Sport: On Flutie's Wing, and a Prayer

The U.S.F.L. launches a third season, but will it fly?

As the United States Football League's scrappy new hero, Doug Flutie has been cast in the role of David trying to lift Goliath. After losing $100 million in its first two years, the league is pinning its latest hopes on the star power of Flutie, Boston College's miracle missile launcher and now New Jersey's , littlest General. But the U.S.F.L. started its third season last week long on pricey players, short on revenues and looking down the barrel of its own decision to take on the towering National Football League with a switch to a fall schedule in 1986. Even so,...

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