PANTHERS TRIVIA

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The Panthers 1983 Divisional Playoff game against the Oakland Invaders drew the highest attendance - 60,237 - of the league's inaugural season.  
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The Panthers 1983 USFL championship did not help the team sell out the Pontiac Silverdome, however.
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The Panthers attendance among USFL teams still was stellar however, drawing 44,485 against Pittsburgh, 42,655 against Birmingham, and 42,692 against the San Antonio Gunslingers in 1984. 
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The NFL's Detroit Lions, meanwhile, were selling out despite putting a team that could best be described as "wretched" in comparison.
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When the USFL announced its plans to move to a fall schedule in 1986, Panthers owner A. Alfred Taubman decided that competing with the Lions would simply be a means of losing more money.
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Rather than to fold his team however, Taubman teamed up with Oakland Invaders owner Tad Taube, merging the two teams.
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The surviving team, the 1985 Oakland Invaders, returned Taubman to the USFL Championship Game.  Unlike 1983 however, this time the Stars (now out of Baltimore) would hand his team a loss, 28-24.

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