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CHICAGO BLITZ HISTORY
YEARS IN LEAGUE: 1983, 1984 OWNERS: Dr. Edward Diethrich, Willard Harris, George Allen(1983) Dr. James Hoffman(1984)
STADIUM: Solider Field (65,720) COLORS: Red, Blue, Silver, White
OVERALL REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 17-19 OVERALL PLAYOFF RECORD: 0-1 HEAD COACH(S) : George Allen(1983) Marv Levy(1984)
1983 STANDINGS: 12-6 1984 STANDINGS: 5-13 1983 AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 18,133 1984 AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 7,455
 Synopsis:
The Chicago Blitz, one of original twelve members of United States Football League. The Chicago Blitz had possible one of toughest challenges ahead of them in the USFL. With the Chicago Bears on the rise and with top players like Walter Payton, Richard Dent, and Steve McMichael, the Blitz organization had to fight with the Bears to get media attention. The best way possible would be to sign players like Wide Receiver Trumaine Johnson, Running Back Tim Spencer, Kevin Long, Quarterback Greg Landry, and Linebacker Stan White coached by former great NFL coach George Allen.

In 1983, with all these signings it looked like the Chicago Blitz would walk through the competition but competition in the league's toughest division the Central, it made the walk into dogfight. The Blitz won the division title on last day of season over the Michigan Panthers, knocking out Tampa Bay Bandits out of the playoffs. The Blitz took on the evidentially USFL champions the Philadelphia Stars. This time the Blitz was on the losing end in 44-38 overtime lost ending the Blitz season.

In the off-season, the owner of the Blitz, Dr. Diethrich who lived in Phoenix, where the Arizona Wranglers, play just outside of Phoenix. Possibly the strangest and mind boggling move of USFL, the owner of Arizona and the owner of Chicago, swapped teams and cities, keeping the franchises name. Dr. Jim Hoffman was the new owner of the Blitz, which was basically the 1983 Arizona Wranglers.

In 1984, new head coach Marv Levy, kept the Blitz competitive but no one really notice with the attendance falling thought the floor, it would only make sense to take a year off. Eddie Einhorn acquired the rights to a Chicago franchise following the collapse of the Blitz but chose not to field a team in 1985.

1983 Results   1984 Results    
at Washington
W
28-7
at Michigan
L
20-18
at Arizona
L
30-29
at Memphis
L
23-13
DENVER
L
16-13
HOUSTON
L
45-36
LOS ANGELES
W
20-14
OKLAHOMA
L
17-14
at Tampa Bay
W
42-3
at New Orleans
L
41-35 OT
BIRMINGHAM
W
22-11
at Washington
W
21-20
at Michigan
L
17-12
SAN ANTONIO
W
16-10
NEW JERSEY
W
17-14 OT
at Philadelphia
L
41-7
at Los Angeles
W
38-17
LOS ANGELES
W
49-29
WASHINGTON
W
31-3
OAKLAND
L
17-13
at Philadelphia
L
31-24
at San Antonio
L
21-30
at New Jersey
W
19-13 OT
at Denver
W
29-17
ARIZONA
W
36-11
BIRMINGHAM
L
41-7
at Boston
L
21-15
NEW JERSEY
L
21-17
TAMPA BAY
W
31-8
at Oklahoma
W
14-0
at Birmingham
W
29-14
at Houston
L
38-13
MICHIGAN
L
34-19
ARIZONA
L
36-0
OAKLAND
W
31-7
MICHIGAN
L
20-17
Playoffs          
at Philadelphia
L
44-38 OT
     

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