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Luv_ya_blue
07-16-2006, 09:27 PM
Don't know exactly what the need is to go nostalgic tonight. But was just wondering if anyone else had any great Oilers memories. They were a great part of my childhood. The family had season tickets on the bottom level and on the 20 yd. line. Have been to Texans games, but nothing can take the place of the memories of the "House of Pain."

Took some students to the Texas State FFA Assoc. state convention a couple years ago in Houston. It was at Reliant Park. After I dropped the kids off at an FFA dance on Friday night, my wife, son, the chaperones and I were driving around the Dome. We noticed that the lights were on and the garage door was open at the field level. We were able to walk down their onto the field. I got to stand in the end zone and could still see the outline of the old "Houston" and "Oilers." The security guard let us walk around for as long as we wanted. I even got to play with my son on the field. I've got a picture of he and I in a three point stance nose to nose on the fifty yard line. He was only three at the time.

That's my best memory of the Oilers which led to the passion of the experience years later that I got to share with my son.

What about yours?

TexansSeminole
07-16-2006, 09:38 PM
Don't know exactly what the need is to go nostalgic tonight. But was just wondering if anyone else had any great Oilers memories. They were a great part of my childhood. The family had season tickets on the bottom level and on the 20 yd. line. Have been to Texans games, but nothing can take the place of the memories of the "House of Pain."

Took some students to the Texas State FFA Assoc. state convention a couple years ago in Houston. It was at Reliant Park. After I dropped the kids off at an FFA dance on Friday night, my wife, son, the chaperones and I were driving around the Dome. We noticed that the lights were on and the garage door was open at the field level. We were able to walk down their onto the field. I got to stand in the end zone and could still see the outline of the old "Houston" and "Oilers." The security guard let us walk around for as long as we wanted. I even got to play with my son on the field. I've got a picture of he and I in a three point stance nose to nose on the fifty yard line. He was only three at the time.

That's my best memory of the Oilers which led to the passion of the experience years later that I got to share with my son.

What about yours?

Wow, that sounds like a great experience.

texan279
07-16-2006, 11:33 PM
Mine doesn't involve a game. My dad introduced me to football at a young age, I started playing little league at 5 years old. A few years later while still playing little league, the Oilers hosted a one day football camp for little league players. I met Warren Moon, Ernest Givins, and a lot of the other players. I got all of their autographs and took individual pics with Moon, Givins, and a few others. It was really an awesome experience and helped fuel my love for football and the Oilers even more. I was raised in a house with Luv Ya Blue and Earl Campbell posters hanging in the garage and my dad wearing the Luv Ya Blue shirt and hat all the time. The Oilers were not only a team to me but something that brought me and my dad together, we watched games together and talked football all the time since I can remember. When the Oilers left Houston I was still pretty young and it broke my heart. After the Oilers left, my dad lost interest in football, even though I never did. And now that the Texans are here, I have slowly got my dad interested in Houston football again and I enjoy watching the games with him on Sundays again and talking football with him.

bigtex77
07-16-2006, 11:40 PM
I don't have too many single moments, but I used to love it when Ray Childress (my favorite Oiler) would get a sack and then pump his fist.

bigtex77
07-16-2006, 11:43 PM
The Oilers were not only a team to me but something that brought me and my dad together, we watched games together and talked football all the time since I can remember. When the Oilers left Houston I was still pretty young and it broke my heart. After the Oilers left, my dad lost interest in football, even though I never did. And now that the Texans are here, I have slowly got my dad interested in Houston football again and I enjoy watching the games with him on Sundays again and talking football with him.

This entire portion of your post sounds exactly like my father and me. Except I am still working on the "interested in the Texans" part, but he's coming around.

Hookem Horns
07-16-2006, 11:48 PM
My greatest Oilers memory was being up on the Buffalo Bills 35-3 in the 3rd QTR of the playoffs as I was jumping around estatic that we were heading to Pittsburgh the following week and looking so good that we were probably heading to our first Super Bowl. I still remember singing in my head ... Houston Oilers, Houston Oilers, Houston Oilers number one! .... da di da da da ...

Until all of the sudden the music in my head stopped ...

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/5821/beebe4fg.jpg

HJam72
07-17-2006, 01:21 AM
I've gotta agree with Hookem on this, even though I really wish that wasn't my greatest memory. I remember really being pumped to watch that game and feeling like it could go either way in a large way, but I had no idea at half-time that it would swing back like that within one game.

I know people have different opinions about this, but I still blame that prevent defense. You have to expect the R-n-S to be inconsistent, but that prevent D. is just gonna give up one first down pass after another until your team morral is mud, IMHO.

TheOgre
07-17-2006, 06:23 AM
What killed the Oilers in the game was that Steve Jackson kept bitting on the run (play action passes) when his team was about 30+ and 20+. Andre Reed schooled him.

KingRat
07-17-2006, 07:58 AM
Why does this thread have to gravitate toward that awful game,

Givens Electric Slide was pretty cool, and the effort he made to get a TD

TexanDave
07-17-2006, 08:30 AM
My greatest memory was walking into the Astrodome for that Monday Night Football game against the Dolphins. As soon as I walked in, the Luv Ya Blue song was playing and all the fans were waving the pom poms they gave away to fans as they entered the stadium. Then of course, the game was incredible with the 81-yard TD run but Earl. That was the birth of Luv Ya Blue that night.

I was also lucky enough to have met Earl a few times in person. The very first time was when I was a kid and I got my father to take me to his store on Westheimer. He used to own a sports store, does anyone else remember that? Earl was just standing there when we entered and I got to talk to him for quite awhile. He is and always will be the greatest person to wear a Houston jersey.

Kaiser Toro
07-17-2006, 08:39 AM
My greatest memory was walking into the Astrodome for that Monday Night Football game against the Dolphins. As soon as I walked in, the Luv Ya Blue song was playing and all the fans were waving the pom poms they gave away to fans as they entered the stadium. Then of course, the game was incredible with the 81-yard TD run but Earl. That was the birth of Luv Ya Blue that night.

That is it rght there.

If there was a second lasting memory outside of anythign that Ear did it would be Billy White Shoes Johnson for me. It's gotta be the shoes.

the wonger need food
07-17-2006, 08:39 AM
Pep rally in the Dome after the loss to Pittsburgh in '79. People sitting on the ledges under the old scoreboard. Pom poms flying and the Luv Ya Blue song blaring. Earl riding in on the back of a police motorcycle. Bum's quote about kicking the door in. It was a very special time that will never be duplicated.

the wonger need food
07-17-2006, 08:43 AM
yea horrible memory here also. i was so mad (and Drunk) that after that game i took all of my Oilers collectibles and put them in my BBQ pit and burned them. and swore i would never watch them again..... of course the next year, their i was drinking beer and rooting for my Oilers...
(my little sister just told my nephew that story during the week and he didn't believe her.)

Wow... I thought I was the only one that did that...

Bullpen Drew
07-17-2006, 10:51 AM
I went to a game vs. the Bengals when they had Sam Wyche as the Head Coach. It was the same year he called the Oilers a "stupid team" then we kicked their butts out of the dome. It was standing room only and LOUD!

TheOgre
07-17-2006, 11:11 AM
I loved Moon's 500+ yards against Kansas City.

Double Barrel
07-17-2006, 12:36 PM
One of my greatest Oiler memories is probably my first trip to the 'dome to see them play. Must have been around '75-'76, and man, the Astrodome was just awe-inspiring back in the day.

Of course, Earl and the Luv Ya Blue atmosphere will always live on in my heart. Those were the seeds being planted that would later sprout an NFL fanatic.

Unfortunately, a lot of my big Oiler memories were the heartaches. Losing to the Steelers in back-to-back AFC Championship games (and having my Cowboys friends gloat about it...probably why I hate Dallas to this day)...and then the Game from Hell in '92 ('nuff said!)...

Although the run&shoot / "house of pain" days were a true blast to be football fans. All those memories sort of blur together, though, because I religiously watched them all and went to as many as I could afford at the time.

Hookem Horns
07-17-2006, 12:47 PM
I think it's just the nature of the beast...
Highs and Lows.
Our Highs were unforgetable
But our lows were...
pretty stinking low!

I think in that Buffalo game many of us had our highest high and our lowest low in one game. That one game pretty much summed up the Oilers. They would get you so pumped and then just as fast deflate you. Funny thing is, they are still doing that in Tennessee.

Huge
07-17-2006, 12:50 PM
Being in the Astrodome the night they came back from Pittsburgh after losing the AFC Championship game. I think I was 9 or 10 years old.

Speedy
07-17-2006, 01:28 PM
Monday night football, Miami Dolphins, Earl Campbell.

Only time I ever got to stay up late on a school night was if the Oilers were on MNF. Pretty rare back then. That still has to be one of the greatest football games I've ever seen.

Another great one is that Earl Campbell run plowing through the Rams getting his jersey ripped off. WOW!!! Somebody here has that run as their avatar.

3rd on the list would have to be Billy white shoes in a Pro Bowl game played in the Superdome.

Next would have to be the Charger playoff game with no Pastorini, no Campbell and Vernon Perry's 4 picks. Not to mention his blocked FG and big return deep into SD territory.

There's a whole lot of bad memories, and there is more good ones too, but those are some of my most memorable.

El Tejano
07-17-2006, 01:32 PM
There are too many to count. I guess it would be when I got to hang with Al Smith at an autograph session they had here in Austin, and then later that week have him say hi to me like he new me real well at TC in San Antonio, and then to watch him return a Neil Odonnell fumble for a TD later that year that sealed the game and clinched the AFC central for the first time in Oiler History.

I liked seeing Warren Moon get close to breaking the single game passing record, seeing Drew Hill become the Oilers all time leading receiver by catching a TD pass in NY against the Jets, anything that had to do with Ernest Givins.

Señor Stan
07-17-2006, 01:42 PM
Great thread Luv ya blue!

I have to point to the MNF game against the Dolphins as well. I was 8 years old and my Dad pulled me out of school to make the 6 hour road trip from Brownsville. It was my first experience with an NFL game, and I was blown away. The sheer size and scope of the ‘Dome…the frantic shaking of pom-poms the energy level of the crowd. We sat in the old “temporary pavilion.” These were metal high school style bleachers. Everyone in the section would stomp in unison. My +/- 50 lb body was tosses about a foot in the air with each stomp. The game left an indelible mark. As much as I love the Texans, I don’t think there is anything that could compare to being at that game.

As stated before the game itself was a classic and IIRC was voted the best MNF game of the decade.

My lowest moment wasn’t the Buffalo debacle, but the game from the year before against the Broncos. The Oilers jumped to a 14-0 lead and were up by as much as 21-6 in the 1st half. From wikipedia…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_playoffs,_1991-92#AFC:_Denver_Broncos_26.2C_Houston_Oilers_24

Trailing 24-23 with 2:07 left in the game, quarterback John Elway led the Broncos from their own 2-yard line to the winning 28-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining. On the drive, he converted on two fourth downs. On fourth down and 6 from the Denver 28, he rushed for 7 yards. Then on fourth down and 10, he completed a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Vance Johnson.***disclaimer…at the time of the following events, I was WAAAYY out of balance in regard to my ferver for the Oilers. I’m much better now. Really, I am, honest.

I used to do quite a bit of oil painting at the time. I hung a canvas on my back porch and took my frustrations out on it. I attacked it with a blind rage and even cut myself in the process. I continued my assult on the canvas an proceeded to stain it with my own blood as well. The end result ended up looking a lot like an oil derrick.

whiskeyrbl
07-17-2006, 02:19 PM
Earls Monday Night explosion against the Dolphins

Huge
07-17-2006, 02:32 PM
I loved Moon's 500+ yards against Kansas City.
What I liked most about that game was Chris Collinsworth having to eat crow after the game. The week leading up to it, he was babbling on about how this was the game he had been looking forward to all year because there was no way the Run-'N-Shoot was going to be able to function in the cold weather of Kansas City. "The beginning of the end of the Run-'N-Shoot", he says...

Chicagotexan1
07-17-2006, 03:10 PM
2 Oiler vs KC games. Moon lighting up the Chiefs for over 500 yds.
Childress sticking the Nigerian Nightmare like no else had.

Then - KC gets revenge by k.o.ing us in the playoffs in 93!!! I hated those guys for that.

Texan Asylum
07-17-2006, 04:02 PM
My lowest moment wasn’t the Buffalo debacle, but the game from the year before against the Broncos. The Oilers jumped to a 14-0 lead and were up by as much as 21-6 in the 1st half. From wikipedia…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_playoffs,_1991-92#AFC:_Denver_Broncos_26.2C_Houston_Oilers_24


That one goes down as one of the all time worst events I can remember. That game is when I first fell in love with truly hating the Denver Donkeys. I would have to admit that they have moved up a notch from the level of the "Girls" and the "Tacks" with the addition of Kubiak and friends.

Edit: Please let me explain...I'm talking about the Broncos moving up a notch, just in case anyone is confused.

gwallaia
07-17-2006, 05:49 PM
Just seeing the oil derrick on the helmet tuning in on tv during the fall would get me pumped up.

Take any of Earl Campbell's plays as my favorite memory. He was bigger than life when I was a kid.

axman40
07-17-2006, 05:55 PM
The 1st Oiler game was 1973 The LA Rams, yes kids it was the LA Rams back then.The LA Rams bested an young Oiler team that included rookies John Matuszak and Greg Bingham by a score of 31-26.
The highlight came on MNF when Howard Cosell waxed poetically of a near upset by the home team.My favorite run was a 10 yard TD run by Ronnie Coleman to defeat The Miami Dolphins 20-19, the run was a true life longest yard situation!


:cool:

TwinSisters
07-17-2006, 06:55 PM
double 'O' hauling in the bomb from Pastorini

Wolf
07-17-2006, 07:08 PM
Does anyone else remember the BIG SCOREBOARD with the bull that snorted smoke? Of course that was before Bud Adams got so greedy he tore it down so he'd make a few more bucks on seats.

not exactly the bull but

http://www.astroland.net/cowboy.GIF

powerfuldragon
07-17-2006, 07:16 PM
I was 11 when they left town, so thier departure wiped any memory i had of that team out of my brain.

TexanBorn51
07-17-2006, 07:33 PM
I lived in Houston in 65 and was 15 yrs old until 1973 then moved to San Antonio. My favorite memories then were when he The Tyler Rose played for UT and played U of H and some other college teams even at Rice stadium more capacity. But my most exciting and favorite were actually between 75-80. Check out the following there's too many memories and Houston was going ecstactically wild them times...
1973: To say the Oilers season was miserable would be an understatement, as Coach Bill Peterson is fired after a 0-5 start. The Oilers whose record under Peterson was a humiliating 1-18, would be led the rest of the season by Hall of Fame Coach Sid Gilman. However, not even Gilman could help, as the Oilers lost their next 2 before beating the Colts 31-27 in Baltimore for their only win of the season, as they finished the season with a 1-13 record, being outscored 447-199 on the season.

1974: Sid Gilman remains head coach but hires Bum Philips to be the defensive coordinator so he could be groomed to replace him. The Oilers would start the season off by winning their first game at the Astrodome 21-14 over the San Diego Chargers. However, the Oilers would struggle losing their next 5 games, but this time the Oilers would recover by winning their next 4 on the way to finishing with a 7-7 record. Following the season Gilman would step down, and let Bum Phillips take over.

1975: In Bum Phillips first season as Coach the Oilers finally played competitive football again posting their first winning season in 7 years with a 10-4 record. However, all 4 losses were to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cincinnati Bengals who beat out the Oilers for the Division Title and Wild Card spot.

1976: The Oilers get off to another strong start at 4-1. However, the team's offensive struggles would catch up with them as they lost 6 in a row and 8 of 8 overall to close out the season with a disappointing 5-9 record.

1977: The Oilers get off on the right foot again winning 3 of their first 4 games, which was capped by a 27-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Astrodome. However, injuries would hamper the Oilers chances as they lost 5 of their next 6. Once some key players returned the Oilers would finish the season on a strong note to finish with an 8-6 record.

1978: Spurred by RB Earl Campbell who wins both the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Offensive Player of the Year rushes for 1,450 yards, the Oilers make the playoffs with a 10-6 record, qualifying in the newly created 5th Wild Card spot. In the Wild Card Game the Oilers would travel to Miami where they stunned the Dolphins 17-9 to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. After beating the Dolphins the Oilers traveled to New England where they faced the Patriots before 61,297 chilly fans. However, the cold weather would not bother the Oilers 31-14 to earn a trip to Pittsburgh with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. However, the Oilers run would end in disappointment as they are blown out by the Steelers 34-5. Following the loss the Oilers are greeted by 50,000 loyal fans at the Astrodome holding signs saying "Love Ya Blue."

1979: Earl Campbell continues to establish himself as the best RB in the league winning the Offensive Player of the year again while claiming the NFL MVP, by rushing for an NFL best 1,697 yards, while scoring 19 TDs. The Oilers would go on to finish with an 11-5 record, qualifying for the playoffs as a Wild Card again. In the first playoff game at the Astrodome the Oilers beat the Denver Broncos 13-7, but lose several key players including RB Earl Campbell, and QB Dan Pastorini to injuries. Playing without Campbell and Pastorini in the Divisional Playoffs the Oilers backup would step it up as they beat the Chargers in San Diego 17-13, as Vernon Perry sets a playoff record by intercepting 4 passes. The Oilers would move to the AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh for a rematch with the Steelers. The Oilers appeared to have the game tied in the 3rd Quarter but Officials said Mike Renfro was out of bounds when replays clearly showed he got both feet in. The call would be a back breaker as the Oilers fell 27-13. Following the loss the Oilers would return home where 70,000 fans showed up early in the morning to greet them in another "Love Ya Blue" rally.

1980: Earl Campbell continues to be the rest runner in the NFL winning the rushing title again, and Offensive Player of the Year again with an amazing 1,934-yard season. His season was highlighted by consecutive 200-yard games as he narrowly misses a 2,000-yard season. The Oilers would go on to finish with an 11-5 record, as they had to settle for the Wild Card again after losing the division via tiebreaker. In the Wild Card Game at Oakland the Oilers were stymied by the Raiders all game losing 27-7, as their season is ended by the eventual Super Bowl Champion for the 3rd year in a row. However, Owner Bud Adams was not satisfied, and he would fire Coach Bum Philips, and replace him with Ed Biles.

My worst memory is when Bud Adams fired Bum and they were only one game from the SuperBowl and in the playoffs like da what...are you crazy I'm so glad he left but he took the team with him. That's okay now we got a whole new fresh team and that is the Texans...cool. And guess what as much as I have follow them over all these years I see them, others will disagree, going to the playoffs if not this year then next year.

Hervoyel
07-17-2006, 07:47 PM
1985, Herkie Walls catches his only pass of the year. It goes for 7 yards. We were all in awe that day.

Ok, not really. Actually if anyone ever asks me my best Oiler memory I say "You remember Earl Campbell?" and when they nod I say "Yeah, that was it."

From 1978 to 1984 everything was right in the world as long as Earl was an Oiler. When they traded him the team died a little bit in my heart and it never really got completely better. Everything from the day they fired Bum was a long slow march to "Don't let the door hit you on the way out of town."

the wonger need food
07-17-2006, 07:55 PM
http://www.astroland.net/BULL.gif

aj.
07-17-2006, 07:56 PM
Without question my #1: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan_zone/messageboards/showpost.php?p=214102&postcount=20

(with the only correction being the "north sideline" 30 yard line. There is no west sideline... west would be the home locker room endzone at the Kirby end. I must have been overly excited writing that...

The first pep rally is probably #2

There was a MNF against the Steelers and a rare home playoff win (in OT) against the Seahawks that are in my top 5. There was also a really good MNF game against New England and Grogan around 1980 that was a great game..... whenever the Dome was full .... and it was every week back during LYB and the 7 year run, it was a good day. The you-say HOUSTON, I-say OILERS cheer prior to gametime makes the Houston - Texans ... thing with the cheerleaders sound a bit weak. They need to do it across sidelines not end-to end for better effect.

There was also the Week 17 Prime Time thrashing of Buffalo and Jim Kelly the week before "the debacle" when I took my then 70 something year old mother to see her one and only football game live and in-person.

There were a lot of great home games back in the day -- and a lot of disappointments.

aj.
07-17-2006, 08:11 PM
I liked the bull snorting flags better than the cowboy for some reason.

TwinSisters
07-17-2006, 08:13 PM
That Bull was so awesome... I re-engineered my lite-brites just to have one of my own.

aj.
07-17-2006, 08:14 PM
I'm guessing the chronology, or at least part of it, came from here: http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nfl/tenhou/houoilers.html

TexanBorn51
07-17-2006, 08:22 PM
Yes confession to be made but I can get close to the facts there. I truly don't remember the actual source but it was an Oiler history account source. I've had this fact sheet for years on a file in my computer somewhere archived. I've gone to this site for a long time but just joined this site this year. I've posted these facts in some other posts as comment but I d surely do remember those Houston years in Houston and the dome the only dome at the time. Those were some teenage wild years at Lamar High Class of 69 ( good year good number lol). I even remember the Colt 45's now the Astros.

TexanBorn51
07-17-2006, 08:23 PM
Texan Born...
Did you write all this from memory? Or do you have it written down for your great great grandkids to be able to remember what FOOTBALL was all about? Just kidding. Or did you get it from a website or somewhere else?
Yes confession to be made but I can get close to the facts there. I truly don't remember the actual source but it was an Oiler history account source. I've had this fact sheet for years on a file in my computer somewhere archived. I've gone to this site for a long time but just joined this site this year. I've posted these facts in some other posts as comment but I d surely do remember those Houston years in Houston and the dome the only dome at the time. Those were some teenage wild years at Lamar High Class of 69 ( good year good number lol). I even remember the Colt 45's now the Astros.

Kaiser Toro
07-17-2006, 08:34 PM
You had me going there for a minute with the Herkie story. :confused:

Great finish! I luv the "Earl Campbell?" quote! That was great.
Man we really need an Earl smiley!

We need an Earl Campbell smiley.

I also have an idea for an image starved Houston Texans to combat a marketing Tsunami driven by Bud Adams in the form of VY. Get that awful I'm a Texan slogan working for you by centering it around Earl. Print a T-shirt with that slogan and Earl's image somewhere on it and I will buy it for me and my nephews.

If there is one guy in Texas football that no one can dispute his talent, embodiment of hard work, values, Texan gravitas and doing it across racial lines it is the Tyler Rose. He gave us everything to the detriment of his body and we all recognize it and are thankful for bearing witness to greatness on Sundays.

He is Houston football in my opinion, save the hard core Oliers fans, and pretty much recognized as such. It does pain me that I get the sense that his greatness only lies within Texas due to his legacy not having a current team to showcase a lineage link to the greatest RB ever. Earl Campbell is and will always be a Texan first. :texflag:

TexanBorn51
07-17-2006, 08:42 PM
We need an Earl Campbell smiley.

I also have an idea for an image starved Houston Texans to combat a marketing Tsunami driven by Bud Adams in the form of VY. Get that awful I'm a Texan slogan working for you by centering it around Earl. Print a T-shirt with that slogan and Earl's image somewhere on it and I will buy it for me and my nephews.

If there is one guy in Texas football that no one can dispute his talent, embodiment of hard work, values, Texan gravitas and doing it across racial lines it is the Tyler Rose. He gave us everything to the detriment of his body and we all recognize it and are thankful for bearing witness to greatness on Sundays.

He is Houston football in my opinion, save the hard core Oliers fans, and pretty much recognized as such. It does pain me that I get the sense that his greatness only lies within Texas due to his legacy not having a current team to showcase a lineage link to the greatest RB ever. Earl Campbell is and will always be a Texan first. :texflag:
I second that motion and third it too. He was and still is a very special man. Nicest gy you ever want to meet too. By the way football aside his Earl Campbell Sausage is one great tasting BBQ meat and that 's not because of the Earl Campbell thing alone. As a matter of fact I didn't realize how much I miss that sausage until I left Texas last year for a couple of years. You see where I'm at one can't find it. When I go to Texas to see family and friends I try to find and bring some back here. Anyone ever tried it....it's been very successful...

TexanBorn51
07-17-2006, 08:45 PM
not exactly the bull but

http://www.astroland.net/cowboy.GIF
Ah yes remember it well thanks for bringing back the scoreboard again as I had forgotten...

TexanBorn51
07-17-2006, 08:47 PM
And THERE it is...

You've blessed my spirit today Wonger!
Luv Ya Blue and Wolf you all are just too much thanks a bunch for those cowboy and bull snorting scoreboard .gifs. It all comes back now...

Texans_Chick
07-17-2006, 08:50 PM
We need an Earl Campbell smiley.

I also have an idea for an image starved Houston Texans to combat a marketing Tsunami driven by Bud Adams in the form of VY. Get that awful I'm a Texan slogan working for you by centering it around Earl. Print a T-shirt with that slogan and Earl's image somewhere on it and I will buy it for me and my nephews.

If there is one guy in Texas football that no one can dispute his talent, embodiment of hard work, values, Texan gravitas and doing it across racial lines it is the Tyler Rose. He gave us everything to the detriment of his body and we all recognize it and are thankful for bearing witness to greatness on Sundays.

He is Houston football in my opinion, save the hard core Oliers fans, and pretty much recognized as such. It does pain me that I get the sense that his greatness only lies within Texas due to his legacy not having a current team to showcase a lineage link to the greatest RB ever. Earl Campbell is and will always be a Texan first. :texflag:


I am guessing they would never make such a t-shirt. Houston doesn't own the Oiler rights.

But anyone can make their own. If you, or anyone you know, is particularly talented at photoshop or some other sort of graphic program, you can make up your own graphic, and have a t-shirt company print it for you for cheap. Lots of companies do this, including this one (http://www.uberprints.com/) that I've used before and is pretty fast.

I've used this a bit because I think most sports t-shirts are frumpy and ick, and I don't do frump. (at least intentionally).

Before you make your graphic, be sure to look at the requirements of the t-shirt company of what the resolution needs to be for the picture. I was fortunate to have one come out OK with not the best resolution, but better resolution helps.

Making your own tees can be fun.

TexanBorn51
07-17-2006, 08:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IMJvUgLCXE&search=earl%20campbell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdvVaTbwMrE&search=earl%20campbell

I know I've already posted these two links but it was way back at the beginning. It's definentally worth looking at again.

ALL EARL FANS MUST SEE THESE TWO LINKS!!!

lol: lol: lol: lol:
Wow thanks man that is really cool to find awesome some replays of the Tyler Rose. Appreciate it although is there any way to download it...

Kaiser Toro
07-17-2006, 09:08 PM
I am guessing they would never make such a t-shirt. Houston doesn't own the Oiler rights.

Don't need the rights. The people who are currently paying for Texans tickets will identify simply with a head shot and the I'm a Texan slogan with the Texan logo in there. Moreover we can always use the old video, owned by NFL films, at the games to display what one of Texas' finest sons and resident of Houston did on the field.

Yeah there is the part about getting Earl and family to sign off on it and a myriad of other hoops. But heck, outside of true love, Earl is the most noblest cause of all. :texflag:

TwinSisters
07-17-2006, 09:39 PM
Bah T-Shirt shmeeshirt... that ain't even worth it.

It would be better to construct a gigantic Lone Star Steel statue of Bum and Earl on Reliant grounds, before they pass away. Both of them are due a hearty Texans' night in their honour.

I would unveil it during a Titans game... just to serve them a little friendly reminder that they are still owned and operated by Houston.

LoneStarState
07-17-2006, 10:12 PM
I have several favorite Oiler Memories - but to me, the best are (in no particular order):

* Earl's long TD run against Miami
* Oilers beating Pittsburgh in Pittsburgn on MNF in 1978 (Pitt was previously undefeated)
* Oilers beating Cowboys on Thanksgiving '79
* Oilers beating San Diego with subs (and some say with stolen play signals) in the playoffs

There are more - but those are my favorite...

texansfanquecaneh
08-04-2006, 10:02 PM
My greatest Oilers memory was the playoff game against San Diego. We lived 1 hour east of Montreal at the time. That was the year Vernon Perry joined the Oilers after playing for Montreal in the CFL for a few years. I was already an Oilers fan so I was thrilled that Vernon Perry was now an Oiler.
Just to give everybody some background to this story: the Montreal papers were predicting a blowout because they said Houston had no offense without Earl Campbell and Air Coryell would frustrate Vernon Perry so much that he would take more than one of his silly roughing penalties when things did not go his way(I still remember that article like it was yesterday).
So when Vernon Perry got 4 interceptions and the Oilers won, I was just screaming-not only for the win, but also for Vernon Perry showing the so called experts that they were wrong. Looking back, it may not have been a classic, but it was my greatest Oilers memory.

Texan Asylum
08-04-2006, 11:15 PM
http://www.njsportspromotions.com/CampbellEarlAuto.jpg

mike moffat
08-05-2006, 10:33 AM
In countdown order:
4. Dan Pastorini beating up Dale Robertson.

3. Everything "Luv Ya Blue" - topped off by the pep rallies.

2. Anything Earl - especially MNF against the Dolphins.

1. The door whacking Bud Adams in his baby blue pastel backside as he scurried out of town only a few years after the taxpayers spend almost $100 million redoing the Astrodome (increasing the number of seats, removing the scoreboard, and ruining it for baseball so we also had to build a baseball park sooner). This cleared the way for the Texans!
Couldn't say it better. So, I'll just borrow your quotes..Well said.

SheTexan
08-05-2006, 10:52 AM
Great memories guys/gals!! I've read all these posts a couple of times since this thread started, and it's hard to explain the emotion that started in my gut and headed right straight to my heart. All the post about the great Earl Campbell just made my heart sing LOVE YA BLUE!!!!

My memories go all the way back to 1960 and going to see the new Oiler team at Jeppesen stadium. George Blanda! Yea, I still think about those days. I remember the move to the Astrodome in 1965 and was priviledged to go to the very first game the Oilers played there. "Eighth Wonder of the World" certainly fit back in those days. I remember my mom, who loved football more than ANYTHING in the world, refused to go to the dome. She was petrified of the place. I never convienced her to attend a game there, but she never missed watching them on TV. I had three brothers and numerous male relatives who loved football, but, NONE of them knew more or loved the game more than my MOM!!

I have fun memories also. One of them is the time a Brown's fan got drunk and decided he was going to whip up on an over zealous Oiler fan. Decked out in all his DAWG pound glory he decided he was going to climb the railing to supposedly beat the dog poo out of the Oiler fan. Instead, he ended up losing his balance, fell about 15 ft, landed with his bone sticking out of his mouth! NO JOKING EITHER!! He got carried off on a stretcher! The entire section went crazy!! Fun for Oiler fans, not so much fun for the doggie fan!!

I could fill this board up with memories, but, I won't bore you all to death. Just wanted to say THANKS for the memories!!!!!

Texan Asylum
08-05-2006, 11:45 AM
Sundays gathered around the old tube.

Growing up in Houston, we didn't have much. One thing we did have though was TV. The Indy 500, Howard Cossell, Billy Graham, the Nixon resignation, the vision of the dude skiing into my memory as the "Agony of Defeat" on ABC's Wide World of Sports...lots of memories around that "Old Box". During football season there was the Oilers. Good or bad, they were part of our Sunday routine. In the day of 3 channel TV, it sure was a thrill to watch your heros in action. Not many memories survived that era of my life, but the Oilers and the times around that TV made it out with me.

Here's to a new set of Houston football memories being made with the Texans. In the future, I hope my kids look back on the times we spend around our "Old Box" watching the Texans, and remember the flavor of the moments we had together as a team.

painekiller
08-06-2006, 12:54 AM
OK Houston football arrived the Monday Night Miami came here and the NFL learned of a man name Earl. I was there, it was an unbelievable night.

After that night that man keep giving us highlight after highlight. He was the 2nd best RB ever. Only Jim Brown.

Other big memories. Heck Buddy Ryan trying to kill Kevin Gilbride, I wish I could have landed that punch. Gilbride sure could not call a game.

As a real young kid watching George Webster a mountain of a man dislocate a finger, running to the sideline in pain while the trainer put it back in place, he goes right back out and stops a touchdown on the next play. Did I say he was big.

Hanging out with Lamar Lathon a few years ago and talking about the good times. He is one hell of a great guy. Would make an excellent TV color guy. Really knows the game.

Also meet Alonzo Highsmith on an airplane. He is a scout with GB. A really nice man. We had a great conversation. I was really hoping we could bring him here to be part of our scouting department. He is an asset to the game.

The last game here for Jerry Glanville, he had been on TV that week talking to Atlanta about going there. I lead a group of people singing "Goodbye Jerry where glad to see you go." Moon later told me they heard us on the field while walking to the locker room, he thought we where really cold.

I could go on.

flylikeaneagle
08-07-2006, 05:50 PM
The one I remember was when our hometown hero, Bo Orlando, blocked Mike Horan's punt in the Bronco end zone and Bubba McDowell covered the loose football for the game's first score in 1991.

gwallaia
08-07-2006, 06:11 PM
I remember my mom, who loved football more than ANYTHING in the world, refused to go to the dome. She was petrified of the place. I never convienced her to attend a game there, but she never missed watching them on TV.

Why on earth was your Mom afraid to go to the Dome?

Bamaborn-Texasbred
08-29-2006, 08:45 AM
One of my favorite moments was when the Oilers beat the 49ers on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. At the end of the on-the-field postgame interview, Warren Moon looked into the camera and said, "Merry Christmas Houston." It felt like he was wishing me a merry Christmas. That was awesome.

RiotCommander
08-29-2006, 09:25 AM
Most of you are not going to like my post on this one. I was not an Oilers fan. When they were around in Houston I watched the Cowboys :hides: . Anyway I have only one real memory of the Oilers, and its watching them being dismantled by the Bills in the playoffs after having like a 32 point lead. Back then thats pretty much all they were known for.


Hey but I was right there when the Texans were announced as the Houston team so cut me some slack here.


:hides: :hides:

Civil
09-05-2006, 12:45 AM
My favorite Oiler experience was visiting their training camp (back when they went to San Angelo) and meeting Earl Campbell. My brother and I were fortunate enough to get a picture with him and his huge arms over our shoulders. That was a great day!

Think Earl is still selling sausage :)
http://www.earlcampbell.com/life_after_football/index.html

DBCooper
09-06-2006, 03:24 PM
Best: My mother worked at Century 21 next to a Kolache shop and the owner said he was Billy "White Shoe's" agent. The next week Johnson came to dinner at our house. Touchdown Bar-B-Q was in the same complex and all the players used to hang out there. I jogged with Earl and rode on Robert Brazil's shoulders.

Worst: The day Bud took the team to Buggtussel.....

TNTitan
09-06-2006, 10:29 PM
wait, Bud owns all your memories now. Lock this thread now.

Blu
09-06-2006, 10:47 PM
Pep rally in the Dome after the loss to Pittsburgh in '79. People sitting on the ledges under the old scoreboard. Pom poms flying and the Luv Ya Blue song blaring. Earl riding in on the back of a police motorcycle. Bum's quote about kicking the door in. It was a very special time that will never be duplicated.
That's what sets the Oilers apart from the Cowboys..the atmosfer.
It was like cheering for a high school team for so many years. :texan: