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Old 08-22-2008   #101
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At first I was kind of meh.......... now I wouldn't trade it for any other name. I'm Texan proud through and through.

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I originally liked the idea for name "Houston Smog"
We'd smother the competition. Good incentive to keep the roof open too
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It's one of the reasons why the thought of going to Canton has mixed feelings for me. Yeah, it would be great to see all that NFL history, but would make me throw up seeing Earl in the Titan part of the hall. Not to mention how sad that Houston Pro Football history has been reduced to probably some embarrassing stuff living in the hall--maybe a David Carr passing record or something else similarly stupid.
I'm crying: http://www.profootballhof.com/histor...ranchise_id=31
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If I had Bob McNair type money here is what I would do...

Buy the Edmonton Oilers from the NHL and move them to Houston.

Change the colors to Columbia blue, Red, and White.

Put a huge derrick on the front of the hockey jersey.

Claim Wayne Gretzky as the greatest Houston Oiler ever.

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I originally liked the idea for name "Houston Smog"
We'd smother the competition. Good incentive to keep the roof open too
They're saving that for LA's team.
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I personally like the Texans. I love the logo,uniforms, and colors. I liked them from the start. They could have been called the Houston Apollos,Stallions etc. I didn't care we had the NFL back in Houston. For people who don't like the name or logo, winning and tradition as always is the cure for everything. The Dolphins first came into the league in 1966. What kind of pansy team name was that? Remember Flipper was a TV series back in the mid 60's. When they started winning and they had some tough players(Csonka,Buoniconti),their bruising running game, and their undefeated season they made a name for themselves. I think the Texans name sounds a little more tough from the start anyway. Then over the years you develop traditon.




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Today, some Cowboy fans who keep saying the Texans have the worst name in the league. They call it "a high school team name". What do you think about the name?

For me, I luvs it.
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I love the name Texans, and I love the logo even more, both are awesome.

Great shirt. Worse than the America's team crap they pull is the hole in the roof crud.

Now allow me to share the ULTIMATE rebuttal I came up with for cowgirls' fans who say "the reason there is a hole in the roof of Texas stadium is so God can watch his favorite team play"

My response: "Just like in Jesus' day when he ran around with theives, lepers, prostitutes and outcast to try reach them and show them love and mercy, the concept is still relevant today, the hole is there so he can still keep his eye on them"


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I like the Texans name, woulda preferred the old Oilers name but I'm certain Bud would have wanted a pretty penny for those rights.
The name does nothing to even suggest the identity of Houston let alone extol its virtues. The Oilers was a great name because that's what the city was, that's what it did. Maybe not cool for some because we're talking fossil-fuels here, but few names are more beloved, for example, than the nickname of our opponent in the season opener, and the vast majoirty of the steel mills and the rust belt image left Pittsburgh long ago. On the other hand Houston still lives and breathes energy. Very good chance that's why you're here, directly or indirectly. And now Energy is Global like its never been before.
McNair punted and took a very beige name.
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The name does nothing to even suggest the identity of Houston let alone extol its virtues. The Oilers was a great name because that's what the city was, that's what it did. Maybe not cool for some because we're talking fossil-fuels here, but few names are more beloved, for example, than the nickname of our opponent in the season opener, and the vast majoirty of the steel mills and the rust belt image left Pittsburgh long ago. On the other hand Houston still lives and breathes energy. Very good chance that's why you're here, directly or indirectly. And now Energy is Global like its never been before.
McNair punted and took a very beige name.
How about Houston Gas, Houston Electrons, Houston Black Gold, Houston Texas Tea, or the Houston Hillbillies (cue music)
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The name does nothing to even suggest the identity of Houston let alone extol its virtues. The Oilers was a great name because that's what the city was, that's what it did. Maybe not cool for some because we're talking fossil-fuels here, but few names are more beloved, for example, than the nickname of our opponent in the season opener, and the vast majoirty of the steel mills and the rust belt image left Pittsburgh long ago. On the other hand Houston still lives and breathes energy. Very good chance that's why you're here, directly or indirectly. And now Energy is Global like its never been before.
McNair punted and took a very beige name.
Oilers was a name like Steelers and Packers. It was something that had meaning locally far greater than it could nationally. It fit in with those names very well. Texans IMO doesn't have that.
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OK, this is going to come across as harsh, so I need to first verify that yes, I am a Texans fan (more than a Cowboys fan), and have been for the last couple of years.

When the Texans' name was picked, I was a Cowboys fan. I hated the name, mainly because I thought it was presumptuous. Like others have said, the name "Texans" means something, and I found it annoying that an upstart team with no history was trying to claim some sort of representation of the whole state, especially given the fact that there was already a highly successful team with strong support across the entire state. Just like lots of people get annoyed at the Cowboys being called "America's team", when they don't really represent most of America, I was annoyed at the Houston team calling itself the "Texans" when they didn't represent most of Texas. And, I know that the name doesn't mean they claim to represent all Texans (nor was it the first team in Texas with the name), but it really rubbed me wrong.

The name has grown on me, but overall, I still think they would have been better off to choose a different name - something that represented the city, or something more general.
Yet claiming your Americas team is not presumptous at all.
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Oilers was a name like Steelers and Packers. It was something that had meaning locally far greater than it could nationally. It fit in with those names very well. Texans IMO doesn't have that.
great point. never thought of it that way.

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The name does nothing to even suggest the identity of Houston let alone extol its virtues. The Oilers was a great name because that's what the city was, that's what it did. Maybe not cool for some because we're talking fossil-fuels here, but few names are more beloved, for example, than the nickname of our opponent in the season opener, and the vast majoirty of the steel mills and the rust belt image left Pittsburgh long ago. On the other hand Houston still lives and breathes energy. Very good chance that's why you're here, directly or indirectly. And now Energy is Global like its never been before.
McNair punted and took a very beige name.
so this has got me wondering... why weren't the oilers black? what the hell does baby blue have to do with oil? is it significant to the city of Houston somehow?

both of those post's have really gotten to me. great points, both of you. rep rep rep.

you know, it's different for everybody, for me personally, (because I know you're all wondering) the clean start was absolutely ideal. i was lost, teamless, wandering the NFL like a vagabond. waking up at 8am in Oregon to watch pregame!!!

I had no affiliation with the Oilers/Titans, they played in Tennessee. Geography was important to me. I'm in oregon, I'm supposed to root for the Seahawks or the Niners?.... you've got to be kidding. I'm not a Raider guy. not my thing. So a brand new squeaky clean team with a new identity was wonderfully refreshing. The "Texans" was important to me so far from home. At the time, the opportunity to get in on the ground floor, to be there from "the beginning" was wonderfully appealing.

But I can see now how "Texans" isn't regional enough for those of you who attached the identity to the city of Houston. I realize that now. Some were there at the beginning when the Oilers were started. They'd already gone through this once. And I can completely empathize with you from that stand point.

So here we are 7 years in, (9 in a sense i guess) and I sometimes look fondly at the Oilers and think, "I wish we had that history." It's not fair to those of you who "loved ya blue" so much to have it stolen away by some team in Tennessee. So I feel for you. I wonder if there would ever be a way to get that back but I'm sure it's impossible. It belongs to the organization that plays in Tennessee.

In the end, it's patience that is going to win out. Time will give the "Texans" that same historic quality. Already we look "way back" to our first victory over the same cowboys that we're playing tonight...

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I love the name Texans, and I love the logo even more, both are awesome.

Great shirt. Worse than the America's team crap they pull is the hole in the roof crud.

Now allow me to share the ULTIMATE rebuttal I came up with for cowgirls' fans who say "the reason there is a hole in the roof of Texas stadium is so God can watch his favorite team play"

My response: "Just like in Jesus' day when he ran around with theives, lepers, prostitutes and outcast to try reach them and show them love and mercy, the concept is still relevant today, the hole is there so he can still keep his eye on them"


That one is free, use it as you wish.
My response it that God has to have someplace to go and Dallas makes perfect sense......




Feel free to use that.
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OK, this is going to come across as harsh, so I need to first verify that yes, I am a Texans fan (more than a Cowboys fan), and have been for the last couple of years.

When the Texans' name was picked, I was a Cowboys fan. I hated the name, mainly because I thought it was presumptuous. Like others have said, the name "Texans" means something, and I found it annoying that an upstart team with no history was trying to claim some sort of representation of the whole state, especially given the fact that there was already a highly successful team with strong support across the entire state. Just like lots of people get annoyed at the Cowboys being called "America's team", when they don't really represent most of America, I was annoyed at the Houston team calling itself the "Texans" when they didn't represent most of Texas. And, I know that the name doesn't mean they claim to represent all Texans (nor was it the first team in Texas with the name), but it really rubbed me wrong.

The name has grown on me, but overall, I still think they would have been better off to choose a different name - something that represented the city, or something more general.

If I recall... Tom Landry hated the name "America's team" . NFL film coined after noticing people would watch them no matter what.. Either they rooted for them to win, or the watched to see them get stomped, but America watched and it became a title of one of there videos and stuck

there is a thread buried somewhere in the NFL section discussing this. I am just going by memory which isn't very good
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I like it because it works. No other state can turn their name into a reasonable sounding football team name except Texas.

Los Angeles Californians? sounds stupid

NY New Yorkers? sounds stupid

Jacksonville Floridians? again stupid

Charlotte Carolinians? dumb

Houston Texans? works

Or maybe it's my native born bias.
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excellent point. wish i'd have thought of that.
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If I recall... Tom Landry hated the name "America's team" . NFL film coined after noticing people would watch them no matter what.. Either they rooted for them to win, or the watched to see them get stomped, but America watched and it became a title of one of there videos and stuck

there is a thread buried somewhere in the NFL section discussing this. I am just going by memory which isn't very good
NFL Films coined the term and the media machine that was Tex Schramm ran with it. Almost to a man the Cowboys of that time said they hated it.
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Let me share a little story,

I was living in Oregon when Houston got a new team. I'm born and raised in Texas and had been living in Oregon for about a year. I absolutely loved it there, one of the most beautiful places on earth. But I couldn't get past the fact that it wasn't my home. When I came home to visit I went to a souvenier shop and bought one of those little 2" x 3" Texas flags and when I got back to Oregon I put it on my car. I was proud to be from Texas. I loved Oregon but I wasn't from there. I was from Texas. I would often meet people who would ask me about the sticker. They'd say things like "isn't that the Texas flag on your car?" or "I've never seen anyone with a flag of their state on their car."

You could travel all over this country and not find a single other state that is as recognized by it's "statehood" than Texas. New York is defined by it's metropolis New York City. California by L.A. and California girls, Floriday by, well, kind of by it's "limp" shape and Disneyworld, beaches etc.

More people recognize the state flag and the actual shape of this state than any other. Hands down.



To be Texan absolutely means something. It means something more than being from any other state in the nation. I would go so far as to say it is in fact the only state that could be recognized as being defined by it's existance as much as anything. Not by a major city or cities in our case, but by the state it self.

Being a "Texan" meant something to me, especially when I was living in another state. When our new name was selected I couldn't have been happier... the apallos? seriously, Toro's? is this area football?

I challenge you to consider what it would be like for the other teams in the leauge. There is only one team that makes sense:

Pittsburgh Pennsylvanians ?
Indianapolis Indianans?
Jacksonville Floridians?
New York New Yorkers
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Houston Texans

maybe it doesn't mean anything to you, but it does to me.



So the Tennessee Tenneasseans would sound pretty silly as well for the Thumb Tacks!!!!!!

I may have added or left out some, E's, N's, and S's out the above.
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OKAY I might have read into this, but I thought "Texans" came from the history of the republic of Texas and those who fought at the Alamo and those who defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto before we were a state. So it's really doesn't encompass Dallas at all.... I HATE DALLAS
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