And speaking of crying after those seventies teams lost, one that stands out to me is that Monday night game at Houston when Earl Campbell made that long TD run...outran Curtis Johnson to the end zone. Just sick. Bad angles and all from the LB's.
Maybe it's just me, but I really miss the Houston Oilers being in the league. The name and colors bring back a lot of memories -- even the sad ones like Bopkin mentions above, which I recall all too well.Plus, they stole our fight song! Great game, electric kind of night.
Same is going to be true, for me, of the Oakland Raiders since they are now going to be located in Las Vegas. But at least they'll still be the 'Raiders' and still have the same logo and color scheme. So we're not losing that.
The first game I attended as a young kid was a Monday Night game in OAK between the Dolphins and Raiders.
Griese, Csonka, Little, Langer, Baumhower, Nathan, Harris, Moore, Cefalo, Bokamper.
Stabler, Branch, Casper, Shell, Tatum, Hendrick, Hayes, Upshaw, Dalby, Guy, and even a very young Christensen.
But circling back to the Houston Oilers, I wish HOU would have done what CLE did when it retained the Browns name and colors when the original franchise bolted for BAL.
Especially now that Tennessee gave up the Oilers monicker and became the Titans, I'd love to see HOU take back that name and identity. I know it's not going to happen, but IMO the NFL is better with the Houston Oilers in it than the Houston Texans.