I was born and raised in a city that had a CFL team for a hundred years...that team ended up folding amid fan apathy, institutional losing, etc...and a few years later another ownership came in with a new team, with a new name, new colors....that lasted awhile, it was sold again, team needed to genrate some excitement and so they brought back the old name and colors. From Wiki: Montreal Concordes .After the original Alouettes franchise folded, Montreal businessman and Montreal Expos founder Charles Bronfman came to the rescue and financed a new club for the 1982 season under the name Montreal Concordes. This new team inherited the Alouettes franchise history and its players. In 1986, the team attempted to embrace its predecessor's history and regenerate flagging fan interest by rebranding itself the "new" Montreal Alouettes. While I understand an extraordinary set of circumstances would have to line up for the Oil to ever return I've never viewed it as an impossiblity. Likely? Not even close. Impossible? No. Some of the extraordinary circumstances that would have to line up as I've been discussing for years: 1. Texans are institutional losers who let down their fan base time and time again and never seem to meet expectations. - We are half way there. 2. This leads to fan apathy. Waning interest. Frustration. And the Texans start taking on a negative vibe locally. - They have a reservoir of revenue stream that dates back to their launch. I don't really know what theuir season tix and corporate bookings are, when the renewals come, what the waiting lists are if any...but I do know that if you keep losing this reeservoir dries up. Houston fans are notoriously apathetic in bad times. 3. Changes of ownership. Does McNair have the appetite for institutional losing if it keeps going on? He once was a hero. What about when under constant critcism and when revenues are getting pressured at the same time? Bud is, like, 90 or something. If all of this came to pass...and a local Houston ownership group bought the team...it would be stupid NOT to try and rebrand them the Oilers. They would pay the Adams family some millions and they would own it. Everyone loves a nostalgia story. It would create so much buzz it would be ridiculous. It would jolt the entire city and fanbase. It would take the story from pon the field, where they are losers, to off it. They would sell a billion tickets. New merchandising. It would create so much revenue it would be ridiculous. As much as they may deny it...that town has never forgot the Oilers and they never will. It's part of their heritage. They just have to keep losing.