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March 17, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
The new Los Angeles team in the Arena Football League got a coach and a nickname Wednesday. Ray Willsey, former Raider assistant, was named head coach and director of football operations of the team that was dubbed the Cobras at a Sports Arena press conference. The league is putting new teams in Detroit, Providence, R.I., and New York, as well as Los Angeles as it expands from four to six teams. Chicago and Pittsburgh are holdover teams from last season. Denver and Washington have dropped out.
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February 21, 1989 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
The Arena Football League will suspend operations in 1989 in an attempt to restructure, officials of the defending league champion Detroit Drive said Monday. The announcement, however, came as a surprise to officials of the league's local franchise, the Los Angeles Cobras. After several months of bitter negotiations between the owners and league founder and commissioner Jim Foster, the parties reached an impasse and decided to disband this year but said they expect to resume play in 1990.
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April 6, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE
Cliff Branch, former Raider wide receiver, and Matt Stevens, former UCLA quarterback, head a list of 12 players named Tuesday as territorial and at-large free agent picks by the Los Angeles Cobras. The Cobras open their first Arena Football League season April 30 against the New York Knights at the Sports Arena.
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July 23, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
As the Cobras enter the Arena Football playoffs tonight, an obvious question is: Has indoor football caught on in Los Angeles? The answer is not easy and the factors are multiple. But there are several things to look at: HISTORY One factor that the Cobras have against them is that Los Angeles has not been kind to new pro football franchises. There have been four professional teams that have made Los Angeles their first home prior to the Cobras. None of them are left.
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July 3, 1988 | Jim Murray
How would you like to have a pro football team that scored 52 points and couldn't even beat the spread? How about couldn't even win the game? How would you like to have a quarterback who can complete a touchdown pass from his own end zone to the other end zone--on the fly? How would you like to have a quarterback who throws 10 touchdown passes in a game--and still needs a last-minute rally to win?
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July 2, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Most professional football players do not take pay cuts once the season starts. But for lineman Wesley Walton of the Los Angeles Cobras, playing in the Arena Football League has meant just that. Earlier this year, Walton decided to leave his job as a financial analyst for Shearson Lehman Hutton on Wall Street, to play Arena Football. "I have definitely taken a pay cut," said Walton, as he prepared for today's game against the New York Knights at the Sports Arena.
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June 24, 1988
Former Raider wide receiver Cliff Branch was activated by the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Cobras Thursday after spending six weeks on the injured reserve list because of pulled groin muscles. Branch, 39, caught nine passes for 68 yards and a touchdown during the Cobras' first two games, but has not played since May 6. Branch had 501 receptions during his National Football League career, which began in 1972 and ended in 1985.
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May 21, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Matt Stevens may not be the best-known athlete in Southern California, but he is more famous than the team he plays for. Stevens, the former UCLA quarterback, is playing these days for the Cobras, Los Angeles' newest pro team, in the Arena Football League. The Cobras are 0-3, and tonight they return home, after a pair of road games, to play the Pittsburgh Gladiators at the Sports Arena.
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July 14, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
In the Arena Football League, the players have to play both offense and defense. It is a league that seems to be geared to fresh legs, endurance and young bodies. However, the Los Angeles Cobras have two former National Football League players, Cliff Branch and Nick Mike-Mayer, who defy the youth movement. They continue to play, they say, because of a love for the game.
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July 3, 1988 | Jim Murray
How would you like to have a pro football team that scored 52 points and couldn't even beat the spread? How about couldn't even win the game? How would you like to have a quarterback who can complete a touchdown pass from his own end zone to the other end zone--on the fly? How would you like to have a quarterback who throws 10 touchdown passes in a game--and still needs a last-minute rally to win?
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July 2, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Most professional football players do not take pay cuts once the season starts. But for lineman Wesley Walton of the Los Angeles Cobras, playing in the Arena Football League has meant just that. Earlier this year, Walton decided to leave his job as a financial analyst for Shearson Lehman Hutton on Wall Street, to play Arena Football. "I have definitely taken a pay cut," said Walton, as he prepared for today's game against the New York Knights at the Sports Arena.
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June 24, 1988
Former Raider wide receiver Cliff Branch was activated by the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Cobras Thursday after spending six weeks on the injured reserve list because of pulled groin muscles. Branch, 39, caught nine passes for 68 yards and a touchdown during the Cobras' first two games, but has not played since May 6. Branch had 501 receptions during his National Football League career, which began in 1972 and ended in 1985.
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May 21, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Matt Stevens may not be the best-known athlete in Southern California, but he is more famous than the team he plays for. Stevens, the former UCLA quarterback, is playing these days for the Cobras, Los Angeles' newest pro team, in the Arena Football League. The Cobras are 0-3, and tonight they return home, after a pair of road games, to play the Pittsburgh Gladiators at the Sports Arena.
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April 30, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Arena Football will make its Los Angeles debut tonight when the Cobras play host to the New York Knights at 7:30 at the Sports Arena. ESPN will televise the game, although it will be blacked out within 35-mile radius of the Sports Arena. Cobra Coach Ray Willsey, who previously was the Raiders' special teams coach, has put together a speedy team featuring former Raider receiver Cliff Branch.
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July 14, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
In the Arena Football League, the players have to play both offense and defense. It is a league that seems to be geared to fresh legs, endurance and young bodies. However, the Los Angeles Cobras have two former National Football League players, Cliff Branch and Nick Mike-Mayer, who defy the youth movement. They continue to play, they say, because of a love for the game.
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July 23, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
As the Cobras enter the Arena Football playoffs tonight, an obvious question is: Has indoor football caught on in Los Angeles? The answer is not easy and the factors are multiple. But there are several things to look at: HISTORY One factor that the Cobras have against them is that Los Angeles has not been kind to new pro football franchises. There have been four professional teams that have made Los Angeles their first home prior to the Cobras. None of them are left.
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April 6, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE
Cliff Branch, former Raider wide receiver, and Matt Stevens, former UCLA quarterback, head a list of 12 players named Tuesday as territorial and at-large free agent picks by the Los Angeles Cobras. The Cobras open their first Arena Football League season April 30 against the New York Knights at the Sports Arena.
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