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Distant replay: Hail the USFL

When the USFL died 20 years ago, so did the fun aspect of pro football, writes Jeff Pearlman.

Updated: December 6, 2006, 2:36 PM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

As seniors at Mahopac (N.Y.) High School in 1990, all students in Mr. Eric Height's honors English class were asked to write a 20- to 30-page thesis on a subject deemed significant to the world's well-being.

Jonathan Powell, my best friend, waxed on the rise of Federalism.

Daiji Takamori, the smart kid two rows up, examined early-19th century presidencies.

Melissa Kounine covered Susan B. Anthony. Jon Kozak looked into Einstein's more obscure theories. Scott Choy argued for the ...

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