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  1. 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 



  2. 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



  3. 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. 



  4. 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."



  5. 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. 



  6. 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. 



  7. 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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