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  1. USFL '24: Restoration

    Restoration of Dignity and the Universal Army 
    A new take on a long project. This is part of a longer alt-history–not really counter-factual as those outside of players are largely fictional or composites–project of Tecmo hacks and narrative fragments. I’ve been thinking about doing a “modern” season for a while now and after losing a little steam on the previous ones I’ve decided to “jump” 30 years ahead. 
    Seeing UFL pick up has been fun, but in a world with looser capital and a more interesting ruling class, maybe we’d get real competition. Rosters here are not accurate of current or recent UFL/USFL/XFL clubs, though I have included players of note; the recent rash of injuries and roster turnover in the last few weeks have made that difficult. I’ve tried to focus on interesting guys. 
    Some roster placement is based on reality. The original USFL’s model of territorial draft maps informed roster constructions (see screenshots for rosters); NFL and CFL players are 2024 free agents or practice squaders of note. Some of these guys haven't signed deals yet, others have since signed with teams while I worked on construction.
    I also ran polls and thought about interesting quasi “what-if” guys. I feel like Trey Lance, Nathan Rourke, Stetson Bennett, Malik Willis, or Justin Fields would’ve had a better go of it in the original USFL given their playing styles and the very fluid approaches to team structure of clubs during that era.
    High profile rookies were based on Twitter polls; I also placed late round/UDFA/CFL Draft prospects I found interesting. Rookie placement is based around the original territorial pick model (LA holds Williams rights because he went to USC, etc.). 
    All stats of rookies are based on projections and active player comparisons; in many cases, stats will likely turn out to be too optimistic. I used NFL Combine Results (https://nflcombineresults.com/), NFL Draft Buzz (https://www.nfldraftbuzz.com/), Mock Draftable (https://www.mockdraftable.com/) and various blogs and sites. Yahoo Sports writer @Fourverts on Twitter was also a useful source. I used Sportstrac (https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/transactions/) when making calls on 2024 Free Agents and used either alma mater, that player’s background, or NFL analog. Leonard Fornette, for instance, was on the Patriots last season; also LSU oddly was one of Boston’s territories in ‘83; Sione Takitaki went to BYU but grew up in LA, hence with the Express. 
    Team sim data are slightly based on 2023 USFL and XFL defensive rankings; clubs with no representation are based on analogs or given middle of the road stats. All teams are in 3WR-1RB-1TE to reflect current flavors of play. Boston is the lone exception as they use a run and shoot; basing roster placement via poll/territorial draft left slim choices for the Breakers, so I focused on wideouts. Some teams have reverse plays and nearly all clubs have a QB option play. 
    This game features all of the hacks of my previous USFL and older NFL hacks, though I did push the extra-point back to the 15 yard line. I attempted to play with kick-offs and even learned of an “error” I tried to exploit that would give a team 2 points for kicking through the end zone, but this experimentation turned out to be a disaster–it broke the hack and was rarely even executed. So this plays like old TSB with no 2 point conversions or current USFL/XFL/UFL innovations. 
    This game is juiced but sims still reflect a fast-paced high scoring style. There’s an 18 game schedule and 12 teams make the playoffs. The quality of play of the original league was likely higher than the current UFL–a mix of young talent and NFL/CFL vets–making for a very loose style. 
    Schedule is imagined but arrayed in such a way to reflect the original league’s Friday-Saturday night-Sunday afternoon-Monday night schedule. Friday and Monday games were aired on ESPN back in the day. For this reimagining, I made a modified Apple TV logo as a sort of graphic experimentation. Couldn't entirely do the classic rainbow however. 
    In making rosters, I have built up a “reserve army” of labor; depending on the early part of the CFL season and NFL training camps, I may do a “mid-season” update later in the summer. I tried to focus on current prospects and guys who have at least played somewhere in ‘23 for this hack. 
    See screenshots for full rosters, but here are some notable players for each team:
    I’ve included the rookie’s selection status in real-life. 
    **All-Pros will be in the next roster update later as the UFL season wraps up and CFL ramps up. 
    ** There are two files: "oldhelm" is the original USFL helmets while "newhelm" features experimental edits with Memphis and LA. I have ideas for other helmets; they may appear in the summer update. 
    Rasheed Bailey
    Tyus Bowser
    Deonte Harty
    Mohammad Ibrahim
    Shaq Leonard 
    Yannick Ngakoue
    Teir Tart
    Rock Ya-Sin
    Kenny Yeboah
    Mike Chris-Ike (CFL, 2nd round)
    Joel Dublanko (CFL, 1st round)
    Mathieu Betis (CFL)
    Jake Bobo
    Martavias Bryant
    Larnel Coleman
    AJ Dillon
    Jojo Domain
    Sam Emilius
    Leonard Fournette
    Will Harris
    Michael Hoecht
    Andy Isabella
    John Johnson 
    Cardale Jones
    Hergy Mayala (CFL)
    Nathan Rourke
    Almondo Sewell
    Camron Taylor-Britt
    Lwal Ugak
    Kiran Amegadje (3rd round pick)
    Kevens Claricus (CFL)
    Jalen Coker (UDFA)
    Kyle Hergel (CFL, UDFA)
    Dylan Laube (6th round pick)
    New Jersey:
    Jamal Adams
    Eli Apple
    Mekhi Becton
    JaDevon Clowney
    Frank Darby
    JK Dobbins
    Ezekiel Elliot
    Justin Fields
    Jared Horsted
    Chandler Jones
    Titus Leo
    Austin Mack (CFL)
    Chase Young
    Ray Davis (4th round)
    Marvin Harrison Jr. (1st round)
    Cade Stover (4th round)
    Tyler Boyd
    Cameron Brown 
    Bud Dupree
    KJ Hamler
    Geno Lewis (CFL)
    Trace McSorley
    AJ Ouellette (CFL)
    Julian Whitehead
    Phil Jurkovec (UDFA)
    Bub Means (5th round)
    Chop Robinson (1st round)
    Kyle Sheets (UDFA)
    Celien Ferrell
    Yosh Nijman
    Isaiah Simmons
    Malik Willis
    Graham Barton (1st round)
    Amin Dankwah (CFL, UDFA)
    Dante Miller (UDFA)
    Payton Wilson (3rd round)
    Kwon Alexander
    OJ Howard
    Nate Igbinoghene
    Julio Jones
    Carl Lawson 
    Alex Leatherwood
    Nick Mardner (CFL, 1st round)
    Bo Nix (1st round)
    Will Reichard (7th round)
    Dallas Turner (1st round)
    Kimani Vidal (6th round)
    Dee Alfrod (CFL)
    Stetson Bennett
    Tae Crowder
    Jarrad Davis 
    Felipe Franks
    Eddie Goldman
    Mecole Hardman
    Penny Hart
    CJ Henderson 
    Alvin Kamara
    AC Leonard (CFL)
    Dominique Rhymes (CFL)
    Preston Rivers III
    Cameron Tom 
    Chan Sullivan 
    Odell Willis (CFL)
    Amarius Mims (1st round)
    Ladd McConkey (2nd round)
    Quantez Stiggers (5th round)
    Reed Blankenship
    Zach Cunningham
    Tre Herndon
    Tevon Jones (CFL)
    Malik Lawal (CFL)
    Wynton Mcanis (CFL)
    Shaheed Salmon (CFL)
    Joe Milton III (6th round)
    Jaylen Wright (4th round)
    Tampa Bay:
    Cam Akers
    Dariusz Bladek
    Brian Burns
    Dalvin Cook
    Taylor Cornelius (CFL)
    Dallas Daniels
    Cameron Erving
    Jimmy Graham
    Rodney Hudson
    Demontray Jacobs
    Cre’von LeBlanc
    RJ Macintosh
    Tre Nixon
    Denzel Perryman
    Terrence Plummer
    Shaq Quartermann
    Mike Wakefield (CFL)
    Lucky Whitehead (CFL)
    Mitchell Wilcox
    Kamren Kitchens (3rd round)
    Jared Verse (1st round)
    Jaelen Acklin (CFL)
    Chase Claypool
    Pat Elflein
    Jimmy Garoppolo
    Kamu Grugier-Hill
    Micah Hyde
    Max Scharping 
    Jonathan Taylor
    Jameer Thurman
    Anthony Walker
    Joe Alt (1st round)
    Cooper DeJean (2nd round)
    Sam Hartman (UDFA)
    Jer’zahn Newton (2nd round)
    Carson Steele (UDFA)
    Brian Brice (CFL)
    Steve Dunbar (CFL)
    Xavian Howard
    Austin Trammel
    Derel Walker (CFL)
    Jonathan Brooks (2nd round)
    Mike Danna 
    Donovan Peoples-Jones
    Dhel Duncan Bubsy (CFL, 3rd round)
    Michael Herzog (CFL, UDFA)
    Cornelius Johnson (6th round)
    Marshawn Kneeland (2nd round)
    JJ McCarthy (1st round)

    Kennedy Brooks (CFL)
    Tyron Johnson
    Johnny Manziel 
    Joe Mixon
    Derrick Moncrief (CFL)
    Tre Norwood
    Emmanuel Ogbah
    Deneric Prince
    Sterling Shepherd
    Dillon Stoner (CFL)
    Perrion Winfrey
    KT Leverson (7th round)
    Austin Stogner (UDFA)
    San Antonio:
    Quandre Diggs
    Josh Gordon
    Trey Lance
    Geoff Swaim
    Deuce Vaughn
    Emani Bailey (UDFA)
    Ja’Tavion Sanders (4th round)
    T’Vondre Sweat (2nd round)
    Ka’deem Carey (CFL)
    Yasir Durant
    Randy Gregory
    Azur Kamara
    Brice Purdy
    Hasson Reddick
    Tim White (CFL)
    Renell Wren
    Xazavian Vallady
    Jacob Cowling (5th round)
    Tanner Mclachlan (CFL)
    Jordan Morgan (1st round)
    Kyle Ostendorp (UDFA)
    Hayden Hatten (UDFA)
    Spencer Rattler (5th round)
    Julian Blackmon
    Cariel Brooks (CFL)
    Phillip Lindsay
    Laviska Shenault
    Chris Streveler (CFL)
    Kyle Van’Noy
    Ahkel Weatherspoon
    Jonah Dalmas (UDFA)
    George Holani (UDFA)
    Kedon Slovis (UDFA)
    Los Angeles:
    Jamal Agnew
    Devin Asasai 
    Anthony Barr
    Shaq Evans (CFL)
    Josh Kelly
    Kameron Kelly (CFL)
    Mercedes Lewis
    Rashad Penny
    Adarius Pickett (CFL)
    Winston Rose (CFL)
    Equamonius St. Brown 
    Sione Takitaki
    Leonard Williams
    Calen Bullock (3rd round)
    Laiatu Latu (1st round)
    Marshawn Lloyd (3rd round)
    Tahj Washington (7th round)

    Henry Anderson
    JJ Arcega (Whiteside)
    David Bakhtiari
    McLeod Bethel-Thompson (CFL)
    Ashtyn Davis
    Cameron Goode 
    Charles Leno
    Jake Haener
    Jamal Morrow (CFL)
    Darnell Sankey (CFL)
    Kaden Smith
    Solomon Thomas
    Mykel Walker
    Josh Karty (6th round)
    Braden Trice (3rd round)
    If you are interested in my narrative, check out my blog at https://ageofvinny.blogspot.com/. The narrative is structured like old Football “Annals” published every year, though I kind of wrap it around a wider narrative. This project has given me a focus of expression. 
    I’m on Twitter (X) as @Tombor13; I do week-to-week “updates” of the season. 
    I do these because I like doing them and people seem to really enjoy them; the Tecmo community is one of the coolest out there. I do take donations, especially during the summer, when work is hard to come by. My venmo is also my Twitter handle (Tombor13). I do this for the love of it, to get a story out of me and make something people enjoy.

    Thank you for your support. 



  2. USFL '89-'94

    These are part of my series of hypothetical hacks; as I worked through them and made narrative notes, I struggled with organization.
    Where I am fascinated by the turbulent '80s, I don't have much interest in league of my teenage years partly because of Cleveland's move to Baltimore. That aside, I got a little too deep and scattershot in the narrative aspect of this project--most of my ideas for '89-'94 are interesting to me but just scraps. I hope to organize twitter notes and place them here in a bit for the sake of posterity. I have started a sort of "reset" of the project. I apologize for the barrage of polls on my Twitter. It's helped me in rethinking and working on a new project.
    I do want to list a few things here for clarity of the rosters:
    -Joe Robbie's death and Don Shula's impatience leads Pittsburgh Maulers owner Ed DeBartolo Sr. to swoop in and sign Dan Marino to a 7-year, $35 million contract; a Robbie's family heir--a third cousin way deep in the tree--agrees to release the QB to spring for $15 million. It is a whirlwind off-season for the near-miss Maulers, who also sign Major Harris, top WR prospect Reggie Rembert, and old-hand Matt Millen. The '90 Maulers finished 12-5-1, taking the league title in a 31-28 shootout against Jim Kelly and the Houston Gamblers. A New Dawn has arrived. 
    -After a string of bad seasons and weak ownership, both the New Orleans Breakers and the New England Patriots reach sort of twilights in Sin City and Puritanville. In a rare flex of state power, out-going Gov. Mike Dukakis seizes Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro and approaches the USFL about placing a team there. League Commissioner Grover Debs--never a fan of the original move from Boston in '83--arranges a purchase of the Breakers with a prominent New Hampshire family; the league eats some $22 million in debts. A Dresden-based architecture firm of the "Memphis" style--already working on the Memorial Stadium project in Baltimore and Canadian Tire Park in downtown Halifax--commits to providing a future redesign. The '91 USFL offseason contracts a fever pitch  as the revived "Boston Breakers" sign Doug Flutie and a myriad of free agents; New Jersey inks jettisoned Jim Kelly, after George Bush Jr. and his Saudi and Yemeni backers gave Heisman winner Andre Ware a 5-year, $5.2 million deal back in '90. The New England Patriots would limp through '91 and '92 as a tenant before Paul Tagliabue gives in to the senior circuit's first franchise merger in over 40 years, the Pats will be picked over by the St. Louis Football Cardinals, themselves in a sort of limbo post-Bill Bidwell and mismanagement by a Busch scion. The NFL announces plans to sell the logo and franchise rights to former Pats minority owner Robert Kraft, who promises revenge.
    -Cuban-cultivated "biomechanic" techniques revive the careers of Neil Lomax (Denver) and Bert Jones (Stars).
    -In a messy '92, Merlin Olson wins a four-way race with George Bush, Jerry Brown, and Ross Perot on The Rainbow Bridge Party ticket a loose confederation of orthodox Marxists, dejected trade unionists, and small holders dependant on gutted midwest industrial economies (Olson swept the center of the country). Olson's running mate is long time progressive Paul Wellstone. Olson wins on vague promises to "renew the New Deal" and rapproachment with the Soviet Union, who exiled Gorbachev and are undergoing a process of "Reconstruction." Olson reportedly accepted the nomination after a nasty contract fight with NBC. Bush Sr. becomes an executive with the Houston Gamblers. Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams disappears, putting that franchise in crisis.
    -Tagliabue rushes to announce NFL expansion, the goal being 30 teams by the turn-of-the century. The announced clubs are the Carolina Panthers ('94), a revived Patriots franchise (TBD), and the Montreal Machine, who will join the league in '95 and play at Stade Olympique, itself undergoing renovations thanks to a Czechoslovakian-Libyan developed process based on Roman concrete processes. 
    -ABC re-ups with the USFL for $600 million over three years. CBS bulks. 
    -The '93 USFL Season sees Ted Marchibroda lead the 6-12 Baltimore Stars on a miracle run to the USFL title. The team is led by Tracy Ham, a training camp holdout in Jacksonville, acquired for a 6th round pick. 
    -"Bad boy" Jeff George arrives in Chicago for the '94 season. Michigan Panther's franchise exec Anhel Cabrini signs Division I-AA standout Kurt Warner based on a series of "visions" of a "Giant Marksman with raven hair, flinging fire." The eccentric Cabrini--head of the Union who prevented the AMC-Chrysler merger--insisted Warner throw both footballs and Charmin rolls at his workout after hearing stories Kurt chucked them as a Hy-Vee stock boy. He receives a 10-year, $20 million deal, a move criticized by even Al Davis. 
    These hacks contain all previous edits (7 minute quarters, juice meter, etc.).
    Thank you, as always, for your support. 



  3. NFL Hinge Points: 80's What-Ifs

    I've been working on this USFL project for a while and in my "research"--looking through NFL transactions lists, finding stories on guys–I've also encountered a lot of intriguing "what-if" deals and signings. I thought I'd play around with these and share them here.
    All of these hacks are discreet: there is no linked narrative between them. 
    All of these hacks are juiced, though I give a bit of slack in the early weeks–I used Buck's data, but cranked receptions up in the first 4-5 weeks.
    I didn't play around with sim stats too much, but I did modify defense and offense settings and "zeroed" out receivers on rushing tendencies; I tried to tweak with playbooks and color unis. I also tried to stick as close to possible to starting rosters, but in a few cases I shifted guys around based on their final outputs for that season (e.g., Dana Brinson had more receiving yards than Joe Caravello, even though he had started more games for the '87 Chargers). I also tried to adjust KR and PRs.
    Quarters are 7 minutes long.
    The Hacks:
    NFL '81: Dean of Pain, or Bruise Brothers 2000: Frugal conman Gene Klein finally sees the long-tail and doesn't trade Fred Dean, though they deal John Jefferson. 
    NFL '83: Charm City Offensive: Of all the Elway trades, the one that always got me was Dan Fouts and the Chargers 1st rounders to the Colts. All of San Diego's 1st round picks are in Baltimore except for Gary Anderson, who was USFL bound. Bill Ray Smith is an ILB; Gill Byrd is a corner. Chris Hinton protects Steve DeBerg's blindside in Denver. Elway is a scrambler in a 3 receiver setup in San Diego.
    Joe Delaney also returns for the Chiefs after saving three children over the summer. 
    NFL '84: Goodnight Moon: Seattle matches Houston's offer and lands Warren Moon. Dave Kreig is QB2. Oliver Luck is the Oilers' QB1 with John Ransom QB2.
    As this is the beginning of '84, Billy Sims is still a Lion and stacked; Curt Warner gives Moon some help, replacing Eric Lane. Miami turns a blind eye to Chuck Muncie's drug test and officially acquires him. He joins a backfield that includes David Overstreet, who survived a car wreck unscathed.
    NFL ‘85: USeFL: Three USFL what-ifs: Miami manages to sign Anthony Carter instead of trading him to the Vikings; I set up the ‘85 Fish with a three receiver format, pairing the all-star with the Marks Brothers. 
    Ex-Breaker Buford Jordan is in Green Bay; the Pack selected him in the 3rd round of the NFL Supplemental draft of USFL and CFL players in '84. He sits ahead of Craig Ellis. 
    The last one is a longshot: James Lockette was a USFL all-star with the Generals in '85 and–according to contemporary reports–seemed to be the presumptive starter at right end before he suffered a knee injury. He sits on the right side of the line along with fellow ex-USFL alum Lee Williams, replacing Earl Wilson.
    DA Bears Caveat: This one has hold-outs Al Harris (replacing the Fridge) and Todd Bell (replacing Dave Duerson) if you really want to get into the weeds. Contains all other edits; Bears are still strong but I dialed back their team sim data (they won the NFC Central everytime I ran sims, mostly finishing 10-6 or 11-5).
    NFL '86: BO-a Constrictor: The great what-if trade of '86 with Bo Jackson to San Francisco for Wendell Tyler and Ronnie Lott. Joe Cribbs is also with the Bills, as his actual trade to the Niners occurred at the end of training camp (presumably to make up for the failure to land Bo). 
    As this is the beginning of the '86 season, Hugh Green of the Dolphins–who went down in week 2–is restored as a starter and Ottis Anderson is still with Big Red, and Tim Lewis is starting corner in Green Bay. Another minor USFL what-if involves New England signing Ricky Sanders as opposed to trading him; Derek Holloway takes his slot in Washington.
    NFL '87: Perestrokin': The Browns, Colts, and Rams all swallow their prides and give into the demands of Chip Banks, Cornelius Bennett, and Eric Dickerson; the Raiders successfully trade for Doug Williams and Brian Bosworth's rights, giving up two picks in '88. The hand of providence leads Raymond Berry to understand Rich Gannon and his happy feet, setting him as QB1. Seahawks sign Jaws, whom they talked to in March '87.
    These moves cascade through the first 17ish picks; I use Dr. Z and his '87 mock draft projections for SI as a baseline. The Browns take Rod Bernstine to backup Ozzie Newsome, San Diego takes Brent Fullwood, Green Bay selects Reggie Rogers, Jerome Brown goes to Detroit, Shawn Knight to Philly, DJ Dozier to Pittsburgh, Roger Vick to Minnesota, John Bosa to the Jets, Danny Noonan to Miami, John Clay to Dallas, and Mike Junkin to the Raiders; Big Red lands Rod Woodson, Harris Barton protects Bobby Hebert in New Orleans.
    Bosa, Junkin, and Knight won't appear in this hack.
    I have also purged the scabs, with the exception of Brian McClure, who remains the Bills backup and Rick Massie in Denver, who stuck on the roster for nine games; Reich didn't play at all in '87. Scabs are replaced by players who were on the final roster even though many recorded few stats at all.
    NFL '89: The Art of the Modell: The Browns offer to Dallas for Herschel Walker inspired the Vikings deal; this hack restores the opening day Cowboys and Vikings rosters and places Hersch on the Browns; in a recent interview, Jimmy Johnson claimed he was offered a Cleveland player but wouldn't reveal a name, so I placed Eric Metcalf, which seems to make sense. I have also included another proposed trade: Darrell Green to the Broncos for picks and Orson Mobely; Mobely was one of three mentioned in a WaPo article from the time and seemed the likely candidate as he held out of Denver training camp.
    In Darrin Nelson's slot, I brought back Husker and future World League champ Dana Brinson. His stats are a little inflates, but they still aren't very good.
    NFL '90: Oh Danny Boy: The Marino trade to the Raiders with a stacked club. I couldn't find any info on the nature of the Shula-Davis talks, but it likely included first round draft picks, etc. Scott Seclues and Scott Mitchell are the Miami quarterbacks. Mitchell–praised by Shula for his size–is QB1.
    Also included is a three-way deal the Oilers proposed that saw Alonzo Highsmith to the Cowboys, Jesse Solomon to the Giants, and Lawrence Taylor to the Oilers.
    These two deals created a cascading effect through other rosters; I used Dr. Z's mock draft for the roster shifts. I gave Miami an extra '90 pick, which they used to select Renaldo Turnbull. Doc had the Saints taking Rodney Hampton, who comes to town. One Taylor-to-Houston scenario included two first rounders; instead of Hampton, the Giants take Eric Green (they would pick ahead of Pittsburgh) and the Steelers take Greg McMurtry. Cedric Jones is in WR3 with New England. Hampton is RB3–replacing Rueben Mays–and Lewis Tillman is RB4 on Broadway.
    Alternate '90, A Cajun Cannon in the Hollywood Hills: I encountered another story about Bobby Hebert's contract fight with the Saints and according to his agent, the Raiders offered Marcus Allen and a draft pick. Allen is RB1; back in LA, Bo is RB1, Steve Smith RB2, Vance Mueller, RB4. Steve Walsh is the Saints' QB1 partly because I thought they'd probably still deal for him anyway. This hack also features many of the above trades with the exception of Ronaldo Turnbull.
    As Don Majkowski's injury doesn't occur until week 10, the Majik is still here in both versions. 



  4. USFL '88 Black Swan

    A continuation of the series. 
    There are two roms--one with original logos and one with "What-If" modifications. 
    Follow the season at @tombor13 on Twitter (X?)
    -Baltimore sends '89 11th round Open Draft pick to Washington to avoid arbitration after signing Mark Duda.
    -Chicago trades 2nd round Open Draft pick, rights to Quinn Early to Michigan for Doug DuBose and 3rd round Open Draft pick. 
    -Houston trades two 1st round Open Draft pick, three territorial selections to Oklahoma for rights to Thurman Thomas.
    -Jacksonville trades rights to Kerwin Bell to Tampa Bay for 5th and 7th round Open Draft picks and two territorial list selections in '89.
    -Los Angeles trades 2nd round Open Draft pick to New Jersey for Lionel Manuel.
    -Memphis trades '89 3rd round Open Draft pick to New Jersey for Ed Rubbert.
    -San Antonio trades '89 1st round Open Draft pick to Chicago for Irving Fryar
    -San Antonio trades '89 4th round Open Draft pick to New Jersey for Herman Fontenot.
    -New Orleans trades Kyle Mackey to Washington for '89 6th round Open Draft pick.
    -Washington trades '89 6th round Open Draft pick to Baltimore for rights to Mike Hinnant.
    Arbitrator Rulings: 
    -Chicago sends '89 9th round Open Draft pick to Oakland per arbitrator ruling after signing Greg Little.
    -Chicago sends '89 7th round Open Draft pick to Baltimore per arbitrator ruling after signing Jeff Smith.
    -San Antonio sends '89 2nd round Open Draft pick to Oakland per arbitrator ruling after signing Reggie Camp.
    -Tampa Bay sends '89 20th round Open Draft pick to Houston per arbitrator ruling after signing Mike Clendenen. 
    -Washington sends '89 4th round Open Draft pick to Tampa Bay per arbitrator ruling after signing Willie Lee Broughton.
    -Arbitrator rules Oklahoma can trade rights to Paul Jetton--a territorial pick acquired in trade with Houston for Thurman Thomas--to San Antonio for cash. Gamblers are not compensated. 
    Eric Allen 
    Sam Bowers (FA)
    Chuck Cecil*
    Darren Comeaux
    Michael Haynes 
    George Hinkle*
    Goran Lingmerth ('87 territorial pick)
    Randall McDaniel
    Carry over: Dan Saleaumuna 
    Azizduddin Abdur-Ra.oof 
    O'Brien Alston
    Carlton Bailey*
    Mark Duda ('83 territorial pick by Washington, rights trade for an 11th round pickin '89 Open Draft)
    Ferrell Edmunds
    Ralph Jarvis* 
    Carry over: Archie Harris 
    Scott Bolton
    Aundray Bruce
    Garry Frank (6th round Open Draft)
    Jeff Herrod*
    Nate Hill
    Houston Hoover
    Donny Humphrey ('84 territorial pick) 
    Jeff Jackson (‘84 territorial pick)
    Lionel James ('84 territorial pick)
    Shawn Lee*
    Tony Nathan (FA)
    Linnie Patrick (FA)
    Ron Shegog (4th round '86 Open Draft Pick)
    Zefross Moss 
    Danta Whitaker
    Carry over: Henry Ballard
    Chris Dishman*
    Doug DuBose (trade w/Michigan, '89 2nd round Open Draft pick)
    Cedric Figaro 
    African Grant*
    Jason Johnson
    Joe Johnson (FA)
    George Little ('85 5th round Open Draft Oakland, rights trade for 9th round pick '89)
    Rod Lossow*
    Tom Rehder  
    Jeff Smith (FA, rights trade w/Baltimore)
    Chris Spielman (1st round Open Draft)
    Tom Tupa (3rd round Open Draft)
    Gerald Abraham*
    David Archer (9th round Open Draft '84)
    J.J Birden*
    Brett Farynairz (9th round Open Draft)
    Bobby Micho (trade w/Houston, 6th round Open Draft pick)
    Tony Sargent*
    David Tate*
    Brian Washington (1st round Open Draft)
    Carry over: Steve Bartalo, Pete Najaran
    George LaFrance (FA)
    Avon Riley 
    Thurman Thomas (rights trade w/Oklahoma)
    Randy Thornton
    Dwight Walker (FA)
    Marcus Cotton
    Greg Coauette
    Dave DesRouchers
    Vince Evans (FA)
    Mel Farr Jr.
    Kani Kauahi 
    Lionel Manuel (trade w/New Jersey)
    Al Noga (1st round Open Draft) 
    Ken Norton Jr.
    John Brantley*
    Wes Chandler 
    Bernard Ford (rights trade w/Tampa Bay)
    Jimmie Giles
    Freddie Gilbert (‘84 territorial selection)
    Tony Jones* (4th round Open Draft)
    Nat Moore
    Lars Tate
    Carry over: Tracy Ham, Greg Lloyd
    Bubba Baker (FA)
    Quinn Early (rights trade w/Chicago, future considerations) 
    Jumbo Elliott 
    Rickey Foggie (4th round Open Draft) 
    Aatron Kenney(18th round Open Draft) 
    Todd Krum
    Jamie Morris
    Rich Strenger (‘83 territorial pick)
    Eric Truvillion (FA) 
    Brad Beckman (4th round Open Draft) 
    Jeff Cross (1st round Open Draft)
    Chris Gaines
    Harry Galbreath
    Thane Gash* 
    William Howard 
    Anthony Miller
    Randall Morris (‘84 territorial selection)
    Carl Parker*
    Ed Rubbert (rights trade w/New Jersey for '89 3rd round Open Draft pick) 
    Vinson Smith (5th round Open Draft)

    New Jersey 
    Vince Courville (FA)
    Pat Davis
    Paul Frase* 
    Darren Flutie 
    Ted Gregory 
    Gordie Lockbaum
    Joe Klecko (FA) 
    Don McPherson
    Eric Naposki
    Bill Romanowski
    Bernie Ruoff 
    Danny Walters (FA, '84 territorial selection)
    Carry over: Scott Merserau
    New Orleans
    Eric Andolesk
    Kevin Guidry
    Ezra Johnson 
    Sammy Martin 
    Stacey Mobley ('87 territorial pick)
    Rufus Porter*
    Stan Humphries* 
    Bennie Thompson ('86 territorial draft)
    Deatrich Wise*
    Sherman Cocroft ('84 territorial pick)
    Vincent Gamanche (FA) 
    Ken Henry* (11th round Open Draft)
    Tony Hill #47
    John Robert Holland
    David Lewis (‘84 territorial selection) #86
    Keith McCoy* #40
    Sean McNanie (‘84 territorial selection)
    Mike Oliphant #7 (1st round Open Draft)
    Yepi Pau'u
    Mike Perez
    Sean Raquet (‘84 territorial selection) 
    James Saxon #20
    Chris Verhulst
    Mike Withycombe*
    Lydell Carr
    Donnie Dee
    Erik McMillian (1st round Open Draft, via Houston)
    Mike Norseth ('86 territorial pick)
    Jon Phillips
    Darrell Reed
    Caesar Rentie
    Clayton Weishuhn (FA)
    Ronnie Williams
    Mike Alexander 
    Teryl Austin* CB
    Stan Clayton*
    Danny Copeland (3rd round Open Draft)
    Cecil Fletcher
    Craig Hayward
    Mike Merriweather (contract jump)
    Gary Mullen ('85 territorial pick)
    Brent Novolesky* (21st round Open Draft)
    John Shannon (5th round Open Draft)
    John Talley

    San Antonio 
    Chet Brooks
    Reggie Camp ('83 Oakland territorial pick, rights trade) 
    Louis Cheek
    Herman Fontenot (trade w/New Jersey)
    Irving Fryar (trade w/Chicago) 
    James Jefferson (FA, '86 territorial pick)
    Paul Jetton (rights trade w/Oklahoma via Houston) 
    Mack Moore 
    Joel Porter
    Ed Williams ('84 territorial pick) 
    Carry over: Larry Kelm, Kevin Murray
    Tampa Bay 
    Kerwin Bell* (rights trade w/Jacksonville)
    Mike Clendenen (rights trade w/Houston)
    Danny McManus
    Brian Blades
    Mel Bratton
    Corris Ervin
    Jeff Feagles
    John Ionata (‘86 territorial pick) 
    George Mira Jr.
    Dave Puzzoli ('83 8th round Open Draft) 
    Alfredo Roberts 
    Danny Stubbs 
    Michael Brim 
    Greg Davis (‘87 territorial pick) 
    Dwayne Harper 
    Willie Lee Broughton (rights trade w/Tampa Bay, future considerations)
    Kenny Gamble (3rd round Open Draft)
    Roy Hart
    Mike Hinnant (preseason trade w/Baltimore for a 6th round pick in '89)
    Kyle Mackey (trade w/New Orleans)
    Victor Jones 
    Mark Royals (FA)
    *Will appear in a future hack



  5. USFL '87: The Ballad of Brian Bosworth

    A continuation of my hypothetical USFL series. Narrative up soon and in pieces. 
    Player placement is based on collegiate territory research, polling, and some hypotheticals. Number re-arrangements for NFL vets based as closely as possible on that player's number in college. Veterans also based on researching preseason NFL transactions and contemporary trade/cut/signing rumors for a little what-if stuff.
    This hack uses Buck's "Juice Helper" so it is challenging, though I also modified offensive stats--high pass control, receptions--to keep the frenzied "USFL" feel. 
    If you wish to vote on future player placements, follow me on Twitter (@Tombor13). 
    I apologize for the delay. 
    -7 minute quarters
    -Stats after every quarter
    -Wedge Returns
    -Directional Punting
    -Graphic Tweaks, including funky end zones 
    -Stat Tweaks
    -Sim Data Tweaks
    -Offensive Formation Tweaks 
    -3 team, 3 Division Structure
    -12 teams make playoffs (as opposed to original 8 teams)
    -18 game, locked, custom schedule
    -All Pro: '87 All-NFL Vs. '87 All-USFL (I had to make modifications: if an All-Pro is in the USFL, they were replaced by an all-conference or Pro Bowler) 
    Transactions/Roster Edits:
    *New Jersey trades rights to Kelvin Martin (NFL), Scott Schwedes (signed), Steve Trapilo (signed), and '87 and '88 Open Draft 1st round picks to Oklahoma for rights to Brian Bosworth (10 years, $15 million). The '87 pick is via Chicago, completing compensation for Keith Byars signing in '86. 
    *Pittsburgh trades their 9th round selection  to New Jersey per arbitrator ruling after the Maulers signed Joe Shield.
    *Memphis trades rights to Walter Lewis and Dwight Stone to Birmingham for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks in the '88 Open Draft; one territorial selection. 
    *Oklahoma trades an 11th round Open Draft pick to Memphis for rights to Clyde Duncan per arbitrator ruling.
    *Denver trades 16th and 18th round Open Draft picks to Houston for rights to Rick McIvor. Deal completed to avoid arbitration. 
    *San Antonio trades James Hadnot (cut in training camp), 5th, 8th, and 12th round picks to Washington for rights to Ethan Horton per arbitrator decision; Washington request for a 2nd round pick denied. 
    *Houston trades 4th round open draft pick to Washington for rights to Calvin Daniels per arbitrator decision; Washington request for a 1st round pick denied.
    *Denver trades Stan Blinka to Oklahoma for a 6th round Open Draft pick in '88.
    *Los Angeles trades Darrell Patillo to Baltimore for a 5th round Open Draft pick in '88. 
    *San Antonio trades 13th round '88 Open Draft pick to Los Angeles for rights to Gary Moten. 
    Roster Additions:
    David Adams*
    Jon Horton
    Danny Lockett
    Dan Saleaumuna*
    Jeff Van Raaphorst
    Darren Willis
    Alvin Blount
    Michael Clemons (2nd round Open Draft)
    Chuck Faucette
    Rich Gannon
    Tommie Agee 
    Howard Ballard*
    Cornelius Bennett
    Lewis Colbert
    Keith McKeller
    Freddie Robinson #10
    Mike Shula*
    Dwight Stone (4th round Open Draft)
    John Carney 
    Curtis Duncan 
    Les Miller* (3rd round Open Draft)
    Todd Peat*
    Ray Wallace
    Frank Winters
    Steve Alvord
    Steve Bartalo*
    Tyrone Braxton
    Jeff Criswell (17th round Open Draft)
    Jon Embree
    Merrill Hoge
    Lakei Heimuli
    Frankie Neal (1st round Open Draft)
    Pete Najarian* (11th round Open Draft)
    Ed Simmons (2nd round Open Draft)
    Al Smith 
    Kevin Willhite (19th round Open Draft)
    Jerry Ball 
    Ray Berry
    Thomas Everett
    Donald Narcisse 
    Derrick Macadoo
    Matt Stevens (9th round Open Draft)
    Tracy Ham*
    Kirby Jackson (2nd round Open Draft) 
    Greg Lloyd*
    Ricky Nattiel
    Jesse Tuggle
    Rick Finney (5th round Open Draft)
    Charles Lockett
    Tim McDonald
    Christian Okoye
    Tony Burse
    Jimmy Clinkscales
    Enis Jackson*
    Wayne Haddix* (17th round Open Draft)
    Tony Robinson
    Elbert Shelley*
    Daryle Smtih*
    Theo Young*
    Doug DuBose (22nd round Open Draft)
    New Jersey
    Walter Briggs*
    Brian Bosworth (rights trade w/Oklahoma)
    Cris Carter
    Scott Merserau*
    Ed Rubbert* (8th round Open Draft)
    Tyronne Stowe*
    Harry Swayne
    New Orleans
    Milton Barney 
    Joe Caravello
    Mark Carrier
    Willie Fears
    Patrick Scott*
    Ronald Scott
    Henry Thomas
    Toi Cook
    David Diaz-Infante
    Kevin Gogan
    Lorenzo Lynch*
    Hardy Nickerson
    Gene Taylor
    John Clay (1st round Open Draft via NJ) ('87 Raiders)
    Tim Gordon*
    Andrew Jackson (15th round Open Draft) 
    Robert Mimbs*
    Scott Schwedes (New Jersey rights, Boz trade) 
    Derrick Shepard 
    Steve Trapilo (New Jersey rights, Boz trade)
    Tom Brown 
    Cornell Burbage (3rd round Open Draft)
    Mitch Frerotte
    Ray Isom
    Mancia Massimo
    John Settle (2nd round Open Draft)
    San Antonio
    Ron Bernstine 
    David Caldwell (rights trade w/Houston, future considerations)
    Sammy Garza 
    Larry Kelm*
    Kevin Murray* (signed post NFL Draft)
    Eugene Seale
    Tampa Bay
    Eddie Hunter (10th round Open Draft pick)
    Dan Sileo
    Jeff Zimmerman (rights trade w/Jacksonville, future considerations) 
    James Brim 
    Robert Clark*
    Kenny Flowers 
    Don Majkowski 
    Mike Junkin 
    USFL Transactions Free Agency/Trades/Listing Acquisition
    Kim Bokemper
    Trent Bryant
    Earl Cooper
    John Harris 
    Howard Richards  
    Stefon Adams ('85 territorial pick)
    Tyrone Anthony ('84 territorial pick)
    Marvin Harvey
    David Martin 
    Mike McCloskey (‘83 territorial pick) 
    Darrell Pattillo (trade w/LA for 5th round '88 Open Draft pick)
    John Fourcade
    Walter Lewis (trade w/Memphis for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round '88 Open Draft picks)
    Junior Miller
    Virgil Seay 
    Ken Woodard
    Owen Gill ('85 territorial pick)
    Gary Ellerson ('86 territorial pick)
    Mel Jenkins
    Rick McIvor 
    Rodney Bellinger 
    George Cumby
    Calvin Daniels
    Marvin Powell
    Al Richardson
    Adam Schriber (‘84 territorial pick) 
    Jason Stauvosky (rights swap w/Oklahoma, future considerations)
    Charles Alexander #4 ('83 Bengals)
    Bobby Duckworth
    Mike Rozier
    Turk Schonert 
    Keith Browner ('84 territorial pick)
    Steve Busick
    Craig Ellis 
    Paul McDonald #16
    Timmie Ware #19 ('85 territorial pick) 
    Jimmy Colquitt
    Allama Matthews
    Calvin Muhammad
    Brad White 
    Van Williams
    Doug Marsh
    Eugene Marve
    Rick Massie 
    Joe Morris
    Butch Wolfork
    New Jersey 
    Paul Coffman
    Joe Dufek
    Garcia Lane
    Jeff Rohrer
    Mike Siano (‘86 territorial pick) 
    New Orleans
    Jerry Gordon 
    Kyle Mackey
    Clyde Glover ('84 territorial pick)
    Alvin Hall 
    Earnest Jackson ('83 9th round Open Draft pick)
    Clint Sampson 
    Byron Smith ('84 territorial pick)
    Ted Watts
    Jim Zorn 
    Stan Blinka
    Gordon Brown ('86 territorial pick)
    Clyde Duncan
    Dennis Fowlkes 
    Ralph Giacomarro 
    Bernard Henry
    Joe Shield 
    Larry Station (rights trade w/Chicago, future considerations)
    San Antonio
    Paul Allegre 
    Keith Baldwin
    Pat Franklin (‘86 territorial pick)
    Ethan Horton
    Lam Jones
    Gary Moten 
    James Noble ('86 territorial pick) 
    Buzz Sawyer ('85 territorial pick)
    Tampa Bay
    Greg Allen ('85 territorial pick)
    Chip Banks 
    Harvey Clayton ('83 territorial pick) 
    Jackie Flowers
    Kevin Ingram
    Florian Kempf 
    Dexter Manley
    Jim Miller
    Bob Niziolinek
    Joel Williams 
    Charles Bowser
    Lynn Dickey
    Jeff Hayes
    Dan Banish (‘83 territorial pick) 
    Reggie Pleasant ('85 territorial pick)

    *USFL '88 or future hack



  6. USFL '86: Shadow Market

    A continuation of my hypothetical USFL series. Narrative up soon. 
    -7 minute quarters
    -Stats after every quarter
    -Wedge Returns
    -Directional Punting
    -Graphic Tweaks, including funky end zones 
    -Stat Tweaks
    -Sim Data Tweaks
    -Offensive Formation Tweaks 
    -3 team, 3 Division Structure
    -12 teams make playoffs (as opposed to original 8 teams)
    -18 game, locked, custom schedule
    -All Pro: '86 All-NFL Vs. '86 All-USFL (I had to make modifications: Dennis Gentry, Bobby Joe Edmonds, and Tim McGee all made ALL-NFL as Special Teams Players; some other modifications based on ALL-AFC or ALL-NFC) 
    Player allocation was based on a mix of the 1986 territorial and Open Drafts, narrative flourishes, and '85 NFL final cuts. In terms of NFL player cuts: I placed players based on their USFL draft status or regional proximity of their college or through research. 
    '86 territorial rights/Open Draft
    Phil Freeman
    Greg Baty (rights trade w/Oakland)
    Paul Godbey*
    Max Zandejas 
    Rich Badanjack 
    Todd Bowles 
    Tim Cofield 
    Stan Gelbaugh 
    J.D. Maarveld
    John Taylor 
    Jesse Bendross (‘84 territorial pick) 
    Carl Byrum
    Harold Hallman
    Willie Totten 
    Cap Boso 
    Keith Byars
    Jim Everett
    Bobby Howard
    Devon Mitchell*
    Mike Busch  
    Rick Donnelly
    Dwayne Jiles 
    Glen Kozlowski 
    Vai Sikahema
    Eric Yarber
    Floyd Dixon 
    Rory Graves (rights acquired in Weddington "liquidation" trade w/New Jersey) 
    Brett Maxie*
    John Teltshick
    Reyna Thompson
    Eddie Anderson*
    Kent Austin (rights trade w/Birmingham, future considerations)
    Ray Criswell
    Alonzo Johnson (rights trade w/Tampa Bay for Alonzo Mitz)
    Pat Swilling ('86 or '87 Saints)
    Joe Cormier
    John Lee
    Erik Howard (completes '85 trade w/Oakland for rights to Damon Allen)
    Robert Jenkins*
    Allen Pitts
    James Pruitt
    Tony Baker
    Brian Blankenship ('86 open draft pick)
    Ravin Caldwell
    Don Griffin*
    Enis Jackson*
    Tim Harris
    Brad Cochran
    John Offerdahl
    Butch Rolle
    John Wojciechowski 
    New Jersey
    Gill Fenerty (3rd round open draft selection, pick acquired in Sam Bowers trade)
    Tim Green
    Mark Jackson (2nd round open draft pick)
    John Tagliaferri
    New Orleans
    Willie Gillus (15th round open draft pick)
    Dalton Hilliard
    Tank Landry
    Ronald Scott*
    Jackie Walker 
    Joe Kelly
    Rueben Mayes
    Junior Tautalatasi
    Tony Casillas
    Charles Crawford
    Rusty Hilger
    Kevin Murphy
    Willie Pless
    Chuck Banks
    Doug Marrone (4th round open draft pick) 
    Mike Zordich* 
    San Antonio
    Domingo Bryant
    Matt Darwin 
    Seth Joyner
    Larry Linne*
    Walter Murray (2nd round Open Draft)
    Anthony Toney
    Tampa Bay
    Jamie Dukes*
    Joe Dudek 
    Hassan Jones
    Alonzo Mitz (Jacksonville territorial pick, signed after cut)
    Orson Mobely
    Ricky Moore (rights acquired in trade w/Birmingham)
    Jesse Solomon
    Dino Hackett 
    Mike Haight (1st round Open Draft)
    Napoleon McCallum (rights acquired in trade w/Baltimore for Curtis Bledsoe)
    Henry Walls*
    *Will appear in future USFL Hack 
    Andre Francis (‘83 territorial pick) 
    Al Harris ('84 Bears)
    Jim Kovach ('83 or '84 Saints)
    Odis McKinney (‘81 Raiders)
    Art Still ('86 Chiefs)
    Eric Truvillion ('87 Lions)
    Curtis Bledsoe (trade w/Washington for  rights to Mark Kelso and Napoleon McCallum)
    James Burroughs
    Clarence Collins 
    Dave Dreschler ('83 territorial pick)
    Major Everett 
    Cornell Gowdy 
    Robert Brazile 
    Jeremiah Castille ('83 territorial pick)
    Bob Harris (‘83 territorial pick) 
    Mike Landrum ('84 Falcons)
    Malcolm Scott ('83 Giants or '87 Saints)
    Tron Armstrong ('84 3rd round open draft selection) 
    Todd Bell
    Tom Cousineau 
    Ted Petersen
    Gerald Small 
    Bob Thomas 
    Hasson Arbubakrr
    Wendell Cason ('85 22nd round open draft pick via Jacksonville, acquired in Hemphill/Turner trade)
    Chris Kołodziejski (‘84 territorial pick) 
    Larry Mason (trade w/Jacksonville for Daryl Hemphill, Calvin Turner, incul. cash, draft picks)
    Todd Shell 
    Byron Williams
    Danny Knight
    Bobby Micho ('84 territorial pick)
    Allen Rice ('84 territorial pick)
    Jimmy Teal ('85 territorial pick)
    Mike Weddington (trade w/New Jersey for Kiki DeAyala, Ricky Sanders, and Hosea Taylor)
    Mike Whitwell
    Carl Aikens (part of Evans trade)
    Vince Evans (trade w/Chicago for '88 and '89 1st round open draft picks and Carl Aikens)
    Daryl Hemphill (trade w/Denver for Larry Mason, 2nd and 14th open round picks)
    Ken Jenkins ('85 Skins, check '82 Lions)
    Frank Middleton ('83 territorial pick by Tampa Bay, rights acquired in trade)
    Mike Pruitt
    Larry Swider
    Calvin Turner (part of Hemphill trade)
    Mark Bortz ('83 6th round open draft pick)
    Michael Harper ('84 territorial pick)
    John Hendy ('85 territorial pick)
    Bernard Quarles ('83 22nd round open draft pick)
    Kelly Thomas (‘83 territorial pick)
    Sam Bowers (trade w/New Jersey for '86 3rd round open pick (Gill Fenerty), '87 5th round open pick)
    Earnest Gray 
    Eddie Hill 
    Gary Hogeboom 
    Ross Browner 
    Bill Elko (rights acquired in trade w/Tampa Bay)
    Ron Springs
    Lawrence Ricks ('83 Territorial pick)
    New Jersey
    Kiki DeAyala
    Chas Fox ('85 6th round open draft pick)
    Russell Erxleben 
    Kris Haines
    Beasley Reece 
    Tommy Robison
    Jay Saldi
    Ricky Sanders 
    Hosea Taylor (trade w/Houston for Mike Weddington, Danny Knight, rights to Rory Graves, and '87 territorial pick)
    Richard Todd
    Reggie Wilkes
    New Orleans
    Perry Brooks
    Hokie Gajan 
    Gary Kowalski 
    Todd Leibenstein
    Herkie Walls 
    Cliff Benson ('85 1st round open draft pick)
    Greg Braclin
    Henry Ellard
    Neil Elshire 
    Emilie Harry ('85 territorial pick) 
    Jackie Flowers 
    Mike Lush (trade w/Baltimore for 2nd and 3rd round open draft picks '87)
    Mike Moroski 
    Vince Newsome 
    Dwaine Wilson
    Theotis Brown
    Duane Galloway 
    Louis Oubre 
    Stump Mitchell 
    Drew Pearson
    Willie Tullis 
    Uwe Von Schumann
    Less Browne 
    Julius Dawkins
    Scott Fitzkee
    Guy Fraizer
    Tom Orosz 
    Don Smith
    Leo Wisniewski
    Dirt Winston
    San Antonio
    Greg Bingham
    Bruce Davis ('85 territorial pick)
    Doug Dawson ('84 territorial pick)
    George Farmer
    Paul Johns
    Ronnie Paggett (trade w/Birmingham for 9th and 14th round '87 open picks)
    Tampa Bay
    Ray Alexander
    Warren Bryant 
    Alphonso Carraker ("trade" w/Green Bay for Mike Butler) 
    Putt Choate
    Speedy Neal
    Marcus Quinn (trade w/Oakland)
    K.D. Dunn ('85 territorial pick)
    Kelvin Edwards*
    Bubba Green 
    Homer Jordan ('83 territorial pick)
    Mark Kelso ('85 6th round open pick by Baltimore, rights trade as part of Bledsoe deal)
    William Perry ('85 territorial pick)
    R.C. Thielemann 
    Tommy Vigorito 



  7. USFL '85: Nasty War

    'USFL '85: Nasty War 
    A continuation of my USFL Project, this is a "hypothetical" season that features all 18 clubs from '84, with some modifications to rosters. 
    -7 minute quarters
    -Stats after every quarter
    -Wedge Returns
    -Directional Punting
    -Formation Experimentations
    -Graphic Tweaks, including funky end zones (watching USFL games I came to admire how bad the end zones often looked)
    -Stat Tweaks
    -Sim Data Tweaks
    -Offensive Formation Tweaks 
    -3 team, 3 Division Structure
    -12 teams make playoffs (as opposed to original 8 teams)
    -18 game, locked, '85 schedule
    -All Pro: '85 All-NFL Vs. '85 All-USFL in Vanilla (Gerald Riggs replaces Eric Dickerson on NFL All-Pros)
    -As the four clubs that folded/merged are returning, '85 territorial lists returned to their general '84 designations, and new players were redistributed. The imagined '85 rosters of the Blitz, Maulers, Outlaws, and Panthers generally resemble their '84 assemblies, though I did take liberties and retained players. This meant the surviving clubs had to be reworked. I tried to keep these "realistic" by filling gaps with actual territorial selections or by doing research into near-miss signings. Dickerson, for instance, did consider an offer from the Wranglers in '83 and used the league as leverage for negotiations in '85. 
    -These rosters are continued from my reimagined '84 roster. If you want accuracy, an NFL and USFL '85 hack by Buck on TBorg has real-life rosters and some cool graphics. 
    The schedule is an adaptation of the original '84--I flipped interdivisional and conference hosts, but they are the same "pattern"; I did shuffle the weeks around to avoid the same schedule. If I can get to an '86, maybe I can make one that swaps inter-conference and inter-divisional matchups.
    Territorial and Open Draft Picks
    *Year denotes their territorial selection; unmarked players were territorial or Open Draft selections in ‘85 unless noted. 
    Ron Brown ('84)
    Randall Cunningham
    Rickey Hunley ('84)
    Vernon Maxwell ('83)
    Rick Mallory ('84)
    Pete Mandley (‘84)
    Rich Moran 
    Vance Johnson 
    Lionel Vital 
    Troy Benson ('85 Maulers territorial pick, traded for Mike Johnson, imagined)
    Al Del Greco
    Kevin Greene 
    Paul Ott Carruth 
    Emmanuel King 
    Freddie Joe Nunn 
    Jerry Rice
    Carl Aikens ('84)
    Dwight Beverly ('84)
    Bobby Bell Jr. ('84)
    Mitchell Brookins ('84)
    Mike Burgereau (‘84)
    Jeff Dellenbach
    Babe Laufenberg ('83)
    Alex Moyer
    Ken Stills
    Stacey Toran ('84)
    Al Toon 
    Dan Turk 
    Joe Walter
    Rich Miano
    Frank Bush
    Damian Johnson*
    Robert Lavette
    A.V. Richards*
    Gary Wilkins
    Ray Childress
    Jeff Fuller (‘84)
    Raphel Cherry
    Los Angeles 
    Duane Bickett
    Tiger Greene
    Herman Hunter 
    Fuad Reviz 
    Chris Scott ('84)
    Gizmo Williams 
    Carl Zander 
    Carl Banks ('84)
    Mike Green ('83)
    Ali Haji-Sheikh (‘83) 
    Paul Skansi ('83)
    Steve Smith ('84)
    Daryl Turner ('84)
    Lonnie Young 
    New Jersey
    Steve DeOssie
    Lionel Emmanuel ('84 LA territorial pick, imagined trade w/LA)
    Herman Fontenot 
    Doug Flutie
    Eugene Robinson 
    New Orleans
    Bud Brown 
    Dino Hall
    Calvin Magee*
    Eric Martin
    Lance Smith
    Elton Veals ('84)
    Damon Allen (imagined rights trade w/LA)
    Bo Eason ('84)
    Damone Johnson
    Reggie Langhorne 
    Tom Neville
    Ron Rivera (‘84)
    Tom Toth 
    Dokie Williams (‘83)
    Tom Benson ('84)
    Scott Case ('84)
    John Goode ('84)
    Jamie Harris
    Rodney Harding 
    Shawn Jones 
    Kevin Murphy
    Terry Orr (imagined rights trade w/San Antonio)
    Dwight Collins ('84)
    Chris Doleman 
    Willie Drewery 
    Tom Flynn ('84)
    Bill Fralic
    John Frank ('84)
    Mike Johnson ('84 territorial pick, signed w/Baltimore, imagined trade w/Baltimore for rights to Troy Benson)
    Tony Paige ('84)
    Doug Strang 
    Ron Wolfley 
    San Antonio
    Danny Bradley (imagined rights trade w/Oklahoma for Terry Orr, though an actual territorial selection in ‘85)
    Alan Veingrad
    Tampa Bay 
    Eddie Brown 
    Steve Calabria (NJ territorial pick, imagined traded to Bandits though Jim Bassett claimed to sign him in '85)
    George Adams
    Louis Cooper
    Mike Golic
    Willie Joyner ('84)
    Lester Lyles 
    Bob Olderman
    Andre Reed 
    Chris Washington ('84)
    Free Agency/Veteran Transactions/Returning from ‘84 What-If Hack
    Eric Dickerson
    Ronnie Lott (1-year deal offered during hold-out)
    Irving Fryar
    Walter Payton
    John Grimsley
    Prince McJunkins
    Billy Sims
    Deron Cherry (imagined)
    Brian Sipe (trade w/New Jersey for draft pick)
    Reggie Brown (played '83, appeared in one game in '84, stays w/LA for '85, imagined)
    Anthony Allen (trade w/LA before club folded) 
    New Jersey
    Mark May (imagined but offered)
    Randy White (imagined but offered)
    New Orleans
    EJ Junior
    Johnny Meads
    Alan Risher (trade w/Arizona, imagined)
    Greg Kragen
    Darrol Ray (nearly signed for '85 back in '83)
    J.C. Watts (expressed interest, rights held by NJ)
    Jeff Hostetler (offered in '84)
    Russ Grimm (offered in '84)
    San Antonio
    Earl Campbell (offered in '83)
    Tampa Bay
    Cris Collinsworth (signed to start playing in '85)
    Wilber Marshall
    Boomer Esaison 
    *Will appear in a future USFL Hack



  8. USFL '84: Kings of Spring

    USFL '84: Kings of Spring
    -7 minute quarters
    -Stats after every quarter
    -Wedge Returns
    -Directional Punting
    -Run and Shoot formation for Houston
    -What If Players
    -'84 Rosters as close as possible (there were a lot of midseason trades, so I tried to place players on rosters where they made more appearances)
    -New Orleans Breakers
    -Graphic Tweaks, including funky end zones (watching USFL games I came to admire how bad the end zones often looked)
    -Stat Tweaks
    -3 team, 3 Division Structure
    -12 teams make playoffs (as opposed to original 8 teams)
    -18 game, locked, '84 schedule
    -All Pro: '84 All-NFL Vs. '84 All-USFL in Vanilla (slightly modified in What If--All-AFC Freeman McNeil replaces Payton)
    Built off the legendary USFL-WLAF hack by jstout and Denny, this rom features the '84 USFL teams, schedule, and rosters, along with a few wrinkles.
    This rom was tricky as I am still new to this. I looked to TheRaja's TFO rom for some structure. Clubs are split into three, 3-team divisions. The schedule is '84's, so clubs still have the same division matchups. I tried to order games as close as possible to their original times and distributions, as USFL clubs played Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday every week. This still got a little murky in the middle, but all schedules are as accurate as possible.
    This rom maintains TSB's playoff structure as well--six get in from each conference as opposed to the original 4, but, honestly, I wondered why the league didn't go with 6 just from a marketing standpoint. You got a new league with new teams, why not show them all off, a la the NHL? Once I get better at this stuff, I will edit down to a 4 team playoff.
    Jstout's and Denny's hack was invaluable--they did the art and logos. I did make some light edits to the helmets and logos--several clubs had "triple stripe" helmets, so I shifted them to the "40" code designation, with the exception of the Maulers, whose logo is placed in the Rams making that too difficult. I changed the Feds' big helmet to reflect the switch to silver in '84 and I edited the Blitz's and Star's logos just a little bit. I also took a crack at the midfield and end zone graphics. 
    Special thanks to USFLFan (@VUSFL2018 on Twitter) for providing invaluable knowledge on the what-if roster changes. Reading about some of the league's near-miss signings inspired me to take this on; @VUSFL2018's Virtual USFL project provided a great guide and framework. 
    There are two versions of this rom:
    Vanilla--the more I experimented with rosters, the more I realized I needed some balance. Vanilla has more accurate rosters. 
    What If Edit--this is the counterfactual version, a little harder (not super juiced, but all clubs start 2-0 in terms of difficulty). This includes the "What If" Rosters.
    Note non-TSB players: as this is an edit, and if you are playing TSB for the first time, this rom lacks the 2-point conversion implemented in USFL. Also, no touchbacks on kick-offs.
    The Read Me includes a partial narrative and explains roster placements. 



  9. Tecmo Grey Cup 2020: Lost Season

    I updated the 2020 rosters as best as possible back in the fall, in order to play the 2020 CFL season even though we lost it. Updated rosters as best I could, changed the Esks name to "Empire."



  10. The Age of Vinny and the End of History: NFL '88, HOT WAR

    '88, Hot War 
    A continuation of the Age of Vinny narrative and hacks. The Narrative is available in the read-me. 
    Labor issues have been resolved partially through a "Plan B" system in the face of pressure from a reconstituted USFL and, potentially, a new league in the Soviet Union as their "reconstruction" barrels down on U.S. Hegemony. The Cardinals have survived a relocation bid to Phoenix, after St. Louis' revolutionary council exerts control, making the club a public utility, possibly tying them to the plastic and concrete surface of Busch Stadium forever. Dan Fouts and Walter Payton, through new medical techniques, come out of brief retirements to chase that ring with San Fran and Chicago. Can the Browns three-peat? Can Vinny and Eric Dickerson breakthrough? Can Doug Williams deliver for the Raiders? Neil Lomax for Big Red?
    Hacks are built on roms in 1970-1994 pack and USFL-WAFL hack. 
    *7 minute quarters
    *Wedge Formation on Kick Returns
    *Locked schedule
    *Stats after every quarter 
    *2nd uniform edits 
    *More USFL Players
    *1988 Re-draft 
    *Fouts signs with 49ers; Payton signs with Saints, other additions, both imagined and "what if?" (check out the narrative)  
    *Back in the league: Gabriel Rivera 
    *Back from the dead: Joe Delaney, David Overstreet
    *Saved States for .fcs based on narrative season
    *Results from narrative season (file is huge! watch out)
    1988 NFL Draft
    -Raiders get Rams and Niners picks (3)
    -Rams get Colts pick
    -Buffalo and Seattle will select in first round
    -Bears get Washington pick (2)

    Detroit (1-15) Neil Smith
    Cincinnati (3-13) Thurman Thomas
    Buffalo (3-12-1) Ken Norton Jr.
    Atlanta (4-12) Randall McDaniel
    Kansas City (4-12) Bennie Blades
    Giants (6-10) John Gruber
    New England (6-10) Craig Hayward
    Pittsburgh (6-10) Aundray Bruce
    Dallas (6-10) Brian Blades
    Green Bay (6-10) Sterling Sharpe
    San Diego (7-9) Anthony Miller
    Washington (7-9) (Wilber Marshall) → Chicago Tim Brown
    Rams (7-9) (Everett trade in '85, Sean Jones to Houston) → Raiders --> Michael Irvin
    Chicago (7-9) John Stephenson
    Philadelphia (9-7) Keith Jackson
    Jets (9-7) Ken Harvey
    Denver (9-7) Chuck Cecil
    San Francisco (9-7) → Raiders --> Terry McDaniel (Dokie Williams, bunch of picks)
    Seattle (10-6) Rufus Porter
    Houston (10-6) Jeff Cross
    Indianapolis (10-5-1) → Rams Eric Allen
    Miami (10-6) Trade → Detroit --> Ricky Dixon (Eric Williams and 3rd Rounder in '88, 7th and 9th rounder '89)
    Minnesota (11-5) Jumbo Elliot
    New Orleans (11-5) John Hasty
    Tampa Bay (12-4) Dermonti Dawson
    Cleveland (13-3) Bill Romanowski
    Raiders (13-3) Scott Davis
    St. Louis (14-2) Chris Spielman
    2nd rounders of note (Running Back roulette)
    Tampa -- Pierce Holt
    Houston -- Icky Woods
    Buffalo -- Lorenzo White
    Kansas City -- Brad Muster
    Giants -- Gaston Green
    Seattle -- Wendall Davis
    Pittsburgh -- Jarvis Williams
    3rd round
    Giants -- Eric Moore
    Cleveland -- William Dean Perry
    Miami -- Eric Kumerow (from Lions)
    4th round
    Cincinnati -- Tom Tupa
    5th round
    Houston -- Chris Dishman
    Rams -- Lars Tate
    New England -- Chris Chandler
    7th round
    Rams -- Aaron Cox (never signs, USFL)
    (Some draft picks may not be in this particular hack) 
    I have a blog with narrative chunks up (http://ageofvinny.blogspot.com), though it has been very difficult finding time to throw narrative pieces up. They are all here, though, in the read.me. Twitter: @Tombor13 to follow along for week by week results. 



  11. Tombor's Tecmo Theatre: '87, The Age of Vinny and the End of History

    Continuing from '86, this '87 rom hack is more robust and establishes a larger project narrative, an alternate history I hope to continue. 
    '87 Redraft:*
    Colts (2-14) Vinny Testaverde Oilers (2-14) Cornelius Bennett Cowboys (3-13) Brian Bosworth Packers (4-12) Alonzo Highsmith Eagles (5-11) Jerome Brown Niners from (Chiefs (5-11) Christian Okoye Patriots (6-10) Bruce Armstrong Bucs (6-10) Greg Lloyd Bills (7-9) Shane Conlan Raiders (7-9) Hardy Nickerson Saints (7-9) Shane Knight Vikings (8-8) Brent Fullwood Seahawks (8-8) Tyrone Braxton Lions (8-8) Jerry Ball Broncos (8-8) Ricky Nattiel Bears (8-8) Steve Beuerlein Chiefs (5-11 from Niners (8-7-1) + Joe Cribbs) Harris Barton Browns (15-1) Rod Woodson Steelers (10-6) Jason Bosa Falcons (10-6) Jim Harbaugh Giants (10-6) Mark Ingram Bengals (10-6) Danny Noonan Oilers (from Rams (10-6) dating back to ’85 Jim Everett trade) Haywood Jeffries Jets (11-5) DJ Dozier Redskins (11-5) Tony Woods Dolphins (12-4) Thomas Everett Cardinals (12-3-1) Tim McDonald Chargers (10-6) Ed Simmons (from Browns + Chip Banks)  
    -Based on 1987 full season hack
    -Custom edits following progression of NFL’ 86: Lost USFLers rom season, including hypothetical trades (some based on real “what if?” moves*, others based on experiment),
    -1st round redraft based on narrative and other sources (see read me)
    -Inclusion of notably absent rookies (Cris Carter, Alonzo Highsmith, Greg Lloyd, Hardy Nickerson, Jim Harbaugh, Haywood Jeffries, Tommie Agee, Jessie Tuggle, and more)
    -Restored players cut in favor of replacement players from ‘87 in some cases.
    -added more exceptional USFL players (Ernest Anderson, Putt Choate, Chuck Clanton, John Corker, Kiki DeAyala, Greg Fields, Jackie Flowers, Pat Phenix, Mark Keel, Ken Lacy, Bruce Thornton, Marcus Marek, and others) often replacing scabs not on final ‘87 rosters or filling in gaps from first round redraft.
    -Back from the dead: Joe Delaney and David Overstreet return to the league after sojourns in the USFL and CFL
    -7 minute quarters
    -Stats after every quarter
    -Wedge formation on kickoffs
    -2nd Uniform edits (feel free to provide suggestions):
    1. Orange jersey blue helmets and pants for Bears (sort of look like Broncos but a darker shade)
    2. gold jersey/red pants for Chiefs
    3. Chargers get yellow helmet and gold pants
    4. Yellow helmet and pants, red jerseys for Washington
    5. Carolina blue-ish for Cardinals
    6. Red helmets and black jerseys for Falcons (resembles ‘66 uniforms)
    7. Second uni double-greens, double-purples, and double-blues for Jets, Vikings, and Giants (experiment)
    8. Silver pants/helmets and green jerseys for Eagles (closer approximation to the uni from this era—the pants were the thing).
    9. Light Red/pink helmet and pants, blue jersey 1st for Bills
    Included in this file:
    -’87 Age of Vinny Rom
    -Save State for up to Week 15 of ’86 (Rom available on Tecmobowl.org)
    -Save State for up to end of regular season of ‘86 (.fcs)
    -Save State for very end of '86 season (.fcs)
    -Save State for ’87 with “locked”-in schedule (schedule shouldn’t randomize) (.fcs)
    *Agee and Lloyd both missed their rookie seasons due to injury, but not in this timeline--they are a little beefed up as their stats are based on '89 and '90, but that should even out in further rom edits (the computer rarely plays Agee anyway, unless Warner gets injured--he's good, but not great either so I have not seen any game imbalance). Collins, Knight, Woods, McDonald, and Braxton do not appear in this rom (Braxton and will appear in '88, filling in for the retired Kenny Easley, McDonald will in for Leonard Smith, and Woods will fill in for Butz, who has been "retired" from this rom in favor of Matt Millen; for details, check out the read me). 
    **Doug Williams to the Raiders in '87 nearly happened, but Gibbs kiboshed because he felt he needed a veteran back-up for Schroeder; the Dickerson trade happens but under different contexts. 



  12. Tombor's Tecmo Theatre: '86, Lost USFLers

    This rom is a mild edit of the already fantastic 1986 season already available in the 1970-1994 pack. The '86 season is often forgotten for seeing another influx of standout USFL quarterbacks and stars into the league. This rom hopes to do two things: rectify the loss of a few standout USFL players due to TSB's technical limitations, while also providing a sort of "what if?" if these players saw more action.  
    Best to play this rom thinking the Dolphins win Super Bowl XX in this timeline (a 34-24 win against the Bears), and that a young, charismatic minor Communist Party official named Vasiliy Morenov has successfully emerged as General Secretary after a power struggle between the old Stalinists still hanging on and more scattershot liberalizers like Gorbachev, who was last seen organizing the new embassy in Benin. 
    Player stats were sourced from the excellent USFL-WLAF Rom and USFL-NFL Rom. Flutie's stats come from the 1988 season rom. All edits made in TSBTool (.091)
    Player additions/changes (realistic)
    Doug Flutie is the starting qb for the Bears--The Rams held Flutie's NFL rights but the Bears would trade for Flutie in October 86 after Jim McMahon's injury. Flutie started four games. He replaces Mike Tomzack here; this rom hypothesizes how would it play out if he was on the team the whole season (I am playing through 86 and they are 5-7). 
    Chuck Fusina is a backup qb for the Packers--The two USFL champion quarterback was a third-stringer for Packers in 86, making a few appearances. He is a solid quarterback and had a little left in the tank. Vince Ferragamo, after riding on the NFL hog for one good season, has retired to make his sickly sweet white wines.
    Reggie Collier is a backup qb for the Cowboys--Collier was one of a few USFL quarterbacks (Walter Lewis, who is included in this rom as well) who displayed the archetypal qualities of recent qbs--he was mobile with a good arm. The Cowboys had selected him in 83 and signed him after the USFL folded with the idea of developing him into a project qb. He made just 4 appearances, including one start. It could be really fun grouping Collier with Walker and Dorsett. Steve Pelluer is erased from history; Collier is a backup to Danny White, who got the Cowboys off to a 6-2 start before suffering a season ending injury. Collier throws like Steve Young. 
    Marcus Dupree is the #4 back for the Rams--The Rams held Dupree's rights in 1986, even after his devastating knee injury in week 1 of the 85 USFL season. Dupree here is more in his prime, and is slotted into the #4 slot. He is a really good kick returner and makes a formidable backfield with Dickerson. 
    Player Changes/Edits (Speculative)
    Walter Lewis is the backup qb for the Falcons--Walter Lewis never played in the NFL after his USFL career with the Showboats (he spent '86 as a backup with Montreal of the CFL), but he was a more successful Collier in the Small Potato league and pretty fun. He is also wreckless--in a game against the Niners, I threw for 278 yards, 3 tds, but I also was intercepted by Ronnie Lott 5 times. He kind of plays like Steve Young but he seems faster than either of them. I put him on the Falcons due to geographic proximity (he played at Alabama in college) and their three receiver setup. Gerald Riggs was also a great multi-tooled running back that could gel with him. Backs up David Archer. 
    Brian Sipe is the backup qb for the Raiders--Frustrated by Marc Wilson's erratic play, and with Plunket injured in a week 4 loss to the Chargers, Davis brings in the 37 year old former NFL MVP and Generals and Bulls star; Sipe never suffers the career-ending injury that knocked him out of the 85 USFL season.  The Raiders sort of meander through 86, with Davis eyeing a possible move up the draft to get Vinny Testeverde. That he passed on Marino  in 83 still haunts him. 
    One non-USFL themed edit:
    Hugh Green is on the active roster of the 86 Dolphins--The Dolphin's best Linebracker through the late 80s and early 90s suffered a knee injury in week 2 of the 86 season (a 51-45 OT loss to the Jets). Because of his early move to the IR, the original 86 season rom does not include him. Green is restored with his excellent 85 stats. Got to defend that ring. 
    ROM Edits:
    I have added two edits via the Forum and TSBTool here:
    *7 minute quarters. This seems to alleviate, at least a little, the ramped-up difficulty that occurs late in the season and into the playoffs.  
    *Stat Screen after every quarter. 
    As a life-long Cleveland Browns fan, 86 is a bittersweet season as well; I was 5 when it happened, so I don't have a great memory of it, but I have been constantly reminded of The Drive. I highly recommend watching the Divisional Playoff against the Jets. It is on YouTube and it is fun as hell.
    [The creative elements in here--the Dolphins winning the SB in 85--are based on my play through of the 85 season with the two Rom Edits. I have lost the file, but if I recover it I will try to include it in an update. Some interesting details from memory that informed this hack:
    -The Bears finish 14-2, with both losses by a total margin of 2 points--a 20-19 loss to the Lions in Week 10 and a 22-21 loss to the Falcons in Week 13.
    -The Falcons and Jets both miss the playoffs due to massive late season meltdowns. Both clubs are 9-5 headed into Week 15, and both clubs would lose their final two games. The Jets are hammered by the two best defenses in the league: the lost to the Bears 19-7 in Week 15 and the Browns 34-14.
    The Falcons losses are more painful as both come in overtime: 30-27 to the Vikings in Week 15, 27-24 to the 2-14 Saints in Week 16.
    -The Chargers, Patriots, and Vikings all win their final 4 games to clinch spots on Week 16, each finishing 9-7, 9-7, and 10-6 respectively.
    -The Niners have the worse season ever for a reigning champ, going 5-10-1. 
    -The Chargers score 513 points, the most ever for an NFL team up to this period. 
    -Gerald Riggs breaks Eric Dickerson's rushing record, finishing with 2,325 yds and 26 TDs.
    -Riggs also sets the single game rushing yard record, with 24 carries for 318 yds against the Niners. 
    -Mike Quick becomes the first 2,000 yd receiver in NFL history with 2,042. He also catches 18 touchdowns.
    -Miami's Marks Brothers combine for over 3,000 yds receiving. Duper finishes with 1,519 yds; Clayton 1,483 
    -Dan Fouts breaks Marino's record for most TD passes in a season with 52.
    -Brian Brennan, in Week 12 against the Bengals, becomes the first player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game. They are the only touchdowns Cleveland scores in a 19-17 win. This victory captures the division. 
    -Division winner records:
    Miami (AFC East) 11-5
    Cleveland (AFC Central) 14-2
    Seattle (AFC West) 12-4
    Wild Card: Chargers (9-7), Patriots (9-7)
    St. Louis (NFC East, I have an affinity) 12-4
    Chicago (NFC Central) 14-2
    Los Angeles (NFC West) 10-6
    Wild Card: Minnesota (10-6), New York (9-7) 
    Wild Card games: San Diego 42, New England 21
                                    New York 20, Minnesota 0
    Divisional Playoff: Miami 51, Seattle 41 (with Curt Warner out, Randall Morris rushes for 293 yds and 3 tds in the loss) 
                                     Cleveland 28, San Diego 26
                                     St. Louis 27, Los Angeles 23 (Dickerson rushes for 252 yds and 2 tds, this game is called "The Fumble," as Dickerson fumbled the go ahead TD on the 2 yard line)
                                     Chicago 30, New York 24 OT (Bears lose Payton for the season early; Phil Simms is stripped in OT by Dan Hampton, Richard Dent recovers and returns fumble for winner)
    Championship Games: Miami 31, Cleveland 21 (Browns turnover ball 5 times, Kosar throws 4 picks)
                                              Chicago 35, St. Louis 24
    Super Bowl XX: Miami 34, Chicago 24 



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