Category Archives: Houston Oilers

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

Reposting – Anatomy of an Autographed Game Program

Last week I posted an article about a great autographed game program that I recently purchased.  Since then, I have realized that there have been some malfunctions in my email distribution system, so I am reposting for those that may have missed it the first time around!

Since unloading the majority of my collection this past summer, I have been very hesitant to jump back into collecting.  I have picked up a few signed AFL cards, my old standby, but I haven’t purchased any memorabilia.  I suspect the main reason is that I once had such a large collection that it is an odd feeling to start almost completely over.  Still, I love the old AFL, and routinely look around for items that I would enjoy. read more