I've just read this ESPN article on the Texans growth as a result of this season's success and I find it quite intriguing. Now winning breeding fans is not exactly some complex formula, but I think many of us may be underestimating the effect this season has had on the NFL fanbase. A large portion of the posters here likely reside in the Houston area, so it's perfectly natural to be surrounded by Texan fans, but the article pointed out that the team has received a hometown spike in interest over the season uncharacteristic of other years. I'm going to guess that many of the Cowboy fans in the area have finally come around? Despite not being in Texas, I can tell you guys that I get a lot more respect when people recognize I am a Texan fan. And the amount of "Do you mean you're a Cowboys fan?" replies have gone down drastically since this season has come to an end. This off-season is different for many reasons: the team will now have to build off a season in which they actually lived up to expectations and the front office must learn how to handle the sudden desirableness free agents have to play for Houston. One of the more challenging aspects of this off-season lies with the influx of new fans. That's where we, as Texan fans then and now, can come into play. A lot of people will cringe at the aspect of bandwagon fans, and I can't say I'm for the idea of bandwagon fans either. But I will say that I'm excited about all these new fans from across the union coming to our team. I think the fans of this team can do their part to make sure as many of these guys stay when the eventually cloudy skies do appear in this constantly changing game. If you know someone personally who is slowing becoming a Texan fan, make the effort to watch a game with them. If you know people over the Internet who are showing some interest in the team, recommend them to this forum if only for them to lurk. I certainly do. I know you guys in Houston are more than capable of showing all our new Texan friends what a great fanbase this is. I became a Texans fan because of the city of Houston, because of you guys. Let's be classy and not worry about why they're here, but do whatever we as fans can do to show them what Houston hospitality is about. So to any new lurkers out there, come on in. We want to here about your experiences with Texans football. To any newly registered guys and gals, and all new fans in general, welcome!