Sport: The Odd Season

First finish for the U.S.F.L.

The premiere season highlights film of the United States Football League should surely include the historic coin flip setting up an overtime period between the Chicago Blitz and the New Jersey Generals. Though the coin landed safely, officials could not recall whether the Generals had called heads or tails. After an open-minded discussion of the sort that has made U.S.F.L. officiating legendary, the ball was given to the Generals, who obligingly surrendered it and lost the game, 17-14.

Everyone's second-favorite pro-football league endured its odd March-to-July season and staged its first championship game Sunday in Denver. The new...

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