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).
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