The Detroit Wheels failed to complete their first and only season in the start-up World Football League during the autumn of 1974. The Wheels’ misadventures and financial problems became a point of national embarrassment for the WFL – although far from the only one – as the new league tried to establish itself as a reputable competitor to the National Football League, as the AFL had done in the 1960’s. The Wheels lost their first 10 games of the season. On September 11, 1974 the Wheels travelled to Orlando and shocked the Florida Blazers 15-14 for the first and only win in franchise history. The Blazers, coached by Jack Pardee, were one of the WFL’s best teams and would later appear in the 1974 championship game. The Wheels lost their next three to drop to 1-13 before the club’s financial problems sunk the club. The WFL folded the team on October 10th, 1974, cancelling the six remaining games on Detroit’s schedule. The WFL itself folded a little over a year later in October 1975.
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