The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, July 30, 1975, Image 12
Page 12 THE BATTALION
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 1975
The Greek Speaks
Enthusiasm high in Oiler camp
By NICK VOINIS
One Sunday afternoon some nine
months ago in Minnesota the Hous
ton Oilers entered their quiet vis
itor’s dressing room. Ready to
shower, dress and begin another
lonely flight back home.
The Oilers had dropped another
one. This time they were soundly
thrashed by a more experienced
Viking team. Whipped like a child
being scolded by an elder.
selves, that’s for sure. They had re
ceived much the same treatment
the Astros receive everyday now, by
the fans and most of all, the media.
Writers wrote them down con
stantly, TV news and sportscasters
teamed to bill the “the joke of the
NFL”. Everyone laughed.
Though, slowly but surely things
began to happen. In a matter of
weeks turn-around ’74 had taken ef
fect. Uncle Sid had kept his pre
season promises and delivered a re
spectable product to Houston con
sumers. They were even beginning
to buy it. The team had rebounded
to finish with a strong 7-7 record at
season’s end. Sid Gillman was re
garded a genius by those who
cursed him weeks earlier. He was
even named Coach of the Year by
his peers, but most of all turn
around ’74 became reality.
The Oilers now prepare with en
thusiasm for a new season. With the
addition of a few new faces, the team
looks basically the same. So Charlie
Ford, Carl Mauck, Jerry Levias and
Morris Stroud will be helpful addi
tions to the young Oilers.
But there’s something different
this year. Under new head coach O.
A. “Bum” Phillips the team feels
confident of its chances in ’75.
The team has been receiving
abundant space in the Houston
sports pages and air time on sports-
casts. Better yet, they’ve been
given support and encouragement.
The Oilers are now heroes to those
who made goats of them one year
Season, tickets sales this year are
expected to reach 28,000 by the
opening home game against
Washington August 16. Individual
tickets for that game and a later
match with Dallas on the 30th are
becoming harder to come by. Sell
outs are expected and they’ll all be
cheering. The “Boobirds” have
flown away to some distant NFL
city, which will suffer the disasters
previously experienced in Oiler
town. May they never return.
How times change.
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This had been the Columbia blue
sixth game of the young 1974 Na
tional Football League season. But
it seemed as if it were all over, for
they had only won one of those
Everyone remembered the pre
vious two Oilers’ seasons and the
disastrous events that resulted —
consecutive 1-13 records.
Home attendance had dwindled.
It came to be known that you
couldn’t give away tickets to an Oil
ers game. Football fans stayed home
Sunday afternoons to watch the top
teams fight it out on television.
The Oilers were down on them-
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