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Joe Texan
07-26-2007, 04:35 PM
Who will be in attendance when Bruce Mathews is officially inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bruce is a Houston Sports icon that is within the league of Earl Campbell, Roger Clements, Hakeem Ologawon(SP) Sorry Hakeem, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. If you are going to Canton let me know as I along with some of my friends will be attending. Sadly we will not be taking along one of those friends who had planned on going but we wish said friend well (you know who you are). It would be great meeting up with old Oilers fans to cheer on Bruce at his induction. Bruce might have played for the Dud of the NFL but he was a significant part of the Houston Oilers and he has shined the light of Greatness on this great city. We will be tailgating on the road to the stadium on sunday so if you out and about look for us we would love to have you.

Double Barrel
07-26-2007, 04:50 PM
Man, I'd love to be there. Bruce has always been a class act, in spite of having to get paid by Mr. Slime.

Have fun, man! I know you'll represent H-town well!

Texan_Bill
07-27-2007, 09:34 AM
Bruce Mathews rocks!!! Have a good time, and don't let the inbreads claim Bruce. They never got to watch Bruce take on his brother Clay in the old AFC Central days...

I better hear chants of "B R U C E", "B R U C E"......

DBCooper
07-27-2007, 09:38 AM
Bruce Mathews will always be an Oiler, the tacks just got to borrow him for a while after that awesome expansion draft they were allotted.

Congratulations Bruce!

Lucky
07-27-2007, 10:17 AM
Bruce Mathews rocks!!!

Bruce Matthews was pretty good, too. Come on Joe, Roger Clements?

Texan_Bill
07-27-2007, 10:59 AM
Spelling 5-0 is on the prowl..... j/k..... Easy for you to spell Matthews, but can you spell Dean Steinkuhler???

hollywood_texan
07-27-2007, 01:09 PM
Who will be in attendance when Bruce Mathews is officially inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bruce is a Houston Sports icon that is within the league of Earl Campbell, Roger Clements, Hakeem Ologawon(SP) Sorry Hakeem, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. If you are going to Canton let me know as I along with some of my friends will be attending. Sadly we will not be taking along one of those friends who had planned on going but we wish said friend well (you know who you are). It would be great meeting up with old Oilers fans to cheer on Bruce at his induction. Bruce might have played for the Dud of the NFL but he was a significant part of the Houston Oilers and he has shined the light of Greatness on this great city. We will be tailgating on the road to the stadium on sunday so if you out and about look for us we would love to have you.

Hey Joe Texan, tried to send you PM, but your mailbox is full.

Are you going to the Oakland game with the same crew as last year?

I would like to get a ticket with that group of people if possible.

Tedc
07-28-2007, 08:33 AM
I will be there!

I can't wait...Canton, we're baaaaack!!!:texflag:

BattleRedToro
07-28-2007, 09:56 AM
I have never been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I know that they make bronze busts of all the players, but do they have photos of each of them in their section?

If so do you think the photos will be of Bruce in an Oilers' uniform or a Titans' uniform?

mike moffat
08-01-2007, 11:58 AM
Bruce is the man. He is a class act all the way.

hobie
08-01-2007, 12:41 PM
I have never been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I know that they make bronze busts of all the players, but do they have photos of each of them in their section?

If so do you think the photos will be of Bruce in an Oilers' uniform or a Titans' uniform?

If it is in a Titans Uni that would be the biggest injustice there is. If he goes in as an Oiler, his picture has to be in that Uni.

The Dream
08-01-2007, 01:12 PM
congrats to Bruce.....always one of my favorite Oilers/Titans

Texan_Bill
08-01-2007, 01:57 PM
Hope Joe, Tedc and Billy have an awesome time!! Take plenty of pictures!!!

The Dream
08-01-2007, 05:34 PM
Hakeem Ologawon(SP) Sorry Hakeem

seriously man.......Olajuwon.......... how can you not know how to spell the man who was the biggest contributor to the only championships this city has ever seen?????

Wolf
08-01-2007, 11:19 PM
hurts me on this part of the Title
Matthews to be first Titan in Hall of Fame

http://mvn.com/nfl-titans/2007/08/01/matthews-to-be-first-titan-in-hall-of-fame/

Texan_Bill
08-02-2007, 03:06 PM
We (including Blazing Arrow) know the truth.....

Tailgate
08-02-2007, 03:13 PM
Everyone get over to John McClains video tribute to Bruce Matthews and let him know what he meant to us as Oiler fans. Great idea by John to present the comments and videos to the Matthews family.

http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/2007/07/matthews_tribute_parts_1_2_3_4.html

Texan_Bill
08-02-2007, 03:16 PM
Thanks!! I think the link is busted. I guess I will go the ol fashioned route.

Tailgate
08-02-2007, 03:18 PM
Thanks!! I think the link is busted. I guess I will go the ol fashioned route.

No problemo... the link should be fixed.

Double Barrel
08-02-2007, 03:47 PM
hurts me on this part of the Title

Matthews to be first Titan in Hall of Fame


I could've sworn that Bud's franchise has lots of HoF players in it's history.

Texan_Bill
08-02-2007, 03:58 PM
No problemo... the link should be fixed.

That was awesome... Dude could do it all. I forgot that he was the long snapper too.

Tailgate
08-03-2007, 01:53 PM
That was awesome... Dude could do it all. I forgot that he was the long snapper too.

One of the best to ever play the game. Part 6 is up and talks about the move, the super bowl run that was gift wrapped to Tenn,etc.

Texan_Bill
08-03-2007, 02:23 PM
One of the best to ever play the game. Part 6 is up and talks about the move, the super bowl run that was gift wrapped to Tenn,etc.

Sweet... Going to check it our right now.

Wolf
08-03-2007, 11:25 PM
:offtopic: sidenote

Bruce and Clay , has any brothers/family played in the NFL longer?

nunusguy
08-04-2007, 10:30 AM
Mark Schlereth: He's No. 1 in terms of being the most versatile lineman in history. He played all five positions and played them all extremely well. It's a testament to his greatness that he went from right guard to left guard, which is like telling a right-handed person to start writing with his left hand. I've seen that move destroy people's careers, but Matthews made the move seem effortless.


Matthews had great feet, fantastic hands and the best technique I've ever seen. I won't lie to you, I used to steal from him all the time. Luckily for me he finished his career playing left guard, so whenever I was going to face a tough opponent I went and got tape of Matthews playing the guy. I would try to emulate Matthews' success and formulate a game plan to defeat the guy.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/halloffame07/news/story?id=2960276
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Former Bronco OLineman & current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth is definitely very high on Matthews.

Texan_Bill
08-04-2007, 02:30 PM
:offtopic: sidenote

Bruce and Clay , has any brothers/family played in the NFL longer?

Jamie and Darren Sharper.. Tiki and Aronde Barber..

Texan_Bill
08-04-2007, 02:31 PM
We are going fishing tonight, BUT only after the induction ceremony.. I am so stoked for B R U U U U C E!

Speedy
08-04-2007, 06:30 PM
hurts me on this part of the Title

Matthews to be first Titan in Hall of Fame

He's also the last Houston Oiler that will ever be inducted into the HOF.



Unless I'm missing somebody. ???

awtysst
08-04-2007, 06:44 PM
He's also the last Houston Oiler that will ever be inducted into the HOF.



Unless I'm missing somebody. ???

Haywood Jeffries?!

StarStruck
08-04-2007, 06:59 PM
Bruce Matthews induction coming up next (6:00 p.m.) on the NFL Channel.

treygar
08-04-2007, 07:53 PM
not sure if anyone else is watching the induction ceremonies right now, and not sure where i should put this but..

1) Sanders speech was perhaps the biggest tearjerker next to Earl Campbells', man...

2) Mathews did a big shoutout to McLame.

treygar
08-04-2007, 07:56 PM
i forgot...

3) after Thurman's speech i'm turning off the TV, no way am I gonna watch Irvin's speech. the Drugtaker may think he is a Hall of Famer but he will never be one in my eyes.

aj.
08-04-2007, 08:35 PM
Bruce's shout out to Houston fans and those "special Sundays at the Dome" was mucho appreciated.

ChildressTitanMan
08-04-2007, 08:37 PM
He's also the last Houston Oiler that will ever be inducted into the HOF.



Unless I'm missing somebody. ???

Ray Childress has to get in eventually.:bat:

ChildressTitanMan
08-04-2007, 08:49 PM
I really appreciate how you guys are supporting Bruce & that to you he'll always be an Oiler.

I love the guy as both an Oiler & a Titan. I liked how part of his speech was about loyalty to a team & that he still thinks there are players out there who will stay with one team their whole career.

To Bruce as a player it didn't matter that the team moved away from Houston. He was loyal to his team mates & the organization & that's a rare thing these days.

I like how regardless of the rivalry between Texans & Titans fans, for those of both groups who were Oiler fans, we'll always be united when it comes to Oilers heroes.

aj.
08-04-2007, 09:05 PM
To Bruce as a player it didn't matter that the team moved away from Houston.

Bull****

treygar
08-04-2007, 09:08 PM
I missed Hickerson's speech, who was his presenter, how was the speech?

StarStruck
08-04-2007, 09:12 PM
I missed Hickerson's speech, who was his presenter, how was the speech?

His son. Hickerson was brought out at the conclusion of the acceptance speech.

ChildressTitanMan
08-04-2007, 09:32 PM
To Bruce as a player it didn't matter that the team moved away from Houston.

Bull****

Nice work. Totally missing the point & quoting out of context.:gun:

aj.
08-04-2007, 09:51 PM
Irvin did a great job. No notes. Almost got a little too carried away on the "why me" angle, but he handled it very well. Anyone willing to stand up in front of everyone and own what he did can't be criticized too much imo...

Brando
08-04-2007, 09:54 PM
Ray Childress has to get in eventually.:bat:

What his car dealership? Of course.

StarStruck
08-04-2007, 10:04 PM
Irvin did a great job. No notes. Almost got a little too carried away on the "why me" angle, but he handled it very well. Anyone willing to stand up in front of everyone and own what he did can't be criticized too much imo...


I didn't get the impression that he questioned why me rather coming clean with his actions. I guess I'm done crying now. There was always something I liked about Mike the person, even when he was acting a plum clown. Tonight, he shared with the world the heart of the man, and he is a tough act to follow. It takes a special person to lay his life canvas out in such a way and along with the greatness, own up to his weakness.

Texan_Bill
08-06-2007, 08:28 AM
I really appreciate how you guys are supporting Bruce & that to you he'll always be an Oiler.

I love the guy as both an Oiler & a Titan. I liked how part of his speech was about loyalty to a team & that he still thinks there are players out there who will stay with one team their whole career.

To Bruce as a player it didn't matter that the team moved away from Houston. He was loyal to his team mates & the organization & that's a rare thing these days.

I like how regardless of the rivalry between Texans & Titans fans, for those of both groups who were Oiler fans, we'll always be united when it comes to Oilers heroes.


He was being politically correct in his speech. If you watch the interview with John McLame, he was actually perturbed when he found out the team was moving. He could have signed somewhere else, but chose to remain a Houston Oiler. After he re-signed, it was announced that the team was moving which actually ticked him off a bit, but of course he is not going to say that in his HOF speech...

Also notice that his family remained in Texas..



Who's left from the Oilers to induct?

TD
08-06-2007, 08:50 AM
When I took my oldest son to TC in San Marcos, Matthews was easily the friendliest and most accessible of the players; especially to the kids. He'll always have a special place with me for that. My son now has two HOF autographs on his football from that day (Moon).

Class act all the way. I hope he gets his wish and Clay makes it as well.

Texan_Bill
08-06-2007, 08:52 AM
Awesome story TD. I hope your kid will remember that for the rest of his life...

TD
08-06-2007, 12:46 PM
Awesome story TD. I hope your kid will remember that for the rest of his life...

He better...I've wanted to kick myself on more than a few occasions for not getting ME a ball to get autographed with him.

Actually, I know he does and he represents the Texans fanbase well in Denver now. (unlike my middle son who followed Bud to the dark side) :pirate:

Texan_Bill
08-06-2007, 12:51 PM
He better...I've wanted to kick myself on more than a few occasions for not getting ME a ball to get autographed with him.

Actually, I know he does and he represents the Texans fanbase well in Denver now. (unlike my middle son who followed Bud to the dark side) :pirate:

Older son good.
Middle son bad!! Did you dis-own him yet??.... although, I guess you really can't.

TD
08-06-2007, 01:10 PM
Middle son bad!! Did you dis-own him yet??.... although, I guess you really can't.

You're right, I can't. Even though I tried everything to discourage him, he still insisted on getting his accounting degree and joining my firm. His office is next to mine. Disowning him might make things a little tense around here. ;)

Double Barrel
08-06-2007, 01:13 PM
Who's left from the Oilers to induct?

Al Del Greco maybe? idonno:

Or how about Ernest Givins?

Givins combined quickness and toughness to become the Oilers' all-time leader in receptions (542) and receiving yards (7,935). He was consistent, grabbing 50 or more passes in his first eight seasons. Although he eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier just once (1986), he surpassed 900 receiving yards in four other seasons.

Ernest was also a clutch receiver, scoring a franchise-high eight touchdowns in postseason action.

Hervoyel
08-06-2007, 01:52 PM
I hope this isn't taken the wrong way but I'm hoping that we're done inducting former Oilers into the HOF. As much as I am happy to see my favorite players honored (and I can't think of any former Oiler who deserved it more than Bruce Matthews) I can't deny that these events bring out an anger and sadness in me that I usually keep buried pretty deep. The Oilers/Titans "situation" is something that I'll always be upset about and something that I'll always hate Bud Adams for putting myself and the rest of Houston through.

Watching these former Oiler players being pawned off as Tennessee Titans (Matthews is the first Oiler player I've seen inducted that really was also a Titan in any kind of meaningful way) upsets me. It's like every time this happens I have to watch "my" Oilers turn into somebody elses "Titans" all over again. I hate every minute of it. I want it to stop. I hope we've seen the last Oiler inductee.

Texan_Bill
08-06-2007, 01:59 PM
Geeez. Al Del Greco?? Unless your name is Jan Stenerud or a couple of the really elite kickers, I don't see a HOF induction coming anytime soon.

Givens (or Jeffries, Duncan, etc.) would be interesting but I am sure he won't get the nod because the "numbers" would be inflated due to a "gimmicky" offense...

I have a bad feeling, that we may have seen the last Houston Oiler to go in, unless Childress sneaks in some day... although he did make the preliminary list in 2003.