Pittsburgh Gladiators (3-1)
Head Coach: Joe Haering (2-0)/Darrel Jackson (1-1)
Passing Leader: Willie Totten (750)
Rushing Leader: Mike Powell (26)
Receiving Leader: Thomas Monroe (24-332)
Detroit Drive (3-1)
Head Coach: Tim Marcum
Passing Leader: Mike Trigg (512)
Rushing Leader: Lynn Bradford (96)
Receiving Leader: George LaFrance (17-335)
Chicago Bruisers (1-3)
Head Coach: George Brancato
Passing Leader: Ben Bennett (808)
Rushing Leader: Darryl Clark (83)
Receiving Leader: Reggie Smith (30-315)
Maryland Commandos (0-4)
Head Coach: Ray Willsey
Passing Leader: Mike Hold (194)
Rushing Leader: Leon Reed (21)
Receiving Leader: Wade Lockett (18-216)
Denver Dynamite (3-1)
Head Coach: Babe Parilli
Passing Leader: Mike Rhodes (230)
Rushing Leader: Harold Smith (83)
Receiving Leader: Wayne Coffey (13-208)
FRIDAY AUGUST 4
DENVER 41, Chicago 40 at Atlanta (7256) - They threw the ball 55 times and scored 81 points in Arena Football's debut in the Deep South. Denver came back in the final 78 seconds as Gary Gussman converted a 28-yard XP
FRIDAY JULY 7
Detroit 40, CHICAGO 28 (6622) - QB Ben Bennett threw three TD passes as the Bruisers led 21-20 early in the third, before the Drive took control. The key play was Lynn Bradford's 32-yard return of a Bennett fumble
SATURDAY JULY 8
DENVER 20, Maryland 15 (6435) - The Commandos and Dynamite played the lowest-scoring game in AFL history. The Dynamite built a 5-0 lead by halftime on Gary Gussman's 48-yard FG and a safety
Denver            1  0 0 1.000  20  15 Chicago          0  1 0   .000  28  40
Detroit           1  0 0 1.000  40  28 Maryland         0  1 0   .000  15  20
Pittsburgh        0  0 0  .000   0   0
FRIDAY JULY 14
PITTSBURGH 28, Denver 18 (4373) - Willie Totten threw three TD passes and ran for another as the Gladiators won. The crowd was about 2,000 less than Civic Arena officials had projected
SATURDAY JULY 15
Detroit 39, MARYLAND 7 at Baltimore (3132) - Detroit went ahead by 16-0 on a 28-yard FG by Novo Bojovic and a 35-yard TD pass from Mike Trigg to Gary Mullen before the Commandos could score before a small crowd
Detroit           2  0 0 1.000  59  22 Chicago          0  1 0  .000  28  40
Pittsburgh        1  0 0 1.000  28  18 Maryland         0  2 0  .000  22  59
Denver            1  1 0  .500  38  43
FRIDAY JULY 21
Denver 15, DETROIT 14 (6834) - Led by QB Mike Rhodes's 115 yards, Denver fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit. Quinton Knight sacked Drive QB Mike Trigg in the end zone for a safety and the final margin of victory
SATURDAY JULY 22
PITTSBURGH 47, Chicago 38 at Sacramento (7182) - Pittsburgh coach Joe Haering was suspended indefinitely after punched league president Jim Foster in the face after a bench-clearing fight between the teams
Pittsburgh        2  0 0 1.000  75  46 Chicago          0  2 0  .000  66  87
Denver            2  1 0  .667  53  57 Maryland         0  2 0  .000  22  59
Detroit           2  1 0  .667  73  37
FRIDAY JULY 28
Detroit 61, PITTSBURGH 34 at Richfield, OH (3412) - Detroit took over first place as George LaFrance returned the opening kickoff 58 yards for a TD. Gladiators QB Willie Totten thew for three TDs
SATURDAY JULY 29
Chicago 61, MARYLAND 27 at Cincinnati (7301) - Chicago got its first victory, as they led by QB Ben Bennett and WR Carl Aikens, who combined for five TDs. The Commandos were eliminated from the race for the playoffs
X-Detroit         3  1 0  .750 134  71 Chicago          1  2 0  .333 127 114
X-Denver          2  1 0  .667  53  37 Maryland         0  3 0  .000  49 120
Pittsburgh        2  1 0  .667 109 107 X-Clinched Playoff Berth
1989 AFL PLAYOFFS - SEMI-FINALS
Fri Aug 11 - DETROIT (3-1) 43, Chicago (1-3) 10 (6457)
Sat Aug 12 - Pittsburgh (3-1) 39, Denver (3-1) 7 (at Sacramento) (5417)

ARENA BOWL III (August 18, 1989 at Detroit - 12,046)
DETROIT DRIVE (4-1) 39, PITTSBURGH GLADIATORS (4-1) 26 - The Drive won its second straight title. Despite throwing five interceptions, Drive QB Tony Burris completed 12 of 26 passes for 176 yards and two TDs. Detroit WR Gary Mullen caught six passes for 71 yards and one TD, and Lynn Bradford led the Drive in rushing with 12 carries, 46 yards and two TDs
TEAMS FOLDING : New York Knights, Los Angeles Cobras, New England Steamrollers TEAMS RETURNING: Denver Dynamite, Maryland Commandos
SATURDAY AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh 50, MARYLAND 30 (4512) - The Commandos became the first AFL team to go winless, as Larry Barretta, who replaced Willie Totten, threw touchdown passes of 33 and 25 yards to Thomas Monroe
X-Detroit         3  1 0  .750 154  84 X-Chicago        1  3 0  .250 167 155
X-Pittsburgh      3  1 0  .750 159 147 Maryland         0  4 0  .000  79 170
X-Denver          3  1 0  .750  94  97 X-Clinched Playoff Berth