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The Cool No 9
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Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Is probably what I would call this espn 30 for 30 if I were to direct such a project and make it happen. So it’s been long since a reality, over two decades since Houston’s original franchise left town.

Watching the titans right now makes me think of the history of this franchise. I remember how surprised I was in junior high that the oilers had moved to Nashville. I didn’t have cable (or internet) at home at the time so I didn’t catch everything that was going on in sports.

I’d like to get what should/could be a nice discussion subject here, what are YOUR impressions or memories of how the oilers left town? I don’t quite recall was it a stadium problem? Obviously the astrodome is no longer in service it seems like something went wrong there. Did the city not afford the agreement with the NFL.. what exactly happened to make them move to Nashville?

I imagine we have plenty of Houston folks with an opinion
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OWLFAN86
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Bob McNair has stopped this sort of thing for years.

NFL won't cooperate with filmmakers

you'd think it would be the Adams family,,,but no, the
McNairs hates the popularity of the Oilers in Houston

that's why a lot of former Oilers don't have anything to do with the Texans

and it should be called Luv'd Ya Blue
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CBandits82
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Oilers had kick arse unis


tigermed
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
I hope Bud Adams' fat arse is burning in Hell.


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The Cool No 9
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Owl, you’re a pretty appropriate first response to this subject I take it you’re a Houston/Rice guy, pretty good material there too

I mean I can’t inagine it being a popularity or lack of issue. They had plenty support and certainly weren’t an irrelevant thing in a city and region in east Texas where football means so much
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tiger turney
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
It’s not complicated; why do all teams move? New stadium.


OWLFAN86
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Well I was a huge Oilers fan ,Earl Campbell's family are friends I consulted on a number of campaigns that built stadiums ( basketball & Baseball)and I worked for the County Judge and one of my responsibilities was liaison to the Sports Authority

so had a hand in Astros extension at MM, college football national championship 2024, world Cup , World Series etc,


so yeah
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The Cool No 9
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Was that the singular thing that did it though?

I want to say the oilers and saints had a decent inter conference rivalry too geographically it’s a fit and I remember they played on Monday night one year when I was a kid
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OWLFAN86
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
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Was that the singular thing that did it though?


Bob Lanier ( Mayor/ dictator ) and Bud Adams didn't get along
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
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so had a hand in Astros extension at MM, college football national championship 2024, world Cup , World Series etc,


Hauling sand in a wheel barrow, grounds crew, hot dog vendor, or what?
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Wasn’t Judge Roy family against the McNairs also? Or was it just Coog High they started to distance themselves from? I know they sued Coog High to keep their name on the new arena


OWLFAN86
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
I would love to work as a Major League Baseball groundskeeper


bad93ex
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Didn't everything "Houston Oilers" go to the Titans?


TexasTiger08
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Adams wanted a new domed stadium downtown that could be configured for basketball. The Alamodome somehow worked for the Spurs because they could get large crowds, but sightlines and whatnot sucked. Why Adams would want to emulate that just showed that he didn’t know what the wave of the future would be.

Houston mayor Lanier didn’t publicly advocate for it. The economy of Houston wasn’t sitting pretty like it is now. I’d assume that it was still recovering, or still stagnant, from the oil crash in the 80’s. I think the Astrodome has also recently undergone some renovations at taxpayer expense.

When Adams realized the stadium was a longshot, he shopped the team around. Nashville courted then well. Bud announced the move would happen in 1998. Oiler fanbase turned quickly. I remember the last season in Houston was played in about a 25% full Astrodome.

The sad thing is, the Oilers were good. They tanked to 8-8 at the end of the ‘96 season, but who could blame them? It was so bad, Adams and the NFL agreed to let the Oilers move a year early. That’s why they played a season in Memphis at the Liberty Bowl. Next season was in Nashville at Vanderbilt Stadium. THEN they moved into their current stadium. They were the Tennessee Oilers for a while also.
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OWLFAN86
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
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Wasn’t Judge Roy family against the McNairs also? Or was it just Coog High they started to distance themselves from? I know they sued Coog High to keep their name on the new arena


eh the family had strained relationships with er'body but Adams and Judge daughters get along these days




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OWLFAN86
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
yes


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OWLFAN86
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Adams was willing to pay for it he just wanted the City to provide the land and yes he was asking for the same spot Toyota Center is sitting in now was an old HLMP substation


TigerNlc
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
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Didn't everything "Houston Oilers" go to the Titans?

Yes, the Texans couldn’t have been the Oilers if they wanted to. Makes little sense like Utah keeping the Jazz name.


Tridentds
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
Was a cluster but the Oilers lost a lot of support. I remember some kind Oiler support event at city hall and something like 18 people showed up.


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BZ504
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re: Empty wells: the Oilers exit Houston
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The sad thing is, the Oilers were good. They tanked to 8-8 at the end of the ‘96 season, but who could blame them?


Jeff Fisher was the coach. That explains the 8-8 record.
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