SHOWBOATS TRIVIA

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The entity that formally owned the Showboats (Memphis Showboats, Ltd.) was intended to exist until December 31, 2015. 
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Roughly half of the money raised from the sale of limited partnerships was used to pay for player salaries.
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The Showboats received roughly $960,000 in network television revenue in 1984, a 1/18th share of the league's deal with ABC.
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The USFL's dispersal draft, held after the 1984 season, was very kind indeed to the Memphis Showboats.
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John Banaszak and John Corker, for example, were left unprotected following the merger of the Michigan Panthers with the Oakland Invaders, and the Showboats snapped them both up. 
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Sam Clancy, who was a key member of the Pittsburgh Maulers defensive unit, was also added to the Memphis defense for 1985.
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Tyrone McGriff was also left unprotected after the Michigan/Oakland merger, and also would call Memphis home for 1985.
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Finally, RB Tim Spencer, a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Blitz in 1983, was left unprotected following the merger of the Oklahoma Outlaws and Arizona Wranglers.  The Showboats grabbed him as well.
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The Showboats also acquired Harry Sydney from the Denver Gold.  Sydney had been a leading rusher for the team during its first two seasons.
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These additions to the roster were a factor in the team's 1985 improvement, going from 7-11-0 to 11-7-0 and making the USFL playoffs.

Player Name Pos. College/University 1984 1985
Albright, David LB San Jose State - X
Arnaud, John S Iowa State - X
Banaszak, John DT Eastern Michigan - X
Bearden, Steve DE Vanderbilt X X
Bessillieu, Don CB Georgia Tech - X
Bolinger, Russ G Cal State Long Beach - X
Bradley, Gerald WR Weber State - X
Brewington, Mike LB East Carolina - X
Brown, Preston WR Vanderbilt - X
Bussey, Barney CB South Carolina State - X
Cade, Mossy CB Texas - X
Carney, Cormac WR UCLA X -
Clancy, Sam DE Pittsburgh - X
Clark, Calvin DE Purdue X X
Cokeley, Will LB Kansas - X
Coleman, Leonard CB Vanderbilt - X
Corker, John LB Oklahoma State - X
Crawford, Derrick WR Memphis State X X
Dalatri, Brian T Louisiana Tech X -
Dameron, Kim WR Arkansas X -
Doolittle, Steve LB Colorado X -
Duncan, Alan K Tennessee X X
Fitzgerald, Mickey RB Virginia Tech X -
Floyd, Leonard WR Tennessee State X -
Fox, Mike CB San Diego State - X
Goodlow, Daryl LB Oklahoma - X
Grant, Mike LB East Carolina X X
Gunn, Carlton DL Carson-Newman X -
Hammond, Steve LB Wake Forest X X
Hayes, Jay DL Idaho - X
Heflin, Van TE Vanderbilt X X
Horton, Mike G UCLA X -
Howard, Bryan CB Tennessee State X -
Huff, Gary QB Florida State - X
Huffman, David T Notre Dame - X
Johnson, Ken QB Colorado X -
Jeffers, Lamont LB Tennessee X -
Jordan, Anthony WR Memphis State X -
Jonker, Kurt G Augustana X -
Kelley, Mike QB Georgia Tech X X
Krahenbuhl, Doug LB Colorado X -
Kuehn, Art T UCLA X X
Lewis, Walter QB Alabama X X
Love, Terry CB Murray State X -
Major, Doran S Memphis State X X
McCue, Randy CB Eastern Illinois X -
McGriff, Tyrone OL Florida A&M - X
McKinnely, Phil T UCLA X -
Middleton, Terdell RB Memphis State X -
Miller, Jim P Mississippi - X
Minor, Vic CB Northeast Louisiana X -
Moser, Greg WR Oregon - X
Odums, Ray CB Alabama - X
Osborne, Ron CB Iowa State - X
Parker, Anthony RB Memphis State X X
Partridge, Rick K Utah X -
Penaranda, Jairo RB UCLA X -
Pfohl, Larry T Miami (Florida) X -
Peoples, Carlton CB Tennessee X -
Porter, Ricky RB Slippery Rock - X
Quarters, Cornelius RB Howard X -
Raugh, Mark Te West Virginia - X
Reid, Alan RB Minnesota X -
Roberts, Greg G Oklahoma X -
Roe, Bill LB Colorado X -
Rose, Carlton LB Michigan - X
Rubens, Larry G Montana State - X
Sharpe, Luis T UCLA - X
Shirk, Gary TE Morehead State X X
Shiver, Sanders LB Carson-Newman - X
Shoate, Rod LB Oklahoma X -
Smith, Frank TE Memphis State X -
Smith, Ken T Miami (Ohio) X X
Spencer, Tim RB Ohio State - X
Stewart, James CB Memphis State X -
Sydney, Harry RB Kansas - X
Taylor, Derrick CB Purdue X -
Times, Ken NT Southern X -
Walker, Jimmy DT Arkansas X -
White, Billy RB Missouri X -
White, Reggie DT Tennessee X X
Whittington, Mike LB Notre Dame X -
Williams, Brett DE Austin Peay X -
Williams, Henry WR East Carolina - X
Williams, Leon CB Colorado X -
Williams, Leonard RB Western Carolina X -
Williamson, Ricky DE Mars Hill X -
Woods, Robert T Tennessee - X
Yates, Willis LB Tennessee - Chattanooga X -
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