An NFL Orphan’s Heart Flutters

As previously posted, yours truly is an NFL orphan. Why? Well in brief, the NFL team of my childhood and formative years, the Houston Oilers, packed up and left and became the Tennessee Titans.

This past Sunday, the local extant NFL franchise, the Houston Texans matched up against the extinct one, the Titans, at Reliant Stadium.

Strangely enough, the Texans beat the Titans at their own game (smashmouth football and defense) and pulled one out, but even stranger was the fact that I found myself rooting for the Texans.

I’m not sure if I’m ready to pledge the half-hearted allegiance I have to the Titans to Houston’s current team, but the inspired play of the Texans at least proved that this is not outside the realm of possibility.

The fact that our son, in all likelihood, will grow up a Texans fan will no doubt bury my attachment to the Titans, that and the classless and toolish comments made by a couple of sore loser Titan players after the game:

”They weren’t doing that well, but it was their Super Bowl and credit them for being the good team today” –Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan

”It’s a big win for them as an organization, (but) no matter what they do, they’ll still go home (during the) playoffs. We have a lot to look forward to.” — Titans running back LenDale White

Far easier to root for guys like Texan Wide Receiver Andre Johnson who have all the talent in the world and remain humble in victory and defeat.

Here’s a shot of Johnson scoring the game’s only touchdown,

andre-johnson

Brett Coomer: Houston Chronicle
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