run (Robinson run) BIRMINGHAM 26-0 3rd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 2-yard run (Frank DiMaggio run) BIRMINGHAM 26-8 4th - PHIL - Len Izzo, 1-yard pass from King Corcoran (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 26-154 th - PHIL - Watts, 1-yard pass from Corcoran (Don Ratliff pass from DiMaggio) BIRMINGHAM 26-23
SHREVEPORT 19, Charlotte 14 (10697) - Jim Nance scored on a TD run in the fourth quarter to lift Shreveport to the win. Mike Walker helped preserve the win by recovering a Charlotte fumble on the Shreveport 28 with 32 seconds. Charlotte had to leave its equipment and uniforms in Shreveport after a cleaning shop and a security firm filed suits claiming the club owed payment for services received when it was the New York Stars.
CHARLOTTE  -  0  7  7  0 - 14
SHREVEPORT -  0  3  8  8 - 19
2nd - SHR - Charlie Durkee, 27-yard field goal SHREVEPORT 3-0 2nd - CHA - Kreg Kapitan, 16-yard pass from Gary Danielson (Pass failed) CHARLOTTE 7-3 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 2-yard run (Pass failed) CHARLOTTE 14-3 3rd - SHR - Doug Winslow, 6-yard pass from D.C. Nobles (Jim Nance run) CHARLOTTE 14-11 4th - SHR - Nance,1-yard run (Nance run) SHREVEPORT 19-14
HAWAIIANS 29, S. California 8 (13780) - Randy Johnson passed for two TDs to lead the playoff-hungry Hawaiians. Johnson, who passed for over 300 yards to win Player of the Week honors two weeks ago, hit John Isenbarger with both scoring passes. RBs Al Davis and Vin  Clements ran for the other two scores to give the Hawaiians a 29-0 lead before the Western Division champions could get on the scoreboard.
S. CALIFORNIA -  0  0  0  8 -  8
HAWAIIANS     -  8  0 14  7 - 29
1st - HAW - John Isenbarger, 4-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Norris Weese run) HAWAIIANS 8-0 3rd - HAW - Isenbarger, 17-yard pass from Johnson (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 15-0 3rd - HAW - Al Davis, 4-yard run (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 22-0 4th - HAW - Vin Clements, 1-yard run (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 29-0 4th - SC - Kermit Johnson, 17-yard run (Dave Parks pass from Gary Valbuena) HAWAIIANS 29-8
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7
FLORIDA 23, Portland 0 (11672) - Florida RB Tommy Reamon breezed through a punchless Portland defensefor 107 yards and three TDs, all but eliminating the Storm from the playoffs. Reamon scored on short bursts three times during the third quarter. The game was to have been played in Portland, but a promise of transportation and $50,000 changed the plans. Portland GM Ron Mix expressed his displeasure at the switch.
PORTLAND -  0  0  0  0 -  0
FLORIDA  -  0  0 23  0 - 23
3rd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 1-yard run (Greg Latta pass from Bob Davis) FLORIDA 8-0 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 3-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 15-0 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 3-yard run (Luther Palmer pass from Davis) FLORIDA 23-0
MEMPHIS 49, Chicago 24 (14085) - J.J. Jennings and John Harvey each scored twice to hand Chicago an 10th straight loss. Jennings believes the Southmen are on schedule and that their next stop is the title game -  "We're the best team in the league". It might have been the last game for Chicago, since owner Tom Origer has said histeam won't play in the playoffs and has threatened to skip Chicago's final regular-season game with the Bell.
CHICAGO​ -  0 16  0  8 - 24
MEMPHIS -  7 18  8 16 - 49
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 2-yard run (Run failed) MEMPHIS 7-0 2nd - CHI - Lonnie Crittenden, 54-yard pass fr Bill Cappelman (Jimmy Kennedy pass from Cappelman) CHI 8-7 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 27-yard field goal MEMPHIS 10-8 2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 59-yard run (Kennedy pass from Cappelman) CHICAGO 16-10 2nd - MEM - John Harvey, 3-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from John Huarte) MEMPHIS 18-16 2nd - MEM - Jennings, 4-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 25-16 3rd - MEM - Harvey, 30-yard run (Harvey run) MEMPHIS 33-16 4th - CHI - Bob Wyatt, 29-yard pass from Cappelman (Wyatt run) MEMPHIS 33-24 4th - MEM - Marshall, 20-yard pass from Danny White (Gary Shirk pass from White) MEMPHIS 41-24 4th - MEM - Bracy Bonham, 6-yard run (Marshall pass from White) MEMPHIS 49-24
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Florida        13  6 0  .684 392 256 X-Memphis        16  3 0  .842 601 384
Y-Charlotte      10  9 0  .526 445 322 Y-Birmingham     14  5 0  .737 460 387
Philadelphia      8 11 0  .421 445 413 Chicago           7 12 0  .368 436 599
F-Jacksonville    4 10 0  .286 258 359 F-Detroit         1 13 0  .071 209 358
WESTERN DIVISION
X-S. California  13  6 0  .684 461 424 Portland          7 11 1  .395 264 401
Hawaiians         8 11 0  .421 354 407 Shreveport        7 11 1  .395 233 375
X-Clinched division title   Y-Clinched playoff berth     F-Folded
NOV 6 - The Portland Storm left Wednesday for Florida, but there apparently is no assurance they will play the Blazers Thursday night. "We will not play unless we are paid—before the game," the Oregon Journal quoted oneplayer who asked not to be identified. The Storm players are several weeks behind in their pay. Florida reportedly has guaranteed Portland $50,000 but the money won't be paid until the day after the game, when the Blazers supposedly will be purchased by a group of investors whose identity has not been announced. Meanwhile, the owner of the Portland team, Bob Harris of London, Ont., was quoted as saying it is unlikely that the Storm will remain in Portland. The Journal said Harris made the statement on a radio talk show. "It's not definite and I wouldhope that we could stay in Portland, but there appears no solution to our stadium problem," Harris is quoted as saying. Harris complained about Portland's old stadium, which seats 33,000, difficult parking, and what he termed low attendance. Two weeks of back pay will be made up with receipts from Wednesday night's Shreveport-Charlotte, a Shreveport team official said. The Steamer began paying its players on a game-by-gamebasis when the team moved to Shreveport from Houston Sept. 25. But officials said income taxes had wiped out proceeds from the last two contests, leaving the team without funds to meet the payroll. In a meeting with league officials earlier this week, the team was given permission to use Wednesday night's gate receipts to make up the deficit.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24
NEW YORK 37, Detroit 7 (4220) - As the Wheels' declared bankruptcy, Stars' runners cruised for 277 rushing yards. Don Highsmith scored two TDs for New York, both on one-yard runs, and Ike Thomas returned a recovered fumble 38 yards for another TD. Highsmith, subbing for injured starter Bob Gladieux, carried 14 times for 97 yards in the first half that sparked the Stars, who announced they were leaving New York after the game, to a 15-0 lead.
DETROIT  -  0  7  0  0 -  7
NEW YORK -  7 15  0 15 - 37
1st - NY - Don Highsmith, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 7-0 2nd - NY - Highsmith, 1-yard run (Jim Ford run) NEW YORK 15-0 2nd - NY - Ike Thomas, 31-yard fumble return (Pass failed) NEW YORK 22-0 2nd - DET - Bubba Wyche, 13-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 22-7 4th - NY - Ford, 3-yard run (George Sauer pass from Brian Dowllng) NEW YORK 30-7 4th - NY - Lee Bouggess, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NEW YORK 37-7
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25
PORTLAND 26, Birmingham 21 (14273) - Pete Beathard rifled a 16-yard TD pass to Bob Christiansen with 35seconds left to lead the Storm to the upset. Beathard's heroics overshadowed those of George Mira, who came off the bench in the second half to rally the Americans, only to see his desperation pass fall incomplete in the end zone as time ran out. The Storm turned an interception and recovery of a kickoff fumble into a 18-7 halftime lead.
BIRMINGHAM -  0  7  7  7 - 21
PORTLAND   -  8 10  0  8 - 26
1st - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 9-yard run (Rufus Ferguson run) PORTLAND 8-0 2nd - PORT - Pete Beathard, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PORTLAND 15-0 2nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 24-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Pass failed) PORTLAND 15-7 2nd - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 19-yard field goal PORTLAND 18-7 3rd - BIRM - Gerard Williams, 21-yard interception return (Pass failed) PORTLAND 18-14 4th - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 21-18 4th - PORT - Bob Christiansen, 16-yard pass from Beathard (Wayne Patrick run) PORTLAND 26-21
S. CALIFORNIA 57, Jacksonville 7 (22017) - Tony Adams threw for 244 yards, including TD passes to James McAlister and Ike Harris and scored on a 26-yard run to lead Southern California Sun to their seventh win in the last eight games. The Sun rolled up a total of 549 yards and scored almost at will against the financially-troubledSharks, whose players have not been paid for the last month.
JACKSONVILLE  -  0  0  0  7 -  7
S. CALIFORNIA - 15 31 11  0 - 57
1st - SC - Kermit Johnson, 6-yard run (James McAllister pass from Tony Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 8-0 1st - SC - Ike Harris, 16-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 15-0 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 22-0 2nd - SC - James McAllister, 5-yard pass from Adams (Dave Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 30-0 2nd - SC - Williams, 14-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 38-0 2nd - SC - Harris, 28-yard pass from Valbuena (Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 46-0 3rd - SC - Rod Garcia, 44-yard field goal S. CALIFORNIA 49-0 3rd - SC - Adams, 26-yard run (McAllister pass from Valbuena) S. CALIFORNIA 57-0 4th - JACK - Reggie Oliver, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 57-7
Memphis 17, SHREVEPORT 3 (21357) - J.J. Jennings, the WFL's leading rusher, ran for 77 yards and QB Danny White hit Roger Wallace with a TD to ruin the Steamer's debut in Memphis' eighth straight win. White, subbing for the injured John Huarte, went all the way in his first professional start, hitting 16 of 29 passes for 203 yards and the one TD. The Steamers scored on a 45-yard FG by Charlie Durkee for their only points.
MEMPHIS    -  0  7  3  7 - 17
SHREVEPORT -  3  0  0  0 -  3
1st - SHR - Charlie Durkee, 45-yard field goal SHREVEPORT 3-0 2nd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 19-yard pass from Danny White (Run failed) MEMPHIS 7-33rd - MEM - Bob Etter, 41-yard field goal MEMPHIS 10-34th - MEM - Willie Spencer, 2-yard run (Run failed) MEMPHIS 17-3
Philadelphia 21, HAWAIIANS 16 (14497) - Gerry Warren kicked two FGs in the fourth quarter and Philadelphia's defense intercepted four passes to spark the win. Warren's kicks gave Philadelphia a 21-8 lead with 8:03 left.QB Norris Weese, demoted upon the arrival of Edd Hargett and Randy Johnson, took over and drove Hawaii 76 yards in 14 plays for a TD. With seven second left, his desperation pass was intercepted by Don Vallery.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  7  8  6 - 21
HAWAIIANS    -  0  0  8  8 - 16
2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 7-0 3rd - HAW - Al Davis, 12-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Derrick Williams run) HAWAIIANS 8-7 3rd - PHIL - John Land, 48-yard pass from King Corcoran (Alan Thompson run) PHILADELPHIA 15-8 4th - PHIL - Gerry Warren, 23-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 18-8 4th - PHIL - Warren, 32-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 21-8 4th - HAW - John Kelsey, 7-yard pass from Norris Weese (Weese run) PHILADELPHIA 21-16
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26
FLORIDA 29, Chicago 0 (16679) - QB Bob Davis calmly picked apart the Chicago pass defense to keep the Blazers, rumored to be moving to Atlanta, atop the Eastern Division. The Florida defense shut down QB Leo Hart, who replaced Virgil Carter, the league's top passer, couldn't function with a passing hand injured in last week's game. Ex-NFL great Leroy Kelly, making his debut for the Fire, ran for 86 yards on 15 carries. 
CHICAGO -  0  0  0  0 -  0
FLORIDA -  7  7  7  8 - 29
1st - FLA - Hubie Bryant, 28-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLORIDA 7-0 2nd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 12-yard pass from Davis (Pass failed) FLORIDA 14-0 3rd - FLA - Bill Gatti, 1-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 21-0 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 20-yard pass from Davis (Jim Strong run) FLORIDA 29-0
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida           9  4 0  .692 246 170 Birmingham    11  2 0  .846 345 264
New York          8  5 0  .615 304 197 Memphis       11  2 0  .846 395 205
Philadelphia      6  7 0  .462 332 274 Chicago        7  6 0  .538 327 340
Jacksonville      4  9 0  .308 239 310 Detroit        1 12 0  .077 198 344
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California     9  4 0  .692 332 255 Hawaiians      4  9 0  .308 195 316
Portland          4  8 1  .346 191 297 Shreveport     3  9 1  .269 116 286
SEPT 24 - The already shaky position of Gary Davidson's young WFL crumbled further in a lightning fast series of developments. It was learned that the New York Stars would be moved to Charlotte, N.C., after being  purchased from Robert Schmertz by Boston investor Upton Bell. Bell had been a major factor in the attempt to move the Detroit Wheels to the southern city, but Charlotte Chamber of Commerce spokesman Bill Hensleyrevealed earlier in the day that the transaction had fallen through and that "plans are being made to bring another,much better team to Charlotte." The deal with Detroit may well have collapsed because of the desperate financial situation of the Wheels' ownership. It was made public that the Wheels had filed for bankruptcy in UnitedStates District Court, claiming debts of $2.5 million. Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, the league had been forced to step in for the financially struggling Sharks ownership and assume control of the operation. Davidson assured the players they would receive paychecks before Wednesday's scheduled game against Southern California.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2
HAWAIIANS 14, Birmingham 8 (12039) - Former Giant QB Randy Johnson, in his first starting assignment as aHawaiian, led the team on drives of 95 and 90 yards as they upset the heavily favored Americans. The Hawaiians' clinching TD came in the third quarter when Al Davis lunged over from the one. The crowd braved an early evening tropical storm and were rewarded as the Hawaiians put on their best performance of the season.
BIRMINGHAM -  0  8  0  0 -  8
HAWAIIANS  -  0  7  7  0 - 14
1st - HAW - Tom Boyer, 10-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Jim Bishop, 1-yard fumble return (Bob Brown pass from George Mira) BIRMINGHAM 8-7 3rd - HAW - Al Davis, 1-yard run (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 14-8
SHREVEPORT 14, Detroit 11 (22012) - David Mays threw an eight-yard TD pass to Willie Frazier with 5:46 to play  to give the Steamer their first win since moving from Houstom. D.C. Nobles put Shreveport out front 7-0 with a 63-yard TD pass to Rick Eber on the first play of the game. Shreveport out rushed the Wheels 180 to 85, with running back Jim Nance gaining 137 yards on 25 carries.
DETROIT    -  0  8  0  3 - 11
SHREVEPORT -  7  0  0  7 - 14
1st - SHR - Rick Eber, 63-yard pass from D.C. Nobles (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 7-0 2nd - DET - Terry Phillips, 21-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Billy Sadler pass from Wyche) DETROIT 8-7 4th - DET - Eric Guthrie, 30-yard field goal DETROIT 11-7 4th - SHR - Willie Frazier, 8-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 14-11
Florida 30, PHILADELPHIA 7 (7150) - The Blazers, with their pay checks two weeks overdue, traveled to Philadelphia and made the Bell pay. Tommy Reamon rushed for 130 yards and scored two TD as Florida romped to the easy win. Florida out ran the Bell 228 yards to 91, and were only penalized three times for 26 yards compared to Philadelphia's 13 times for 81 yards. Bell QB King Corcoran completed only 9 of 24 passes.
FLORIDA      -  8  7  7  8 - 30
PHILADELPHIA -  0  7  0  0 -  7
1st - FLA - Richard James, 16-yard run (Bob Gatti run) FLORIDA 8-0 2nd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 10-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLORIDA 15-0 2nd - PHIL - John Land, 12-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 15-7 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 4-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 22-7 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 4-yard pass from Davis (Maslowski pass from Davis) FLORIDA 30-7
S California 26, PORTLAND 22 (20469) - Tony Adams fired a TD pass to Keith Denson with 1:56 left to rally Southern California from behind. Denson returned a punt 63 yards late in the third period to set up Kermit Johnson's TD run to get the Sun back into the game early in the final period after Portland ran up a 22-11 halftime lead on Rufus Ferguson's three touchdowns.
PORTLAND      -  7 15  0  0 - 22
S. CALIFORNIA -  0 11  0 15 - 26
1st - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 6-yard run (Run failed) PORTLAND 7-0 2nd - PORT - Ferguson, 3-yard run (Bob Christiansen pass from Pete Beathard) PORTLAND 15-0 2nd - SC - James McAllister, 19-yard pass from Tony Adams (Dave Williams pass from Adams) PORTLAND 15-8 2nd - PORT - Ferguson, 5-yard run (Pass failed) PORTLAND 22-8 2nd - SC - Rod Garcia, 22-yard field goal PORTLAND 22-11 4th - SC- Kermit Johnson, 5-yard run (Run failed) PORTLAND 22-18 4th - SC - Keith Denson, 35-yard pass from Adams (McAllister pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 26-22
MEMPHIS 47, Jacksonville 19 (15016) - Willie Spencer scored five TDs as Memphis ran its winning streak tonine. Spencer gained 137 yards on 20 carries. Teammate J.J. Jennings became the first WFL player to rush for1,000 yards. He gained 81 yards for a 14-game total of 1,037 yards. For the Sharks, the mounting legal problems surrounding potential owner Wayne Pease left that franchise without an owner and teetering on extinction.
JACKSONVILLE -  3  8  8  0 - 19
MEMPHIS      - 14  7  8 18 - 47
1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 7-0 1st - MEM - Spencer, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 14-0 1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 32-yard field goal MEMPHIS 14-3 2nd - MEM - Spencer, 6-yard run (Run failed) MEMPHIS 21-3 2nd - JACK - Alfred Haywood, 12-yard run (Haywood run) MEMPHIS 21-11 3rd - MEM - Spencer, 3-yard run (J.J. Jennings pass from Danny White) MEMPHIS 29-11 3rd - JACK - Tom Whittier, 51-yard pass from Reggie Oliver (Tom Smith run) MEMPHIS 29-19 4th - MEM - Spencer, 10-yard run (Gary Shirk pass from White) MEMPHIS 37-19 4th - MEM - Safety, Oliver tackled In end zone MEMPHIS 39-19 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 24-yard pass from Jack Ettinger (Paul Miles pass from Ettinger) MEMPHIS 47-19
THURSDAY OCTOBER 3
Charlotte 41, CHICAGO 30 (22354) - Tom Sherman hurled TD passes of 63 and 45 yards and scored on a shortsmash in a 33-point Charlotte first half as the Stars outlasted the Fire to remain one game behind Florida in the Eastern Division race. Trailing 41-23 entering the final quarter, the Fire scored on Cyril Pinder's TD run. Chicago reached Charlotte's two-yard line, but with 39 seconds left Bill Cappelman's fourth-down pass was intercepted.
CHARLOTTE - 10 23  8  0 - 41
CHICAGO   -  8  7  8  7 - 30
1st - CHA - Tom Sherman, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHARLOTTE 7-0 1st - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 61-yard pass from Bill Cappelman (Leroy Kelly run) CHICAGO 8-7 1st - CHA - Pete Rajecki, 20-yard field goal CHARLOTTE 10-8 2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 3-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 15-10 2nd - CHA - Al Barnes, 63-yard pass from Sherman (Jim Ford run) CHARLOTTE 18-15 2nd - CHA - Bert Askson, 45-yard pass from Sherman (Run failed) CHARLOTTE 25-15 2nd - CHA - Larry Shears, 44-yard interception return (Ford run) CHARLOTTE 33-15 3rd - CHI - Kelly, 2-yard run (Kelly run) CHARLOTTE 33-23 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 24-yard run (Highsmith run) CHARLOTTE 41-23 4th - CHI - Pinder, 10-yard run (Pass failed) CHARLOTTE 41-30
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida          10  4 0  .714 276 177 Memphis          12  2 0  .857 442 224
Charlotte         9  5 0  .643 345 227 Birmingham       11  3 0  .786 353 278
Philadelphia      6  8 0  .429 339 304 Chicago           7  7 0  .500 357 381
Jacksonville      4 10 0  .286 258 359 Detroit           1 13 0  .071 209 358
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California    10  4 0  .714 358 277 Portland          4  9 1  .321 213 323
Hawaiians         5  9 0  .357 209 324 Shreveport        4  9 1  .321 130 297
OCT 8 - WFL Commissioner Gary Davidson announced that the Detroit and Jacksonville teams were suspendingoperations, cancelling this week's games, and probably would be disbanded later this week. "Present ownership has been unable to meet financial obligations for several weeks and the league can no longer carry the teams' operation and player contracts unless financial support comes forth in the two cities," Davidson said. "Unless there is some indication of immediate involvement by new investors, other teams in the WFL will select Detroit and Jacksonville players in a draft-like procedure later in the week." Davidson said he hoped the postponement of this week's games was just a temporary thing, but the Jacksonville and Detroit franchises have been seeking financial aide almost since the beginning of the season and none has been forthcoming. The Sharks have received only one weekly paycheck from the league for their last five games. The WFL has already rejected​ one offer to purchase the Sharks from wealthy Miami contractor Maston O'Neal because the league said he wasn't willing to go far enough toward solving the team's back pay problems.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9
Florida 45, CHICAGO 17 (23298) - Tommy Reamon passed for one TD and set up two others with long runsas Florida defeated the Fire for the third time this season. Reamon also joined the elite 1,000-yards rushing class. The injury-riddled Fire led 3-0 after one quarter, but were blown out by a 30-point Blazers splurge inthe fourth period. It was the Fire's sixth straight loss and seventh defeat in eight games.
FLORIDA​ -  0  8  7 30 - 45
CHICAGO -  3  0  0 14 - 17
1st - CHI - Allan Watson, 42-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0 2nd - FLA - Bob Davis, 1-yard run (John Hilton pass from Davis) FLORIDA 8-3 3rd - FLA - Dickie James, 2-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 15-3 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 60-yard pass from Tommy Reamon (Run failed) FLORIDA 22-3 4th - CHI - Reggie Sanderson ,14-yard pass from Bill Cappelman (Pass failed) FLORIDA 22-10 4th - FLA - Maslowski, 41-yard pass from Davis (Hubie Bryant pass from Davis) FLORIDA 30-10 4th - FLA - Buddy Palazzo,15-yard run (Run failed) FLORIDA 37-10 4th - FLA - A.D. Whitfield, 29-yard run (Eddie Richardson pass from Palazzo) FLORIDA 45-10 4th - CHI - Jim Seymour, 40-yard pass from Leo Hart (Run failed) FLORIDA 45-17
Memphis 27, CHARLOTTE 23 (25133) - Danny White threw two TDs to Ed Marshall as the Southmen won their 10th straight, spoiling the Hornets' home debut. Willie Spencer and J.J. Jennings each ran for 100  yards. The Hornets made a last-ditch effort to win before the sellout crowd but fell short when Memphis DB David Thomasintercepted a pass on his own 12-yard line in the closing minutes.
MEMPHIS   -  8  0  3 16 - 27
CHARLOTTE -  8  0  7  8 - 23
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 1-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from Danny White) MEMPHIS 8-0 1st - CHA - Tom Sherman, 1-yard run (Jim Ford run) TIED 8-8 3rd - MEM - Bob Etter, 28-yard field goal MEMPHIS 11-8 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 5-yard run (Pass failed) CHARLOTTE 15-11 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 13-yard pass from White (Roger Wallace pass from White) MEMPHIS 19-15 4th - MEM - Marshall, 19-yard pass from White (John Harvey run) MEMPHIS 27-15 4th - CHA - Highsmith, 1-yard run (Al Barnes pass from Sherman) MEMPHIS 27-23
Hawaiians 25, PHILADELPHIA 22 (4900) - Al Davis, cut by Philadelphia in training camp, scored three TDs for the Hawaiians, the third coming on an 8-yard pass from Norris Weese with 2:45 to play. Weese came off the bench and replaced Randy Johnson and Edd Hargett and led a 17 point surge in the second half. Willie Williams intercepted three Philadelphia passes before a very small crowd.
HAWAIIANS    -  0  8 10  7 - 25
PHILADELPHIA -  8  7  7  0 - 22
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 7-yard pass from King Corcoran (John Land run) PHILADELPHIA 8-0 2nd - HAW - Al Davis, 8-yard run (Norris Weese run) TIED 8-8 2nd - PHIL - Watts, 20-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 15-8 3rd - HAW - Davis, 1-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 15-15 3rd - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 44-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 18-15 3rd - PHIL - Land, 46-yard run (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 22-18 4th - HAW - Davis, 8-yard pass from Weese (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 25-22
BIRMINGHAM 30, Portland 8 (25621) - George Mira tossed a pair of scoring passes to Dennis Homan and to Jim Bishop, and Charley Harraway and Joe Profit scored on short runs, before the smallest  Birmingham home crowd of the season, which saw the Americans break a two-game losing skid. Storm quarterback Pete Beathard passed eight yards to Robert Holmes for Portland's only score, on the Storm's first possession.
PORTLAND   -  8  0  0  0 -  8
BIRMINGHAM -  0 15  8  7 - 30
1st - PORT - Robert Holmes, 8-yard pass from Pete Beathard (Wayne Patrick run) PORTLAND 8-0 2nd - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PORTLAND 8-7 2nd - BIRM - Joe Profit, 2-yard run (Paul Robinson run) BIRMINGHAM 15-8 3rd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 7-yard pass from George Mira (Bob Brown pass from Mira) BIRMINGHAM 23-8 4th - BIRM - Jim Bishop, 13-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 30-8
THURSDAY OCTOBER 10
S. CALIFORNIA 25, Shreveport 23 (24223) - Tony Adams passed for 222 yards and the Sun whipped the Steamer to clinch a tie for the Western Division championship. Adams' passes included a 47-yard TD bomb to Ralph Nelson, whose only previous football experience was in high school. The Sun led 25-15 when Shreveport cut the margin to 25-23 midway through the fourth period on Jim Nance's TD run.
SHREVEPORT    -  8  7  0  8 - 23
S. CALIFORNIA - 15  3  7  0 - 25
1st - SC - Alonzo Emery, 1-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 8-0 1st - SC - Adams, 7-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 15-0 1st - SHR - Paul Gipson, 6-yard run (John Odom pass from D.C. Nobles) S. CALIFORNIA 15-8 2nd - SHR - John Mallory, 34-yard fumble return (Pass failed) TIED 15-15 2nd - SC - Rod Garcia, 30-yard field goal S. CALIFORNIA 18-15 3rd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 47-yard pass from Adams (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 25-15 4th - SHR - Jim Nance, 9-yard run (Doug Winslow pass from David Mays) S. CALIFORNIA 25-23
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida          11  4 0  .733 321 194 Memphis          13  2 0  .867 469 247
Charlotte         9  6 0  .600 368 254 Birmingham       12  3 0  .800 383 286
Philadelphia      6  9 0  .400 361 329 Chicago           7  8 0  .467 374 426
F-Jacksonville    4 10 0  .286 258 359 F-Detroit         1 13 0  .071 209 358
WESTERN DIVISION
S. California    11  4 0  .733 383 300 Portland          4 10 1  .300 221 353
Hawaiians         6  9 0  .400 234 346 Shreveport        4 10 1  .300 153 322
F-Folded
OCT 10 - The WFL, fighting a series of financial failures, cut the Jacksonville and Detroit franchises from the remainder of its 1974 schedule Thursday and announced it would continue to seek new investors for the teams. The WFL schedule will be revised by having the teams which Jacksonville and Detroit were to play each week face each other instead. Speaking in Jacksonville, where large early-season crowds brought cries of instantsuccess from WFL promoters, league troubleshooter Chuck Rohe said, "Frankly, I'm discouraged. There are no viable possibilities for continuing." The Detroit franchise had even worse problems than did Jacksonville. It declared bankruptcy three weeks ago, is $2 million in debt, has not signed any NFL standouts, once had to call off practice because it couldn't afford to pay a laundry bill and, on another occasion, ran out of tape to patch up player wounds. Jacksonville players have been paid only once in the past seven weeks, and Detroit players tell horror stories of broken promises. There are additional problems in Orlando, where the Florida Blazers have been taken over by the league and the team's general manager has been sued several times. A temporary injunction has prevented the league from taking any additional action there. These developments came as the league's attendance figures continued to be far short of expectations. Four games on Wednesday night drew combined announced crowds of less than 80,000. A crowd of 4,900 was announced in 100,000-seat John F.Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, three divisional winners plus three wild card teams will qualify for the playoffs, commissioner Gary Davidson announced. The league had previously not said whether four or sixteams would qualify. First-round games will be Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20 and 21st. Semifinals will beplayed on Nov. 27 and 28 at the homes of the Western and Central division champions.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16
CHARLOTTE 27, Chicago 0 (20333) - The Hornets blanked Chicago for the club's first victory in Charlotte. Don Highsmith scored on runs of two and 15 yards; Ed White had a 2-yard TD; and Pete Rajecki kicked a 40-yard FG. Chicago, with seven consecutive losses, outgained Charlotte 226-101 yards in the first half but the Hornets repeatedly sacked newly-acquired Fire QB Bubba Wyche in the second half.
CHICAGO   -  0  0  0  0 -  0
CHARLOTTE -  0  8 11  8 - 27
2nd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 2-yard run (George Sauer pass from Tom Sherman) CHARLOTTE 8-0 3rd - CHA - Highsmith, 15-yard run (Al Young pass from Sherman) CHARLOTTE 16-03 rd - CHA - Pete Rajecki, 40-yard field goal CHARLOTTE 19-0 4th - CHA - Ed White, 2-yard run (Young pass from Brian Dowling) CHARLOTTE 27-0
MEMPHIS 25, Florida 15 (15134) - QB John Huarte, who had missed three games with a thigh injury, passed for 212 yards and one touchdown to lead Memphis to its 11th straight win. The Southmen led 18-0 before Florida managed to score. The Blazers outgained Memphis in total yards 434 to 367 but was unable to take control of the game. Memphis RB Willie Spencer was lost for the season due to a knee injury.
FLORIDA -  0  0  0 15 - 15
MEMPHIS -  0 11  7  7 - 25
2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 31-yard field goal MEMPHIS 3-0 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 11 pass from John Huarte (Ed Marshall from Huarte) MEMPHIS 11-0 3rd - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 18-0 4th - FLA - Greg Latta, 49-yard pass from Bob Davis (John Hilton pass from Davis) MEMPHIS 18-8 4th - MEM - Paul Miles, 4-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 25-8 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 33-yard pass from Davis (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 25-15
Shreveport 30, PHILADELPHIA 25 (750) - In pouring rain, Jim Nance rushed for 104 yards and one TD, putting him in sixth place on the all-time pro football rushing list, as the Steamer stopped the Bell before the smallest WFL crowd yet. Nance has now rushed for 6,313 yards in a nine-year pro career. He passed former Dallas Cowboy Don Perkins on his second carry of the game. Nance holds the career rushing record for the AFL.
SHREVEPORT   -  8  7 15  0 - 30
PHILADELPHIA -  7  0 10  8 - 25
1st - SHR - Rick Eber, 27-yard pass from D.C. Nobles (Willie Frazier pass from Nobles) SHREVEPORT 8-0 1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 1-yard run (Run failed) SHREVEPORT 8-7 2nd - SHR - Frazier, 29-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 15-7 3rd - PHIL - Gerry Warren, 32-yard field goal SHREVEPORT 15-10 3rd - SHR - Jim Nance, 2-yard run (Nobles run) SHREVEPORT 23-10 3rd - PHIL - Ron Holliday, 9-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 23-17 3rd - SHR - Eber, 39-yard pass from Nobles (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 30-17 4th - PHIL - VInce Papale, 8-yard pass from Corcoran (John Land run) SHREVEPORT 30-25
PORTLAND 3, Hawaiians 0 (11032) - Booth Lusteg kicked a 37-yard FG in the third period as the Storm, stillplaying for a wild card berth, won a comedy of errors. Portland, avoiding a boycott because of no payroll last week as owner Robert Harris sold real estate to meet player demands, needs an average attendance of 28,000 to break even. The Hawaiians missed four FG attempts, one a 47-yarder by R.A. Coppedge with 93 seconds left.
HAWAIIANS -  0  0  0  0 -  0
PORTLAND  -  0  0  3  0 -  3
3rd - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 37-yard field goal PORTLAND 3-0
S. CALIFORNIA 29, Birmingham 25 (25247) - Birmingham took a 17-3 lead as Charlie Harraway scored twice on short plunges, but the Sun then scored 26 straight points as Tony Adams passed for 316 yards and two TDs to lead Southern California to a division-clinching win. Adams, the WFL's leading passer, became the firstto go over 3,000 yards, finishing the game with a total of 3,216, as the Sun swept to its seventh straight win.
BIRMINGHAM    - 10  7  0  8 - 25
S. CALIFORNIA -  3  8 15  3 - 29
1st - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0 1st - SC - Rod Garcia, 36-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 7-3 1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 35-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 10-3 2nd - BIRM - Harraway, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 17-3 2nd - SC - James McAllister, 12-yard pass from Tony Adams (Dave Parks pass from Adams) BIRMINGHAM 17-11 3rd - SC - Keith Denson, 18-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CALIFORNIA 18-17 3rd - SC - McAlister, 3-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 26-17 4th - SC - Garcia, 24-yard field goal S. CALIFORNIA 29-17 4th - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 7-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Bob Brown pass from Reed) S. CALIFORNIA 29-25
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida          11  5 0  .688 336 219 Memphis          14  2 0  .875 494 262
Charlotte        10  6 0  .625 395 254 Birmingham       12  4 0  .750 408 315
Philadelphia      6 10 0  .375 386 359 Chicago           7  9 0  .438 374 453
F-Jacksonville    4 10 0  .286 258 359 F-Detroit         1 13 0  .071 209 358
WESTERN DIVISION
X-S. California  12  4 0  .750 412 325 Portland          5 10 1  .344 224 353
Hawaiians         6 10 0  .375 234 349 Shreveport        5 10 1  .344 183 347
X-Clinched division title              F-Folded
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23
Florida 15, CHARLOTTE 11 (23613) - Bob Davis threw two second half TD passes as Florida tightened their hold on the Eastern division lead. Blazer RB Tommy Reamon rushed for 189 yards on 35 carries and Davis completed 10 of 20 passes for 149 yards. The Blazer defense held Hornets QB Tom Sherman to 61 yards passing and the offense to a total of only 175 yards. Charlotte needed a win to tie Florida fo the division lead.
FLORIDA   -  0  0  7  8 - 15
CHARLOTTE -  3  0  8  0 - 11
1st - CHA - Pete Rajeck, 30-yard field goal CHARLOTTE 3-0 3rd - FLA - Greg Latta, 19-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLORIDA 7-3 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 1-yard run (Sherman run) CHARLOTTE 11-7 4th - FLA - Jim Strong, 1-yard pass from Davis (Strong run) FLORIDA 15-11
Hawaiians 60, CHICAGO 17 (20203) - Randy Johnson completed 22 of 29 passes for 304 yards and four TDs in less than three quarters, as the Hawaiians scored eight TDs and tied a WFL team scoring record. The Fire led 10-8 on the strength of a WFL-record 52-yard FG by Allen Watson before Johnson went to work. Hawaii's offense racked up 509 total yards and avenged an earlier 53-29 loss to Chicago with an onside kick after the led 43-20.
HAWAIIANS -  8 30 15  7 - 60
CHICAGO   - 10  0  7  0 - 17
1st - CHI - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Run failed) CHICAGO 7-0 1st - HAW - John Isenbarger, 7-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Norris Weese run) FLORIDA 8-7 1st - CHI - Allen Watson, 52-yard field goal CHICAGO 10-8 2nd - HAW - Tim Delaney, 6-yard pass from Johnson (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 15-10 2nd - HAW - Isenbarger, 28-yard pass from Johnson (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 22-10 2nd - HAW - Derrick Williams, 3-yard run (John Kelsey pass from Weese) HAWAIIANS 30-10 2nd - HAW - Isenbarger, 8-yard pass from Johnson (Weese run) HAWAIIANS 38-10 3rd - HAW - Vin Clements, 1-yard run (Clements pass from Johnson) HAWAIIANS 46-10 3rd - HAW - Clayton Heath, 2-yard run (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 53-10 3rd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 7-yard run (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 53-17 4th - HAW - Heath, 1-yard run (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 60-17
Philadelphia 45, S. CALIFORNIA 7 (26412) - King Corcoran threw for three TDs and ran for one, as the Bell scored all of their points in the second half to end the Sun's 7-game win streak. Bell RB Jon Land broke the 1,000-yard mark. The Sun scored the first time it had the ball, driving 62 yards on four plays with Tony Adams tossing a TD pass to Dave Williams. Southern California dominated the first half but was then shut out the rest of the way.
PHILADELPHIA  -  0  0 14 31 - 45
S. CALIFORNIA -  7  0  0  0 -  7
1st - SC - Dave Williams, 21-yard pass from Tony Adams (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 7-0 3rd - PHIL - Don Shanklin, 32-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 3rd - PHIL Claude Watts, 10-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 14-7 4th - PHIL - Ron Holliday, 25-yard pass from Corcoran (John Land run) PHILADELPHIA 22-7 4th - PHIL - Skip Parmenter, 25-yard fumble return (Pass failed) PHILADELPHIA 29-7 4th - PHIL - Corcoran, 1-yard run (Allan Thompson run) PHILADELPHIA 37-7 4th - PHIL - Frank McGuigan, 10-yard run (Willie Franklin pass from Mike Yancheff) PHILADELPHIA 45-7
SHREVEPORT 31, Birmingham 0 (24617) - Jim Nance (126 yards), who passed the 1,000-yard mark, and Paul Gipson combined for 243 yards and two TDs to lead Shreveport to an easy upset. Birmingham was held to 111yards passing and only 38 yards rushing, and mounted only one scoring threat. They drove to the 18-yard line in the first quarter, but the Steamer blocked a 25-yard field goal attempt. The Americans never threatened after that.
BIRMINGHAM -  0  0  0  0 -  0
SHREVEPORT -  0 10  7 14 - 31
2nd - SHR - Jim Nance, 8-yard run (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 7-02 nd - SHR - Charlie Durkee, 44-yard field goal SHREVEPORT 10-0 3rd - SHR - Paul Gipson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 17-0 4th - SHR - Doug Winslow, 15-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 24-0 4th - SHR - Winslow, 13-yard run (Pass failed) SHREVEPORT 31-0
THURSDAY OCTOBER 24
PORTLAND 26, Memphis 25 (13288) - Rufus Ferguson ran 12 yards for a TD with 2:07 left as the Storm upset Memphis in a nationally-televised game, snapping the Southmen's 11-game winning streak. Danny White had come off the bench for Memphis, and tossed a TD pass to Ed Marshall wtih 47 seconds left. The Southmen recovered the ensuing short kickoff and tried a 38-yard FG on the last play, but Bob Etter's kick sailed wide.
MEMPHIS  -  7  7  3  8 - 25
PORTLAND - 15  0  3  8 - 26
1st - PORT - Jeff Baker, 32-yard pass from Pete Beathard (Wayne Patrick run) PORTLAND 8-0 1st - MEM - Tim Beamer, 82-yard kickoff return (Pass failed) PORTLAND 8-7 1st - PORT - Baker, 8-yard pass from Beathard (Pass failed) PORTLAND 15-7 2nd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 2-yard run (Run failed) PORTLAND 15-14 3rd - MEM - Bob Etter, 32-yard field goal MEMPHIS 17-15 3rd - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 36-yard field goal PORTLAND 18-17 4th - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 12-yard run (Patrick run) PORTLAND 26-17 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 2-yard pass from Danny White (Roger Wallace pass from White) PORTLAND 26-25
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida          12  5 0  .706 351 230 Memphis          14  3 0  .824 519 329
Charlotte        10  7 0  .588 406 269 Birmingham       12  5 0  .706 408 346
Philadelphia      7 10 0  .412 431 366 Chicago           7 10 0  .412 381 513
F-Jacksonville    4 10 0  .286 258 359 F-Detroit         1 13 0  .071 209 358
WESTERN DIVISION
X-S. California  12  5 0  .706 419 370 Portland          6 10 1  .382 250 378
Hawaiians         7 10 0  .412 294 366 Shreveport        6 10 1  .382 214 347
X-Clinched division title              F-Folded
OCT 28 - An emergency meeting of WFL owners tomorrow in Chicago may decide the fate of the Chicago Fire, the latest team to face possible extinction, says league executive committee chairman John Bassett. Bassett said in Toronto the meeting had been called to discuss the possible immediate withdrawal of the Chicago franchise. He termed the Fire management "completely irresponsible" for dropping out at this stage of the season. There has. been speculation that the Fire would pull out of the league with just three games remaining because its home schedule has been completed and there would be no possible source of new income.
OCT 29 - A power play by Chicago Fire owner Tom Origer left Gary Davidson ousted as commissioner of the  WFL, but the league itself afloat for at least the rest of this season. At an emergency meeting, Davidson tenderedhis immediate resignation as czar of the circuit he founded. Donald J, Regan, WFL general counsel, was named league executive director in lieu of a commissioner, but for the time being the league obviously will be directed by its six-member executive committee. Davidson will continue in WFL operations as a member of the executive committee, chairman of the expansion committee and part-owner and governor of the Southern California Sun franchise. But his departure as commissioner was triggered by Origer's threat to drop out of the WFL immediately with three games still left to play. Origer earlier had tried unsuccessfully to strip Davidson from the commissioner's post, contending he spread the league's operation too thin financially with less than well-heeled franchise investors. Reportedly Origer recently sent a letter to the league office stating he was dropping his franchise at once. This spurred Tuesday's meeting and announced "restructuring" of the league which already has seen the Detroit Wheels and Jacksonville Sharks throw in the sponge.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30
PHILADELPHIA 37, Chicago 31 (12500) - The Bell scored 22 points in the final period with King Corcoran, who passed for 349 yards, throwing for two TDs as Philadelphia handed Chicago its ninth loss in a row. The winning points came on a TD run by John Land, set up by a 90-yard pass from Corcoran to Willie Franklin. Fire QB Bubba Wyche completed 20 of 32 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown and ran for two others in the losing effort.
CHICAGO      -  0  7 10 14 - 31
PHILADELPHIA -  0 15  0 22 - 37
2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 48-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 7-0 2nd - PHIL - Ron Holliday, 10-yard pass from King Corcoran (John Land run) PHILADELPHIA 15-0 2nd - CHI - Bubba Wyche, 2-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 15-7 3rd - CHI - Allen Watson, 40-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 15-10 3rd - CHI - Lonnie Crittenden, 27-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) CHICAGO 17-15 4th - PHIL - Len Izzo, 9-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 22-17 4th - CHI - Wyche, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHICAGO 24-22 4th - PHIL - Watts, 29-yard pass from Corcoran (Willie Franklin pass from Corcoran) PHILADELPHIA 30-24 4th - PHIL - Land, 3-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 37-24 4th - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 1-yard run (Run failed) PHILADELPHIA 37-31
Memphis 33, HAWAIIANS 31 (20544) - John Huarte threw three TD passes night as the Southmen took advantage of Hawaiian errors to clinch a tie for the Central Division title and win the 15th game. Southmen RB J.J. Jennings ran for 107 yards on 24 carries to lead Memphis, while QB Randy Johnson completed 23 of 44 passes for 316 yards and three TDs, all to Tim Delaney, in the losing cause.
MEMPHIS   -  7 18  0  8 - 33
HAWAIIANS - 10 10  3  8 - 31
1st - MEM - Tim Beamer, 4-yard fumble return (Run failed) MEMPHIS 7-0 1st - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 37-yard field goal MEMPHIS 7-3 1st - HAW - Tim Delaney, 38-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 10-7​ 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 37-yard field goal TIED 10-10 2nd - HAW - Safety, center snap out of end zone HAWAIIANS 12-10 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 27-yard pass from John Huarte (Run failed) MEMPHIS 17-12 2nd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 49-yard pass from Huarte (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 25-12 2nd - HAW - Delaney, 11-yard pass from Johnson (Delaney pass from Johnson) MEMPHIS 25-20 3rd - HAW - Coppedge, 20-yard field goal MEMPHIS 25-23 4th - MEM - Shirk, 37-yard pass from Huarte (Brent Longwell pass from Huarte) MEMPHIS 33-234th - HAW - Delaney, 13-yard pass from Johnson (Delaney pass from Johnson) MEMPHIS 33-31
BIRMINGHAM 26, Florida 18 (21872) - Matthew Reed came off the bench to lead the Americans to the win. Reed took over midway in the second period after George Mira received a shoulder injury and tossed a long TD pass to Alfred Jenkins. The Blazers crept to within five points of Birmingham in the fourth quarter, but Willy Smith intercepted a Bob Davis pass and returned it 42 yards to end the threat.
FLORIDA    -  7  0  0 11 - 18
BIRMINGHAM -  0 15  8  3 - 26
1st - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 2-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Paul Robinson, 15-yard pass from George Mira (Run failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 80-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Art Cantrelle pass from Reed) BIRMINGHAM 15-7 3rd - BIRM - Cantrelle, 2-yard run (Jenkins pass from Reed) BIRMINGHAM 23-7 4th - FLA - Reamon, 1-yard run (Reamon run) BIRMINGHAM 23-15 4th - FLA - Dave Strock, 37-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 23-18 4th - BIRM - Grant Guthrie, 22-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 26-18
S. California 34, CHARLOTTE 25 (19436) - Tony Adams ran for two TDs and passed for another to lead Southern California to the win. Adams hit WR Dave Williams with a TD pass with 22 seconds left in the first half to give the Sun a 12-point lead and the Hornets were never able to close the gap. The Hornets, struggling after two straight losses, started QB Brian Dowling for the injured Tom Sherman, but he was replaced by Gary Danielson.
S. CALIFORNIA -  7 15  2 10 - 34
CHARLOTTE     -  0 10  8  7 - 25
1st - SC - Tony Adams, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 7-0 2nd - CHA - Al Young, 14-yard pass from Brian Dowling (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - CHA - Pete Rajecki, 21-yard field goal CHARLOTTE 10-7 2nd - SC - Greg Herd, 2-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 14-10 2nd - SC - Dave Williams, 22-yard pass from Adams (Williams pass from Adams) S. CALIFORNIA 22-10 3rd - SC - Safety, Ball snapped through end zone by Bob Kuziel S. CALIFORNIA 24-10 3rd - CHA - Gary Danielson, 7-yard run (Young pass from Danielson) S. CALIFORNIA 24-18 4th - SC - Adams, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 31-18 4th - CHA - Don Highsmith, 4-yard run (Pass failed) S. CALIFORNIA 31-25 4th - SC - Rod Garcia, 20-yard field goal  S. CALIFORNIA 34-25
THURSDAY OCTOBER 31
Portland 14, SHREVEPORT 0 (20614) - Pete Beathard hit Rufus Ferguson with two TD passes in the first half as Portland continued its second half surge. After starting 0-7-1, the Storm have gone 7-3. The Portland defense held the Shreveport rushing attack to only 59 yards, and limited Jim Nance to 35 yards. Beathard completed 13 of 22 passes for 199 yards. QB David Mays starting for Shreveport in place of the injured D. C. Nobles.
PORTLAND   -  7  7  0  0 - 14
SHREVEPORT -  0  0  0  0 -  0
1st - PORT- Rufus Ferguson, 6-yard pass from Pete Beathard (Run failed) PORTLAND 7-0 2nd - PORT - Ferguson, 33-yard pass from Beathard (Pass failed) PORTLAND 14-0
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida          12  6 0  .667 369 256 Memphis          15  3 0  .833 552 360
Charlotte        10  8 0  .625 431 303 Birmingham       13  5 0  .722 434 364
Philadelphia      8 10 0  .375 468 397 Chicago           7 11 0  .389 412 550
F-Jacksonville    4 10 0  .286 258 359 F-Detroit         1 13 0  .071 209 358
WESTERN DIVISION
X-S. California  13  5 0  .722 453 395 Hawaiians         7 11 0  .389 325 399
Portland          7 10 1  .417 264 378 Shreveport        6 11 1  .361 214 361
X-Clinched division title              F-Folded
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13
HAWAIIANS 23, Portland 0 (14245) - Randy Johnson threw for 188 yards and a TD and the Hawaiians' stubborn defense blanked the Storm to move into a playoff slot. The Hawaiians' defense allowed Portland into its territoryonly once during the entire game. The Storm players, who got their first checks in several weeks Tuesday, stalked off the field with 2 seconds left. The Hawaiians' management guaranteed the Storm expenses for the game.
PORTLAND  -  0  0  0  0 -  0
HAWAIIANS -  0  0  8 15 - 23
3rd - HAW - John Isenbarger, 12-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Norris Weese run) HAWAIIANS 8-0 4th - HAW - Clayton Heath, 24-yard run (Tim Delaney pass from Weese) HAWAIIANS 16-0 4th - HAW - Grady Richardson, 20-yard pass from Weese (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 23-0
BIRMINGHAM 40, Shreveport 7 (14974) - The Americans, taking advantage of five first half turnovers, built a 32-0 halftime lead as LB Warren Capone scored a TD on an interception return and set up two other scores with returns of a blocked punt and a fumble. Alabama impounded Birmingham's gate receipts and bank account for failure to pay taxes. it was reported that the teams' actual paid attendance for their opener was 12,000, not 22,000.
SHREVEPORT -  0  0  7  0 -  7
BIRMINGHAM - 17 15  8  0 - 40
1st - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0 1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 29-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 10-0 1st - BIRM - Warren Capone, 29-yard interception return (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 17-0 2nd - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 4-yard run (Edwards run) BIRMINGHAM 25-0 2nd - BIRM - Edwards, 18-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 32-0 3rd - SHR - Willie Frazier, 4-yard pass from David Mays (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 32-7 3rd - BIRM - Edwards,10-yard pass from Reed (Edwards pass from Reed) BIRMINGHAM 40-7
MEMPHIS 28, Charlotte 22 (13339) - Ed Marshall caught two TD passes as the Southmen ended their regular season with the best record in the WFL. The loss, the fourth in a row for the Hornets, dropped Charlotte to 10-10. Hornet owner Upton Bell was uncertain about the teams' future and standing in the playoffs, and said he was looking for investors for the team and may skip the playoffs.
CHARLOTTE -  0  7  7  8 - 22
MEMPHIS   -  7  7  7  7 - 28
1st - MEM - John Harvey, 5-yard run (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 7-0 2nd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 4-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 27-yard pass from John Huarte (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 14-7 3rd - MEM - Ed Marshall, 7-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 21-7 3rd - CHA - Highsmith, 3-yard run (Run failed) MEMPHIS 21-14 4th - MEM - Marshall, 27-yard pass from White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 28-14 4th - CHA - Kreg Kapitan, 9-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Bob Gladieux pass from Sherman) MEMPHIS 28-22
Chicago at Philadelphia - The Bell were awarded a win over the Fire who did not report because of over $800,000 in losses. Hawaii, Memphis and Philadelphia reportedly gave Chicago $50,000 each to keep the Fire alive. Fire owner Tom Origer told league officials that he would consider selling the franchise outright, selling 50% of the club or merging the Fire with another team (reportedly Hawaii or Memphis).
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14
Florida 27, S. CALIFORNIA 24 (28213) - Eddie Sheats blocked a Sun punt and Dave Strock booted a game-winning FG with four seconds to play as the Blazers wrapped up the WFL's first regular season with a win. Coach Jack Pardee, whose players have not been paid for 11 weeks, said, "I'm very proud of this team. No one really knows the adversity we have overcome." Florida's Tommy Reamon captured the rushing title with 1,576 yards.
FLORIDA       - 10 14  0  3 - 27
S. CALIFORNIA -  0  7  7 10 - 24
1st - FLA - Dave Strock, 28-yard field goal FLORIDA 3-0 1st - FLA - Greg Latta, 26-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLORIDA 10-0 2nd - SC - Kermit Johnson, 33-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 10-7 2nd - FLA - Latta, 4-yard pass from Davis (Run failed) FLORIDA 17-7 2nd - FLA - Dickie James, 9-yard run (Run failed) FLORIDA 24-7 3rd - SC - James McAllister, 6-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 24-14 4th - SC - Rod Garcia, 25-yard field goal FLORIDA 24-17 4th - SC - Keith Denson, 26-yard pass from Tony Adams (Pass failed) TIED 24-24 4th - FLA - Strock, 25-yard field goal FLORIDA 27-24
EASTERN DIVISION                       CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Florida        14  6 0  .700 419 280 X-Memphis        17  3 0  .850 629 365
Charlotte        10 10 0  .500 467 350 X-Birmingham     15  5 0  .750 500 394
X-Philadelphia    9 11 0  .450 491 413 Chicago           7 13 0  .350 446 600
F-Jacksonville    4 10 0  .286 258 359 F-Detroit         1 13 0  .071 209 358
WESTERN DIVISION
X-S. California  13  7 0  .650 486 441 Portland          7 12 1  .375 264 426
X-Hawaiians       9 11 0  .450 413 422 Shreveport        7 12 1  .375 240 415
X-Made playoffs                        F-Folded
NOV 8 - Joe Namath, quarterback of the New York Jets, is considering buying a WFL franchise and becoming profootball's only player-owner, WFL officials say. Namath is one of three prospective buyers, with whom theleague is discussing a franchise in New York beginning in 1976, according to John F. Bassett, president and principal owner of the WFL's Memphis Southmen and chairman of the league's executive committee. The newspaper quoted Bassett as saying the other prospective buyers are Broadway producer David Merrick and alaw firm.
CFL-WFL MERGER? - The Canadian Football League, reiterating its stand on the World Football League, said this week that, in effect, the door may be open to merger talks but the reception inside is likely to be anything but cordial. In Montreal, Alouettes' owner Sam Berger said he would not shut the door on possible mergerdiscussions but he had reservations. "I don't want to become involved in even thinking about it at this time," said Berger. "It could be that when the playoffs and the Grey Cup—if we make it—are over, maybe we'll take a look at it." And in Edmonton, Jim Hole, president of the league and of the Eskimos' club, said: "The only thing that's everbeen said on the topic is when Jake Gaudaur (league commissioner) said our league would be willing to talk to the WFL if they came to us and asked to talk. And that's exactly the way it is." Hole added: "But why wouldwe want to merge with the World Football League? They have nothing to offer."
NOV 14 - The WFL announced Thursday the two-bracket inaugural playoffs that will culminate in the WorldBowl on Dec. 5. Charlotte (10-10) is at Florida (13-6) in an upper bracket game on Wednesday, Nov. 20, while Philadelphia (9-11) travels to Birmingham (15-5) in a lower bracket quarterfinal that night. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Memphis, the WFL's top team with a 17-3 record, hosts Portland (7-12-1) in an upper bracket game and Hawaii (9-11) visits Southern California (13-6) in a lower bracket match.
NOV 18 - Birmingham owner Bill Putnam said the club must have $750,000 to pay its bills for the remainder ofthe season. Putnam said the team had been relatively successful during its first season, taking in "a little over $2.3 million at the gate. "Our preliminary figures show a loss of only $300,000 from the time we began puttingthis together last December," Putnam said. "That's not a bad loss for your first year."
NOV 19 - Following a weekend in which it reversed direction and changed its mind at least four times, the WFL was silent Monday, which means the financially struggling league apparently plans to begin its playoffs onWednesday with six teams. In a space of about 30 hours, one official or another announced over the weekend that ( a ) the playoffs were being changed from eight to three teams; (b) the playoffs were being changed from three to four teams; (c) that b was a lie, the playoffs would have three teams; and (d) that the playoffs were being changed from three to six teams. The league, which according to an Associated Press survey has lost at least $20 million in its initial season, prefaced each announcement with its firm intention of playing another season. Plans went ahead for a meeting of WFL officials this weekend in Memphis. John Bassett, owner of the Southmen and the WFL official who made most of the weekend announcements, said the WFL would play in 1975 and that "it is going to be run by responsible business and football people." He said potential franchise buyers from such cities as San Antonio, Louisville, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Portland and Chicago would attend the meetings.
AP CLAIMS $20 MILLION IN LOSSES - An Associated Press survey shows that many of the still surviving franchises in the shaky WFL are in poor economic condition. Failure to find new dollars and stability will be terminal to some franchises, and in turn, could eventually kill the league. An example of the league's problems is that only two of the original owners are still active, and officials acknowledge they must have more stability than that. The AP survey shows a loss of about $20 million for the league. The figure could go millions higher. The strongest franchise is believed to be Memphis. There have been no reported problem meeting payroll. Elsewhere, the picture is much bleaker. For instance: BIRMINGHAM - The American, who have lost between $300,000 and $1 million depending upon which estimate is used, were pitched out of their offices last week for nonpayment of bills and are behind in paying their players. Owner Bill Putnam said it had been his intention to raise $1.5 million in local money to support the team and he had only raised $175,000. The Americans are currently unable to play any playoff games at home because of court action brought to collect $100,000 the team owes in taxes. Putnam plans a public stock offering.  PORTLAND - The Storm, who have not paid their players in seven weeks, are the subject of a league hunt for local owners. The team is owned by a Canadian millionaire, and officials say it cannot stay in Portland without local support in the form of dollars. It is estimated the team is $1 million in the red. NEW YORK - A city to which the WFL hopes to return in 1976, still has a franchise of sorts, although the team is now playing in Charlotte, N.C. Officials in New York have told creditors they have assets of $94,750 and liabilities of $2.5 million. CHARLOTTE - General Manager Upton Bell has been unsuccessful in finding local investors to partially purchase the club from the New York owners. And the team has continued to lose money in the North Carolina city, failing to pay its players the last few weeks. FLORIDA - Blazers players have not been paid for 11 weeks and the club is deep in debt. Officials said Tuesday they hoped to complete sale of the team by Thursday. Similar hopes in the past months have failed to yield buyers for the team. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Larry G. Hatfield, president of the Sun, has pleaded innocent to a federal grand jury's charge that he submitted a false financial statement to gain a $365,000 loan for the team, which has lost about $1 million this year. At one point, this team was also behind in paying players. HAWAIIANS - The Hawaiians, considered one of the more stable franchises, have lost about $3 million this season, and owner Chris Hemmeter vows not to go through another year like this one. There have been reports the club might move to Chicago. CHICAGO - The Fire quit for the season last week. Owner Tom Origer, propped up by a $150,000 loan from three other owners at midseason, says he has lost $800,000 and he is seeking to sell the franchise to another city. SHREVEPORT - An effort to sell the Shreveport franchise, which landed there after being moved from Houston, to local businessmen has not yet met with success. Officials of the team, which has lost about $1.5 million, admitted last week that they had withheld information about inflated attendance figures because of a pending stock sale. JACKSONVILLE - Efforts to sell the Jacksonville franchise, which was dropped from the league at midseason, have continued since then with no success reported. The Detroit franchise was folded at the same time. Between them, the two teams lost a reported $4 million.NOTE - The playoffs will originally set to begin on November 20 with Charlotte at Florida and Philadelphia at Birmingham. On the following night, Memphis would host Portland and the Hawaiians would play at Southern California. On November 16, the WFL announced that it was cutting the number of teams in the playoffs to three. Florida would meet Birmingham in a semi-final game in Orlando on November 21. The winner would at Memphis on Nov. 29. The next day, the league, under heavy pressure from teams dumped, switched signals and again revamped its post-season schedule. The new format calls for Hawaii to play Southern California and for Philadelphia to play Florida, with Birmingham and Memphis receiving byes.
QUARTERFINALS
Thur Nov 21 - Hawaiians (9-11) 32, S. CALIFORNIA (13-7) 14 (11430) - The Sun got off to a rocky start when RB Kermit Johnson and OG Booker Brown failed to show.  Their agent, Mike Trope, claimed that they, along with RB James McAllister were now free agents after a missed payday had violated their contract. The Hawaiians raced to a 17-0 lead, as Al Davis ran for a pair of short TDs and Randy Johnson tossed two TD passes. Suns QB Tony Adams went out with an  ankle injury. Backup Gary Valbuena was intercepted three times and sacked three times.
HAWAIIANS     -  7 10  8  7 - 32
S. CALIFORNIA -  0 11  3  0 - 14
1st - HAW - Al Davis, 3-yard run (Run failed) HAWAIIANS 7-0 1st - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 23-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 10-0 2nd - HAW - John Kelsey, 5-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 17-0 2nd - SC - Rod Garcia, 37-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 17-3 2nd - SC - Keith Denson, 46-yard pass from Tony Adams (Clay Jeffries pass from Adams) HAWAIIANS 17-11 3rd - SC - Garcia, 42-yard field goal HAWAIIANS 17-14 3rd - HAW - Davis, 2-yard run (Norris Weese run) HAWAIIANS 25-14 4th - HAW - John Isenbarger, 8-yard pass from Johnson (Pass failed) HAWAIIANS 32-14
Thur Nov 21 - FLORIDA (14-6) 18, Philadelphia (8-11) 3 (9712) - On a day they were sold, Florida got all the points it needed to win on the first play. Bell RB Claude Watts fumbled on his own 32-yard line, S Rickie Harris raced 32 yards with the ball for a TD. Robert D. Prentice, 58, an investment banker from Cocoa Beach, arrived at the game with a check for $1.5 million to pay the team's debt and 12 weeks of back pay. He said he was representing a group ready to pump $4 million into the franchise and denied reports that Arab oil money was behind the deal.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  3  0  0 -  3
FLORIDA      -  8  7  0  3 - 18
1st - FLA - Rickie Harris, 32-yard fumble return (Dickie James run) FLORIDA 8-0 2nd - PHIL - Gerry Warren, 37-yard field goal FLORIDA 8-3 2nd - FLA - Greg Latta, 45-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLORIDA 15-3 4th - FLA - Dave Strock, 24-yard field goal FLORIDA 18-3
SEMI-FINALS
Wed Nov 27 - BIRMINGHAM (15-5) 22, Hawaiians (10-11) 19 (15379) - Alfred Jenkins set up Birmingham's first TD with a running catch of a short punt and, after receiving the team's MVP trophy for the season at halftime, caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Matthew Reed to put Birmingham ahead for keeps. Joe Profit rambled 147 yards on 20 carries, a club record, as the Americans rolled up 308 yards on the ground. The Birmingham defense kept the Hawaiians in check limiting the team to only 71 yards rushing, and nine first downs.
HAWAIIANS  -  0  3  8  8 - 19
BIRMINGHAM -  7  0  8  7 - 22
1st - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0 2nd - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 30-yard field goal BIRMINGHAM 7-3 3rd - HAW - Randy Johnson, 1-yard run (Norris Weese run) HAWAIIANS 11-7 3rd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 32-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Ted Powell pass from Reed) BIRMINGHAM 15-11 4th - BIRM - Reed, 3-yard run (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 22-11 4th - HAW - Vin Clements, 17-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Kelsey pass from Weese) BIRMINGHAM 22-19
November 29 - Florida (15-6) 18, MEMPHIS (17-3) 15 (9692) - Richard James bolted 4 yards with 1:13 left to lift financially troubled and angry Florida. The rookie's run came after TE Luther Palmer recovered Dave Thomas' fumble of a punt at the Memphis 22. The Blazers, who hadn't been paid in 13 weeks, assured their trip to Birmingham by blocking Bob Etter's 40-yard FG attempt with seven seconds left. Bob Prentice and his investment group had come under suspicion when a $1.5 million check that was to purchase the Blazers bounced.
FLORIDA -  0  0 11  7 - 18
MEMPHIS - 15  0  0  0 - 15
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 1-yard run (Jennings run) MEMPHIS 8-0 1st - MEM - Ed Marshall,  45-yard pass from John Huarte (Run failed) MEMPHIS 15-0 3rd - FLA - Dave Strock, 25-yard field goal MEMPHIS 15-3 3rd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 21-yard run (Del Williams run) MEMPHIS 15-11 4th - FLA - Dickie James, 4-yard run (Pass failed) FLORIDA 18-15
NOV 23 - WFL owners declared that the league  will definitely operate next year and decided the only problemin the troubled infant professional league is owners "who didn't have enough dollars to operate properly." The owners of the 10 existing franchises also agreed, after meeting behind closed doors to discuss their problems, to name Hawaiian franchise owner Chris Hemmeter as the league president. Contrary to other rumors, Bassett said the Hawaiians will remain in Honolulu next year and that Joe Namath is only one of three persons considering establishing a franchise in New York.
NOV 24 - An emergency summit conference has apparently hammered out a remedy to stop the WFL from going broke and an agreement to end public bickering. "We're no longer dealing in fantasies, but in true realities of football," said Christopher B. Hemmeter, the newly named WFL president.  Hemmeter said the owners of the 10 WFL franchises have agreed on a financial reorganization plan which will ensure the "stability, longevity andgrowth" of the league. Details of the plan will probably be released in February or early March, when the leagueannounces its line-up of cities for the 1975 season, he said. Hemmeter said he expects the league to clear up all its financial problems, including the nonpayment of players, before the beginning of next season. The owners also met with about 20 prospective franchise owners and investors at the summit. Although none was identified, sources said the men came from San Antonio, Louisville, Tulsa, New York, Jacksonville, Montreal and Toronto.
WORLD BOWL (December 5 at Birmingham - 32,376)
BIRMINGHAM AMERICANS (16-5) 22, FLORIDA BLAZERS (16-6) 21 - The Americans defeated Florida in what was the World Football League's first and last championship game at Legion Field. The contest went right down to the wire with the difference being a missed 'action point' by league rushing champion Tommy Reamon. The first three quarters of the game belonged to the Americans as they forged a 22-0 lead, but the Blazers erupted for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter- two on long passes by Bob Davis, and the third, a 76-yard punt return by Rod Foster. The game came down to the 'action point', and when Tommy Reamon of the Blazers went over right tackle he was stopped short on a controversial call. Birmingham used a devastating running game led by Joe Profit, Charley Harraway and Paul Robinson and surged to a 22-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown by Profit that was set up by a Blazer interception, a four-yard burst by Art Cantrelle and a 26-yard George Mira to Bobby Brown touchdown pass with 9:11 in the third quarter.
FLORIDA    -  0  0  0  0 - 21
BIRMINGHAM -  0 15  7  0 - 22
2nd - BIRM - Joe Profit, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 4-yard run (Matthew Reed run) BIRMINGHAM 15-0 3rd - BIRM - Bob Brown, 26-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 22-04th - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 39-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) BIRMINGHAM 22-7 4th - FLA - Greg Latta, 40-yard pass from Davis (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 22-14 4th - FLA - Rod Foster, 76-yard punt return (Run failed) BIRMINGHAM 22-21
New York Stars (8-5)/Charlotte Hornets (2-5)
Head Coach: Babe Parilli
Passing Leader: Tom Sherman (2311)
Rushing Leader: Bob Gladieux (690)
Receiving Leader: George Sauer (38-547)
Philadelphia Bell (9-11)
Head Coach: Ron Waller
Passing Leader: King Corcoran (3631)
Rushing Leader: John Land (1136)
Receiving Leader: John Land (54-621)
Jacksonville Sharks (4-10) - Folded October 8th
Head Coach: Bud Asher (2-4) and Charlie Tate (2-6)
Passing Leader: Reggie Oliver (1415)
Rushing Leader: Tommy Durrance (658)
Receiving Leader: Dennis Hughes (31-508)
Memphis Southmen (17-3)
Head Coach: John McVay
Passing Leader: John Huarte (2416)
Rushing Leader: J.J. Jennings (1524)
Receiving Leader: Ed Marshall (60-1159)
Birmingham Americans (15-5)
Head Coach: Jack Gotta
Passing Leader: George Mira (2248)
Rushing Leader: Paul Robinson (599)
Receiving Leader: Dennis Homan (61-930)
Chicago Fire (7-13)
Head Coach: Jim Spavital
Passing Leader: Virgil Carter (2629)
Rushing Leader: Cyril Pinder (925)
Receiving Leader: Jack Dolbin (54-942)
Detroit Wheels (1-13)
Head Coach: Danny Boisture
Passing Leader: Bubba Wyche (1869)
Rushing Leader: Sam Scarber (606)
Receiving Leader: Jon Henderson (30-406)
Southern California Sun (13-7)
Head Coach: Tom Fears
Passing Leader: Tony Adams (3905)
Rushing Leader: Kermit Johnson (1008)
Receiving Leader: James McAlister (65-772)
The Hawaiians (9-11)
Head Coach: Mike Giddings
Passing Leader: Norris Weese (1847)
Rushing Leader: Sonny Davis (680)
Receiving Leader: Tim Delaney (89-1232)
Portland Storm (7-12-1)
Head Coach: Dick Coury
Passing Leader: Pete Beathard (1247)
Rushing Leader: Rufus Ferguson (1086)
Receiving Leader: Rufus Ferguson (49-369)
Houston Texans (3-8-1)/Shreveport Steamer (4-4)
Head Coach: Jim Garrett (3-7-1), Henry Lee Parker (0-1) and Marshall Taylor (4-4)
Passing Leader: Dave Mays (997)
Rushing Leader: Jim Nance (1240)
Receiving Leader: Rick Eber (66-771)
The April 15, 1974 cover of Sports Illustrated was scheduled to showcase WFL Commissioner Gary L. Davidson along with NFL All-Pro's Calvin Hill and Ted Kwalick. Both players had recently signed a future contract to play for the Hawaiians in 1975. The WFL cover was bumped for the Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron who broke Babe Ruth's all-time record of 714 home runs
Y-Buffalo         9  5 0  .643 264 244 Y-Washington     10  4 0  .714 320 196
New England       7  7 0  .500 348 289 Dallas            8  6 0  .571 297 235
NY Jets           7  7 0  .500 279 300 Philadelphia      7  7 0  .500 242 217
Baltimore         2 12 0  .143 190 329 NY Giants         2 12 0  .143 195 299
AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   NFC CENTRAL DIVISION  
X-Pittsburgh     10  3 1  .750 305 189 X-Minnesota      10  4 0  .714 310 195
Cincinnati        7  7 0  .500 283 259 Detroit           7  7 0  .500 256 270
Houston           7  7 0  .500 236 282 GREEN BAY         6  8 0  .429 210 206
Cleveland         4 10 0  .286 251 344 Chicago           4 10 0  .286 152 279
SEPT 18 - The WFL announced it is moving the financially troubled Houston Texans to Shreveport, Louisiana apparently on a "play now, pay later" plan. WFL officials said they would send a lawyer in an attempt to find a local owner for the team. The league hopes to shift the Houston franchise to Louisiana within the next week. "I'm very grateful for this enthusiastic reception," said Henry Lee Parker, WFL director of football operations, who appeared with Mayor Calhoun Allen at a news conference. Allen estimated the cost of the Shreveport franchise—includingits obligations to the league—would be $2.5 million. In Newport Beach, Calif., WFL Commissioner Gary Davidsonsaid the league had purchased the Texans from former owner Steve Arnold, who was plagued by lagging attendance at the Astrodome in Houston. The Texans, 3-7-1, have been in a tailspin both at the gate and on the field. It was reported that the team is $200,000 in the red. The Houston Post quoted sources as saying the league would meet the $130,000 player payroll this month for the Texans. As the WFL informed reporters of the move, Judge Arthur Lesher ordered the Texans to play one more game at the Astrodome. The temporary restraining order blocked the proposed move to Shreveport due to L.A. Frey and Company, a New Orleans meat products concern, seeking a court order preventing the transfer of the Memphis game contending such action would damage a ticket promotion it was sponsoring. The WFL eventually worked out a settlement and the Texans were allowed to go ahead with their move. In another move, WFL commissioner Gary Davidson suspended Houston coach Jim Garrett for "conduct detrimental to the league". One report was the Garrett's suspension came because he urged the team not to report to Shreveport, a report denied by Garrett. Texan quarterback Mike Taliaferro said he would not go to Shreveport due to "personal reasons". The WFL named Henry Lee Parker, director of operations of the WFL, was named interim coach for the Birmingham game.