Category Archives: Houston Oilers

Cannon: A Long, Long Run – A Book Review

While browsing new releases on Amazon a couple of months back, I was pleased to see that a new biography on AFL legend, Billy Cannon, had been written.  I placed my order, and when the book arrived, I set it on my stack to read.  I completed it just the other night, and sadly, have mixed feelings about it.

Billy Cannon is a fascinating figure.  An All-American and Heisman Trophy winner from LSU, the AFL’s first marquee draft choice, a two-time AFL champ, Super Bowl II participant, dentist and felon convicted of counterfeit.  There is enough juicy stuff there to keep a storyteller busy for quite some time, and I must say that author Charles deGravelles did a fine job of covering most of the material.  In fact, I found the book to be very well-written.  DeGravelles touts Cannon’s attributes, but also of pointing out his flaws.  He digs a bit into Cannon’s psyche, and tries to determine what led to his ingrained streak of rebellion that got Cannon into several spots of trouble throughout his life. read more

George Blanda, a Charger?

The race was on in early 1960, to obtain talent for the newly-formed AFL teams.  Securing a veteran quarterback with leadership experience would, of course, have been a primary goal for all teams.  At the time, former Chicago Bears QB, George Blanda, was “retired” from football.  This did not concern Los Angeles Chargers coach, Sid Gillman, who wrote up the following review of Blanda early in 1960. read more

1966 Broncos vs. Oilers Series, Part II

Last week I linked to an article on the Denver Broncos website that detailed the first game of the Broncos vs. Oilers series in 1966.  If you recall, the Oilers crushed the Broncos by a score of 45-7.  Broncos historian, Jim Saccomano, has recently published part two of that series, a game played just three weeks later, which didn’t end the same way as the first!

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The 1966 Broncos vs. Oilers Series

One of the great things about the old AFL is the fantastic rivalries between teams.  Chargers vs. Raiders.  Raiders vs. Chiefs.  Texans vs. Oilers…

A recent article on the Broncos.com website talks about the two games between the Denver Broncos and Houston Oilers in 1966.  While not one of the league’s classic rivalries, author Jim Saccomano outlines the first matchup of the season that resulted in a 45-7 drubbing of the Broncos.  Ode Burrell’s disparaging remarks about the Broncos fueled their fire for the rematch a few weeks later, which Saccomano will cover in his next installment. read more

Does Charlie Hennigan belong in the Hall of Fame?

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His teammate, Tony Banfield thinks so.  After posting the hall of fame comparisons yesterday, I awoke to the above email from former AFL Houston Oiler, Tony Banfield.  I would love to hear from Willie Brown, as Tony said, and ask him for his thoughts on Charlie Hennigan.  I know Brown had some fantastic battles with lance Alworth.  Does he feel that Hennigan is HoF-worthy?  A lot of fans and former AFL’ers do! read more