BLITZ TRIVIA

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Upon buying the Blitz, James Hoffman spent an enormous amount of money during the brief four month period he owned the team, including an extensive "Puttin' on the Blitz" advertising campaign.  The team's television ad was even aired in the Chicago area during the airing of Super Bowl XVIII.
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Unfortunately the team's purchase coupled with the ad campaign was about all Hoffman was going to spend.  When based on season ticket sales it was evident that fans would be staying away from Soldier Field in droves, he threw in the towel.
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Depending on the source, Hoffman either sold his interest in the Blitz to the team's limited partners, or the franchise was returned to the league, which operated the club for the 1984 season, or a combination of the two.
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Hoffman, unlike most other USFL owners, virtually faded into oblivion after leaving the Blitz.  There are few if any verifiable public reports on his actions since his Blitz days.

The men of Chicago Football Club, Inc.,
who were awarded Chicago's first
USFL franchise.

From left to right:  Dr. Ted Diethrich,
George Allen, and Willard (Bill) Harris.

On September 30, 1984, the group
sold the Blitz to Dr. James F. Hoffman,
then bought the Arizona Wranglers
from Jim Joseph in a pre-arranged "swap"
of franchises:  the '83 Blitz became the
'84 Wranglers, and vice-versa.  

Running back Tim Spencer carrying the
ball against the Denver Gold in 1983.

The two predominate quarterbacks of
the Blitz, Greg Landry (1983) and Vince
Evans (1984).  Though leading vastly
different teams in terms of talent level,
they did have one thing in common in
Chicago - playing before lots and lots
of empty seats. 



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