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Texans_Chick
04-24-2012, 09:10 AM
Wade on his Twitter account is asking fans to help financially support an opera that is inspired by the life of Bum Phillips.

The Luv Ya Blue era, I suppose, is both a triumph and tragedy of operatic proportions.

They need to raise a little over $5000 by 4/29. They are 50% funded for the first part of the project. I will personally be embarrassed if we can't raise that much money from the 4th largest city and surrounds to honor someone we love so much.

I wrote about it here (http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/2012/04/bum-phillips-the-opera-your-support-is-needed-to-make-this-happen/). "No word if there would be casting of Bud Adams in this opera. Most of the best operas have some sort of devil character."

But the best link to go to is the direct site (http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips).

You can donate any amount. It is like a Kickstarter project...you donate any amount from $1 to whatever. If they fund the project by the date, they charge you. If they don't, you get your money back. The way that the site processes payments is through the Amazon merchant system. It takes 10 minutes tops to do.

If we all work together, we can make this happen. Do it for Bum. Do it because Wade asked us to. This thing needs to exist.

Just be thankful they aren't doing a Jerry Glanville opera.

Texans_Chick
04-24-2012, 01:06 PM
More info:

They are planning on holding this opera in both Houston and NYC.

Right now there are 22 supporters of this project. 22 people in the entire planet who want to see a opera honoring Bum Phillips.

:wadepalm:

I would be sad if we couldn't get any more supporters than that. The interface to donate to the project only takes a little bit of time.

The Producing Artistic Director of the project, Luke Leonard, is a Cy Creek grad who now lives in NYC. He has met with Bum about the project, and Bum is good with it (his only condition is that it was handled respectfully). Bum sees it as an opportunity to promote the Bum Phillips Charities he works with though his church.

Texan_Bill
04-24-2012, 06:54 PM
Steph, thanks for posting. I just recieved my confirmation for my donation.

Texan_Bill
04-24-2012, 08:46 PM
BTW Steph, repped!!!!

Texan_Bill
04-24-2012, 09:46 PM
Anybody else have the stones to give up a few bucks for something like this???

If not, Puh Cees!!!

Texans_Chick
04-25-2012, 07:54 AM
Anybody else have the stones to give up a few bucks for something like this???

If not, Puh Cees!!!

Thanks Bill!

I'm afraid the timing of this is tough--draft week is a hard week to have a deadline.

I was told that if we get this first part funded, and they get the opera completely put together, that is the point where the theaters are interested in making it a part of their seasons.

Really, it takes hardly any time at all to do the online donation. It is all handled through Amazon payments. And the donation doesn't go through unless they make their funding goal.

What makes this sort of personally annoying to me, but just how it is, if this were a Chuck Noll opera, it could get funded instantly. /old wounds.

Texan_Bill
04-25-2012, 08:11 AM
Thanks Bill!

I'm afraid the timing of this is tough--draft week is a hard week to have a deadline.

I was told that if we get this first part funded, and they get the opera completely put together, that is the point where the theaters are interested in making it a part of their seasons.

Really, it takes hardly any time at all to do the online donation. It is all handled through Amazon payments. And the donation doesn't go through unless they make their funding goal.

What makes this sort of personally annoying to me, but just how it is, if this were a Chuck Noll opera, it could get funded instantly. /old wounds.

With salt generously poured on them... OUCH!!

I'm not sure why draft week would have an affect with regards to people's supposed professed love for Bum. It would really be ashame if this doesn't happen.

Texans_Chick
04-25-2012, 08:49 AM
With salt generously poured on them... OUCH!!

I'm not sure why draft week would have an affect with regards to people's supposed professed love for Bum. It would really be ashame if this doesn't happen.

Draft week makes it hard to get traditional NFL journos to write about funding this. Because they are otherwise busy. It would be great if some big money underwriter would see this and make it happen, but people are busy with their lives.

I was able to get my little article on the front page of Chron and I tweeted this out. But there's a difference between someone going "Hey, that's cool that someone would make an opera about Bum that Bum supports" then taking 10 minutes to give some stranger your money to make it happen.

Just seems to me that there has to be more than 26 people on the planet who would like even the idea of this, whether they actually like opera.

Texan_Bill
04-25-2012, 08:46 PM
Yeah but seriously Steph @StephStradley (on twitter) people like Jabba McClain couldn't work something in about this? He claims to love the 'ol "Luv Ya Blue" days

Texans_Chick
04-25-2012, 08:51 PM
Yeah but seriously Steph @StephStradley (on twitter) people like Jabba McClain couldn't work something in about this? He claims to love the 'ol "Luv Ya Blue" days

John has always been nice to me. He doesn't follow me on Twitter and typically doesn't interact with many people on Twitter.

He may be available to write about this down the road, but in the short term, he is otherwise occupied.

I'm trying my best. But truly getting the word out is different then getting people to throw down money on something this weird and wonderful.

Texan_Bill
04-25-2012, 10:20 PM
John has always been nice to me. He doesn't follow me on Twitter and typically doesn't interact with many people on Twitter.

He may be available to write about this down the road, but in the short term, he is otherwise occupied.

I'm trying my best. But truly getting the word out is different then getting people to throw down money on something this weird and wonderful.

Sorry Steph.... McClain is worried about his Titans and his movie career. How did his supposed 'cameo' in "Cook County" do again???? HEY, John McClain... Use your misguided followership towards this tremendous project, irrespective of "draft week"..... MAN-UP for a change!!!!!!

Texans_Chick
04-26-2012, 11:29 AM
Sorry Steph.... McClain is worried about his Titans and his movie career. How did his supposed 'cameo' in "Cook County" do again???? HEY, John McClain... Use your misguided followership towards this tremendous project, irrespective of "draft week"..... MAN-UP for a change!!!!!!

I'm planning on going to the draft party-- (official one, and the 790 Christian's Tailgate in the Heights one beforehand.)

If people want to donate to this project but don't want to jack with the web interface, give me the jack and I will make sure it gets to the project.

Texan_Bill
04-26-2012, 10:11 PM
Really? REALLY????? You people suck!!!

You people to claim to love "Luv Ya Blue" era, and won't participate in this project should be ashamed of yourselves!!!!


"that's three holding calls on one football team in one half of football.... That ain't funny!".....

Signed,

Bum

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 07:23 AM
Nah, people don't suck. People have lives.

There are now 36 supporters.

We are running out of time given the way the non-profit fundraising site works.

But a lot of people have told me that they are interested in doing this, they just haven't done it yet.

Here's the link (http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips).

2 days left.

65% funded.

$3483 to go.

If we don't make the big $ push today, it may not happen because people don't do much web stuff on the weekend.

The donation/signup process is easy. Takes less than 10 minutes.

Texan_Bill
04-27-2012, 07:45 AM
Nah, people don't suck. People have lives.

There are now 36 supporters.

We are running out of time given the way the non-profit fundraising site works.

But a lot of people have told me that they are interested in doing this, they just haven't done it yet.

Here's the link (http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips).

2 days left.

65% funded.

$3483 to go.

If we don't make the big $ push today, it may not happen because people don't do much web stuff on the weekend.

The donation/signup process is easy. Takes less than 10 minutes.

[Bolded] So easy, even a Texan_Bill can do it.

http://www.nachi.org/images08/Caveman.jpg

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 09:11 AM
HAHAHAHA Bill!

It is the Steph and Bill Bum Phillips Opera telethon!!!!!

Since this morning a few more signups. We're at 39!!! Let's make it past 50. I bet if we get past 50, we make our goal.

If we don't make this happen, then Bud Adams and the terrorists win.

NO! This aggression will not stand, man.

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 11:25 AM
40 supporters now.

Fundraising Site for Bum Phillips opera (http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips)

Please make this happen. If we all contribute, no doubt we make the goal. :fans:

Playoffs
04-27-2012, 11:34 AM
40 supporters now.41. ;)

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 11:51 AM
41. ;)

OMG!!!

HUGS!!!!!!!

THIS MIGHT ACTUALLY HAPPEN!!!!!!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! :fans:

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 11:52 AM
41. ;)

I just repped you.

I meant to say. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 12:26 PM
42 contributors.

78% funded.

We can do this.

If we don't, the Steelers win again and we can't have that.

Playoffs
04-27-2012, 12:42 PM
I put it up on my FB -- see if that shakes out some support.

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 12:54 PM
I put it up on my FB -- see if that shakes out some support.

Nice. You never know who is inspired by something.

All I know is that when Bum Phillips walked out the Texans tunnel last season, and even though I knew in advance it was going to happen, I cried anyway. Because of just everything. Just everything.

I'm still trying to dig around for the video I shot when Bum Phillips spoke at the Luv Ya Blue reunion at the Texans bubble. He talked about how Luv Ya Blue happened, and the connection that team had with the community. Would love to put that online.

And if you ever listen to beloved coaches publicly speak, you figure out pretty quickly why people love them. Because you want to run through a brick wall for them.

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 01:45 PM
Yay Stemp!

43 supporters.

Reminds me of one my sister's sayings:

"We can do this because we ARE doing this."

Playoffs
04-27-2012, 02:28 PM
If you're making any assumptions about what the complete story is here,

You may be mistaken, missing the "second part" like I was...

Watch the short video and see if you got it: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/06/16/44/1632560/9/628x471.jpg

Texans_Chick
04-27-2012, 02:46 PM
I'm just very interested to see how this is put together.

I heard Bum's book, that this opera is based on, is very cool.

So who is going to get this over the $8000 mark?

:bravo:

Playoffs
04-27-2012, 03:46 PM
I'm expecting something like this...?

http://youtu.be/N8AX2CKbPlU?t=4s

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e316/Soizic22/a%20smilie/laugh-1.gif

Texan_Bill
04-27-2012, 07:03 PM
I just upped my donation.

Texan_Bill
04-27-2012, 08:38 PM
i just upped my donation.


th1s^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^




*BUMPED*

Throw a a $20 , $30 or a $100 spot towards the project!!

Don't be "askeered"!!!! ...................... Anything helps!!! BTW, Steph's link to the sight makes it really easy to "man-up".... Don't be a "puh Cee"!!!........ Throw a couple of bucks towards a killer project.....

If you don't.............. We can't be friends!!!

Playoffs
04-27-2012, 09:14 PM
I just upped my donation.
Noice! :clap:

Texans_Chick
04-28-2012, 11:07 AM
*BUMPED*

Throw a a $20 , $30 or a $100 spot towards the project!!

Don't be "askeered"!!!! ...................... Anything helps!!! BTW, Steph's link to the sight makes it really easy to "man-up".... Don't be a "puh Cee"!!!........ Throw a couple of bucks towards a killer project.....

If you don't.............. We can't be friends!!!

We are so close. But we are running out of time given the way that the fundraising site works.

And now that it is the weekend, you are more likely home reading this and can access the fundraising through your home computer. As Bill says, it is really easy to make a donation.

Donate under your own name, anonymously, maybe under your business name.

Here's the latest:

47 supporters, 82% funded, needs $1748 w/ 1 day remaining (Technically 46 supporters because Bill donated twice).

Any amount is helpful. Actually, one thing I'd just like to see is that the number of supporters of this would be higher.

Let's get this up past 50.....

Here's the direct link (http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips).

Texans_Chick
04-28-2012, 04:58 PM
Update:

WE GOT TO 50 SUPPORTERS:

50 supporters, 83% funded but only 1 fundraising day left. Need $1673 by tomorrow night.

Can we get to 60 supporters? I hate trying to raise money, but I just like this as a way to honor Bum.

:fans:

http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Texan_Bill
04-28-2012, 06:51 PM
*BUMP*

It's crunch time people... Man-up!!

Playoffs
04-28-2012, 11:00 PM
While we're celebrating the Texan's draft & future, why not become a part of the group that going to honor a bit of Houston's pro football past ... ???

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/O5tmSe2j_qc/0.jpg

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 09:52 AM
For our Bum Phillips telethon. The NFL films Greatest Characters of All Time video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S20qvvDGBt0


Here's the donation page. We are up to 52 supporters, (actually Bill twice, so 51), and $1598 to go. Fundraising page closes at midnight.


http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips (http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips)

If we all try to do this together, it will get done. Kick the door down.

:fans:

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 10:46 AM
Interesting geographical breakdown of supporters.

Texas: 27
New York: 18
Other: 8

If Nixon gets a stinking opera, Bum certainly should get one.

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 11:03 AM
2 more from Texas. Woooo.

Wade is pushing it too today on Twitter. Really we need to make this happen or we suck.

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 11:53 AM
85% funded.

55 supporters.

Midnight people. That's the deadline.

http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Seriously it is super easy to donate.

Playoffs
04-29-2012, 12:07 PM
Re-upped on Facebook with urgent request to "share" the link.

C'mon, troops, if we fund this Wade will be so happy he'll have everyone asking, "Mario who?" in 2012/13!!!


http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/06/46/63/1731831/11/628x471.jpg

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 03:43 PM
My favorite recent video of Bum Phillips. From 2011 season. Smacks Bud Adams down. Carefully (http://www.houstontexans.com/media-lounge/videos/Bum-Phillips-on-Wade-City-of-Houston-more/bb11245b-6501-4ecf-a0ec-005f342397ae)

Support the man, the opera. Please.

http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Still stuck on 55 supporters. Let's get to 60.

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 03:49 PM
Wooohoooooo 56 supporters. Please, give what you can give.

http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Do not make this one of these:

:wadepalm:

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 05:35 PM
59 supporters.

Let's get to 60, 70.

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 06:45 PM
60.

A supporter from New York City.

Their money still spends.

http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Let's get 70 supporters.

Apologies. I'm annoying myself. But annoying self for something cool.

$25
Your name listed as a production supporter in the production playbill and on the website of the producing company.

That would be nifty, wouldn't it?

Besides, we all know you are a bunch of Bum lovers.

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 08:27 PM
62 supporters.

We are running out of time. A little over 6 hours left.

:fans:

We can do this. http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Playoffs
04-29-2012, 08:46 PM
92.8% of the goal reached ..... !!!

Now we're talking. Every little bit counts!

Texan_Bill
04-29-2012, 09:06 PM
Just posted on twitter..... I can re-adjust my donation (yet again) but I don't think I can cover the next $7 hundy needed!!!

Texans_Chick
04-29-2012, 09:10 PM
WE DID IT!!!

Funded!

If you want your name or business associated with the project, there's still time to donate to this initial effort. http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Thanks for all who helped make this happen.

Playoffs
04-29-2012, 09:18 PM
http://rashidkm.wap.sh/images/fireworks_animated_gif_2.gif

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u68/Blueline29/woohoo-smiley.gifhttp://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss290/wtflchat/Woohoo_emoticon_by_Xerceth.gifhttp://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u68/Blueline29/woohoo-smiley.gifhttp://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss290/wtflchat/Woohoo_emoticon_by_Xerceth.gifhttp://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u68/Blueline29/woohoo-smiley.gif

Stemp
04-29-2012, 09:27 PM
Someone gave $1000. THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE!

Texan_Bill
04-29-2012, 10:42 PM
WE DID IT!!!

Funded!

If you want your name or business associated with the project, there's still time to donate to this initial effort. http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips

Thanks for all who helped make this happen.

:whew

Thanks Steph for speerheading this project!! This is the happiest $xxx.xx I've ever spent!!!

Texan_Bill
04-29-2012, 10:44 PM
**** YEAH!!!

Some people ROCK!!!!!!!

Texans_Chick
04-30-2012, 08:49 AM
:whew

Thanks Steph for speerheading this project!! This is the happiest $xxx.xx I've ever spent!!!

:)

Truly. I love being able to use the interwebs to do nifty things to bring people together and encourage creative fun stuff.

So Bill, when the opera comes to be, do I get to see you in your fancy duds? <PICTURES!!!>

NitroGSXR
04-30-2012, 08:54 AM
This morning was payday. I went to go donate and... it seems not to be an option anymore. Is there another place I can go to donate?

Texans_Chick
04-30-2012, 11:50 AM
This morning was payday. I went to go donate and... it seems not to be an option anymore. Is there another place I can go to donate?

Yes.

There will be opportunities down the road. I'm not sure if there will be the gifts that came with the crowdfunding.

Here is the production company's website: http://antiquatedplay.tripod.com/MonkParrots/indexMP.html

If you want your donation to be associated with that production, I suggest emailing through the link and finding out about that.

Luke, the artistic director is very nice and I'm sure he would love all the help he can get.

Playoffs
04-30-2012, 12:24 PM
:lol: Somehow they're using my sneaky Twitter username on the monkparrots site.

Texan_Bill
04-30-2012, 07:30 PM
:)

Truly. I love being able to use the interwebs to do nifty things to bring people together and encourage creative fun stuff.

So Bill, when the opera comes to be, do I get to see you in your fancy duds? <PICTURES!!!>

Absolutely. I actually clean-up pretty well!!

Texan_Bill
05-16-2012, 07:22 PM
Steph,

I just received my personalized, autographed book ('Coach * Cowboy * Christian') from Bum.

I'm pretty stoked about that!!

Playoffs
05-16-2012, 07:28 PM
I just received my personalized, autographed book ('Coach * Cowboy * Christian') from Bum.Me, too!

Texan_Bill
05-16-2012, 08:17 PM
Me, too!

SWEET!!! Good job for contributing!!

Texan_Bill
05-16-2012, 08:20 PM
Me, too!

For some reason the site won't allow me to edit my post.

The edit was:

MSR! (must spread rep. for our newer members.)

Texan_Bill
05-18-2012, 07:58 PM
Oh HELL YEAHZ!!!!

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k325/Texan_Bill/Bum_Phillips_Book-1.jpg