…and a dollar short
The Empty Promises, Broken Dreams
Misadventures of the 1974
by Mark Speck
It’s a great unwritten story that has finally been written! It’s an unforgettable story that shouldn’t be forgotten!!
It’s a story of triumph, loyalty, sacrifice, and just plain old stubbornness. It’s a story of men overcoming almost overwhelming odds and a laundry-list of hardships, problems, and distractions that never turned them from their ultimate goal, the league championship. The Blazers went through two owners, four cities, and seven nicknames before the team even played its first game. Their owners squabbled between themselves and ultimately sued each other. A city that didn’t seem to want them and fans that didn’t seem to care. They were a collection of men who trusted each other led by a head coach who trusted them all. Through it all, the Blazers won more games and a division title that no one predicted they’d win.
The story of the 1974 Florida Blazers of the ill-fated World Football League is one that has almost been lost to the passage of time. But once you read this almost-forgotten tale, you will never forget it.
Mark Speck has been researching professional football for over 20 years and is the author of numerous articles on the subject. He was co-author with Tod Maher of the World Football League Encyclopedia and has worked on several other football encyclopedias, as well as the official WFL website.