The Houston Oilers were old the American Football League's first champion in 1960. Sadly for Oiler fans, that was the high point for a franchise that stands out as the only original AFL team to never appear in a Super Bowl. Now, they are the Tennessee Titans. John Pirkle, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney and lifelong fan, does not place ...Read MoreThe Houston Oilers were old the American Football League's first champion in 1960. Sadly for Oiler fans, that was the high point for a franchise that stands out as the only original AFL team to never appear in a Super Bowl. Now, they are the Tennessee Titans. John Pirkle, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney and lifelong fan, does not place blame for the playoff losses and team leaving, he lets the facts speak for themselves, but he does caution their new fans in Tennessee to prepare themselves for owner Bud Adams sometimes Machiavellian management technique and the heartache that is sure to come. To the extent sports has its heroes and moments of triumph, the Oilers are the other side, and that is why their story is so interesting. If you like football, you will love this book, even if the Oilers and their fans did not love living it.Read Less
B&W era photos. New. No Jacket Issued. Book CONDITION: UNREAD 2000 Sportline large soft cover, assumed first printing. Filled with B&W era photos of individual players and action shots. CONTENT: The highs and lows of the Houston Oilers football franchise, from its inception to its departure to Nashville, Tenn., are well documented in this team biography. The tone of Oiler Blues, as written by Pirkle, a former US Department of Justice trial attorney and a third-generation Houstonian, is one that reflects the emotions of the beleaguered Oiler fans who for 37 years saw hints of possible greatness but who were always ultimately disappointed. The team never appeared in a Super Bowl, even though they made the playoffs 10 times and advanced to the AFC championship twice. (At the beginning, in 1960-61, when they were in the AFL, they did win the championship twice. ) The cumulative 37-year record for the Houston Oilers was 251 wins, 291 losses, 6 ties (.463). Throughout the years, there were stars and personalities for the fans to root for, including George Blanda, Ken Stabler, Warren Moon, and Earl Campbell, but there were also players whose promise never was fulfilled. And there was owner Bud Adams, coaches, and management, all of whom made decisions at times that seemed to undermine the teams success (for example, trading away Steve Largent and the rights to Joe Namath). The love affair the Houston fans had with their team becomes bittersweet, as the saga ends with the Oilers 1997 move to Tennessee. Breaking the book down year by year, Pirkle gives a good overview not only of the teams results, but also of the franchises mindset. It also gives an indication of the evolution of football, in the age of television, into a money-making vehicle. The oversize format of the book, with its black-and-white photos, makes Oiler Blues a good, nostalgic photo album for the fans and a good reference for anyone interested in the newly named Tennessee Titans as they embark on creating their own memories. [This is for all of the loyal Oiler fans through the highs (too few) and lows (too many), bad owners, poor management decisions, etc. I still love the old Oilers and the new Texans. ] Will ship priority. Questions welcome & answered.
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