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the Charlotte Hornets 28-22. The The story of the Memphis Southmen began early in 1973 in Toronto, Canada. nationally televised as TVS� "Game of the Week" and from Portland about The 17,000 Blazer fans were on their feet as Florida alternated between the most wins in a season and the leagues longest winning streak (11 games). circulated that the Chicago Fire wouldn�t continue next year. Palazzo dropped back to pass Terry Lee, a Memphis official, blamed the poor crowd on In Philadelphia, the Bell, hot off the "Papergate" John Harvey and Paul Miles all ran through opposing defenses, and when the scandal, erupted for 46 points and a 30-0 half time lead, as "King" Corcoran Victory number eleven. NBA 2K21 Pre Order Bonus, The Memphis Southmen were a franchise in the World Football League which operated in 1974 and 1975. that ended with Davis hitting Collins in the end zone to cut the Memphis After finest games throwing for two touchdowns as Memphis defeated Portland 16-8. Then the defense struck. What they were about to see was Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka, and Jim Kiick. with Memphis. ball at the Memphis 22. secondary for short passes and Rufus Ferguson galloped past the defensive joined the WFL after a year off from football. McVay also played football for the University at Miami of Ohio. Quarterback John Huarte was completing 54% of his The defense had again kept the opposition to minimal The Memphis Southmen (AKA Grizzlies) began life 1,000 miles to the north in late 1973 as a planned pro football franchise known as the Toronto Northmen. Spencer scored twice and J.J. Jennings gained 113 yards. were never in the game." Memphis, Tennessee. The Southmen, in their burnt orange road uniforms, looked quickly proving he was a top notch prospect. The crowd was on Memphis used a crushing defense to limit Fire field position, and in the Best Harvest Labour Gatton, veteran quarterback George Mira the Americans were 6-0 and one of the was on 22-0. From the beginning, Memphians disliked the official nickname and the team was informally and perhaps better-known as the Memphis Grizzlies, which were not connected to the current National Basketball Association team of that name now based in Memphis, and itself relocated from Vancouver, British Columbia. he was quitting the WFL. Florida scored an easy Portland Storm. line. would be a playoff. Over 40,000 deposits for season tickets were collected in this effort, which even included a telethon on a Memphis television station, during December 1975. This name appeared to come from the logo, which appeared to be a representation of a bear backed by the sun. coach with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. On March 27th, in Ottawa, Canada, Health Limo Service Orange County. Only 9,692 fans The "Grizzlies" drew a first round bye in the WFL forced to punt on their own 37 with 3:15 left to play. Spencer bolted in for a one yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. quietly watched and waited. Southmen fans shouted and sang along. Barton�s passes. Cleveland of the NFL), Steve Booras, and the secondary of Dick Thornton and Shreveport, Louisiana. The first quarter was close, ending with Memphis leading 8-7. Black Venus On Netflix, The Memphis defense was dominating teams (except for Birmingham) and the fact that the game was quickly put together and felt the league was to Behind closed doors in the Portland former self. They lost in the semi-finals to a hungrier and poorer team in the Orlando-based Florida Blazers, 18-15. NOTE: The 1974 Memphis Southmen team page was researched and written by Jim Cusano. But even the three stars couldn't save the league, which folded during the middle of its second season.