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WHO LUVS YA, BLUE? WELL, ABOUT 50 PEOPLE
Published December 7, 1995
Only 50 Oilers fans gathered Wednesday at Houston's City Hall in a "last-ditch" effort to keep the Oilers in Houston, according to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Armando Villafranca writes that most of the rally's speakers blamed city officials, including Mayor Bob Lanier, and business leaders for not doing enough to keep the team in Houston. According to Marci Foster of the "Houston Oilers Mammas and Pappas," a group of older fans who greet the players at every home game as they enter the Astrodome, Lanier told team supporters they "had one shot at him and that was December 6." Foster added, "Today's a workday and its just so hard for people to get off." She said the Mammas and Pappas had launched a petition drive in hopes of delivering 5,000 signatures to Oilers Owner Bud Adams by December 20 to show him he has support in Houston (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/7). ESPN reported 65 people showed. Bob Ley: "To set the record straight, there are two million people that live in Houston. As one said fan said at the rally -- and he didn't have to raise his voice to say this -- 'If Sam Houston were alive today, he'd kick some butt.' He'd have had plenty of room to do it" ("SportsCenter," 12/6). MORE OILERS: CHRONICLE columnist Ed Fowler writes of Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen, "We would suggest that in his travels after Bud Adams and his boys arrive, Bredesen avoid Buffalo, where it might be suggested that only a bunch of bumpkins would want such a team. Still, the mayor's heart no doubt is in the right place. He wants as fervently to do something good for Nashville as Bud Adams wants to do something good for Bud Adams" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/7). BUD MAN! Bud Adams will be the subject of Andrea Joyce's "Cover Story" on this week's "Inside the NFL" (HBO).