The Comeback Game: A Houston Oilers Fan Finally Speaks

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I gave up football in 1993, a sport I loved playing and watching. For many years, I blamed the Houston Oilers.

On January 3, 1993, I was walking around Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, Mississippi,. I was a young airman stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, and spent the weekends using my new credit card at the mall while checking out the girls. While strolling around, I caught part of the Oilers-Bills wild card game on television. The Oilers were playing better than they had in previous years. The first part of the 80’s weren’t good for them. They lost coach Bum Phillips in 1980, who had helped them make it to the playoffs in the late 70’s during the “Luv Ya Blue” era. Continue reading

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Keesler’s “Goodbyes and Friends” unearthed

After leaving Air Force basic training in San Antonio, I spent the next ten months of my six year enlistment at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. There I would be taught my AFSC, Air Force Specialty Code: the art of maintaining, repairing, and installing air traffic control and weather radar. Those days of waking up at 4:30am, shining boots, throwing on the BDU’s, lining up in formation to the sound of reveille, then grabbing breakfast at the chow hall before marching to class, seem more like a movie than a chapter of my own life. Continue reading