Originally Posted by TEXANRED
I am by far not trying to argue with you regarding the passion of Oiler fans.....But that photo was from the 70's. What about the early 80's? Mid 80's? Sure the late 80's to early 90's they started to draw, but even then there were still blackouts. I remember a Sunday night game during all of our playoff runs a corporate sponcer had to buy out the seats. How many times did we sit on pins and needles and hope we made our Friday deadline to sell out the dome? I practicaly grew up having to listen to them on the radio. You could hear a Pin drop in the dome in 94.
Even after he made his deal with Nashville it still was not finalized cus it had to pass a vote. There was still plenty of time to save our Oilers or at least show the NFL we cared. But we didnt. In fact the mood was "Well Bud don't let the door knob hit ya on the way out."
Its easy to be passionate when your team is winning. But how about the losing? Texan fans are head and shoulders more passionate than Oiler fans. I don't know if its due to the computer age where we get to sit and talk to hundreds or thousands of different fans, the increase in information on each individual player, the tailgating, or the fact that we lost a team and now are more greatfull to the team that we have now.
Despite 4-12, 5-11, 7-8, 2-14, 6-10, 8-8, and 8-8, we still challenge anyone who says our team sucks. You put that same record witht he Oilers and you get the early 80's edition and no one went to those games.
We may not be in our seats by kickoff but at least we show up.
But that is my perception or perspecitve of the matter.
80's? 90's? I was there - every game (the exceptions being 86 & 87 - I was overseas). As far as passionate Oiler fans, I can remember a couple of raucous crowds in the Oilers final year here. Not every game that season, but a couple still drew 45 to 50k. I remember corps having to step in to avoid blackouts too, but I attribute that to something someone mentioned earlier in the thread - This is a transplant city. Ya know what though? it didn't phase me a bit, because instead of worrying about whether the game was going to be televised, I was wondering why the chicken necked, POS wouldn't let us tailgate (we even got busted for throwing a football - but that's for another thread).
Very few people like Yankee and his "The Mrs" join in the passion for a team of their adopted city. I wish more were like Lindsay and Ryan.
Going back to my original point, Bud Adams is the epitomy of corporate welfare. This city, hell this county (the Astrodome is owned by Harris County) gave and gave and gave to that POS. What did he do in return, **** us! So **** him!! Oklahoman POS!!!