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1983 USFL Season

By Patrick Mondout

The inaugural USFL regular season was dominated by the Philadelphia Stars, despite all the stars George Allen had signed in Chicago.

Each division winner plus one wildcard (the Chicago Blitz) qualified for the playoffs. Philadelphia barely survived a three overtime marathon against the Blitz before losing to Bobby Hebert and the Michigan Panthers in the Championship Game at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

1983 USFL Standings

PACIFIC W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Invaders 9 9 0 .500 319 317
Los Angeles Express 8 10 0 .444 296 370
Denver Gold 7 11 0 .389 284 304
Arizona Wranglers 4 14 0 .222 261 442
CENTRAL W L T PCT PF PA
Michigan Panthers  12 6 0 .667 451 337
Chicago Blitz 12 6 0 .667 456 271
Tampa Bay Bandits 11 7 0 .611 363 378
Birmingham Stallions 9 9 0 .500 343 326
ATLANTIC W L T PCT PF PA
Philadelphia Stars 15 3 0 .833 379 204
Boston Breakers 11 7 0 .611 399 334
New Jersey Generals 6 12 0 .333 314 443
Washington Federals 4 14 0 .222 297 442
Playoff teams in bold.

1983 By Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Playoffs Championship

  1983 DIVISIONAL  
  Philadelphia 44 Chicago 38 (OT)  
  Michigan 37 Oakland 21  
  USFL PLAYOFFS  
  1983 USFL  
  Michigan 24 Philadelphia 22  
  at Mile High Stadium  
  CHAMPIONSHIP  



USFL Bibliography
Books:
The $1 League: The Rise and Fall of the USFL by Jim Byrne
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1984
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1985
USFL Media Guides (each team published one each year)

Magazines:
Kickoff Magazine (published by league; 9 issues per year + playoffs; sold at games)
The Sporting News (regular coverage + special "preview" inserts)

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--Patrick Mondout



 


Herschel Walker was the big catch for the USFL in the 1983 season - as evidenced by this SI cover.


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