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  WFL
The Northmen were slated to play as one of the original WFL franchises, lending credence to the "World" in "World Football League." However, owner John Bassett, Jr., was blocked from fielding his team by the CFL.
The World Football League, or WFL, began in 1973 as the brainchild of Gary L. Davidson, the former president of the World Hockey Association (WHA) and one of the founders of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
On October 22, Hemmeter held a press conference to announce the WFL was disbanding, citing bad weather, unfair competition with the NFL, media skepticism and confusion over player contracts as reasons.
www.misterhabs.com /wfl.htm   (1730 words)

  
  Memphis Southmen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Memphis Southmen was a franchise in the World Football League which operated in 1974 and 1975.
From the beginning, the team was informally and perhaps better-known as the Memphis Grizzlies, in no way connected to the current National Basketball Association team of that name now based in Memphis.
The "Grizzlies" were owned by John Bassett, who later was to become far better-known as the owner of the United States Football League Tampa Bay Bandits.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Toronto_Northmen   (426 words)

  
 WFL - Information at Halfvalue.com
Memphis Southmen (had started out as the Toronto Northmen, but moved to Memphis, Tennessee before the start of the season) 1974–1975/ Memphis Grizzlies 1975 ("official" team change name to Grizzlies after league folded in attempt to join the NFL).
Memphis head coach John McVay went on to become head coach of the New York Giants, but had more success as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers during the 1980s dynasty years.
The NFL's Houston Texans revived the name of the WFL's franchise for that city (although "Texans" was used by an NFL Dallas team in the early 1950s, by an AFL Dallas team in the early 1960s, and by a CFL San Antonio team for one year in the 1990s).
www.halfvalue.com /wiki.jsp?topic=WFL   (2999 words)

  
 Memphis Southmen -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Memphis Southmen was a franchise in the (Click link for more info and facts about World Football League) World Football League which operated in (Click link for more info and facts about 1974) 1974 and (Click link for more info and facts about 1975) 1975.
From the beginning, the team was informally and perhaps better-known as the Memphis Grizzlies, in no way connected to the current (Click link for more info and facts about National Basketball Association) National Basketball Association team of that name now based in Memphis.
The "Grizzlies" were owned by John Bassett, who later was to become far better-known as the owner of the (Click link for more info and facts about United States Football League) United States Football League (Click link for more info and facts about Tampa Bay Bandits) Tampa Bay Bandits.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/M/Me/Memphis_Southmen.htm   (417 words)

  
 World Football League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Memphis Southmen (had started out as the Toronto Northmen, but moved to Memphis, Tennessee before the start of the season) 1974–1975/ Memphis Grizzlies 1975 ("official" team change name to Grizzlies after league folded in attempt to join the NFL).
In the original WFL schedule, the three division champions plus one wild-card were to qualify, culminating in a "World Bowl" on the evening after Thanksgiving (at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.).
In contrast, the WFL's 1974 schedule called for 20 regular season games and no pre-season games; in 1975, it was 18 regular season games and two pre-season games.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/World_Football_League   (959 words)

  
 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
Avron Fogelman's involvement in professional sports in Memphis began in 1970, when, at the age of 30, he served as President of the Memphis Pros of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the first professional basketball team in the state.
Memphis has had a long and rich professional baseball history, but that history was interrupted after the 1976 season of the Memphis Blues.
On opening night in 1978, the Memphis Chicks were welcomed by an overflow crowd and became one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball in the 1970s and 1980s.
www.tshf.net /honorees/2004Fogelman.htm   (332 words)

  
 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Memphis has had a long and rich professional baseball history, but that history was interrupted after the 1976 season of the Memphis Blues.
On opening night in 1978, the Memphis Chicks were welcomed by an overflow crowd and became one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball in the 1970s and 1980s.
During the 1970s, Fogelman was one of the owners of the Memphis Grizzlies football team in the WFL, bringing Memphis its first professional football team.
tshf.net /honorees/2004Fogelman.htm   (332 words)

  
 Wild Ride - 1998-11-23 - Memphis Business Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It would be 45 years until Memphis was given another chance to join the NFL, which had grown to become the most successful sports league in the nation, besides Major League Baseball, when the league decided to expand by two teams in 1974.
Memphis was a finalist to get a franchise at the time, but the recently launched NFL rival World Football League landed a lease at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and awarded Memphis the Grizzlies (initially known as the Southmen).
And last year, Memphis became the temporary home of the Houston Oilers, a Nashville-bound team that decided to play at the Liberty Bowl for two years until their new stadium was completed.
www.bizjournals.com /memphis/stories/1998/11/23/focus1.html?t=printable   (1556 words)

  
 GRIZZLIES: Greg Graber Growl- The Original Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies management was able to land them with a fat checkbook as they were each signed for a million dollars a year, a substantial pay hike from their $60,000 a year salaries with the Dolphins.
The old Memphis Grizzlies proved it by signing the three former Dolphins.
The WFL’s Memphis Grizzlies were one of the best teams in the league.
www.nba.com /grizzlies/news/graber_growl_20.html   (658 words)

  
 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Southmen drew fairly well, at least by WFL standards, in part due to the presence on their roster of some well-known players recruited away from the NFL at considerable expense.
The Memphis team was christened the Memphis Mad Dogs, and played one season, 1995, the final year of the CFL's largely unsuccessful attempts to compete south of the border.
Then there is the arrival in Memphis of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association, and the massive capital outlay needed to build their new arena, the FedExForum, in downtown Memphis less than 15 years after the previous downtown arena and their former home, the Pyramid Arena, was completed.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/L/Liberty-Bowl-Memorial-Stadium.htm   (2105 words)

  
 World Football League - Questions, Answers, Fun Facts, Information
Davidson, in addition to the WFL, was also involved in the founding of the ABA and WHA (American Basketball Association and World Hockey League).
He would resign as WFL president after the 1974 season and was replaced by Christopher Hemmeter.
The Vulcans had a 9-3 record and were declared 1975 WFL champions when the league went under.
www.funtrivia.com /en/Sports/World-Football-League-13439.html   (1194 words)

  
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The WFL's original overtime system was like nothing used in any form of American football before or since; it was far more similar to the system long used in international soccer.
In 1975, the WFL changed its overtime to the 15-minute sudden-death period, which the NFL adopted in 1974 and still uses today.
There is also a Major League Soccer team called the Chicago Fire, and there are/were also NBA teams called the Memphis Grizzlies (2001-present) and Charlotte Hornets (1988-2002) (although the nickname "Hornets" for Charlotte teams in various sports long-precedes the WFL entry, and the "Grizzlies" name was selected when the franchise was still in Vancouver).
www.clarkandpartners.co.uk /wiki.php?title=WFL   (3010 words)

  
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In retrospect, the Memphis and Birmingham entries to the World Football League were the best run and both had on-the-field success.
As a financially solvent entity however, the Memphis Southmen, often referred to as the Grizzlies because of their team logo, was the one team that could have entered the NFL as a successful expansion team.
With the originally designated WFL Memphis franchise given to Gary Davidson’s friend Steve Arnold, the city still sat vacant as a pro football destination.
www.helmethut.com /WFL/WFLSouthmanWhite.html   (596 words)

  
 World Football League
Also, the W.F.L. anticipated the NFL in providing for an overtime period in games tied after the regulation 60 minutes.
The League declared the Birmingham Vulcans as 1975 WFL Champions.
A new and unique playoff system had been adopted, in which the seasonal division champion, the remaining team with the best record in the first half-season, and the remaining team with the best record in the second half of the season would enter the playoffs, the overall winner receiving a first-round bye.
www.angelfire.com /tn/pkholling03/wfl/wfl_summary.html   (578 words)

  
 Professional Football Researchers Association- Pro Football History
A Washington W.F.L. franchise was purchased by E. Joseph Wheeler, then sold to a group headed by Rommie L. Loudd, which moved it to Orlando.
Originally the Toronto Northmen, the Southmen were moved to Memphis before the start of the season after the Canadian Government refused to allow box-office competition with the C.F.L. John Bassett of Toronto was the owner.
Memphis was one of the few W.F.L. teams still able to meet its obligations when the league dissolved.
www.footballresearch.com /articles/frpage.cfm?topic=wfl   (2140 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Books: Memphis Ribs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
With Memphis preparing for its annual Barbecue Festival and Cotton Carnival, J.W. is charged with finding out who killed a drunken tourist who chose the wrong time to use an ATM.
Although the author spent a few years in Memphis, he obviously hasn't been back in a long time, or he has the worst fact-checkers in the publishing business.
The Memphis Showboats were in the USFL not the WFL; the Memphis Grizzlies were in the WFL.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0966452011/picbotcom   (932 words)

  
 the world famous Jungleroom.com
U of Memphis professor J Harvey Lomax is on leave this coming academic year, doing research, no doubt, on Nietzsche.
This year's Memphis Italian Festival was a huge success-- Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers with guitar hero Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk) and vocalist Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night).
Memphis filmaker Scotty Glahn told me about his new project- Beanland: Rising from the Riverbed.
www.jungleroom.com   (1196 words)

  
 World Football League   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975.
After the demise of the WFL, the NFL moved its hash marks to be parallel with the goalposts, and college football moved them in by a lesser amount.
Memphis Southmen (had started out as the Toronto Northmen, but moved to Memphis, Tennessee before the start of the season) 1974-1975/ Memphis Grizzlies 1975 ("official" team change name to Grizzlies after league folded in attempt to join the NFL).
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/world_football_league   (621 words)

  
 SI.com - Writers - Bill Syken: Memphis may soon gets its first big-time sports star - Thursday April 12, 2007 4:08PM
Memphis did have an NFL team for a couple years...
You could argue that the arrival of the Grizzlies, a bona fide NBA team, in 2002, is the high point of Memphis sports history.
Since moving from Vancouver to Memphis in 2001, the Grizzlies are 0-12 in playoff games.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /2007/writers/bill_syken/04/12/memphis   (508 words)

  
 The Sporting News: Other - Getting to know Bourque; Attacks on Shaq; Memphis trivia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
If I am not mistaken, to answer your "trivia" question about the first coach of the Memphis Tams, it was current Hornets VP of basketball operations, the wily Bob Bass.
As for the NBA in Memphis, I look forward to some interesting halftime entertainment: Jerry Lawler wrestles Marv Albert, a half-court tobacco spitting competition, and Graceland passes for entire arena sections.
The first Memphis basketball coach was Babe McCarthy, but his team was the Pros.
i.tsn.com /voices/dave_kindred/20010615-p.html   (1664 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Memphis Southmen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A logotype, commonly known as a logo, is the graphic element of a trademark or brand, which is set in a special typeface/font, or arranged in a particular, but legible, way.
By signing three stars from the NFL Miami Dolphins, running backs Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick, and wide receiver Paul Warfield Bassett gave the league instant credibility.
Of the most famous was Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n' Roll and a professed football nut himself.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Memphis-Southmen   (900 words)

  
 Sports Publishing LLC - Books For Sports Fans
He stumbled onto Memphis, a Southern city rich in college and high school basketball history; a city that, aside from football teams in the old WFL and USFL, had never had a sports franchise in any major pro-sports league.
A year later, the Grizzlies were in the playoffs, Brown was the league’s Coach of the Year, and the city had fallen in love with an old-school team built on the principles of unselfish team play.
Tales from the Memphis Grizzlies is the perfect companion for any true Grizzlies fan or newcomers to Memphis basketball.
www.sportspublishingllc.com /book.cfm?id=861   (474 words)

  
 Memphis Southmen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
La Memphis Southmen era una licencia en la liga del balompié del mundo que operatorio en 1974 y 1975.
Del principio, mejor-sabi'an al equipo informal y quizás como la Memphis Grizzlies, de ninguna manera conectada con el equipo nacional actual de la asociación del baloncesto de ese nombre ahora basado en Memphis.
El "Grizzlies" fue poseído por Juan Bassett, que debía más adelante mejor-saberse lejos como el dueño de los bandidos de Tampa Bay de la liga del balompié de Estados Unidos.
www.yotor.net /wiki/es/me/Memphis%20Southmen.htm   (332 words)

  
 Memphis Southmen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
From the beginning, theteam was informally and perhaps better-known as the Memphis Grizzlies, in no way connected to the current National Basketball Association teamof that name now based in Memphis.
This name appeared to come from the logo, which appearedto be a representation of a bear backed by the sun.
In an attempt to increase the league's credibility, before the 1975 season he signed three stars from the NFL Miami Dolphins, running backsLarry Csonka and Jim Kiick, and wide receiver Paul Warfield.
www.therfcc.org /memphis-southmen-317064.html   (285 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Customer Reviews Books: Memphis Ribs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Duff teaches us that the subtleties in cooking methodology and geographical origin of barbecued pork are as varied and consequential as in the world of fine wines.
Memphis cop J.W. Ragsdale is a well developed character, who goes about solving the murder of a tourist during the International BBQ Cooking Contest and the Cotton Carnival.
Duff's Southern dialects and colloquialisms are a little in the stereotypical vein, which is surprising from a former Memphis college prof.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/books/0966452011/customer-reviews   (993 words)

  
 The Fan :: The Memphis Flyer :: Sports Feature :: Sports & Activities
For Jerry Schilling, one-time member of the "Memphis Mafia" and now president and CEO of the Memphis Music Commission, these casual games were part of regular Sunday afternoons.
While Schilling remembers going with Elvis to watch the old WFL Memphis Grizzlies play at the Liberty Bowl on at least one occasion, going to sporting events and concerts became quite challenging for Presley due to his stardom.
This week, fans from South Korea to North Memphis will be honoring Elvis for his impact on music.
www.memphisflyer.com /memphis/Content?oid=oid:2852   (723 words)

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